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Guide to the Papers of Louis Lipsky (1876-1963), undated, 1898-1976


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Descriptive summary

Creator: Lipsky, Louis, 1876-1963
Title: Louis Lipsky Papers
Dates 1898-1976
Abstract: Louis Lipsky (1876-1963) was a noted Zionist leader, journalist and writer. The collection contains personal correspondence, memoranda, speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, manuscripts, drafts of books, and organizational materials concerning the Zionist movement and various Jewish organizations.
Languages: The collection is in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and German.
Quantity: 22 boxes (10.5 linear feet)
Identification: P- 672
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note

Louis Lipsky, noted Zionist leader, journalist and author, was born in Rochester, N.Y. in 1876 one of 11 children to Polish immigrant parents. The family came from a town called Philipova, a village near Suwalk. The Jewish community was almost entirely made up of landsmen from this area of Poland and much of the gentile Polish immigrants were also from the same area. Louis' father, Jacob Lipsky, came to America in 1874 to join his brother Isaac and two sisters. He was the second shochet (kosher butcher) in the community. Louis' mother came in 1875 with his older brother Abram. Louis was the first child born in America.

When brother Abram left for college, Louis took over his job as a freelance reporter for The Herald, a Rochester Newspaper. During this time he also worked as a law clerk with intention of becoming an attorney. In 1899, with the help of a well-to-do friend of his father's he acquired $300 to start a weekly periodical in his hometown, called The Shofar. Abram wrote sermons and Louis wrote the stories. Philip Cowen, publisher of The American Hebrew, saw a copy of The Shofar and brought Louis to New York City in March of 1900. The Shofar lasted for 13 months until the money ran out. That same year, 1900, LL became the managing editor of The American Hebrew. He also registered at Columbia University as a special student taking an eclectic course without a fixed curriculum. He would have been a member of the class of 1902 if he had graduated. LL remained with The American Hebrew for 14 years. During those years he was fascinated by the Yiddish theater and was caught up in a literary circle that included Mary Antin, Harry Scherman, Rita Scherman, and Charlotte Schacht (his future wife). When he married Charlotte in 1906 these friendships seem to be supplanted entirely by Zionist colleagues. In 1901 Dr. Stephen Wise asked LL to edit an new magazine called The Maccabean (later The New Palestine) under the aegis of the Federation of American Zionists. LL was chosen for the post because he had written an account of the Zionist Convention in The American Hebrew that was the first time Zionism made the American press. This was the first Zionist publication in the English language. He remained editor for one year and passed the position on to Jacob de Haas who was also secretary of the FAZ. His association continued with the FAZ and to a large degree he set the pattern of Zionist policy in the United States in these early years. When de Haas retired LL became editor again.

During these years he also served on the Campaign Committee chaired by Oscar Straus for Teddy Roosevelt, he was a press agent for Harry Scherman and Herman Bernstein, and was commissioned to write a play by Louis Mann. He was also editor of The Jewish Herald for 3 months. He was secretary for Leo N. Levi, then National President of B'nai B’rith. He started writing for the secular press including pieces in The Reader, The Sunday Morning Telegraph, and The New York Daily Press. He translated the stories of Isaac Leib Peretz. In 1914 he became Secretary, a salaried position, of the Federation of American Zionists.

He was secretary then chairman of the Federation of American Zionists that became ZOA in 1917. Involved in the Brandeis-Weizmann rift, Lipsky supported Weizmann concerning financial support and control of Jewish Palestine. From 1922-1930 LL was President of ZOA.

From 1930-1959 he was President of the Eastern Life Insurance Co.

He was a founder of Keren HaYesod, also called the Palestine Foundation Fund and later incorporated into the Jewish Agency for Palestine. He was active in the United Palestine Appeal, and the American Zionist Council, in 1915 he advocated the establishment of the American Jewish Congress, in 1918 the American Jewish Congress became a reality. He later served as Vice President and Chairman.

During the years 1934-1945 LL channeled his energies to save Europe's Jews. Collaborating with Stephen Wise in the American Jewish Congress LL worked diligently trying to save Jewish lives. He wrote the rules and supervised the operation. He was keynote speaker at the first session of the World Jewish Congress in 1936. During this period he served as Vice President and later, Chairman of the Administrative Committee and Chairman of the Executive Committee.

