For the most part, JDC case files and individual records from 1919 through the post World War II period have been donated to other repositories in the United States. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has received copies of additional JDC case files and records that are housed in overseas repositories.
Please contact the following repositories to access their JDC materials:
Leo Baeck Institute
- Case files of German Jewish refugees (arranged alphabetically; files “Aha” to Cohn” are missing) who received funds from relatives overseas through JDC’s Transmigration Bureau, 1933-1941 (RG AR 7196)
- Case files of European Displaced Persons in Italy who received JDC assistance after World War II (AR 3417)
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
- Adoption records from JDC’s War Orphans Bureau for some 1500 Jewish orphans from Soviet Russia for whom foster families were found abroad, 1919-1923. (RG 335.3)
- Records of World War I survivors and refugees seeking help from JDC’s Search Dept. to locate family in the United States and elsewhere, 1921. (RG 335.4)
- Individual case files from JDC’s Lisbon office, 1941-1950; records of transportation and lists of refugees, 1940-1946. (RG 335.5)
- Immigrant case files from JDC’s Personal Service Dept., 1946-1952. (RG 335.6)
International Tracing Service Archive, Bad Arolsen, Germany
- JDC Paris emigration cards, 1946-1950 (Copies are available at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, RG 188.8.131.52) Please note that personal files are open only to the clients themselves and their families.