The Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague
Currently, the Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague contains more than 550 shelf-metres of archival records. The main portion comprises the archives of the individual Jewish religious communities of Bohemia and Moravia. Also kept here are the holdings of certain Jewish associations and organizations, as well as personal papers. The archives also includes a small collection of patents, circulars, ordinances and decrees, a collection of seals and stamps, a collection of sheet music and a collection of miscellaneous items.
The archives also has documents relating to individual Jewish communities, which contain photographs of synagogues, ghettoes and cemeteries, reports on surveys into these sites and references to literature and other sources on the history of Jewish settlement in specific areas.
A small collection of valuable older documents acquired through purchases or donations was put together by the museum before the Second World War. Most of the archival records were transferred to the museum during the war as part of the wartime shipment of material from the disbanded Jewish communities of Bohemia and Moravia. This is why, apart from individual documents, the museum has few records from the archives of Jewish communities in the annexed border area. Materials from other communities, too, have not always been sufficiently preserved; in some cases, only fragments of documents have survived. For many years, the archives only contained material from a particular historical period with only a few preserved documents dating from after 1945. It was not until 2006 – having been transferred to a modern air-conditioned depository with ample space capacity – that the archives began to collect more recent material, in particular the extant records of Jewish communities that were re-established after the Second World War.
Information about the collections that are kept in the Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague is available in the nationwide database of the Archive Groups in the Czech Republic on the Czech Ministry of Interior’s website (http://aplikace.mvcr.cz/archivni-fondy-cr/default.aspx). Quick access is also possible via the website of the Czech Archive Society at www.cesarch.cz
Address: The Archives of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Stroupežnického 32, 150 00 Praha 5
Telephone: +420 222 749 211, +420 257 311 492
The Reading Room is open to the public:
Tuesday and Thursday 9-12 a.m., 1-5 p.m., except for public and Jewish holidays
List of fonds and collections
List of archival aids
Price list for services provided by the archives
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The archives has a small reference library which mainly contains dictionaries, encyclopaedic guides and basic literature on the history of the Jews in the Bohemian lands, including material published by the Jewish Museum. The Library of the Jewish Museum in Prague is located in the museum’s main building at U Staré školy 1, Prague 1
Jewish birth and death registers from Bohemia and Moravia are kept at the Czech National Archives. Digitized birth and death registers can be accessed here at www.badatelna.cz