Explore the rich publication history of the former Judah L. Magnes Museum, which began shortly after the museum was established in 1963 and see how it acted as a catalyst in the study of Jewish culture in the global Diaspora and the Holocaust.


The Magnes publications have traditionally focused on its collections and Western Jewish Americana archive holdings through exhibition catalogs and its programs, such as the literary and video competitions organized by the museum since the 1970’s.

Many of these publications are included in the Reference Library of The Magnes. A separate list of publications of The Magnes, made exclusively of bibliographic entries, is also maintained on OCLC Worldcat.

Please note that the information collected here serves the purpose of preserving the institutional history of The Magnes, and that these publications are not on sale at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. They may be available for purchase online or through antiquarian booksellers.

Catalog for Arthur Szyk's In Real Times exhibition

Catalogs and Pamphlets

An archive of exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and The Magnes Collection’s Confluence.

Three female holocaust survivors

Holocaust Memoirs and Studies

Diaries, memoirs, and research on the Holocaust.

A Jewish woman woman in traditional clothing

Jewish Communities Around the World

Publications highlighting stories and studies about Jewish communities from all over the world.

The Jewish World book cover

Literature and Art

Examples of literature and studies on art highlighting Jewish culture and experience.

A group of eight men sitting around a table.

Memoirs and Biographies

Memoirs and biographies about the Jewish experience.

An abstract art painting of concentric circles.


Publications that reference philosophy related to the Jewish experience.

A group of kosher butchers standing behind a counter.

Western Jewish History

An archive of publications referencing Jewish immigration and community in the Western states since the Gold Rush.

Seymour Fromer

Judah L. Magnes Museum Videos

An archive of the Judah L. Magnes Museum’s video collection.

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