The Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana, an Omeka bibliographic database, draws from Robert Singerman’s Judaica Americana, a bibliography chronicling American Jewish book production until 1900. Visitors can search the database’s 9,600+ bibliographic entries for author, language, holding institution, and various tags, as well as find open-access links to digitized Jewish monographs, serials, and periodicals.
Robert Singerman donated to the Penn Libraries the draft of the full text and copyright to his revised second edition of Judaica Americana. Singerman’s first edition, issued in 1990 in two volumes, was sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American Jewish Experience, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and published by Greenwood Press as part of the Bibliographies and Indexes in American History. In the first edition, Singerman cataloged just over 6,500+ monographic and serial publications and presented each with meticulous bibliographical descriptions, classification explanations, and holdings information (i.e., the names of collections where copies are known to be held).
Judaica Americana authoritatively chronicles American Jewish book production from the seventeenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century. The second edition contains an additional 3,000 entries. Taken as a whole, Singerman’s bibliography provides extensive documentation of American Jewish communal activity and growth before 1901.
Librarian Emeritus Singerman spent nearly three decades at the Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida, where he grew an assortment of 24,000 unprocessed volumes to a fully-cataloged collection of over 85,000 volumes. For the second edition of Judaica Americana, theAssociation of Jewish Libraries awarded Singerman the 2020 Judaica Reference and Bibliography Lifetime Achievement Award.
Singerman’s draft of the second edition — including a Supplements section, and two datasets based upon it — are now discoverable in ScholarlyCommons, the University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository. All the files now are available to researchers, book trade specialists, genealogists, and bibliographers with all information needed to mine this invaluable resource.
Judaica Digital Humanities is profoundly grateful to Robert Singerman for entrusting his extraordinary work to the Penn Libraries.
Esten, Emily. “Digital Second Edition of Judaica Americana: A Bibliography of Publications to 1900” Journal of Open Humanities Data 6, no. 4, (2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/johd.15
We have a repository on ScholarlyCommons, University of Pennsylvania’s open access institutional repository, dedicated to resources for the project:
Esten, Emily. “Dataset for Judaica Americana: A Bibliography of Publications to 1900”. Scribes of the Cairo Geniza, Scholarly Commons, 2019. Web.
Esten, Emily. “Dataset for Union List of Nineteenth-Century Jewish Serials Published in the United States”. Judaica Americana, Scholarly Commons, 2020. Web.
Singerman, Robert. “Judaica Americana: A Bibliography of Publications to 1900”. Judaica Americana, Scholarly Commons, 2019. Web.
The Python scripts used in this project are maintained in a GitHub repository, including:
Esten, Emily. “Extract_singerman.py.” ja2-scripts, Github, accessed May 15, 2020, https://github.com/judaicadh/ja2-cleaning DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3894691
Enderle, Jonathan Scott. “tess.py.” ja2-scripts, Github, accessed May 15, 2020, https://github.com/judaicadh/ja2-cleaning. (Forked from its original repository) DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3894691
Esten, Emily. “flip-index-headers.py.” ja2-scripts, Github, accessed May 15, 2020,https://github.com/judaicadh/ja2-cleaning DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3894691
Esten, Emily. “extract-singerman-serials.py.” ja2-scripts, Github, accessed May 15, 2020, https://github.com/judaicadh/ja2-cleaning DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3894691
- Robert Singerman
- Compiler of Judaica Americana; Emeritus University Librarian, University of Florida
- Mitch Fraas
- Project Director; Senior Curator, Special Collections
- Arthur Kiron
- Project Director and Content Editor; Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections
- Emily Esten
- Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator; Project Manager
- Nicky Agate
- Assistant University Librarian for Research Data & Digital Scholarship
- Doug Emery
- Special Collections Digital Content Programmer
- Jonathan Scott Enderle
- Digital Humanities Librarian
- Andrew Kimball
- DevOps Engineer
- Emily Morton Owens
- Assistant University Librarian, Digital Library Development & Systems
- Jordan Rothschild
- Digital Camera Operator
- Michelle Chesner
- Norman E. Alexander Librarian for Jewish Studies, Columbia University
- Laurie Allen,
- Former Director for Digital Scholarship
- Chris Clement,
- Former Senior Developer
- Camille Davis
- Former Library Assistant
- Laura Newman Eckstein
- Former Judaica Digital Humanities Project Coordinator
- Katherine Lynch
- Former Senior Developer
- William Noel
- Former Director of the Kislak Center & the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
- Kenny Whitebloom
- Former Digital Scholarship Publishing Librarian