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The Judaica General Collection draws from the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida which, with holdings of 90,000 volumes, is the largest Jewish studies research collection in the southeastern United States. Initial materials selected for digitization are unique and rare items, and more will be added as the Judaica General Collection grows.
Price Library of Judaica
The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica is currently located in the northwest corner of the ground floor of the George A. Smathers Libraries' 2006 Library West Addition, and it is built on the core collection of Rabbi Leonard C. Mishkin of Chicago. At the time of its acquisition by the Libraries in 1977, the Mishkin collection was the largest personal library of Judaica and Hebraica in the United States. Formally dedicated in March 1981 to support the teaching and research missions of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida, the Library is named for Isser and Rae Price, whose sons, Jack and Samuel Price of Jacksonville, Florida, established a fund to support sustained development of its collections. Users of the Library will find a Jewish studies collection of notable depth and scope. Its diversified holdings of uncommon research materials in English, Hebrew, and other languages support scholarship in virtually every aspect of the Jewish experience. Materials relevant to the ancient, medieval and modern periods are available to students and researchers alike, as they are to any reader who possesses a curiosity about the Jewish People, whose cultures, societies, and influences span over 3,000 years of recorded history. The Price Library supports the teaching and research of the University of Florida's Center for Jewish Studies. The Center website also includes beautiful Flash versions of several Special Collections books.