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ASU Judaica Collections

The Jewish Studies collections at ASU are composed of scholarly literature monographs and journals, literary works that represent different aspects of Jewish life, and documentary and feature films. Strategic acquisitions in specific areas are made in support of faculty interests, such as Jewish philosophy, Polish-language and East-European Jewish Studies, Holocaust Studies, or Judeo-Hellenistic literature.

Donated and distinctive collections:  

  • Edward and Mae Zipperstein Collection is named after its donors, who gifted the largest book collection ever given to the library. The Collection is particularly strong in Judaism, Biblical Studies, Jewish history, Jewish sermons, and history of Zionism and Hebrew. 
  • Norman Drachler Collection is focused on Jewish education and separation of church and state. Dr. Drachler (1912-2000) led the Detroit school system as superintendent (late 1960s) and established the Institute for Educational Leadership at George Washington University and Stanford University. The collection embraces many rarities, including dozens of 17th and 18th religious tracts and pamphlets.
  • The Kehillah (Community) Collection was purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor. The collection includes hundreds of books, photo albums and pamphlets telling the story of local, national and regional Jewish communities from around the world, including European countries; Muslim lands and the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, General North Africa, Arab Lands); the Americas (United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Other Latin America & Caribbean); South- and East-Asia; and Sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa, China, India, other Asian countries).
  • Marvin Fisher Collection is named after its donor, ASU former chair of the Department of English. The collection includes over hundred photographs, many of them in the form of postcards given to Dr. Fisher’s mother, Helena Goldman. The photos (pre-1930) were taken in Poland, mostly in the towns of Gostynin, Gombin or Kutno.
  • The Yizkor Book Collection consists of over 250 Holocaust memorial books complied jointly by survivors of East-European Jewish towns (shtetls). These books recount the history of specific towns via interviews, personal memoirs, photos and drawings, usually in more than one language, primarily Yiddish, Hebrew and English. Yizkor books serve as living monuments for those perished and provide rich primary sources for scholars.
  • Joe Lockard Collection of American and Postcolonial Literature in Hebrew Translation (200 books) was donated by ASU Associate Professor and Jewish Studies affiliate. 
  • Yoram Mor Collection was donated by a Holocaust survivor who fought in the War of Independence in 1948 and was among the founders of Kibbutz Sede-Boker in Israel. The collection is comprised of maps, tour guides, IDF brochures and Hebrew song booklets. 
  • The IsraPulp Collection is a one-of-a-kind research collection, the only repository of Hebrew popular literature outside of Israel. The collection (established 2004) includes serialized fiction in the form of booklets and pamphlets, comic books, Westerns, detective stories, science fiction, romance, and other suspense stories—all mass-produced for distribution in kiosks and newsstands starting in the 1930s. The now-rare pulps were widely read but never systematically collected in libraries, although they represent facets of Israeli culture as much as canonic literature does. The ASU Library is in the process of digitizing the IsraPulp Collection for preservation purposes.

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