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A Special Exhibit of decorative, ritual, and household objects from Jewish-American homes featured in the Undergraduate Library April 14, 2013 through May 12, 2013.

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WSULS Special Collections: Kasle Collection

Kasle Collection

Complementing the exhibit, selections from the Kasle Collection are on display in the Purdy Kresge Library through April and May 2013.

The Kasle Collection was established in the mid-1950s by means of a generous grant from Mr. and Mrs. Abe Kasle and Family. The collection contains materials on Judaic-Christian heritage with a special emphasis on Judaica, Hebraica, and Yiddish literature.  

Individual items from this collection are shelved with like material throughout the Purdy/Kresge Library, with rare or fragile items housed in both the Purdy/Kresge Closed Collections and the vault. Other items are housed in the secure Storage area of the Adamany Undergraduate Library. All material from the Kasle Collection is clearly labeled as such in the online catalog, and can be viewed by doing a keyword search on “Kasle Collection.” Those items located in the Closed Collections, vault, or secure Storage can be requested using a form that is accessed via a link on the catalog record for each individual title. 

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Ceremonial and Decorative Art

Ritual objects for use in the home and synagogue were often very decorative. Materials and design motifs reflect various points in history and geography.

Elaborate filigree menorahHanukkah lamp. Poland or Russian, first half of the nineteenth century. The Jewish Museum, New York (© The Jewish Museum / Art Resource, NY)


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