The College of Charleston Library is pleased to announce the launch of the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection and Papers website.
In November 2009, the College of Charleston Library received a $184,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to process significant materials in the libraryís Jewish Heritage Collection including the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection. The project team, consisting of Special Collections staff, consulting scholars, and student volunteers and interns, has begun processing and digitizing Rabbi Rosenthallís vast collection. The William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection and Papers website was created to document the progress and discoveries made while processing the material. We invite you to add a link from this quickly- growing website to yours.
The William A. Rosenthall Judaica collection consists of over 100 linear feet of rare books, fine art, postcards, illustrated journals, greeting cards, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, cartoons, caricatures, etchings, chromolithographs, watercolors, medallions, stamps, and textiles. The materials document the Jewish people: their lives, history, religious ceremonies, dress, and customs. A particular collecting focus of Rabbi Rosenthall was images of synagogues around the globe, including European synagogues which were either destroyed or converted to stables and warehouses by the Nazis. Many items are one-of-a-kind and therefore represent a unique and valuable source for scholars.
The William A. Rosenthall papers chronicle his rabbinical career, including his 16-year tenure at Charlestonís Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, and his involvement in a variety of organizations, such as the World Union for Progressive Judaism. The collection comprises over 15 linear feet of newspaper articles, correspondence, sermons, topical files, brochures, reports, bulletins, notes, and biographical files.
Portions of Rabbi Rosenthallís collection of Judaica images have already been added to the Lowcountry Digital Library; finding aids will soon be available through the College of Charleston Libraries catalog. For more information please contact Sarah Dorpinghaus, Project Archivist (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dale Rosengarten, Curator (email@example.com).
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