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Jewish Studies

An overview of scholarly resources in Jewish Studies

Finding Primary Sources

The Library subscribes to many online databases that contain primary sources. You can browse these databases through the links below.

Email the Subject Specialist listed on this page for suggestions.

Primary Sources at UChicago

Archives & Faculty Papers

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) houses many archival collections that may be of interest to researchers in religious studies.

The University Archives was established as part of the University of Chicago Library in 1946. Included in the Archives are official records and publications; minutes of the Board of Trustees and other boards and statutory bodies; records of administrative units including academic divisions, professional schools, departments, offices, programs, and interdisciplinary committees; papers of faculty members, trustees, administrators, students, and alumni; serial publications; photographs; video and film; sound recordings; and memorabilia.

Archival collections such as the papers of Saul Bellow, Morris Raphael Cohen, Louis Gottschalk, Philip M. Klutznick, Michael Polanyi, Julius Rosenwald, Joseph Schwab and Leo Strauss document the work and career of Jewish writers and intellectuals across a broad range of fields. Search the finding aid database or Library Catalog for additional collections.


Electronic Collections of Primary Sources

Please note that some of these are licensed resources that are available online, while others are licensed resources that are installed on one of the Library's computers.

Liturgy and Sacred Poetry (Piyut)

Kabbalah and Chassidut​

Digital Collections of Hebrew Manuscripts 

History of the Modern Era

Individual Works Online

Archival Material

Historical Newspapers


Jewish History in Chicago and Illinois

See the information on the Yiddish Studies tab of this guide.

Subject Specialist

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Anne Knafl
Joseph Regenstein Library, Room 462