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In the catalog

Library of Congress uses the formats:

Jews--<place>--History--<time period> 
Jews--<place>--History--<type of work>

Where place can be a country (United States), a state (Ohio ; New York), a city or region, with its state (California--Los Angeles ; New Jersey--Middlesex county)
And where time period is a century (18th century, 21st century, etc.) Other time period designations that could have been attached to places have snuck their way into the headings for Jews as well.
And type of work includes headings such as: bibliography, chronology, exhibitions, periodicals, etc.

On the shelf

Books that we are buying now, will go to the E 184.3 - 184.37 sections. General histories are in E 184.35 followed by histories by specific time periods. In E 184.36 you'll find special topics in Jewish American history, first by topic and then by author's name. Biographies are in E184.37.
Older books on the history of Jews in the United States (in general) are in the E 184 J5 section. The books are shelved by the author's last name.

Books on Jews in a particular state or region are in the F section (except for Hawaii)

Alabama 321-335 Iowa 616-630 New Hampshire 31-45 Texas 381-395
Alaska 901-915 Kansas 676-690 New Jersey 131-145 Utah 821-835
Arizona 806-820 Kentucky 446-460 New Mexico 791-805 Vermont 45-60
Arkansas 406-420 Louisiana 366-380 New York 116-130 Virginia 221-235
California 856-870 Maine 16-30 North Carolina 251-265 Washington (state)886-900
Colorado 771-785 Maryland 176-190 North Dakota 631-645 Washington, D.C. 191-205
Connecticut 91-105 Massachusetts 61-75 Ohio 486-500 West Virginia 236-250
Delaware 161-175 Michigan 561-575 Oklahoma 691-705 Wisconsin 576-590
Florida 306-320 Minnesota 601-615 Oregon 871-885 Wyoming 756-770
Georgia 281-295 Mississippi 336-350 Pennsylvania 146-160  
Hawaii DU 620-629 Missouri 461-475 Rhode Island 76-90  
Idaho 741-755 Montana 726-740 South Carolina 266-280  
Illinois 536-550 Nebraska 661-675 South Dakota 646-660  
Indiana 521-535 Nevada 836-850 Tennessee 431-445  

Recommended websites

American Jewish History

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives

"The JDC Archives houses ... the organizational records of JDC, the overseas rescue, relief, and rehabilitation arm of the American Jewish community, 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 collection of 2,500 videos."

Berman Jewish Databank

"The Berman Jewish DataBank @ The Jewish Federations of North America offers open access to hundreds of quantitative studies of North American Jewry." Their holdings include the National Jewish Population Surveys as well as many local and regional reports.

Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

The center contains archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and video tape, microfilm, and genealogical materials on the Jewish experience in the Americas.

Jewish Women's Archive's Celebration of 350 Years of Jewish Women Building Communities in North America

"JWA's focus leading up to and during the 2004-2005 celebratory period will be to provide communities and schools across the country with the resources they need to present a rich and accurate portrayal of American Jewish life. These efforts illuminate the ways in which women have built community in North America and how their work has embodied and shaped American Jewish life."

Library of Congress Exhibit: From Haven to Home : 350 years of Jewish Life in America

The exhibition features more than two hundred treasures of American Judaica from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions.