JDC Archives Historic Film, Video and Audio Collection #archives

Jan Meisels Allen




The American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) houses one of the most significant collections of modern Jewish history. Comprising the organizational records of the JDC, the Archives includes over 3 miles of text documents, 100,000 photographs, a research library of more than 6,000 books, 1,100 audio recordings including oral histories, and a video collection.  They have more than 150 additions to their historic film, video and audio collection from the 1920s through the early 2000s depicting the JDC’s relief operations throughout the 90 countries where they worked over the past century.  The archives has audio as well as videos in their collection.


You can search the film, video and audio collection by going to:


The JDC has begun to digitize their audio visual materials. A sampling of the digitized materials may be found at:


To read more about this collection see:


There is also an order form on the aforementioned page (URL)  if you want to screen digitized films. Videos or sound recordings.


While visiting the JDC website don’t forget to check their Names Index which has 500,000 names found in their historic documents and client lists at:


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee