Jewish American Experience Research Guide

Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City

The Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City (JCA), in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO), works to preserve the stories that compose our region's history. JCA fulfills its mission to preserve American Jewish history in Greater Kansas City and the Midwest by encouraging and supporting the collection of documents, photographs, and other memorabilia concerning Jewish life, history, and culture in the region. The collection provides researchers, teachers and students, and the general public an opportunity to engage with the diverse and dynamic stories that compose the area's rich Jewish history.

Members of the community have an important role to play in preserving Jewish history. Consider donating personal papers or collections of organizational and business records to the Jewish Community Archives by contacting us.

Articles from Missouri Historical Review and Missouri Times


The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collections include material about or by Jewish Americans; personal papers, organizational records, and other materials related to social life and customs, religious practices, family experiences, and other aspects of life in Jewish American communities in Missouri.

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CountyCityTitleAvailable OnDate Range
BooneColumbiaFrontierHard Copy Only1985-2001
BooneColumbiaHillelHard Copy Only1986-2000
JacksonKansas CityJewish WorldMicrofilmSep 15, 1901
JacksonKansas CityKansas City Jewish ChronicleHard Copy OnlyJul 4, 1947
JacksonKansas CityKansas City Jewish ChronicleMicrofilm1954-2000
 St. LouisBulletin (National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Section)Hard Copy Only1980-2000
 St. LouisDie WahrheitMicrofilm1871
 St. LouisGenerationsHard Copy Only1995-2005
 St. LouisThe Greater St. Louis Jewish StarHard Copy Only – SA11071954-1955
 St. LouisImmanuel's WitnessHard Copy Only1903
 St. LouisJewish Daily ForwardHard Copy OnlyFeb 1945; Mar 28, 1950
 St. LouisJewish Free PressMicrofilm1885-1887
 St. LouisJewish TribuneMicrofilm1879-1884
 St. LouisJewish VoiceMicrofilm1888-1926 (missing 1892)
 St. LouisThe Jewish VoiceHard Copy OnlyOct 24, 1980
 St. LouisMissouri Jewish Post & OpinionHard Copy OnlyApr 23, 1986
 St. LouisModern ViewHard Copy Only1902-1903; 1913-1943
 St. LouisSt. Louis Jewish LightMicrofilm1947-2013 (incomplete)
 St. LouisSulamithMicrofilm1880-1881

Photographs and Other Images

The Jewish Community Archives of Greater Kansas City (JCA) digital collection features photographs of Jewish community life in Kansas City. These photographs include local and national leaders, civic organizations such as B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Community Center, the National Council of Jewish Women, and Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, social organizations like Kansas City’s Irari Club, family portraits, and photographs of significant events, including the annual Man of the Year award ceremony. The photographs also include synagogues and religious leaders, including Rabbis Maurice Solomon, Morris Margolies, and Gershon Hadas. Several photographs in the collection highlight the relationship between President Harry S. Truman and the Kansas City Jewish community. 

The digitization of these invaluable materials documenting local Jewish history was made possible through a Jewish Leadership Education Action and Development (J-LEAD) grant and matching funds from the Jewish Community Foundation’s Community Legacy Fund, as well as other foundation donors.