Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana

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Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana

The Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana, an Omeka bibliographic database, draws from Robert Singerman’s Judaica Americana, a bibliography chronicling American Jewish book production until 1900. Visitors can search the database’s 9,600+ bibliographic entries for author, language, holding institution, and various tags, as well as find open-access links to digitized Jewish monographs, serials, and periodicals.

Robert Singerman donated to the Penn Libraries the draft of the full text and copyright to his revised second edition of Judaica Americana. Singerman’s first edition, issued in 1990 in two volumes, was sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American Jewish Experience, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and published by Greenwood Press as part of the Bibliographies and Indexes in American History. In the first edition, Singerman cataloged just over 6,500+ monographic and serial publications and presented each with meticulous bibliographical descriptions, classification explanations, and holdings information (i.e., the names of collections where copies are known to be held).

Judaica Americana authoritatively chronicles American Jewish book production from the seventeenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. The second edition contains an additional 3,000 entries. Taken as a whole, Singerman’s bibliography provides extensive documentation of American Jewish communal activity and growth before 1901.

Librarian Emeritus Singerman spent nearly three decades at the Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida, where he grew an assortment of 24,000 unprocessed volumes to a fully-cataloged collection of over 85,000 volumes. For the second edition of Judaica Americana, theAssociation of Jewish Libraries awarded Singerman the 2020 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Lifetime Achievement Award.

Singerman’s draft of the second edition — including a Supplements section, and two datasets based upon it — are now discoverable in ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository. All the files now are available to researchers, book trade specialists, genealogists, and bibliographers with all information needed to mine this invaluable resource.

Judaica Digital Humanities is profoundly grateful to Robert Singerman for entrusting his extraordinary work to the Penn Libraries.

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About the Author

Emily Esten
Emily Esten
Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities
As the Kaplan Curator, Emily spearheads projects that facilitate access to and use of Penn's Judaica collections, making connections between them and dispersed Judaica content around the globe. She is responsible for curating the Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica and for rolling out Scribes of the Cairo Geniza project, phase II.

As the inaugural Kaplan Curator, Emily Esten spearheads projects that facilitate access to and use of Penn's Judaica collections, promoting them and making connections between them and dispersed Judaica content around the globe. She is also responsible for curating, building, and researching the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica. In addition, she coordinates Scribes of the Cairo Geniza project.

In addition to her role at the Penn Libraries, she is the Web Manager for Contingent Magazine and the Director of Communications for the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network. Previously, she worked at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and at Brown University.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in history and digital humanities, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master's Degree in public humanities from Brown University.