American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Photo Collection


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s photo collection constitutes one of the most valuable sources in the world for a pictorial study of Jewish life in the 20th century.

From World War I until the present, professional photographers and JDC staff helped fulfill JDC’s responsibility to communicate to the public the extent of the needs overseas and how entrusted funds were spent. As a result, more than 100,000 photographic images, many rich in ethnographic detail, provide a parallel visual history to JDC’s massive text archives, and literally put a face on individuals and (many now-vanished) communities reached by JDC’s life-saving work in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The significance of the JDC Archival collection has been noted by photographic experts and by researchers.

The JDC Archives ( has a full-time job opening for a position on its photo-digitization project.

Primary Tasks:

Preparation of on-line photo galleries from the post-World War II period:
• Selection of photos to be included in each gallery
• Preparation of written descriptions of the galleries
• Editing of descriptive information on the selected photographs

Cataloguing of descriptive data on photographs in the pre-World War II period:
• Review of the descriptive data in the photo database
• Editing and expanding upon the database information

• B.A. degree
• Experience navigating databases
• Interest in history and/or photography helpful
• Attention to detail and accuracy

Please send a cover letter and resume to Robin Salsberg, Director of Human Resources, at

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
Room 503
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

Peter Wosh

About Peter Wosh

Professor Wosh directs the program in Archives and Public History at NYU. Professor Wosh’s research has focused primarily on American religion, American institutional cultures, and archival management issues. His background includes work as an archivist in a variety of academic and nonprofit institutions, including: Director of Archives and Library Services, American Bible Society (1989-1994); Archivist/Records Manager, American Bible Society (1984-1989); University Archivist, Seton Hall University (1978-1984). He is the author of Privacy and Confidentiality Perspectives: Archivists and Archival Records, with Menzi Behrnd-Klodt (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2005); Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005); Spreading the Word: The Bible Business in Nineteenth-Century America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994); The Diocesan Journal of Michael Augustine Corrigan, Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, 1872-1880 (Newark: New Jersey Historical Society, 1987); as well as articles in various archival, historical, and library journals. Professor Wosh’s current research involves editing the published writings of Waldo Gifford Leland, a pioneering archival theoretician, for the Archival Classics series published by the Society of American Archivists.

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