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Jewish Studies Research Guide

Locating Primary Sources

 The first step in identifying primary source material is to read the bibliographies and scan the footnotes in secondary works on your subject. Read also the preface and acknowledgments: authors often identify particularly useful works, libraries, or archives there.

Some of the types of materials you will use as primary sources are:

1. Newspaper and journal articles written at the time of the events.
2. Personal records, memoirs and diary accounts written by those who witnessed or who participated in the events.
3. Records and publications of governments or governmental agencies involved in the events.

Newspapers Online



The online version of the Forward. Includes links to other Jewish periodicals (click on Media Links). Founded in 1897 as the Yiddish-language Jewish Daily Forward (or Forverts in Yiddish), today this weekly publication serves an English speaking audience. Complete backfile available on Microfilm 4067. 1994 to the present included in Ethnic NewsWatch.

Hebrew edition.


English edition.

Jerusalem Post
Online edition of the daily newspaper, with an archive of the past year's issues.
Issues from 1989 to the present are available on Newsbank Access World News

Palestine Post/Jerusalem Post backfile 1932-1988
Issues from 1933 to 1988 are also available on microfilm (MICFILM 3532) in the Woodruff Library.

Jewish Historical Newspapers

Includes The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger (1857-1922), The American Israelite (1854-2000), The Jerusalem Post (1932-2008), The Jewish Advocate (1905-1990), The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990). They can be searched individually or together.

Union List of Digitized Jewish Historic Newspapers, Periodicals and e-Journals



Christian Science Monitor -- Historical (1908-1991)

Provides full text of all articles.

New York Times Historical 1851-2001 Offers full text images of all articles.

Times Digital Archive (1785-2011) Displays the fully searchable complete text of every issue of the newspaper. Searches can be done on keyword, adverstisements, editorials, people and photographs.


Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006

Washington Post 1877-1988 A full text database and index.

Proquest Historical Databases

This link will search the following historical newspapers and periodicals:

  • American Periodicals (1740-1940)
  • The Historical Atlanta Constitution (1868 - 1939)
  • The Historical Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
  • The Historical Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
  • The Historical Boston Globe (1872 - 1925)
  • The Historical Chicago Defender (1905-1975)
  • The Historical Chicago Tribune (1849 - 1986)
  • The Historical Christian Science Monitor (1908 - 1995)
  • The Historical Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991)
  • The Historical Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
  • The Historical Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1986)
  • The Historical New York Amersterdam News (1922-1933)
  • The Historical New York Times (1851 - 2005)
  • The Historical Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
  • The Historical Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
  • The Historical Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
  • The Historical Times of India (1838-2001)
  • The Historical Wall Street Journal (1889 - 1991)
  • The Historical Washington Post (1877 - 1992)



Older Newspapers

Historical Jewish Press
This site contains a collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. We display digital versions of each newspaper, making it possible to view the papers in their original layout. Full-text search is also available for all content published over the course of each newspaper’s publication.

Yizkor Books at NYPL

Yizkor Books at NYPL

This is a guide for the yizkor book collection at The New York Public Library. Comprising 700 books, largely digitized in partnership with the Yiddish Book Center, the yizkor book collection is highly used by researchers around the world. You can find information for all of the yizkor books in one place, including links to read and download the digitized titles.

The guide is alphabetical, keyword searchable, and includes name variations of towns and cities. Here you will also find background information on yizkor books and links to helpful resources.