Since its inception, the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford has remained committed to the acquisition and maintenance of an outstanding research library in Jewish studies. Stanford now has an impressive research base covering the full expanse of Jewish culture in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, German, Russian, and many other languages.
The centerpiece of the Stanford University Libraries Judaica holdings is the Taube-Baron Collection of Jewish History and Culture. Collected by the eminent historian Salo Wittmayer Baron, these 25,000 volumes and periodicals document virtually every aspect of Jewish life from its beginnings to present. Among the other important Judaica collections in the Stanford Libraries are the Wornick/Braude Collection, which is especially rich in the field of Midrash and Aggadah; the Israel Cohen Collection, containing thousands of works published in British Mandate Palestine and the State of Israel in its early decades; the Jo and Rabbi Jacob Milgrom Collection, with strengths in Biblical and rabbinical literature; the Samson / Copenhagen Judaica Collection, with close to 2,000 works printed from 1517 to 1939; and the Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv, which documents the founding and early decades of The First Hebrew City.