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Leo Baeck Institute, Inc. (New York, NY 10021-3502)
Renate Evers (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Preservation Assessment of the Periodicals Collection of the Library of the Leo Baeck Institute

A preservation assessment of the Leo Baeck Insitute's periodicals collection and purchase of rehousing supplies for a portion of the collection based on the consultant's recommendations. The assessment would focus on 1,200 rare periodicals titles published in English, German, and Hebrew that serve scholarly researchers, journalists, genealogists, and artists; rehousing supplies would be purchased for approximately 70 titles. The collections provide primary materials for two to three exhibitions at the Institute each year. A notable component of the periodicals collection is the inclusion of rare community newsletters from European Jewish communities in Germany, Austria, the Sudeten region, Hungary, and Romania. Other holdings include volumes by German-Jews in exile and newsletters from Displaced Persons camps after 1945. Many of the periodicals cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

The grant will support two activities, first, the overall preservation assessment of the periodicals collection of the Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) and second, purchase of protective boxes for about 70 periodicals. The assessment will prepare for short term and long term recommendations and guidance for preservation, stabilization, housing, and environmental conditions. The assessment will be conducted by the Book Conservator Nelly Balloffet of Paper Star Associates, Inc., Ossining, NY, a company for book and paper conservation and library services. The purchase of protective boxes is intended for about 70 volumes of loose periodical issues in greatest need of stabilization, in many cases the only copies in the United States. The Leo Baeck Institute was established in New York in 1955 by German-Jewish refugees to document German-Jewish history and culture. The Periodicals Collection of the Leo Baeck Institute is a one-of-a-kind collection of about 2000 titles.

Project fields:
European History; Jewish Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015