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From the Dusty Archives is a collection of sets on Flickr in which The Magnes presents online for the first time a wide selection of digitized items from its Western Jewish Americana and Global Jewish Diaspora archival collections.

The decision to give direct access to (often unprocessed) archival digital files reflects the attempt to integrate digitization technologies and social networking with traditional archival practice and expands a “minimal processing” approach to collections.

Files are uploaded to these sets on an ongoing basis, using the platform already established for the Magnes Jewish Digital Narratives and the software MemoryMiner, which also allows to digitally archive each upload.

Comments and social tagging features are open to all Flickr users, and the use of the files (and, of course, of the history and cultures they represent) is encouraged under a Creative Commons license.

If you plan to use these images for commercial purposes, please read the Magnes’ Collection Services.

From the Dusty Archives is a project conceived by Francesco Spagnolo, PhD, Curator of The Magnes Collection.

Additional information on the archival collections of the Magnes can be found by following these links:

MemoryMiner licenses are generously provided by John Fox of GroupSmarts, LLC.

The digitization projects of The Magnes are supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the Toole Media Fund, and by an Anonymous gift.

The Magnes is a beneficiary of the Esther and Jacques Reutlinger Foundation, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay. The latter two federations have since merged as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund (JCF).


To go directly to a specific entry, begin typing a name (e.g. “Haas,” “Jewish Community Center,” or “Emanu-El”) in the filter box below. To search for a name or term that may not be included in a collection’s title, use the search box at the top of this page, or go to the advanced search page.