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FREIDUS, ABRAHAM SOLOMON:

Bibliographer; born in Riga, Russia, May 1, 1867. He went to Paris in 1886, and thence to the United States in the autumn of 1889. In March, 1897, he entered the service of the New York Public Library as assistant cataloguer, and was soon assigned to the department of Hebraica and Judaica, of which he is still (1903) in charge. This department now includes 15,000 volumes and pamphlets, and has become one of the most frequently consulted Jewish collections in the world. Freidus' scheme of classification of the Jewish department contains nearly 500 subdivisions, and may be considered the first elaborate scheme of classifying Jewish literature for library purposes (see BIBLIOGRAPHY; Library Classification).

Bibliography:
  • Wiernik, in Jewish Comment, Dec. 22, 1899;
  • Mandelkern, in Allg. Zeit. des Jud. Oct. 19, 1900 (Eng. transl. in The American Hebrew, Feb. 8, 1901);
  • M. Raisin, in Ha-Shiloaḥ, 1901, viii. 551-553;
  • Publius, in The Jewish Exponent, July 25-Aug. 1, 1902;
  • B. Eisenstadt, Ḥakme America, 81-82.
A. P. Wi.
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