Guide to the Isidore Meyer (1903-1992) Papers, 1848-1992 (bulk 1925-1980)
 
P-905

Processed by Rachel Miller

American Jewish Historical Society

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Rachel Miller in August 2011. Description of microfilm in the Separated Material and Related Material notes was added in December 2011. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Isidore S. Meyer (1903-1992)
Title: Isidore Meyer Papers
Dates:1848-1992 (bulk 1925-1980)
Abstract: Isidore Meyer was an editor (1940-1968), librarian (1940-1962) and archivist (1940-1968) at the American Jewish Historical Society and a rabbi at the Jewish Center of Bay Shore, Long Island (1937-1943). Also a historian, Meyer wrote and spoke on the use, study and impact of Hebrew language and texts during the colonial period in the United States. The collection documents his AJHS career, historical writing and research, rabbinical work, teaching experience and general professional activities. Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, notes, photostats, clippings, printed materials, photographs, slides and negatives.
Languages: The collection is in English, Hebrew, German and Yiddish, with a few items in Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish.
Quantity: 20.75 linear feet (41 manuscript boxes, 1 half-size manuscript box, 1 oversized folder [OS1])
Identification: P-905
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Isidore Solomon Meyer was born on November 19, 1903 in New London, Connecticut to Rachel Pearl (Ritt) Meyer and Max Meyer, recent immigrants from a region identified alternately as Russia, Lithuania or Poland on official documentation. In 1918, Meyer moved to Manhattan to attend the Talmudical Academy, graduating in 1922 and going on to earn a B.A. from the City College of New York in 1925. He completed graduate work at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), where he received an M.A. in history in 1928 and was ordained as a rabbi in 1929. While working towards a doctoral degree at Columbia, Meyer studied Jewish history in Berlin and Jerusalem at the University of Berlin, Hochschule für Wissenschaft des Judentums and Hebrew University (1929-1930). Meyer does not seem to have completed his doctoral dissertation, but in 1961 the JTS awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity.

Meyer’s career as a librarian began at the JTS library, where he worked part-time as a student (1926-1928) and managed their museum exhibits (1931-1932). He also worked as an assistant research editor at Columbia University’s Casa Italiana Educational Bureau (1933-1934). In the mid-1930s he taught Jewish history classes at Brooklyn College, the School of the Jewish Woman and the Brooklyn Jewish Center’s Institute of Jewish Studies for Adults.

At the 1937 annual meeting of the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), Meyer delivered a paper titled, “Hebrew at Harvard,” and Cyrus Adler encouraged him to pursue such research further. Ottoman Jewry and 16th century rabbinical responsa had been the focal points of Meyer’s masters and doctoral work, but after the 1937 meeting, his scholarly interests definitively shifted to the use, study and influence of Hebrew language and thought in early American education and democracy. Meyer often cited this Adler-inspired turn in his research and three subsequent publications in 1939 as major factors leading to his appointment as AJHS librarian, archivist and editor by AJHS President A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1940.

As librarian and archivist, Meyer headed the post-WWII Committee on Books for Devastated and Other Libraries Abroad of the Jewish Book Council of America; served as the vice president of the Jewish Librarians Association; and was a member of the Manuscript Society, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Executive Council of the Jewish Book Council of America. Meyer held the position of librarian at AJHS until 1962, continuing on as archivist until 1968. As the editor of AJHS from 1940 to 1968, Meyer oversaw Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish History Quarterly, and AJHS’s monographs from 1940 through 1968. In addition to his editorial, library and archival duties, Meyer also planned annual meetings and coordinated exhibits for AJHS. In 1968, the year AJHS moved from New York to Massachusetts, Meyer retired, at which point he was given the title of Editor Emeritus and later voted an Honorary Member of AJHS. He worked as a consultant for the In-Service Course cosponsored by AJHS and the Jewish Teachers Association until approximately 1979.

Alongside his AJHS work and historical research and writing, Meyer was engaged as a rabbi at the Jewish Center of Bay Shore, Long Island (1937-1943) and Congregation Sons of Israel in Palisades Park, New Jersey (1944-1948). He also served as secretary of the Bergen County Section, New Jersey Region of the United Synagogue of America, as editor of the Rabbinical Assembly of America’s Bulletin, and was a member of the New York Board of Rabbis.

In 1938, Meyer married Hannah Myers, a social worker and native of Texas who had studied at the Training School for Jewish Social Work and the New York School of Social Work. The Meyers had one son, Jonathan, in 1944. Hannah Myers Meyer died in 1983, and Isidore Meyer died on September 15, 1992.

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Scope and Content Note

Isidore Meyer generated and accumulated the bulk of this collection between 1925 and 1980, from the start of his graduate studies through his last decade of research in the 1970s. His research, his writings and his AJHS career are chronicled most extensively, but his rabbinical and teaching careers, his education and his family are also represented. There is a large amount of correspondence throughout the collection, as well as extensive notes and reproductions of 17th-18th century primary sources Meyer used in his research. Formats also include manuscripts, printed materials, clippings, photographs, slides and negatives.

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Arrangement

This collection was originally in a state of great disorganization. Much of the material was either loose and unfiled or it was foldered with file names that did not correspond to the contents, since Meyer often repurposed folders many times over. Therefore the arrangement was largely created by the archivist based on Meyer's different professional roles. The arrangement begins with papers from his personal life and his education and then moves into his professional output. As per AJHS practice, the photographs have been separated into the last series of the arrangement scheme.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

AJHS Archives

Isidore Meyer is the creator of the Civil War Centennial Jewish Historical Commission Records (I-40) and the Leo Herskowitz correspondence regarding the Franks family Collection (P-832). The Records of the American Jewish Historical Society may contain material generated by Isidore Meyer; these records are unprocessed as of August 2011. The Mordecai Family Papers (P-116) contain 6 microfilm reels which were transferred from this collection.

Other Collections

Correspondence with Meyer is in the Salo W. Baron Papers. M0580. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

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Separated Material

A cluster of late 1960s AJHS Publications Committee files belonging to Abraham Karp were transferred to the AJHS Records, as well as a linear foot of general Executive Council and Board materials (1963-1992) not addressed specifically to Meyer or written on by him.

