Our Mission

The Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, in conjunction with the University Libraries' Rare and Distinctive Collections, is building a collection of archival holdings focused on Judaism and the Jewish-American experience from roughly the late 1940s to the present. The material collected in the Innovations in Jewish Life Collections aims to shed light on the religious, cultural, and social movements of American Judaism as well as on the various philosophies of Judaism and Jewish organizations in the relevant period.

The Innovations in Jewish Life Collections exist to document the work of the individuals and groups, who transformed and in many cases are still transforming the American Jewish experience in the post-World War II period, and to make that experience accessible to students, researchers, and interested parties of all kinds.

The Collections seek to:

  1. Preserve post-Holocaust American Jewish cultural heritage for future generations
  2. Provide research opportunities for scholars, students, and researchers
  3. Promote the study of post-Holocaust American Jewish history within the context of the broader American and international community by sponsoring symposia and developing exhibits both physical and online
  4. Engage with the community through collections-based education and outreach