The Hebrew Collections
at the Library of Congress

Michael W. Grunberger,
Head, Hebraic Section,
African and Middle Eastern Division

The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division houses comprehensive collections of European Yiddica, Hebraica, and Ladino. Produced primarily although not exclusively in Europe during the nineteenth century, the Yiddish language collection includes approximately 15,000 monographic titles as well as a comprehensive collection of serials and newspapers. The Hebraic collections include more than 100,000 titles, ranging from thousand year old rabbinic responsa to eighteenth and nineteenth century haskalah literature. In addition to a small collection of Hebrew manuscripts, the section also houses broadsides and other documents that reflect on Jewish life in Europe. Especially interesting are the Hebrew newspapers published during the nineteenth century. Approximately 600 Ladino titles, many of which were produced in European cities, are also located in the Hebraic Section.

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