Appointment books, library call slips and catalogues of books and documents for sale were deaccessioned. Also deaccessioned was a large set of early research notes not related to the subjects of American Jewish history and Nazi Germany on which Meyer published. Meyer most likely took these notes in the late 1920s-1930s as he read sources for his masters thesis, "Jewish Life in Salonika in the Sixteenth Century from the Responsa of R. Solomon ha-Kohen,” (see Box 16, Folders 5-6) and his unfinished dissertation (tentatively titled, "Chapters in Levantine Commerce of 16th Century”), and they were largely direct transcriptions of sources, not his own thoughts. Subjects covered included: Ottoman Jews, 16th century rabbinical responsa, foreign travellers' accounts of the Ottoman Empire, Islamic faith and populations, Isaac Abravanel, the Spanish Empire, and Italian Jews.

Meyer’s 6 microfilm reels of the Jacob Mordecai Papers at Duke University were removed to the Microfilm Collection by a previous archivist and are now a part of the Mordecai Family Papers (P-116). These reels cover material from 1784 to 1866 and were generated in 1950 at Jacob Marcus’s request.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Isidore Meyer Papers; P-905; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Isidore Meyer's son, Jonathan Meyer, donated the collection to AJHS on December 16, 1992.

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Access Points

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Personal, 1903-1984

In English, with some Hebrew and Yiddish and a few items in Spanish and German.
Boxes 1-3 and an item in an oversized (OS1) folder. 1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Isidore Meyer’s nonprofessional life is represented in this series in the form of correspondence, schoolwork, clippings, and financial and legal documents of the Meyer, Myers and Ritt families, as well as other families and friends. Correspondence from Hannah Myers in 1938 just before she married Isidore Meyer is especially extensive. "General Correspondence" includes correspondence Meyer received from Yetta Meyer, Bessie Meyer, Leah Meyer, Dora Meyer, Nessa Meyer, Anne Ritt, Hattie Meyer Douglas and Lena Meyer, as well as his letters to his family during his studies in Jerusalem. His parents' documents in Box 1, Folder 6 include material related to their bakery in New London, Connecticut. The Myers Farm folder contains correspondence between Hannah Myers Meyer, her sister Bessie Myers and Isidore Meyer regarding inherited farmland from an Uncle Myers in Pleasanton, Texas, and leasing of the land for oil well drilling. The Mittwoch Family folder includes correspondence with Friede, Eugen and Caroline Mittwoch, with whom Meyer lived while studying in Berlin. Photographs of members of the Meyer, Mittwoch and possibly the Myers family are in Series VIII in Box 42, Folders 2, 4 and 5.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Address Book [1960s] request_box
1 2 Book and Periodical Donations 1945-1947, 1970-1981 request_box
1 3 Book and Periodical Donations 1977-1981 request_box
1 4 Financial and Medical 1928-1984 request_box
1 5 General Correspondence 1928-1982 request_box
1 6 Hoffs, Morris 1932-1939 request_box
1 7 Identification Cards 1935-[1944] request_box
1 8 Meyer, Hannah Myers 1918-1936 request_box
1 9 Meyer, Hannah Myers 1938 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Meyer, Hannah Myers 1940-1983 request_box
2 2 Meyer, Ida S. 1936-1941 request_box
2 3 Meyer, Jonathan 1944-1977 request_box
2 4 Meyer, Libby 1929-1930, 1949-1952, 1980-[1986] request_box
2 5 Meyer, Libby -- Study of the Jewish Population of New London, Connecticut (Graduate School for the Jewish Social Work) 1936-1937 request_box
2 6 Meyer, Max and Rachel 1903-1938, 1968 request_box
2 7 Meyer and Ritt Families 1922-1980 request_box
2 8 Mittwoch Family undated, 1931-1932 request_box
2 9 Myers Family 1911-1965 request_box
2 10 Myers Farm (Pleasanton, Texas) 1946-1947 request_box
2 11 Perchik, Miguel 1940-1947 request_box
2 12 Portrait -- Halftone Block and Screens [1940s-1950s] request_box
2 13 Prayer Book from Berlin 1929 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Prayer Books and Religious School Books undated, 1912-1916 request_box
3 2 Stationery [1938-1943] request_box
3 3 Taxes 1940-1948 request_box
3 4 Travel Documents 1930-1936, [1967] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1 OS1 Watercolor of Palm Trees and Ocean by E. Smith undated request_box
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Series II: Education, 1922-1981

In English, Hebrew, Yiddish.
Boxes 3-7. 2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in two subseries.

Scope and Content:

This series covers the education of Meyer from 1922 through 1936, as well as his ongoing relationship with the Jewish Theological Seminary after his graduation.

Subseries 1: General, 1922-1981

In English, Hebrew, Yiddish.
Boxes 3-4. 0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by educational institution.

Scope and Content:

Meyer's schooling is documented in Subseries 1 via transcripts, correspondence, diplomas and yearbooks. Also represented is his decades long relationship with the Jewish Theological Seminary, including the Doctor of Divinity the Seminary awarded him in 1961. "University of Berlin and Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums" holds items from Meyer's 1929-1930 studies in Berlin, including his official documents, address book and flyers from events he attended.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 5 College of the City of New York 1922-1931 request_box
3 6 College of the City of New York -- Yearbook 1925 request_box
3 7 Columbia University 1925-1936, 1957 request_box
3 8 Columbia University -- Teachers College 1931-1934 request_box
3 9 Hebrew University request_box
3 10 Jewish Theological Seminary 1928-1981 request_box
3 11 Jewish Theological Seminary -- Doctor of Divinity 1961 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Talmudical Academy at University of the State of New York 1922 request_box
4 2 University of Berlin and Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums 1928-1933 request_box

Subseries 2: Class Notes and Assignments, 1925-1936

In English, Hebrew, Yiddish.
Boxes 4-7. 1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in two sections based on schools.

Scope and Content:

Meyer's schooling is documented in Subseries 2 via class notes, tests and papers. Those notes which easily broke down by class and/or instructor were foldered accordingly. The bulk of this material, however, arrived completely unorganized and has been placed in “Miscellaneous” folders, which include notes and assignments from classes with Louis Finkelstein, Moses Hyamson, Jacob Hochsander, Morris D. Levine, Alexander Marx, Israel Davidson, Salo Baron, and Mordecai Kaplan.

Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Teachers College

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 3 History 1925-1928 request_box
4 4 History with Alexander Marx 1925-1929 request_box
4 5 History with Alexander Marx 1925-1929 request_box
4 6 History and Historiography with Salo Baron 1935-1936 request_box
4 7 Homiletics with Mordecai Kaplan 1925-1928 request_box
4 8 Literature with Alexander Marx 1926-1928 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 Liturgy with Israel Davidson 1925 request_box
5 2 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
5 3 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
5 4 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
5 5 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
5 6 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
6 2 Miscellaneous 1925-1929 request_box
6 3 Miscellaneous [1925-1934] request_box
6 4 Semitic 1925 request_box
6 5 Teaching of History 1931 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1 Teaching of History 1931-1933 request_box

Universities in Berlin and Jerusalem

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 2 Hebrew University -- Miscellaneous 1930 request_box
7 3 University of Berlin -- Miscellaneous 1929-1930 request_box
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Series III: Writings and Research, 1848-1990

In English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and German, with a few items in French, Italian and Spanish.
Boxes 7-25 and 1 oversized (OS1) folder. 9 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title and research subject.

Scope and Content:

This series reflects Meyer's historical research and output in the form of scholarly articles (published in AJHS journals and books, Menorah Journal, Jewish Social Studies, Journal of Jewish Bibliography and Jewish Social Service Quarterly), newspaper articles, book reviews, speaking engagements and letters to the editor. Types of materials present include manuscripts, correspondence, notebooks, loose notes, reprints, photostats, photocopies and clippings. Many photostats are of documents dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Some of his research and writing in the 1930s and 1940s focused on Jews in Germany, rewriting of history under Nazi Germany, and preservation of Jewish books, all of which he addressed in his manuscript, "The War and Our Books" (Boxes 24-25). A small portion of this manuscript was published as "Enemies of Books" in the Jewish Book Annual in 1943. The bulk of his research and writing from the late 1930s and onward focused on what he often called the “Hebraic element in early American culture,” which he approached, for example, by looking at the study and use of Hebrew language in the first colonial colleges and the influence of post-biblical Hebraic sources on the political thinking of early leaders of the U.S. (especially John Adams). His research interests shifted in the early 1970s to the origins of Jewish communal health and ancillary care in the United States (see “Hospitals” folders). The “Miscellaneous Research” folders contain research that intersects with many of the subjects in this series, but arrived largely unfiled and/or proved difficult to categorize. His research and writings directly related to AJHS are in the Series V.

“Speaking Engagements” includes transcripts of various talks, appearances on radio programs, and invitations to speak. Talks for which he also kept research have their own folders, such as his 1965 talk for the Society of American Archivists, "Resources for the Study of American Jewish History."

