Record Group 16: Institute for Religious and Social Studies

  • Dates: 1938-1976
  • Size: 125.5 linear ft.
  • Number of Boxes: 100
  • Languages: English
  • Location: Special Collections Reading Room, Jewish Theological Seminary Library.
  • Restrictions: Jewish Theological Seminary records are available for research, with permission, through 1972; records dating from 1973 and afterward are currently closed. For permission to see records of The Jewish Theological Seminary write to: Archivist, Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism, Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Reproduction of fragile items is not permitted; consult the archivist about literary rights.
  • Related Collections: Lucius Littauer Foundation/Jewish Theological Seminary Correspondence, 1931-1950.   R.G. 1 - General Files, 1902-1972, R.G. 5 - Records of the Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion, 1939-1977, R.G. 11 - Records of the Communications Department, 1930s-1980s. Ratner Center Photograph Collection - contains photographs of IRSS meetings and portraits of participants.

SGS, 9/15/92; addition, JM, 2/28/94

Table of Contents:

A Note on Folder Headings

Individual folders are identified in the following way: record group# -- box# -- folder#, as in R.G.1-10-32. Please use this format in citations and when referring to files for any other reason.

Historical Note

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Participants at a meeting of the Institute's Institute on Ethics, held at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York, 1958. Standing, from left: Chauncey Leake, Preston Valien, Harold D. Lasswell, Edward A. Shils, Sudhin Datta. Seated: Louis Finkelstein, Seymour Siegel, N.A. Nikam, John L. Thomas, S.J. Photographer: Virginia F. Stern.

The Institute for Religious and Social Studies was founded at the Jewish Theological Seminary by Louis Finkelstein, the president of JTS, in 1938. The Institute was founded as the Institute for Interdenomi-national Studies, was then called the Institute for Religious Studies, and then was renamed the Institute for Religious and Social Studies (IRSS), the name by which it was known for most of the period these records cover. Today it is the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at the Louis Stein Center.

The primary function of the IRSS was to provide continuing education for ministers of all denominations (the vast majority were Protestant, with smaller numbers of Catholic and Jewish participants.) The main vehicles for these educational objectives were the three lecture sessions held each Tuesday at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In addition to clergy, participants at these sessions included theological students, graduate students, and religious workers. Aside from a one dollar registration fee, these sessions were tuition free for participants. The bulk of the funding after 1944, when the Littauer Foundation withdrew support, came from the budget of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

In its original incarnation, the Institute focused mainly on interfaith relations. This concentration reflected the concerns of businessman and philanthropist Lucius Littauer, who provided the initial funding. (See the Ratner Center's Lucius Littauer Foundation/Jewish Theological Seminary Correspondence for additional information relating to Littauer's involvement in the early years of the Institute.) As time went on the Institute's program changed. During the mid 1940s, participants grappled with the relationship between religion and such immediate concerns as fascism, national unity during World War Two, and the development of the atomic bomb. The Institute's founding members, including Louis Finkelstein, Robert J. McCracken, John La Farge S.J., Jessica Feingold, Clarence H. Faust, Robert M. MacIver, and Lewis L. Strauss, aimed to bring interfaith religious thought to bear on these contemporary problems.

During the 1950s and 1960s, the scope of IRSS sessions expanded to include such topics as civil rights, poverty, organized labor, race relations, and even trends in art and music. Notable speakers at IRSS Tuesday sessions included Salo W. Baron, John C. Bennett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Francis Biddle, Ben Zion Bokser, Van Wyck Brooks, Emil Brunner, Lyman Bryson, Wing-Tsit Chan, Gerson D. Cohen, Norman Cousins, W.E.B. DuBois, Thomas K. Finletter, Henry Emerson Fosdick, Eli Ginzberg, Hunter Guthrie, August Heckscher, Will Herberg, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jerome G. Kerwin, John La Farge, Harold Lasswell, Robert M. MacIver, Jacques Maritain, Eugene McCarthy, Margaret Mead, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Lewis Mumford, Swami Nikhilananda, I.I. Rabi, Philip Rahv, Leo Rosten, Delmore Schwartz, Rex Stout, Norman Thomas, Paul Tillich, Lionel Trilling, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Young.

The program of the IRSS quickly sparked interest beyond the environs of the Jewish Theological Seminary and New York City. A Chicago branch of the Institute was founded in 1944 with the cooperation of the University of Chicago; a Boston Institute affiliated with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences followed in 1945. The work of the IRSS spread to an even broader audience through the publication of many of the Tuesday addresses in thematic volumes, and the broadcasting of some lectures on radio.

