Ross-Rosenzweig Collection

Scope and Content

Collection of monographs, periodicals and facsimilies, etc., on or relating to a variety of Hebrew and Jewish subjects and studies. Included are Hebrew texts relating to the interpretation, analysis and commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran community, alongside works of Hebrew literature, language, history, philosophy, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Ross, Book collector. d. Belfast, 1956

Access Information

Open to consultation. Includes items in the following languages - English, Hebrew, Aramaic


Description compiled by Clare McVeigh,(RASCAL Project) entered by Deirdre Wildy, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Details of the Ross-Rosenzweig Collection can be found on the QUB on-line catalogue (QCAT) within the Special Collections sub-division and are identified by the pre-fix 't/'. The OPAC is accessible via

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to condition and copyright restrictions

Appraisal Information

Students interested in Jewish studies will find this collection of particular benefit. Particular strengths include the Dead Sea Scrolls (the collection also includes facsimile copies of same), Jewish Theology and Hebrew Literature.

Custodial History

The Ross-Rosenzweig Collection was initiated in 1956 following the receipt of a bequest from the library of the late John Ross, Belfast. A collector of Hebrew works and related subjects, it was Mr Ross's express wish that a special collection of Hebrew Literature should be established at Queen's which could then be supplemented by further additions of items by the Jewish community in Northern Ireland and other interested persons. Since 1956 various deposits and acquisitions have been made, principally through the generosity of the Ross family in New York during the 1960s.


Passive. The Ross-Rosenzweig Hebrew Collection represents a particular collecting focus for Queen's University. Although relatively few titles have recently been acquired, the University is commited to the upkeep of the collection. The collection has been amassed through a combination of donation/bequest and purchase.