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Archive of Australian Judaica
Since 4 July 1983, the Archive has been operating within Rare Books and Special Collections at Fisher Library of Sydney University.
The Archive is a collection of source materials relating to Jewish life in Australia from the origin of the Jewish community up to the present day. The material housed in the Archive consists of a variety of types including anything of an archival or ephemeral nature, which reflects the multifaceted nature of Jewish life in Australia, and its social interactions with the broader Australian community.
The Archive contains partial or complete records of Jewish community organisations, some of which are now defunct, and papers of Jewish individuals relating to their activities within the Australian Jewish context.
Often, the Archive and the Society hold complementary materials which together can provide researchers with a fuller picture. Our archivists, are now engaged in merging the collections held by the Archive with those held by the Society.
Since 1971, the Archive of Australian Judaica has collected the personal papers of many of Australia’s leading Zionists, authors, communal and religious leaders which give an intimate insight into their roles in building the Jewish community. Today, the Archive holds thousands of pages of private communications, minutes of meetings and photos which spread over 350 lineal metres of shelf space housed within the Rare Book Department of Fisher Library at Sydney University.
The Archive holds an extensive collection of documents relating to the Australian Jewish community in the form of microfilm and microfiche. Included are records from synagogues, Zionist organisations and from prominent members of the community.
The Archive holds a collection of photographs relating to the Australian Jewish community some dating back to the 1860’s. Included are visual records from organisations, prominent members of the community and events such as reunions of the Dunera Boys.
There are many other unnamed photos from communal events which have been deposited with the Archive and await full identification and cataloguing.
Full details of the Archive’s holdings are available at https://judaica.library.sydney.edu.au/catalog/index.html