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Judaica and Hebraica Collections

Libraries, Archives, Manuscripts

Library catalogs, indexes and databases
Judaica research libraries in California
Archival resources
Blogs about Jewish books and libraries
Manuscripts and manuscript collections

Library catalogs, indexes and databases:
ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials
(1946+) (restricted access, via EBSCO)
Bibliographic Database on Religious Zionism (Bar-Ilan University — site is in Hebrew)
The Ben-Gurion Research Institute Library
Ben-Zvi Institute library catalog (via the Hebrew University)
The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book (restricted access - works best with Explorer browser)
Bibliography of Zionism (via the Jews of Islamic Countries [JIC] Archiving Project, Tel Aviv University)
Ethnic News Watch (restricted access, via ProQuest )
The Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Antisemitism
Index to Hebrew Periodicals (restricted access) ---> new site
Index to Jewish Periodicals (1988+) (restricted access, via EBSCO)
Index to Yiddish Periodicals
The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature
Israel Union Catalog (ULI) -->new site
Israel Union List of Serials (ULS)
ISRUSBOOK ("Catalog of all books printed in Russian on Israeli territory from time immemorial to our days" - site is in Russian)
Kiryat sefer (Israeli national bibliography)
MALMAD (Israel Center for Digital Information Services)
—> Link to new MALMAD site (under development)
Modern Hebrew Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Lexicon (by Joseph Galron-Goldschläger)
National Library of Israel (formerly: Jewish National and University Library)
North American Jewish Data Bank (Mandel L. Berman Institute, University of Connecticut)
Periodicals Archive Online (author/title index through 1991) (restricted access, via Chadwyck Healey )
Primary Textual Witnesses to Tannatic Literature (Bar-Ilan University - use Internet Explorer 5.5 & higher )
Rachel - Réseau européen des bibliothèques judaica et hebraica
RAMBI (Index of articles on Jewish studies)
Thesaurus of Jewish Music (via the Jewish Music Research Centre)
World Religion Database - WRD ("international religious demographic statistics and sources"; restricted access)

Judaica research libraries in California
American Jewish University, Ostrow Library - Los Angeles (formerly: University of Judaism & Brandeis-Bardin Institute)
Graduate Theological Union
Holocaust Center of Northern California
Simon Wiesenthal Center Information Resources
University of California - Berkeley
University of California - Los Angeles

Archival resources
American Jewish Archives (Cincinnati)
American Jewish Committee Archives
Archive Finder (restricted access)
Archive Grid (formerly: Archival Resources) (restricted access)
Archives in Israel (Israel Genealogical Society)
Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute Archive (includes a link to the Ben-Gurion Archives Online [site is in Hebrew])
Berman Jewish Policy Archive (New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service)
Center for Jewish Art (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Central Zionist Archives
Dartmouth Jewish Sound Archive (Non-Dartmouth users "need to register and demonstrate a legitimate scholarly or research purpose.")
Holocaust Resources: Archival Holdings at the Center for Jewish History
Jabotinsky Institute in Israel (Tel Aviv)
JDC Archives (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee)
Jewish Historical Museum (Joods historisch museum, Amsterdam) collection search
Jewish Historical Society of San Diego
Jewish Women's Archive
JTA - Jewish News Archive (1923- )
Judaica Sound Archives (Florida Atlantic University)
National Library of Israel: Personal Archives (Archives Department)
National Register of Archives (U.K.)
National Sound Archives (Jewish National and University Library)
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections - NUC-MC (Library of Congress)
Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive (SCETI - University of Pennsylvania)
The Rochlin Guide to Western Jewish Historical Societies, Museums & Archives
Steven Spielberg Film Archive at USHMM [films relating to the Holocaust]
Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

—> Alphabetic listing of films
Tamiment Library/Robert Wagner Labor Archives - Selected Archival Collections of Jewish Interest (New York University)
Visual History Archive (USC Shoah Foundation - restricted access; instructions may be found here )