The IRSS grew to encompass programs beyond the weekly Tuesday lecture sessions. A theological student program under the leadership of Rabbi Neil Gillman and Father Myles M. Bourke brought together students from a variety of Protestant, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Jewish seminaries for group discussions. The IRSS faculty seminar, founded in 1953 and chaired by Leo Rosten and Robert O. Johann, S.J., provided a forum for a diverse group of intellectual leaders to exchange opinions on contemporary issues and problems. A rabbinic tutors program was initiated in 1963 in order to attract more Jewish representation at meetings of the IRSS. The IRSS's Institute on Ethics, founded in 1956, was an effort by scholars to study the moral aspect of such social problems as equal opportunity and responsibility in government. Members of the Institute on Ethics also devoted themselves to the planning of a never realized World Academy of Ethics, which would have been a permanent, independent institution devoted to the pursuit of ethical and moral problems. The Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change, developed by Jessica Feingold, was an international student seminar which ran between 1966 and 1969. It sought to explore cross-cultural values.

The IRSS received a provisional charter in 1952, which was made absolute by the Board of Regents on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York in 1957. The trustees of the IRSS under this charter included Louis Finkelstein, Henry Emerson Fosdick, Simon Greenberg, F. Ernest Johnson, Jerome Kerwin, Harold Lasswell, Louis E.Levinthal, Robert M. MacIver, Robert J. McCracken, and Simon Rifkind. Numbered among the members of the Institute's New York executive committee were the trustees already mentioned, plus Lyman Bryson, Robert McAfee Brown, Jessica Feingold, Harry W. Jones, Arthur Katz, Henry P. Van Dusen, and others. Louis Finkelstein served as director of the IRSS until the position was taken over by Jessica Feingold, originally assistant to the director.

Collection Description

The records of the Institute for Religious and Social Studies, 1938-1972, consist principally of files documenting the administration of each yearly program. Also included are administrative files and meeting files from the Institute on Ethics; administrative files and meeting files of the Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change; administrative files and lecturers' files of the Boston and Chicago branches of the IRSS, 1943-1952; lecturers' files from sessions of the IRSS held in New York, 1944-1946; catalogs and brochures of the IRSS and the Jewish Theological Seminary's intergroup activities department, 1940-1976; administrative files and interview transcripts produced by the New York City Seminar, 1971-1973; appraisals of the Institute, including participants' comments and reviews of IRSS publications; and book files which contain correspondence, memoranda, typescripts, reprints, galleys, reviews, and other materials relating to the publication of Institute volumes. The collection additionally contains posters from the Tuesday lecture series.

In addition, a group of files of the Institute on Ethics and the planned World Academy of Ethics, located after this collection was originally processed have been added.

The records are arranged in the following series:

Series List

I. General Administrative Files, 1938-1972

II. Institute on Ethics, 1956-1966

III. Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change, 1966-1969

IV. Boston and Chicago Institutes, 1944-1947

V. New York Lecturers' Files, 1944-1946

VI. Catalogs and Brochures, 1940-1976

VII. New York City Seminar, 1971-1973

VIII. Institute Appraisals, 1959-1966

IX. Book Files, 1939-1965

X. Posters, 1946-1970

Series Descriptions

I. General Administrative Files, 1938-1972 Boxes 1-67

This material documents the administration of the Institute's programs and is arranged chronologically. Some material pertaining to the programs of the Boston and Chicago Institutes is included here although the bulk of this material is in Series II and III.

Included is: correspondence with Institute participants; internal memoranda; minutes; Institute financial records; mailing lists; lists of participants; registration forms and other records documenting attendance at Institute events; requests for copies of addresses given at Institute meetings; press releases, correspondence with journalists, and other publicity materials (see in particular, Wyler/Holmer files); clippings of news articles relating to the Institute, including some from the Yiddish press; transcripts of Institute lectures and meetings (some of which were broadcast over the radio); photographs of Institute participants; files pertaining to books published by the Institute; and printed material (cards, forms, invitations, programs, questionnaires for theological students about the Institute, bibliographies, discussion suggestions).

