This Week in JPL History: The Rare Book Collection

Did you know that the Library has a book that is over 500 years old? The Library’s copy of Flavius Josephus’ Antiquities of Jews forms an integral part of the Library’s Rare Book Collection. Over twelve hundred volumes in total this collection represents the Library’s dedication to the preservation of history and the written word.

During this week just last year, the JPL received a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation for a series of Rare Book Workshop Projects. High school students will learn about the history of books, printing, and the importance of the written word in the Jewish tradition in a hands-on environment. These workshops begin this month and will finish at the end of February.

In May of this year, the Library will be curating an exhibit of the antiquarian books in the lobby of Cummings House. This exhibit will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with scanned images, along with captions chronicling the historical narratives of the work, author, and editions of the works in the collection. This portion of the project is being funded by Dr. Michael Paul, an antiquarian book collector originally from Montreal, but working at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

The This Week in Jewish Public Library History blog series was made possible through the generous support of the Peter and Ellen Jacobs Virtual Archives Fund.

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