News from PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
For immediate release: Nov. 19, 2001
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Princeton alumnus donates significant American Judaica to Firestone Library
Princeton, N.J. -- Princeton University alumnus Sidney Lapidus has given Princeton's Firestone Library 35 significant books relating to the history of American Jews during the 18th and 19th centuries, including three books by Mordecai Noah, considered by some historians to be the most influential Jew of antebellum America. The books are on view in the lobby of Firestone Library through Friday, Nov. 30.
The exhibition showcases three major themes in the collection: important singular works, books relating to Jewish societies and congregations in the United States, and works prepared as part of the long-running dialogue between American Jews and their countrymen.
Highlights of the Lapidus gift include:
Lapidus, a partner at Warburg Pincus, earned a bachelor's degree in American history at Princeton in 1959 and a law degree at Columbia University. He is president of United Neighborhood Houses, a federation of 36 settlement houses in New York, and serves on the boards of other civic organizations and companies.
With his gift, the library continues to build on its collections of Judaica and Hebraica, including the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Jewish-American Writers now on view in the main exhibition gallery, and the Judaica section of the Cotsen Children's Library.
The Lapidus gift is part of the Library's Department of
Rare Books and Special Collections. Additional information
is available at the department's Website at
<www.princeton.edu/~rbsc> or by telephone at