Digitization Projects History

Thanks to a generous grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council  (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program our digitization of the rare book collection was started in 2005.  “Digital Metro New York,” is a collaborative project that funds history and cultural heritage projects related to New York City and Westchester County.

A 2008 Metro Grant provided funds to start digitizing a collection of artist portfolios.

Private digitization funds were used to digitize important 16th century texts from “The Rare Book Collection of Frank L. Herz.”  This collection focuses on the famous Renaissance controversy between the Christian Hebraist Johannes Reuchlin and the anti-Jewish agitator Johannes Pfefferkorn, who was trying to lobby for the destruction of all Jewish books.

Another privately funded project was the digitization of a collection of books designed by Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925) an internationally renowned Austrian illustrator and printmaker who is often considered as the most prominent Jewish artist to be associated with Art Noveau or Jugendstil.

The Cahnman Foundation, New York, funded the acquisition and digitization of  “The Library of Book Designs by George Salter (1897-1967).”  For background on this project, please see this brief interview with Prof. Thomas Hansen, who collected the 300 books, book covers, and individual graphics.

We are excited that in 2011 we were awarded a joint NEH/DFG grant together with the Judaica Collection at the University in Frankfurt to add books to the so-called Freimann Collection. The $180,000 grant will allow the LBI library to digitize about 1,000 books that have been identified as missing from the Frankfurt Library’s Judaica collection as reported in the New York Times.

In 2012 we digitized the Aufbau,  a journal for German-speaking Jews around the globe, which was published between 1934 and 2004. The German National Library digitized the Aufbau years 1934 to 1950 as part of its Exilpresse Digital (Exile Newspapers Digitization) Project . The Library of the Leo Baeck Institute New York digitized the years 1951-2004.

Access the digitized book collection.

Send questions or comments regarding the LBI Library digitization project to Renate Evers, Head Librarian, at  revers@lbi.cjh.org .

Send questions or comments regarding the LBI library and archival collections to lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org.