|Dates:||1890s - 1970s|
|Size:||5.8 linear ft.|
|Number of Boxes:||6|
|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.|
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.
Included are texts of writings by and about Jewish Theological Seminary faculty members administrators, board members, hnorary degree recipients, and other speakers at Seminary commencements, convocations, conferences, and other events, 1890s-1970s. Also included are a few articles, reports, statements, brochures, and surveys produced by the Seminary itself.
This material takes the form of manuscripts and typescripts and also printed formats including reprints, clippings, and proofs. In some cases there are draft and printed versions of the same text. Notes and outlines are included in some cases.
Included are: commencement addresses; speeches; eulogies; sermons; articles; books and portions of books; reports; statements; responsa; bibliographies; holiday messages.
Of interest are speeches and lectures delivered at the Seminary's semi-centennial celebrations which took place in 1936 and 1937. These are not filed as a unit, but can be identified by their dates. For more information about the semi-centennial see the Seminary Register for 1937-1938.
These files also contain a fair number of writings commenting on the events of World War Two. Some examples are: a faculty statement on World War Two (1/5), an essay titled "What is the Relation of the Seminary to the War Effort?," (1/5) an essay by Max Arzt defining "The Role of the Seminary in the Present War Emergency," one by Ben Zion Bokser called "Out of Uniform and Then What?," and Louis Finkelstein's "And There is Hope for Thy Future: A Message for the New Year," 1944. All are filed by author.
The individual represented by the greatest number of writings here is Seminary Vice- Chancellor Simon Greenberg for whom seventy-two titles are listed. Most of these are from the 1940s, but the date range (taking into account many undated writings) seems to be 1922-1972. Coming in second is radio pioneer and Seminary friend (the Seminary's "Eternal Light" radio program was broadcast over NBC) David Sarnoff with twenty-nine titles, 1939-1956. For more on Simon Greenberg, see the Simon Greenberg papers and oral history interview, both part of the Ratner Center's collection.
Of note is a speech titled "Science and Religion" delivered by Albert Einstein at the Seminary's Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion in 1940, and a significant group of speeches and articles by Herbert H. Lehman, who served as chairman of the Seminary's Board of Overseers.
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