Welcome to the Jewish Public Library Archives

In honour of the release of recollections with the JPL, our Archives and Special Collections podcast, we are highlighting two fonds related to the themes explored on Jewish leftist movements in Montreal. The Léa Roback Fonds and the Workmen's Circle Fonds are based on prominent labour activists, organizing on both an individual and institutional level. View a study guide for the podcast here.

We are also highlighting the Ethel Stark Collection, on display at McGill University's Marvin Duchow Music Library in the exhibition From the Shadows: Ethel Stark, the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, and the Preservation of Audio Heritage. Visit the online exhibit on JPL-Curates.org.

Featured Collections
Léa Roback Fonds, https://jplarchives.org/lea-roback-fonds Wokrmen's Circle Fonds, https://jplarchives.org/workmens-circle-fonds Ethel Stark Collection, https://jplarchives.org/ethel-stark-collection

About Us
The Jewish Public Library Archives houses the unique records of Montreal's Jewish communities from over the past 250 years. We continue to collect and preserve primary records (documents, photographs, films, ephemera) and make them accessible to the public today. Together, our archival collections ("fonds") tell the social, economic, and cultural stories of our community, including the works of artists and intellectuals dating back from the turn of the century.

Book a Reference Appointment
The Jewish Public Library Archives is pleased to offer reference and research services to the public, whether in-person, by e-mail, or telephone. Please note that research appointments to consult archival material must be scheduled ahead of time and confirmed by the Reference Archivist prior to your visit. Book a reference appointment here.

Searching the Catalogue
For the last year the JPL Archives staff has been working hard to migrate our archival catalogue. Over 150 new fonds and migrated fonds are now easily searchable, and more are being processed and added every month. Once the migration is complete we will be updating the CJHN (our national partner project) and researchers can opt for their favoured research method.

For help getting started, visit the Tutorials page.

Stay Up-to-Date
For information on programming (like our Yiddish Translate-a-thons and in-house exhibitions), sign up for our newsletter, visit JPL Curates, and follow us on Instagram. Find additional Archives contact information here.

The Archives digitization is generously supported by The Azrieli Foundation, 2022-2025.

Pour accéder à la version française du catalogue, veuillez cliquer sur l'icône du globe terrestre situé dans le coin supérieur droit de l'écran.