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					   COLLECTING ON ISRAEL AND HEBREW
   CULTURE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY…
            A Few Examples…


BOOK COLLECTIONS
• Israel Cohen Collection
    Acquired in 1994, from the estate of an Israeli editor and critic (1905-1986). Over
      12,000 volumes, mostly in Hebrew - especially rich in modern Hebrew
      literature and culture in the Yishuv and the State of Israel.
• Art exhibition catalogs
    Acquired systematically, on approval, since 2001 – and retrospectively, whenever
      possible.
    COLLECTING ON ISRAEL AND HEBREW
    CULTURE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY…
             A Few Examples…
ARCHIVAL & MIXED COLLECTIONS
•   Simcha Blass Hydrology of Israel Collection
     Acquired in 2004. Blass (1897-1982) was a hydrological engineer who was a key
       participant in the planning and construction of hydrological projects in Israel,
       including the National Water Carrier.
•   Eisig Silberschlag Papers
     Acquired in 2005, from the estate of an American Hebrew educator, translator,
       and poet (1903-1988). Literary manuscripts and correspondence with Hebrew
       authors in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. Collection is still unprocessed.
•   Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
     Acquired in 2005 – the personal collection of a leading antiquarian bookseller in
       Israel. Includes books, pamphlets, journals, documents, photographs,
       postcards, posters, maps, architectural plans, and ephemera relating to the
       early history of the "First Hebrew City,” from 1909 to 1948.
                WHY [collect on] ISRAEL?



• The “micro” perspective:
   Jewish Studies context at Stanford University.
   …Trying not to bite off more than we can chew…


• A “macro” perspective:
   Growth of interest in Israel Studies in North American universities.
   A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ELIASAF
ROBINSON COLLECTION ON TEL AVIV, 1909-1948
             Stanford University Libraries
Ticket to the funeral of the Hebrew poet Hayim Nahman Bialik,
                     Tel Aviv, July 16, 1934
                (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
   Recto                                                Verso




Jewish National Fund lottery ticket, Prague, 1922
            (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
                  Stamps from Tel Aviv
                (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)




Herzliyah Gymnasium                                         Levant Fair, 1934
A fashion show in Tel Aviv
 (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
      Need a new bed?
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
    ‫אורח נטה ללון‬
A guest for the night
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
A night at the Opera (Mougrabi, that is)
        (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The latest in technology…
 (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
    What’s on tonight?
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
A collage of postcard views
 (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
A postcard from 1914: “What does this panorama remind you of?”
                    (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Street scene, early 1920s
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Same street (Rehov Ahad Ha’am) a few years later
            (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Lord Balfour drops by to dedicate his Street
          (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (1) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (2) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (3) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (4) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (5) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The White City (6) – ‫עיר לבנה‬
  (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The Levant Fair (1) – ‫יריד המזרח‬
    (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The Levant Fair (2) – ‫יריד המזרח‬
    (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The Levant Fair (3) – ‫יריד המזרח‬
    (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
The Herzliyah Gymnasium (Tel Aviv)
      (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Bet Ulpana (religious boys’ school) classroom
          (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Montefiore Technical School – Headmaster’s office
            (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
     Hebrew Bookfair
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Hebrew workers – ‫עבודה עברית‬
   (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
        Boys on bikes
(Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Tel Aviv panorama, circa 1930
   (Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv)
Publications in the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
                     Selected title pages
Publications in the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
                     Selected title pages
Publications in the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
                     Selected title pages
Publications in the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
                     Selected title pages
Publications in the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv
                     Selected title pages
    The Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv:
                 Status report & next steps

• Arrangement of archival materials – complete
• Cataloging of books & serials – underway
• Conservation of deteriorating items – planned
• Digitization of selected documents & books – under
  active discussion
• International conference, Spring 2009
• Library & online exhibition, to coincide with the 2009
  conference

				
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