Endowed by the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History Fund, every page of both the Detroit Jewish Chronicle and the Detroit Jewish News – beginning in 1916 – is now at your fingertips…fully searchable, fast, and free.
The William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History is the Jewish community’s indispensable source of primary information that educates, illuminates and makes relevant the community’s past, strengthens its present and shapes its future.
The Archive holds the historic pages of the Detroit Jewish News (1942-present) and the Detroit Jewish Chronicle (1916-1951). Collectively, they span over 100 consecutive years of the Jewish community and family history. The result is an innovative, open-source, and word-searchable online database that provides an enjoyable digital experience.
The William Davidson Foundation generously supported the development of the Archive; hence, the Archive honors this donation from the Davidson Foundation by naming the Archive in honor of William Davidson.
After you have filled out the form, the only time you will see it again is if you are using a different computer, a different web browser, or you have cleared your history from your browser.
Please note NEW Search Instructions
Enter a search term – name or phrase – into the “Search All” box in “quotation marks”. Both the Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle will be searched. The search results will provide a list of pages of the publications that contain your search term.
To browse back issues of both the Jewish News and the Jewish Chronicle, use the “Browse” button on the top right of the page.
Click on the image from the list, and the page that contains your search term will be viewed. Your search terms will be highlighted on the page. The search can be narrowed by clicking on a decade to the left of the page.
At the top of the page and to the right are instructions for downloading and other options. New feature! Now you can click page by page through an entire issue.
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The Detroit Jewish News Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are deductible for tax purposes to the fullest extent of the law.
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