Also of note may be an 1871 legal document (shtar mekhirat hametz) in Hebrew, signed by members of a Jewish community in the Alsace region of modern day France, selling leaven to a gentile for the duration of Passover; and a 19th century paper amulet (حجاب) in Arabic, an item which is traditionally worn as a necklace or placed in a cloth to be carried as one walks. In Box 17, Folder 8, there is an 1848 receipt for a share in the Northern Railroad purchased by someone whose name might be Alfred A. Marcus in Boston. It is not known why Meyer was in possession of these three items.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 4 Adams, John (1 of 3) 1940-1970 request_box
7 5 Adams, John (2 of 3) 1940-1970 request_box
7 6 Adams, John (3 of 3) 1940-1970 request_box
7 7 "American-Jewish Biography: An Introductory List" 1949-1950 request_box
7 8 American Jewish History [1970s] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1 American Revolution (1 of 2) 1932-1980 request_box
8 2 American Revolution (2 of 2) 1932-1980 request_box
8 3 American Revolution -- Sermons [1940]-1977 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1 OS1 Amulet (حجاب) [1800s] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 4 "Blessed are the Peacemakers (a short history of the former Kaiser Wilhelm II as a Pacifist)" 1933 request_box
8 5 Book of Esther (1 of 2) 1949-1970 request_box
8 6 Book of Esther (2 of 2) 1949-1970 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 1 Book of Esther and the American Revolution 1945-1968 request_box
9 2 Book Reviews and Peer Reviews 1940-1974 request_box
9 3 Bradford, William (1 of 2) 1945-1975 request_box
9 4 Bradford, William (2 of 2) 1945-1975 request_box
9 5 Caribbean 1965-1967 request_box
9 6 Centennials of Declaration of Independence and George Washington's Inauguration [1970s] request_box
9 7 Civil War 1961-1962 request_box
9 8 "Contribution to the History of Letzanuth" [1931-1933] request_box
9 9 Declaration of Independence 1955-1971 request_box
9 10 "Delicatessen: Its Colonial Antecedents" [1947] request_box
9 11 Democracy and Judaism [1938-1944] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 1 Dictionary of American Biography -- Jews 1937-1942 request_box
10 2 Dissertation [1930s] request_box
10 3 Duffield, George 1946-1974 request_box
10 4 "Early American Jewish Portraiture" 1952 request_box
10 5 Emancipation 1937-1940 request_box
10 6 Evans, Israel [1970s] request_box
10 7 Falashas [1957-1958] request_box
10 8 First Book of American Chronicles of the Times 1964 request_box
10 9 Fish, Elisha [1970s] request_box
10 10 "A Fount of American Democracy" 1939 request_box
10 11 Fowler, Bancroft 1972 request_box
10 12 Franklin, Benjamin 1937-1975 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 1 Germany (1 of 4) 1924-1944 request_box
11 2 Germany (2 of 4) 1924-1944 request_box
11 3 Germany (3 of 4) 1924-1944 request_box
11 4 Germany (4 of 4) 1924-1944 request_box
11 5 Gomez, Isaac 1940 request_box
11 6 The Grandees: America's Sephardic Elite 1971-1972 request_box
11 7 Harrington, James [1940s-1970s] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 "Hebraic Elements in Early American Culture" 1943-1944 request_box
12 2 Hebrew -- Brown University 1942-1944 request_box
12 3 Hebrew -- Columbia University 1953 request_box
12 4 Hebrew -- Dartmouth College 1941-1951 request_box
12 5 Hebrew -- Harvard University 1939-1970 request_box
12 6 Hebrew -- Princeton University 1949-1950 request_box
12 7 Hebrew -- Willliam and Mary College undated request_box
12 8 Hebrew -- Yale University 1939-1947 request_box
12 9 Hebrew in Colonial America (1 of 4) 1938-1973 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13 1 Hebrew in Colonial America (2 of 4) 1938-1973 request_box
13 2 Hebrew in Colonial America (3 of 4) 1938-1973 request_box
13 3 Hebrew in Colonial America (4 of 4) 1938-1973 request_box
13 4 "The Hebrew Oration of Sampson Simson, 1800" 1947-1956 request_box
13 5 "The Hebrew Scriptures and the Plymouth Plantation" 1938 request_box
13 6 Historical Method [1960s] request_box
13 7 "History into Propaganda: How Nazi 'Scholars' are Rewriting Jewish History" (1 of 2) 1937-1939 request_box
13 8 "History into Propaganda: How Nazi 'Scholars' are Rewriting Jewish History" (2 of 2) 1937-1939 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 1 Hospitals -- Heine-Krankenhaus (Hamburg, Germany) 1971-1972 request_box
14 2 Hospitals -- Jews' Hospital of New York/Mount Sinai Hospital 1952, [1971-1974] request_box
14 3 Hospitals -- Jews' Hospital of New York/Mount Sinai Hospital [1971]-1974 request_box
14 4 Hospitals -- Jewish Hospital of Philadelphia [1971-1974] request_box
14 5 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous 1930-[1940s] request_box
14 6 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous (1 of 5) 1971-1974 request_box
14 7 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous (2 of 5) 1971-1974 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
15 1 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous (3 of 5) 1971-1974 request_box
15 2 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous (4 of 5) 1971-1974 request_box
15 3 Hospitals -- Miscellaneous (5 of 5) 1971-1974 request_box
15 4 Hurwitz, Maximilian 1963-1964 request_box
15 5 Immigration [1932]-1950 request_box
15 6 Ireland -- Jews [1940s] request_box
15 7 "It Sounds Suspicious" 1933 request_box
15 8 Italy 1934-1938 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
16 1 Jackson, Solomon Henry [1940s] request_box
16 2 Jefferson, Thomas 1943 request_box
16 3 "The Jewish Contribution to American Democracy" 1939-1941 request_box
16 4 "Jewish Culinary Folklore" 1956 request_box
16 5 "Jewish Life in Salonika in the Sixteenth Century from the Responsa of R. Solomon ha-Kohen" (Master's Thesis) (1 of 2) 1928 request_box
16 6 "Jewish Life in Salonika in the Sixteenth Century from the Responsa of R. Solomon ha-Kohen" (Master's Thesis) (2 of 2) 1928 request_box
16 7 Johnson, Samuel (1 of 2) 1939-1959 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 1 Johnson, Samuel (2 of 2) 1939-1959 request_box
17 2 Joseph, Jacob 1962-1978 request_box
17 3 Kimball, True 1974 request_box
17 4 Kunze, John Christopher 1954-1956 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1 OS1 Legal Document for Sale of Leaven (Shtar mekhirat hametz) 1871request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17 5 Levy, Asher 1956, 1976 request_box
17 6 Libraries, Archives and Books 1931-1968 request_box
17 7 Lincoln, Abraham 1953-1959 request_box
17 8 [Marcus, Alfred A.] -- Northern Railroad Share Certificate 1848 request_box
17 9 Massena Blood Libel [1960s] request_box
17 10 Mather, Cotton [1940s] request_box
17 11 Miller, Samuel (1 of 2) [1950s-1970s] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
18 1 Miller, Samuel (2 of 2) [1950s-1970s] request_box
18 2 Miscellaneous Clippings 1931-1978 request_box
18 3 Miscellaneous Printed Materials 1863, 1935-1990 request_box
18 4 Miscellaneous Printed Materials by Author -- Baym, Max - Heller, Bernard 1935-1965 request_box
18 5 Miscellaneous Printed Materials by Author -- Higger, Michael - Rappaport, Joseph 1935-1962 request_box
18 6 Miscellaneous Printed Materials by Author -- Ravid, Benjamin - Zeman, Frederic 1935-1979 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
19 1 Miscellaneous Research -- Index Cards [1930-1980] request_box
19 2 Miscellaneous Research -- Index Cards [1930-1980] request_box
19 3 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
19 4 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
19 5 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
20 1 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
20 2 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
20 3 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
20 4 Miscellaneous Research -- Loose Notes and Reproductions [1930-1980] request_box
20 5 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
20 6 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21 1 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
21 2 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
21 3 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
21 4 Miscellaneous Research -- Notebooks [1930-1980] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
22 1 Miscellaneous Writings [1930s] request_box
22 2 Missionaries [1950s] request_box
22 3 Monis, Judah 1951-1969 request_box
22 4 Mordecai, Jacob (see also microfilm reels in Mordecai Family Papers [P-116]) 1946-1950 request_box
22 5 Myers, Levi (of Georgetown, South Carolina) 1962-1964 request_box
22 6 New London (Connecticut) 1900, 1963-1988 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS1 OS1 New London (Connecticut) -- New London Telegraph 1908 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
22 7 New York (New York) 1976 request_box
22 8 The Occident [1971-1974] request_box
22 9 The Occident [1971-1974] request_box
22 10 The Occident [1971-1974] request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
23 1 "On Making Jewish History Real, Relevant and Interesting" 1933 request_box
23 2 Philanthropy [1971-1974] request_box
23 3 "Recipe for a Sabbath Hallah" 1936 request_box
23 4 "Reminiscences of a Former Jubilee" [1933] request_box
23 5 "Resources for the Study of American Jewish History" 1965 request_box
23 6 Samuel, Hyman 1961-1964 request_box
23 7 Seixas, Gershom Mendes 1945-1977 request_box
23 8 Solomons, Adolphus Simeon 1953, 1971-1973 request_box
23 9 Solomons, Joseph Middle [1960s] request_box
23 10 South Carolina 1946, [1960s] request_box
23 11 Speaking Engagements -- Drafts and Invitations (2 of 2) 1934-1971 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
24 1 Stiles, Ezra [1940s-1950s] request_box
24 2 Thanksgiving 1939-1975 request_box
24 3 United Hebrew Charities [1971-1974] request_box
24 4 "The War and Our Books" -- Clippings and Printed Materials 1939-1944 request_box
24 5 "The War and Our Books" -- Correspondence 1940-1944 request_box
24 6 "The War and Our Books" -- Draft 1 [1943-1944] request_box
24 7 "The War and Our Books" -- Draft 2 [1943-1944] request_box
24 8 "The War and Our Books" -- Draft 3 [1943-1944] request_box
24 9 "The War and Our Books" -- Draft 4 [1943-1944] request_box
24 10 "The War and Our Books" -- Draft 5 [binder contents] [1943-1944] request_box
24 11 "The War and Our Books" -- Notes 1943-1944 request_box
24 12 "The War and Our Books" -- Notes 1943-1944 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 1 "The War and Our Books" -- Notes [1943-1944] request_box
25 2 "The War and Our Books" -- Outlines [1943] request_box
25 3 Washington, George -- Eulogies 1916, 1960 request_box
25 4 "When the Messiah Will Come" 1932-1935 request_box
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Series IV: General Professional, 1925-1988

