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SCHM ELZER /THE NEW JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY LIBRARY
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mained intact. Immediately after the fire arrangements were
made with University Microfilms for the microfilming o f the col­
lection o f manuscripts containing some 10,000 items, including
40,000 Genizah fragments. Certain sections o f the rare book
collection, especially the Hebrew incunabula were also included
in this project. University Microfilms has issued printed reel
guides, arranged by subjects, to most o f the collection, and these
now provide, for the first time, lists to most o f the Seminary’s rich
holdings o f Hebrew and related manuscripts. The overwhelming
majority o f the Seminary’smanuscripts have been made available
on microfilm commercially to interested libraries and scholars. A
complete set is on deposit at the Jewish National and University
Library in Jerusalem, and microfilms o f the Genizah collection,
in its entirety, were acquired by Cambridge University Library.
Through this measure, the manuscript collection o f the Semi­
nary Library is now widely available to the scholarly world in
Europe, Israel, and throughout the United States.
As an additional guide to the rare books and manuscripts, a
reprint o f the late Alexander Marx’s annual reports on unusual
acquisitions was published (A. Marx,
Bibliographical Studies and
Notes on Rare Books and Manuscripts in the Library o f theJewish Theo­
logical Seminary o f America,
N.Y. 1977).
NEW ACQU IS ITIONS
Although preoccupied with the task o f reconstructing its dam­
aged holdings, with the physical restoration o f the volumes, and
with the modernization o f library practices, the Library contin­
ued to acquire important collections o f books, and individual rare
and unusual volumes. Among the collections thus acquired, men­
tion should be made o f those assembled by Rabbi Solomon
Goldman, Rabbi Felix Levy, both o f Chicago, and by the Yiddish
writers, Yehoash, and N. M. Minkoff. Recently the Library
received, as a gift, the collection o f books that had belonged to
Rabbi Hayyim Wasserzug (Filipower), a Lithuanian rabbi o f the
19th century, whose library had been moved to this country a
long time ago. This may be among the very few private libraries
that remained together as a unit over such a long period o f time,
thus preserving a scholarly Eastern European rabbinic library
relatively intact. Important Hebrew manuscripts, as well as rare
printed books, were consistently acquired on a selective basis.