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Jewish Studies: Finding Primary Sources

Providing an overview of resources on Jewish Studies locally and within Fordham University Libraries.

Finding Digital Primary Sources

This page holds a selection of open access digital collections and subscription-based library databases with primary sources.

  • Locating primary sources can be a unique search process. For additional search options, check other tabs on this guide or contact one of the Jewish Studies liaisons about how to find primary sources on your specific topic.

Collections Located in New York City

This section contains digital primary source collections from institutions located in New York City. Their holdings may cover New York City or other geographical areas of Jewish significance.

For in-person access to collections, check the latest access policies at each institution.

Yiddish Art Theatre Players

Image credit: "A shnirele perl" via Dorot Jewish Division, The New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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Books as Primary Sources

The library catalog holds books that contain primary source content ranging from memoirs, historical document collections, images & artwork, essays, speeches, and more.

Open Access Collections

A Classified Guide Book to the Congregations, Fraternal Orders, Lodges, Mutual Benefit Societies, Educational Organizations, Charitable and Philanthropic Institutions and Agencies in the Five Boroughs of Greater New York.

Image credit: Jewish Communal Directory 1912 via HathiTrust Digital Library.


See the Newspapers tab to use newspapers as primary sources.

Library Databases

Women posed in a shop with food & posters

Group portrait of women in a shop (circa 1910) with food collected for striking tailors. Signs on wall in English and Yiddish, read "We are Collecting Provision Striking Tailors. Please do as much as you can. Thank you!" Image credit: New York Call Photographs, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library at Cornell University via JSTOR.


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