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In this group of Flickr "sets," The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life presents online for the first time a wide selection of digitized items from its Western Jewish Americana and Global Jewish Diaspora archival collections.

The decision to give direct access to (at times scantly processed) archival digital files reflects the attempt to integrate digitization technologies and social networking with traditional archival practice, and expands a "minimal processing" approach to collections.

Files are uploaded to these sets on a weekly basis, using the platform already established for the Magnes Jewish Digital Narratives and the software MemoryMiner 2.0beta (which allows to digitally archive each upload).

Comments and social tagging features are open to all Flickr users, and the use of the files (and, of course, of the history and cultures they represent) is encouraged under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Please find out more about the Rights and Reproduction terms and conditions governing the use of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in the Research Information pages on our website.


From the Dusty Archives is a project conceived by Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

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Additional information on the archival collections of the Magnes can be found by following these links:

The Magnes integrated Archive-Library-Museum database, powered by IDEA@ALM.

Summaries of the holdings of the Western Jewish Americana archives (formerly known as the collections of the Western Jewish History Center of the Judah L. Magnes Museum), prepared by Lara Michels, PhD, Archivist of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

Encoded Archival Descriptions (EAD) of the Online Archive of California.


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The digitization projects of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life have enjoyed the support of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Toole Media Fund, and by an Anonymous gift.

The Magnes is a beneficiary of the Esther and Jacques Reutlinger Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay.