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Summer Processing of Hebraica and Judaica materials

During the summer, as things quiet down on campus, we often turn to large processing projects, providing further access to many of our otherwise unknown holdings.  This summer has been no different in the Hebraica and Judaica collections.  In past years, our talented students have cataloged about 2000 rare printed Hebrew books, which can now, thanks to their work, be accessed via CLIO.

Vilner Trupe “Yoyvelbuch,” 1931

The major focus of this summer’s work will be archival processing. Due to the tireless efforts of Kevin Schlottman, RBML’s Head Archivist, our archival collections can now be found much more easily. We’re ensuring that once someone requests a formerly unprocessed collection, it will be easier to study the collection thanks to updated finding aids and description.

Sandra Chiritescu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Yiddish department, has been tackling our many Yiddish collections. Sandra has been working in the RBML for quite some time, and did an incredible job reprocessing the massive Language and Culture Archive of Ashkenzic Jewry and creating a finding aid for that collection as well as that of Marvin Herzog, who led the project for decades after the untimely death of its founder, Uriel Weinreich.

Poster from the Szajkowski collection

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CURRENT EXHIBITION– The People in the Books: Stories from Columbia’s Hebraica and Judaica Manuscripts

Columbia University’s collection of Judaica and Hebraica is the third largest in the country, and the largest of any non-religious institution.

The following link connects to the online version of the current exhibition being held at the RBML from September 12, 2012 through January 25, 2013.

Spanning the 10th to the 20th centuries, the exhibition features highlights from the collection, crosses the globe from India to the Caribbean and focuses on the many stories inherent in each of the manuscripts.