In English, Hebrew and Yiddish, with a few items in German, French and Italian.
Boxes 25-28. 1.75 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series, rich in correspondence, broadly documents Meyer’s professional contacts and activities, from the start of his professional life and beyond his retirement. There are individuals represented in this series who were key figures in AJHS, but most of the correspondence directly relating to AJHS matters while Meyer was an employee can be found in Series V. Meyer was a corresponding member of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, and in this Society’s folders there is a large body of correspondence from Louise Rosenberg, George F.J. Bergman and Israel Porush. Meyer’s service as the head of the Committee on Books for Devastated and Other Libraries Abroad of the Jewish Book Council of America folders is chronicled in Box 27, Folder 2, with reports, correspondence, meeting minutes and data gathered through a survey of U.S. Jewish organizations regarding what books they were shipping abroad to libraries in need. In 1948 and 1949, Meyer attended the Fourth Intensive Training Program in the Preservation and Administration of Archives and the Institute in the Preservation and Interpretation of Historic Sites and Buildings; his class materials and notes from these study programs are in this series. Also of interest might be the texts of talks he delivered at YIVO events in Box 28, Folder 10.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 5 Adler, Cyrus 1929-1939 request_box
25 6 American Association for State and Local History 1946-1958 request_box
25 7 American Italian Historical Association 1967-1970, 1985 request_box
25 8 American Jewish Committee 1936-1947 request_box
25 9 Australian Jewish Historical Society (1 of 2) 1945, 1963-1988 request_box
25 10 Australian Jewish Historical Society (2 of 2) 1945, 1963-1988 request_box
25 11 Baron, Salo 1934-1939, 1950-1965 request_box
25 12 Biographical Materials 1934-1982 request_box
25 13 Bloch, Joshua 1940-1959 request_box
25 14 Casa Italiana Educational Bureau 1931-1938, 1953, 1974 request_box
25 15 Clippings about Isidore Meyer 1930-1972 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
26 1 Commission on European Jewish Cultural Reconstruction 1945-1947 request_box
26 2 de Sola Pool, David and Tamar 1925-1932, 1960-1969 request_box
26 3 Duker, Abraham 1933-1964 request_box
26 4 Elbogen, Ismar and Regi 1944 request_box
26 5 Encyclopaedia Judaica 1964-1970 request_box
26 6 Finkelstein, Louis 1932-1962 request_box
26 7 Fitterman, Mendel 1951-1956, 1974 request_box
26 8 General Correspondence (1 of 2) 1928-1987 request_box
26 9 General Correspondence (2 of 2) 1928-1987 request_box
26 10 Gorr, Shmuel 1979-1983 request_box
26 11 Grants and Fellowships 1968-1973 request_box
26 12 Grayzel, Solomon 1943-1946 request_box
26 13 Hurwitz, Henry 1932-1943 request_box
26 14 Institute in the Preservation and Interpretation of Historic Sites and Buildings 1939-1949 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
27 1 Institute of Early American History and Culture 1950-1963 request_box
27 2 Jewish Book Council of America 1942-1946 request_box
27 3 Jewish Book Council of America 1947-1983 request_box
27 4 Jewish Librarians Association 1946-1947, 1967-1970 request_box
27 5 Kisch, Guido 1937-1980 request_box
27 6 Lebeson, Anita Libman 1946-1975 request_box
27 7 Lehman, Irving 1932-1934 request_box
27 8 Mahler, Raphael 1954-1969 request_box
27 9 Marx, Alexander 1931-1953 request_box
27 10 Memberships 1934-1970 request_box
27 11 National Foundation for Jewish Culture 1961-1970 request_box
27 12 Pilgrim Society 1959, 1972-1973 request_box
27 13 Preservation and Administration of Archives -- Fourth Intensive Training Program (1 of 2) 1939-1948 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28 1 Preservation and Administration of Archives -- Fourth Intensive Training Program (2 of 2) 1939-1948 request_box
28 2 Rischin, Moses 1957-1968 request_box
28 3 Rivkind, Isaac 1937-1962 request_box
28 4 Rudolph, Bernard G. 1968-1970 request_box
28 5 Search for Employment and Job Offers 1936-1970 request_box
28 6 Sharfman, I. Harold 1967-1976 request_box
28 7 Solis-Cohen, Emily 1941-1947 request_box
28 8 Wessel, Bessie Bloom 1926-1935 request_box
28 9 Wolfson, Harry 1968-1969 request_box
28 10 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research 1944-1976 request_box
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Series V: American Jewish Historical Society, 1892-1893, 1926, 1934-1992

In English, with a few items in Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Spanish and Dutch.
Boxes 28-37. 4.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged in two subseries. Materials created in conjuction with all of Meyer's roles at the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) are in Subseries 1. Materials related only to Meyer's work as editor are in Subseries 2, in keeping with Meyer's and/or his assistant's tendency to keep a portion of the editorial files in separate clusters from his more generalized AJHS files.

Scope and Content:

The breadth of Meyer’s duties for AJHS is reflected in correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, publications, manuscripts, printed materials and clippings in this series.

Subseries 1: General, 1892-1893, 1926, 1934-1992

In English, with a few items in Hebrew, Yiddish and German.
Boxes 28-34. 3 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Meyer’s title at AJHS from 1940 through 1962 was Librarian-Editor and from 1962 through 1968 was Editor and Archivist, but he also served AJHS as an exhibit curator, annual meeting organizer, Executive Council member and In-Service Course consultant. His work in all these roles, but especially in the library and archives (which he often simply termed the “library,” not differentiating between the library and the archives) is reflected throughout this subseries.

