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Leslie Caplan Genealogical Repository

In November 2013, the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy (IIJG) established a repository for Jewish genealogical papers and records, to be held at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem.

The creation of an archive of this kind had long been one of the IIJG’s goals. It was made possible by a generous gift to the Institute by Mrs. Sophie Caplan of Sydney, Australia, and was named after her late husband, Leslie Caplan, who for many years was a prominent leader of Australian Jewry. The primary purpose of the repository is to collect and preserve significant collections of Jewish genealogical papers and to make them readily available to family historians, social scientists and researchers worldwide. It is the only such dedicated repository of its kind and over time should develop into a world centre for the study of Jewish genealogical materials, in conjunction with the extensive resources already available at CAHJP and at the National Library of Israel, where IIJG is housed.

IIJG would welcome offers of private genealogical papers and collections meeting certain well-defined criteria of their importance and pertinence to wide groups of users.

Those interested to bestow or bequeath their collections to the Leslie Caplan Genealogical Repository should contact the IIJG Director, Ami Elyasaf, at < director@iijg.org  >.

Click here for the criteria for acceptance of papers and collections.