"DigiBaeck represents a significant subset of the Leo Baeck Institute collections." The Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History is "a New York City-based research library devoted to the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. LBI documents and engages this legacy through its library and archival collections, exhibitions, events and lectures. LBI was founded in 1955 and named in honor of Rabbi Leo Baeck."

The Digital Collection, DigiBaeck, is made of:

  • "Archival Materials – Nearly 75 percent of LBI archival collections, which include personal documents, correspondence, family and community histories, genealogical materials, business records has been digitized. LBI is committed to digitizing its entire archives, including all new materials added to the collections."
  • "Memoirs and Manuscripts – LBI’s entire collection of over 2,000 memoirs and manuscripts has been digitized. This includes the original manuscripts and typescripts for important works like Joseph Roth's Radetzkymarsch as well as unpublished diaries and memoirs that document German-Jewish life from the 18th century to the present."
  • "Art and Objects – 2,000 items from the art collection have been digitized. These include many original works as well as prints, and a few extensive collections of works by individual artists such as Hermann Struck and Hugo Steiner-Prag."
  • "Books and Periodicals – Though most of the library collection has not been digitized due to copyright restrictions, unique and rare items are available through DigiBaeck. These include rare renaissance books, artists illustrated portfolios, and selected periodicals."
  • "Photographs – LBI’s entire collection of over 25,000 photographs has been digitized. In many cases, there is a record for each individual photograph, even if they were part of a larger collection. Other photographs may be contained within archival collections or within photo albums that were digitized as a single object."
  • "Audio Recordings - In addition to rare recordings of Jewish liturgical music, DigiBaeck includes a growing collection of over 250 oral history interviews with Austrian-Jewish emigres who fled to New York to escape the Nazis. These interviews are conducted by volunteers with support from the Austrian government."

    "A DigiBaeck search will only return results for objects and collections that have been digitized, but this includes nearly all the unique and rare materials in LBI collections." An advanced search is available with the possibility to apply a Boolean Search and to limit the search to one of the 6 categories with which the Digital Archive has been divided: All the DigiBaeck, Archival Collections, Art, Audio Materials, Books, Memoirs/manuscripts, Photographs. You are also able to browse each single archival collection.

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