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Tales from the Catalog : Is This Radioactive?

I’m Jaime Taylor, the Center for Jewish History’s systems librarian. My job has two components: I administer the catalog software, and I also do strange things with the catalog records themselves. As such, by chance I see records for all sorts of interesting items that I might not otherwise realize the Center holds. Some months ago I read a title, “Trinitite from Trinity Nuclear…

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#JewsInSpace Launches at the Center for Jewish History!

Join the Center for Jewish History and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on a quest to examine the #Jewish exploration of the heavens as we present our new exhibition: From as early as Genesis, Jews have pondered the expanse that surrounds our planet, as well as their place in them. Astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences appear frequently in books published by rabbis and scholars…

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We congratulate winners of the Jewish Book Awards – and took a look at some of the sources used

Michelle McCarthy, M.S.L.I.S., Reference Services Assistant, Center for Jewish History On Wednesday, March 11th, the 64th Annual Jewish Book Awards for 2014 were held at the Center for Jewish History. The awards are distributed each year in 15 categories by the Jewish Book Council to promote the “reading, writing, and publishing of modern Jewish content in American literature.” These categories encompass a strong variety…

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No more paper call slips required in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room

By Zachary Loeb, M.S.I.S. Reference Services Librarian – Patron Services Libraries and archives contain a heck of a lot of paper, and oftentimes getting access to that paper requires (you guessed it) even more paper. For years, visitors to the Center for Jewish History’s Lillian Goldman Reading Room needed to grab a stack of paper call slips if they wanted to access any material…

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Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums)

Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums) In 2011 the Center for Jewish History and the Leo Baeck Institute, one of its five partners, embarked on a project with Goethe University Frankfurt am Main to digitize nearly 1,000 books that went missing from the university library’s Judaica collection during the devastation of World War II. The goal of the project was to digitally recreate the Freimann Judaica Collection as it…

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NY Archives Week: FREE events

The Center for Jewish History and its Partners are participating in New York Archives Week with the following FREE events. Please join us! Sunday, October 5 1pm-2pm: Open house advice session (Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall, first floor)Learn how to store, preserve, and archive your family memorabilia and collections! Experts will be on hand to answer your questions about special topics such…

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Letter from Willy Hellpach to Martha Kubatzki on Reichstag stationery, 1930 Out of the ArchivesAn Epistolary Romanceby Catherine Greer, Archival Processing Fellow, Center for Jewish History I spent two weeks at the Center for Jewish History as a Graduate Archival Processing Fellow. The twelve-day program provided me with a wealth of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience in archival processing–and an unexpected historical intrigue.  On the first…

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Your Digital Family Album: A System for Safekeeping | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home.  by Moriah Amit, Reference Services Librarian and Genealogy Specialist, Center for Jewish History, and Tracey Beck, Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Periodicals, Leo Baeck Institute If you’re like us, you’ve probably accumulated tons of digital photos and documents…

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Organizing Digital Files: Getting Your Photos and Scans in Shape | Preservation Week 2014

We’re honoring National Preservation Week (April 26 through May 3) with a series of posts from our archival experts about the best way to take care of your precious artifacts at home. From April 29 to April 30, we’re also holding free events at the Center. Come by to learn more in person!  by Shayna Marchese, Digital Asset Production Associate, Center for Jewish History Whether you’re…

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National Preservation Week: Free Programs at the Center from April 28-April 30

The Center for Jewish History is known for its state-of-the-art facilities for the archiving, conserving, and digitization of historic material. Joining institutions around the United States, the Center is observing National Preservation Week–April 27 through May 3–with a series of blog posts about preserving artifacts at home and with free public events at its beautiful building at 15 West 16th Street in New York City….

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