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Library at the Katz CAJS Rare Book & Manuscript Collections

Rare Book Collections

  • About 8,000 printed books with particular strength in Jewish law and liturgy. In addition, there are 453 codices, written in 11 different alphabets and 24 different languages and dialects as varied as Armenian, Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, Syriac, Yiddish and Telugu, as well as a collection of about 550 Cairo Genizah fragments.
  • 32 incunabula (17 Hebrew, 15 Latin).

Archives and Manuscripts Collections

  • The institutional archives of Dropsie College and various papers of its faculty.
  • The personal papers of Jewish American scholars and community leaders 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. There are two significant collections of Yiddish archives: the papers of B.Z. Goldberg and Elias Schulman.
  • Multi-media resources, including the Harvard Sheldon Jewish American Research Library and the recently acquired Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, which contains over 4,000 original 19th century photographs of the Holy Land.