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wide travels. Four thousand Hebrew manuscripts, including about
15.000 leaves from the Cairo Genizah, 3,500 printed books, and
many unknown Hebrew incunabula were the rich fruits of his
labors. All this was secured for the Library in 1923 through the
initiative and generosity of Mortimer L. Schiff, aided by Louis
Marshall and Felix M. Warburg, and with A. S. W. Rosenbach
negotiating the purchase.
Ten years later, the manuscript division was further enriched
by the Enelow Memorial Collection. Containing some 1,100
manuscripts, mainly from the Orient, it was presented by Mrs.
Nathan J. Miller.
Dr. Hyman G. Enelow himself bequeathed to the Library his
fine collection of Hebraica, Judaica, and many other branches
of learning, including history, philosophy, theology, art, bibliog-
raphy and general literature in many languages.
In recent years, the Seminary has acquired the holdings of the
defunct Graduate School for Jewish Social Work. They include
5.000 books and many pamphlets in the field of social science,
education, psychology and related subjects, much rare type-
written material and some 144 bound typewritten theses.
The department of education is represented by some 5,000
volumes of the Mordecai M. Kaplan Education Library, donated
in 1946 by the Teacher’s Institute.
More recently, the personal collections of the late Professor
Alexander Marx and the late Professor Louis Ginzberg have
enriched the Library with over 13,000 volumes on all aspects of
Jewish literature, history and bibliography and with valuable
collections of novellae, responsa, codes and monographs on rab-
binic subjects. This joint memorial collection has been estab-
lished for the use of the Faculty of the Seminary.
In 1959 the Library acquired the private collection of Judah
A. Joffe. This consists of more than one thousand printed books
and twenty-five manuscripts. With the addition of this new
acquisition, the Seminary now possesses about 90% of all Yiddish
imprints from the 16th to the 18th centuries.
Some idea of the breadth and depth of the collection will,
it is hoped, already have been gained from this historic survey.
However, in attempting to describe the treasures of a library
of some 200,000 printed books and 10,000 manuscripts, it is
obvious that one suffers from an embarrassment of riches. If to
this is added a severe restriction of space, the inadequacy of one’s
efforts becomes acute. In these circumstances the writer can do
nothing more than make a few random selections which will
serve as an appetizer to the interested reader.
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