Guide to the Jack Jacobs Papers

Processed by Nicole Greenhouse

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Nicole Greenhouse in December 2016. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jacobs, Jack Lester, 1953-
Title: Jack Jacobs Papers
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Jack Jacobs, a Jewish academic and former member of the New Jewish Agenda. The collection mostly contains Jewish leftist publications, materials from the founding of the New Jewish Agenda, and documents related to anti-Semitism in Argentina from the 1970s and 1980s.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (2 manuscript boxes and 5 folders in a shared OS1 box)
Identification: P-1020
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Di Yugnt Shtimme Article on Anti-Semitism in Argentina (Box 1, Folder 1)

Di Yugnt Shtimme Article on Anti-Semitism in Argentina (Box 1, Folder 1)

Jack Jacobs is an American Jewish academic. In the 1980s, Jacobs was a member of the New Jewish Agenda and focused his work for the organization on raising awareness of anti-Semitism towards Jews in Argentina. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 1983. Jacobs’ studies focus on Eastern European socialist political parties and the Jewish Labor Bund. As of this writing (2016), he is a professor of Political Science at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is mostly made up of publications from Jewish Left organizations and materials related to the establishment of the New Jewish Agenda, a progressive multi-issue Jewish organization that focused on nuclear disarmament; peace in the Middle East, Central America, and South America; equal rights for women, gays, and lesbians; and the fight against racism and anti-Semitism. Jacobs was heavily involved in the Argentinean Jewry project, which worked against anti-Semitism and violence toward the Jewish community in Argentina. Materials related to the Argentinean Jewry include articles written by Jacobs and published by the Jewish Student Press Service, clippings, reports, materials related to the Anti-Defamation League’s prisoner project, and New Jewish Agenda Argentinean Jewry committee documents. Other organizations documented in the collection include Medem Jewish Socialist Group and the Jewish Socialist Community.

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Arranged alphabetically.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011

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Related Material

The Jack Jacobs Papers is one individual collection within the Counter Culture collections located at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS). Other counter culture collections at AJHS include the Arthur Ocean Waskow Papers (P-152), Leonard Fein Papers (P-582), Shira Eve Epstein Papers (P-776), Riv-Ellen Prell Papers (P-795), Ruth Abusch-Magder Papers (P-841), Virginia Levitt Snitow Papers (P-876), Goldie Milgram Papers (P-876), Gerald Serotta Papers (P-1023), Jack Nusan Porter Papers (P-1024), Arthur J. Lelyveld Papers (P-1030), Jews for Urban Justice (Washington, D.C.) Records (I-159), Jewish Peace Fellowship Records (I-189), Jewish Student Press Service Records (I-248), Breira Records (I-250), American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism (New York, New York) Records (I-326), North American Jewish Students Appeal Records (I-338), Jewish Labor Committee Records (I-377), New Jewish Agenda Records (I-393), Vermont Chapter of the New Jewish Agenda Records (I-449), Jewish Counter Culture Collection (I-504), Trees and Life for Vietnam Records (I-542), Lights in Action Records (I-560), Brit Tzedek v'Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace Records (I-587), and portions of the Jewish Student Organizations Collection (I-61).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Jack Jacobs Papers; P-1020; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to AJHS in 2003 by Jack Jacobs. The accession number associated with this collection is 2003.037.

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Processing Information

In 2016, a full DACS compliant finding aid was written for the collection.

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Access Points

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Container List

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.


Jack Jacobs Papers, 1971-1986

11Argentinian Jews1978-1982request_box
12Argentinian Jews1978-1982request_box
13Argentinian Jews1978-1982request_box
14Argentinian Jews1978-1982request_box
15Jewish Socialist Community1974-1975request_box
16New Jewish Agenda1979-1980request_box
21New Jewish Agenda1980-1981request_box
22New Jewish Agenda1981-1986request_box
23New Jewish Agenda—December Conference1980-1981request_box
24New Jewish Agenda—December Conference1980-1981request_box
25New Jewish Agenda—December Conference1980-1981request_box
26New Jewish Agenda—Manhattan Chapter1982request_box
27New Jewish Agenda—Newsletter1979-1986request_box
OS1F Box 91Publications—Brooklyn Bridge1971-1972request_box
OS1F Box 92Publications—Chutzpah1972-1978request_box
29Publications—In These Times; Project on Jewish Alternatives Clippings1981request_box
OS1F Box 93Publications—Jewish Liberation Journal; Genesis 2; Nachalal1971-1978request_box
OS1F Box 94Publications—Nitzotz (Radical Zionist Alliance)1972-1973request_box
OS1F Box 95Publications—The Jewish Radical1975-1978request_box
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