Sunday, February 22, 2009

Encyclopedia of Jewish Women about to Go Online

An important resource—and, for the sake of fair disclosure, a project on which I worked for several years—is about to go online:

The Jewish Women’s Archive (JWA) announces the launch of the first comprehensive online source for the history of Jewish women. On March 1, 2009, Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia—which includes over 1,700 biographies, 300 thematic essays, and 1,400 photographs and illustrations—goes live on JWA’s website,
Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia represents a huge advance for the fields of history and women’s studies,” said Gail Reimer, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Archive. The Encyclopedia was previously available only on CD-ROM. Reimer notes, “In its CD-ROM form, the Encyclopedia was expensive and not widely accessible, so we are delighted to make this important resource available online and usable at no cost. We’ve taken history out of the locked vaults of physical repositories and put it into the hands of Internet users all over the world.”

Those who are interested in previewing and testing the Encyclopedia can do so here.

And as of March 1, the entire Encyclopedia will be available, for free, here.

(Hat-tip to my dear friend, Aliza Berger-Cooper, for drawing my attention to this.)

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