Archives of the West London Synagogue of British Jews

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive is composed of correspondence and synagogue papers, 1841-1942, with the principal run of general correspondence files starting in 1863. For the period 1911-23 the files have been sorted alphabetically as well as annually. Earlier correspondence relates to synagogue matters including the prayer books, appeals, the organ, arrears of subscriptions, etc. There are files of applications for membership or seats, copies of the treasurer's reports and financial statements, a lease of synagogue property and papers relating to the appointment of ministers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The West London Synagogue of British Jews was the first and one of the most important reform congregations in the country.

Conditions Governing Access

The Special Collections Division is available for anyone to use, regardless of whether you are attached to an academic institution. Access to the Archives and Manuscripts and Rare Books reading room, however, is by prior appointment to access the manuscript material. See our website for more details.