JHSFC Archival Collections

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.

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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

Farband

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

Mizrachi

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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Oral Histories


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.

Veterans History Project


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.

Contribute Historical Artifacts

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.

Collection Guidelines

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.

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