The Center for Jewish History--especially the Leo Baeck Institute--is
not limited to the NYC area. It has pioneered the practice of putting
archival collections on-line where they are available to all. Many
family collections are already available for viewing and download. For
those whose families came >from Germany, it is the most important archive
in the Western Hemisphere.
As I mentioned, they take copies and do not demand exclusivity. So, as
Robert suggests, it's possible to donate the same material to several
archives. But the benefits of having a large, presumably permanent
organization *managing* the on-line resources (as opposed to, say, a
personal web page) should be considered too.
Roger Lustig Princeton, NJ USA research coordinator, GerSIG