Guide to the Papers of Alexander Altmann
(1906-1987) 1935-1981

AR 796 / MF 777

Processed by Sven Bossmann

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Center for Jewish History

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Altmann, Alexander
Title: Alexander Altmann Collection
Dates:1935-1981
Abstract: The bulk of this collection consists of materials docmenting the research of Alexander Altmann on German and German-Jewish history, particularly the philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn.
Languages: The collection is in German, English, French, Hebrew, and Latin.
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Identification: AR 796
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Alexander Altmann was born in Kaschau (Košice), Slovakia on April 16, 1906. He received a degree in philosophy from the University of Berlin, where he also taught, and he served as a rabbi in Berlin from 1931-1938.

In 1938 he left Nazi-Germany and immigrated to England, where he served as a rabbi in Manchester. Here he founded the Institute of Jewish Studies.

In 1959 he resigned as chairman of this institute for a position at Brandeis University at Waltham, Massachusetts. From 1976 to 1978 he was also a visiting professor at both Harvard University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was an Associate at the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies until his death on June 6, 1987.

The main topic of his academic research was Jewish philosophy and mysticism, with a focus on Moses Mendelssohn.

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Scope and Content Note

The main content of this collection consists of material documenting the research of Alexander Altmann on German and German-Jewish history, particularly the philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn.

The bulk of the collection is found in Series III: Notes and research material. This material consists of notes and photocopied sections of books and manuscripts by Mendelssohn and others with notes written on them by Altmann. The topic of the research material in Series III, Subseries 1 is Moses Mendelssohn. Series III, Subseries 2 covers a variety of historical, philosophical, and religious subjects, largely focused on Germany in the era of Mendelssohn. The correspondence in the collection (Series I) is mostly letters to archives, libraries and scholars written by Altmann during his research, and concern the finding of source materials. A few manuscripts and essays in the collection (Series II) are authored by Altmann. They deal with Jewish theology and Moses Mendelssohn.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the “Request” button`

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Separated Material

Books have been removed to the LBI library.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on two reels of microfilm:

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Alexander Altmann Collection; AR 796/MF 777; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

 

Series I: Personal, 1957-1981

This series is in German and English.
3 folders
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I contains academic correspondence of Alexander Altmann. Also included here is Festschrift for his 75th birthday.

Subseries 1: Academic Correspondence, 1957-1980

This subseries is in German and English.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 1 includes correspondence with organizations and individuals.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11A-H1965-1980
12I-Z1957-1980

Subseries 2: General, 1981

This subseries is in German and English.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 includes Festschrift for Altmann's 75th birthday.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13Festschrift: The 75th birthday of Alexander Altmann1981
  

by Bamberger, Fritz

 
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Seies II: Manuscripts, 1959-1973

This series is in German and English.
5 folders
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Personal writings of Alexander Altmann are collected in this series. It contains essays, a lecture and other manuscripts written by him. The topics of this works are treating Jewish theology and philosophy especially at the Age of the Enlightenment and in particular the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.

BoxFolderTitleDate
14Sachverwalter meiner Glaubensbruederundated
15Ueber die Frage: Was heisst aufklaeren?undated
16Three phases of modern Jewish scholarship1959
17Leo Baeck and the Jewish mystical tradition1973
  

includes photocopies and notes

 
18Moses Mendelssohns Leben und Werk1969
  

incomplete

 
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Series III: Notes and Research Material,  1935-1979

20 folders
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III includes notes and photocopies with notes by Altmann. Topics include history and the work of Moses Mendelssohn as well as theology, philosophy and law in the Age of the Enlightenment.

Subseries 1: Mendelssohn, 1935-1942, 1967-1978

Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries I contains notes and research materials pertaining to Moses Mendelssohn. It also includes Mendelssohn's family tree and other documents regarding Mendelssohn's family.

BoxFolderTitleDate
19Extracts from books of the 18th century1970s
110Extracts from books of the 19th and 20th century 1978
111Funeral speeches for Franz von Mendelssohn 1935
112Notes regarding letters and writings of Moses Mendelssohn 1970s
113Two family trees of Mendelssohn, Moses 1942, 1967

Subseries 2: Other Topics, 1960s-1979

Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Subseries 2 includes notes and other research materials pertaining to such topics as philosophy and theology of the 18th century.

BoxFolderTitleDate
114Du Hazard sous L`Empire dela providenceundated
115Generalundated
116Notebookundated
117Notebookundated
118Notepads1971
119Jurisprudenceundated
120Legal situation of the Jew in the 18th centuryundated
121Leibnizundated
122Letters of the 18th centuryundated
123Natural justice, canon law and tolerance 1978-1979
124Philosophyundated
125Prussian Academy of Sciencesundated
126Religious toleranceundated
127Theologyundated
128Voltaireundated
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