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Zachary M. Baker

Stanford University

Zachary M. Baker is the Reinhard Family Curator Emeritus of Judaica and Hebraica Collections in the Stanford University Libraries, where he also served as Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development. Previously, he was Head Librarian of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (New York City). He has published extensively in the fields of Yiddish Studies and Judaica bibliography, and is a member of the core team of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project.

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The Goldenberg Variations: The International “Star System” and the Yiddish Theater of Buenos Aires in 1930

Zachary M. Baker

From the 1920s until the 1950s, Yiddish Buenos Aires hosted a thriving theatrical landscape. Critics complained that the public’s adoration of “stars” propelled a preponderance of shund at the expense of “better” (literary) plays.

Blog

Freidus, Borokhov, and the Café Royal

Zachary M. Baker

Baker explores the career of Abraham S. Freidus, a reclusive, pioneering, and Yiddish-theater-loving Judaica librarian. His research reveals the tight nexus that existed a century ago between a small coterie of Eastern European-born Judaica librarians in the United States; their philanthropic patrons of Central European background; and the largely male, Yiddish-speaking readers who frequented the important Jewish libraries of that era. 

Pedagogy

The Promises and Frustrations of Yiddish Studies Research during a Time of Quarantine: A Case Study

Zachary M. Baker

This essay is a companion piece to my article, “Freidus, Borokhov, and the Café Royal.” Baker explains the research methods behind the article, assessing the rewards and pitfalls of researching using exclusively on what is available online and the resources he has in his home, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: The Holocaust

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on the Holocaust.

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: Bibliographies of Imprints (by country or region); The Yiddish Press

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on surveys of the publishing output of specific countries or regions. 

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: Yiddish Literature and Culture

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on Yiddish literature and culture. 

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: Yiddish Linguistic Scholarship

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on publications and other resources devoted to the Yiddish language itself. 

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: Digital Collections

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on digital collections in Yiddish Studies. 

Pedagogy

Resources in Yiddish Studies: “Meta”-resources

Zachary M. Baker

This online bibliographical series devoted to research resources in Yiddish Studies focuses on “Meta”-resources – bibliographies, web gateways, online scholarship, indexes, library and archival resources, encyclopedias. 

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