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Jewish Historical Society of San Diego Oral History Archive

Identifier: MS-0590

Scope and Contents

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego Oral History Archive consists of interviews with members of San Diego's Jewish community concerning family and community history from the early 20th century to the present. The recorded interviews have been digitized from the original tapes and can be accessed in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room. In a few cases, transcriptions of interviews exist. A comprehensive spreadsheet with the full list of names, dates, topics and background of the speakers (including the names of JHSSD collections where more information may be found regarding the speaker) is available upon request.


  • Creation: 1991 - 2017

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

This collection was created over thirty years (1991-2017) by Stanley Schwartz and other members of the JHSSD. It consists of recordings of speakers and panelists at JHSSD meetings and personal interviews by JHSSD members. Some people spoke about their lives and careers in San Diego, others spoke about their families and neighborhoods. Some spoke about institutions or organizations in the Jewish Community. There are also recordings from the 1980s by Ida Nasatir, who was well-known for her book reviews. Only a few of the people on these recordings are still living.


1 Linear Feet (One records carton )

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Custodial History

The digital recordings were made by Stanley Schwartz and a few other JHSSD interviewers from 1991 to 2017 (JHSSD #2006.01). A few of the recordings were made in the 1980s by others and donated to the JHSSD.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in January 2022.


January 2022

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US