Oysyes off the Page: The Yiddish Book Center’s Type Collection

Join us for a free virtual talk on Thursday, June 20 @ 7:00 p.m. ET

The Yiddish Book Center stewards a collection of type-related materials, including a large assortment of metal and wood letterpress type and a Yiddish-language Linotype once owned and operated by the Forverts newspaper. Join Caleb Sher, the Richard S. Herman Endowed Senior Fellow in bibliography, as he explores the Yiddish Book Center’s impressive collection of type and how it plays a role in our new permanent exhibition, Yiddish: A Global Culture. 

Caleb Sher standing in the vault with Yiddish typeface.

Caleb Sher (Richard S. Herman Endowed Senior Fellow) holds an interdisciplinary humanities degree from the University of King’s College, Halifax, as well as an MA with a certificate in Jewish studies from the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, where he received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council scholarship. Following his MA, Caleb began a degree in information studies but left this program to pursue work in the Yiddish realm. Beyond his interest in and (rapidly) growing collection of Yiddish books—the material anchors of Yiddish’s literary and cultural history—Caleb gets excited about public humanities, open access to knowledge, and good memes (especially in Yiddish).

Close up of keys of linotype machine