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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
A n n e L ehm an n F o u n d a t io n inc ludes several h u n d r e d MSS.
Rabbi M.M. S chnee rson o f Lubav itch has a p e rson a l co llection
o f several h u n d r e d MSS inc lud ing , in ad d i t io n to w ritings o f
e a r l ie r L ubav itche r rabb is, m any MSS from N o r th A frica.
O u ts ide o f New York the la rges t collection o f H eb rew MSS
in th e USA is fo u n d a t H eb rew U n ion College in C inc inna ti.
O ve r 1,000 m anu sc r ip ts , m any o f th em p u rch a s ed f rom th e
bookse ller David F raenke l, a re to be fo u n d in this lib rary . T h e
collections o f HUC w ere also desc r ibed in a p rev ious issue o f
the A nnua l . T h e H o u g h to n L ib ra ry a t H a rv a rd Un iversity po s­
sesses ove r 100 H eb rew MSS, m ost o f them from th e D e in a rd
an d th e Felix F r iedm an n collections an d a few th a t fo rm e r ly
be longed to th e Rabbinical Sem inary in V ienna . Many o f the
MSS a re med ieval in o rig in . In ad d i t io n to this co llection in
H a rv a rd the Cou rtw ay L ib ra ry o f M edicine inc ludes 31 H eb rew
MSS an d th e H a rv a rd College L ib ra ry has ab o u t 400 no tebooks
o f Y iddish plays, an d l i te ra tu re from the 19th an d 20 th c en ­
tu ries . Yale Un iversity has a collection o f 150 MSS. T h e H eb rew
College in B rook line , Mass., has a collection o f u n d e r 100 MSS,
few o f th em o ld e r th an the 18th cen tu ry .
OTHER COLLECTIONS
T h e L ib rary o f C ong ress has in its possession ab o u t 300 H e ­
brew MSS, m any o f them from th e collection o f E. D e ina rd .
Most o f th e MSS a re post-m ed ieval an d a la rge n um b e r a re
I ta lian in o rig in . T h e A n n e n b e rg In s t i tu te (fo rm e r ly D ropsie
College) in Ph ilad e lph ia has a collection o f ove r 40 H eb rew
MSS an d a sim ilar n um b e r o f Sam a r itan MSS, as well as a small
b u t im p o r ta n t collection o f ove r 450 Gen izah f ragm en ts . Most
o f the MSS an d Gen izah fragm en ts were d o n a te d by J u d g e
M ayer S u lzbe rge r an d Cy rus A d le r . In Chicago , th e S p e r tu s
College L ib ra ry has ab o u t 100 Y em en ite MSS an d th e H eb rew
T heo log ica l College in Skokie has a collection o f 25 MSS.
O n th e West Coast th e Un iversity o f C a lifo rn ia L ib ra ry in
Los Angeles acqu ired in th e 1960’s the g re a te r p a r t o f th e li­
b ra ry o f Rabbi Hayyim R osenbe rg o f A ncona , which in c lud ed
ab o u t 100 MSS mostly w r itten in Italy d u r in g th e 18th an d
19th cen tu r ie s . In 1962 th e lib ra ry p u rch a s ed th e stock o f th e
J e ru s a lem booksellers B am b e rg e r an d W ah rm an n , which in ­
c luded a n um b e r o f MSS from th e Moses G a s te r co llection . T h e