WSJHS digital archive

If you are looking for local images related to Jewish history, WSJHS and UW archives may be a good place to start your search-right from home. The Washington State Jewish Archives (WSJA) has over 350 photograph collections containing over 4000 photographs dating from the mid 1800s to present day, that relate to Jewish life and history in the Pacific Northwest, as well as nationally and internationally. Subjects represented in the WSJA photograph collections include:

  • Jewish families and life-cycle events
  • Jewish education
  • Jewish Merchants
  • Jewish community, religious, and business leaders
  • Jewish congregations and organizations
  • Jewish immigration and emigration
  • Sephardic culture
  • World War II and the Holocaust
  • Jewish activism
  • Pacific northwest history

This database searches WSJA photograph collections held by Special Collections and provides textual descriptions of individual images. You can access the archive, free of charge at


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