The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) Founded in 1892, AJHS is one of the world's oldest historical societies. AJHS is one of the oldest organizations of its kind. Founded in the year of the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage to the New World, its purpose was to demonstrate through historical scholarship the claim of Jews to full membership in American society.

To this end it supported publications and lectures for researchers who at that time had no institutional support, as Jewish historians, in mainstream colleges and universities. Today AJHS still supports scholarship through its Academic Council (comprised of most of the leading scholars in the field), its journal "American Jewish History," its public programing, and exhibitions. But mainly AJHS is

To this end it supported publications and lectures for researchers who at that time had no institutional support, as Jewish historians, in mainstream colleges and universities. Today AJHS still supports scholarship through its Academic Council (comprised of most of the leading scholars in the field), its journal "American Jewish History," its public programing, and exhibitions. But mainly AJHS is

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Ticket from the Russian American Line of the Russian East-Asiatic Steamship Co.  Advertised as "The only Passenger and M...
09/03/2021

Ticket from the Russian American Line of the Russian East-Asiatic Steamship Co. Advertised as "The only Passenger and Mail Service between Russia and United States, regular fortnightly sailings in either direction by the 3 newbuilt twinscrew steamers: Czar, Kursk, & Russia, each of which are equipped with the latest maritime improvements, wireless telegraphy, submarine signals etc." This Kursk ship ticket was dated 03 September 1913.
Doris Kamp White Collection (P-822.)
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ID: Ticket for steamship travel dated 1913. Russian writing printed in Navy surrounds a flag for the steamship line. A photo of a large steamship with billowing smoke above a choppy sea. Handwritten notes denote the passengers covered by the ticket.
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#History #Archive #Steamship #Ticket #Travel #Immigration #Movement

Ticket from the Russian American Line of the Russian East-Asiatic Steamship Co. Advertised as "The only Passenger and Mail Service between Russia and United States, regular fortnightly sailings in either direction by the 3 newbuilt twinscrew steamers: Czar, Kursk, & Russia, each of which are equipped with the latest maritime improvements, wireless telegraphy, submarine signals etc." This Kursk ship ticket was dated 03 September 1913.
Doris Kamp White Collection (P-822.)
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ID: Ticket for steamship travel dated 1913. Russian writing printed in Navy surrounds a flag for the steamship line. A photo of a large steamship with billowing smoke above a choppy sea. Handwritten notes denote the passengers covered by the ticket.
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#History #Archive #Steamship #Ticket #Travel #Immigration #Movement

Ka'ak is the Arabic word for biscuit, this version, scented with anise, sesame, cumin and coriander, is common in the Sy...
08/30/2021

Ka'ak is the Arabic word for biscuit, this version, scented with anise, sesame, cumin and coriander, is common in the Syrian Jewish diaspora. Ka'ak are served at just about every gathering and celebration, but are particularly well suited to breaking the fast after Yom Kippur. The sesame seeds on top represent “the hope that the coming year will be fruitful and replete with good deeds.” The recipe featured in this month's blog post from Aurora Clare @historybakes, comes from Gloria Kaufer Greene’s 1985 The Jewish Holiday Cookbook. Greene in turn learned of the recipe from the Syrian Jewish community of Deal, New Jersey, from Deal Delights, a cookbook compiled by the Sisterhood of the Deal Synagogue. Get the recipe here: https://ajhs.org/blog/ka%E2%80%99ak-syrian-sesame-anise-rings
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ID: A pile of circular crisp savory biscuits topped with sesame seeds. And icon in the center shows a tiny picture of an anise star. Text around it says, "New Blog Post from Aurora Clare, Ka'ak: Syrian Sesame-Anise Rings."
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#History #Jewish #Syrian #Baking #HistoricalBaking #Sesame #YomKippur #Cooking

Ka'ak is the Arabic word for biscuit, this version, scented with anise, sesame, cumin and coriander, is common in the Syrian Jewish diaspora. Ka'ak are served at just about every gathering and celebration, but are particularly well suited to breaking the fast after Yom Kippur. The sesame seeds on top represent “the hope that the coming year will be fruitful and replete with good deeds.” The recipe featured in this month's blog post from Aurora Clare @historybakes, comes from Gloria Kaufer Greene’s 1985 The Jewish Holiday Cookbook. Greene in turn learned of the recipe from the Syrian Jewish community of Deal, New Jersey, from Deal Delights, a cookbook compiled by the Sisterhood of the Deal Synagogue. Get the recipe here: https://ajhs.org/blog/ka%E2%80%99ak-syrian-sesame-anise-rings
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ID: A pile of circular crisp savory biscuits topped with sesame seeds. And icon in the center shows a tiny picture of an anise star. Text around it says, "New Blog Post from Aurora Clare, Ka'ak: Syrian Sesame-Anise Rings."
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#History #Jewish #Syrian #Baking #HistoricalBaking #Sesame #YomKippur #Cooking

