Adler, Cyrus, 1863–1940

Name Adler, Cyrus, 1863–1940.
Special Call Number ARC 1
Title Papers, 1879–1954 [Papers of Cyrus Adler]
Physical Description 9.4 linear ft.
Biographical Note American Jewish communal leader, Semitics scholar, and President of Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Collection Summary Correspondence, 1885–1940, concerning Jewish Theological Seminary of America, United Synagogue of America, American Jewish Historical Society, and other topics; manuscript and printed speeches and articles, 1904–1941; diaries of trips to Near East, 1891, Paris Peace Conference, 1919, and Europe and Palestine, 1929, and general diary, 1939; Jewish Theological Seminary Board of Directors minutes, 1937–1937; correspondence, programs, clippings, and other material concerning deaths of Israel Friedlaender and Bernard Cantor, and memorial meetings for them, 1920–1921; correspondence, lists, and addresses regarding testimonial for Adler, 1932; parts of Adler's memoirs; and miscellaneous other material. Also includes articles about Adler, and materials concerning memorial meetings, 1939–1954; some correspondence of Racie F. Adler, 1939–1952; photocopies and transcripts of Adler's letters; and correspondence concerning project to publish Adler's letters, ca. 1963–ca. 1977. Correspondents include Joseph B. Abrahams, Samuel M. Cohen, Israel Davidson, Richard Gottheil, Louis Finkelstein, Paul Haupt, Louis Marshall, Alexander Marx, Solomon Schechter, and others.
Inventory Note The most current general and box level inventory is available in the Special Collections Reading Room (Guide to the JTS Archival Collections).
Selected Search Terms


American Jewish Historical Society.
Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Board of Directors.
United Synagogue of America.


Jews United States.
Jews New York (N.Y.) Rabbinical seminaries New York (N.Y.)


Paris Peace Conference (1919–1920)

Geographical Terms

Middle East Description and travel.
Europe Description and travel.
Palestine Description and travel.
Genre Diaries.
Occupation College presidents.
Archive Location Jewish Theological Seminary. Library, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027.
Record ID# 0246443
Preliminary Box Level  
1-1 Correspondence: Abrahams, Joseph B. Inventory and misc. materials.
1-2 Correspondence: A–D
1-3 Correspondence: E–Finkelstein
1-4 Correspondence: Friedlander–Gruen
1-5 Correspondence: Hadad–Marshall
1-6 Correspondence: Marx–Rothenberg
1-7 Correspondence: S–Z. Unidentified. Family correspondence, incl. letters of Mrs. Adler.
1-8 Articles and Addresses.
1-9 JTSA Board of Directors' Minutes 1913–1937 (incomplete). Friedlander Cantor
Mem. Meeting and Fund (1920–1922). Elkan N. Adler Library Fund 1922–1923.
1-10 JTSA Seminary Building Dedication Oct. 1930: Comm. of arrangements, invitations,
planning, program, clippings. Semi Centennial Celebration Committee 1936–1938.
1-11 JTSA: Cyrus Adler Testimonial 1931–1932.
1-12 JTSA: Fund Raising. Misc. subjects. Teachers Institute Reports 1931? –37.
Rabbinical Assembly Misc. programs and announcements (inc. Bulletin) 1925–35.
Dropsie College. Cong. Mikveh Israel, Phila. 1898–1931.
1-13 Condolence letters on Adler's death 1940. Adler memorial meetings 1941–54.
Adler portrait 1951. Newspaper clippings and magazine articles re: Adler.
1-14 Personal Mementos. Central High School (Phil.) Commencement Program (1879).
Appt. as Commissioner of the Worlds Columbian Exposition (1890). Passport.
Constitution of the Smithsonian Relief Assn. and members receipt book 1885.
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award 1933. Sabbath Cover. Masonic
regalia of father, Samuel Adler. Typescript of Adler's memoirs, Chapters
1,4,9,10. Drafts of memoirs (4 folders).
1-15 MSS of collected letters of C.A. 1939.
1-16 MSS of collected letters.
1-17 Diary of a trip to the near East 1891. Diary of the Paris Peace Conf. 1919.
Diary of a trip to Europe and Palestine 1929.
Correspondence: 1889–1891, chronological.
1-18 Correspondence: 1890–1932.
1-19 Correspondence: 1933–1939. Letters to Racie Adler 1918–1934.
1-20 Correspondence: misc. Notes and correspondence for publication of Adler's
letters project.
1-21 (same as 1-20)
1-22 Correspondence: chronological, 1890–1907. (Primarily typescripts
letters but also some original letters. )
1-23 Correspondence: chronological, 1908–1915 (copies and originals).
1-24 Correspondence: chronological, 1916–1922 (copies and originals).
1-25 Correspondence: chronological, 1923–1926 (copies and originals).
1-26 Correspondence chronological, 1927–1931 (copies and originals).
1-27 Correspondence: chronological, 1932–1940 (copies and originals).