Jewish Collections

Jewish Collections

Jewish Collections at the Filson Historical Society

In 2017 the Filson Historical Society began a new initiative to document, preserve, and study the history of Jewish life and experience in Louisville and the Ohio Valley region. In addition to collecting the manuscripts, records, and photographs of local Jewish individuals, families, businesses, and organizations, the Filson also hosts programs and exhibitions that explore connections between Jewish and local history. This project is made possible through generous support from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, the James Graham Brown Foundation, and the Wood Foundation.


Jewish Collections at the Filson include library materials such as books and pamphlets, searchable in our library catalog. Special collections materials include personal papers and organizational records that range from single items to large boxed collections, scrapbooks, architectural drawings, photographs, and three dimensional artifacts. To search manuscript collections by subject heading and keyword, please use our manuscript database. Photo and museum collections can be searched most effectively in-house at the Filson; feel free to call or email for assistance.

Highlights from the Filson’s Jewish Collections include:

Family Collections

Ackermann Family Papers and Photographs, 1929-1999

Ades-Goldin Family Papers and Photographs, 1888-2013

Helman-Victor Family Papers, 1895-2015

Joseph Family Papers, 1945-2017

Levy-Wolff Family Papers, 1889-2002

Individual Collections

David R. Bass Papers and Photographs, 1930-1982

Isaac Wolfe Bernheim Papers, 1922-1943

Harold B. Green Papers and Photographs, 1942-1955

Dr. Ronald L. Levine Papers, 1974-2016

Rabbi Martin Perley Papers, 1968-1977

Rabbi Martin Perley Added Papers, 1942-1946

Dr. Rabbi Joseph Rauch Papers, 1931-1967

Business and Organizational Collections

Bernheim Distilling Company Letters, 1918-1919

B’nai B’rith Louisville Lodge No. 14 Records, 1860-1921

Jewish Family and Vocational Services Papers and Photographs, 1938-2010

Jewish Hospital Records and Photographs, 1908-2008

Joseph & Joseph (Firm). Young Men’s Hebrew Association plans, 1915, 1928. 2 rolls.

Levy Bros. Department Store Building Records and Photographs, 1888-1914

Meyer Berman and Sons Department Store Records, 1919-1941

Jewish Community Newspaper Digital Archive

Jewish Community Newspaper Digital Archive

Exhibits and Programs

For recordings of lectures and programs related to Ohio Valley Jewish history, please visit the Jewish History section of our featured audio recordings page.

Please tour our Digital Exhibits to explore exhibits on Louisville’s Jewish Hospital and Louisville artist Julius Friedman.

Other Resources

Archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisville Libraries also hold Jewish collections you may like to explore here as well as an extensive collection of oral histories conducted in Louisville’s Jewish Community, accessible here. The University of Kentucky also holds manuscript and oral history collections accessible here.

Louisville’s Jewish Funeral Home, Herman Meyer and Son, has extensive information on Louisville Jewish cemeteries (including gravesite indexes), available in the genealogy section of their website located here.

Have questions about research or donating your Ohio Valley Jewish history? Please contact Abby Glogower, Curator of Jewish Collections: gro.l1618533316aciro1618533316tsihn1618533316oslif1618533316@rewo1618533316golgy1618533316bba1618533316.

Venue Rental

Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

View a virtual tour of our spaces!

Visit the Filson

1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1618533316aciro1618533316tsihn1618533316oslif1618533316@hcra1618533316eser1618533316.


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