Of particular note are: transcripts, papers and minutes of the Institute's Faculty Seminar and Tuesday series meetings; a "Report on the Institute for Interdenominational Studies" (1940-1941, box 1) outlining the early goals of the Institute; a proposal for a "Committee on National Unity" (1948-1949, under "memoranda" box 6); an analysis of the 1950 Chicago Institute series (box 11); transcripts of addresses by luncheon series speakers such as Margaret Mead, Joseph Proskauer, Robert M. MacIver, and Lyman Bryson (1951-1952, box 12); reports of meetings of the 1952-1953 "Symbolism Seminar" (box 14); materials from the 1953-1954 opening meeting address given by Frank Lloyd Wright (box 14); transcript of the 1955-1956 opening address given by W.F. Albright (box 18); the 1955-1956 "Report to the Board of Overseers" (box 19); a 1958-1959 "Report by Miss [Jessica] Feingold" (box 25); the 1960-1961 "Report to Board of Overseers" (box 30); notes of discussions and correspondence related to planning of the Institute (1962-1963, box 33 and 1967-1968, box 50); papers, minutes and other records from the Theological Students Program (1963-1964, box 37); a report by Rabbi Neil Gillman of his visit to Marymount Manhattan College as Marymount's first Jewish lecturer on religion (1964-1965, box 39); replies from the public to Institute radio broadcasts, 1964-1965 (box 39); records of Institute broadcasts during 1966-1967 over The Jewish Theological Seminary's "Eternal Light" radio program (copies of addresses and correspondence, box 45); letters from rabbis who served as "rabbinic tutors" to the Institute (1966-1967, box 47 and 1967-1968, box 52); and notes of Institute director Jessica Feingold's "conversations" about planning programs (1968-1969, box 54; 1969-1970, box 59; 1970-1971, box 63; 1971-1972, box 66).

II. Institute on Ethics, 1956-1966 Boxes 67-76; 98-99

Included here are administrative files and transcripts documenting Institute on Ethics sessions, 1956-1961; planning documents such as notes, memoranda, correspondence and minutes for a proposed World Academy of Ethics; and transcripts, memoranda, correspondence, notes, and programs documenting the visits of foreign visitors to The Jewish Theological Seminary under the auspices of the IRSS/Institute on Ethics.

Of note are extensive records of the first meeting of the Institute on Ethics, held at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York, and the Jewish Theological Seminary in June, 1956. The records of these sessions, which focussed on the topic "Equality of Opportunity," include lists of Institute fellows and participants; bibliographies; correspondence; budgets and accounts of expenses; nominations of potential Institute fellows; memoranda; and documents pertaining to the physical arrangement of the meetings. Also included are transcripts of the sessions.

Of special note are statements about human equality solicited by the Institute from influential figures. Among the respondents are Horace Bond, President of Lincoln University; Gordon Dean, then past chair of the Atomic Energy Commission; Major General Lewis B. Hershey of the Selective Service Commission; William Jernick, the Past Grand Exalted Ruler, Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; Henry L. McCarthy, New York City Commissioner of Welfare; David J. MacDonald, President of the United Steelworkers of America, George Meany, President of the AFL-CIO; Mark Starr, Education Director of the ILGWU; Herbert Bayard Swope; Norman Thomas; Channing H. Tobias, chair of the NAACP; Henry A. Wallace; New York City Police Commissioner Stephen Kennedy; Bruno Bettleheim; General Omar N. Bradley; Norman Cousins; Beatrice Gould, editor of the Ladies Home Journal; and Jacob Javits.

Another group of records documents the June, 1958 meeting of the Institute on Ethics on the topic of population growth. These sessions, held at Mohonk, are represented by minutes, transcripts, statements, summaries, bibliographies, forms and form letters, correspondence, lists of participants, memoranda, and papers.

The Institute on Ethics held a number of smaller meetings, generally at Mohonk, Gould House, or the Men's Faculty Club at Columbia University, at which plans for future Institute conferences were developed. Future meetings of associated groups, such as the Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion and the IRSS Tuesday sessions, were also discussed at these meetings. Included are minutes, notes, reports of the Institute planning committee, discussion materials, memoranda, correspondence, papers, agendas, lists of participants, and logistical records for Institute meetings held in the Fall of 1956 (Mohonk); December 13-15, 1956 (Gould House); March 8-10, 1957 (Mohonk); June 14-16, 1957 (Mohonk); March 7-9, 1958 (Mohonk); August 31-September 1958 (Mohonk); April 16, 1959 (Jewish Theological Seminary); June 26-28 1959 (Mohonk); February 19-21, 1960 (Gould House); January 6-8, 1961 (Mohonk); October 6-8, 1961 (Mohonk); January 26-28, 1962 (Mohonk); and November 30-December 2, 1962 (Mohonk).

The records of the Institute on Ethics also incorporate planning material for a proposed permanent institution to be known as The World Academy of Ethics. A statement entitled "Toward a World Academy of Ethics" details the plan to found the World Academy, including provisions for the development of a faculty, endowment, buildings, staff, library, and international conferences on ethical issues. Also of note are records of meetings devoted to planning the World Academy, which include memoranda, correspondence, agendas, discussion papers, and minutes. A series of pamphlets and articles on the adminstration of an independent institute also reflect the ambitious plans for the World Academy of Ethics.

Finally, this series includes records of visits of foreign guests to the Jewish Theological Seminary under the auspices of the IRSS. Included are notes, transcripts of lectures, programs, commemorative books, correspondence, and biographical statements about the visitors.

