Guide to the Isaac Siegel Papers, 1897-1944

P-33

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Descriptive Summary

Creator:Siegel, Isaac, 1880-1947
Title:Isaac Siegel Papers
Dates:1897-1944
Abstract:Primarily correspondence of United States House of Representative of New York State, Congressman Isaac Siegal (1915-1923) with the United States War Department (1917-1919) and the Jewish Welfare Board (later The National Jewish Welfare Board) regarding personnel and especially Jewish personnel in the Armed Forces, including letters from John J. Pershing and Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt; also includes correspondence relating to immigration, among which are letters from Louis Marshall; and letters on the observance of Flag Day and Lincoln's Birthday. Also, a paper on "The Jews in China" in manuscript, and copies of published articles and a radio address.
Languages: The collection is in English and some Yiddish.
Quantity:1 manuscript box plus one oversized folder.
Quantity:.5 linear feet + one oversized folder.
Identification:P-33
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Isaac Siegel (1880-1947)

Congressman Isaac Siegel, National Photo Company, Library of Congress

Congressman Isaac Siegel (1880-1947) was born in New York City on April 12, 1880 and graduated from New York University School of Law. His legal career was at Siegel, Corn and Siegel. In 1907 he married Annie Natelson and they had three children. The Siegels were founders of the Orthodox Institutional Synagogue located at 11 West 116th Street.

Siegel, a Republican, was nominated to Congress after a contested battle with the incumbent candidate in 1915 and served until 1923. In 1917, he voted in favor of declaring war on Germany in World War I, bucking the Republican Party of the time. Siegel wrote legislation to provide twenty Jewish chaplains in the American Expeditionary Forces, who up to that time had few Jewish chaplains in service.

For more information on Siegel's life, see Siegel, Isaac, in Kurt F. Stone's The Congressional Minyan: The Jews of Capitol Hill, pages 466-468, published in 2000 by KTAV Publishing House, Inc. in association with the American Jewish Historical Society.

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Scope and Content Note

Primarily correspondence of United States House of Representative of New York State, Congressman Isaac Siegal (1915-1923) with the United States War Department (1917-1919) and the Jewish Welfare Board (later The National Jewish Welfare Board) regarding personnel and especially Jewish personnel in the Armed Forces, including letters from John J. Pershing and Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt; also includes correspondence relating to immigration, among which are letters from Louis Marshall; and letters on the observance of Flag Day and Lincoln's Birthday. Also, a paper on "The Jews in China" in manuscript, and copies of published articles and a radio address.

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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
E-mail: reference@ajhs.org

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Access Points

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Container List

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Correspondence, 1897-1944

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Jewish Matters 1916-1938request_box
1 2 Immigration 1916-1923request_box
1 3 Irving Lehman 1923-1931 request_box
1 4 S.P. Liberman 1917 request_box
1 5 Lincoln's Birthday, Flag Day 1917-1921 request_box
1 6 F.H. LaGuardia 1916-1943 request_box
1 7 John J. Pershing 1919 request_box
1 8 Louis Marshall re: Immigration and Literacy Test 1915-1927 request_box
1 9 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1917; 1931 request_box
1 10 J. Daniels 1916; 1920 request_box
1 11 A.S. Burleson 1916 request_box
1 12 Otto Rosalsky 1917-1931 request_box
1 13 Invitations undated, 1915-1924 request_box
1 14 War Department 1918-1919 request_box
1 15 Published Articles and Addresses undated, 1933 request_box
1 16 Jewish Welfare Board re: Jewish Servicemen 1917-1924 request_box
1 17 General Correspondence 1897-1944 request_box
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Ephemera, undated

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 18 Board of Elections P.R. Candidate Button: Isaac Siegel undated request_box
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Oversized Material, 1922-1939

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS2F 1 "Congressional Delegation of New York," Washington Herald Photogravure 1922 February 19 request_box
OS2F 1 "A Message from our President," Institutional Synagogue Newsletter 1939 September 13 request_box
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