The Jewish Historical Society maintains the only Jewish archive in Fairfield County and is an unparalleled resource for students, researchers, organizations and residents. The archives contain the records of a Jewish presence in this region since 1698. Located at 990 Hope Street [Rear] in Stamford, 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. Also included in our collection are the entire records from the Norwalk Jewish Historical Society which merged with the JHSFC in 2003. Volunteers currently maintain the archive repository and are pleased to assist with research.
ADL & Anti Semitism
American Jewish Committee
Bi-Cultural Day School
B'nai B'rith Times
B'nai B'rith Women
Board of Rabbis, Stamford/Greenwich
Center Women JCC
Chabad Lubavitch Greenwich
Chavurat Aytz Chaim
City of Stamford
Fellowship of Jewish Learning
Greenwich Reform Congregation
Hebrew Ladies Educational League
Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut
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 for Elderly
Jewish War Veterans
Jewish Welfare Board
JWV Women's Auxiliary
Knights of Pythias
Masons, Roosevelt Lodge
Mental Health Center
National Council of Jewish Women
New Canaan Jewish Group
ORT (Women's American)
Stamford Bar Association
Stamford High School
Stamford Jewish Center
Stamford Theater Works
Temple Beth El
Temple Bnai Chaim
United Jewish Appeal
United Jewish Federation
Vaad Hakashrus of Fairfield County
Women's American ORT
Yeshiva Bais Binyomin Talmud Research Center
Young Israel Synagogue
A cornerstone of the Jewish Historical Society's mission is preserving the history of our community. Since 1983 the JHS team has been collecting personal interviews from a cross section of Jews who have lived in Fairfield County for many years. This archived collection of personal histories, first recorded on audio tape and for the last two years as DVDs, already contains more than 75 video interviews, illustrating rich individual life experiences that reveal much about the diverse aspects of our community. Local Jewish history gains depth from the interview insights in this wide-ranging collection and the archive holds a significant legacy for the future.
The Jewish Historical Society Archives began participating in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project this year. This project "honors American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them by preserving stories of their service to our country."
The Veterans History Project is an outgrowth of Oral History Committee's Stamford oral histories, which is ongoing. Veterans have already been recruited through the Jewish War Veterans Fred Robbins Post # 142 and the process has provided a meaningful experience for all our participants. Several War experience oral histories have been already produced. Although we are focusing first on World War II vets for obvious reasons, we are interested in documenting experiences in the Korean, Viet Nam and Iraq wars, as well as civilian war efforts.
Please contact the Society 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 Jewish Historical Society's primary goal is to document the history of Fairfield County's Jewish communities. We are happy to accept items that are relevant to the Jewish community of the towns and cities encompassed by the boundaries of the county. Such documents or artifacts may be tied to a local organization, an individual, or an event. Materials from other areas may be accepted but have some relevance to Jewish history in Fairfield County.
Please note: Although we would like to accept all materials, new acquisitions must be reported to the Accessions Committee, which approves or declines donations.
The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County is a recipient agency of
United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.
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