For Researchers

For Researchers

Due to the current health crisis, the Goodwin Library and Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center is 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 research@jewishmuseummd.org for assistance.

Messages are checked weekly, and we will do our best to respond to inquiries within two weeks.


Research at the JMM’s Goodwin Library and Robert L. Weinberg Family History Center is by appointment only. We ask for at least two weeks’ notice, and that researchers discuss their needs, and any materials of interest, with Collections staff ahead of their visit. JMM Members may visit free of charge; non-members pay a $10 fee per visit. Photocopies may be made of selected materials at 20 cents/page; digital photos may be taken for no charge; portable scanners are not permitted.

Resources

Making our collections more accessible to researchers, both on-site and remote, is an ongoing project. More about our unique resources, including links to online-viewable lists and databases whenever possible, can be found here.

Remote Research

Collections staff and volunteers are glad to answer short, simple research queries free of charge via phone or email (email is preferred). For more substantial requests, there is a fee of $25 per hour for non-members, $15 per hour for JMM members. In either case, we ask that you provide as much information about your request and your research goals as possible, so that we may assist you efficiently. Please note that it is not always possible for someone to respond to your request immediately; messages are usually responded to within a two week period.

Referrals

We will do our best to suggest other Maryland repositories and resources that may help you in your research.

Reproduction Requests

Digital reproductions of images, documents, and recordings – as well as object photographs – are available for most of our collections. Fees vary, depending on the proposed use, and terms apply. You can download a copy of the reproduction form, which includes the fee schedule.

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Overview of 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.

browsable list of the major manuscript collections is available; please email research@jewishmuseummd.org to obtain full finding aids for any manuscript collection on this list. Individual archival records can be searched through our web-based collections database.

Photographs

JMM holds over 100,000 photographs of Jewish life in Maryland. Our photographic collection can be searched through our collections database. Photographic reproduction services are available; fees and terms apply.

Oral History Collection

The Oral History Collection at the JMM consists of over 700 interviews that contain a wealth of family reminiscences, memories of life in Baltimore, and recollections of people, places, and events from throughout the state.

Reference Materials

The Anne Adalman Goodwin Library at the JMM, a non-lending, non-circulating library, holds over 3,000 volumes on Jewish and Maryland history, as well as reference files organized by subject, family, and congregation, and a nearly-complete set of the Jewish Times (1927-present). All materials are available to researchers only in the reading room at the JMM. Books can be searched on the Library section of our collections database.

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How to Reach Us

research@jewishmuseummd.org

410-500-5349


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