The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center was established in 1972, as a joint project of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and organize the records of the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community and make them available to scholars, students, researchers, and the general public.
From its inception, the Archives has been unique, due in no small measure to Federation's sponsorship. It was the first community sponsored Jewish archives in this country, and it has served as a model which other Jewish federations have since emulated.
In 2009 PJAC donated its collections to Temple University Libraries where the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection is a part of the Libraries' Special Collections Research Center. The materials are a strong fit for Temple's holdings which include a focus on the 19th, 20th, and 21st century social, economic, political, and cultural development of the Philadelphia region.