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Contents of the Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry

Image of Vilyam Shekspir’s sonetn from A Garment Worker’s Legacy: The Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry online exhibit.

The Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry was donated to McGill University in 1981 and represents the collection of Joe Fishstein (1891-1978), a Bronx, New York garment worker.  According to the collection’s website it “is considered to be one of the finest private collections of its kind in the world.” Read a description of the collection from Library and Archives Canada.

The 2300 items in the collection consist of monographs, serials, and ephemera like bookmarks and postcards in Yiddish. Front and back covers and title pages may be viewed by subject category in the online exhibition; the entire collection has been catalogued and may be searched. A print catalogue (ISBN 0-7717-0511-5), edited by Goldie Sigal, appears to be online in its entirety. The collection may also be browsed by topic and index.

The Joe Fishstein Collection is housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections division, McLennan Library, McGill University, Montreal.  Opening hours and contact details may be found here.

Other notable collections of Yiddish literature may be found at Leeds Central Library (Porton Collection of Judaica), The Jewish Public Library in Montreal, the Bodleian Library’s Hebraica, Judaica & Semitics Collection, and Tel Aviv University’s Sourasky Central Library (Margulies Collection).

Posted on November 9th, 2011
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