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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Israe l, fo r exam p le , is fo u n d in the C en tra l Z ionist A rchives,
th e A rchives a n d M useum o f th e Jew ish L ab o u r M ovem en t,
an d — o f cou rse — a t Yad Y itzhak Ben-Zvi. T h e
Guide
is bo th
ou t-o f-d a te an d in su ff ic ien t in its desc rip tions .
A gu ide m uch n a r row e r in topic b u t m o re un iversa l in cov­
e rag e o f repo s ito r ie s is th e
Guide to America-Holy Land Studies,
1 620 -1 9 4 8 ,
o f which fo u r volum es have been pub lished to d a te
u n d e r the ausp ices o f Am erica-Ho ly L and S tud ies, a jo in t p r o ­
je c t o f th e Am e rican Jew ish H istorical Society an d th e In s t i tu te
o f C o n tem p o ra ry Jew ry o f th e H eb rew Un iversity o f Je ru s a lem ,
d ire c ted by Moshe Davis. T h e
Guide
no t only re fe rs th e u se r
to re levan t arch ival m a te ria l in repo s ito r ie s th ro u g h o u t Israe l,
the U n ited States, G re a t B rita in an d T u rk e y , b u t also describes
th a t m a te ria l, som etim es in g re a t detail. A cknow ledgm en ts in
re c en t d isse rta tions , articles an d m o n o g rap h s in the field o f
Am erica-Ho ly L and S tud ies testify to the fact th a t th e
Guide
has a lready g en e ra te d scho larly re sea rch .
A th i rd gu id e o f this type , cove ring an even n a r row e r p e r io d
an d focusing mainly — th o u g h no t exclusively — on m a te r ia l
fo u n d in G re a t B rita in , is
Britain and Palestine 1 9 1 4 -1 9 4 8 : A r­
chival Sources f o r the History o f the British Mandate.
I t con ta ins
de sc r ip tions o f p e rson a l p ap e rs , th e reco rd s o f o rgan iza tion s
an d societies, an d official arch ives in G rea t B rita in as well as
a no te on arch ives in o th e r coun tries .
Several o f Is rae l’s h istorical arch ives have pub lished d e ta iled
gu ides to some o f th e ind iv idua l reco rd g ro u p s in th e i r po s­
session, too n um e ro u s to be listed w ithin th e fram ew o rk o f this
survey.
SOURCE TYPE REFERENCE TOO LS
No re fe ren c e collection on E re tz -Israe l can overlook two g e n ­
e ra l encyclopedias:
The Hebrew Encyclopedia
(H ebrew ) an d
En ­
cyclopaedia Judaica.
Both devo te m uch space to in fo rm a tion on
E re tz -Israe l, Zionism an d the S tate o f Israel. T h e
Hebrew En ­
cyclopedia
was finally com p le ted in 1985, a lm ost 40 years a f te r
its incep tion , with th e pub lica tion o f an index vo lum e , g rea tly
en h an c in g its efficacy. Bo th encycloped ias a re in n eed o f con ­
s tan t u p d a t in g b u t m any o f th e articles d ea ling with th e h isto ry
an d historical g eo g rap h y o f E re tz -Is rae l a re still re levan t.
A m o re specialized work is th e two-volume
Encyclopedia o f Z i­