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Archive - American Academy for Jewish Research Records

Identifier: ARC-9

Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of correspondence, minutes and agendas, reports, circulars, programs, and lists concerning publishing activities, conferences and meetings, fundraising, and research proposals on Jewish history, philosophy, culture, religion, and art. The correspondents included in the collection are Alexander Marx, Solomon Grayzel, Guido Kisch, David de Sola Pool, Abraham Halkin, Salo Baron, Solomon Gandz, Anna Kleban, Leo Strauss, and Bernard Weinryb.


  • Creation: 1928-1967



Materials are available by appointment only. To make an appointment and request materials in advance, contact the Librarian in charge of archival materials at: 212.678.8973 or via E-mail:


There are no restrictions to accessing this collection, however, written permission is required to print or publish.

Historical Note

The American Academy for Jewish Research was founded on June 15, 1920 by Israel Davidson, Israel Friedlander, Louis Ginzberg, Isaac Husik, Max Margolis, Alexander Marx, Harry A. Wolfson, and Jacob Z. Lauterbach. The goals of the Academy were to organize periodic meetings for the presentation and publication of scholarly Jewish research, and to promote fellowship and cooperation amongst the scholars and learned societies in America and other countries. The Academy was incorporated in Maryland on December 20, 1929.

In 1930, the Academy began publishing the papers delivered at the annual meetings. Between 1930 and 2001, sixty-three volumes of the Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research were published. The Academy also published Festschriften in honor of Louis Ginzberg (1945), Harry Wolfson (1965), and Salo Baron (1975-), collections of essays on Rashi and Saadia, and later, Hebrew-language scholarly works in Israel. During the rise of Nazism, the Academy became involved in providing fellowships to American institutions for distinguished German-Jewish scholars.

Sources: History - - Accessed July 8, 2015


4.2 Linear Feet (in 10 document boxes.)

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Collection Arrangement

The collection is partially processed. Boxes 1-6 are sorted, while Boxes 7-10 are unprocessed and the contents and folders are not sorted. The preliminary box list was created 10/25/1989 by Roger S. Kohn. An updated box list of boxes 1-6 was created 3/20/2007. The box list entries for Boxes 7-10 are taken from the preliminary box list and do not necessarily correspond with the order of the folders in the boxes.

Location Note

Materials are available (by appointment only) at The Special Collections Reading Room, The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Phone: 212.678.8973 or via E-mail:

Related Archival Materials Note

According to Judith Endelman's Manual, the American Academy for Jewish Research Records was originally a part of the Alexander Marx Collection-ARC 80.

Guide to the American Academy for Jewish Research Records
Daniel Soyer; Roger S. Kohn
September 1986; rev. October 1989
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Funding for the retrospective conversion of the original finding aid documents to produce this guide using Archivists’ Toolkit was made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary Repository

3080 Broadway
New York N.Y. 10027 USA