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Subject Guide: American West

Yosemite Valley, California: Landscapes. Leo Baeck Institute. Schild-Scheier Family Collection AR 6263.

Photo of Yosemite Valley showing mountains and a waterfall to the right, trees in the foreground

About this Guide

This research guide was created to highlight various archival collections and books from each of the Center's five partner institutions that celebrate Jewish life in the American West. This includes materials related to the American Frontier, Western fashion development, congregational life in Western states, cuisine, vacation albums, and biographies and memoirs, as well as resources about Jewish life in specific states and cities. If you are interested in a collection or library item you do not see highlighted in this guide, please visit, where you can search by keyword, name, title, subject or call number.

NOTE: This is by no means a complete list of available collections that highlight Jewish life in the American West. Please feel free to email if you have any additional questions about the breadth of books, archival collections, and multimedia housed at the Center. 

Vacation Album — Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, 1952. LBI.