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erous gift from the Milken Family Foundation. The Milken li­
brary o f Arts and Sciences, which forms the backbone o f ou r
non-Judaic collection, has proved vital to the library’s aim o f
providing students with a range o f titles essential to their u n ­
de rg radua te studies.
These acquisitions, although o f vital importance, are not the
hea rt o f the library’s holdings, which remain in areas related
to Jewish studies. In time the University established a relation­
ship with Israeli vendors and distributors, and began a process
o f overseas ordering . Much o f the budget was taken up with
Judaica that did not regularly reach the United States. O f almost
equal interest, however, was the drive to acquire holdings in
modern Hebrew literature. Part o f this trend in acquisition was
due to a particular interest o f Dr. Shub’s in modern Israeli life
and culture. Part o f it was due to the large Israeli community
in Los Angeles, which has grown substantially over the years.
Since the Ostrow library, like the University, services the com­
munity as well as its own academic staff and students, many
in the community patronize the library in o rde r to read the
latest literature from Israel, and the library seeks to accommo­
date their needs.
DOCUMENTATION CENTER
Dr. Shub re tired from his position as director to supervise
the continued growth o f the Shub Documentation Center. The
Center is a unique collection, the produc t o f a lifetime’s effort
in collecting, collating and organizing information about the ma­
jo r topics o f Jewish interest in ou r time.
A fo rm e r official in the American Jewish Committee, Dr.
Shub began a file o f clippings from newspapers and magazines
on subjects o f Jewish interest. At first the file was for personal
use, bu t when Shub became head o f the Ostrow Library, the
file rapidly grew into a Documentation Center, for use by schol­
ars and students in various fields.
Today the Center holds some 1.5 million clippings from pe­
riodicals in English, Hebrew and Yiddish over the last fifty
years. Some o f the 500 plus newspapers and jou rna ls reviewed
for clipping include: T h e New York Times, the New Republic,
Yiddisher Kemfer, Sovietish Heymland, Ma’ariv, Ha’aretz, The
Forward, Jou rn a l o f Palestine Studies and many others.