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|Title: ||Judaica at the Smithsonian: Cultural Politics as Cultural Model|
|Authors: ||Grossman, Grace Cohen|
Ahlborn, Richard E.
|Issue Date: ||1997|
|Citation: ||Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology; 52|
|Abstract: ||This study surveys the history of the Smithsonian Institution’s ethnographic Judaica collection from its beginnings in the late nineteenth century to the present. It investigates how the particular cultural perspective of the curators and collectors plays a significant role in shaping acquisitions policy and interpretation of the collectioin through exhibitions and publications. In large measure, the analysis focuses on the period from 1887 to 1927, during which time the collection was substantially formed. The establishment of the Smithsonian’s Judaica collection is framed in the context of the contemporaneous development of the field of Jewish cultural history, the general museum world as represented by the United States National Museum, and the study of Semitics in the academic realm. Special emphasis is given to Cyrus Adler, the founding curator, and to Ephraim Deinard, whose personal collection forms the majority of the Smithsonian’s current Judaica holdings. This volume represents the culmination of the Smithsonian Judaica Project, a decade-long effort to document the entire collection, and the essay is followed by an illustrated catalog of selected objects and a comprehensive database. There is also a basic glossary of Judaica terms and a bibliography. It is projected that this presentation of technical and cultural information regarding the Smithsonian’s Judaica will provide a reference source and a model for additional typological and social studies.|
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