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Reference Services, Hours & Contact Information


The YIVO Archives holds manuscripts, private papers, organizational files, photographs, films, posters, artworks, artifacts, and sound recordings; while the YIVO Library holds books, periodicals, and newspapers.

The YIVO Archives and its special collections are open to the public by appointments made at least 1 week in advance at:
(General Archives, Music Archives, Art & Artifacts): archives@yivo.cjh.org
(Photographs & Films): photofilm@yivo.cjh.org
(Sound Archives): soundarchives@yivo.cjh.org

     Hours: 9:30am - 5pm, Monday through Thursday.
     Photo and Film Archives Hours: 9:30am - 5pm, Monday through Thursday.
     Music Archives Hours: 10am - 4:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
     Sound Archives Hours: By appointment, Monday through Friday


YIVO Library materials are available in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room. reference collection consisting of 3,000 titles is an open-stack collection. The remaining holdings are closed-stack materials.

     Hours:
     Sunday from 11am - 4pm
     Monday 9:30am - 7:30pm
     Tuesday to Thursday 9:30am - 5:30pm
     Friday 9:30am - 1:30pm

     Monday-Thursday, last call for paging is 4:30pm. Friday, last call for paging is 12:30pm.
     All requests for Sunday usage must be received by 4:30pm on the preceding Thursday.


Researchers must reserve a Microfilm reader/printer in advance by calling (917) 606-8217.

All materials (books, periodicals, microforms, manuscripts, photographs, etc.) must be used at YIVO at the Center for Jewish History and may not be borrowed. There is no charge for consulting library and archival materials.

Off-site materials may take up to 3 weeks from time of request to availability and access may not be possible for all materials. A fee may be assessed. For access to off-site materials in archival collections, please contact archives@yivo.cjh.org. For access to off-site library materials, please contact the Head Librarian Lyudmila Sholokhova at lsholokhova@yivo.cjh.org.


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YIVO LIBRARY
For all questions pertaining to Library materials contact the Library please contact:
libraryinquiries@yivo.cjh.org

If you would like to donate books to the YIVO Library, please contact Head Librarian Lyudmila Sholokhova at lsholokhova@yivo.cjh.org for more information.

GENERAL ARCHIVES
The General Archives includes papers of individuals, records of organizations, and subject collections.

For reference questions, to view a collection in the General Archives or to request an appointment, contact:
archives@yivo.cjh.org Appointments must be requested at least 1 week in advance. Due to a high volume of inquiries it may take up to 10 days to receive a response.

PHOTO AND FILM ARCHIVES
The Photo and Film Archives holds about 150,000 to 200,000 photographs on Jewish life around the world and more than 120 films.

For reference questions, to request an appointment to use the Photo and Film Archives, or to order reproductions, contact:
photofilm@yivo.cjh.org Appointments must be requested at least 1 week in advance. Due to a high volume of inquiries it may take up to a week to receive a response.

Read more about Reproductions & Permissions.
View and/or download the YIVO Reproductions Price List/Access Form.

SOUND ARCHIVES
The Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of YIVO Sound Recordings houses commercially produced 78rpm discs (around 6,500 titles), lps (over 2,500 albums), cassettes and compact discs, as well as non-commerical, one-of-a-kind field and private recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial music, klezmer, comedy, radio and spoken word.

For reference questions, to make an appointment, donate sound documents or order sound reproductions, call 212-294-6169 or write to soundarchives@yivo.cjh.org.

Due to a high volume of inquiries it may take up to a week to receive a response.

MUSIC ARCHIVES (Sheet Music & Manuscripts)
Open to the public by appointment. Hours: 10am - 4:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.
The YIVO Music Archives holds liturgical music, popular songs, art music, theater music, folk music, and other genres.

For reference questions or to make an appointment to use the Music Archives please contact archives@yivo.cjh.org. Appointments must be requested at least 1 week in advance. Due to a high volume of inquiries it may take up to a week to receive a response.

ART AND ARTIFACTS
The Art and Artifacts Collection includes paintings, drawings, rare prints, set designs, costumes, artifacts and traditional and ceremonial art. There are about 3,000 original art objects.

To inquire about the Art and Artifact Collections or to request an appointment, contact:
archives@yivo.cjh.org

Appointments must be requested at least 1 week in advance. Due to a high volume of inquiries it may take up to a week to receive a response.

DONATIONS OF ARCHIVAL MATERIALS TO THE YIVO ARCHIVES:
If you wish to donate documents, photographs, films, artworks, manuscripts or sound recordings to the YIVO Archives, please contact:
Leo Greenbaum, Accessions Archivist, lgreenbaum@yivo.cjh.org