Historical Jewish Press Website

Published: 
2014

Source: Historical Jewish Press 

 

The Historical Jewish Press website is a joint project of Tel-Aviv University and the Israeli National Library, in collaboration with other Jewish and non-Jewish organizations throughout the world. In the project , hundreds of thousands (1,173,773 – March 04, 2014) of pages of Jewish newspapers from around the world and a variety of languages are uploaded to the Internet. The newspapers are all scanned from the repositories of the National Library of Israel and other partners in the project, this enables researchers and the general public to access the actual documentation of historical events from the perspective of the press in those days. The project aims to put up 2 million newspaper pages, Hebrew and other languages.

 

The website already includes 26 newspapers and periodicals, among them the major Israeli dailies Palestine Post (1930-1950), Davar (1925-1996), and Maariv (1948-present); the Jewish French periodical Bulletin de l’Alliance Israélite Universelle (1860-1913); most of the 19th Century Hebrew newspapers, including Halevanon, Hamagid, Hameliz etc., and journals from a broad range of countries like Morocco, Egypt and Hungary. There will be special sections for the English, French, Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-Arabic press.

 

The website, which is a non-profit project that is free and open to the public, marks a breakthrough in the accessibility and quantity of sources available for the research of Jewish history and culture. It gives users the ability, in the click of a “mouse”, to search for keywords in one or many newspaper, facilitating searches for public figures, communities, institutions, families, events, etc.

 

The website is not reserved for the academic campuses. The project initiators’ goal is to benefit the entire education system—to give teachers a tool through which to connect their pupils directly with yesterday’s events and discoveries.

Updated: Mar. 12, 2014
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