After the war he fought the British over the partition of Palestine, against Arab interests in the United Nations, and against divisive elements in American Judaism. In 1954 he chaired the Committee For Public Affairs of the American Jewish Congress. In the 1950s he retired from the American Jewish Congress. In 1955 he formulated the idea of an organization to offer support to Israel but have no part in politics. This viewpoint found some expression in the League for Israel. He retired from active participation in any organization except for the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1956. That same year he delivered the address on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of Weizmann's death.

In 1906 he married Charlotte Schacht, who was herself a founding member of the American Women’s Division of the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT). His sons were: Eleazar Lipsky, 1912- , head of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, NYC ; Joel Carmichael, 1915- , author of The Shaping of the Arabs (1967), A Short History of the Russian Revolution (1964), and Death of Jesus (1962); and David.

Lipsky authored books, short stories, essays, plays, book reviews, and drama criticism. Among his works are: 30 Years of American Zionism, Stories of Jewish Life, Shields of Honor (1927), A Gallery of Zionist Profiles (1956), and Tales of the Yiddish Realto.


1876, November 30 Born, Rochester, N.Y.
1899 Began producing The Shofar. 13 issues
1900-1914 Became manager of The American Hebrew in New York City
1900 Took courses at Columbia University
1901-1918 Editor of The Maccabean with brief intermissions. First Zionist publication in the U.S. in English
1902-1913 Wrote short stories, essays, plays, book reviews and drama critiques. Translated I.L Peretz from Yiddish. Contributed material to the New York Morning Telegraph.
1903 Secretary to Leo N. Levi, President of B'nai B'rith; ran a Boys Club on the Lower East Side
1906 Married Charlotte Schach
1912 Became Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Federation of American Zionists (in 1917 to become Zionist Organization of America)
1913 Attended World Zionist Congress in Vienna; visited London and made contact with English Zionists
1913-1946 Attended all Congresses with the exception of the one in 1939
1914 Accepted the first paid position in Zionist movement-Secretary of FAZ. Resigned his post as editor of The American Hebrew. Called for Extraordinary Conference of Zionists. Brandeis entered the movement at this time
1915 Named Chairman of the Executive Committee of FAZ.
1915-1921 Served as Chairman of FAZ to become ZOA in 1917
1915-1949 Led struggle for Jews to organize locally and nationally and to elect their own spokesmen
1915-1917 Active participant to secure American support for the Balfour Declaration
1916 Attended preliminary meeting of AJC in Philadelphia
1920 With Chaim Weizmann established the Keren Hayesod as the fund raising instrument of WZO. Split with Brandeis over Keren Hayesod. Brandeis favored independent organizations
1921 Defeated Brandeis at the Cleveland Convention causing a split in the movement. Founded The New Palestine as an instrument to support the Keren Hayesod. He was its first editor
1922 Elected chairman of National Executive Committee of ZOA at its convention
1922-1930 Chairman of ZOA
1923 Served on Executive Committee of WZO
1924 Founded in London The New Judea as official organ of WZO. J. Hodess was the editor. Visited Palestine for the first time
1926-1930 Elected President of ZOA
1926 Brought Habimah to the U.S
1927 As President of ZOA paid expenses of Habimah to go to Palestine where they established Israel's national theater. This created a furor in the U.S. that nearly cost him the presidency. Collected writings were published in three volumes
1930-1954 Left ZOA as paid official, but served, on call, without pay, as propagandist, speaker, planner, and organizer traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe
1930-1959 President of Judean Insurance Co. (later to become the Eastern Life Insurance Co.)
1933-1946 Served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Jewish Agency for Palestine
1934 Elected Vice President of AJC; served also as Chairman of its Governing Council and head of its National Administrative Council
1934-1945 Actively worked with Stephen Wise with the American Jewish Council to organize America against Hitler. Worked to open doors for Jewish immigration into Palestine
1936 With Wise and Goldman founded the World Jewish Congress. Co-Chairman of UFA
1940 Co-Chair with Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver of UPA; Co-Chair of Keren HaYesod; Chairman of the General Council of the American Jewish Congress
1941 Fought to have Palestine secure a place in the rescuing of Jews
1943 Named Chairman of the Board of Elections for the American Jewish Congress, devising rules of procedure whereby Jewish communities through democratic elections to form the AJC as the spokesman for a united Jewish community to aid in the up building of post war Jewish Palestine. Served as the Chairman of the Committee of Five Session supervising the conduct of 3 day sessions
1943-1947 Principal factor in mobilizing American opinion to open the doors of Palestine to survivors of the Holocaust
1944 Elected Co-Chair of the Interim Committee of the American Jewish Congress together with Henry Monsky and Dr. Israel Goldstein
1945 Made two trips to London to confer with Weizmann and other Zionist leaders to help bring survivors to Palestine. Headed AJC delegation to the organizing conference of the UN in San Francisco to press for the creation of a Jewish state
1945-1949 Served as Co-Chairman of the Interim Committee and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress
1947-1949 Headed movement, through the American Jewish Congress, to prevent rescinding of American support for partition
1949-1954 Chairman of the American Zionist Council, representing all branches of the Zionist movement in the US to mobilize with US help to protect the new state of Israel
1950 Visited Israel for first time
1954 Chairman of American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs later American Israel Committee for Public Affairs, an instrument to build a viable state
1956, November 12 Principle speaker at the Chaim Weizmann Memorial Lecture: “Herzl, Weizmann and the Jewish State.” Made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute
1956 Published A Gallery of Zionist Portraits
1959 Retired as President of The Eastern Life Insurance Company
1960 Became Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Life Insurance Company
1962 Published Tales of the Yiddish Realto stories of the Yiddish theater at the turn of century
1963 Died, New York City.
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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Louis Lipsky (LL) contain correspondence, memoranda, speeches, articles in magazines and newspapers, manuscripts, and organizational materials concerning the Zionist movement and various Jewish organizations. The collection is primarily in English, but there is some material in Yiddish, Hebrew, and German. The papers chronicle LL's commitment to Zionism and Jewish life from the end of the 19th century until his death in 1963.

