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Reference Requests

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The Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS welcomes reference questions about our collections. Please see our Finding Aids and Subject Guides to learn more about the materials located at our archive. If you have a specific reference question, you may contact us at jhcreference@nehgs.org or 617-226-1245 and we will be happy to assist you. Please read below for information about visiting us to conduct research, photocopy fees, and more.

 

Scheduling an appointment

We are currently closed to visitors to renovate, improve, and expand our facility. Our staff is working remotely and will continue to serve our members to the best of our abilities. 

Improvements to our current headquarters will allow us to better serve our members and the public. We are very excited about these upcoming changes and look forward to opening our new and renovated facilities and serving you in person in 2024!  

Currently, all physical archival materials are stored at our secure off-site facility for safety during renovations and may not be available for reference at this time. However, many of the Jewish Heritage Center’s collections are digitized, searchable, and available for access through our Digital Library & Archives. For more instructions on how to navigate our Digital Library & Archives, click here

Please email jhcreference@nehgs.org for more information or to schedule a virtual reference consultation.  

 

Fees

The staff is available to help researchers with their photocopying, research, photography and genealogy requests. Due to the additional time involved in satisfying these requests, we must charge fees for certain services.

 

Photocopy & Digital Archive Services

NEHGS members receive 25 free copies per calendar year.

For requests from non-members or from members who have exceeded their 25 free copies:

  • PDFs and JPEG images (suitable for research, classroom, presentations): $0.40 per image
  • TIFFs (publishing quality): $12.00 per image
  • Paper copies: $0.60 per copy
  • Plus $10.00 service fee per every 50 copies. Maximum copies provided = 250

Requests are generally completed within 2-6 weeks from receipt, depending on the nature of the item being copied and the overall volume of requests.

 

Genealogical Research & Fees

If you are interested scheduling a genealogical consultation, hiring a researcher to conduct genealogical research, or more in depth assistance with your own genealogical research, contact the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Not sure which service you require? You can review each service, and any fees associated with that service, by visiting their website.