Columbia University Libraries and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research have launched a joint initiative to preserve unique and historically significant South American Yiddish newspapers and make them accessible to scholars and researchers.
In 2001, YIVO—a preeminent research and academic resource center for East European Jewish Studies—acquired a collection of over 100 South American Yiddish newspapers and journals covering the years 1933—1956. Since these documents are not currently accessible to the academic community and the general public, YIVO wanted to preserve its copies on microfilm, make additional copies of the films available to research libraries, and digitize them for broader Web access.
To begin making these resources available to scholars for the first time, YIVO has secured a substantial preservation and access grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc. Columbia University Libraries is working to identify sources for further joint grant funding to enable its completion. Microfilm copies of the newspapers will be deposited at Columbia and at YIVO for use by researchers.