Blogs about Jewish books and libraries

Blog for the Study of the Jewish Book (Adam Shear, University of Pittsburgh)
"[M]aintained... as an outgrowth of a meeting held at the 2007 Association for Jewish Studies conference discussing prospects in the field of Jewish book studies. It is meant to serve as a kind of clearinghouse for announcements and other news in the field of Jewish book studies (or more broadly the study of Jewish material texts)."
Giluy Milta B'alma (National Library of Israel)
Blog from the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts (Jerusalem). "We present here new and interesting findings in Hebrew Manuscripts, particularly the Cairo Genizah. We welcome posts in Hebrew or English. Send your short article to:"
Hagahot (blog on Hebrew manuscripts and Judaic scholarship by "manuscriptboy")
Jüdische Sammlungen
Blog for Judaica in German libraries and archives - with links to library catalogs.
Kol Safran (Daniel Stuhlman)
Needle in the Bookstack (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion)
Safranim's blog (Igud safrane Yahadut - Judaica Librarians' Group [Israel], in Hebrew)
The Seforim blog ["All about Seforim - New and old, and Jewish Bibliography"]
—> Succeeded in June 2008 by the Tradition Seforim Blog
TheTakeaway@JTSLibrary (Jewish Theological Seminary of America)
Yeshiva University Libraries - Library News Blog

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Manuscripts and manuscript collections

The David Simonsen Manuscripts (Royal Library, Copenhagen)
As of October 2009, "Twenty countries of origin have been identified, together with fifteen languages. All in all, 163 volumes of different types, have been digitized, covering 131 shelfmarks - and resulting in more than 26,000 digitizations." The manuscripts were acquired by the Royal Library in 1932. Additional background on the manuscripts may be found here.

Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library (via the National Library of Israel)
Links to a PDF of the printed catalog of 801 Hebrew manuscripts (mostly medieval codices) in the Vatican Library. The catalog "contains detailed descriptions and updated identifications of thousands of texts and analysis of the production of each of the manuscripts, separation of its different layers and scribes who shared the copying of many of them, selected material data, identification of script types and the production area of each layer, estimated dating based on codicological and palaeographical criteria." (via
"Free and instant access to images digitized from microfilms of Hebrew manuscripts and other rare materials. These images were made available with the assistance of [the Jewish Theological Seminary]."

Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts - Catalogues (National Library of Israel)

The Jewish Theological Seminary Library (New York) - The Sylvia and Harry Rebell Digital Collections (and searchable database)
"The Library has undertaken numerous efforts to digitize unique and rare materials and collections, to enhance access and preserve by limited handing of the original documents."
Special Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

Mahzor Worms (National Library of Israel)
"Festival prayerbook according to the Ashkenazi rite, for the use of hazanim (cantors) in the synagogue, containing mainly cycles of piyyutim (liturgical hymns). 2 vols. of different origin, written on parchment, in beautiful Ashkenazi calligraphy, with illumination and decoration in ink and color, including arcaded pages to open the main divisions of the book."
A plug-in is required to view the manuscript.

Online Treasury of Talmudic Manuscripts (National Library of Israel)
"This project brings together images of major Talmudic manuscripts from libraries throughout the world.... As the manuscripts are entirely in Hebrew and Aramaic, the navigation tools of this site are in Hebrew."

Penn/Cambridge Genizah Fragment Project (Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image, University of Pennsylvania Library)
"A collaborative effort to reunite virtually the contents of the Cairo Genizah."

The Princeton Geniza Project
"The Computer Geniza Project of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University seeks to extend the methodologies available to Hebrew and Arabic scholars working with the documents found in the Geniza chamber of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo in the late 19th century. The project is dedicated to transcribing documents from film copies to computer files, creating a full text retrieval text-base of transcribed documents, developing new tools such as dictionaries, semantic categories and morphological aids to further the study of Geniza texts."

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