Guide to the Papers of Rudolph Seiden (1900-1965)

AR 406

Processed by Nicole Kneisz

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Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in September 2010. Description is in English.
December 17, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Seiden, Rudolph, 1900-1965
Title: Rudolph Seiden Collection
Dates:bulk 1916-1939
Abstract: The Rudolph Seiden Collection describes the life and work of Rudolph Seiden, who was a chemist and a Zionist activist. Included in this collection is personal and editorial correspondence regarding Judaism, Zionism, anti-Semitism and the proposed Jewish resettlement in Alaska in the 1930s. Unpublished manuscripts collected by Rudolph Seiden for the Foreign Authors’ Syndicate can be found in this collection as well as autographs from Max Brod, Lujo Brentano, Franz Oppenheimer, Erich Muehsam, Arthur Schnitzler and Otto Warburg.
Languages: The collection is in German, English, and Italian.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet.
Identification: AR 406
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Rudolph Seiden was born on August 13, 1900 in Langenwang (Styria), Austria. He studied law at the University of Vienna for two years and graduated from the Technische Hochschule (Institute of Technology) in Vienna. In 1924 he married Juliette Niswizski and they had two sons. He was a chemist and a Zionist activist and was employed at the Neue Freie Presse from 1928 until 1931. Rudolf Seiden immigrated to the United States in 1935 and become a U.S. citizen in 1941. Rudolph Seiden was a freeance writer and a correspondent for leading American and European chemical journals. Since 1938 he was the Vice President for Production and Research at the Haver-Lockhart Laboratories in Kansas City (Missouri) and the director of Coru King Co., a subsidiary of Cutter Laboratories. Rudolph Seiden was a member of the American Chemical Society and other chemical institutes. Furthermore Rudolph Seiden was a Zionist activist and a member of the Blau-Weiss Oberführung in Austria as well as a contributor to Jewish papers, such as the Morgenzeitung, Die Stimme, Die Jüdische Rundschau and Palästina. Rudolph Seiden died on June 12, 1965 in Kansas City.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of the papers of Rudolph Seiden and it consists of correspondence, clippings, unpublished manuscripts, summaries and journals. Popular topics among the papers are anti-Semitism, Jewish poets and artists, the cultural value of Judaism, the proposed immigration of Jews to Alaska, the immigration to the United States and Zionism. Correspondence, clippings and manuscripts in reference to these topics can be found in Series I, II and IV. Series III pertains to the journal L'Industria Chimica from the year 1930 until 1934, which focuses on the industrial and commercial situation in several countries. Manuscripts written by Thomas Novack, Alfred Lichtwitz, Erwin Hamburger, Thomas Novak and L. Glesinger can be found in Series V. A significant part of the manuscript collection in Series V is written by Bert Born. His manuscripts comprise different genres like cowboy, detective, criminal and love stories. They are all typewritten.

Researcher should note that Rudolph Seiden’s name is sometimes spelled Rudolf in the papers of the collection, possibly because he changed the spelling after his immigration to America in 1935. This finding aid uses the spelling given on his curriculum vitae.

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The collection is arranged in five series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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

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Access Points

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Rudolph Seiden Collection; AR 406; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Catalogue cards and inventory lists can be found in each folder. The previous order of the folders has been slightly changed during processing in September 2010. In preparation of the EAD finding aid, the previous inventory was reviewed and analyzed to identify existing series. The series are now ordered topically and the materials in the series are ordered alphabetically. Photographs, which were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection at an earlier date, are not mentioned in the finding aid.

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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, 1916-1937

This series is in German.
0.25linear feet.


Scope and Content:

Rudolph Seiden was a chemist and Zionist activist. The bulk of Series I is comprised of personal and editorial correspondence by journalists and friends of Rudolph Seiden. The personal correspondence from several individuals like Nathan Birnbaum, Adolf Boehm, Martin Buber, Eugen Hoeflich, Friedrich Schreyvogel and Ferdinand Toennies can be found in Folder 1. This correspondence is in reference to Zionism, Judaism, literary works and articles written by Rudolph Seiden. Correspondence regarding "Pro Zion", racism and anti-Semitism is held in Folder 2 and is written by Auffenberg von Komarov, Franz Blei, Hiller Kurt, Hans Kohn, Alfred Nossig and others. Letters regarding Judaism can be found in Folder 3. They deal with several topics regarding Jewish culture, the cultural value of Judaism and the "Jewish question." The correspondence is hand- and typewritten and in alphabetical order. A list of the correspondents' names is available in each folder.

