Guide to the Papers Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998), Undated, 1943-1964
 
*P-112

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zigmond, Maurice L., 1904-1998
Title: Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998), Papers
Dates:undated, 1943-1964
Abstract: Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond, or “Ziggy” as he was known to friends and colleagues, was born in Denver, Colorado on March 5, 1904. Rabbi Zigmond taught Anthropology at Yale from 1948-1961, but he began his career as a counselor for Jewish college students in 1935, and was a staunch advocate of Hillel establishing and directing several Hillels throughout his professional career. In 1941, he established the Hillel Foundations at both Yale and the University of Connecticut, and from 1955-1956 he served as the Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1947-1968 he was the Hillel Director at Harvard and Radcliffe, and in 1950-1969, he was the New England Regional Director of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations. This collection contains correspondence, program and financial reports, and information pertaining to the activities of a variety of organizations and Hillel foundations. The bulk of the material reflects Rabbi Zigmond’s tenure as the Hillel Director at Harvard and Radcliffe (1947-1969) and the New England Regional Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations (1950-1969).
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (13 Manuscript boxes and 2 OS Folders)
Identification: P-112
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Biographical Note 1

Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998)

Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond, or “Ziggy” as he was known to friends and colleagues, was born in Denver, Colorado on March 5, 1904. His parents, Joseph and Esther Zigmond, were Hungarian immigrants. In addition to Maurice, they had a daughter, Helen, and another son, Isador Jerome.

Rabbi Zigmond graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1925 and went on to study at Hebrew Union College, where he was ordained as a Rabbi in 1929. In 1941, he earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University, and later received an honorary D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) from Hebrew Union College. In addition, he was a member of both Phi Beta Kappa (an honorary scholastic society) and Sigma Xi (an honorary scientific society), and was a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association.

Although Rabbi Zigmond taught Anthropology at Yale from 1948-1961, he began his career as a counselor for Jewish college students in 1935, eventually establishing and directing several Hillels throughout his professional career. In 1941, he created the Hillel Foundations at both Yale and the University of Connecticut. From 1947-1968 he was the Hillel Director at Harvard and Radcliffe, and from 1950-1969, he was the New England Regional Director of B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations. In 1955, for one year, he served as the Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Zigmond was also a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and its Editorial Board; the Book Committee of the General Theological Library in Boston, Massachusetts; the Civic Unity Committee of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the Regional Board of the World University Service.

In 1940 he married Kate (Levy); they had two sons. Rabbi Zigmond died at the age of 94 on June 12, 1998 in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Chronology

March 5, 1904 Born in Denver, Colorado.
1925 Received B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati.
1929 Ordained as a Rabbi from Hebrew Union College.
1935 Began counseling career with Jewish college students.
1940 Married Kate Levy.
1941 Received Ph.D. from Yale University.
Established Hillel Foundations at Yale and the University of Connecticut.
1947-1968 Director of the New England Hillel, Harvard and Radcliffe.
1948-1961 Lecturer in Anthropology, Yale University.
1950-1969 New England Regional Director, B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations.
1955-1956 Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
1957 Received Honorary D.D. (Doctor of Divinity) from Hebrew Union College.
June 12, 1998 Died at home in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, program and financial reports, and information pertaining to the activities of a variety of organizations and Hillel foundations. The bulk of the material reflects Rabbi Zigmond’s tenure as the Hillel Director at Harvard and Radcliffe (1947-1969) and the New England Regional Director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations (1950-1969).

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series as follows:

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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

Records of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, I-454

Records of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220

Records of Boston University Hillel, unprocessed

Records of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston, Account Books, I-120

Records of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Boston, Archival Materials, I-496

Records of Hebrew College, I-451

Records of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council, I-123

Records of the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis and Addendum, I-56, I-56A

Papers of Philip Lown, P-162

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Rabbi Maurice L. Zigmond (1904-1998), Papers; P-112; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Accession information unknown.

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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: Biographical Notes, undated

English.
Box 1, Folder 1.
Scope and Content:

This series contains one folder with Rabbi Zigmond’s resume.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11Biographical Notesundatedrequest_box
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Series II: Organizational Activities, undated, 1945-1964

English.
Boxes 1-5.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by organization.

