The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collections was established in 1972, as a joint project of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In 2009, its collections became part of Temple University Librariesâ€™ Special Collections Research Center. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and organize the records of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community and make them available to scholars, students, researchers, and the general public.
From its inception, the Archives has been unique, due in no small measure to Federation's sponsorship. It was the first community sponsored Jewish archives in this country, and it has served as a model which other Jewish federations have since emulated.
Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collections are housed off-site. Please contact the staff to arrange for access: 215-204-8257; email@example.com.