Saturday, July 7, 2012

Images of the Jewish Atlantic World

Rocking horse, Gomez House,
Marlboro, New York
An interesting and eclectic collection of images called "Jewish Atlantic World" is available on the Reed College Web site.  Laura Leibman, author of Messianism, Secrecy, and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life, amassed the images while researching her book.  They represent not only the history of Jews in the New World but also comparison items from non-Jews to place the Jewish items in context, both culturally and historically.

The Browse page breaks down the collection into categories of time period, geographic region, ethnic group, religious affiliation, and cemeteries, and also by type of artifact (including family trees and wills!).  There is also a search page.  By far the largest group of images relates to Sephardic Jews, but there are significant numbers for Ashkenazi Jews, Black Americans, and Anglo Americans, along with smaller collections for Dutch and Venezuelan.  The site is freely available for viewing and requires no registration.  The images are copyrighted and may not be used without permission, except for fair use as defined by copyright law.


  1. Janice,
    Interesting find-thanks for providing this resource!

  2. You're welcome! I found several interesting images on the site.


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