Mrs. S. Spier's Membership Card for the American Jewish Congress Women's Division, 1937.  The AJ Congress Women's divisi...
08/17/2021

Mrs. S. Spier's Membership Card for the American Jewish Congress Women's Division, 1937. The AJ Congress Women's division was founded in 1933 and initially focused on helping victims of N**i aggression before expanding to include advocating for civil rights for all. P-561
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ID: Perforated paper membership card for AJ Congress Women's Division for Mrs. S. Spier, dated to Jan. 4, 1937. Receipt of $2.00 for membership to the Bensonhurst chapter. Signed by the treasurer, Mrs. Bernard S. Deutsch. The right side of the card shows six aims of the congress, including "To secure and safeguard the civil, political, economic and religious rights of Jews."
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#Jewish #History #AJCongress #Activism #Women #Archive

Mrs. S. Spier's Membership Card for the American Jewish Congress Women's Division, 1937. The AJ Congress Women's division was founded in 1933 and initially focused on helping victims of N**i aggression before expanding to include advocating for civil rights for all. P-561
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ID: Perforated paper membership card for AJ Congress Women's Division for Mrs. S. Spier, dated to Jan. 4, 1937. Receipt of $2.00 for membership to the Bensonhurst chapter. Signed by the treasurer, Mrs. Bernard S. Deutsch. The right side of the card shows six aims of the congress, including "To secure and safeguard the civil, political, economic and religious rights of Jews."
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#Jewish #History #AJCongress #Activism #Women #Archive

Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, declines an invitation to be honored for is work ,  "...before I can feel fre...
08/16/2021

Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, declines an invitation to be honored for is work , "...before I can feel free to accept such an honor, there are problems that have to be solved. Time is of the essence and so I must, or necessity, do with it the most that I can."
The success of the Salk vaccine field trial was announced in April 1955 and was licensed soon after. Just 3 years before in 1952, 30,000 children were infected with polio, thousands were paralyzed and 3,000 died. By 1979 the virus had been completely eliminated in the United States.
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ID: On letterhead from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, Department of Bacteriology, Mr. Jonas E. Salk typed a letter to Mr. Sol H. Marshall of the Westside Jewish Community Center. Mr. Salk is graciously declining the offer of Mr. Marshall to be honored for his work on the polio vaccine due to the fact that he feels an urgent need to finish his work. He signs the letter in black ink.
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#Jewish #History #MedicalHistory #Vaccine #Polio #Health

Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, declines an invitation to be honored for is work , "...before I can feel free to accept such an honor, there are problems that have to be solved. Time is of the essence and so I must, or necessity, do with it the most that I can."
The success of the Salk vaccine field trial was announced in April 1955 and was licensed soon after. Just 3 years before in 1952, 30,000 children were infected with polio, thousands were paralyzed and 3,000 died. By 1979 the virus had been completely eliminated in the United States.
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ID: On letterhead from the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, Department of Bacteriology, Mr. Jonas E. Salk typed a letter to Mr. Sol H. Marshall of the Westside Jewish Community Center. Mr. Salk is graciously declining the offer of Mr. Marshall to be honored for his work on the polio vaccine due to the fact that he feels an urgent need to finish his work. He signs the letter in black ink.
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#Jewish #History #MedicalHistory #Vaccine #Polio #Health

1895 Souvenir book for the Fair in aid of Educational Alliance & The Hebrew Technical Institute.  Published by the Natio...
08/11/2021

1895 Souvenir book for the Fair in aid of Educational Alliance & The Hebrew Technical Institute. Published by the National Council of Jewish Women and the Executive Board of the Fair. From the Peter H. Schiff collection P-295. The forward in the book written by Max J. Kohler seeks to emphasize the "harmonious and unselfish co-operation of all the different Jewish charitable institutions... in actively aiding the institutions in greatest need." Inside, are profiles of the history and work of each Jewish charitable and religious institution that is involved in the fair.
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ID: Illustrated stapled cream wraps with burgundy and gilt lettering on cover. Drawn images of a woman reading at a table and a man engaged in metalwork.
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#Jewish #History #Book #Archive #Souvenir #NewYork

