As keepers of the history of Washington State's Jews and Jewish communities, WSJHS maintains two important and distinct collections:
Washington State Jewish Archives (WSJA), housed at the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections serves as the repository for documents, personal papers, oral histories and unframed photographs. Depending on the format of the material, there are various ways to locate them. The Jewish Archives Collection, give the history of the Archives and currently provides access to digital images of selected photographs. Our Research and Online Tips will help locate other materials. The WSJHS Archivist and the UW Special Collections staff jointly administer and maintain this vast and invaluable archive in a safe, climate-controlled environment. Contributions to these collections, once accessioned, become the property of the UW.
The WSJHS Artifact Collection consists of artifacts that we are accumulating in anticipation of a Jewish Museum. Judaica, framed documents, photographs, textiles and a wide variety of items pertaining to the Jewish experience make up the growing collection. Thanks to a grant from the Altabet Memorial Fund, the holdings are processed and documented according to museum standards.
You may wonder what to do with items of Jewish historical significance for which you no longer have room but that you want to preserve. Please keep the WSJHS in mind as you downsize, "spring clean", or otherwise need to sort through and distribute your precious family possessions. We invite you to donate to the Jewish Archives or to the WSJHS Artifact Collection where your gift will help ensure that present and future generations can enjoy and share in our rich and diverse heritage.
The Jewish Archives document the fascinating history of Jews and Jewish communities in Washington State, beginning with the first settlers in 1853. Explore the treasures stored in our archives now! Read more.
Introducing our newest project, Passport to Washington. The WSJHS is capturing a variety of journey stories from Jewish residents throughout Washington. Learn more.
We're nothing without you! The WSJHS relies heavily on the efforts of our volunteers to put on programs, publish books, maintain our archives, and plan events. Find out how you can help. Read more.