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BEN -YAAKOV /TH E GENAZIM IN ST ITUTE
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collections of Hebrew and Yiddish authors. Some writers begin
to set up archives during their lifetime, while in other cases
the materials o f writers are transmitted after their demise. The
collections contain correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, bio­
graphical data, photos and various documents. To be found
here are more than 2,000,000 letters and thousands of original
manuscripts, including first drafts and finished products.
ARCHIVAL HOLDINGS
One can gain some insight into the literary treasures available
in these archival collections from a listing of a few of the authors
who are represented. Judah Leib Gordon — extensive corre­
spondence with the leading figures of his time and original man­
uscripts. Jacob Reifmann — correspondence and manuscripts.
Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kuk — correspondence with writers and
leaders and manuscripts. Ben Avigdor — correspondence and
manuscripts relating to his activities as head of the Tushiya pub­
lishing house. Dvorah Baron — hundreds of letters and man­
uscripts, photos and documents. Yehuda Ibn Shmuel Kaufman
— over 10,000 letters, manuscripts and scientific data. Fischel
Lachover — extensive materials reflecting his work for the
Stybel publishing house and manuscripts. Zalman Shazar — di­
aries covering his life in Russia as well as Israel, manuscripts
and material dealing with the poetess Rahel. Zalman Schneour
— thousands of letters, hundreds of original manuscripts, pho­
tos, and documents. Leah Goldberg — hundreds of letters, man­
uscripts, photos and a collection of her drawings.
Among the American Hebrew authors who are represented
are: Menahem Ribalow — extensive material dealing with his ed­
itorship of the weekly
Hadoar,
Daniel Persky — thousands of let­
ters and many manuscripts reflecting his Hebraic activity; Simon
Halkin — 15,000 letters, hundreds of manuscripts, many doctoral
dissertations; Abraham Regelson — correspondence and manu­
scripts; and Gabriel Preil — correspondence and manuscripts.
To continue listing the authors for whom archival collections
are maintained would be like compiling a who’s who of Hebrew
literature. The Genazim Institute is the largest and most ex­
tensive o f its kind in the world. It is virtually impossible today
to do any serious work in the field of modern Hebrew literature
without having recourse to its holdings.