Conference Proceeding: The North African Jewish Manuscript Collection at the Yale University Library

The paper discusses the acquisition of a collection of over 1500 manuscripts from North Africa with a particular emphasis on Morocco dating from 1800-1950. The documents consist of rabbinic decisions, poetry, liturgy, mystical texts, homilies and more. In addition to the content of the manuscripts, the process by which it was made available for scholarly research will also be discussed. Experts in the field were enlisted to assist in identifying content, outside funding was obtained to help cover expenses, preservation needs were determined, and a finding aid was created. All this and additional plans for the collection will be discussed along with a PowerPoint display of several of the documents.