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Please note that not all of YIVO's holdings can be found online. Kindly ask the YIVO Reference Librarian for help if you can't find what you need.

Computerization of the YIVO Library Catalog was made possible by the generous support of The Michael Baker Family Foundation, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Sol Neil Corbin, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Jacobs and The Waber Fund

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