To support faculty research and undergraduate teaching
(there are presently no degrees offered in Yiddish literature; only lower level undergraduate courses
are offered) in the field of Yiddish literature, which is of interest both to members of
the Germanic Languages
Department, the History Department,
the Linguistics Department and to those associated with the Hebrew Studies program.
II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: Yiddish and English are the major language of collection. Major literary works are acquired in the original and, when available, in English translation. Translations into languages other than English will not ordinarily be purchased. Works about Yiddish are acquired in English and, when no reliable English translation exists, in
Yiddish, French, German, Spanish and Hebrew. Romanized works are acquired only when originally issued in that form.
B. Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is on the 19th and 20th centuries.
C. Geographical Guidelines: Yiddish literature written by Eastern European Jews within their traditional pale of settlement (Poland, Russia, Romania and the Baltic States), and by Jewish emigrˇs to North and South America are of primary concern. Secondary emphasis is on Yiddish literature from Western Europe, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Shanghai.
D. Treatment of Subject: Literary texts and critical studies are acquired. Textbooks and subjects treated on a popular level are not ordinarily acquired. Materials by and for children (such as diaries, poems, etc., from the concentration camps) are purchased selectively.
E. Types of Material: Dissertations and theses from other institutions are purchased selectively. Reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) are extensively purchased.
F. Date of Publication: Emphasis is on retrospective materials. Purchasing of current imprints is selective.
G. Other General Considerations: For collection policy on studies of the
Yiddish language, see the collection statement for Linguistics. For
folklore, see the Statement on Anthropology. For emigre literature from
South America, see the Benson Latin American Collection statement.
In addition to literary works, the library also collects religious and historical writings in Yiddish.
III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class.: