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Archives West: Search for Archival / Manuscript Materials

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Overview of WSJA Oral Histories

There are over 470 oral histories in the Washington State Jewish Archives; over 200 of them are available online.

The oral histories include interviews with early immigrants and refugees, businessmen and women, artists, political figures in the Jewish community, and many others throughout Washington State, providing a valuable resource for researchers from a variety of fields.

If you are searching for the oral history of a particular individual, click on Advanced Search in the UW Libraries Search box above. Then enter the name in the "title" field. You can search for a topic by keyword, just as you would in a search engine.


Listen to Oral Histories Online

New oral histories are born digital, and older oral histories are being digitized and added to the online oral history collection. Here you can listen to oral history interviews and read accompanying transcripts, when available.

Oral History Online Collection

Other Resources for Oral History Research

The members of the Archives Committee of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society, who have conducted these interviews since 1968, have also created their own glossary and have categorized each interview with subjects such as "Communities, Aberdeen" or "Immigration, Sephardim." You can access both the glossary and the spreadsheet organized by subject:


The Washington State Jewish Historical Society promotes interest in and knowledge of the life, history, and culture of the Jewish people and communities of the State of Washington.

The Society is dedicated to discovering, preserving, and disseminating the history of the Jews of Washington State. This unique history is shared through publications, exhibits, displays, speakers, and tours.