NCJW Oral History Project

The NCJW Oral History Project provides a compelling insight into the growth of an important American Jewish community and the contributions made by the people interviewed. Over a span of 32 years, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section, conducted more than 500 oral history interviews focused on the Jewish community – the history, the traditions, the contributions – of its members.


The hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of audiotape accumulated by a surprisingly small group of dedicated volunteers are an invaluable resource. The interviews provide windows into the Jewish community's impact on academic, business, civic, cultural, medical, political, religious, and social evolution and development in Pittsburgh, as well as national and international events.

The audiocassette tapes have now been digitized and mounted online for the broadest possible dissemination by the Archives Service Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the repository for the NCJW Oral History Collection.

Please note that the interviews are not transcribed; rather a search can be conducted for the name of an interviewee, abstract of the interview, subject headings, and other keywords. Also the interviews can be browsed by interview (respondent), personal name, geographic region, or subject. This Web site consists of 516 interviews conducted between 1968 and 2001.