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Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society

About Us

The Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society offers robust resources for researchers, historians, scholars, archivists, and community members who are interested in studying and preserving Jewish History in the Rocky Mountain region.

The RMJHS partners with the Beck Archives—the major repository of Rocky Mountain Jewish history in our region. It contains memorabilia and more than 1 million documents, including manuscripts, oral histories, newspapers, microfilm, and more than 5,000 photos. Among the most important collections are the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society records, the National Jewish Hospital records and the B'nai B'rith Denver Chapter records.

In 1995, the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives became a fully integrated part of Special Collections at Penrose Library at the University of Denver.

The varied projects and programs of the Historical Society include:

  • acclaimed exhibits at area museums
  •  lectures featuring leading scholars in the field of American Jewish history
  •  field trips to places of regional Jewish historical interest
  •  several scholarly and popular publications, including Jewish Denver, 1859-1941, Jewish Women Pioneers, The Frontier Trail: A History of the American West, and Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement
  •  Curriculum Guide
  •  Documentaries, including "A Legacy of Caring" and "Growing Up Jewish in Colorado"
  •  Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society Patient Records