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Guide to The Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University

The Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University

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Guide to the Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University

Ostrow Library, American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Bel-Air. California 90077
310-440-1238

June 15, 2013



Profile Description

Creation: Machine-readable finding aid created by
Sivan Siman-Tov
June 15, 2013
Language: English

Descriptive Summary

Repository:Ostrow Library, American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Dr.Bel-Air. California 90077
Collector:Shub, Louis; American Jewish University
Title: The Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University
Dates: 1940-2003 inclusive
Extent:20,479 digital files
Abstract:The Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University is a collection of thousands of articles from various newspapers and periodicals covering a range of subjects. Gathered by Dr. Shub, the former library director of the University of Judaism, the collection was used by students to research subjects such as Israeli and Jewish figures, Foreign Policy, Global Jewish Communities, Israel, the Middle East and many other issues and subjects. The importance of this collection is the juxtaposing of articles from major papers with those of small local papers both covering the same event.
Identification: CLJ2
Location: Digital copies of the physical files are housed at the Ostrow Library of the American Jewish University. Physical files have been destroyed.
Language:Materials are in English and Hebrew

Organization:

The collection is organized in 20 series, with subseries when needed.

Scope and Content

The Shub Documentation Center was created by Ostrow Library’s first director, Louis Shub. The collection began as a personal hobby of Dr. Shub when he was with the American Jewish Committee in 1940. Once opened at the University of Judaism, this news archive allowed students to research articles from newspapers and periodicals from the second half of the 20th century. Areas covered are Israel and the Middle East, Global Jewish community life world wide, Foreign Policy, Israeli and Jewish personalities and issues such as church and state. The beauty of this collection is that under any given topic, one is as likely to find an article from a major newspaper next to another article on the same subject from a local community press. All of the thousands of articles were indexed lovingly by hand by Dr. Shub before the widespread use of computers and the internet.

Thanks to the generosity of the Shub family, a major portion of this archive has been digitized and is now available to researchers visiting the new Bel and Jack Ostrow Academic Library and the Burton Sperber Community Library. The Documentation Center consists of over 170 drawers and thousands of folders. In 2010, The Ostrow Library digitized these records, and the collection now consists of 20,479 digital files organized in twenty series.


American Jewish University History

American Jewish University, with its Familian campus in Bel Air, California and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California, is the outcome of the 2007 union of Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and the University of Judaism (UJ). For more information, please see the history page at the following link: http://aboutus.aju.edu/default.aspx?id=4742

The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library History

The Ostrow Library, (http://library.aju.edu/), is designed to meet the needs of the University's faculty and students, as well as scholars conducting research in all fields of Jewish culture and civilization. Members of the general public are also invited to use the Library’s materials for personal enrichment and enjoyment. With approximately 110,000 print volumes, the library's collections have grown consistently through endowments, gifts of major private collections and an ongoing acquisition program.


Subjects

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

American Jewish University
Brandeis-Bardin Institute (Brandeis, Simi Valley, Calif.)
Shub, Louis
University of Judaism
Authors.
Education.
Emigration and immigration--Israel.
International relations.
Israel.
Jewish authors.
Jewish authors.
Jewish communities in the modern world
Judaism.
Literature.
Middle East.
Palestine.
Politics international
Politics--Israel.
Prime ministers.
United States--Relations.
Zionism and Judaism.

Restrictions

Access:

This collection is open for research with permission from the Ostrow Library staff.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Guide to the Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University, American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA 90077.

Acquisition Information:

Collected by Dr. Shub since 1940 for personal use and for the Ostrow Library

Accruals:

No further materials are expected for this collection.


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