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Guide to the Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University
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  • American Jewish University History
  • The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library History
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Identifier/Call Number: CLJ2
    Title: The Louis Shub Documentation Center, American Jewish University
    Date (inclusive): 1940-2003 inclusive
    Collector: Shub, Louis; American Jewish University
    Repository: Ostrow Library, American Jewish University

    15600 Mulholland Dr.
    Bel-Air. California 90077
    Extent: 20,479 digital files
    Location: Digital copies of the physical files are housed at the Ostrow Library of the American Jewish University. Physical files have been destroyed.
    Abstract: The Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University is a collection of thousands of articles from various newspapers and periodicals covering a range of subjects. Gathered by Dr. Shub, the former library director of the University of Judaism, the collection was used by students to research subjects such as Israeli and Jewish figures, Foreign Policy, Global Jewish Communities, Israel, the Middle East and many other issues and subjects. The importance of this collection is the juxtaposing of articles from major papers with those of small local papers both covering the same event.
    Language: Materials are in English and Hebrew

    Administrative Information


    This collection is open for research with permission from the Ostrow Library staff.


    No further materials are expected for this collection.

    Conditions of Use

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Guide to the Louis Shub Documentation Center at the American Jewish University, American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA 90077.

    Acquisition Information:

    Collected by Dr. Shub since 1940 for personal use and for the Ostrow Library

    Scope and Content

    The Shub Documentation Center was created by Ostrow Library’s first director, Louis Shub. The collection began as a personal hobby of Dr. Shub when he was with the American Jewish Committee in 1940. Once opened at the University of Judaism, this news archive allowed students to research articles from newspapers and periodicals from the second half of the 20th century. Areas covered are Israel and the Middle East, Global Jewish community life world wide, Foreign Policy, Israeli and Jewish personalities and issues such as church and state. The beauty of this collection is that under any given topic, one is as likely to find an article from a major newspaper next to another article on the same subject from a local community press. All of the thousands of articles were indexed lovingly by hand by Dr. Shub before the widespread use of computers and the internet.
    Thanks to the generosity of the Shub family, a major portion of this archive has been digitized and is now available to researchers visiting the new Bel and Jack Ostrow Academic Library and the Burton Sperber Community Library. The Documentation Center consists of over 170 drawers and thousands of folders. In 2010, The Ostrow Library digitized these records, and the collection now consists of 20,479 digital files organized in twenty series.


    The collection is organized in 20 series, with subseries when needed.
    1. 1. Aliyah 
    2. 2. Authors
    3. 3. Begin Sadat 1977
    4. 4. Egypt Israel 1978
    5. 5. Foreign Policy
    6. 6. Global
    7. 7. Global Jewish Communities
    8. 8. Institutions and Organizations
    9. 9. Israel
    10. 10. Israeli Relations
    11. 11. Issues and Topics
    12. 12. Middle East
    13. 13. Palestine
    14. 14. Prime Ministers Israel
    15. 15. Public Figures-International
    16. 16. Public Figures-Israeli
    17. 17. Public Figures-Palestinian
    18. 18. West Bank
    19. 19. Yordim
    20. 20. Dr. Louis Shub Indexes and Files

    American Jewish University History

    American Jewish University, with its Familian campus in Bel Air, California and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California, is the outcome of the 2007 union of Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and the University of Judaism (UJ). For more information, please see the history page at the following link: http://aboutus.aju.edu/default.aspx?id=4742 

    The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library History

    The Ostrow Library , is designed to meet the needs of the University's faculty and students, as well as scholars conducting research in all fields of Jewish culture and civilization. Members of the general public are also invited to use the Library’s materials for personal enrichment and enjoyment. With approximately 110,000 print volumes, the library's collections have grown consistently through endowments, gifts of major private collections and an ongoing acquisition program.


    Library of Congress Subject Headings:

    Personal and Corporate Names:

    Shub, Louis
    American Jewish University
    Brandeis-Bardin Institute (Brandeis, Simi Valley, Calif.)
    University of Judaism

    General Subjects:

    Zionism and Judaism.
    Jewish authors.
    Middle East.
    International relations.
    Jewish communities in the modern world
    Politics international
    Prime ministers.
    Emigration and immigration--Israel.
    United States--Relations.
    Jewish authors.