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onist Movement in Russia, 1882-1948” included archival doc­
uments, photographs, newspapers, posters, books and other
printed matter. In response to the proclamation o f the year
5751 as “The Year o f Aliyah,” CZA featured an exhibition of
photographs from its collections on “The Great Aliyah in Israel’s
First Years” which was accompanied by a video film. There is
also a permanent display o f interesting letters by famous writers.
Guided tours are arranged for school, youth and adult groups.
At the 1990 International Book Fair in Jerusalem, CZA pre­
sented an exhibition featuring letters and other manuscripts by
famous Jewish and non-Jewish authors with the intent o f both
calling attention to its resources and encouraging the deposit
o f pertinent material by bookmen.
The vast holdings of CZA are available for examination not
only by researchers but also by teachers and students o f sec­
ondary schools and universities who are encouraged by the Min­
istry o f Education and Culture to make use o f the resources.
Assistance is given to senior students in writing term papers
and to those seeking family roots. Services are rendered to peo­
ple overseas through correspondence. All collections are open
to the public except for a limited number that are restricted
either by donors or by government law.
CZA has been used for research that has resulted in published
works in such fields as Jewish history, the Holocaust, the Zionist
movement in the Diaspora, middle eastern studies, Jewish-Arab
relations, biographies, history of the
yishuv
and the State of Is­
rael, and the development of education, labor, literature and
culture in Israel. The photograph collection has been widely
utilized for museum exhibitions in Israel and abroad, television
broadcasts, films and the print media. A listing o f publications
whose authors made use of the holdings of CZA is included
in its annual report.
CZA has the most comprehensive special library of books and
pamphlets on Zionism and Eretz Israel, comprising over
140,000 bound and catalogued items. Among the periodicals
are most of the Zionist newspapers that were published in Israel
and other countries since 1918. Two hundred and ten news­
papers and periodicals are received annually. Among many
thousands of other printed items are posters, announcements,
leaflets and ephemera. About half a million pertinent photo­
graphs and negatives are catalogued. There are microfilms of