The Jewish Theological Seminary of America's renowned Geniza Collection will be housed temporarily in the Princeton University Library while JTS, located in New York City, rebuilds its library. At Princeton, the collection will be housed in the Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, and will be accessible for scholarly purposes until fall 2019, when it will be returned to JTS.
The Geniza Collection contains 40,000 handwritten text leaves and documents, chiefly on paper and fragmentary. Conserved and mounted in 1,024 bound volumes, the individual items are written in Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian.
Since 1985, the Department of Near Eastern Studies has been the home of the Princeton Geniza Lab—a collaborative space devoted to making Cairo Geniza documents accessible to the scholarly world and the general public. It hosts the Princeton Geniza Project, a searchable database of Geniza texts transcribed from the originals.
Since fall 2015, the lab has been headed by Marina Rustow, the Khedouri A. Zilka Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and professor of History. Rustow, who joined Princeton in summer 2015, received a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship for her research on the Geniza texts.
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