The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Website to Be Archived by the Library of Congress

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

May 13, 2010, New York, NY

The United States Library of Congress has selected The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s “Special Treasures” website to be included in its historic collections of Internet materials.

The Library of Congress will collect the web content from the “Special Treasures” site at regular intervals and then make this information available to onsite researchers and to the public.

The Web Archiving Team at the Library of Congress expresses that “web archives are important because they contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were ‘born digital’ and never printed on paper.”

David Kraemer, the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary, adds that he is "very excited that The Library's groundbreaking ‘Special Treasures’ site has been recognized for its historical importance and will become part of the Library of Congress's permanent archive of significant websites. This means that future researchers will have a chance to view how outstanding Jewish manuscripts were first displayed—in their full interactive beauty—on the web."

Founded in 1893, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary is acknowledged as the greatest Jewish library in the Western Hemisphere. The Library holds 400,000 volumes, including manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals, ephemeral materials, musical scores, sound recordings, moving images, graphic arts, and archives. For more information about The Library, please visit