Conference Proceeding: The Life and Career of Dr. Israel Schapiro, First Head of the Hebraic Section of the Library of Congress

Polish-born Israel Schapiro, who headed the Semitic Division of the Library of Congress
for over three decades, brought together various strands of traditional East European learning, modern Orientalist scholarship, Hebrew bibliography, and Western librarianship. This paper examines his background, education, writings and professional activity, especially in bibliography and the establishment of a national collection of Hebraica.