Research Resources

The Academic Resources made available by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life include sources and materials created by The Magnes staff, collaborative projects with other institutions, UC Berkeley Library resources, and tools available online to the general public. 

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Magnes Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies

The Magnes Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies offers funding to graduate students at UC Berkeley to conduct research based on source materials in The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and to perform other duties that support research, instruction, exhibition projects, and public programs at The Magnes.

Graduate Students in any department are invited to submit proposals related to research and exhibition-related work at The Magnes. Proposal must include the following:

Synagogues360

Synagogues360 offers a unique visual and historical experience of synagogues across North America, Europe and Asia from small, remote villages to cosmopolitan cities. Each synagogues included in this website has been photographed in its architectural details, and can be explored through digital navigation tools. 

Quntres: An Online Journal for the History, Culture, and Art of the Jewish Book

Quntres: An Online Journal for the History, Culture, and Art of the Jewish Book is a peer-reviewd journal open to scholarly contributions of any length relating to any aspect of the history of the Jewish book in all of its forms.  For purposes of the journal, the Jewish book is defined as a work written or published in Hebrew characters, in any language (Hebrew, Aramaic, Ladino, Yiddish, Judeo-Persian, etc.).

Jewish History Resource Center - Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem maintains a resource page that includes specific materials about various aspects of Jewish history research, including:

  • Listings of Directories, Area Studies, Institutions, Academic programs, Libraries, Archives, and Museums
  • Links to Online texts, Journals, Publishers,
  • Bibliographies
  • Maps
  • Timelines

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960

The National Library of Israel is pleased to announce it has purchased the distribution rights to the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 from CDI Systems, which distributed the database in recent years. The existing data is currently being converted to the Library system. Access will be free of charge as part of the catalogue systems of the Library. The new site will be launched by the end of June 2011. 

Mechon Mamre – The Mamre Institute

Mechon Mamre, or "The Mamre Institute," makes available and searchable online a variety of classic Jewish texts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and in translation. Among these texts are the Hebrew Bible, Maimonides' Mishne torah, the Mishnah and the Talmud. The texts are easily searchable in both Hebrew and latin characters, serving as an easily available research tool. 

As it often happens online, primary sources on religious history are made available by religious groups themselves, as a way to share knowledge and tools, and also to foster religious observance. 

University Archives at The Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley)

The University Archives documents the history of the University, particularly the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus, through the collecting of University publications and of records of enduring historical interest. The collection is strong in student protest literature, particularly in the form of leaflets, and in student publications generally. In addition to printed materials and administrative records, University Archives includes holdings in other formats: pictorial, maps, audio-visual, and memorabilia.

Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language – Ma'agarim (UC Berkeley access only)

The Historical Dictionary of the Hebrew Language (HDP), maintained by The Academy of the Hebrew Language, encompasses the entire Hebrew lexicon throughout its history; presenting Hebrew words in their morphological, semantical, and contextual development from first appearance in written texts to the present.

The HDP has two lexicographical sections: the Ancient Literature Section and the Modern Literature Section . (In Hebrew.)