Lipsky's early career as writer and journalist is portrayed in many articles and pamphlets published throughout his life. There are also drafts of the books A Gallery of Zionist Profiles and Yiddish Realto as well as published articles and unpublished plays. These manuscripts in addition to his early personal correspondence show a continuing interest throughout his career in the Yiddish theater and press.

Lipsky's personal life is documented by his correspondence covering the years 1898 to 1959. The early correspondence presents a picture of the intellectual and social life of the East European Jewish community in New York City in the early years of the century. His courtship of Rita Scherman and eventual marriage to Charlotte Schacht is chronicled. As he became more involved in Zionism there was extensive correspondence between Lipsky and his family when he was traveling on behalf of the cause. There are many letters concerning Lipsky's efforts to help fellow Jews all over the world during the turbulent 1930s. Other biographical information is contained in his memoirs, obituaries, tributes, and material from his years as president of Eastern Life Insurance Co.

His son, Eleazar Lipsky (EL), interlaces the collection with notes and comments on accompanying pages. EL had already started to index his father's personal correspondence and his index is included in the collection. The original order, where possible, has been maintained. The division into seven series is a consequence of that order. A list of organizations Lipsky was involved in and some of the people with whom he corresponded follow.

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The collection is organized in 7 series:

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011.

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Access Points

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Related Material

Related materials can be found in the Papers of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, Papers of Rabbis Jacob X. Cohen, the Records of the American Jewish Congress and the Papers of Philip Cowen. Additional material can be located in the Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem, Israel and in the Records of the Zionist Organization of America in New York, New York.

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The Papers of Louis Lipsky were donated to AJHS by Eleazar and Hannah Lipsky and Joel Carmichael in 1993.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Louis Lipsky Papers; P-672; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Newton Centre, MA and New York, NY.

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Series I: Zionist Correspondence, undated, 1901-1920.

