Archival Collections

The mission of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford is to preserve records, manuscripts, photographs, audio/visual recordings, and other forms of information of permanent historical value created by Jewish individuals, community groups, and organizations in the Hartford and greater Hartford area.

The JHSGH archives serve as an educational and community resource encouraging scholarly research and community inquiry in its collections. To better serve the public, our archival materials and collections can be explored further in our on-line finding aids, which provide inventory lists of our current archival collection holdings. Please contact or visit the Society to access these materials.

The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford holds the ownership rights to its archival materials, and all publication rights must be approved by the Society and appropriately credited for publication. 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:


The JHSGH Oral History collection contains more than 1100 taped interviews of 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.

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 covered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Items must be relevant to the Jewish community of Greater Hartford; the relevance may be to a local organization, an individual, or an event. Artifacts from other areas may be accepted but should have some historical tie to Greater Hartford. 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.