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Grant number: PI-50022-06

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Center for Jewish History (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Robert Sink (Project Director, 06/23/2005 - 05/05/2010); Laura Leone (Project Director, 05/06/2010 - present)
The Iraqi Jewish Archive

The creation of an item-level collection assessment and inventory database of books and documents in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, and Arabic that provide evidence of the history and culture of the Jewish community in Iraq since 762 BCE. A sample of the variety of paper-based materials in the archives would be conserved as a testbed for a future phase of the project.

The Center for Jewish History is seeking funding for a project to ensure the preservation and accessibility of the recently discovered Iraqi Jewish Archive. With more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents and artifacts on its campus and access to myriad catalog entries related to archives of the Jewish community, the Center for Jewish History is well poised to oversee the following activities: Creation of an inventory database to document the Archive’s contents; Photograph digitally title pages so that the items can be catalogued; Assure a basic item level conservation assessment by experts in the field; and preserve a small number of items in the archive to demonstrate the feasibility of conserving the entire archive.

Project fields: History of Religion
Program: Iraqi Cultural Heritage Initiative
Division: Preservation and Access
Total amounts: $98,536 (approved); $98,536 (awarded)
Grant period: 11/1/2005 – 6/30/2010

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