Collage showing Sephardic artifacts

Do you have one of the following artifacts that you’d like to share with the Sephardic Studies Program?

  • Letters (in English, Ladino, French, Greek, or other languages)
  • Postcards
  • Photographs (especially with inscriptions!)
  • Published Ladino books
  • Immigration documents (from countries in the former Ottoman Empire, or elsewhere in the Mediterranean and the Middle East)
  • Audio/video recordings of personal histories, songs, or Sephardic family events
  • Textile artifacts (jewelry, clothing, housewares)

Sharing your artifact for potential inclusion in the Sephardic Studies Digital Collection can be completed in one of two ways depending on the format of your artifact.

My artifact is already digitized, or is a born-digital piece

If you can digitize an artifact on your own with a high quality scanner (producing an image no less than 300 dpi), or if you have an artifact that is born digital (like a video, audio recording, etc.), then sharing is easy!

1. Email with the subject line “Artifact from [your name]”

2. In the body of the email, please include the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your place of residence
  • A simple title or description of the artifact (i.e.: Photo of the wedding of Joe and Betty Varon)
  • Anything you know about the artifact: Where did you get it? Do you know anything about the contents? What is your relationship to this artifact?
  • For photographs: Who is in the photo? When and where was the photo taken?
  • If it is a family piece, where your family is from

3. After evaluating the artifact, we will respond to your query with a Document Release Form for you to sign in order to confirm the artifact’s inclusion in our digital collection.

I have a physical artifact

If you have a physical artifact, or a large collection of materials that would be too cumbersome to scan on your own (i.e., cache of family letters), you may ship them directly to the Sephardic Studies Program at the address below:

Devin Naar
Chair of Sephardic Studies, Jackson School of International Studies
Thomson Hall
2023 Skagit Lane
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

We will be in touch with you via email to sign a Document Release Form to confirm the artifact’s inclusion in our digital collection. For the subsequent scanning of physical artifacts, we welcome donations to the Sephardic Studies Program in recognition of our preservation efforts.

I still have questions about how to submit an artifact. Who do I contact?

Email and we will do our best to coordinate your submission!

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