Google partners with National Library of Israel in new initiative

Newton's notes on Judaism, ancient maps of Israel and Jerusalem, and the history of the color red since the beginning of the textile industry - now just a click away.

March 12, 2019 13:36
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Hierusalem by Romeyn de Hooghe, ca 1670

Hierusalem by Romeyn de Hooghe, ca 1670. (photo credit: ERAN LAOR CARTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION/NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL)


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Google Arts & Culture will feature a collaboration with the National Library of Israel in its new initiative, named "Once Upon a Try."

The initiative will become the largest online exhibition of inventions and discoveries ever curated, and will allow anyone to explore humanity's greatest inventions and discoveries.

As part of the project, Google has reached out to over 110 renowned institutions across 23 countries. The National Library of Israel was the first Israeli institution to partner with Google on the project.

Google will feature three of the library's unique exhibitions, which will now be available online.

The first gallery exhibits Isaac Newton's theological papers, showing a collection of nearly 8,000 that touch the lesser known side of the historical man. Of special importance is Newton's deep interest in Jewish sources, and his view regarding the role of the Jews in the process of salvation.

The second exhibition now available online features a vast collection of about 1,500 ancient maps of the Holy Land and Jerusalem from the beginning of print until today.

The last gallery of the National Library of Israel featured in Google's new initiative is a unique exploration of how the color red was created in the textile dye industry throughout history, based on materials from the Sidney Edelstein Collection.

To view the National Library of Israel's galleries on Google Arts & Culture, visit

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