Central Zionist Archives (CZA)

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Central Zionist Archives (CZA)

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  • הארכיון הציוני

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  • International

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Street address

Yosef Herlits St 2




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Postal code

POB 92, Jerusalem, 9100002, Israel.


+ 972 (0)2-620-4800


+ 972 (0)2-620-4837



Description area


The Central Zionist Archives (CZA) were founded in 1919 by the World Zionist Organisation (WZO). They were located in Germany, where the central office of the WZO was settled. In 1933, they were moved to Jerusalem.

The status was determined in decisions made in the 24th (1956) and the 27th (1965) Zionist Congresses.

The main objectives of the Archives are to collect documentation, to preserve, to expose and to make accessible to the public the archival material of the Zionist Movement. The Central Zionist Archives function as the historic archives of the World Zionist Organization, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund, the United Israel Appeal and the World Jewish Congress.

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The archive’s size is vast and amounts to approximately 10,000 meters. Some of the material has been digitised and is available online. Some of the material that has commercial potential is offered for sale (like the poster collection).

In addition to the archives of the Zionist movement it also holds archives of organizations and institutions of the Jewish population in the Land of Israel, as well as 1500 personal archives, including the heads and leaders of the Zionist Movement and the national funds and various personalities whose main life enterprise was expressed in activity for Zionist movement, in the Land of Israel and abroad, and for the building of the Land.

The Archives' collections include: Correspondence Files, Printed Material, Maps and Plans Collections, Photographs Collection, Posters and Flyers Collection, Newspapers and Periodicals Collection, Books Collection, Microfilm Collection, Artifacts Collection and Audio Collections.

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Opening times

Sunday- Thursday, 8:00-15:00.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

January 2017. November 2018.
Revision on 2022-01.




Jerusalem historical libraries and archives revisited, Revised report prepared for Open Jerusalem, October 2014, Merav Mack
“The Zionist Central Archives.” The American Archivist, vol. 13, no. 4, Society of American Archivists, 1950, pp. 351–56.
World Zionist Organization (WZO), Central Zionist Archives (CZA): http://www.zionistarchives.org.il

Vincent Lemire, "Au pied du mur : Vie et mort du quartier maghrébin de Jérusalem (1187-1967)", Paris, Éditions du Seuil, coll. "L'univers historique", 2022, p. 84-85.

Maintenance notes

Author: Open Jerusalem http://openjlem.hypotheses.org/
Revision by Archival City.

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Yosef Herlits St 2
Jerusalem POB 92, Jerusalem, 9100002, Israel.