Guide to the Papers of Arthur Green (1941- ), undated, 1965, 1978-2003
 
*P-963

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Green, Arthur, 1941-
Title: Arthur Green (1941-) Papers
Dates:undated, 1965, 1978-2003
Abstract: Professor Arthur Green is a Reconstructionist rabbi, author, and teacher. He is the former president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) and currently is dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, articles, and manuscripts. Some student work and correspondence is included but is currently restricted.
Languages: The collection is in English, French, Hebrew.
Quantity: 2 linear feet (2 Bankers Boxes)
Identification: P-963
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note1

Professor Arthur Green is an authority on Jewish spirituality and mysticism. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1968 and cofounded the Havurat Shalom movement in the same year. Green earned his doctorate at Brandeis University in 1975 and taught at the University of Pennsylvania for eleven years until he became the Dean of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). A few years later, he became president of the RRC. His primary focus has been in study, work, and teaching students, and as a result, he resigned from the presidency and was appointed Philip D. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University in 1993. He is currently Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School and Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

Chronology

1968 Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
1968 Cofounds Havurat Shalom.
1974 Becomes Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
1975 Earns Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
1978 Receives Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
1980 Appointed Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
1984 Appointed Dean of Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
1986 Appointed President of Reconstuctionist Rabbinical College.
1993 Appointed Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis University.
2003 Appointed Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School
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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection contains correspondence between Arthur Green and friends, publishers, students, and employers. It also contains articles and manuscripts written by Arthur Green as well as publishing agreements and book reviews. Class notes, materials, and work done by students are also included. All information pertaining to students is restricted for 75 years from the date of the latest materials in the collection.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The majority of 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. In Series I material concerning salary in career academic opportunities is restricted as are all folders on the Essays in the History of Jewish Spirituality. Series II, Student Files, is fully restricted. Material in Series VI with information pertaining to students is restricted

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

Hebrew College, I-451

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Arthur Green (1941-) Papers; P-963; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Professor Arthur Green, 2005.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

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

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Series I: Correspondence, undated, 1979-2002

Box 1, Folders 1-29.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Arthur Green’s personal correspondence from 1979-2002 as well as correspondence related to Professor Green’s career academic opportunities and various projects that he was associated with. The Essays in the History of Jewish Spirituality project was a two volume collection of essays that presented a history of Judaism from the standpoint of Jewish Spirituality. Material concerning salary in the career academic opportunities and the material in the Essays in the History of Jewish Spirituality folders is restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Career Academic Opportunities (contains RESTRICTED material) 1986-2000 request_box
1 2 Essays in the History of Jewish Spirituality (A-L) (contains RESTRICTED material) 1981-1984 request_box
1 3 Essays in the History of Jewish Spirituality (L-Z) (contains RESTRICTED material) 1981-1984 request_box
1 4 Jewish Review of Books 1996 request_box
1 5 Seek My Face, Speak My Name Reviews and Responses 1992 request_box
1 6 General Correspondence (A) 1984-1998 request_box
1 7-8 General Correspondence (B) 1988-2002 request_box
1 9-10 General Correspondence (C) 1979-2000 request_box
1 11 General Correspondence (D) 1991-1997 request_box
1 12 General Correspondence (E) 1988-1997 request_box
1 13 General Correspondence (F) 1986-1999 request_box
1 14 General Correspondence (G) 1989-1997 request_box
1 15 General Correspondence (H) 1985-2000 request_box
1 16 General Correspondence (I) 1984-1996 request_box
1 17 General Correspondence (J) 1985-2000 request_box
1 18 General Correspondence (K) 1985-2002 request_box
1 19 General Correspondence (L) 1986-2002 request_box
1 20 General Correspondence (M) 1986-1999 request_box
1 21 General Correspondence (N) 1993-1997 request_box
1 22 General Correspondence (O) 1994 request_box
1 23 General Correspondence (P) 1993-1997 request_box
1 24 General Correspondence (R) 1990-2001 request_box
1 25 General Correspondence (S) 1984-2000 request_box
1 26 General Correspondence (T) 1990-1998 request_box
1 27 General Correspondence (V) 1993-1996 request_box
1 28 General Correspondence (W) 1989-1997 request_box
1 29 General Correspondence (X, Y, Z) 1990-1997 request_box
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Series II: Student Files, undated, 1985-1991, 1994-2003

