The Magnes

Magnes Collection of Jewish Life and Art

The MagnesThe Magnes Collection was established in 2010 at the Bancroft Library after the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to the University of California, Berkeley. This event brought a remarkable resource for Jewish Studies to the Berkeley campus. The Collection’s diverse archive, library and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about the Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West.

The Magnes is one of the world’s preeminent Jewish collections in a university setting. It offers highly innovative and accessible resources to researchers on campus, enabling hands-on learning for students interested in Jewish Studies students, offering a venue for important programming, and providing fellowships for students working on Jewish culture.