After this collection was processed, additional material on the Institute on Ethics and the World Academy of Ethics was located in the Seminary's attic. It has been added as boxes 98 and 99. Since plans for the World Academy of Ethics grew out of the World Academy of Ethics, there is overlap between the two sets of records.

Included here are additional planning materials for the World Academy of Ethics, including Jessica Feingold's notes and memoranda on interviews and discussions with various participants and her correspondence with them. The people with whom Feingold was in communication include Clarence Faust, Harold D. Lasswell, Morton White, Robert Oppenheimer (who provided information about how the Institute for Advanced Study worked, as a model), Robert M. Hutchins, and others. Also included are drafts and the final text of The World Institute on Ethics, A Blueprint for Action by R.O. Johann; extensive planning materials for a conference that would have taken place in Southeast Asia; a survey of other institutions studying ethics; background material; budget material; correspondence, memoranda, and form letters. This material is notable for the far-reaching research, recorded in detail, by Jessica Feingold, who spoke and wrote to many people in an effort to gather opinion and advice about setting up the World Academy.

The additional Institute on Ethics material (some of which incorporates information about the World Academy of Ethics) includes planning material and transcripts of proceedings from the Institute's conference on "Considerations for an International Conference on the Ethics of Mutual Involvement" held at the Columbia Men's Faculty Club, August 29-31, 1961; material from meetings at Mohonk Mountain House, including additional material from the June 1958 meeting - see above; correspondence concerning the possibility of involving the Institute on Ethics in the Department of Commerce's Advisory Council on Ethics in Business; material for a seminar for business executives; booklists; budget material; lists of participants; and a group of mimeograph requisition forms with the originals attached including discussion notes and other information not found elsewhere.

III. Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change, 1966-1969 Boxes 77-80

This series consists of the records of the Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change. Included are agendas, minutes, memoranda, and notes from meetings of the seminar (which included graduate students and faculty and professional advisors); notes, minutes, agendas, and discussion questions from meetings of the seminar's advisory committee; articles and clippings collected by the seminar's administrators for reference purposes; correspondence and notes of conversations with seminar participants and members of the advisory committee; a 1969 study of the seminar,"Evaluation of the Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change, on Values in the Twentieth Century" by Susan Kranz of the Center for Urban Education, with related correspondence, student questionnaires, memoranda and plans; copies of analyses of seminar meetings by A.J. Brodbeck of the Center for Urban Education; copies of articles about the seminar from publications of the Jewish Theological Seminary; forms and reports; correspondence with representatives of the Asia, Hazen, and Rockefeller Foundations who recommended and subsidized foreign students as seminar participants; memoranda pertaining to the physical arrangements of the seminar; photographs of seminar participants at meetings in New York City and at the Mohonk Mountain House; copies of a souvenir program for the Transcultural Seminar; and files on the student-participants of the seminar, including correspondence, application forms, and invitations.

Items of particular interest include a number of documents outlining the goals and programs of the Transcultural Seminar (in folder labelled "TC Program and Content"); a souvenir program for the seminar which includes a list of particpants; copies of wall charts used at seminar meetings; and comments on the seminar by participants.

IV. Boston and Chicago Institutes, 1944-1947 Boxes 80-85

Included here are records of the Boston and Chicago Institutes on Religious and Social Studies (additional records of these programs can be found in Series I, General Administrative Files). Included are copies of correspondence between IRSS administrators in New York and those in Chicago and Boston; invitations to programs, registration cards, transcripts of meetings, newspaper clippings, press releases, and posters advertising meetings of both the Chicago and Boston Institutes; and papers from a Chicago Institute program on the "Moral Implications of the Professions." Transcripts of Chicago Institute meetings, 1947-1952, included here provide valuable documentation of the activities of that body.

Also of interest are lecturers files which contain transcripts of addresses given at meetings of the Boston and Chicago Institutes. These files also incorporate correspondence between Institute administrators and lecturers. Boston Institute speakers include Jerome S. Bruner on "The Communication of Ideas," Lyman Bryson on "National Unity: What the Press and Radio Can Do," Kurt Lewin on "Ethnic threats to American Unity," Alain L. Locke on "Racial threats to American Unity," and Talcott Parsons on "National Unity; What We All Can Do." Chicago Institute speakers included: Gregory Bateson on "The Transformation of Our Contemporary Culture into a Spiritual Culture: As Seen By An Anthropologist," John R. Davey on "Present Turning Points in American Life: In Higher Education," Louis Gottschalk on "America's Contribution to World Culture... In Foreign Policy," Jerome G. Kerwin on "Present Turning Points in American Life: In American Government," Richard P. McKeon on "Augustine's City of God," and John G. Ramsay on "America's Contribution to World Labor."

