Conference Proceeding: Submerged Archives: The Acquisition, Archival and Annihilation of Local Jewish Archives

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies has been pleased to acquire the archives of the Jewish Heritage Foundation of North Carolina. The Rubenstein Library at Duke has collected and processed the materials, but they currently are submerged in the plethora of Judaica materials, as well as the sheer amount of holdings in the Rubenstein library. How can local Jewish foundations, organizations, federations, and synagogues avoid this? How can universities make better use of the archives with which they have been entrusted? What methods can we utilize in order to ensure these archives are brought to light – whether through research, digital exhibits, better finding aids – what are the best and most appropriate methods? What are the unique challenges in collecting, processing, and archiving these small collections that often require institutional memory? This presentation will offer examples from the Duke Center for Jewish Studies, while also exploring new approaches and hopefully connecting with a larger community in working through these challenges.