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Published on Feb 23, 2011
With the establishment of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at UC Berkeley in July 2010, unique materials documenting the Jewish experience in Northern California were gifted to The Bancroft Library by the former Judah L. Magnes Museum.
The Magnes archives of Western Jewish Americana have served as an important source for several foundational studies of Jewish history in California. Researchers often relied on the combination of Magnes and Bancroft collections in their work. Now, the physically integrated collections of both institutions bring unparalleled resources under one roof, making them even more accessible for teaching and research.
This inaugural exhibition draws on art, artifacts, books, and archival materials from The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, and the Levi Strauss & Co. Archives. The resulting synergy stretches the boundaries of California history, connecting German Jewish history before 1849 to the establishment of the Jewish community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Alla Efimova, Jacques and Esther Reutlinger Director Francesco Spagnolo, Curator of Collections