Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

The Private Archives of Simon Dubnow

The Dubnow Institute Library contains a unique historical documentation on Jewish history on microfiche, collected by Simon Dubnow beginning in 1890. This Dubnow Collection from the YIVO Institute (NYC) is the private archive  of the historian Simon Dubnow. It consists primarily of the following materials as listed below, in Russian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and to a much smaller extent in English, German and Spanish.


Historical documents on state restrictions and privileges pertaining to the Jewish population, such as ritual murder trials and papers from the Russian Justice Ministry around 1800


Documents on Hasidism and Hasidic rabbis


Family papers of various origin, from Dubnow's grandfather Rabbi  Benzion Dubnow and other general family letters


Correspondence with various personalities (incl. Maxim Winawer, Max Weinreich, Chaim Zhitlowsy, Martin Buber)


Personal notes on political events, historical sources, meetings, etc.