V. New York Institute Lecturers Files, 1944-1946 Boxes 85-86

A group of lecturers' files, A-Z by lecturer name, contain lecture transcripts with related correspondence with lecturers speaking at IRSS sessions in New York during the mid 1940s. Lecturers represented here include: Mary McLeod Bethune, including her "Spiritual Autobiography"; Ben Zion Bokser, "A Survey of Proposals for Postwar Reconstruction: A Jewish View"; Henry Steele Commager, "Bridges to Intercultural Education: History"; Norman Cousins, "World Citizenship"; Howard Mumford Jones, "Bridges to Intercultural Education in Literature"; Horace Kallen, "Foundations of Democracy: Humanistic Sources"; James Marshall, "The Spirit of American Education"; Margaret Mead, "Human Differences and World Order"; Reinhold Niebuhr's "Spiritual Autobiography"; A. Philip Randolph, "Discrimination Against Minorities," and others.

VI. Catalogs and Brochures, 1940-1976 Box 87, folders 1-16

Included here are copies of catalogs for the Institute for Religious and Social Studies, 1940-1970; catalogs for The Jewish Theological Seminary's "Intergroup Activities" programs (which included the IRSS, Institute on Ethics, and the Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion) for the years 1965 to 1971; two brochures announcing courses of the IRSS and making mention of the Institute on Ethics and the Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion, 1970-1971; pamphlets, 1971-1976 entitled "Answers to Frequent Queries: Intergroup Activities" which provide information on publications, courses, and programs offered by the IRSS, the Institute on Ethics, and the CSPR; catalogs of the Boston (1946-1949) and Chicago (1944-1953) branches of the Institute; and a booklet commemorating a 1959 visit to the Jewish Theological Seminary by India's Maharajah of Mysore.

The group of IRSS catalogs is particularly valuable as an easily accessible guide to the programs of the Institute throughout its first three decades. The catalogs provide a comprehensive record of Institute courses and lectures, list speakers and participants in an Institute directory, and contain a brief statement on the history and goals of the IRSS. In addition, many of the catalogs offer details about Institute publications, list membership of the Institute's Advisory Committee, Fellowship Committee, Executive Committee, and Trustees. These catalogs also reflect the activities of Institute projects such as the faculty seminar, host program, rabbinic tutor program, and theological students' program.

The Intergroup Activities catalogs and "Answers to Frequent Queries" booklets additionally provide information on programs not covered within the IRSS catalogs, such as the Institute on Ethics, and the Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion.

The Boston and Chicago Institute catalogs provide the same types of information as the catalogs of the New York Institute.

VII. New York City Seminar, 1971-1973 Box 87, folders 17-22

Incorporated here are records of a seminar run by Jessica Feingold entitled "Enhancement of Civilization in New York City." During 1971-1972, this seminar sponsored a sociological investigation of squatters in Manhattan's Morningside Heights area. This series consists largely of interview transcripts, clippings, memoranda, correspondence, and notes created in the course of Sister Anne R. Brotherton's study of squatters and the issue of urban renewal and low-income housing. Also included in the series are replies to invitations to the discussion seminar, as well as copies of questionnaires in which seminar participants evaluated the seminar's usefulness.

Especially noteworthy are transcripts of interviews conducted by Sister Brotherton during the summer of 1971 with participants in the urban renewal and squatter movements. Interviewees include "Ramon," a squatter and housing activist (three interviews); John Barret, the director of Morningside House; Bernard Weinburg of Morningside Heights, Inc.; members of Operation Move-In, a squatters' organization; Eric J. Arroyo, director of the Morningside Renewal Council, Inc.; Father Myles M. Bourke; Edith Pennamon, of the West Harlem Community Organization; and Rebecca Cauman, formerly of The Jewish Theological Seminary. These transcripts, along with Sister Brotherton's notes and reports, provide valuable information on the controversy over housing and development which developed between the neighborhood's local residents and its institutions.

VIII. Appraisals of Institute, 1959-1966 Box 88, folders 1-4

Included are correspondence, clippings, articles, notes, and book reviews collected by IRSS adminstrators describing and evaluating programs of the Institute. Included are copies of articles from religious and academic periodicals, newspapers, synagogue bulletins, and publications of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Testimonial letters about the Institute from faculty members at several theological seminaries, army chaplains, and ministers from various denominations can also be found in this series.

Of special note are: a breakdown of IRSS registration by religious denomination for 1961-1962; a letter to Louis Finkelstein praising the IRSS from Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas; and a short statement entitled "General historical descriptions of seminary inter-group activities."

