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Jewish Buffalo Archives Project

JBAP's Collections at UB

Dr. Selig AdlerThe Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo is housed at the University Archives at the University at Buffalo. These collections, first established by UB professor of history Selig Adler, were the initial attempt at documenting the Jewish communities of the Greater Buffalo region. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project currently takes up and greatly expands what Dr. Adler originally intended for his project.

University Archives is open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about these collections contact the University Archivist.

Please note: the links to the finding aids below will take you to the University Archives website


Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo Collections

Rabbi Isaac Klein Papers, 1925-1979
Collection number: MS 149

Collection of Rabbi Isaac Klein includes school notebooks, correspondence, photographs, military service records, speeches, articles, manuscripts, and other writings relating to his life and teachings in conservative Judaism.

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Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo Records, 1902-1979 (bulk 1930-1975)
Collection number: MS 150.1

The Records of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo segment of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo. Included are the records of constituent agencies and member organizations of the Federation such as, the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Community Center, Kadimah School of Buffalo, and the Rose Coplon Home. Records include minutes, committee reports, publications, correspondence, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and photographs.

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Selig Adler Papers, 1932-1988
Collection number: MS 150.2

Selig Adler Collection as part of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo consists of Adler's published articles as well as those of colleagues and friends. Includes biographical information on Adler and his family as well as his notes and lecture materials on Jewish and American history.

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Local Jewish Community Records, 1844-1976 (bulk 1920-1960)
Collection number: MS 150.3

Records of the Local Jewish Community segment of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo includes cemetery records, local Temple and Shul records, and Jewish organizations. Also included are material pertaining Deported Persons and Refugee Matters, and the Papers of Max M. Yellen and Dr. Gerhard J. Falk and Dr. Ursula A. Falk.

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Papers of Prominent Local Jews, 1912-1988 (bulk 1940-1980)
Collection number: MS 150.4

The Papers of Prominent Local Jews segment of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo includes the papers of Donald S. Day, Dorothy Goldberg, Bernard Mandelkern, Morton Merowitz, Haskell Penn, and Milton Plesur as well as oral history interviews with other notable persons. Included in the collection are committee reports, correspondence, photographs, and citizenship records.

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Synagogue Records, 1884-1986 (bulk 1915-1980)
Collection number: MS 150.5

Synagogue Records of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo. Records of Congregation B'rith Sholem (Pine Street Shul) and Temple Sinai include account books, record books, receipt and memo pads, photographs, deeds, correspondence, committee minutes, and bulletins.

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Jewish Buffalo Archives Project Collections

American Jewish Committee, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter Records, 1977-2008 (bulk 1985-2007)
Collection number: MS 206

Records of the American Jewish Committee - Buffalo/Niagara Chapter. Includes administrative and programmatic materials relating to local interfaith activities and Jewish educational programming. Also includes Polish-Jewish relations materials.

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Buffalo Jewish Review Archive, 1917-2012
Collection number: MS 217

Records of the Buffalo Jewish Review contains issues of the Buffalo Jewish Review and its predecessor the American Jewish Review from November 9, 1917 to the present.

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Buffalo Ritualarium (Mikvah of Buffalo) Papers, 1998-2012 (bulk 1998)
Collection number: MS 200.23

Records documenting the building of a mikvah in Buffalo, New York from 1998-2000, as well as history of a previous ritualarium’s founders and managers.

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Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo Records, 1933-2009
Collection number: MS 203

Records of the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) of Greater Buffalo Records. Includes administrative, educational and programmatic materials of the BJE, High School of Jewish Studies, Florence Melton Adult Mini School as well as materials relating to special programs and community wide activities.

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Congregation Ahavath Sholem (Lovers of Peace) [Jefferson (Ave) Shul] Records, 1921-2012
Collection number: MS 200.5

Records of Ahavath Sholem synagogue (Jefferson Shul) relating to the religious, administrative and cultural activities of the congregation. Also holds materials relating to recent preservation campaigns.

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Frank E. Freedman Papers, 1896-1970 (bulk 1927-1969)
Collection number: MS 200.26

Papers document the personal life and career of politician and lawyer Frank E. Freedman of Buffalo, New York.

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Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo and Summer Camps Records, 1915-2009
Collection number: MS 204

Records of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Buffalo and Summer Camps. Includes administrative and program-related materials for the JCC (fitness and cultural arts), Camp Lakeland and Camp Centerland. Also contains materials pertaining to the annual Jewish community book fair Jewish Film Festival and Jewish Repertory Theatre.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo Records, 1914-2011
Collection number: MS 225

Records of the Jewish Federation including administrative, campaign, finance, community relations, missions to Israel and Washington DC as well as records from affiliated and supported institutions with the Greater Buffalo area and Israel. Includes local case files on Soviet Jewish immigration.

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Jewish Federation of Niagara Falls Records, circa 1930-2001 (bulk 1935-1994)
Collection number: MS 202

Records of the Jewish Federation of Niagara Falls. Includes a wide range of administrative materials created by May Chinkers as well as many national and local organizations, including United Jewish Appeal, Rosa Coplon Home, Jewish Federations, Hadassah, B’nai B’rith as well as refugee and youth.

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Kadimah School of Buffalo Records, 1958-2009
Collection number: MS 209

Records of the Kadimah School of Buffalo includes administrative, educational and community activities of the school between 1959 and 2010 as well as pre-opening materials from 1958.

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Ethel Roblin Melzer Papers, 1932-2012 (bulk 1974-2012)
Collection number: MS 200.16

Records documenting the personal and career life of local communal leader, Ethel Roblin Melzer.

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Westwood Country Club Records, 1945-1995
Collection number: MS 201

Records of the Westwood Country Club. Includes administrative and program-related materials relating to the cultural and leisure activities of this suburban Jewish Country Club.

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The University Archives is open to the public Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about these collections contact the University Archivist.