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ZIPIN /JUDA ICA FROM AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PRESSES
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— Wayne State University Press; 7. Yale Judaica Series. In addi­
tion to the University Presses with series dedicated to Jewish
Studies, Faber singled out a number o f other University Presses
for their interest in Jewish Studies, including Columbia, Johns
Hopkins and New York University.
In 1975, Nathan Kaganoff8 published two bibliographies in
volume 33 o f the Annual. One was on American Jewish History,
in which 20.5% o f the titles were by University Presses, outdoing
the combined production o f the Jewish Publication Society, Ktav
and Jewish schools. In the bibliography o f American Jewish
Biography,7over 10% o f the total were by University Presses. In
the works listed in
Jewish Reference Sources
by Cutter and
Oppenheim,4University Presses account for only a modest share
o f reference materials. Even so, in certain categories like United
States, University Presses published 17.39% o f the titles, and in
History — 18.18% o f the total, which is much higher than their
current market share. The same pattern that was evident in the
earlier lists repeats itself.
The development and growth o f the University Presses in total
numbers and market share, and their leading role in such sub­
jects as History, Philosophy and Religion, require some interpre­
tation. When the Jewish Publication Society was organized it was
for the purpose “o f publishing and disseminating the best avail­
able literature o f Jewish interest in English.” On the other hand,
University Presses have increasingly turned their attention to
Jewish Studies with no specific policy or philosophy in mind. For
the purposes o f this paper I sent a questionnaire to all University
Presses that had published Judaica titles in the last ten years. One
o f the sections o f the questionnaire requested each Press to de­
scribe briefly its history and policy regarding publications in the
area o f Jewish Studies. The following are among the typical an­
swers which were received: “We consider them (Jewish Studies
publications) along with other books and have made no special
effort to procure in this area” (University Press o f New England,
which includes Brandeis University, Brown University, and oth­
ers). “We are most interested in publishing excellent scholarship
on theology and intellectual history, but do not confine ourselves
to those fields when considering manuscripts for the series” (Uni­
versity o f Alabama Press). The Associated University Presses
replied in a similar manner: “The press welcomes the submission
o f manuscripts in all scholarly disciplines including Jewish Stud­