Jewish Historical Society Transactions (11th-19th century)
Founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and community leaders of the day, the Jewish Historical Society was constituted for the purpose of ‘conducting researches into the history of the Jews of the British empire, transcribing and publishing documents, forming a library and museum, and organizing a course of lectures on general Jewish history.’ The Transactions published by the Society contain essays on a variety of aspects of Jewish life in Britain from c. 11th century onwards, from important individuals in Jewish communities to discussions of the development of the communities themselves. Many essays explore the changing and often precarious status of Jews in Britain over time and cover topics such as the expulsion of the Jews in 1290.
The Library holds Volumes 1-14 (1893-1939) of the Transactions and Volumes 1-3 of the Society’s Miscellanies. Essays are in English but sources are often reproduced in the original Hebrew or Latin text.