Archive is open to the public: Tuesday 10AM to 2PM and by appointment.

Vivian and Irwin Miller Archive

In 2015 the JHSFC Archive was named the Vivian and Irwin Miller Archive - honoring their tireless efforts to leave a legacy which enables future generations to study the story of our Jewish communities, their evolution, their people, their successes and their important contributions.

Under the leadership of Irwin Miller, the founder and first president of the Jewish Historical Society and his wife Vivian, the JHSFC continues to maintain the only Jewish archive in Fairfield County. It is an unparalleled resource for students, researchers, organizations and residents. The archive has preserved the records of a Jewish presence in this region since 1698. Located at 990 Hope Street [Rear] in Stamford, CT the Archives house thousands of documents, articles, photos, oral histories, and artifacts collected from individuals, organizations and through our own research.

Our holdings include family histories, family papers and family trees. In addition there is access to many Jewish organizational records, materials and publications for the geographical area from (east to west) Greenwich to Westport and (north) to Newtown. Volunteers currently maintain the archive repository and are pleased to assist with research.

Archival Collections

Through our archive - the only dedicated Jewish archive in Fairfield County - we research, record, and maintain our communities' collective memories from our area's first recorded Jewish presence in the late 1600s to the present.

The JHSFC Archive opened in 1985 in a closet on the second floor of the Stamford JCC. When the collection "morphed" from 6 square feet of material to 75 feet, it was moved to "Kitchen Space" on the second floor of the JCC. When that was outgrown in 1995, it was necessary to move the Archive out of the JCC entirely and into a 200 square-foot space at 1072 Hope Street. Since then every five years or so, a move was made necessary by outgrowing our space!

Ultimately, thanks to the generosity of the Freedman Family, the Archive has resided on Hope Street since 2010. Our collection consists of documents, photographs, histories, artifacts donated by institutions, organizations, families and individuals, and local Jewish publications.

JHSFC Collections include:

ADL & Anti Semitism

Agudath Shalom

American Jewish Committee

Amit Women

Bi-Cultural Day School

B'nai B'rith

B'nai B'rith Times

B'nai B'rith Women

Board of Rabbis, Stamford/Greenwich

Boston University

Brandeis Women

Camp Jaycee

Carmel Academy

Center Women JCC

Chabad Lubavitch

Chabad Lubavitch Greenwich

Chavurat Aytz Chaim

City of Stamford


Fellowship of Jewish Learning

Greenwich Hadassah

Greenwich Reform Congregation

Hebrew Ladies Educational League

Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut

Independent Lodge

Interfaith council of SW CT

JCC Nursery School

Jewish Community Center

Jewish Community Endowment Foudation

Jewish Community Endowment Fund

Jewish Community Services

Jewish Family Service

Jewish Home

Jewish Home for Elderly

Jewish Ledger

Jewish Voice

Jewish War Veterans

Jewish Welfare Board

JWV Women's Auxiliary

Kiwanis Club

Knights of Pythias

Masons, Roosevelt Lodge

Mental Health Center


National Council of Jewish Women

New Canaan Jewish Group

ORT (Women's American)

Pioneer Women

Red Cross

Stamford Bar Association

Stamford High School

Stamford Jewish

Stamford Jewish Center

Stamford Theater Works

Temple Beth El

Temple Bnai Chaim

Temple Sholom

Temple Sinai

UJA Greenwich

United Jewish Appeal

United Jewish Federation

Vaad Hakashrus of Fairfield County

Women's American ORT

Yeshiva Bais Binyomin Talmud Research Center

Young Israel Synagogue



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What are Archives?

Archives are the documentary by-product of human activity retained for their long-term value.


They are contemporary records created by individuals and organizations as they go about their business and therefore provide a direct window on past events. They come in a wide range of formats including written, photographic, moving image, sound, digital and analogue. Archives are held by public and private institutions and individuals around the world.

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Why Archiving?

Archives are witnesses to the past. They provide evidence, explanation and justification both for past actions and current decisions. 


Archives enable society to undertake a wide range of roles that enable civilized communities to take root and flourish, from enabling education and research, providing entertainment and leisure, to protecting human rights and confirming identity. Archives are unique, contemporaneous records and so once lost cannot be replaced. It is only through proper identification, care and wide access that the vital role that archives has can be fully realized to the benefit of humanity.

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