American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

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About the JDC Archives

The JDC Archives houses one of the world’s most significant collections of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization, the Archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a video collection.

With records of activity in more than 90 countries dating from its founding in 1914 to the present, the JDC Archives has two centers, located in New York City and Jerusalem, and is open to the public by appointment.

On May 26th, the JDC Archives was privileged to welcome Ardon Bar-Hama to its climate-controlled facility in Long Island City, New York, to digitally photograph some of the more unique items in its collection. Bar-Hama, a world-renowned photographer, is known for digitally photographing treasured objects in major libraries, museums, archives, and private collections across the globe. Besides the traditional text and photograph holdings already available through the Archives’ online database, the JDC Archives also holds many oversized materials such as posters, rare newspaper clippings, and three-dimensional artifacts that are difficult to capture via traditional scanning methods. Bar-Hama’s digital photographs of these rare materials will support the Archives’ mission to further open up its collections to researchers worldwide.

This project was made possible thanks to the support of George Blumenthal.

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