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Melanie J. Meyers

It Came From the Stacks: Moby Dick
by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Services Librarian, Special Collections, Center for Jewish History

One of the strengths of the YIVO library collection is the amazing wealth of works translated into various languages, Yiddish or Hebrew in particular.

This version of Herman Melville’s classic work Moby Dick (Or, Mobi Diḳ, if you prefer), was printed in Tel Aviv, circa 1951,…

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50 years of The Feminine Mystique

by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History

“Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night—she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—’Is this all?’ ”
— Betty…

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Happy Birthday, Robert Louis Stevenson!
by Melanie J. Meyers, M.S., Senior Reference Librarian, Center for Jewish History

Robert Louis Stevenson was born yesterday in the year 1850 in Scotland. He was a prolific and popular author in his time, enjoying a great deal of success until he fell out of critical favor after World War II. In the latter part of the 20th century,…

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Emma Goldman!
by Melanie J. Meyers, Senior Reference Services Librarian, Center for Jewish History

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution… revolution is but thought carried into action.” –Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman was an influential political thinker, anarchist and feminist. She was born on June 27, 1869 to an orthodox Jewish family…

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