Scope and Content:

This series contains memos and directives from the National Hillel office, and publicity materials of activities at the Harvard-Radcliffe Hillel, New England Regional Hillel, and other Hillel foundations in the United States. Colleges and universities represented include Simmons, Yale, MIT, Lesley, Princeton, Mount Holyoke, Bates, Bowdoin, Smith and Brown, among others. In addition, there are materials pertaining to a variety of Jewish organizations, including the Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston, Combined Jewish Appeal, American Zionist Council, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 2 American Council for Judaism 1958 request_box
1 3 American-Israel Cultural Foundation 1962 request_box
1 4 American Zionist Council 1948, 1957 request_box
1 5 Anna Rosenbaum Trust Fund 1954 request_box
1 6 Associated Synagogues of Greater Boston 1957-1964 request_box
1 7-8 B’nai B’rith 1946-1964 request_box
1 9 B’nai B’rith Hillel 1945-1962 request_box
1 10 Boston University 1946-1963 request_box
1 11 Brandeis University 1949-1961 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Brooklyn College 1951 request_box
2 2 Brown University 1959-1961 request_box
2 3 Central Conference of American Rabbis 1951-1964 request_box
2 4 Combined Jewish Appeal 1954-1959 request_box
2 5 Connecticut College for Women 1964 request_box
2 6 Eastern New England Conference of Liberal Rabbis 1953-1954 request_box
2 7 Friends of Harvard Hillel (Meyer Dana) 1948-1958 request_box
2 8 Greater Boston Hillels 1952-1957 request_box
2 9 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley Colleges 1946-1964 request_box
2 10 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley, MIT- Constitutions 1949 request_box
2 11 Harvard University 1950-1963 request_box
2 12 Harvard-Yale-Princeton Colloquium 1950-1961 request_box
2 13 Hebrew Teachers College of Boston 1953-1954 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1 Hebrew Union College 1946-1947 request_box
3 2 Hebrew University Hillel 1946-1957 request_box
3 3 Hillel Foundation of Cambridge 1955 request_box
3 4 Hobart and William Smith College 1954 request_box
3 5 Intercollegiate Zionist Federation of America 1947-1951 request_box
3 6 Jewish Community Council of Boston 1955-1957 request_box
3 7 Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1946, 1962 request_box
3 8 Jewish Theological Seminary 1953-1955 request_box
3 9 Lesley College 1946 request_box
3 10 Los Angeles Hillel Council 1948-1954 request_box
3 11 Lowell Theological Institute 1951-1954 request_box
3 12 Maine (includes Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, University of Maine, and State of Maine B’nai B’rith Council) 1953-1964 request_box
3 13 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1946-1964 request_box
3 14 Mount Holyoke College 1949-1959 request_box
3 15 National Association of Hillel Directors 1949-1964 request_box
3 16 National Federation of Temple Youth 1946-1959 request_box
3 17 National Friends of Hillel 1953-1954 request_box
3 18 National Hillel 1949-195, 1961 request_box
3 19 New England Hillel, undated 1945-1962 request_box
3 20 New England Student Zionist Organization 1956 request_box
3 21 New Hampshire (includes Dartmouth and University of New Hampshire) 1951-1964 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1 Northeastern University 1960-1964 request_box
4 2 Passover 1957-1960 request_box
4 3 Phillips Andover Academy 1957-1959 request_box
4 4 Phillips Exeter Academy 1953-1957 request_box
4 5 Press Releases 1946-1959 request_box
4 6 Princeton University 1950-1953 request_box
4 7 Publicity 1946-1963 request_box
4 8 Quinnipiac College 1957 request_box
4 9 Rabbinical Association of Boston 1955 request_box
4 10 Rhode Island 1953-1960 request_box
4 11 Simmons College 1944-1963 request_box
4 12 Smith, Amherst, University of Massachusetts at Amherst 1950-1964 request_box
4 13 Springfield College 1960-1961 request_box
4 14 Student Jewish Appeal 1946-1962 request_box
4 15 Synagogue Council of America 1950 request_box
4 16 Tufts University 1943-1960 request_box
4 17 United Ministry at Harvard undated request_box
4 18 University of Bridgeport 1953-1958 request_box
4 19 University of Connecticut 1951-1964 request_box
4 20 University of Massachusetts- Fort Devens 1948 request_box
4 21 University of Michigan 1959-1961 request_box
4 22 University of Pennsylvania 1946-1953 request_box
4 23 University of Rhode Island 1957-1962 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1 University of Wisconsin 1946-1948 request_box
5 2 Vermont 1953-1964 request_box
5 3 WHDH-TV Boston 1962 request_box
5 4 Wellesley College 1945-1961 request_box
5 5 Wesleyan University 1952-1953 request_box
5 6 Western Reserve University 1947 request_box
5 7 Wheaton College 1949-1951 request_box
5 8 Williams College 1951-1955 request_box
5 9 Worcester 1948-1962 request_box
5 10 World University Service 1951-1955 request_box
5 11 Yale University 1947-1964 request_box
5 12 Regional Activities 1960-1961 request_box
5 13 Zionist Organization of America 1953 request_box
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Series III: Correspondence, 1945-1964