IX. Book Files, 1939-1965 Box 88, folders 5-46; boxes 89-96

The book files contain galleys, proofs, offprints, typescripts, notes, memoranda, correspondence, reviews, clippings, and press releases which cumulatively document the preparation and publication of the many volumes produced by the IRSS. Of special note are a series of original authors' manuscripts from the academic year 1947-1948, and several memoranda detailing IRSS budgetary information for 1945-1946.

X. Posters, 1946-1970 97 (oversized box)

Posters (ranging in size from 9.5" x 16" to 12" x 16") for lecture series offered by the IRSS are included here. They cover the years between 1946 and 1970, and list lecturers' names, their topics, and the themes of each lecture series.

Selective List of IRSS Participants Represented in These Files

  • Ahern, Michael J.
  • Albright, William F.
  • Arzt, Max
  • Ascoli, Max
  • Aubrey, Edwin
  • Baldwin, Roger N.
  • Barnard, Chester I.
  • Baron, Salo W.
  • Bennett, John C.
  • Berle, Adolph A., Jr.
  • Blau, Joseph L.
  • Bokser, Ben Zion
  • Bourke, Myles M.
  • Brebner, J. Bartlett
  • Brightman, Edgar S.
  • Brown, Robert McAfee
  • Bruner, Jerome S.
  • Brunner, Edmund De S.
  • Buck, Pearl S.
  • Buttrick, George A.
  • Calhoun, Robert Lowry
  • Carey, James B.
  • Carman, Harry J.
  • Cloward, Richard A.
  • Coffin, Henry Sloane
  • Cole, Stewart G.
  • Commager, Henry S.
  • Constable, W.G.
  • Counts, George S.
  • Cousins, Norman
  • Cruikshank, Nelson H.
  • Damanda, Carlotta
  • Davis, Thurston N.
  • DuBois, William W.E.B.
  • Eisenhower, Milton S.
  • Eisenstein, Ira
  • Embree, Ainslie T.
  •    Faust, Clarence H.
  • Feingold, Jessica
  • Finkelstein, Louis
  • Finletter, Thomas k.
  • Fosbroke, Hughell E.W.
  • Frazier, E. Franklin
  • Gillman, Neil
  • Ginzberg, Eli
  • Goodenough, Erwin F.
  • Gordis, Robert
  • Gordon, Milton M.
  • Guthrie, Hunter
  • Handy, Robert T.
  • Heckscher, August
  • Herberg, Will
  • Hertzberg, Arthur
  • Heschel, A. J.
  • Hitti, Philip K.
  • Hoagland, Hudson
  • Illich, Ivan D.
  • Janowsky, Oscar I.
  • Johnson, Charles S.
  • Johnson, F. Ernest
  • Jones, Howard Mumford
  • Jung, Leo
  • Kallen, Horace M.
  • Kandel, I.L.
  • Kaplan, Mordecai M.
  • Konvitz, Milton R.
  • La Farge, John
  • Levitsky, Louis M.
  • Lewin, Kurt
  • Lieberman, Saul
  • Lin, Mousheng H.
  • Lincoln, C. Eric
  • Linton, Ralph
  • Locke, Alain L.
  • Lorge, Irving
  • Lynd, Robert S.
  • MacIver, Robert M.
  • Mackay, John A.
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • Mandelbaum, Bernard
  • Maritain, Jacques
  • Marshall, James
  • Marx, Alexander
  • McCarthy, Eugene J.
  • McCracken, Robert J.
  • McIntosh, Millicent C.
  • McKeon, Richard P.
  • Mead, Margaret
  • Merton, Robert K.
  • Michaelis, George P.
  • Millar, Moorhouse
  • Miller, Perry
  • Moynihan, Daniel P.
  • Murray, John Courtney
  • Muste, A.J.
  • Neuman, Abraham A.
  • Nevins, Allan
  • Niebuhr, H. Richard
  • Niebuhr, Reinhold
  • Parsons, Talcott
  • Pegis, Anton G.
  • Phenix, Philip H.
  • Pope, Liston
  • Rabi, I.I.
  • Randolph, A. Philip
  • Reuther, Victor G.
  • Roper, Elmo
  • Ross, Malcom
  • Rosten, Leo
  • Roucek, Joseph S.
  • Rustin, Bayard
  • Searle, Robert W.
  • Shapley, Harlow
  • Shinn, Roger L.
  • Shuster, George N.
  • Sidorsky, David
  • Siegel, Seymour
  • Simkhovitch, Mary
  • Simons, Hans
  • Slonimsky, Henry
  • Sockman, Ralph W.
  • Sorokin, Pitirim
  • Starr, Mark
  • Steere, Douglas V.
  • Steinberg, Milton
  • Strang, Ruth
  • Strook, Alan M.
  • Sweet, William W.
  • Tannenbaum, Frank
  • Tead, Ordway
  • Thomas, George F.
  • Thomas, Norman
  • Tillich, Paul J.
  • Tobias, Channing H.
  • Trilling, Lionel
  • Tucker, H. St. George
  • Van Dusen, Henry P.
  • Weigle, Luther A.
  • Whitehead, T. North
  • Wishengrad, Morton
  • Woodhouse, Chase G.
  • Wright, Frank Lloyd
  • Wright, Quincy
  • Young, Whitney M., Jr.
  • Young, Andrew J.

