Resources

There are many resources at the University of Maryland for Jewish History students.  In the first place, the University has a large and vibrant Jewish Studies program, the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center and Program in Jewish Studies.  The Jewish Studies program is an interdisciplinary program drawing on strength in the Departments of History, Philosophy, English, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Meyerhoff Center itself.  The program has faculty which offer courses in Hebrew language and literature, Yiddish language, literature, and culture, Jewish philosophy and thought, Jewish literature in non-Jewish languages, Jewish history, Bible, and Jewish religion.  Moreover, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies is a dynamic program which focuses on Israeli society, politics, and culture.  Students of Jewish history are encouraged to work with Jewish Studies and Israel Studies faculty.   In addition, the libraries of the University of Maryland have an extensive collection of books, periodicals, films, and e-resources in Jewish Studies and Israel Studies.

The Washington DC/Baltimore corridor is also rich in resources for Jewish History.  The Hebraica section of the Library of Congress has a world class collection of books in Hebrew typeface (largely Hebrew and Yiddish), and the Library has an excellent collection of materials in all fields of Jewish Studies in its general collection.  The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has extensive archival and library holdings dealing with the Holocaust, but also Jewish life in Europe before the Holocaust and in its wake.  In addition the National Library of Medicine and the National Archives contain many resources for Jewish historical research.  As part of the “Big Ten,” students have access to the holdings of the other libraries in this consortium.