Conference Proceeding: Hands-On Resources of the JDC Archives for High School Librarians and Students

The JDC Archives is an unparalleled repository of modern Jewish history. Its vast holdings document JDC’s global humanitarian mission, activities, and partnerships from World War I to the present and are a unique window into Jewish communal relief, development, migration, and resettlement in the 20th and 21st centuries in over 90 countries. The JDC Archives is a treasure trove for those researching their Jewish family history and for students of Jewish history. The JDC Archives website ( includes a database for digitized collections, an interactive timeline, topic guides for educators, and a names index.

This presentation will highlight JDC Archives resources, with a focus on material of interest to high school librarians including:
• JDC Archives website and Our Stories feature
• JDC Archives Names Index and resources for family history projects
• How to access our historic Film Collection, including screening of a film clip
• JDC Archives Photo Collection
• Online exhibits
• Education resources on The Story of the St. Louis, Refuge in Shanghai, JDC and the Displaced Persons Camps, etc.

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