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THE MENDE L GOTTESMAN L I BRARY
OF Y E SHI VA UN I VE R S I T Y
HE Library of Hebraica and Judaica of Yeshiva University
was “dedicated in honor of [the late] Mendel Gottesman
in grateful acknowledgment of his benefactions and his untiring
efforts for Yeshiva which he served as treasurer for eighteen
years and in the interest of which he founded the Yeshiva En­
dowment Foundation.”* Mr. Gottesman who was a banker and
philanthropist, was born in Munkacs, Hungary, March 24, 1859,
and arrived in the United States in 1886. He was president of
Yeshiva Endowment Foundation, Inc. from 1917 until his death
His sincere interest in Yeshiva University in general and in
the Library in particular was shared by his son, the late David
Samuel Gottesman (1884-1956), in whose honor the library of
the Albert Einstein College of Medicine was named. Incidentally,
the Hebrew University Library was the recipient of Dead Sea
Scrolls which he purchased for them.
The reorganization of the Library to suit modern standards
of scholarship and research began in the 1920’s under the direc­
tion of the eminent scholar and first librarian, the late Dr.
Solomon Gandz (1884-1954).
It was through Dr. Gandz’s efforts that the major collection
of the famous Viennese scholar, Professor Samuel Krauss, was
acquired by the Library. The collection described below became
the foundation of the department dealing with the
Wissenschaft
des Judentums.
It was due to his guidance and encouragement
that the present writer, who succeeded him, received his first
training in library administration.
Space does not permit us to list all gifts and general acquisi­
tions which comprise the vast resources and holdings of this
Library. We shall, however, list several important collections to
describe the growth and scope of its holdings.
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in 1942.
* From the plaque at the Mendel Gottesman Library.