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Jewish life from Moses Mendelssohn onwards, though it is in the
nature of the material that twentieth-century figures are the
best-represented. The clippings include news items, obituaries,
biographical and autobiographical memoirs, polemics, serious
studies of the person, reviews of books by or about the person,
information about new editions, translations, and so on, notices of
prizes and awards, and anything else that might be considered
significant. Many of the files also include extensive references to
other sources of information about the person. These are on
cards taken from card-indexes compiled by Kressel over the
years. There is also documentary material other than newspaper
cuttings: letters, invitations, and longer articles from serious re­
views and learned journals, for example.
Those represented in the collection are political and religious
leaders, writers, scholars, artists, and so on. Both Israel and the
diaspora are included, so that the more important rabbis and
other leaders of East European Jewish communities, for instance,
are there, together with practically everyone of importance in the
public and intellectual life of the Jewish population of the State of
Israel and mandatory Palestine. The number of clippings per
person ranges from one to about 4 ,000. Jews whose main impor­
tance lies outside the Jewish field (e.g., Trotsky, Einstein) are
represented only by material relevant to some Jewish aspect of
their lives. It is safe to say that these newspaper clippings contain
information about thousands of people who will never be the
subjects of full-scale biographies or even entires in encyc­
lopaedias, so that this information will hardly be accessible any­
where else.
The collection of newspaper cuttings contains three other sec­
tions. One has information on 600 or so settlements in Eretz Israel
in modern times (towns, kibbutzim, moshavim, and so on). An­
other has cuttings with information about
Jewish newspapers
of the
past and present. The final section is that of
miscellaneous subjects.
Examples of these are the State of Israel (subdivided into various
categories); the Histadrut; the Israel Army; political parties and
movements in Israel, of which some hundred are represented;
general elections in Israel; the wars Israel has fought, as well as
smaller military operations such as the Entebbe raid of 1976; the
Arabs in Israel; the visit of President Sadat to Jerusalem in
November 1977, and its continuing aftermath; and so on.
The history of the Jewish press has been mentioned