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New Journals of Bibliographic Study
The post-World War Two period witnessed a further develop-
ment of Jewish bibliographic periodicals. The tradition established
was, as has been noted, maintained by
addition, a number of new bibliographic journals designed pri-
marily as vehicles for the dissemination of bibliographic studies
made their appearance. With the destruction of the European
Jewish community, such journals were now published in the two
main centers of Jewish life, the United States and Israel. The
first of these publications made its appearance before the end of
the War. In 1942 there appeared the first volume of the
Book Annual
, published in New York by the Jewish Book
Council of America, sponsored by the National Jewish Welfare
Board; twenty-eight volumes have appeared to-date. The contents
may be divided into the following categories: articles on biblio-
graphic and literary topics; articles on the occasion of various
anniversaries (e.g., the anniversary of the birth or death of a
literary or scholarly figure); and lists of new books. Articles are
in English, Hebrew or Yiddish, and generally are brief popular
presentations dealing with an aspect of Jewish literature; e.g.,
Yiddish literature in Rumania; Holocaust literature; recent He-
brew poetry in Israel. There are descriptions of Judaica collec-
tions in various libraries; e.g., UCLA, Harvard, American Jewish
Historical Society. Special types of books—e.g., miniatures—are also
discussed. In the literary anniversary articles, figures from all
periods and of all types are commemorated; e.g., A. Zeitlin, Isaac
Mayer Wise, Nahmanides—to cite a few recent examples. By means
of the various bibliographies published in each volume,
provides a fairly comprehensive register of certain categories of
Judaica. Of special importance are its annual bibliographies of
American Judaica: American Jewish non-fiction, American Jewish
fiction, Jewish juvenile books, and American Hebrew books. Its
annual bibliography of Yiddish books published in the United
States and elsewhere, a classified and annotated list compiled by
D. Abramowicz, is the most useful and comprehensive bibliog-
raphy of Yiddish books published on a current basis. The lists
of Judaica published in England and selected Hebraica appearing
in Israel—the latter classified and annotated—are also useful.
The second American journal devoted to Jewish bibliography,
Studies in Bibliography and Booklore
) , began publication
in 1963 and nine volumes have appeared to-date. Published by
the Library of the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of
Religion in Cincinnati,
is “devoted to research in the field
of Jewish bibliography.” Although some of its earlier issues in-
eluded book reviews and a list of books received, more recent
issues have included only scholarly articles and bibliographies.