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This collection of some four hundred written tributes sent to Sir Moses Montefiore, starting in the 1840s and continuing until 1884, is deposited on loan at University College, London. Most are kept in U.C.L.'s Special Collections Library, Euston Road, London: the remaining few testimonials are stored at the Montefiore Library, London, and included in the list of Montefiore Artefacts.
The following is an edited extract from Professor Chimen Abramsky's note on this collection.
The collection contains a mixture of manuscript and printed tributes, many of which are decorated and illuminated. Most are written in Hebrew, English, Italian, German and Hungarian: others are in Dutch and Swedish, with a few in Arabic and Turkish.
A project is under way to digitise, translate and publish all the testimonials on-line. Research, for eventual publication, is also taking place at University College London on what may be learned from the testimonials about the self-perception, hopes and expectations of those who sent them, and the special position held by Sir Moses Montefiore as a symbol of the aspirations fo the Jewish world of his day.
Details of access to the U.C.L. Special Collections Library may be found on its website at www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/special-coll/.
You can browse the collection of testimonials on this website.