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Major Projects Report

David Epstein, Co-Publisher of WSJH recently returned from traveling in the Mid-West giving Scholar Weekends and other Lectures to Synagogues and Museums on the subject of: The Third Golden Age of Judaism: Why the Pioneer Jews were So Successful in the Wild West and What We Learn from Them.

On March 3, 2009 the Western States Jewish Archives were formally dedicated at the Charles Young Research Library at UCLA.

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We will be updating our two Indexes. They now cover 40 years of articles presented in our Journal. Volume 41, which is quite extensive, will be added in the near future.

Go to 40 Year Indexes.

Our Western States Jewish History Archives Continue to Grow for All Scholars

During the Spring of 2009 approximately another 50 cartons of rare books, very old newspapers, old journals and other ephemera from the archives of Western States Jewish History were presented to the Huntington Library. We have been told that a great deal of this material was known about, but never seen. Now it has a safe home.

Information on how to access this material will be listed shortly on this site.

During the Spring and Summer of 2007, the Brin family turned over all the documents relating to the Heritage Newspapers to Western States Jewish History for sorting, archiving and placing in research institutions where the material would be of value to scholars and historians.

50 years of bound copies of the Heritage Newspapers where sent to UCLA Special Collections and Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and to the Rose Society in San Diego. They are a treasure showing the history of Jewish Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County and San Diego for the years beginning with the early 1950s to the turn of the 21st century.

Hundreds of  photographs were added to the Photo Archives of WSJH.

Office records, ephemera, correspondence, etc. is being prepared for placement at the Huntington Library.