Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
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Title: Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
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Abstract: The brochure of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica (2010)
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One of America's foremost Judaica research
collections is housed in the George A.
Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.
The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica
comprises over 90,000 fully cataloged volumes,
incorporates three major private collections,
and is notable for its exceptional depth, scope
and singularity.

This remarkable library was first established in
1977 with the purchase of Rabbi Leonard C.
Mishkin's personal collection of books, then the
largest private library of Judaica and Hebraica
in the US. A professor of Jewish history at the
Hebrew Theological College, Mishkin had
amassed over 30,000 volumes covering virtually
every area of Jewish scholarship and in a
variety of languages.

With the acquisition of this [Mishkin] Collection,
Florida [will be] catapulted into the ranks of
the larger university collections in this field
(Charles Berlin, 1973)

In 1978, the University of Florida also acquired
a collection owned by the late Dr. Shlomo
Marenof, lecturer in Hebrew and Near Eastern
Civilization at Brandeis University. Marenof
had assembled more than 3,000 works,
predominantly in Hebrew.

A third significant collection was secured
the following year by the library's new
bibliographer, Robert Singerman. Singerman

A detail from the Juedischer Almanach, Berlin, 1902

organized the purchase of Bernard Morgenstern's
bookstore on New York's Lower East Side.
Included in this hoard of 10,000 items were
major Yiddish works.

Cover page of Oyfde Bregenfun Plata, Buenos Aires, 1919

These "3-M" collections were officially
dedicated as The Isser and Rae Price Library
of Judaica in March 1981. The library was
supported by a large endowment created in
1977 by two University of Florida alumni, Jack
and Samuel Price, in honor of their parents,
Isser and Rae, who had instilled in them the
importance of Jewish education.

The Isser and Rae Price Library Endowment
Fund was formed to support the Judaica
Library and to preserve a cultural legacy.

We hope our gift will be a spark
(Jack Price, 1981)


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"The library is something for everyone to use." Rae Price, 1981

Over the past 30 years, the Price Library of
Judaica has gone from strength to strength.
Above and beyond its core collection, the
library is particularly noteworthy for its
concentration of late 19th and early 20th
century imprints. Among these volumes are a
wealth of titles now scarce in the United States,
including ephemeral materials such
as pamphlets, brochures and newsletters
not held elsewhere.

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A page from Moses, Wien, 1924

The library currently subscribes to more than
500 periodicals and newspapers. Many of the
discontinued periodicals on the library shelves
can no longer be found in Florida libraries or
in the libraries of neighboring states.

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A page from an Alef-Bet, Berlin, 1923
Another major strength of the Price Library
of Judaica is its wealth of imprints from Latin
America, including booklets and newsletters
in Yiddish and Spanish that are of growing
interest to mainstream scholarship. Materials
related to Florida Jewry are likewise preserved,
alongside local and state Jewish newspapers.

In addition to an extensive Holocaust
collection, the library holds more than five
hundred limited print, post-war memorial
books commemorating the lost Jewish
communities of Europe. With the recent
acquisition of a major post-war database and
German archives on microfilm, the Price

Library is now one of just ten libraries in the
United States offering key resources dealing
with the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Associated with the library are special
collections of Judaica such as the Holy Land
Map Collection, individual archives like
Kaplan's lantern slides from 1920s Palestine,
and a rare Judaica collection with works dating
back to the 16th century.

Rich in resources that facilitate study and
research in many disciplines, the Price library
of Judaica is a library without peer in the
southeastern United States and a source of great
pride for the Jewish communities of Florida.

A page from Our Holidays; the Season for Rejoicing
Cover illustration: A page from Shir ha-Shirim, Jerusalem, c. 1930s

For more information contact:
Rebecca J. W Jefferson Head, Price Library of Judaica
Library West. PO Box 117010
Gainesville, FL 32611-7010
(352) 272-2650

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