A learned society founded in New York City in 1892. The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) combined with its scientific orientation a concern for highlighting the positive contributions of American Jews to the development of the United States. Because of its anti-discriminatory agenda, it provided stimuli for the foundation of the American Jewish Committee. In the 20th century, the AJHS was faced by the challenge of modernizing its work. Its main concern now became the integration of Jewish-American themes within the general history of America.