The Russian State Library, the National Library of Israel and the PERI Charitable Foundation cooperation in digitizing of the unique collection of Baron Ginsburg – the second largest collection of the ancient Jewish literature – has been successfully developing. Restoration of the first ten manuscripts of the collection will start concurrently with digitizing within the scope of the project.
At the special restoration board of the RSL under the direction of the Deputy General Director for Public Relations and Exhibition Activities, N.Yu. Samojlenko, attended by the representatives of the departments being the custodians of the Ginsburg Collection (the Department of Manuscripts, the Museum of Books and the Center of Oriental Literature), the RSL restorers and the PERI Foundation, it was resolved to choose 10 most valuable manuscripts from the D.G. Ginsburg Collection being stored at the Department of Manuscripts for the pilot project of restoration. In the course of long and careful work the custodians of the Department and the specialists of the RSL Funds Safety Directorate have selected the required quantity of manuscripts written both on paper and on parchment.
The manuscripts selected are in different condition. For some of them it will be sufficient to glue up a sleeping out sheet; however there are manuscripts the process of restoration of which is more complex and time consuming.
Upon completing restoration of the first ten manuscripts from the D.G. Ginsburg Collection they will be digitized and placed at the electronic library of RSL and at the digital platform “Kvit” of the National Library of Israel.
Materials and photos are provided by the Russian State Library.