Collections and Family History Research


Visitor Research in Our Collections: Due to the current health crisis, the Goodwin Library and Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center are closed to researchers at this time. We hope to make in-person research appointments available in a later phase of our reopening plan. Meanwhile, JMM staff will do their best to accommodate research needs virtually.

Please email for assistance; messages are checked weekly, and we will do our best to respond to inquiries within two weeks.



Research-by-E-Mail and Phone Service: The Museum staff and volunteers are glad to answer short, simple research queries free of charge via phone or e-mail. For more substantial requests, we charge a fee to research our collections: $25 per hour for non-members, $15 per hour for JMM members. This includes up to ten photocopies, postage, and handling. Additional photocopies are billed at $.20 per page. A $25 non-refundable advance minimum fee is required ($15 for JMM members). Please note that messages left on by phone or email are checked by staff once a week and it is not always possible for someone to return your message immediately. Messages are usually responded to within a two week period.

Extended Research at Jewish Cemeteries: We will take digital pictures at Baltimore-area Jewish cemeteries, if the graves can be located. The cost of this service is $60 per trip for non-members, $50 per trip for members. (If more than one cemetery is requested, more than one trip may be necessary.) Images will be e-mailed free of charge, and cost $1 per image if sent through the postal service. This fee includes postage and handling. A $60 non-refundable advance fee is required ($50 for JMM members). We cannot guarantee results nor make refunds of the advance fee. Requests are generally filled within 8 weeks. For more information please call or email us.

Referrals: Staff will assist you to access other Maryland repositories on-line, and will make referrals to local genealogists for research in the Maryland State Archives. This service is free of charge.

Object Photography: There is a $25 flat fee for digital object photography conducted by JMM staff. There is an additional fee for professional photography.

Introduction to the Collection


Manuscript Materials

The archival collection at the Jewish Museum of Maryland includes over 150 major manuscript collections and thousands of other documents and rare books relating to the lives of Maryland ‘s Jews.

A browsable list of the major manuscript collections is available. For complete finding aids (inventories) of manuscript collections, please email

In addition to browsing through the list of manuscript collections, it is possible to use keywords to search the JMM collections through our web-based collections database.


The Jewish Museum of Maryland Archives contains approximately 100,000 photographs and negatives of Jewish life in Maryland . Our photographic collection can be searched (and some images viewed) using keywords through our collections database. Photographic reproduction services are available for a fee (which is detailed in the photo request form).  Please email if you wish to conduct photo research. If you would like reproductions of any JMM images, please fill out the request form here and email it to the photo request email address above. You may also call (410) 500-5349 and leave a message with your information. Please allow 2-4 weeks for completion of reproduction requests.

Oral History Collection

The Oral History Collection at the JMM is an active and growing collection. Currently consisting of over 700 interviews, these oral histories contain family reminisces, memories of life in Baltimore, and recollections of people, places and events from throughout the state.

Genealogy and Family History

The Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center is located inside the Anne Adalman Goodwin Library. The Weinberg Family History Center contains census records, ship manifests, family trees, and other research materials. If you are interested in conducting family history research, please email or call (410) 500-5349 and leave a message with your research question and contact information. Please allow 2-4 weeks for completion of request.


The Anne Adalman Goodwin Library at the JMM contains approximately 3,000 volumes of books and periodicals. The JMM Library is a non-lending, non-circulating library. All volumes are available to researchers only in the reading room at the JMM. To search via the internet for books available at the JMM library, go to our collections database.

Family History Requests


General Research


Photo Requests