Jewish immigrants to Scotland in the 19th and early 20th century were often employed in trades such as tailoring, cabinetmaking and cigarette making.

Many started out as travelling salesmen, selling clothes, shoes and slippers, jewellery, picture frames or hardware. They set up shops and businesses of all kinds. Later, Jews were represented in many of the professions, becoming doctors and dentists, teachers, lawyers and accountants.

The Archives Centre has oral history interviews which describe working lives, as well as photographs, documents and business records.