This subseries is largely comprised of correspondence, much of it from AJHS leaders. The largest volume of correspondence is with Lee M. Friedman, followed by Jacob Marcus and Bernard Wax. In the 1960s, Meyer and/or his assistant Fanny Lindey tended to alphabetize correspondence by individual, organization or occasionally by subject. This alphabetized correspondence, here called “General Correspondence,” connects to all of Meyer’s roles and duties at AJHS.

Executive Council and various Committee files contain correspondence, reports, financial statements and meeting minutes. The annual meeting folders include correspondence related to arrangement of the meetings, together with texts of a few talks delivered at those meetings. Meyer’s research towards his paper, "The American Jewish Historical Society," published in the Journal of Jewish Bibliography, contains much information about the history of AJHS and its archives and library. Meyer kept files of “Research Requests,” especially in the 1960s, which reflect research interests during that period; many of the correspondents in these folders are represented elsewhere in the collection as well. Meyer wrote the "Report on a Brief Visit to Seven Libraries Abroad" following a 1967 trip to Israel and various European countries, during which he represented AJHS at the annual meeting of the International Committee for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. Also of potential interest is a copy of a letter from Cecil Roth to A.S.W. Rosenbach in 1940 describing the destruction of the Jewish Historical Society’s headquarters in London during an air raid (Box 34, Folder 3). A number of items in “Library -- Book and Document Purchases” were likely Meyer’s personal purchases, not purchases on behalf of AJHS. For materials on the In-Service Course cosponsored with the Jewish Teachers Association, see Series VII.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28 11 "Acceptance of Portraits" 1952 request_box
28 12 "The American Jewish Historical Society" -- Draft [1942-1943] request_box
28 13 "The American Jewish Historical Society" -- Notes and Correspondence 1942-1943 request_box
28 14 "The American Jewish Historical Society" -- Reprints 1943 request_box
28 15 American Jewish History Week 1962-1965 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
29 1 Annual Meeting 1960 1959 request_box
29 2 Annual Meeting 1960 1959-1960 request_box
29 3 Annual Meeting 1964 1963-1964 request_box
29 4 Awards Committee 1959-1960 request_box
29 5 Baron, Salo 1953-1955 request_box
29 6 Civil War Centennial Jewish Historical Commission 1959-1962 request_box
29 7 Clippings about AJHS 1941-1968 request_box
29 8 Cohen, Henry 1943, 1961 request_box
29 9 Coleman, Edward D. 1939, 1959 request_box
29 10 Crank Letters 1964 request_box
29 11 Executive Council 1949-1964 request_box
29 12 Exhibit Committee 1954 request_box
29 13 Exhibit Texts undated request_box
29 14 Finances 1944-1967 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
30 1 Freund, Miriam 1959-1968 request_box
30 2 Friedman, Lee M. 1940-1946 request_box
30 3 Friedman, Lee M. 1947-1948 request_box
30 4 Friedman, Lee M. 1948 request_box
30 5 Friedman, Lee M. 1949-1958 request_box
30 6 General Correspondence -- A 1945, 1964-1969 request_box
30 7 General Correspondence -- B 1957-1970 request_box
30 8 General Correspondence -- C 1965-1969 request_box
30 9 General Correspondence -- D 1967-1969 request_box
30 10 General Correspondence -- E 1965-1968 request_box
30 11 General Correspondence -- F 1950-1969 request_box
30 12 General Correspondence -- G 1961-1968 request_box
30 13 General Correspondence -- H 1948-1968 request_box
30 14 General Correspondence -- I 1968 request_box
30 15 General Correspondence -- J 1944, 1964-1969 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31 1 General Correspondence -- K 1962-1968 request_box
31 2 General Correspondence -- L 1965-1968 request_box
31 3 General Correspondence -- M 1965-1968 request_box
31 4 General Correspondence -- N 1965-1968 request_box
31 5 General Correspondence -- O-P 1967-1968 request_box
31 6 General Correspondence -- R 1966-1968 request_box
31 7 General Correspondence -- S 1947-1970 request_box
31 8 General Correspondence -- T 1955, 1965-1968 request_box
31 9 General Correspondence -- U 1963-1969 request_box
31 10 General Correspondence -- V 1965-1968 request_box
31 11 General Correspondence -- W 1948, 1960-1968 request_box
31 12 General Correspondence -- Y-Z 1968 request_box
31 13 Goodman, Abram Vossen 1968-1970 request_box
31 14 Historians' Circle 1964-1966 request_box
31 15 The History of America in Documents: Original Autograph Letters, Manuscripts and Source Materials (2 vol.) 1949 request_box
31 16 Insurance Appraisal of Collections 1965 request_box
31 17 Job Analysis of Librarian-Editor and Executive Director 1959 request_box
31 18 Kaganoff, Nathan 1967-1986 request_box
31 19 Kanof, Abram 1945, 1959-1968 request_box
31 20 Kohut Collection undated request_box
31 21 Korn, Bertram 1950-1973 request_box
31 22 Kozol, Frank 1965-1968 request_box
31 23 Landing Day Commemoration 1965-1968 request_box
31 24 Lee M. Friedman Award 1960 request_box
31 25 Leff, Jacob 1966-1967 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
32 1 Library -- Book and Document Purchases 1940-1962 request_box
32 2 Library -- General 1940-1969 request_box
32 3 Library -- Gifts 1941-[1942] request_box
32 4 Library -- Itkin, Stanley 1961 request_box
32 5 Library -- Reports for the New York State Education Department 1934-1947 request_box
32 6 Lindey, Fanny 1949-1951, 1964 request_box
32 7 Marcus, Jacob R. 1940-1947 request_box
32 8 Marcus, Jacob R. 1948, 1959-1986 request_box
32 9 Membership Committee 1955-1960 request_box
32 10 Memorandum on the Preservation of Jewish War Records [1942] request_box
32 11 Move to Massachusetts -- Member Votes 1963-1964 request_box
32 12 National Jewish Welfare Board -- Museum Advisory Committee 1946-1947 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
33 1 Neuman, Abraham 1955-1962 request_box
33 2 Obermayer, Leon 1965-1978 request_box
33 3 Phillips, N. Taylor 1955 request_box
33 4 Portraits -- Donation and Purchase 1965-1967 request_box
33 5 Printed Materials -- Annual Meeting Flyers 1893, 1926, 1937-1978 request_box
33 6 Printed Materials -- Booklets and Pamphlets about AJHS 1892, 1937-1971 request_box
33 7 Printed Materials -- Conference and Dinner Brochures 1954-1992 request_box
33 8 Printed Materials -- Educational Brochures and Newsletters 1948-1980 request_box
33 9 Printed Materials -- Exhibit Brochures 1953-1980 request_box
33 10 "Report on a Brief Visit to Seven Libraries Abroad" 1967-1968 request_box
33 11 Research Requests 1941-1947 request_box
33 12 Research Requests 1962-1966 request_box
33 13 Research Requests 1965-1966 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
34 1 Retirement 1968-1969 request_box
34 2 "The Role of the Rabbinate in the Preservation of the Records of American Jewish History" [1940] request_box
34 3 Rosenbach, A.S.W. 1939-1947 request_box
34 4 Sheftall Papers Inventory -- Notes 1939-[1942] request_box
34 5 Sheftall Papers Inventory -- Notes [1940-1942] request_box
34 6 Sheftall Papers Inventory -- Notes on Claims [1940-1942] request_box
34 7 Sheftall Papers Inventory -- Outlines and Drafts [1940]-1942 request_box
34 8 "Some Thoughts on My Bidding Farewell to AJHS" 1968 request_box
34 9 Stationery [1939-1970s] request_box
34 10 Subject Headings undated request_box
34 11 Tercentenary of the Settlement of the Jews in the United States 1953-1954 request_box
34 12 Touro Synagogue Exhibit 1946-1947 request_box
34 13 Wax, Bernard 1963-1983 request_box

