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Kressel Archive

Collection Details

Kressel Archive held at Leopold Muller Memorial Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The Collection contains some 400,000 cuttings from Jewish newspapers (mainly in Hebrew) dating from about 1935 to 1980. The great majority of the newspapers is from Israel (including mandatory Palestine), but Jewish newspapers in various languages from Europe and America are also represented. The Collection itself is subdivided into four sections, the largest being the one on Personalities, which contains clippings on 16,000 people: political and religious leaders, writers, scholars, artists, etc. The aim has been to include anyone of importance in Jewish life from Moses Mendelssohn onwards, though it is in the nature of the material that twentieth-century figures are the best represented. The clippings include news items, obituaries, biographical and autobiographical memoirs, polemics, information about publications and translations, book reviews, notices of prizes and awards, etc. Many of the files also include extensive references to other sources of information about the person. There is further documentary material other than newspaper cuttings: letters, invitations, and longer articles.

The second section contains information on about 600 Yishuvim, i.e. places of Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel in modern times (towns, kibbutzim, moshavim, etc.), the third on Jewish newspapers, and the final section is that of miscellaneous subjects, such as the State of Israel, the Histadrut, the Israeli Army, political parties in Israel, the Arabs in Israel.

History and development

The archive is the work of Getzel Kressel, a Polish-born Jewish writer and journalist (1911-1986), who spent over 40 years assembling it as a comprehensive record and reference tool to great figures of modern Jewish history.


The archive is a unique source of information about personalities in modern Jewish history. It also contains valuable material concerning events, institutions and places in modern Israel, and the history of the Jewish press.

General arrangement and access regulations

The archive is housed in the Leopold Muller Memorial Library (closed access. About half of the total cuttings haven been microfilmed with the aid of a grant from the British library.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.



Languages of material

English, Hebrew.


Arts, Economics, History, International relations, Literature, Politics and government, Religion.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Manuscripts, Newspapers (includes microfilm editions).

Total size of collection

400,000 newspaper cuttings

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1935 to 1980 AD

Interlibrary loan procedure

Collection Catalogue Information


card catalogue, partly computerized

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