r. Jacob Rader Marcus was a visionary who understood that it was American Jewry’s responsibility to
preserve the continuity of Jewish life and learning after the destruction of the Holocaust. In 1947,
he founded the American Jewish Archives at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati with the mission of documenting,
collecting, and preserving the history of Jews and Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere.
Today, our Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives is one of the world’s premier
centers of study, research, and publication in the field of American Jewish history. The AJA collects and
catalogues published and manuscript material and preserves more than 10 million documents recording
the history of American Jewry, including the archival records of HUC-JIR, the Union of American Hebrew
Congregations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Women of Reform Judaism. In addition, with
the preservation of the World Jewish Congress archives, the AJA is a central address for research on the Holocaust
and its aftermath.
Scholars and Archives Fellows from around the world conduct research within the 6,000 linear feet of correspondence,
manuscripts, near-print materials, photographs, audio and video tapes, microfilm, and genealogical records. The AJA
publishes one of the world’s major journals devoted to the American Jewish experience,
The American Jewish Archives
It sponsors conferences for synagogue archivists, so that the documentation of Jewish communal life will be preserved for future generations. The AJA’s
, posts on-line exhibitions on American Jewish history, utilizing documents, moving image, and sound drawn from its extraordinary collections.
The AJA is currently in the midst of a major expansion that will enhance its service to students, scholars, and to Jewish organizations and institutions seeking to
safeguard their archival collections. The Edwin A. Malloy Education Building, established in memory of the beloved Vice Chair and long-time member of HUC-JIR’s
Board of Governors through a $2 million gift of the Malloy Family’s Sun Hill Foundation, will enable the AJA to erect a state-of-the-art academic and educational home.
With an electronic learning center and an exhibition gallery, the Malloy Education Building will amplify the recently completed Jacob Rader Marcus Repository Building
which provides the AJA with the space needed for the preservation and conservation of archival collections. “The Edwin A. Malloy Building will be part of a world class
home for the largest cataloged collection of source materials documenting the history of American Jewry,” notes Dr. Gary P. Zola, AJA Director. “In memorializing Edwin
Malloy’s love for scholarship of the Jewish past, we are blessed to perpetuate the legacy of his lifelong friend, the AJA founder, Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus.”
Rabbinical students Aaron Starr and
Scott Nagel researching in the AJA stacks.
The AJA: Where American
Jewish History Lives