The Ottawa Jewish Archives joins a growing list of Jewish archives across the country whose collections are searchable online through the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network – www.cjhn.ca – a website that links and provides access to the collections and resources of major organizations involved in Canadian Jewish archival preservation.
Established in 1969, the Ottawa Jewish Archives strives to maintain the collective memory of the Jewish Community of Ottawa by acquiring, preserving and making accessible its holdings, which document the history, growth and development of the Jewish community within Ottawa and the National Capital Region.
With an archival collection that tells the story of community life in Ottawa from the 1890s to the current day, the Archives contains a wide range of records relating to individuals and families, community organizations and events, congregations, and businesses.
This is the first time that the complete holdings of the Ottawa Jewish Archives have been accessible online in the Archives’ 47-year history.
This is a major achievement for the Archives. Through modernization of access to our collections and advancement of our digital agenda, we can make the remote accessible and the hard to see visible. This project enables the Archives to more effectively meet user expectations, encourage discovery of our collections and better deliver archives services.
Partnership with CJHN was a natural choice for the Ottawa Jewish Archives as the collections showcased via the network are inter-related on many levels. Together, they constitute an unparallelled resource for the study of Canadian Jewish social, cultural, civic and community history and, in a co-ordinated manner, this partnership furthers the goals of both institutions to increase access to collections in order to open previously underutilized avenues for knowledge and research.
Beginning with two Montreal partners, the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives (formerly the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives) and the Jewish Public Library Archives, “this addition brings the archival holdings of a third Canadian province into the network; the Ottawa Jewish Archives being the first archive from Ontario to add information about its collections to our shared database,” explained Janice Rosen, Archives Director, Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives.
The Ottawa Jewish Archives was one of several recipients of the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program grant, funded by the federal government, which provides grants to select organizations to ensure that Canada’s continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations.
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