Researchers

Our Collections

Our collections are housed by the Indiana Historical Society
. IHS has more than 60 manuscript collections primarily relating to the history of Jews in Indiana. Each processed collection has a finding guide for researchers to use which contains useful information such as the date range and size of each collection, a brief historical background, and scope and content statements.

The best way to search our collections is to type in your search terms in the search box at IHS. 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.

For more complete historical/bibliographic background information and details about the contents of each collection, refer to the individual collection guides. Find full collection guides by searching for the collection number in the Library Catalog.

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.

Indiana Jewish Cemeteries

You might also find cemetery records to be useful in your research. The International Jewish Cemetery Project, part of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, has collected information about thousands of Jewish cemetery sites all over the world. Each Jewish cemetery or burial site is listed by town or city, country, and geographic region. Indiana’s Jewish Cemeteries can be accessed here.