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more than once in this article. The Kressel Collection cannot, for
many reasons, hold complete files of the many hundreds of
Jewish newspapers that have ever existed. Kressel did, however,
try to keep representative issues of as many newspapers as possi­
ble, and those in the Archive include (to take one example)
newspapers published in the Displaced Persons’ camps in Ger­
many after the Second World War. The Archive also holds many
jubilee numbers — which are of interest because they often con­
tain information about the history of the newspaper — and other
issues that are of special interest for some reason. A good example
of the latter is the single-sheet edition issued jointly by all the
newspapers of the
on May 14th, 1948, announcing the
Declaration of Independence. For more recent Israeli newspa­
pers the aim has been to keep the first and any other special issue.
In some instances the Collection does contain complete, or
nearly-complete, files of such papers, including one short-lived
Ha-Yom Ha-Zeh
, which was edited by Moshe Dayan, and the
Samaritan newspapers that have made their appearance in Israel
in recent times. Altogether the Archive has, in the form of cut­
tings, jubilee numbers, and other issues, informative material on
about 850 newspapers.
The Archive contains over three thousand pam­
phlets, some very rare, filed according to the name of the person
of interest (this may be the author or the subject of the pamphlet).
There are about a thousand people. The pamphlets and newspa­
per cuttings in the Archive, together with the relevant books in
the Library, constitute one of the most comprehensive sources of
information in the world about Jewish personalities of modern
There are, as already indicated, some letters
among the files of newspaper cuttings, but in addition to these
there are many thousands of letters written to Kressel himself by
writers, scholars and other leading personalities in Israel and
elsewhere, and hundreds of short autobiographies of writers
produced specifically at Kressel’s request. There are also letters
and postcards written by important figures of earlier generations.
Much of this material is, for the time being, closed to readers. The
Collection will also eventually receive the correspondence be­
tween Kressel and a number of Yiddish and Hebrew writers in the
Soviet Union over the past twenty years or so, and a number of
manuscripts of unpublished works by some of these writers.