Research at The Magnes

Doing Research at The Magnes

The rich and diverse holdings of The Magnes are broadly available for viewing, study, and research.

The Magnes Collection is currently processing the Roman Vishniac Archive. It is not available for reasearch at this time.

Helzel Collection Study Room

On-site Research

Almost all holdings are located in house at The Magnes. The Western Jewish Americana archives are accessible at The Bancroft Library on the main UC Berkeley campus.

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Online Resources

The Magnes has multiple online tools including archived exhibitions, images from the holdings, and historical programs.

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Research Services

Information on how to ask reference questions, access the Helzel Collection Study Room, and obtain permissions to reproduce images of the holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life.

  • Ask Reference Questions
  • Collection Access
  • Research Hours
  • Plan Your Visit
  • Permission to Use Magnes Images

The Magnes Online Database

Online access to collection catalog records and digital images is available through an integrated archives, library, museum database.

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Jewish Digital Narratives

Using current technologies and social networking tools to organize, showcase and share the holdings of The Magnes through Jewish digital narratives.

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From the Dusty Archives

A wide selection of digitized items from The Magnes’s Western Jewish Americana and Global Jewish Diaspora archival holdings.


Research Information

Research Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday, 11am – 3pm Thursday, 11am – 2pm, by appointment. Requests for access outside of normal public service hours will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For appointments to access Magnes holdings for research or teaching, please complete an Online Reference Form. You may also contact our Public Services at

Ask Reference Questions

This form is designed to help the curatorial staff of The Magnes provide reference services that are responsive to the needs and desires of our public.

The form may be used to ask reference questions about the holdings of The Magnes, to inquire about research access to the collections, and to request the curatorial review of proposed in-kind gifts. Submit a Research Information Form

The History of The Magnes

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