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The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica

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The Kaplan Collection, donated to Penn in November 2012, is considered the most important private collection of its kind. It consists of over 11,000 individual items that document an astonishingly broad range of commercial, social, religious, political, and cultural ties that connected Jews and the general public from the colonial era through the onset of mass migration at the end of the nineteenth century.

Areas of collection

  1. Business history
  2. Community histories
  3. Fine art & museum collections
  4. Leeser correspondence
  5. Printed books
  6. Trade & advertising
  • Engraving of a steamship under sail, used for the Kaplan exhibit of 2014
    Poster image used for the Penn Libraries exhibit of 2014

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Digital collection

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