Six new collections, created through the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP), have been added to the University Archives, University at Buffalo. The collections reflect the papers of six organizations, each with unique materials that tell its individual history and connect it to other organizations and individuals in Buffalo and beyond. In January 2012, the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project (JBAP) received grant money from the Documentary Heritage Program. With this funding, and matching funds from donors through the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, the JBAP Archives team completed processing of the collections in less than 6 months. The significance of the collections lies in the breadth of community materials included and what they record about Jewish life in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. There is a remarkable array of WNY Jewish civic involvement in issues of the day, immigrant acculturation, refugee settlement, Jewish arts, culture, theatre, recreation and entertainment, community-wide programming and commemoration, as well as educational endeavor at every age level and entry point. Of special interest are the more than 1,000 photographs available for in-person viewing at the University Archives. A number of these photographs are also featured online (in addition to photographs from existing Jewish organizational collections) at the Jewish Buffalo Digital collection: www.newyorkheritage.org/jewish-buffalo.php. The new collections (with links to their online finding aids) are: American Jewish Committee http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0206.xml Bureau of Jewish Education http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0203.xml Jewish Community Center and Summer Camps http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0204.xml Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0225.xml Jewish Federation of Niagara Falls http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0202.xml Kadimah School of Buffalo http://purl.org/net/findingaids/view?docId=ead/archives/ubar_ms0209.xml University Archives, 420 Capen Hall, UB North Campus, is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. For more information about the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project, contact: Chana R. Kotzin, 716-204-5388 or email: email@example.com
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