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Brandeis University Special Collections

This is a guide to the Special Collections held at Brandeis, including manuscripts and rare books.

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Chloe Gerson
Chloe Gerson, Reference and Instruction Archivist
Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02453

Judaica collection: overview

The Judaica Collection comprises more than 200,000 works housed throughout the library.  The collection documents all aspects of Jewish history, religion, and culture, with a particular focus on the Bible, rabbinics, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, Hebrew and Yiddish literature, and the Holocaust.  The microfilm, microfiche, and electronic collections include a wide array of English, German, Hebrew, and Yiddish newspapers; reproductions of Hebrew manuscripts; works on Israel, Zionism, and American Jewish history; the personal papers of Abba Hillel Silver and Chaim Weizmann; rabbinical texts; important bibliographic databases; and other relevant research tools and collections.  

Many of the rare and unique Judaica materials held by Brandeis University are housed in Archives & Special Collections, including rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts (such as the Bernice and Henry Tumen collection, much of which is on display on the Mezzanine level of the library). 

Jewish Feminism

A specific collecting area is material related to Jewish Feminism.  Brandeis University is a member of the American Jewish and Israeli Feminism Archives Collaborative, a joint project between the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections and the Haifa Feminist Institute.  Related collections held at Brandeis include:


Related Guides

For assistance with any of the following guides, please contact Judaica Librarian Rachel Greenblatt:  

Related Judaica resources (outside of Brandeis or available online)