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Finding Aid for the Western States Jewish History Archive, 1800-2004
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The Western States Jewish History Archive contains the compiled research and activities of the Society's two founders, Dr. Norton Stern and Rabbi William Kramer. The bulk of the collection includes research files on individuals, institutions and organizations, and synagogues throughout California. These vary in their breadth and specificity, some offering original primary source materials, while others largely comprised of newspaper clippings and research notes. Files from institutions and organizations, as well as synagogues, often contain internal documents -meeting minutes, memos, and legal and financial records- in addition to newsletters, pamphlets and other public materials. Kramer's personal papers are also in the collection as well, including drafts of his oral and written work, personnel records from his various employments, and photos and ephemera of his family.
The Western States Jewish History Association, originally named the Western States Jewish Historical Society, began as an offshoot of the Southern California Jewish Historical Society, a local branch of the American Jewish Historical Society. The Association's founder, Norton Stern, and was appointed to create and publish a journal, The Western State Jewish History Quarterly in 1968.
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Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.