There are nearly 500 oral histories in the Washington State Jewish Archives and the majority 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.
Listen to Oral Histories Online
New oral histories are born digital, and older oral histories have been digitized and added to the online oral history collection. By clicking on the link below you can listen to interviews and read accompanying transcripts when available. You can search for a topic or name by keyword, just as you would in a search engine.
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 created their own glossary and categorized each interview with subjects terms such as "Communities, Aberdeen" or "Immigration, Sephardim." You can access both the glossary and the spreadsheet organized by subject:
Our Collection Guides search tool has migrated to Archives West.
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.