Zachary M Baker

Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development - Humanities and Social Sciences

Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections

As AUL for Collection Development, I have overall responsibility for managing the collecting program and collection budgets for Humanities, International and Area Studies, Social Sciences, and Special Collections.

And as Judaica/Hebraica Curator, my primary focus is on antiquarian and Special Collections materials in the field(s) of Jewish Studies. In that role I work closely with our Assistant Curator, Anna Levia, and with Stanford's Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

Education 

  • MA, Library Science, University of Minnesota
  • MA, History, Brandeis University
  • AB, History, University of Chicago

Professional activities 

American Library Association (member since 1976)

Association of Jewish Libraries (member since 1976; past president, 1994-1996)

Association for Jewish Studies (member since 1982; on Board of Directors since 2008)

Selected Publications 

“Memorial Books as Sources for Family History,” and “Bibliography of Eastern European Memorial Books:  Updated and Revised,” Toledot, vol. 3, nos. 2-3 (Fall 1979-Winter 1980), entire issue.

“Bibliography of Eastern European Memorial Books,” and “Geographical Index and Gazetteer,” in From a Ruined Garden, translated and edited by Jack Kugelmass and Jonathan Boyarin (New York:  Schocken Books, 1983), pp. 223-275.  Second, expanded edition (Bloomington:  Indiana University Press; in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, 1998), pp. 273-353.

Co-editor (with Bella Hass Weinberg), Yiddish Catalog and Authority File of the YIVO Library (Boston:  G. K. Hall, 1990).  5 vols.  Includes introduction, “The Yiddish Collections of the YIVO Library:  Their History, Scope, and Significance,” by Zachary M. Baker (reprinted in YIVO Annual, vol. 22 [Evanston:  Northwestern University Press; New York:  YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1995], pp. 253-273).

“Montreal of Yesterday:  A Snapshot of Jewish Life in Montreal During the Era of Mass Immigration,” in An Everyday Miracle:  Yiddish Culture in Montreal, edited by Ira Robinson, Pierre Anctil, and Mervin Butovsky (Montreal:  Vehicule Press, 1990), pp. 39-52.

“Preserving Judaica Research Resources,” Association for Jewish Studies Newsletter, 2nd series, no. 4 (40) (Spring 1990), pp. 7-9.  Revised version in "History of the Jewish Collections at the Vernadsky Library in Kiev," Shofar, vol. 10, no. 4 (Summer 1992) pp. 31-48.

“The Case of the Soviet Sholem Aleichem:  A Bibliographic Detective Story,” The Book Peddler, no. 17 (Summer 1992), pp. [24]-31.  Revised and expanded version:  "Sholem Aleichem's 80th Birthday Observances and the Cultural Mobilization of Soviet Jewry:  A Case Study," YIVO Annual, vol. 23 (Evanston:  Northwestern University Press; New York:  YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1996).

“Art Patronage and Philistinism in Argentina:  Maurycy Minkowski in Buenos Aires, 1930,” Shofar, vol. 19, no. 3 (2001), pp. 107-119.

“Isadora Duncan Among the Hebrews,” Imprint (Associates of the Stanford University Libraries); Spring & Summer 2001), pp. 19-31.

Editor, Judaica in the Slavic Realm, Slavica in the Judaic Realm: Repositories, Collections, Projects, Publications.  New York: The Haworth Information Press, 2003.  Issued simultaneously as Slavic & East European Information Resources, vol. 4, no. 2/3 (2003).  Plus article in volume:  “Resources on the Genealogy of Eastern European Jews,” pp. 169-184.

Ira Nowinski: The Photographer As Witness.  Text by Zachary M. Baker; introductory essays by John Felstiner and Anita Friedman.  Stanford:  Stanford University Libraries, 2004.   64 p.  Exhibition catalogue.

“Yiddish Publishing after 1945,” in Yiddish after the Holocaust, edited by Joseph Sherman (Oxford:  Boulevard Books; The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, 2004), pp. 60-73.

The Lawrence Marwick Collection of Copyrighted Yiddish Plays: An Annotated Bibliography.  Washington, DC:  Library of Congress, 2004.  Accessible via the Library of Congress website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/marwick/marwickbibliography.pdf.

Editor, Judaica Librarianship, vols. 12-16/17 (2005-2012).

“The Samson/Copenhagen Judaica Collection and the Diaspora of Hebrew Books,” Imprint (Associates of the Stanford University Libraries), Summer 2007, pp. 17-28.

“The Painter as Ethnographer: Maurycy Minkowski and the European Yiddish Intelligentsia before World War I,” in Czernowitz at 100: The First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2010), pp. 125-135.

Translation:  Hirsh Glik, Songs and Poems.  Translated from Yiddish by Jack Hirschman and Zachary Baker.  Berkeley:  CC. Marimbo, 2010.

“The Painter as Ethnographer: Maurycy Minkowski and the European Yiddish Intelligentsia before World War I,” in Czernowitz at 100: The First Yiddish Language Conference in Historical Perspective (Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, 2010), pp. 125-135.

 “A Bibliographer Encounters the Muses:  Reflections on the Yiddish Theater and Its Legacy,” in Perspectives on the Hebraic Book:  The Myron M. Weinstein Memorial Lectures at the Library of Congress, edited by Peggy K. Pearlstein (Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2012), pp. 177-193.

“'Gvald Yidn, Buena Gente': Jevel Katz, Yiddish Bard of the Río de la Plata,” in Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays in Drama, Performance, and Show Business, edited by Joel Berkowitz and Barbara Henry (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012), pp. 202-222.

 

More about me 

Before coming to Stanford I served for eleven years as Head Librarian of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, in New York City (1987-1999).

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