The Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives was established in 1991 as a department of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Its mission is to collect, preserve and make available the records of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, United Jewish Foundation, Federation’s member agencies, local Jewish community organizations, and the personal and family papers of Detroit’s Jewry.
Its vast collection of original source materials includes manuscript, photograph, video, oral history, artifact, and the cemetery index.
The Archive’s collections are open to researchers. The collection is housed in two different locations: the Max M. Fisher Federation Building and the Walter P. Reuther library of Labor and Urban Affairs.
The Reuther Library is located on the campus of Wayne State University. It is the preeminent labor archive in North America. The collection also includes urban affairs, with emphasis on the history of metropolitan Detroit. The library houses more than 1,800 individual collections of business, civic and political leaders.
In 1991, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit placed the bulk of its archival holdings in the Reuther Library.
If you would like to view a collection housed at the Reuther Library, please contact their reference archivist to schedule an appointment.
The Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-4024
The Max M. Fisher Federation Building houses a majority of the photograph collection, the oral history collection, cemetery index, and some organizational records and personal papers.
Please schedule an appointment before visiting to ensure availability of the collections and a staff person to assist you.
Max M. Fisher Federation Building
6735 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Phone: (248) 203-1491
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Fridays.