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"The First Hebrew City" Early Tel Aviv through the Eyes of the Eliasaf Robinson Collection

About the Collection


At the end of 2005, the Stanford University Libraries acquired a rich collection of books, pamphlets, magazines, printed ephemera, posters, postcards, photographs, maps, architectural plans, and original documents about the early history of "The First Hebrew City." It was assembled over a span of forty years by Eliasaf Robinson, a Tel Aviv native and Israel's most prominent antiquarian bookseller. The Eliasaf Robinson Collection on Tel Aviv - as it is now known - comprises approximately five hundred printed volumes (books and periodicals) and twenty linear feet of archival materials. It is already among the most sought-after resources in the Stanford University Libraries.

Eliasaf Robinson was impressed with Stanford's ability to digitize its library holdings and make them accessible over the Web - and that was a major reason behind his decision to offer his collection to this institution. And indeed, much of the collection has been scanned. The digitized collection now includes over one thousand photographs and postcards, three hundred printed volumes, two hundred large format materials (posters, maps and sewer diagrams) and six linear feet of archival materials.