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Judaica and Hebraica Holdings Enriched by Gifts

Three recently acquired gifts of private collections will greatly augment the Library's holdings in Judaica and Hebraica. These are the Zanvel Klein Memorial Collection of Judaica, the Marvin Fox Memorial Book Collection of Philosophy and Judaica, and the collection of Yiddish books donated to the Library by Rabbi Daniel Leifer. In addition, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation has awarded the Library a grant in the amount of $25,000 to endow a book fund for the purchase of materials on Judaica.

Hebrew books and Judaica in other languages have been an integral part of the University of Chicago Library since its founding in 1892. Some components of the collections date back to the very beginnings of collection building here; other components have been added over time as interests and programs have grown and changed. The inauguration of a formal program in Jewish studies at the University of Chicago has provided additional focus and vitality to the development of these already rich resources.

Faculty and Library staff work closely together to build collections that will support the needs of current and future research and teaching. Responding to the growing interest in Jewish studies at the University, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation has provided a grant of $25,000 to endow the Lucius N. Littauer Judaica Book Fund in the University of Chicago Library. This endowment shall be used in perpetuity for the acquisition of Judaica and Hebraica.

The collections of today include more than 100,000 physical volumes as well as rich resources in microfilm. Built by many bibliographers and subject and language specialists over the years, the collections are shaped by staff and faculty of the University and by the individuals whose private collections have been acquired and integrated into the Library's collections.

The Zanvel Klein Collection was acquired in Spring of 1994. On the faculty of the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry, Zanvel Klein was also an avid collector of Judaica and deeply involved with the University Library for many years, providing advice and counsel in the development of collections that could support a program of Jewish studies here. The additions of materials from his carefully developed library will make a meaningful contribution to our growing Jewish studies programs.

In 1995, the late Rabbi Daniel I. Leifer, Director of Hillel Foundation, donated to the Library a collection of Yiddish language and literary works. These materials will help strengthen the nucleus of resources in support of Yiddish studies at the University.

In June 1996, Dr. June Fox gave to the Library her late husband's collections of philosophy and Judaica. Born in Chicago and a Ph.D. graduate of the University, the late Professor Marvin Fox was the Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Brandeis University since 1976. Reflective of Professor Fox's conviction that "Judaism and contemporary thought are not mutually exclusive", his collections contain a wealth of resources in Judaism, secularism, and textual interpretation, and offer an extraordinary resource for the study of Jewish intellectual and religious thought.

Online information about the Judaica and Hebraica collections at the University of Chicago Library can be found on the Library website, the Library's web server, under Subject Guides to Sources. The direct URL is

For more information, contact Curtis Bochanyin, Bibliographer for Humanities, at 702-8442 or">, or Judith Nadler, Selector for Judaica, 702-8743 or">