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Hebrew language collections: Microforms

In recent decades the British Library has acquired numerous Hebrew titles in either microfilm or microfiche format.

These include comprehensive bibliographies of manuscript and book collections held in overseas Hebraica libraries, and are valuable reference tools for UK users. Others comprise the full text of Hebrew manuscripts, imprints and journals not in the British Library collections. The resources in the following list are available in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room.

Manuscripts

Collective catalogue of Hebrew manuscripts - bibliographic records of all Hebrew MSS held in public and private collections around the world. Asian & African Studies Reading Room OIC 011.31

The Dead Sea Scrolls on microfiche. Leiden, 1993. ORB 40/260

The Allegro Qumran Collection - supplement to the above. OR Fiche 458

The Guenzburg manuscript collections - full text of 1,913 MSS from the Russian State Library, Moscow. OR.Mic.14119

  • Described in the List of the Guenzburg Manuscript Collection. Printout of the ALEPH catalogue records supplied by the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, JNUL. Jerusalem, 2000. 4 vols.

JTS manuscript collections - full text of manuscripts and rare books held at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York - Or.Mic.11693 (Adler collection); Or.Mic.13922 (Mishneh Torah); Or.Mic.11692 (Rare books); Or.Mic.11669 (Incunabula); Or. 13923 (Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic MSS), etc. 

  • Described in JTS Hebrew manuscripts - brief descriptions of fourteen microfilm collections arranged in two volumes.

Sassoon manuscripts collection - full text of 1,281 manuscripts. Or.Mic. 2738-2893

  • Described in Sassoon, D. S. & Ohel David. Descriptive catalogue of the Hebrew and Samaritan manuscripts in the Sassoon Library. Oxford, 1932, 2 vols.

Printed books

Incunabula: the printing revolution in Europe, 1455-1500. Unit 16-17. Reading: Research Publication (Primary Source Media, c.1996) - microfiche edition of Hebrew incunabula in the British Library collection. ORB 40/247.

JNUL holdings - bibliographic records of Hebrew, Yiddish, Arabic, Cyrillic and Latin printed book titles held at the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, Israel. Asian & African Studies Reading Room OIC 019.569

JTS manuscript collections - full text of manuscripts and rare books held at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York - Or.Mic.11693 (Adler collection); Or.Mic.13922 (Mishneh Torah); Or.Mic.11692 (Rare books); Or.Mic.11669 (Incunabula); Or. 13923 (Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic MSS), etc. 

  • Described in JTS Hebrew manuscripts - brief descriptions of fourteen microfilm collections arranged in two volumes.

Talmud Bavli - collection of all tractates of the Babylonian Talmud from four editions printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice between 1520-1549. Or Fiche 540

Yiddish books on microfiche - full text of some 112 Yiddish works printed 16th-17th centuries. Or Fiche 386

Contact

Ilana Tahan, M.Phil., Lead Curator, Hebrew and Christian Orient Studies
Asian and African Studies
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7646
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7641

E-mail: ilana.tahan@bl.uk