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Joyce Axelrod Collection

Identifier: MS-0577

Scope and Contents

The Joyce Axelrod Collection documents the San Diego Jewish Film Festival and the work of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Cultural Arts Committee. Materials include film festival brochures, newspaper clippings, and photographs of committee members, as well as brochures and pamphlets from the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture and the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. A DVD and brochure from the "First Fifty Years" celebration of San Diego's United Jewish Federation co-produced by Joyce Axelrod and Lori Pollin in 1987 is also included.


  • Creation: 1986 - 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Historical Note

The San Diego Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center. Founded by the Center’s Cultural Arts Director Lynette Allen and Festival Chair Joyce Axelrod, it was conceived in 1984, starting with the showing of one film to a small group of people. In 1989 they arranged to have a group of films shown in Sherwood Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. The official festival began in 1991. In over twenty years the festival has grown to be a major event for the San Diego Jewish Community, with many films shown over several weeks at various venues throughout San Diego County. Guest speakers involved with the production of the films and experts in the film topics give talks and lead discussions during the festival each year.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 letter-sized Hollinger box)

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Custodial History

One of the founders of the festival, Joyce Axelrod donated this collection the the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego in 2020 (JHSSD #2020.02). It includes materials regarding the San Diego Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in August 2021.


August 2021

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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