About Us

Comprising the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, the JDC Archives houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history.

With records of activity in over 90 countries dating from 1914 to the present, the JDC Archives is an extraordinary and unique treasure in the archival world. The JDC Archives is located in two centers, one at JDC’s NY headquarters and the second in Jerusalem, and is open to the public by appointment.

On this site, you can view galleries, exhibits, and topically arranged content (Our Stories); learn about the documents and finding aids, photos, artifacts, films, oral histories, and indexed names available in Our Collections; and conduct research in our online database.

Miles of Documents

Photographs

Books

Audio and Video Recordings

A Perspective on JDC: Prof. Yehuda Bauer
Linda Levi Presentation on the JDC Archives
Our Stories: Explore JDC’s History in Depth

Quarterly Newsletter

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News from JDC Archives

Panel on JDC’s Work in North Africa at Upcoming Association of Jewish Studies Conference

Panel on JDC’s Work in North Africa at Upcoming Association of Jewish Studies Conference

JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

JDC Archives Director to Present at International Genealogy Conference

JDC Archives Launches Updated Website

JDC Archives Launches Updated Website

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Jerusalem Collection from Post-World War II Digitized

JDC Presents Archival Documents to President Rivlin to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary

JDC Presents Archival Documents to President Rivlin to Mark Israel’s 70th Anniversary

2018 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

2018 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

JDC Dedicates New Archives Center in Jerusalem

JDC Dedicates New Archives Center in Jerusalem

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

Recent Additions to the JDC Names Index

JDC Archives Awarded Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant

JDC Archives Awarded Prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant

The JDC Archives Featured on “Finding Your Roots”

The JDC Archives Featured on “Finding Your Roots”

JDC Announces New Chesin (Steuer) Fellowship

JDC Announces New Chesin (Steuer) Fellowship

JDC Archives Scholars’ Workshop Focuses on Refugees and Statelessness

JDC Archives Scholars’ Workshop Focuses on Refugees and Statelessness

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

JDC Archives Establishes Collaborative Partnership with JRI-Poland

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for Two of Its Rare and Unique Films

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for Two of Its Rare and Unique Films

Forgotten Jewels, A Haven in Havana with First-Ever Awarded JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

Forgotten Jewels, A Haven in Havana with First-Ever Awarded JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

JDC Photos Showcased in AP’s In-Depth Review of Its Coverage of Nazi Germany

JDC Photos Showcased in AP’s In-Depth Review of Its Coverage of Nazi Germany

JDC Archives Tells a Story of “1917”

JDC Archives Tells a Story of “1917”

2017 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

2017 JDC Archives Fellows Announced

JDC Archives partners with Google Cultural Institute

JDC Archives partners with Google Cultural Institute

JDC Historic Films Available for Use in the Classroom

JDC Historic Films Available for Use in the Classroom

New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the Holocaust

New Book on Jewish Refugees and JDC in Warsaw during the Holocaust

JDC Archives Launches a Documentary Film Grant

JDC Archives Launches a Documentary Film Grant

JDC Historical Annual Reports Now Online

JDC Historical Annual Reports Now Online

Lolita Goldstein (1917-2016): A Woman of Valor

Lolita Goldstein (1917-2016): A Woman of Valor

New Issue of Dorot Highlights JDC Names Indexing Projects

New Issue of Dorot Highlights JDC Names Indexing Projects

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

TIME Magazine features JDC Archives Warsaw Collection

Genealogical Resource for Soviet Jewish Families Assisted by JDC in Vienna and Rome

Genealogical Resource for Soviet Jewish Families Assisted by JDC in Vienna and Rome

From a JDC Volunteer in Romania to a Historian of JDC Work in Poland

From a JDC Volunteer in Romania to a Historian of JDC Work in Poland

Milestones for the JDC Archives Photo Collection

Milestones for the JDC Archives Photo Collection

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for One of Its Rare Film Treasures

JDC Archives Awarded Preservation Funds for One of Its Rare Film Treasures

Two JDC Archives Fellowships Inaugurated and Fellowship Awards Announced

Two JDC Archives Fellowships Inaugurated and Fellowship Awards Announced

JDC Mourns Rose Klepfisz, Founding Director of the JDC Archives

JDC Mourns Rose Klepfisz, Founding Director of the JDC Archives

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

JDC Partners with Israel Genealogy Research Association

Reaching Out Through Worldwide Presentations

Reaching Out Through Worldwide Presentations

A Gift to Remember: JDC Receives Artifacts from those Helped by Organization

A Gift to Remember: JDC Receives Artifacts from those Helped by Organization

Exhibit 100 Years of “the Joint” in Poland Opens in California

Exhibit 100 Years of “the Joint” in Poland Opens in California

Interview with Linda Cantor, JDC Archives Volunteer and Jewish Genealogist

Interview with Linda Cantor, JDC Archives Volunteer and Jewish Genealogist

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

Young Scholar Researches Postwar Aid to Belgium

Uta Larkey Lectures on Post-Holocaust Interviews and Testimonies

Uta Larkey Lectures on Post-Holocaust Interviews and Testimonies

JDC DORSA Collection Now Available Via Digital Library of the Caribbean

JDC DORSA Collection Now Available Via Digital Library of the Caribbean

Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Discovers Father’s DP Camp Soccer League Was Sponsored by JDC

Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Discovers Father’s DP Camp Soccer League Was Sponsored by JDC

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

The Gertner Family Visits the Archives

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

Rare JDC Archives Treasures Digitized

JDC Archives Staff Present at Conferences across the Globe

JDC Archives Staff Present at Conferences across the Globe

JDC and the War Refugee Board

JDC and the War Refugee Board

Archives Staff Attend “Archives in the Electronic Age” Symposium

Archives Staff Attend “Archives in the Electronic Age” Symposium

JDC Archives Fellow Lectures on Holocaust Survivors and “the Right to Health”

