Jewish Historical Society of Michigan collects, preserves, and curates the history of Michigan's Jewish communities. Our holdings include archival materials, as well as an expansive collection of Jewish yearbooks, class photos, and reunion books from the early 20th-century to the present. Representing the entire state, the collection encompasses schools with a significant Jewish presence.
Jewish Historical Society of Michigan maintains the Jewish Yearbook Collection, a treasure trove of more than 2,500 yearbooks from throughout the state of Michigan. Dating back to the early 20th century, the collection contains rare books from schools long gone and recent books from last year’s graduating class. This community resource is an on-going project. We will continue to expand the database and grow our collection thanks to the efforts of volunteers and donors.Donate a Yearbook
The Judith Levin Cantor collection is comprised of an assortment of papers, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, and other materials covering topics relating to the history of the Jewish people of Michigan. Researchers are welcome to access this material, largely copies of primary- and secondary-source materials, by appointment. Judith Levin Cantor is an author, historian and served as JHSM’s president from 1994 to 1996. Many of the papers in the collection are from Ms. Cantor’s personal collection.
The Jeannie and Gershon Weiner MWWMD collection forms the foundation for the Michigan Women Who Made a Difference project, which documents the stories and achievements of Michigan’s Jewish women who helped to build and shape our communities, institutions, and organizations. The collection includes primary- and secondary-source materials related to the biographies of the women included in the online archive. Researchers are welcome to access this material by appointment.