Box List

Box Folder(s) Description 
  I. General Administrative Files, 1938-1972
11-67 1938-1941
 25-34Article - Miscellaneous
31-8Press Correspondence - Yiddish article about IRSS
 9-29Book files - Registration forms
41-5Transcripts of meeting - Transcripts of meeting
 6-37Address - Meetings
51-23Meetings - "Wellsprings"
61-29Address - Print orders
71-16Printed matter - Requests
 17-38Attendance - Chicago Institute
81-38Chicago Institute - Printed matter
91-14Program - Theological students
 15-39Attendance - Forms
101-46Forms - Subscriptions
111-53Attendance - List
121-32Luncheon meeting - Questionnaire replies
131-14Questionnaire replies - Theological students
 15-45Chicago Institute - Requisitions
141-21Series files - Walton list
1422-40Bradford Press - Printed matter
151-23Printing - Theological student series
 24-35Booklets - Faculty seminar
161-21Faculty seminar - Promotion
171-22Proofs - Series files
181-9Series files - Theological student series
 10-37Book material - Promotion set II
191-20Promotion set III - Theological student series
201-26Booklet worksheets - Opening meeting
211-31Memorandum - Theological students
221-33Booklet - Memos
231-25Memos - Series files
241-5Scholarships - Working schedule
 6-31Advance letters - Notes of discussions
251-25Printing - Theological student series
261-28Accurate list letter service - Promotion folder II
271-23Promotion Folder III - Theological student series
281-22Accurate list letter service - Planning committee
291-19Proofs - Replies
301-10Replies - Theological student series
 11-30Accurate list letter service - Memos
311-25Printing - Theological student series
321-22Accurate list letter service - Form letters
331-21Honoraria - Reproductions Requisitions
32A1-21Promotion files, Public relations, Registration
32B1-10Registration, Series files, Theological student program
 22-28Accurate list letter service - Faculty seminar
341-19Faculty seminar I - Mailing list addresses
351-17Mailing lists - Promotion set
361-24Promotion Set - Series files
371-8Series files - Theological student series
 8-21Addressograph - Faculty seminar I
381-38Faculty seminar II - Opening meeting
391-26Planning - Registration
401-25Registration - Visit to museum
411-26Accurate list - Hosts' guests
421-24Hosts' guests - Preliminary preparation
431-24Printing - Registration
441-16Registration- Series files
451-14Series files - Theological student program
 15-36Accurate list letter service - "Eternal Light" program
461-33Executive committee - Printing
471-20Printing - Series files
481-28Series files - Xerox folder
491-25Accurate list letter service - Hosts' guests
501-29Hosts' return forms - Planning
511-13Printed material - Promotion files
521-16Promotion files - Regrets
531-39Regrets - Theological student program
541-10Theological student program - Xerox copies
 11-30Accurate list letter service - memos
54A1-8Memos, form letters, attendance sheets
551-26Forms - Newsletters
561-18Printing - Promotion
571-19Promotion - Series files
581-27Series files - Visiting scholars
 28-33Articles - Booklet
591-26Bibliography - Hostess return files
601-23Letters - Printing
611-20Printing - Rabbinic tutor replies
621-23Registration - Theological student program
631-2Theological student program
 3-15Adressograph - Form letters
641-22Forms - Memos
651-18Newsleter - Sukkah
661-4Supply checklists - WRVR release forms
665-26Attendance - Notes and seating
671-11Seminar materials - WRVR radio
  II. Institute on Ethics, 1956-1962
  Meeting files, June, 1956
6712-44Attendance - Fellows' Meeting
681-24Fellows lists - Meeting reports
691-30Meeting reports - Nominations
701-33Notes and memoranda - Syllabus
  Adminstrative files, July 1956-May 1958
711-45Records of Institute on Ethics meetings, 1956-1957; World Academy on Ethics statement and plans, memos, discussion materials
721-16Institute on Ethics administrative files, 1957-1958 records of World Academy on Ethics planning meetings, 1957
  Additional Files: World Academy of Ethics and Institute on Ethics
  World Academy of Ethics:
981Agendas, reflections, interviews, suggestions, budget, staff discussions...
 no folder"Blueprint: World Academy of Ethics" (finished volume)
