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American Jewish Historical Society Dedicates Headquarters at Brandeis

The new library-headquarters of the American Jewish Historical Society, on the campus of Brandeis University, was dedicated here today. It contains the world’s largest collection of manuscripts and printed material dealing with the history and achievement of Western Hemisphere Jews. The $600,000 building, named for Lee M. Friedman, late Boston attorney whose bequest made it possible, will have a capacity for six million manuscripts and 100,000 volumes. The Society is not part of Brandeis but functions as an independent organization which collects, preserves, exhibits, publishes and popularizes material on the settlement, history and life of Jews on the American continent.

Speaking at dedication ceremonies. Prof. Moshe Davis of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, expressed gratitude for the translation into Hebrew of a number of scholarly work available until now only in English. He said the Historical Society was fulfilling a great need for exchange of historical information between Israeli and American students.

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