Leo Baeck Institute works to preserve and promote the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
"Refuge in the Heights" Exhibition Opening with Rob Snyder
Refuge in the Heights: The German Jews of Washington Heights
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LBI makes all of its collections available to the public for free. The main ways that users can search for and view materials in LBI collections are described below.
A search at search.cjh.org will return results from all of the collections of the five partners at the Center for Jewish History. This is the fastest way to search for materials from LBI’s art, archival, photograph, and library collections using standard search criteria such as keyword, author, and title. You may also refine your search to include only items from LBI collections or only digitized collections as well as by other criteria including place, date, and language.
A search in DigiBaeck will return only results from digitized collections, which you may view immediately online. This searches a subset of LBI collections, which includes nearly all of the art, archival, and photograph collections. Many rare books and periodicals have been digitized as well.
Both the comprehensive search and the digital search will often return “EAD Finding Aids”. These are standardized descriptions of the contents of archival collections that usually contain detailed inventories for each folder. Most finding aids for collections that have been digitized contain links to the digitized content at the folder level. If a finding aid does not contain links, then the collection it describes has probably not yet been digitized. If you want to inquire about the contents of an undigitized collection, request photocopies, or make an appointment to view it in the reading room, you may submit a reference inquiry.
Researchers who plan to use LBI’s extensive collection of microfilms are encouraged to reserve a microfilm reader/printer in advance at microfilm.cjh.org. Local users may reserve a reader for up to 3 hours per day, while users coming from outside the New York metro area may reserve a reader for full days, and reservations must be made at least one day prior to one’s visit. Please call (917) 606-8217 with questions about Microfilm reader reservations.
Contact: Renate Evers, Director of Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org