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May 23-26 Seminar on Archival and Historical Research at the Center for Jewish History by Christopher Barthel

The Center for Jewish History Seminar on Archival and Historical Research (May 23-26, 2016) is a four-day program for first- and second-year doctoral students, MA students, and rising college seniors to learn the skills of conducting archival research at one of the premier research libraries in the United States. The seminar’s focus is on learning a variety of tools for accessing information and incorporating archival and library research into specific projects. In addition, participants will be introduced to the vast holdings of the Center’s partner organizations, and the ways those collections are created, stored, and preserved. The Center for Jewish History is home to the American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
The 2016 research seminar will welcome students from various disciplines including history, Jewish studies, literature, religion, politics, sociology, anthropology, as well as area and regional studies. Teaching sessions will be led by scholars familiar with the collections based at the Center; archivists and librarians of the Center’s five partner organizations; staff members of the Center’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room; and the Center’s Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Senior Scholar Fellows. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct their own research in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room, utilizing the full complement of tools and resources. The Center will provide breakfast and lunch each day of the seminar.

  • Applications are welcome from rising college seniors, recent university and college graduates, MA students, and PhD candidates in their first two years of matriculation.

Application Guidelines

  • Cover letter that briefly addresses your interest in participating in the research seminar, knowledge of foreign languages, and previous use of archives or special collections.
  • Three-page proposal addressing why you would benefit from participating in the Center for Jewish History Seminar and how it fits in with your long-term goals.
    Curriculum Vitae.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member.


Applications are due by March 31, 2016. All application materials should be submitted as Word or PDF files to Letters of recommendation should be submitted under separate cover, preferably by email to More information is available at and questions may be sent to Christopher Barthel, Senior Manager for Academic and Public Programs.

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