English.
Boxes 5-6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Content:

This series contains correspondence between Rabbi Zigmond and others, including Mordecai Kaplan, Philip Lown, Judah Shapiro, and Abraham Sachar. The correspondence file for Robert Oppenheimer contains a letter from Oppenheimer to David Lieber, expressing regret at having to decline a speaking engagement at Princeton University.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 14 Bishop, Elsie 1951-1952 request_box
5 15 Essrig, Harry 1946 request_box
5 16 Feldstein, Charles 1947 request_box
5 17 Gold, Benzion 1959-1964 request_box
5 18 Goldin, Judah 1945-1946 request_box
5 19 Groner, Oscar 1961-1964 request_box
5 20 Helman, Rayfield 1949-1950 request_box
5 21 Heschel, Abraham 1956-1959 request_box
5 22 Hirschfield, Robert 1951 request_box
5 23 Isen, Maurice 1954 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1 Jospe, Alfred 1950-1961 request_box
6 2 Kadushin, Phineas 1954-1955 request_box
6 3 Kahn, Benjamin 1951-1964 request_box
6 4 Kaplan, Mordecai 1950-1954 request_box
6 5 Lelyveld, Arthur 1947-1955 request_box
6 6 Lieber, David 1955 request_box
6 7 Lowell, Benjamin 1949-1950 request_box
6 8 Lown, Philip 1955-1961 request_box
6 9 Manger, Hzik 1961 request_box
6 10 Neuman, Louis 1953 request_box
6 11 Oppenheimer, Robert 1955 request_box
6 12 Rubenstein, Richard 1956 request_box
6 13 Sachar, Abraham 1946 request_box
6 14 Schoen, Myron 1953-1955 request_box
6 15 Scholem, Gershon 1964 request_box
6 16 Shapiro, Judah 1945-1959 request_box
6 17 Silver, Abba Hillel 1953 request_box
6 18 Stampfer, Judah 1950 request_box
6 19 Miscellaneous 1946-1963 request_box
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Series IV: Hillel Financial and Program Reports, 1945-1964

English, Hebrew, Yiddish.
Boxes 7-13.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by organization.

Scope and Content:

Financial and program reports contain numerous documents relating to the budget and activities of a variety of Hillel foundations.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1-2 Brandeis University 1951-1962 request_box
7 3-4 Boston University, Emerson College, Boston State Teachers College 1951-1959 request_box
7 5-6 Brown University 1951-1959 request_box
7 7 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley 1946-1951 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1-2 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley 1946-1964 request_box
8 3 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley, MIT 1945-1952 request_box
8 4 Harvard, Radcliffe, Lesley, Wellesley 1952-1954 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 1 Hillel Foundation of Cambridge 1948 request_box
9 2-3 Maine 1951-1961 request_box
9 4 Metropolitan Boston 1943-1945 request_box
9 5 McMaster University 1961 request_box
9 6 MIT 1947-1962 request_box
9 7 Harvard University 1946-1964 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 1 New England Regional Office 1953-1964 request_box
10 2-3 Simmons College 1945-1954 request_box
10 4-5 Smith College 1951-1958 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 1 Smith College 1958-1962 request_box
11 2-4 Tufts University 1945-1954 request_box
11 5 University of Connecticut 1947-1955 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12 1 University of Connecticut 1951-1962 request_box
12 2 University of Massachusetts 1951-1962 request_box
12 3 University of New Hampshire 1951-1961 request_box
12 4 University of Rhode Island 1959-1961 request_box
12 5 University of Vermont 1954-1962 request_box
12 6 Wellesley College 1948-1957 request_box
12 7 Yale University 1951-1960 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
13 1-2 Yale University 1951-1963 request_box
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Series V: Oversized, undated, 1947

English.
Box 13 and OS Folders 1-3.
Scope and Content:

One folder contains a scrapbook of clippings relating to the activities of the Simmons-Tufts Hillel. In addition, there are two oversized folders in a shared personal collections oversized box containing scrapbooks of clippings featuring a variety of Hillel activities.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
OS 1-2 Scrapbook undated request_box
OS 3 Simmons-Tufts Hillel Scrapbook 1947 request_box
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