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businessman and philanthropist, who was so profoundly impressed
that he undertook to provide the entire amount involved. In
gratitude to this donor for his generous benefaction the Univer
sity decided to name the complete collection: The Theodore E.
Cummings Collection of Hebraica and Judaica.
On April 14, 1963, a ship docked at the port of Los Angeles
and unloaded 151 large crates containing 33,528 Hebraica and
Judaica volumes, the entire stock of the Bamberger and Wahr­
mann book store. Soon after the crates arrived on campus the
books were unpacked and given accession numbers. Author’s
names or titles were typed on special inserts, which were later
photographed together with the given numbers and title-pages to
produce “brieflisted” catalog cards. The books were stored by their
accession numbers and the cards were divided into two groupings.
Cards for Judaica books were filed by author or main-entry only
into the public card catalog, and the cards for Hebraica items,
which have special problems in the transcription of Hebrew
names, were assembled alphabetically by title in a special file
in the Catalog Department. This procedure made the whole
Cummings Collection accessible to the library user in a relatively
short while. It also transformed the Jewish Studies Collection
into a major instrument for Jewish scholarly research and study.
Acquisitions activity did not terminate with the Cummings
Collection. In 1964 some 2,000 out-of-print reference works and
liturgical books were acquired from a local collector, and the
following year a collection of more than 1,500 volumes of printed
and manuscript texts of controversial and apologetic works was
acquired from a scholar in the East. Another significant pur­
chase, a 3,000-volume collection consisting mainly of Rabbinic
responsa, hasidic literature and bibliographical works was made
in 1966. Smaller groups of rare and important books, obtained
either by purchase or by exchange with other institutions, are
constantly added to the Jewish Studies Collection.
The Spinoza Collection
Besides the Jewish Studies Collection housed in the University
Research Library, there are a variety of small collections of Jew­
ish interest in the various specialized libraries around the campus.
A sizeable collection of Jewish music scores is kept in the Music
Library; books of Jewish and Israeli law can be found in the Law
Library, and books on Jewish art or education can be located in
the Art and Education libraries. The same holds true in about
a dozen or so other branch libraries. One of the most valuable
collections outside the Research Library is the Spinoza Collection