The Brisman Collection in Jewish Studies was purchased by Washington University in 1972 from Shimeon Brisman, a Judaic bibliographer at the UCLA Library and expert in Hebrew bibliography.
Many of the collection’s nearly 3,600 volumes are located in Special Collections with the rest in Olin Library’s general collection. Half the volumes are in Hebrew. An impressive array of bibliographic works makes up approximately one-fourth of the collection. Also included are several hundred works of modern Yiddish prose and poetry. The collection also holds hundreds of rabbinical commentaries, responsa, and liturgical literature.