Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Archives
About the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Archives Collection
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Archives Collection was established in January 2009 in anticipation of the Federation’s 2010 centennial. In February 2011, the collection became part of Wright State University’s Special Collections and Archives.
The Jewish Federation’s collection comprises records and historic material of the Federation since its inception in 1910. The collection is a key resource for information about the history of the Jews of Dayton, and the role the Federation has played: providing for Jews in need and enhancing the quality of Jewish life in Dayton, Israel, and around the world. Its artifacts paint a vivid picture of the Federation’s rescue, relief, and absorption efforts on behalf of the Jewish people in the 20th century.
Contact Wright State University Special Collections and Archives at http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/
Why a Jewish Federation?
‘Turn your best thinking toward a solution’
The late Milton A. Marks, the Federation’s oldest living president at the time of the Federation’s centennial, took a look back on the East End, leadership, and his mentor.
The story of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton
Professional archivist Pamela Schwartz has volunteered to inventory, organize and process the collection. She’ll continue to work on the collection at Wright State.
From the pages of The Dayton Jewish Observer
Articles of interest about Dayton Jewish history
Federation’s history preserved through new endowment fund
Thanks to the generosity of the Clarence and Judith Lapedes Family Foundation, we’re assured that the Jewish Federation Archives will be well-maintained and available to future generations of the Dayton Jewish community.
The JFGD Archives and Special Collections Fund in Memory of Debra L. Schwartz is a new restricted endowment fund of the Federation Foundation, established under the guidance of Andrew and Pamela Schwartz in memory of Andrew’s mother, Debra Lapedes Schwartz.