A central mission of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life is to conduct research that investigates the performative power of cultural heritage. The rich and diverse holdings of The Magnes are broadly available for viewing, study, and research.
The Magnes provides a number of ways in which scholars, students, and teachers may access resources related to Jewish art, culture, and life.
On-site Research Access
Almost all holdings of The Magnes Collection are housed in our facility, located at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley, where they are accessible to students, scholars, and the general public. The Western Jewish Americana archives are accessible at The Bancroft Library on the main UC Berkeley campus.
- For descriptions of the holdings of The Magnes collections, consult our Collections page
- For information about accessing these holdings for on-site research, study, or teaching, consult our Collection Services page.
- magnes.berkeley.edu: The Magnes website contains extensive online resources, including images, audio, video, digital programs, and provides select access to many collection areas.
- magnesalm.org: The Magnes collection database is highly searchable, and includes detailed descriptions and images of thousands of items in the collection.
- flickr.com/magnesmuseum: The Magnes offers direct access to thousand of collection images through the Flickr platform.
- magnes.berkeley.edu/digital-programs: Interactive online and Digital Humanities projects.
- oskicat.berkeley.edu: The UC Berkeley Library catalog includes extensive records of the Western Jewish Americana archives and of other Jewish collections on campus, as well as the complete catalog of the Magnes Reference Library.
- Resources for Jewish Studies on the UC Berkeley campus and beyond related to Jewish life and culture.
Reference questions may be submitted to Magnes curators by using our Online Reference Request Form.