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GOLD / JUDAICA AND HEBRAICA IN BOOK CATALOGS
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volumes. Cards are reproduced at slightly less than their normal
size. W ith only four cards to a page this arrangement is not eco­
nomical o f space. Nevertheless, it is convenient to have all of
this information w ith in easy reach, especially as an aid in cata­
loging.
The New York Public L ibrary’s Dictionary catalog of the
Jewish collection and the Hebrew Union College—Jewish In­
stitute of Religion’s Dictionary catalog of the K lau library were
both published by G. K. Hall 8c Co. Both encompass Judaica
and Hebraica and offer access by author and subject and, for
works in Hebrew characters and some others, by title. Both
also contain some analytics, that is, entries for articles and
reviews in journals and composite works. Volumes are large, 36
centimeters in height, and heavy. Generally speaking, technical
production has improved from the 1960 New York catalog, which
was the first Judaica/Hebraica catalog issued in this way, to
the 1975 First supplement. Legibility is sometimes a problem
in the 1960 catalog, but the cards on which it is based have
probably received more wear and tear over the decades than
the cards of any other Jewish collection. The Dictionary catalog
of the Jewish collection contains listings not only of material
in The L ibrary ’s Jewish Division, but of related material housed
in other units of The Research Libraries. The in itia l 14-volume
set contains about 270,000 entries representing 100,000 volumes.
The eight-volume First supplement contains facsimiles o f about
114.000 cards, for material published no later than 1971. The
Dictionary catalog of the K lau library reflects a collection of
200.000 items.
By the time that The New York Public L ibrary’s Jewish
Division prepared its First supplement for publication, it had
been decided to close and preserve The L ibrary’s card catalogs in
permanent form, and to inaugurate a computer-processed book
catalog for materials added to the collections beginning January
1, 1972. For the Jewish Division, therefore, its catalogs as pub­
lished in facsimile by G. K. Hall came to be viewed as a sub­
stitute for the original cards.
The Harvard Catalogue of Hebrew books does not include
Roman-character Judaica or Yiddish, although an indication
of Judaica holdings is found in Widener library shelflist, 39,
discussed below. The Catalogue of Hebrew books contains repro­