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Center for Advanced Judaic Studies - Collections

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Philadelphia, PA 19106-3703
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Supporting the unique advanced research and publications program of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies is a remarkable library that was largely inherited from Dropsie College. It houses more than 180,000 monographic volumes and over 1,000 current and non-current journal titles. Approximately 2,000 new titles are added each year. The collection is cataloged in Franklin, Penn's online catalog.

The holdings are strongest in:

  • Bible, Judaica, and Jewish history up to the modern period.
  • There is also a substantial collection of Yiddish materials.
  • Hebrew literature up to the first half of the 20th century.
  • Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic and Semitic literature and linguistics.
  • Ancient Near Eastern studies.
  • Judaica Americana.

The Rare Book Collection contains:

  • About 8,000 printed books with particular strength in Jewish law and liturgy.
  • 32 incunabula (17 Hebrew and 15 Latin).

The Manuscript Collection contains:

  • Approximately 450 codices, primarily in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, and Samaritan.
  • Approximately 550 Cairo Genizah fragments.
  • ArchivesThe papers of Jewish American scholars, who lived in Philadelphia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Among them are the papers of Isaac Leeser, Sabato Morais, Mayer Sulzberger, Moses Aaron Dropsie and Cyrus Adler.
  • Included also are the archives of Dropsie College and various papers of its faculty. There are two significant collections of Yiddish archives: the papers of B. Z. Goldberg and Elias Schulman.

The Microform Collection includes:

  • Catalog of the Hebrew Institute for Microfilmed Manuscripts, on microfilm.
  • Catalog of the Judaica Reading Room of the Jewish National and University Library, on microfilm. Dropsie College Genizah collection on microfilm (also available on slides). Jewish Theological Seminary of America Genizah, Incunabula, Kabbalah, and Liturgy Collections, on microfilm.
  • Eastern European Hebrew Newspapers: Ha-Karmel, Ha-Shahar, Ha-Shiloah (at Van Pelt), Ha-Tsefirah.
  • Materials for the Historic Hebrew Dictionary.
  • Microfiche edition of Migne's Patrologia Latina.
  • Philadelphia Jewish Exponent (as well other American Jewish newspapers), on microfilm.
  • Vatican Hebraica Collection, on microfilm.
  • Selected additional individual manuscripts on microfilm from around the world, including the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, as well as original microfilms of a significant portion of the Baron Guenzburg Collection (these were made by Abraham Katsh, the former President of Dropsie College, who visited the Soviet Union during the 1950s and was the first to obtain copies of this collection.).

The Electronic Resources/CD-ROMS include:

  • Bar Ilan's Judaic Library version 11 [Bar Ilan University Responsa Project] (available in library at public terminal 3)
  • CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts (CD-ROM)
  • The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book
  • The Complete Maus: a Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman
  • Encyclopedia Judaica
  • The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (Koehler, Baumgartner, and Stamm)
  • The Hebrew Bible, the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, The Midrashim
  • Index Islamicus
  • Index to Jewish Periodicals
  • Menasseh ben Israel [electronic resource] : a digital collection of seventeenth-century Jewish printing in Amsterdam / edited by J.J.M. de Haas, A.K. Offenberg and M.G. Ootjers
  • Packard Humanities Index
  • Sol and Evelyn Henkind Talmud Text Databank = Ma'agar 'ede nusah shel ha-Talmud ha-Bavli (Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research; Bar Ilan University) (available in library at public terminal 2)
  • Spanish and Portuguese printing in the Northern Netherlands, 1584-1825 / Harm den Boer
  • Thesaurus Lingua Graeca

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