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Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York, NY 10027-4649)
Naomi Steinberger (Project Director: July 2013 to present)

Conservation and Digitization of the Cairo Genizah

The conservation and digitization of 6,000 manuscript fragments from the Library's Cairo Genizah collection.

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary proposes to conserve, catalog, and re-house material from its Cairo Genizah collection and, in partnership with The Friedberg Genizah Project, digitize and provide online access to this material for scholars and the public. The Cairo Genizah is a valuable source of information about Jewish and non-Jewish religious, economic, social, and personal life in North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean from the 9th to the 19th century. The Library's Genizah collection is comprised of 43,000 fragments--the second-largest in the world. This project will make approximately 6,000 of these fragments that are currently unreadable or too fragile to be handled and digitized widely available for research for the first time, and complete The Library's part in an ongoing international collaboration.

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Project fields:
Jewish Studies; Medieval History; Near and Middle Eastern History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 7/31/2016