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Research Guides

If you would like to donate personal collections or organizational/business records to the Washington State Jewish Archives, please contact the archivist at or


Wondering if your collection is appropriate for the WSJA?

These guidelines may help:

Photograph Wish List

The archives is actively seeking unique photos of Jewish holidays, celebrations, and special events in Washington State or of Washington residents. We are particularly interested in 20th century photos that document the following:

Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Simchat Torah

Baking Challah
Building a Jewish home
Food and cooking

Life Cycle
Bar Mitzvah
Bat Mitvah
Jewish weddings (ceremony and celebration)
Mikvah (building)

Israeli Independence
Israeli Air Lifts of Soviet Jews and Ethiopian Jews
Jewish arts, dance, music, etc.
Jewish camp
Jewish education
Jewish war veterans

All city Jewish chapel at 12th and Spruce, Seattle


Identifying Your Photos for the Archives

Use soft lead pencil (e.g., no. 2) -- pencil lightly on the backside of photos
Number and date each photo

On a separate page, write full description of each photo. (Word document format preferred.)

  1. Photo number
  2. Date of photo
  3. First and last names of individuals pictured
  4. Location
  5. Any other useful descriptive information (e.g., 50th anniversary celebration of synagogue)
  6. Current date
  7. Name, address, phone, and email  of person making the transfer
  8. Name, address, phone, and email of donor whose photos are to be transfered. (This may or may not be the same as #7.)


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.