NEW! Oral History Collection Available Online

The JHSGH Oral History collection contains more than 900 taped oral history interviews with individuals and JHSGH programs pertaining to all aspects of Jewish history in Greater Hartford. Special topics include women in military service, Colchester farmers, Zionism, personal memoirs, Holocaust survivors, the immigrant experience, and histories of local organizations, businesses, and synagogues.

We have digitized these interviews and are making them available online through the Connecticut Digital Archive.
You can view this ongoing project here.

Collection Overview

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford collects written materials, photographs, audio/visual recordings, and other forms of information of permanent historical value created by Jewish individuals, community groups, and organizations in the greater Hartford area. Our mission is to preserve materials that help us and future generations learn about Jewish life in our region.

The JHSGH archives serve as an educational and community resource, encouraging scholarly research and community engagement with its collections. To better serve the public, our archival materials and collections can be explored further in our on-line finding aids listed below.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford holds the ownership rights to its archival materials, and publication requests must be approved by the Society.

Our growing archival resources includes over one hundred collections of varying scale and size. To access the collection finding aids presently available, please click on the links below:

Contribute Historical Artifacts

Please review our Collection Policies if you are considering a donation of manuscripts, photographs, or artifacts.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being interviewed or has documentary records, artifacts, or other materials that would benefit the Society’s archives, please contact us.

*The Society’s first priority is the documentation of the history of the communities in Greater Hartford. Items must be relevant to the Jewish community, through connection to a local organization, an individual, or an event. Artifacts from other areas of Connecticut may be accepted if we are the most logical repository. Acceptance of artifacts or manuscript documents will be determined on an individual basis and the Society reserves its right to refuse items that it believes it cannot maintain in proper condition, are too large, or cannot be acquired due to other archival storage concerns.