Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida Records
Scope and Content
Collection contains information regarding the founding of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida. The majority of the records contain information regarding fundraising for the Center. Plans and proposals for the Center to be placed in Anderson Hall are also included. Some administrative correspondence and lists of courses offered at the Center is present in the collection.
- 1973 - 1980
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The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida was established in 1973. It was conceived from discussions in years prior to offer courses in the Hebrew language, which would need to be taught as part of a larger program, not in isolation. The idea for the Center came from an English professor who wanted to teach a class on contemporary American Jewish literature. This desire to teach this class led to conversations on the importance of offering courses in Jewish literature, which developed into discussions of other subjects that became known as Jewish Studies. The Center did not offer a major or minor in Jewish studies when it opened in 1973; rather, the Center offered courses as part of its program that could be taken as electives within a student’s program of study. The first major in Jewish Studies was offered for the 1987-88 academic year.
The first Director of the Center for Jewish Studies was Professor Barry Mesch (1973-1983). Other directors were:
Austin Creel (1983-1985) Warren Bargad (1985-1999) Kenneth D. Wald (1999-2004) Jack Kugelmass (2005-2019) Norman J.W. Goda (2019-present)
.6 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Collection contains information regarding the founding of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida.
Arranged into one series: Series 1: Records, 1973-1980.
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
Transferred from the Center for Jewish Studies.
- A Guide to the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida Records
- Finding aid created by Sarah Coates
- November 2021
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- Description is written in English.
Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America