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Title: George A. Smathers Libraries information leaflets
Series Title: Named acquisitions funds
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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
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Bibliographic ID: UF00073866
Volume ID: VID00017
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica


at the
University of Florida Libraries
from the Library of Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin


UNIVERSITY OF
FLORIDA





The Isser and Rae Price
Library of Judaica

Currently housed within the Education Library at
Norman Hall, the Price Library of Judaica, with hold-
ings exceeding 80,000 volumes, is a regional library of
excellence in Jewish studies in the Southeast. It is built
on the core collection of Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin of
Chicago. At the time of its acquisition by the Smathers
Libraries in 1977, it was the largest personal library of
Judaica and Hebraica in the United States.

Formally dedicated in March 1981 to support the teach-
ing 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
to support sustained development of its collections.

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 other languages support scholarship in
virtually every aspect of the Jewish experience.
Materials relevant to the ancient, medieval and mod-
ern periods await advanced students, visiting scholars
and casual readers who possess a curiosity about a
creative people with 4,000 years of recorded history.

Jewish contributions to world civilization and culture
- medicine, science, the arts, literature, philosophy,
etc., are conspicuous 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 are considered to be among the greatest of the
Price Library's treasures. Virtually every Jewish popu-
lation, from Alaska to Argentina and from Scandinavia
to Hong Kong, is represented on the Price Library's
shelves. It is a library without peer in the southeastern
United States.


Named Acquisitions Funds

The minimum amount to establish a named acquisi-
tion fund is $20,000, which can be given in $4,000
increments over five years. Earnings from endowments
insure that the collection will grow in perpetuity to
benefit students and scholars for many years to come.
All materials purchased with these funds will have a
bookplate with the donor's name and a note about the
donation will be put in the University of Florida's
online public access catalog, which is accessible
through the Internet. Donations in any amount are
accepted for specific purchases.

Israeli Acquisitions
Endowment

* Total Cost: $400,000 to yield approx. $20,000/year

Description of Gift and Its Benefits
Library materials from Israel, including periodical sub-
scriptions, comprise a major collecting emphasis in the
Price Library of Judaica's acquisitions program.
Overwhelmingly in Hebrew, these books and serials are
often the only available copies for research in Florida.
In addition to creative writing, the Price Library
attempts to capture the most significant new publica-
tions by Israeli scholars and researchers on a variety of
social, political, and religious themes within the broad-
er framework of Jewish Studies and Israel Studies. An
endowment would ensure that Israeli scholarship
continues to find a welcome home at the Price Library
for the benefit not only of the University of Florida
community but also the citizens of Florida and beyond
thru interlibrary loan.

Recognition:
Appropriate bookplates can be added to each volume or
bound serial indicating the named purchase fund.
Library catalog records can similarly bear a statement
recording the named purchase fund.


Holocaust Acquisitions
Endowment

* Total Cost: $400,000 to yield approx. $20,000/year

Description of Gift and Its Benefits
Holocaust Studies is a major focus within the
Center for Jewish Studies academic program at the
University of Florida, with the Holocaust courses
attracting several hundred students in each
semester they are offered. To support this program
and to provide a thorough understanding of geno-
cide, including its moral and theological implica-
tions, and the Holocaust as a traumatic event in
both world history and the history of the Jewish
people, the Price Library of Judaica attempts to
acquire the enduring scholarship in English bear-
ing on the Holocaust while also building a com-
prehensive collection of published first-person
testimonies and accounts of Holocaust survivors
written in English. The publishing explosion is
such that an endowment is now needed to ensure
that this collecting program is maintained and, in
consultation with the appropriate faculty, expand-
ed to include documentary videos, microforms,
and foreign language titles.

Recognition
Appropriate bookplates can be added to each
volume indicating the purchase fund. Cataloging
records can similarly bear a statement recording
the purchase fund.






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Videos of Jewish Interest

* Total Cost: $5,000 and higher

Description of Gift and Its Benefits
Videos are increasingly requested by faculty to
augment the teaching mission of the Center for
Jewish Studies. Supplementing the printed collec-
tions, videos provide visual enrichment to the
academic study of Jewish communities, history, Israel,
Judaism, and the Jewish experience in general.

Recognition
The donor can be recognized through targets on
the films preceding each title as well as by a state-
ment in each online cataloging record.


Judaica Preservation
Endowment Fund

* Total Cost: $100,000 to yield approx. $5,000/year

Description of Gift and Its Benefits
An income of $5,000+ would support the preserva-
tion filming of older Judaica and Hebraica books
and serials that are now so embrittled that their
fragile condition precludes any handling or photo-
copying by readers. This program is essential if the
materials, typically the only copies in the entire
southeastern United States, are to be preserved for
future generations of students and researchers. The
endowment will ensure that this essential activity
can build on the solid foundation of well over two
thousand filmed titles that have already been local-
ly reformatted and saved from extinction. The fund
would also support the purchase of reformatted


materials already filmed or digitized by other libraries
or commercial vendors.

Recognition
The donor can be recognized through targets on the
films preceding each title as well as by a statement in
each online cataloging record.


Endowed Named
Curator/Bibliographer
Position

* Total Cost: $2,750,000 and higher

Description of Gift and Its Benefits
Enhances the national prestige and visibility of the
Price Library of Judaica by enabling the recruitment
and retention of a well-qualified subject specialist to
build, manage, and service the premier collection of
Judaica and Hebraica in the southeastern United States.

Recognition
A named curatorship may honor the donor, a family, or
serve as a perpetual memorial to a loved one.


For more information on the Named Acquisitions
Funds, please contact:
Sandra Fox Melching
Director of Development
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117001
Gainesville, FL 32611-7001
(352) 392-0342
sfmelching@uflib.ufl.edu


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