12"Pro Zion"1923-1925
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Series II: Judaism, 1840-1939

This series is in German and English.
0.50 linear feet.


Scope and Content:

Series II is composed of letters, clippings, manuscripts and summaries in reference to the U.S. immigration quota for Austria and Germany, the immigration and naturalization service and immigration to Alaska. Rudolph Seiden wrote an article about the possibility of taking care of some of the political refugees in Alaska which was published in 1938 in the Kansas City Journal-Post. Most of the correspondence in Series I discusses this article. The journal, called Nichtjuden über den Kulturwert des Judentums, written by Rudolph Seiden, can be found in Folder 4. This journal was defaced with Nazi slogans which were glued in the journal afterwards. These remarks were made by an unknown person. A postcard written by Max Brod concerning various essays about Jewish poets is held in Folder 4, together with letters from Otto Warburg and Robert Weil. Unpublished manuscripts in reference to Judaism, the fight against anti-Semitism and the cultural value of Judaism can be found in Folders 5 and 6. Autographs and manuscripts written by several people, for example Samuel Kraus, Ehrich Mühsam, Arthur Schnitzler, Max Winter, Ludwig Wihl and Carl Zuckmayer, can be found in Folders 7, 8, 9 and 10. Inventory lists of the letters, autographs and manuscripts are included in each folder.

14Alaska and Zionism1919-1939
15Anti-Semitism and cultural value of Judaism1918-1923
16Judaism pro and con1918-1938
17Autographs about Jews1918-1925
18Autographs and Manuscripts1917-1924
19Autographs not to Seiden1840-1925
110Autographs and manuscripts about Judaism1907-1926
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Series III: Journal L'Industria Chimica, 1930-1934

This series is in Italian.
0.25 linear feet.

Original Order.

Scope and Content:

Series III merely contains the journal L'Industria Chimica from the years 1930 until 1934. This journal documents the industrial and commercial situation from several countries, for example Austria, Poland, Yugoslavia, Italy, Russia and Hungary.

111L'Industria Chimica1930-1934
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Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1919-1926

This series is in German, French, Serbian and Hebrew.
0.25 linear feet.


Scope and Content:

This series consists of three scrapbooks arranged by Rudolf Seiden from 1919 until 1926. The scrapbooks comprise articles written by Rudolf Seiden concerning the chemical industry, anti-Semitism, Judaism, Zionism, the ceramic industry of Palestine and the League of Nations, which can be found in Folders 1 and 2. Folder 3 includes reviews and discussions regarding culture, Judaism, literature, Zionism and the brochure Nichtjuden über den Kulturwert des Judentums, which is written by Rudolph Seiden and is held in Series I.

21Articles I1920-1926
22Articles II1919-1926
23Articles III1920-1926
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Series V: Foreign Authors' Syndicate Manuscripts, undated, 1938

This series is in German and English.
0.50 linear feet.

Original Order.

Scope and Content:

The Foreign Authors' Syndicate was a new type of service, which acted as a clearing house for selected manuscripts of eminent European and Near Eastern authors. The authors were well known professors, inventors, and specialists in various fields, editors, and authors of fiction. Rudolph Seiden, the editor of the Foreign Authors' Syndicate, collected several manuscripts, especially short stories and novels by Bert Born, which can be found in Series V. This entire part of the collection is typewritten and undated. The collection contains stories of different kind of genres like crime, detective, cowboy, and love stories. A list of all manuscripts in this series can be found in the first folder of the collection.

31Manuscripts: Variaundated
32Manuscripts and Short Storiesundated, 1938
33Manuscripts Bert Born: Rätsel der Maskeundated
34Manuscripts Bert Born: Gelächter auf Schloss Eulenrufundated
35Manuscripts Bert Born: Das Geheimnis um `Happy Home`undated
36Manuscripts Bert Born: Wer gibt Helene Liebe?undated
37Manuscripts Bert Born: Die Menschenfalle von Arizonaundated
38Manuscripts Bert Born: Miscellaniesundated
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