Welcome to our “seeking sources” hub! We want to provide access to broad, inclusive stories of Jewish Buffalo, and we need your help. We appreciate all levels of participation from a single item to multiple collections.
Although these are rich sources of Jewish history in Greater Buffalo, they provide only a partial story. Most Buffalo Jewish historical sources are held within families and their descendants. We have an active program of upcoming exhibitions as well as ongoing needs to expand existing organizations and neighborhoods. We welcome your help in building these sections and telling these stories.
“William Street Worlds,” 2022 online exhibition
This upcoming exhibition combines images and research about the neighborhood, religious lives families, associations, culture and work lives in order to tell multiple stories of the East Side from 1880 to 1924. We seek synagogue related materials to add to our existing curation, as well as images and documents about the Workman’s Circle and Landsmannschaftn (immigrant benevolent and social organizations). We are very interested in the cultural life of the East Side, and look for materials that document theater and music. We welcome recordings, photographs, music scores, programs and more.
As “William Street Worlds” explores the breadth of East Side living, our main emphasis is to tell family stories as well as highlighting all manner of commercial activity across the East Side. We seek images from homes, the neighborhood, the streets and the inside spaces were Jewish living happened.
The names of businesses that operated on William Street are listed below, and they often link to family names too. Over time some of these businesses had different forms of the name we list below. This is not a conclusive William Street business listing, nor a full listing of the commercial activity of the East Side.
Many shops and business also existed along Broadway, Sycamore and Jefferson and along other streets. There were also a range of other types of business on the East Side, including scrap and recycling that are part of the East Side story too. If you have information about these businesses, we would like to hear from you too, so we can include them. You can upload images here or contact Dr. Chana Kotzin here.