Subseries 2: Editorial Work, 1939-1973

In English, with a few items in Yiddish, Spanish and Dutch.
Boxes 34-37. 1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by publication title and last name of author or associate.

Scope and Content:

This subseries was generated during Meyer’s editorship of AJHS’s publications, primarily the American Jewish History Quarterly in the 1960s. Materials from the period of the 1960s include accepted and rejected manuscripts (many of which are the transcripts of talks delivered at AJHS annual meetings) authored by the individual named on the folder title and correspondence with peer reviewers and contributors. There is a gap in documentation during the 1950s, but prior to that Meyer's editorial work on the Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society in the 1940s is documented in correspondence with Maurice Jacobs at the Jewish Publication Society of America.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
34 14 Altman, Hal 1965 request_box
34 15 The American Jew in the Civil War: Catalog of the Exhibit of the Civil War Centennial Jewish Historical Commission ed. Isidore Meyer [lecture copy of book] 1962-1965 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
35 1 Bein, Alex 1964-1967 request_box
35 2 Bennett, Emanuel 1961 request_box
35 3 Brav, Stanley 1962 request_box
35 4 Chiel, Arthur [1960]-1968 request_box
35 5 Chudson, Lee Francis Waller 1964 request_box
35 6 Chyet, Stanley 1964-1968 request_box
35 7 Cohen, Stanley 1960 request_box
35 8 Corré, Alan 1962-1967 request_box
35 9 Dentz, Frederick Oudschans 1955-1959 request_box
35 10 Dubow, Sylvan 1967-1968 request_box
35 11 Fein, Isaac 1963-1969 request_box
35 12 Fliegel, Hyman 1967-1968 request_box
35 13 Gartner, Lloyd 1967-1968 request_box
35 14 Glanz, Rudolph undated request_box
35 15 Goldman, Israel 1967 request_box
35 16 Gutstein, Morris 1955-1958 request_box
35 17 Haskett, William 1965 request_box
35 18 Hershkowitz, Leo 1964-1968 request_box
35 19 Hosmer, Charles 1962-1963 request_box
35 20 Jacobs, Maurice 1940-1946 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
36 1 Jacobs, Maurice 1947-1950 request_box
36 2 Jacobs, Maurice 1960-1973 request_box
36 3 Jones, George Fenwick 1964 request_box
36 4 Kahn, Edgar 1961-1969 request_box
36 5 Karp, Abraham 1964-1969 request_box
36 6 Kohn, S. Joshua 1964 request_box
36 7 Lebeau, James 1968-1969 request_box
36 8 The Lee Max Friedman Collection of American Jewish Colonial Correspondence: Letters of the Franks Family, 1733-1748 -- Galley Proofs and Copies of Original Portraits 1960-1968 request_box
36 9 The Lee Max Friedman Collection of American Jewish Colonial Correspondence: Letters of the Franks Family, 1733-1748 -- Research, Correspondence and Reviews 1951, 1964-1970 request_box
36 10 Lichtenthal, Jack 1960 request_box
36 11 Liebman, Seymour B. 1962-1971 request_box
36 12 Makovsky, Donald 1960-1961 request_box
36 13 Meth, Jason 1950-1952 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
37 1 Meyers, Lawrence 1966 request_box
37 2 Proceedings of AJHS-American Historical Association Meeting 1968 request_box
37 3 Publications Committee 1962-1967 request_box
37 4 Publications Committee 1965-1968 request_box
37 5 Publications Committee -- Publication Bids for American Jewish History Quarterly 1964 request_box
37 6 Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society 1939-1947 request_box
37 7 Rudolph, Bernard G. 1968 request_box
37 8 Saurin, J. Arnold 1963-1964 request_box
37 9 Shapiro, Yonathan 1965-1966 request_box
37 10 Supple, Barry 1957 request_box
37 11 Tillett, Paul [1962] request_box
37 12 Tobias, Thomas 1964 request_box
37 13 Turner, Justin 1954-1969 request_box
37 14 Wills of Early New York Jews -- Reviews and Correspondence 1966-1969 request_box
37 15 Wiznitzer, Arnold 1957-1968 request_box
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Series VI: Rabbinical Career, 1921-1992

