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Hidden in Plain Sight: A Gift of 17th Century Rare Italian Hebraica and Its 70 Year Passage from Carton to Collection Shelf

In 1927, the Rare Book Room (now the Special Collections Library) of the University of Michigan Library received a gift of several 17th century Hebrew books published in Italy. Although spotted by a cataloger in the early 1970′s, somehow these rare materials remained uncatalogued and unprocessed for another thirty years before they were rediscovered by a staff member of the Special Collections Library who sent them to one of the catalogers of the Judaica-Hebraica Unit. Finally, some seventy years after the gift was made, these rare works were formally added to the University Library’s Special Collections. How this markedly lengthy interval between receipt and processing could occur is the mystery that this presentation attempts to uncover.

Elliot Gertel is the Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica at the University of Michigan and is president of AJL’s RAS Division.

Posted in: RAS

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