Our Collections

Finding Aids

Our finding aids enable users to identify materials in our collections that are of interest and relevance to their research. This information may include: descriptions of a collection’s overall scope and content; details about individuals, topics, and organizations referenced in the records; and a file inventory.

Many of our collections are arranged by the global JDC office (e.g. Geneva, Istanbul, New York) where the records were created. Other collections describe the work of specific initiatives or programs, such as DORSA, the Dominican Republic Settlement Association.

File titles in most finding aids are linked directly to our online collections database. Click on the file title to access the digitized file. Click on the “Look Inside” tab to view the records within the file, including full PDFs of the original documents. (More search tips.)

Not all collections have finding aids available online. If you have further questions about collections which do not yet have finding aids, please contact us.

Access to JDC archival materials is governed by our Access & Restrictions Policy.

Finding Aids

To access the collections listed below, contact the JDC Archives:

  • Saly Mayer Collection, 1939-50
  • Records of the Geneva Office of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 1965-1978
  • Malben Collection, 1949-1975

JDC and JDC-Related Records Held at Other Institutions

American Jewish Historical Society:

Leo Baeck Institute:

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research:

Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU:

American Jewish Archives:

National Library of Israel, Central Archives of the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP):

Note: Some or most of the first two items are copies of material held at the JDC Archives and available online.

Other Information