Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00073866/00014
 Material Information
Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
Series Title: Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: George A. Smathers Libraries
Affiliation: University of Florida -- George A. Smathers Libraries -- Department of Special and Area Studies Collections
Publisher: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Floria
Publication Date: 2002
Subject: University of Florida.   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Bibliographic ID: UF00073866
Volume ID: VID00014
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida

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The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica

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he Price Library of Judaica, a unit of the
Department of Special and Area Studies
Collections, was formally dedicated in March,
1981, to support the teaching and research missions
of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of
Florida. The library is named for Isser and Rae Price,
whose sons, Jack and Samuel Price of Jacksonville,
Florida, established a fund in support of the library.

The Price Library's core collection, purchased in
1977, is the Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin Library, which
was at the time the largest private library of Judaica
and Hebraica in the United States. The Mishkin col-
lection was supplemented by two major acquisitions
- the Shlomo Marenof Library in 1978 and, in 1979,
the inventory of Bernard Morgenstern's bookstore in
the Lower East Side of New York City.


Though young in years, the Price Library is a region-
al center of library excellence and has already taken
its place alongside the well-respected and mature
Judaica collections on other American campuses.
With few exceptions, the Price Library holds most of
the important scholarly landmark literature and clas-
sic texts in Jewish studies. It is a library without peer
in the southeastern United States.

Users of the library will find a well-balanced Jewish
studies collection of notable depth and scope. Its
diversified holdings of uncommon research materials
in English and in foreign languages support scholar-
ship in virtually every aspect of the Jewish experi-
ence. Materials relevant to the ancient, medieval and

modern periods The Isser and Rae Price
await advanced
students, visit- Library of Judaica
ing scholars, and
casual readers
who possess a
curiosity about
a creative peo-
pie with 4,000
years of record-
ed history.

The Judaica col-
lection circu-
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umes. The col- m AWh Oft 1RA, 1,,Na C, Mu6,,
election has sig-
nificant holdings in social, political, and community his-
tory, Hebrew and Yiddish linguistics and literature,
Palestinography and modern Israel, Zionism, Hebrew
Scriptures, Judaism and rabbinics, reference tools,
and serials.

The library is cataloged under the Library of Congress
classification system and subject headings, and is gener-
ally available on interlibrary loan. Although some early
editions in Hebrew from the 16th to 19th centuries are
held, the overwhelming strength of the Price Library is
in the literature of Jewish studies spanning from 1880 to
the present time. Users may access the materials, includ-
ing transliterated records for thousands of Hebrew and
Yiddish titles, on LUIS, the library's on-line catalog. LUIS
links the University of Florida to other college and
university libraries in Florida and to the Internet.

Jewish contributions to world civilization and culture
(medicine, science, the arts, literature, etc.) are conspicu-
ous throughout the collection, as are an extraordinary
number of uncommon pamphlets and ephemera. Due to
their fugitive nature, these "here today, gone tomorrow"

pamphlets and research reports should be considered
among the greatest of the Price Library's treasures.

More than 400 serials and newsletters are currently
received on subscription. Along with older titles no
longer active, the majority of these serials are not
held in other libraries in Florida or neighboring
states. Histories of Jewish communities and syna-
gogues can be found interspersed throughout the col-
lection. Virtually every Jewish population, from
Alaska to Argentina and from Scandinavia to Hong
Kong, is represented on the Price Library's shelves.

In addition to an extensive Holocaust collection, a
special effort is made to preserve the memorial books
of extinguished East European Jewish communities;
over 500 of these increasingly scarce and gr,.l.l\
sought-after volumes are currently held. Hebrew and
Yiddish literature, including translations into English,
are also collected in considerable depth.

The collection facilitates study and research in a
great number of disciplines and areas of interest
in the humanities and social sciences. Biblical
archaeology, comparative religion and law, s
cultural pluralism and assimilation, Middle
Eastern politics and literary stereotypes are a few z
representative areas. A comparatively young
library, the Price Library of Judaica possesses an
enviable, comprehensive collection of significant
magnitude and potential.

For additional information contact:

Price Library of Judaica
1504 Norman
P.O. Box 117016
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7016

Telephone: (352) 392-0308
Fax: (352) 392-4789
E-mail: judaica@uflib.ufl.edu

Home page:

A complimentary subscription to the newsletter of the
Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida is
available upon request from the Center for Jewish Studies
(352) 392-9247; fax (352) 392-5378.

An equal opportunity institution .

The map on the brochure cover is from a collection of
maps of the Holy Land, given to the University of
Florida Libraries by James and Adina Simmons of Tel-
Aviv, Israel, and Tallahassee, Florida, in memory of
their parents, Levy and Zenia Pevzner of Tel-Aviv, and
Eugene and Irma Simmons of Lucedale, Mississippi. p E
The Holy Land Map collection is held in the Map and
Imagery Library in UF's Marston Science Library. .
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