1895 Souvenir book for the Fair in aid of Educational Alliance & The Hebrew Technical Institute. Published by the National Council of Jewish Women and the Executive Board of the Fair. From the Peter H. Schiff collection P-295. The forward in the book written by Max J. Kohler seeks to emphasize the "harmonious and unselfish co-operation of all the different Jewish charitable institutions... in actively aiding the institutions in greatest need." Inside, are profiles of the history and work of each Jewish charitable and religious institution that is involved in the fair.
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ID: Illustrated stapled cream wraps with burgundy and gilt lettering on cover. Drawn images of a woman reading at a table and a man engaged in metalwork.
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#Jewish #History #Book #Archive #Souvenir #NewYork

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados dates to 1654. After several decades of neglect during the 20th century the synag...
08/10/2021

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados dates to 1654. After several decades of neglect during the 20th century the synagogue had fallen into disrepair (as pictured here.) In 1985 the Barbados Jewish Community raised funds to help restore buildings in the islands Jewish district, including this synagogue. Today the building stands beautifully restored and is once again holding services.
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ID: An old Spanish style colonial building stands amid overgrown brush. The walls are worn and weathered but it's clear that it was once a fine building. Two stories of shuttered windows are closed as though no one has been inside the space for a long time.
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#Jewish #History #Barbados #Synagogue #Community #Restore

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Barbados dates to 1654. After several decades of neglect during the 20th century the synagogue had fallen into disrepair (as pictured here.) In 1985 the Barbados Jewish Community raised funds to help restore buildings in the islands Jewish district, including this synagogue. Today the building stands beautifully restored and is once again holding services.
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ID: An old Spanish style colonial building stands amid overgrown brush. The walls are worn and weathered but it's clear that it was once a fine building. Two stories of shuttered windows are closed as though no one has been inside the space for a long time.
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#Jewish #History #Barbados #Synagogue #Community #Restore

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta.  Hear how ...
08/09/2021
Book Talk- Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Hear how family heirlooms were used to unlock the mystery of the Moses's Family ancestors in, Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family.
Tracing an extraordinary journey throughout the Atlantic World, Leibman examines artifacts left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and New York, to show how Sarah and Isaac Moses were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and--at times-- white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXFSRy5vzPQ

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Hear how family heirlooms were used to unlock ...

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta.  Hear how ...
08/09/2021
Book Talk- Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Hear how family heirlooms were used to unlock the mystery of the Moses's Family ancestors in, Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family.
Tracing an extraordinary journey throughout the Atlantic World, Leibman examines artifacts left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and New York, to show how Sarah and Isaac Moses were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and--at times-- white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXFSRy5vzPQ

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Hear how family heirlooms were used to unlock ...

Young women in bathing caps at summer camp.  Date unknown, estimated to be late 1940's. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asy...
07/31/2021

Young women in bathing caps at summer camp. Date unknown, estimated to be late 1940's. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: We see the surface of a lake dotted with the smiling faces of eight young women enjoying a swim. They all wear swim caps to protect their hair. In the background we see a small dock and trees along the shore.
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#Jewish #History #Camp #Swim #Archives

Young women in bathing caps at summer camp. Date unknown, estimated to be late 1940's. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: We see the surface of a lake dotted with the smiling faces of eight young women enjoying a swim. They all wear swim caps to protect their hair. In the background we see a small dock and trees along the shore.
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#Jewish #History #Camp #Swim #Archives

Teenagers gathered around campfire at summer camp, estimated dates 1940s.  Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the Ci...
07/30/2021

Teenagers gathered around campfire at summer camp, estimated dates 1940s. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: The smiling faces of many teenagers cluster around a small campfire. The fire is blurred and comes off as a ball of light that reflects off of the campers. We can make out that they are wearing coats, so it appears to be a chilly night.
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#Jewish #Camp #CampFire #Archives

Teenagers gathered around campfire at summer camp, estimated dates 1940s. Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York (I-42.)
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ID: The smiling faces of many teenagers cluster around a small campfire. The fire is blurred and comes off as a ball of light that reflects off of the campers. We can make out that they are wearing coats, so it appears to be a chilly night.
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#Jewish #Camp #CampFire #Archives

At parties of the early/mid-twentieth century, Jell-O molds containing fruit, candy, or savory items like pretzels or co...
07/29/2021