 3-9"The World Institute on Ethics, A Blueprint for Action," by R.O.Johann. Text, drafts, comments, preparations, survey
 10Budget, tentative, one-year, 1962
 11Calendar-diaries, 1957-1957
 13"Confidential Memorandum" re Seminary ethics programs
 14Draft for Mohonk meeting participants...
 15Drafts of letters, memoranda, plans..
 16Ethics organizations, lists
 17"The Ethics Village," proof, drafts
 18Faust, Clarence, letter, April 28, 1958
 19Finkelstein, Louis, memorandum, August 28, 1958
 20Foreign scholars interested...
 21Forms and form letters
 22Memoranda, miscellaneous
 23Memorandum, "Ethics for Today"
 24Notes, memoranda, agendas
 25Office space
 26"Outline of Ethics Program," Jessica Feingold, July, 1957
 27Proceedings (transcript), first plenary session, Institute on Ethics, Mohonk, June 15, 1958
 28Program, tentative, beginning July 1, 1962
 29-33Southeast Asia conference, plans (and misc.)
991"Survey of Institutions Which May be Studying Ethics..."
 2Survey reports, 1957
 3Television programs
 4-5"Toward a World Academy of Ethics," drafts
  Institute on Ethics:
996Articles and books (lists of) including those on religious response to nuclear war
 8Business Advisory Council on Ethics (Stroock, Ruder)
 9Business executives, seminar for
9910-22Conference on the Ethics of Mutual Involvement, Men's Faculty Club, Columbia, August 29-31, 1961
 23Ethics Village
 24Executive Committee, lists, 1959; 1962
 25Finkelstein, Louis, memorandum on ethics programs
 26Hoagland, Hudson, "Science and Some Ethical Issues"
 27Hotel Pierre luncheon, June 19, 1956
 29Mimeograph requisitions (with originals attached, mainly memoranda and discussion notes, 1958)
 30Mohonk meetings, forms
 31"Notes on the Background and Development of the Institute on Ethics"
 32Participants, executive committee
 33Photograph listing
  Meeting files, June 1958:
7217-33Minutes and statements re: population growth
 7-53Administrative files: arrangements - Minutes
741-34Minutes - Questions
  Adminstrative files, 1958-1966:
751-25Minutes and administrative files, Institute meetings at Mohonk, Gould House, etc.
761-2Memos, correspondence, transcripts from World Institute on Ethics meetings, 1962-1963
 3-39Foreign visitors to JTSA, 1958-1966
  III. Transcultural Seminar on Tradition and Change 1966-1969
791-9Student files - Visiting scholars directory
  Meeting Files, 1966-1968
 10-13Advisory Committee meetings, 1966-1967
 14Program Committee, 1967
 15-29Seminar meetings, 1966-1967
801-22Seminar meetings, 1967-1968
  IV. Boston and Chicago Institutes, 1943-1952
  Boston Institute, 1943-1947
8023-29Administrative files, 1944-1946
811-7Administrative files, 1946-1947
 8-77Lecturers files, 1943-1946, Ahern - Wyzanski
  Chicago Institute, 1943-1953
821-39Adminstrative files, 1943-1953
831-4Adminstrative files, 1952-1953
 5-15Meeting reports, 1947-1952
 16-20Lecturers files, 1943-1946, Adams - Bateson
841-74Lecturers files, 1943-1946, Benton - Sweet
851-8Lecturers files, 1943-1946, Taylor - Yard
  V. New York Institute Lecturers Files, 1944-1946
 9-73Atkinson - La Farge
861-82Lasswell - Young
  VI. Catalogs and Brochures, 1940-1976
871-7Catalogs, 1940-1970
 7ABrochure, 1970-1971
 8Boston Institute catalogs, 1946-1949
 9-10Chicago Institute catalogs, 1944-1953
  Intergroup Activities
 11-12Catalogs, 1965-1971
 13-14"Answers to Frequent Queries" on Intergroup Activities, 1971-1976
 15Intergroup Activities brochure, 1970-1971
 16Commemorative booklet about visit of Maharaja of Mysore, April 20, 1959
  VII. New York City Seminar, 1971-1973
871717 Sister A.R. Brotherton squatters project: clippings, memos, correspondence, notes
 18-19Transcripts of interviews with and about squatters
 20-22Replies to seminar invitations and questionnaires
  VIII. Appraisals of Institute, 1958-1966
881-4Correspondence, clippings, notes, reviews of IRSS publications, participants' comments
  IX. Book Files, 1939-1965
885-13General files and prize contest files, 1945-1947
  Authors' manuscripts and offprints, 1947-1948
 14--46Albright - Harnett
891-59Hoffman - Woodhouse
  Book preparation files, 1939-1965
97 (oz.)  X. Posters, 1946-1970