Box 2, Folders 1-20.
Arrangement:

Arranged by university.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of correspondence between Arthur Green and his students, doctoral and graduate exams, dissertations, and reference letters. This series is restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1-14 Brandeis University/Student Files (RESTRICTED) 1994-2002 request_box
2 15 Gabriel Kogan/Student Files (RESTRICTED) 1996 request_box
2 16 Peleg/Student Files (RESTRICTED) undated request_box
2 17 Hebrew College/Student Files (RESTRICTED) 2003 request_box
2 18 Jewish Theological Seminary/Student Files (RESTRICTED) undated request_box
2 19-20 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Student Files (RESTRICTED) 1985-1991 request_box
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Series III: Publishing Agreements, 1982, 1987-2002

Box 2, Folders 21-26.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Arthur Green’s publishing agreements as well as correspondence related to those agreements.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 21 Crossroad Books 1982 request_box
2 22 Éditions Balland 1991-1992 request_box
2 23 Jason Aronson Inc. 1990-1992 request_box
2 24 Jason Aronson Inc. 1993 request_box
2 25 Jewish Lights Publishing 1991-2002 request_box
2 26 Schocken Books Inc. 1987-1995 request_box
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Series IV: Writings, undated, 1965, 1979-1985, 1989

Box 2, Folders 27-31.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of various writings by Arthur Green. The series contains a paper written by Arthur Green while he was at the Jewish Theological Seminary, a proposal for a Jewish Spirituality Center at Brandeis University, a manuscript for one of Professor Green’s books, an essay in response to the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and writings associated with the Havurat movement. His JTS paper formed the basis of a lifetime interest in Mehr ben Ezekiel Ibn Gabbai, a kabbalist who lived in the 16th century. The “Beirut, Israel, and the Jewish People” essay, the Seek My Face, Speak My Name manuscript, and the Jewish Spirituality Center at Brandeis University Proposal were never published. The Jewish Spirituality Center Proposal has its roots in the Havurat Shalom movement. In his writing, Professor Green repeatedly came back to the idea of creating a place where one could “live a Judaism that was spiritually intense [and] morally powerful” outside of Orthodoxy that was “accessible to the contemporary seeker.”

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 27 Jewish Theological Seminary Paper 1965 request_box
2 28 Jewish Spirituality Center Proposal undated request_box
2 29 Beirut, Israel, and the Jewish People 1982 request_box
2 30 Havurat Movement Statement and Related Projects 1979-1985 request_box
2 31 Seek My Face, Speak My NameManuscript 1989 request_box
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Series V: Awards, 1978

Box 2, Folder 32.
Scope and Content:

This series consists of a teaching award Arthur Green received in 1978 from The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and a note congratulating Professor Green on receiving the award. The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching was established in 1961, and is granted annually to eight professors at the University of Pennsylvania, specifically, as well as other colleges and universities in the Greater Delaware Valley area.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 32 Lindback Award 1978 request_box
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Series VI: Notebooks, undated, 1980, 1989, 1996, 1999-2001

Box 2, Folders 33-38.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of notebooks used by Professor Arthur Green while he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and Brandeis University. The notebooks contain lecture notes, syllabi, class handouts, and class lists. Material with information pertaining to students is restricted.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 33 Introduction to Jewish Mysticism 1999-2001 request_box
2 34 Jewish Mysticism 1989 request_box
2 35 Midrash and the Religious Imagination 1996 request_box
2 36 Religious Thought 226 undated request_box
2 37 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College Lecture Notes undated request_box
2 38 University of Pennsylvania Lecture Notes 1980 request_box
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