At parties of the early/mid-twentieth century, Jell-O molds containing fruit, candy, or savory items like pretzels or coleslaw were a trendy centerpiece. Midcentury advertisements show how Jell-O was sold to both newly arriving immigrants, as well as the American upper-crust as a wholesome all-American treat. Found in the AJHS cookbook collection, Try ‘em You’ll Like ‘em, published in 1974 by the Frances Solovich chapter of B’nai B’rith Women, contains 14 Jell-O recipes in total! Explore one of these recipes in our new blog post from historian Aurora Clare @historybakes! https://ajhs.org/blog/jewish-history-jell-o
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ID: A large red Jell-O mold shines in the foreground, the background has illustrations of a Jell-O packet and some baked treats from the mid 20th century. Text in the advertisement is in Yiddish. Text over the image reads: The Jewish History of Jell-O, New Blog from: Aurora Clare.
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#Jewish #Cooking #Baking #History #Jello #Yiddish #Summer #Treats #HistoricalBaking #JewishHistory #Food #FoodHistory

At parties of the early/mid-twentieth century, Jell-O molds containing fruit, candy, or savory items like pretzels or coleslaw were a trendy centerpiece. Midcentury advertisements show how Jell-O was sold to both newly arriving immigrants, as well as the American upper-crust as a wholesome all-American treat. Found in the AJHS cookbook collection, Try ‘em You’ll Like ‘em, published in 1974 by the Frances Solovich chapter of B’nai B’rith Women, contains 14 Jell-O recipes in total! Explore one of these recipes in our new blog post from historian Aurora Clare @historybakes! https://ajhs.org/blog/jewish-history-jell-o
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ID: A large red Jell-O mold shines in the foreground, the background has illustrations of a Jell-O packet and some baked treats from the mid 20th century. Text in the advertisement is in Yiddish. Text over the image reads: The Jewish History of Jell-O, New Blog from: Aurora Clare.
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#Jewish #Cooking #Baking #History #Jello #Yiddish #Summer #Treats #HistoricalBaking #JewishHistory #Food #FoodHistory

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta.  Once We W...
07/28/2021

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family, tells the story of the Moses family though the artifacts they left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and, finally, New York. Over time, Sarah and Isaac Moses were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and--at times--white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived, and sheds new light on the fluidity of race--as well as on the role of religion in racial shift--in the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Join us for this discussion online on August 4th at 7pm ET. https://forms.office.com/r/2a4biAqUDN
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ID: Image of a book with two early 19th century portraits of a Man and Woman floating above the drawing of a coastal town in Barbados. Next to the book are two headshots, one of the author a blonde woman wearing glasses and a dark jacket, and the other of a professor, a curly black haired woman with glasses and a bright purple shirt. The text around them reads: Book Talk with Laura Arnold Leibman in conversation with Samira Mehta.
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#Jewish #History #JewishHistory #Immigration #BookTalk #Book

Author Laura Arnold Leibman discusses her new book with Gender and Jewish Studies Professor, Samira K. Mehta. Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multiracial Jewish Family, tells the story of the Moses family though the artifacts they left behind in Barbados, Suriname, London, Philadelphia, and, finally, New York. Over time, Sarah and Isaac Moses were able to transform themselves and their lives, becoming free, wealthy, Jewish, and--at times--white. While their affluence made them unusual, their story mirrors that of the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry that constituted as much as ten percent of the Jewish communities in which the siblings lived, and sheds new light on the fluidity of race--as well as on the role of religion in racial shift--in the first half of the nineteenth century.
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Join us for this discussion online on August 4th at 7pm ET. https://forms.office.com/r/2a4biAqUDN
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ID: Image of a book with two early 19th century portraits of a Man and Woman floating above the drawing of a coastal town in Barbados. Next to the book are two headshots, one of the author a blonde woman wearing glasses and a dark jacket, and the other of a professor, a curly black haired woman with glasses and a bright purple shirt. The text around them reads: Book Talk with Laura Arnold Leibman in conversation with Samira Mehta.
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15 W 16th St
New York, NY
10011

There is a parking lot directly across from the Center for Jewish History. There is no street parking during business hours. Close to Union Square and the 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q, and L trains and the F train at 14th and 6th Avenue.

General information

AJHS is a fully independent organization, but we are also part of a group of archives and museums housed at the Center for Jewish History, on W. 16th St. in Manhattan. The other partners are the YIVO Institute (Eastern European Jews), the Leo Baeck Institute (German and Central European Jewry), the American Sephardi Federation (Jews of Iberian descent), and the Yeshiva University Museum, which exhibits Jewish art and artifacts from all periods. Collectively, the Center for Jewish History (CJH) with its four major archives, is one of the largest Jewish research resources in the world.

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

Telephone

(212) 294-6160

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We publish books, magazines and scholarly journals and sell gifts on our online gift shop: http://www.ajhs.org/store/index.cfm

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