Arthur Dunkelman, Director and curator of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation has been appointed Curator of the Kislak Collection at the University of Miami’s Richter Library. On September 5th the Kislak Gallery will celebrate its grand opening and the public is invited. The Kislak Collection is among the greatest collections in its categories ever built and has been gifted to various institutions in the United States to encourage preservation, study and understanding. Mr. Kislak passed away in 2018 at the age of 96 and had long sought to dispose of his collections to institutions that would carry on his love of history into the future. Mr. Dunkelman managed this transition.
In 2004 the Kislak Foundation donated more than 3,000 items to the Library of Congress, including more than 2,300 books, maps, manuscripts and other historic material valued at about $30 million. Subsequently he gave significant elements of his collections to institutions of higher learning including the University of Pennsylvania and Monmouth University in New Jersey.
The largest portion of his collections now reside at the Kislak Collection at the University of Miami – Richter Library and the occasion upcoming celebrates the opening of its Kislak Center.
A recently released 40-page brochure as a PDF, Open New Worlds, A journey through the Kislak Collection, includes selected highlights of the 2019 Inaugural Exhibition. Selected images from it illustrate this brief announcement. Here is a link to Open New Worlds.