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The latter consists of literary manuscripts, personal manuscripts,
and documents. O f special interest are:
A. The entire collection of Hebrew codices in the Vatican
Library. This collection was acquired through the joint ef­
forts of the late Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of
Boston, and Dr. Abram L. Sachar, then president o f Bran­
deis University.
B. The David Kaufmann collection of Hebrew codices.
This collection is presently housed in the Oriental Library of
the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Both collections are rich in manuscripts in the fields of Jewish
philosophy, Hebrew literature and biblical commentaries. They
reflect the development of Middle Eastern and European Jewish
learning throughout the medieval, renaissance and early modern
periods.
The library further supplemented its holdings of literary man­
uscripts by acquiring microfilms of selected groups of manu­
scripts from collections of such libraries as Biblioteca Palatina in
Parma, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and more recently, the
Jewish Theological Seminary of America Library in New York.
C. Resource materials pertaining to early Zionist activities
in the United States, as well as documents pertaining to the
history of the Yishuv and the establishment of the State of
Israel, including papers from the Felix M. Warburg, Jacob
De Haas and Louis D. Brandeis collections.
D. Complete backfiles of current newspapers, such as
Ha-
Aretz, Davar
and the London
Jewish Chronicle.
E. Complete runs of major journals and newspapers, such
as
Ha-Melitz
and
Ha-Shiloah.
The present trends of rising prices for books and serials
coupled with budgetary constraints present us with the challenge
of assuring the continued growth and development of our collec­
tions. We are hopeful that we shall be able to achieve this goal and
that the Goldfarb Library will continue to serve as an important
repository of Jewish culture for the Brandeis community as well
as the community at large.