In September 2008, the University of Michigan received the library and personal papers of Beatrice (Bina) Silverman Weinreich, a scholar whose life’s work was to preserve the Yiddish language and culture. A few years before her passing in March 2008, Bina Weinreich had given some of her late husband, Uriel Weinreich’s as well as her own papers to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, with whom the Weinreichs share deep roots. She left no instructions concerning the rest of the papers and the family library. Michigan’s blooming Yiddish scholarship and Bina’s personal connection to her former student Vera Szabó brought about the family’s decision to donate the rich collection to us. We thank Bina’s children, Don and Stephanie Weinreich.
The collection is housed in three locations. Books and journals can be found at the Salinger Resource Center. Rare books and archival material have been placed into the care of Special Collections, together with some private audio recordings of the Weinreich family. A small number of CDs and video tapes have been added to our collection at the Language Resource Center.