Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Price Library of Judaica

Over the digital transom:

"Discover the University of Florida Price Library of Judaica’s hidden treasures

Established in 1981, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida has grown to be one of America’s important repositories of research materials for scholars of Jewish history and culture. After 30 years of inspired curatorship and tireless collecting of scarce and unique materials, the Price Library of Judaica is now ready to seek increased exposure of its hidden treasures.

Originally built around the collection of Rabbi Mishkin, the largest personal library of Judaica and Hebraica in the United States at the time, the Price Library has over time developed several notable areas of strength.

The Price Library’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century scarce imprints stands out as does its collection of ephemeral materials, including pamphlets, brochures and newsletters not held elsewhere. Scholars of Latin American Jewish history and culture will find in the Price Library a wide range of books and periodicals in Yiddish and Spanish.

The Price Library of Judaica is especially placed to support scholarship on the Holocaust and its aftermath. Its collection of Yizkor (memorial) books commemorating the lost Jewish communities of Europe is among the ten largest in the United States Moreover, the Price library is one of a few American libraries that can provide access to key primary materials about the latter stages of the Holocaust and the Nazi cultural plunder of Europe.

Another major strength of the Price Library is its unique collection of materials pertaining to Florida Jewry alongside local and state Jewish newspapers. Under the leadership of Dr. Rebecca Jefferson, the new Head of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, the collection will continue to grow and develop major resources in American Jewish Studies, with a focus on Southern Jewish history and culture.

“It is certain that the history of Florida Jewry, the third largest Jewish community in the country, will excite great scholarly interest in the future. The Price Library of Judaica intends to ensure that it provides the resources for this future pioneering research,” said Jefferson

Making the unique holdings of the collection widely available in digital format is one of the major strategic priorities for Price Library and Jefferson is actively seeking partnerships with other Florida institutions to preserve and digitize Florida Jewish newspapers.

For more information on the collection please visit the library website at or contact Rebecca Jefferson at or (352) 273-2650.

Barbara Hood
Public Information Officer
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117000
Gainesville FL 32611-7000"
352.273.2505 | Fax 352.392.7251

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