Points of Entry

Users can search and access the information and digitized material on this web site through a variety of entry points:

  • Searching on keywords from anywhere on the web site will bring up search results in the form of thumbnails and brief descriptions of each item that matches your search criteria.
  • Go to the "Advanced Search" page and set filters for a more advanced search.
  • Browse the archival collections at the "Browse Collections" page.
  • Explore the galleries of photographs and audio and video clips.

Other online access points to YIVO's archival and library collections include:

Guide to the YIVO Archives
Access basic descriptions of over 1,800 archival collections and detailed finding aids for selected collections.

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe
The world's most comprehensive resource on Eastern European Jewish history and culture and over 1,000 digitized images, documents, sound clips, and videos from YIVO's collections.

People of A Thousand Towns: Online Photographic Catalog
Search and view over 50,000 images of Jewish life in pre- WWII Eastern Europe.

Milstein Family Jewish Communal Archive Project
View documents and images from YIVO's collection of organizational records for the 92nd St Y, the Educational Alliance, the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), FEGs, and Surpise Lake Camp.

16mm Postcards: Home Movies of American Jewish Visitors to 1930s Poland
Rare films of Jewish life in prewar Eastern Europe on an online exhibition by YIVO and Yeshiva University Museum.

YIVO Sounds
Read about the Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of YIVO Sound Recordings and listen to sample recordings.

YIVO in the Center for Jewish History Digital Gallery
View over 1,000 digitized items from YIVO's library and archival collections, including rare films of Jewish life in prewar Eastern Europe.

YIVO Library

YIVO Online Library Catalog
Search the catalog of the YIVO Library on the web site of the Center for Jewish History.

Rare Books and YIVO Scholarly Journals
Read and download PDFs of rare books from the YIVO Library, as well as YIVO's scholarly journals and other publications.

Yiddish Theater Works
Read and download PDFs of Yiddish theater works, including many exclusively rare editions of Yiddish plays, operettas and comedy skits, on the YIVO Library page in the Internet Archive.

Yiddish Children's Books
Explore digitized Yiddish children's books on the web sites of the International Digital Children's Library and the Center for Jewish History.

Educational Resources

The Educational Program on Yiddish Culture (EPYC), a high school curriculum on Jewish culture in Eastern Europe.

Yiddish Resources

Yiddish Dictionaries in the YIVO Library
List of Yiddish dictionaries in the YIVO Library.

Resources for Yiddish Translation and the Study of Yiddish Language
Online publications of the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, including Plant Names in Yiddish, Yiddishland (a gazeteer), and The Seven Genders of Yiddish by Uriel Weinreich.

Set design for unidentified play. Leib Kadison. Album: Portraits and sketches for plays. Pencil and crayon. (RG 1100 / RG 1100.8.2_1)