Jewish Libraries and Archives in America

Pearl Berger
2006 Judaica Librarianship  
In celebration of the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Jewish immigration to America, this paper takes a look back and then looks forward, highlighting both achievements and challenges in the realms of Jewish libraries and archives as well as their associated professions. The paper scans the past fifty years, since the tercentenary in 1954, pointing to evidence of much growth and expansion. It then proceeds to discuss areas of development for the future, taking into account opportunities
more » ... nt opportunities presented by the digital age. Pearl Berger available resources, and increasing sensitivity to Jewish librarianship, combined with the excitement generated by the Tercentenary to inspire the founding of local Jewish historical societies and independent archives. (Whiteman, 1990 (Whiteman, -1991 In fact, these past fifty years, from 1954 to 2004, are a period of incredible growth-growth in the number of institutions and repositories with collecting interest in Jewish Studies, growth in the richness of collections housed in American institutions, and growth in the professionalism and sophistication of Judaica librarians.
doi:10.14263/2330-2976.1094 fatcat:2yewpytst5carkffydcbkm6fo4