Indexes for Western States Jewish History Journals

Western States Jewish History — parent of the Jewish Museum of the American West — has published four journals per year for 50 years.

Much of the material in the Jewish Museum of the American West comes from our vast library of articles researched over five decades.

While our Museum Exhibits are limited in scope, researchers, family members, and genealogists can have access to the complete articles by ordering back issues of Western States Jewish History or requesting specific articles through this website.

Special Note on Back Issues

All requests for back issues should be made to Henry Hollander, Bookseller.*

843 24th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94121

1-800-275-8777  or 415-407-1498

*We no longer handle back issues at WSJH or through this website.

Relaunched Journal

In 2021, Western States Jewish History was relaunched as a peer-reviewed, bi-annual academic journal, now published by Texas Tech University Press (TTUP). 

Visit the TTUP website for subscription and  submission information, or email us at

Volume 51, Number 1 (Fall 2020)

“A Sort of Jewish-Black Alliance: The Early History of the NAACP in Minneapolis,” by Deborah Y. Bachrach

“Michael Joshua Banner: ‘The Rising Paganini’ of Jewish Sacramento,” by Jonathan L. Friedmann

“The Omaha Jewish Cookbook Trilogy, 1901–1928,” Oliver B. Pollak

“H. H. Brodeck: A Legacy of Early Alaskan Photographs,” Donna Aycock Cummins

Book Reviews

William R. Huber, Adolph Sutro: King of the Comstock Lode and Mayor of San Francisco, reviewed by Mark Abbott Stern

Richard Simon, Boss Simon: Joseph Simon, The First Jewish Republican Senator, reviewed by Abraham Hoffman

David S. Koffman, The Jews’ Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging in America, reviewed by Tamar Frankiel

Shari Rabin, Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America, reviewed by John F. Guest

Joe Kraus, The Kosher Capones: A History of Chicago’s Jewish Gangsters, reviewed by Jason Schulman

Laura Limonic, Kugel and Frijoles: Latino Jews in the United States, reviewed by Hollace Ava Weiner

Noel H. Pugach and Richard Melizer, eds., Pioneer Jewish Families in New Mexico, reviewed by Judith S. Pinnolis

David Biespiel, A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas, reviewed by Hollace Ava Weiner

Donna Rifkind, The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood, reviewed by Abraham Hoffman

Volume 51, Number 2 (Spring 2021)

“Jews and the Civil Rights Movement in the American West: A Roundtable,” by Jason Schulman, Marc Dollinger, Shana Bernstein, Howard Droker, Timothy Riggio Quevillon, Laura Weber, David S. Koffman

“The Secrets of Happiness and Longevity: A Jewish Response to the Metaphysical Movement in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles,” by Jonathan L. Friedmann

“Attendance at Orthodox Minyanim: Vancouver and San Diego in the 1970s,” by Douglas Wertheimer

“Home on the Mesabi Iron Range: Minnesota’s Jewish Cowboys, an Underexplored Niche in Immigration History,” by Deborah Y. Bachrach

Book Reviews

Julia Rose Kraut, Threat of Dissent: A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States, reviewed by Jason Schulman

Ann Haber Stanton, Deadwood’s Jewish Pioneers: A Gold Rush Odyssey, reviewed by Hollace Ava Weiner

Chris Yogerst, Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and Senate Investigations into Warmongering in Motion Pictures, reviewed by Abraham Hoffman

Lily E. Hirsch, Anneliese Landau’s Life in Music: Nazi Germany to Émigré California, reviewed by Judith S. Pinnolis

Hy Berman and Jay Weiner, Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota’s Greatest Public Historian, reviewed by Jonathan L. Friedmann

Sophie Greenspan, Westward with Fremont: The Story of Solomon Carvalho, reviewed by Abraham Hoffman

Western States Jewish History Journal

50 Year Index

Volumes 1 through 50

There are three different indexes, each starting with Volume 1, Number 1 (October 1968) and continue through Volume 50, Number 3/4 (Spring/Summer 2018).

Index #1 is organized by the main person of the listed article.

Index #2 is organized by the general location of the listed article and is used when a main person is not listed.

Index #3 is for special Double and Triple Length Special Issues.

Always check Index #1 first for research purposes.

In a few cases, articles are listed twice, in different issues, in a given index. Through the years, WSJH has reached into its past to produce special issues. For example: Volume 27, Number 3 (April 1995) is a special issue on California, Earthquakes, and Jews. Many earlier articles were selected and updated, where appropriate, by Rabbi Dr. William M. Kramer.

Volume 28 Numbers 3 & 4 and Volume 29, Number 1 were special issues on the Sephardic Jews of the West. Many of the chapters of these three volumes also came from earlier articles in WSJH, and many were revised or up-dated by Rabbi Dr. Kramer.

Index #1 Person Index

Indexed by last name

A – B        C -D        E – F        G – H        I – J       K        L        M

N – O        P – Q – R        S        T – U – V        W – X – Y – Z

Index #2 Location Index

Go to Master Table of Contents for “Location” Index


Alaska, Arizona & Arkansas

California – General

Los Angeles Area A – M

Los Angeles Area N – Z

San Diego Area & Southern California General

San Francisco Area A – M

 San Francisco Area N – Z

Northern California  General

Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho & Illinois

Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana & Nebraska

Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon & South Dakota

Texas, Utah, Washington & Wyoming

Midwest-General, Northwest General, Southwest General, Western States General, United States General

Canada, Mexico & Pacific Rim

Index #3 for Special Double and Triple Length Issues/Books

List of all Double & Triple Length Special Issues/Books