Scope and Content of Collection
Title: American Jewish University, Photograph Collection
Bulk Dates: 1947-1999
Collection number: CLJ3
University of Judaism
187 online items
American Jewish University
Languages represented in the collection:
Selected digitized images from this collection.
Collection open for research.
American Jewish University, photograph collection. American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA 90077.
This collection features 200 photographs digitized as part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project ( LHDRP
), a multi-year program supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library
Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. These photographs were assembled from both
campuses of American Jewish University. They were digitized in order to provide broader access to the cultural and social
history of the Jewish community of the Great Los Angeles area. A foundational virtual collection of digital image objects
was created, which are available to the public through the California Digital Library's (CDL) Calisphere and OAC websites.
American Jewish University, with its Familian campus in Bel Air, California and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California,
is the outcome of the 2007 union of Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and the University of Judaism (UJ). For more information,
please see the history page at the following link:
Scope and Content of Collection
The American Jewish University Photograph Collection includes 200 digitized photographs and ephemera depicting people, places
and events that document the history from 1941 to the present, of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute
which merged to become American Jewish University in 2007. These photographs include great Jewish thinkers who founded AJU,
Louis Ginzberg, the author of Judaism as a Civilization, at the University of Judaism, and Shlomo Bardin, a great Jewish educator
at Brandeis. The creation of both institutions was made possible by philanthropists to whom we owe the building of University
of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Being located in close proximity to Hollywood, many movies stars the likes of
Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis contributed to AJU both financially and with their participation in galas and educational offerings.
The importance of American Jewish University within the City of Los Angeles is evidenced by the participation of Mayor Tom
Bradley in the dedication of the new building of the University of Judaism Familian Campus in 1979.
The bulk of these photographs were taken by commercial photographers such as Otto Rothschild and Julius Shulman, who beautifully
captured the historical landmark building The House of the Book at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.
Items digitized represent a fraction of the archived material housed at both the Familian Campus and Brandeis-Bardin Campus
of American Jewish University. Consult the library for further information.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Artson, Bradley Shavit
Bardin, Shlomo 1898-
Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
Buber, Martin, 1878-1965
Dorff, Elliot N.
Ginzberg, Louis, 1873-1953
Lieber, David L.
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991
Wiesel, Ellie, 1928-
Califano, Joseph A., 1931-
Douglas, William O.
Glazer, Miriyam, 1945-
Gordis, David M.
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003
Hudson, Rock, 1925-1985
Wapner, Joseph A.
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974
Sonderling, Jacob, 1878-1964
Engel, Samuel G., 1904-1984
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Brandeis, Simi Valley (Calif.)