The Mekitze Nirdamim literally "awakening the slumbering", is a society for the publication of old Hebrew books and manuscripts that were either never published or long out of print. It was established first at Lyck, then in the Kingdom of Prussia, now in Poland, in 1864.
It was under the direction of Rabbi Nathan Adler, Sir Moses Montefiore, and Joseph Zedner (all 3 of London), Albert Cohn (Paris), S. D. Luzzatto (Padua), Michael Sachs (Berlin), Eliezer Lipman Silberman (Lyck), and M. Straschun (Vilna).
It was re-established at Berlin in 1885 under the supervision of Abraham Berliner (Berlin), Moses Ehrenreich (Rome), Joseph Derenbourg and David Günzburg (Paris), S. J. Halberstam (Bielitz), A. Harkavy (St. Petersburg), Marcus Jastrow (Philadelphia), David Kaufmann (Budapest), and Mattityahu Strashun (Vilna).
- MEKITZE NIRDAMIM: List of publications to 1902
- Jonatan Meir, "The Origins of Hevrat Mekize Nirdamim in Eastern Europe", From the Depths of the Archive to the Bookshelf: 150th anniversary of Mekitzei Nirdamim Publishers, Jerusalem 2013, pp. 33-45