In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Boxes 37-40. 1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series reflects Meyer’s rabbinical activities, primarily while serving the congregation at the Jewish Center of Bay Shore, Long Island (1937-1943) and to a lesser extent at the Congregation Sons of Israel in Palisades Park, New Jersey (1944-1948). The Bay Shore files, particularly rich, are comprised of correspondence from fellow clergy and Meyer’s congregation members, including many on active military duty during World War II, as well as newsletters, service bulletins, reports on activities, bills, religious school enrollment books, documentation on war relief efforts to which the congregation contributed, member lists, and clippings. “Sermons and Notes” contains Meyer’s typewritten and handwritten drafts and notes for sermons and invocations that he delivered to his own congregations and in other settings. The collection arrived with much of Meyer’s miscellaneous research notes and sermon notes mixed together, making it at times difficult to discern which was which. The series also documents Meyer’s struggle to be placed with a congregation in the 1930s (Box 39, Folder 5). Jewish Theological Seminary files can be found in Series II.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
37 16 Congregation Sons of Israel (Palisades Park, New Jersey) 1944-1973 request_box
37 17 General Correspondence 1934-1979 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
38 1 Jewish Center of Bay Shore (Bay Shore, Long Island) 1921, 1937-1941 request_box
38 2 Jewish Center of Bay Shore (Bay Shore, Long Island) 1938-1941 request_box
38 3 Jewish Center of Bay Shore (Bay Shore, Long Island) 1938-1946 request_box
38 4 Jewish Center of Bay Shore (Bay Shore, Long Island) 1939-1945 request_box
38 5 Jewish Center of Bay Shore (Bay Shore, Long Island) 1941-1943 request_box
38 6 Jewish Centre of West Kingsbridge (Bronx, New York) 1935 request_box
38 7 Marriages 1940-1949, 1967-1970 request_box
38 8 Miscellaneous (1 of 3) 1926-1992 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
39 1 Miscellaneous (2 of 3) 1926-1992 request_box
39 2 Miscellaneous (3 of 3) 1926-1992 request_box
39 3 New York Board of Rabbis 1946-1992 request_box
39 4 Rabbinical Assembly 1933-1988 request_box
39 5 Search for Rabbinical Placements 1932-1943 request_box
39 6 Sermonic Material -- Newspaper Clippings 1939 request_box
39 7 Sermons and Notes (1 of 3) undated, 1940-1971 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
40 1 Sermons and Notes (2 of 3) undated, 1940-1971 request_box
40 2 Sermons and Notes (3 of 3) undated, 1940-1971 request_box
40 3 Temple Israel (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) 1937-1940, 1952 request_box
40 4 United Synagogue of America 1933-1963 request_box
40 5 United Synagogue of America -- Committee on Textbook Publications 1945-1955 request_box
40 6 United Synagogue of America -- New Jersey Region -- Bergen County Section 1945-1949 request_box
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Series VII: Teaching Career, 1930-1981

In English, with a few items in German, Yiddish and Hebrew.
Boxes 40-41. 0.75 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series documents Meyer’s brief periods of employ as a teacher of Jewish history in the 1930s at Brooklyn College, the School of the Jewish Woman, and the Brooklyn Jewish Center’s Institute of Jewish Studies for Adults; in the 1950s at Yeshiva University; and in the 1970s at Queens College. Contents include correspondence, letters of recommendation from his mentors, course syllabi, student work, notes, and publications put out by the institutions at which he taught. There is also substantial material generated in the 1960s and 1970s during his role as consultant and occasional lecturer for the In-Service Course for New York City public secondary school teachers, sponsored by the Jewish Teachers Association and AJHS. The In-Service Course folders include reports, critiques, announcements, course-specific bibliographies, teaching materials for Meyer’s own lectures, and correspondence with prominent Jewish leaders and scholars who lectured in the In-Service Course.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
40 7 Board of Education of the City of New York -- Teaching License Applications 1930-1936 request_box
40 8 Brooklyn College 1934-1937 request_box
40 9 Brooklyn Jewish Center -- Institute of Jewish Studies for Adults 1933-1937, 1946, 1968 request_box
40 10 In-Service Course -- Announcements and Bibliographies 1963-1969 request_box
40 11 In-Service Course -- Correspondence 1968-1971 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41 1 In-Service Course -- Correspondence, Reports and Notes 1965-1978 request_box
41 2 In-Service Course -- Teaching Materials 1946-[1979] request_box
41 3 Jewish Teachers Seminary 1935 request_box
41 4 Notes and Outlines for American and General Jewish History Classes [1934]-1972 request_box
41 5 Queens College 1937, 1971-1972 request_box
41 6 School of the Jewish Woman 1934-1935 request_box
41 7 School of the Jewish Woman -- History of the Jews in Germany Class Materials [1934-1935] request_box
41 8 Search for Employment 1931-1937 request_box
41 9 United Federation of Teachers -- Jewish Lesson Plans Committee 1951-1971 request_box
41 10 Women's Institute of Jewish Studies 1940 request_box
41 11 Yeshiva University 1958-1981 request_box
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Series VIII: Photographs and Slides, [1922-1973]

In English.
Box 42. 0.25 linear feet. AJHS Photography Collection.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of photographs, slides and a few negatives of Isidore Meyer, his family, his associates and travel destinations from the early 1920s through the early 1970s. The earliest photograph may be a group portrait of Meyer’s Talmudical Academy class in 1922. There are photographs of Meyer in the AJHS office in the 1940s and 1950s, at the Maryland Hall of Records with others (Ernst Posner may be among them) presumably during the Fourth Intensive Training Program in the Preservation and Administration of Archives in 1948, at a Jewish wedding in the 1940s, and visiting the Sheftall family graves in Georgia in 1965. There are many portraits of Meyer. Other individuals in the photographs include Hannah Meyer, Jonathan Meyer, Anita Libman Lebeson, Solomon Gaon, Saul Viener, Louis Rabinowitz, Moshe Davis, Maximilian Hurwitz, and various family members. Also of interest may be negatives from his time in Berlin in 1929-1930 with the Mittwoch family and slides of trips to Israel and Jewish synagogues and cemeteries of the Caribbean in 1967-1970. There are a number of photos of ceremonies in Jewish cemeteries in the 1960s. Some of the photos in this series were used in AJHS publications.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
42 1 Barbados, Curaçao, St. Thomas and Martinique (slides) 1970 request_box
42 2 Family (slides) 1967-1970 request_box
42 3 Israel (slides) 1967 request_box
42 4 Miscellaneous (photographs, negatives) [1922-1939] request_box
42 5 Miscellaneous (photographs, negatives) [1940-1973] request_box
42 6 Sheftall Family Graves, Savannah, Georgia (photographs, slides, negatives) 1965 request_box
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