Scope and Content of Collection
Title: American Jewish University photograph collection
Bulk Dates: 1947-1999
Collection number: Consult library
University of Judaism
187 online items
American Jewish University
Abstract: The American Jewish University Collection includes photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera depicting people, places and events
that document the history from 1941 to the present of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute which merged
to become American Jewish University in 2007.
Languages represented in the collection:
Selected digitized images from this collection.
Collection open for research.
American Jewish University photograph collection. American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA 90077.
These photographs were assembled from both campuses of American Jewish University. They were digitized in order to provide
broader access to the cultural and social history of the Jewish community of the Great Los Angeles area. A foundational virtual
collection of digital image objects was created, which are available to the public through the California Digital Library's
(CDL) Calisphere and OAC websites.
American Jewish University, with its Familian campus in Bel Air, California and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California,
is the outcome of the 2007 union of Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and the University of Judaism (UJ). For more information,
please see the history page at the following link:
Scope and Content of Collection
The American Jewish University Collection includes photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera depicting people, places and events
that document the history from 1941 to the present, of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute which merged
to become American Jewish University in 2007. These photographs include great Jewish thinkers who founded AJU, Louis Ginzberg,
the author of Judaism as a Civilization, at the University of Judaism, and Shlomo Bardin, a great Jewish educator at Brandeis.
The creation of both institutions was made possible by philanthropists to whom we owe the building of University of Judaism
and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Being located in close proximity to Hollywood, many movies stars the likes of Rock Hudson
and Tony Curtis contributed to AJU both financially and with their participation in galas and educational offerings. The importance
of American Jewish University within the City of Los Angeles is evidenced by the participation of Mayor Tom Bradley in the
dedication of the new building of the University of Judaism Familian Campus in 1979.
The bulk of these photographs were taken by commercial photographers such as Otto Rothschild and Julius Shulman, who beautifully
captured the historical landmark building The House of the Book at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
Items digitized represent a fraction of the archived material housed at both the Familian Campus and Brandeis-Bardin Campus
of American Jewish University. Consult the library for further information.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Artson, Bradley Shavit
Bardin, Shlomo 1898-
Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
Buber, Martin, 1878-1965
Dorff, Elliot N.
Ginzberg, Louis, 1873-1953
Lieber, David L.
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991
Wiesel, Ellie, 1928-
Califano, Joseph A., 1931-
Douglas, William O.
Glazer, Miriyam, 1945-
Gordis, David M.
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003
Hudson, Rock, 1925-1985
Wapner, Joseph A.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974
Sonderling, Jacob, 1878-1964
Engel, Samuel G., 1904-1984
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Brandeis, Simi Valley (Calif.)