Preserving the continuity of Jewish life and learning for future generations
Located on the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the American Jewish Archives (AJA) is the largest free-standing repository dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience. It contains more than 15 million pages of documents, audio-visual recordings, microfilm, and photographic images.
The American Jewish Archives was founded in 1947 by the renowned historian Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus (b. 1896) who served as its first director until his death in 1995 at the age of 99.
In 1998, Dr. Gary P. Zola became the AJA’s executive director and is also a board-appointed member of the HUC-JIR faculty where he serves as The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History.
Frequently Asked Questions
The AJA was founded in 1947 on the historic Cincinnati campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion(HUC-JIR). HUC-JIR is North America’s premier institution of Jewish higher education and the center for professional leadership development of Reform Judaism. A multi-campus academic and spiritual learning community, HUC-JIR builds vibrant progressive Judaism in North America, Israel and around the globe.
The AJA is open to the public. If you plan to do extensive research -- either in person or online -- we suggest you contact Dr. Dana Herman:
[email protected] or 513.487.3069
The AJA is open:
M-TH: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FRI: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
The AJA is closed on weekends and on some Jewish and national holidays.
The AJA is located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220 [Google Map »]. Once you arrive on campus, look to your right to locate the clock tower of the AJA facility. Free parking is available in the lot nearest to the clock tower and the AJA’s front entrance.
Guided tours are available upon request. To schedule a tour, please contact Lisa Frankel, Director of Educational Outreach at [email protected] or at 513.487.3218
We strive to make all visitors welcome at the AJA. Our facility is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Design. There are accessible parking spots adjacent to the front entrance, there are no steps at the front entrance, and there is an elevator available just inside on the lobby level. In addition, the AJA’s reading room is equipped with software to assist the visually impaired. If you need assistance due to a disability, please let us know so that we can accommodate you.