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Jewish Buffalo Archives Project

Our Vision and Mission

Jewish Buffalo Archives Project's Vision for the 21st century

Campers at Camp CenterlandThe ultimate aim of the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project is to comprehensively document the Jewish Community of Buffalo and the Western New York region in its near entirety. We aim to build an archive to better serve scholars, researchers, journalists, educators, genealogoists and others in exploring this wonderful and rich heritage. The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project also serves to sustain and nourish our own community by preserving our past for the coming generations.

Our project will serve as a model to other communities seeking to document their own history and activities.

History and Mission

The Jewish Buffalo Archives Project was founded in 2007 under the auspices of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo with a seed grant from the Foundation of Jewish Philanthropies. JBAP's mission is to collect historical materials relating to the diverse histories, religious traditions, and cultures of Jewish communities throughout the Buffalo and Western New York area.

Documents include meeting minutes, reports, scrapbooks, diaries, and photographs. Oral histories record the recollections of a broad array of individuals to preserve the collective stories of our diverse communities.

Once the project has reached its conclusion, the University Archives at the University at Buffalo will be the permanent repository for the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project. There the collections will be made open and available to the general public for future research and study.