The digitization of the UJA-Federation of New York Oral History Project is now complete. You can access all of the oral histories either through the finding aid for the Oral History Project, or through the Center for Jewish History’s Digital Collections. Available now are files ranging from the audio and transcript of the interview with Nathan S. Ancell to the transcript of the interview with Gary Zucker. Special thanks goes to Amit Primor of the Gruss Lipper Digital Lab at the Center for Jewish History for his diligence and hard work in digitizing hundreds of audio tapes, creating both archival copies of the interviews, stored in a digital repository, and access copies of the interviews, optimized for listening online.
It has been exciting to have completed the digitization of the Oral History Project and we plan to soon begin another digitization project. We are now reviewing other possible candidates for digitization, including the ledgers of the Brooklyn Federation of Jewish Charities. In 1944, the Brooklyn Federation merged with the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies of New York City to become the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, so the Brooklyn Federation material would provide much information on Jewish philanthropies operating in Brooklyn between 1909-1944. But the Brooklyn ledgers are only one of many possibilities. As we continue to process archival material, we have documented correspondence, photographs, publications, and ephemera that might serve as candidates for possible future digitization.
The opportunity for research and learning using the audio files and transcripts abound. We look forward to answering any questions that may arise regarding the content of the interviews, the participants, or their role in UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.