History Resources

Our Collections

Our collections are housed by the Indiana Historical Society

You can search our archival collections by typing in your keyword search terms in the IHS online catalog. Then, under the subheading “Narrow Your Search” > “Format” select: “Archival Material.” You may search individual names, congregations, or cities, etc. Please keep in mind that Hebrew names are often spelled in a variety of ways when transliterated to English.

You may also browse our collections by perusing the various finding guides. IHS acquired our main collection in 1999 and it has been added to over the years. Our main collection (M0743) and each subsequent addition to this collection(see below) have finding guides. These finding guides contain useful information such as the date range and size of each collection, a brief historical background, and scope and content statements.

Indiana Jewish Newspapers

Gabriel Murrel Cohen was the founder, editor, and publisher of the Jewish Post & Opinion (1933-present). This unique publication provides historical insight into such events as WWII from an Indiana Jewish perspective. Another example of news unlikely to be covered anywhere else is the founding of the American Jewish Press Association by Cohen in Indianapolis in 1944.

Another Indiana Jewish newspaper to consult in your research is the Indiana Jewish Chronicle. Nathan J. Gould began this periodical in 1921 and it ceased in 1970. The Evergreen Indiana Library Consortium and the Indiana State Library hold microfilm of these issues. Plain text can also be accessed through Evergreen online with your Indiana State Library card number.

Indiana Jewish Cemeteries

You might also find cemetery records to be useful in your research. The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) has collected information about thousands of Jewish cemetery sites all over the world. Each Jewish cemetery or burial site is listed by country, region/state, then city/town. Each listing includes the number of cemeteries in the city/town, the number of burials in each cemetery, and some cemetery listings even include photos. Keep in mind: the JOWBR depends on continual contributions of data. So this means several Indiana Jewish cemeteries are not yet included in the registry.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources: Jewish Heritage Initiative

The Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, in partnership with the Midwest Regional Office of the National Park Service, created this online Jewish Heritage Initiative. The goal of this project was to compile a list of potentially historic sites including structures such as commercial buildings, houses and cemeteries. Listed by county name and via clickable map, users can access information about these various Jewish sites throughout Indiana.

Indiana Historical Bureau Jewish Historical Markers