JDC Archives Fellow Lectures on Holocaust Survivors and “the Right to Health”

Expanding Our Digital Reach through Collaboration

Expanding Our Digital Reach through Collaboration

JDC Participates in OSE Centennial Conference

JDC Participates in OSE Centennial Conference

Biographer Praises Role of JDC’s Dr. Joseph Schwartz in Wartime Europe

Biographer Praises Role of JDC’s Dr. Joseph Schwartz in Wartime Europe

Scholar Researches Soviet Jewish Transmigrant Experience

Scholar Researches Soviet Jewish Transmigrant Experience

All JDC Records from Post-World War II Period Digitized

All JDC Records from Post-World War II Period Digitized

JDC Announces New Archives Fellowship

JDC Announces New Archives Fellowship

Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland Showcases JDC Archival Photos in Upcoming Exhibit

Galicia Jewish Museum in Poland Showcases JDC Archival Photos in Upcoming Exhibit

Scholars’ Conference in New York Marks JDC’s Centennial

Scholars’ Conference in New York Marks JDC’s Centennial

Research Uncovers Insights into Historic Photo Collection

Research Uncovers Insights into Historic Photo Collection

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

New Book Published on the American Jewish Presence in Post-World War II France

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

BBC Publishes Two Major Features on the Survivors of the St. Louis

Israeli Researcher Explores Post-World War II Jewish Community in Poland, as Assisted by JDC

Israeli Researcher Explores Post-World War II Jewish Community in Poland, as Assisted by JDC

Records from JDC 1955-1964 Collection Now Available Online

Records from JDC 1955-1964 Collection Now Available Online

JDC Marks 100th Anniversary with Commemorative Volume Showcasing Archival Treasures

JDC Marks 100th Anniversary with Commemorative Volume Showcasing Archival Treasures

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

Uncovering Jewish History in Bolivia

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

JDC Stockholm Collection 1941-1967 Now Online

New Jewish Museums in Russia and Poland Showcase JDC Archival Photos

New Jewish Museums in Russia and Poland Showcase JDC Archival Photos

Oral History Collection Sheds New Light on JDC’s Past

Oral History Collection Sheds New Light on JDC’s Past

Through the Curators Lens: Leslie Fried Identifies JDC Materials for Opening Exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum

Through the Curators Lens: Leslie Fried Identifies JDC Materials for Opening Exhibit at the Alaska Jewish Museum

Masters Thesis Highlights Four JDC Heroines

Masters Thesis Highlights Four JDC Heroines

Records from JDC Istanbul Office Collection 1937-1949 Now Available Online

Records from JDC Istanbul Office Collection 1937-1949 Now Available Online

JDC Materials Featured in New Documentary on Jewish Refugees in Manila during WWII

JDC Materials Featured in New Documentary on Jewish Refugees in Manila during WWII

JDC Archives Featured in Judaica Europeana Newsletter

JDC Archives Featured in Judaica Europeana Newsletter

JTAs “Seeking Kin” Column Features JDC Records

JTAs “Seeking Kin” Column Features JDC Records

ICP’s New Roman Vishniac Exhibit Features Treasures from the JDC Archives

ICP’s New Roman Vishniac Exhibit Features Treasures from the JDC Archives

JDC Records from Post-WWII Period Now Accessible Online

JDC Records from Post-WWII Period Now Accessible Online

New Collaboration between JDC Archives and Memorial de la Shoah

New Collaboration between JDC Archives and Memorial de la Shoah

New Book Published on JDC’s Pioneering Social Service Work in Israel

New Book Published on JDC’s Pioneering Social Service Work in Israel

JDC Haggadah: Occasions of Rescue, Relief and Renewal

JDC Haggadah: Occasions of Rescue, Relief and Renewal

A White Plains Bar Mitzvah Boy Reads From a 200-Year-Old Belgrade Torah

A White Plains Bar Mitzvah Boy Reads From a 200-Year-Old Belgrade Torah

Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin to Discuss Shanghai Ghetto and JDC Assistance at 92nd St Y

Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin to Discuss Shanghai Ghetto and JDC Assistance at 92nd St Y

Resources for Holocaust Education

Resources for Holocaust Education

Hungarian Refugee Cards, 1956-1957, Now Available in JDC Names Index

Hungarian Refugee Cards, 1956-1957, Now Available in JDC Names Index

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC World War II-Era Records Now Available Online

JDC Digitization Donors Featured in Wall Street Journal

JDC Digitization Donors Featured in Wall Street Journal

JDC Cyprus Collection Available Online

JDC Cyprus Collection Available Online

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg

Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg

JDC Receives Prestigious Award

JDC Receives Prestigious Award

JDC Announces First Archives Fellows

JDC Announces First Archives Fellows

Award-Winning Author Features JDC Archives

Award-Winning Author Features JDC Archives

Announcement of JDC-Herbert Katzki Award for 2011

Announcement of JDC-Herbert Katzki Award for 2011

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

JDC Heroine Featured in Magazine Cover Story

Archives on a 20th-Century Diaspora Are Being Put Online

Archives on a 20th-Century Diaspora Are Being Put Online

JDC Oral Histories in the Classroom

JDC Oral Histories in the Classroom

New Holocaust Museum in Brazil

New Holocaust Museum in Brazil

JDC Archives Announces First Fellowship Program

JDC Archives Announces First Fellowship Program

Survivors and Students Connect Over Our Shared Legacy

Survivors and Students Connect Over Our Shared Legacy

JDC Annual Reports

Learn about JDC’s global activities during the past century by exploring a selection of our historical Annual Reports.