The Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Oral History Project Collection consists of 50 interviews of Jewish immigrants in the Los Angeles area. The goal of the project was to study and evaluate the life experiences of persons who came to the United States during one of the three waves of Jewish immigration - the period from 1900-1945, the years after the Holocaust, and the period of Russian immigration in the late 1970s. The life stories taken during the project reveal a rich folklore of the Jewish people, their countries of origin, war, social change, customs, traditions, and the individual's feelings about Jewish life.
Interviews were conducted by volunteers trained by the Jewish Family Service. These interviews were then donated to the Oviatt Library in 1981 along with other records from the organization. Interviewees were given the option to maintain their anonymity, in which case they were assigned a number or name by volunteers for identification purposes. The collection is divided into two series: Audio Recordings (1979-1981) and Interview Notes (1979-1981).
Series I, Audio Recordings, consists of oral history interviews recorded onto audiocassettes.
Series II, Interview Notes, consists of field notes taken by interviewers, summaries of the tape contents, and indexes of topics discussed in the interviews.