“This researchathon is part of a series for the Center for Jewish History’s Working Group on the Jewish Book. The coordinators will update the group on the progress of our Hebrew book trade/book circulation database and explain our pilot project, discuss parallel projects, hear about material on the Jewish book trade at Columbia and CJH, and then spend some time working with archival material from the Columbia material in a “studio” session in a way that will generate some data for the database but also help us work through some of the methodological issues we are grappling with us as we move forward.
The archival material from Columbia consists of correspondence and other records from Jewish booksellers in the early 20th century. The material is largely unprocessed but a preliminary survey shows a lot of information on provenance and descriptions of collections. A description of the archival material at Columbia can be found at http://clio.columbia.edu/