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C a lifo rn ia S tate L ib ra ry in San Francisco houses the S u tro col­
lection, which was com p iled by A do lph S u tro (1830-1898), a
G e rm an b o rn bus inessm an who em ig ra ted to C a lifo rn ia in 1848
an d even tually becam e one o f the wealth iest citizens o f San
Francisco an d served a te rm as its mayor. He pu rch a sed over
20 ,000 p r in te d books, inc lud ing m any incunabu la , an d in 1884
b o u g h t 167 Yem en ite MSS from M.W. Shap ira , many o f them
copies o f M a im on ides’ works. Much o f th e lib rary was de s troyed
in th e 1906 fire , b u t ove r 100 MSS rem a in .
In ad d ition to th e collections listed above th e re a re small n um ­
bers o f H eb rew MSS in a t least 25 o th e r libraries th ro u g h o u t
the USA an d , most probab ly , several h u n d r e d in p riva te hands .