Unsatisfied with the traditional pursuits of married women of her day, Linda Rosenberg Miller devoted herself to Jewish studies and collecting art and archeological treasures. Miller lost both her parents by age seventeen, but was still valedictorian of her high school and went on to graduate from the Washington, Pennsylvania Female Seminary. At age twenty–one she married Nathan Miller and settled in New York to raise her family. She began taking long vacations in Maine and touring art shows in New York, collecting Cezannes and Matisses as well as artifacts from India and Egypt. During this time, she began studying under various rabbis and funding their scholarship. She financed the donation of Rabbi Hyman G. Enelow’s massive collection of rare books to the Jewish Theological Seminary and endowed a foundation at Columbia University that made Salo Baron the university’s first professor of Jewish history. She also paid for the publication of Israel Davidson’s Thesaurus of Mediaeval Poetry and his Gaonic commentary on the Talmud, both of which incorporated genizah discoveries that changed scholarly understanding of the development of Jewish thought.
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