3 linear feet

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Correspondence, memoranda, and various inserts to and from a variety of Zionist and Jewish organizations. Also includes the manuscripts of memoirs written by other Zionist figures.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 (Unmarked) undated
1 2 Federation of American Zionists, Harriet Szold 1901
1 3 Society of Jewish Art 1908
1 4 Federation of American Zionists 1915
1 5 Letters from Weizmann to Balfour and Brandeis 1917-1918
1 6 Zionist Organization of America 1919-1920
1 7 Zionist Organization of America, Judge Mack 1921
1 8 Zionist Organization of America, Judge Mack 1922
1 9 Photocopies of ZOA correspondence from the National Zionist Archives 1924
1 10 Shekel Campaign 1925
1 11 Shekel Campaign 1926
1 12 Weizmann 1927
1 13 Weizmann 1928
1 14 Weizmann 1929
1 15 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt 1930
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt 1931
2 2 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt 1932
2 3 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt 1933
2 4 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt (1 of 2) 1934
2 5 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt (2 of 2) 1934
2 6 Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt 1935
Box Folder Title Date
3 1 American Jewish Congress (1 of 2) 1935
3 2 American Jewish Congress (2 of 2) 1935
3 3 American Jewish Congress 1936
3 4 Order of the Sons of Zion (1 of 5) 1936
3 5 Order of the Sons of Zion (2 of 5) 1936
3 6 Order of the Sons of Zion (3 of 5) 1936
3 7 Order of the Sons of Zion (4 of 5) 1936
3 8 Order of the Sons of Zion (5 of 5) 1936
Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Jewish National Fund "Night of Stars" 1937
4 2 "Land of Promise" (film) (1 of 2) 1937
4 3 "Land of Promise" (film) (2 of 2) 1937
4 4 Draft "New Dominion and World Peace" Hyman R. Segal 1937
4 5 Shekel Campaign (1 of 3) 1937
4 6 Shekel Campaign (2 of 3) 1937
4 7 Shekel Campaign (3 of 3) 1937
4 8 Letter (with copy) from Weizmann December 4, 1937
4 9 Letter (with copy) from Weizmann 1937
4 10-11 Pamphlet "Fight Partition" 1937
4 12 Pamphlet "Fight Partition" 1938
Box Folder Title Date
5 1 British Guiana, Letter from Lewis Zikman Harbin, China 1939
5 2 HaBima, Louis Nizer, Louise Rainer 1939
5 3 HaBima (1 of 3) 1939
5 4 HaBima (2 of 3) 1939
5 5 HaBima (3 of 3) 1939
5 6 Jewish Palestine’s Pavilion at the World’s Fair 1939
5 7 Includes play by H.J. Rahfish “Kibbuz” 1939
5 8 General Jewish Council 1939
Box Folder Title Date
6 1 General Jewish Council (1 of 2) 1939
6 2 General Jewish Council (2 of 2) 1939
6 3 Zionist Organization of America February 4, 1944
6 4 Zionist Organization of America 1944-45
6 5 Includes draft of A.B. Cohen’s “Zionism and Forty-fort” 1950-59
6 6 Includes draft of Harry Sachar’s “A Small Memoir”; 4 rolls of stenorette recording tape; 2 rolls of stenorette tape magazine 1960-63
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Series II: Organizational Materials, undated, 1924-1964.

1.25 linear feet

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Minutes, lists of officers and members, pamphlets, printed letters to members, memoranda, and budgets from various Zionist and Jewish organizations.

Box Folder Title Date
7 1 Youth Zionist Organization undated
7 2 Achooza Aleph undated
7 3 Mizrachi undated
7 4 Chalutz undated
7 5 Organization of American Jews in Palestine November 20, 1924
7 6 New Palestine 1929, 1932
7 7 Zionist Organization of America 1929
7 8 Zionist Convention 1930
7 9 Jewish Agency of Palestine 1930, 1936
7 10 Zionist Organization of America 1930
7 11 Palestine Immigration Bureau 1931
7 12 National Avukah Agency 1934, 1935
7 13 Women’s Emergency Council 1934
7 14 National Conference in Palestine 1935
7 15 World Jewish Congress 1935
7 16 American Jewish Congress 1935, 1936
7 17 World Zionist Organization 1935-1964
7 18 Council for German Jewry 1936
7 19 Palestine Economic Corporation 1936
7 20 United Palestine Appeal May 1936
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Talpioth Palestine Agency 1936
8 2 20th Zionist Conference June 20, 1937
8 3 Palestine Foundation Fund 1937-1939
8 4 United Palestine Appeal 1937
8 5 Jewish Palestine Exhibit at the World’s Fair 1937
8 6 Joint Distribution Committee 1939
8 7 National Refugee Service 1939
8 8 Hadassah 1939
8 9 United Jewish Appeal 1939
8 10 American Jewish Committee 1944
8 11 American Anglo Committee 1944
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 National Council for the Weizmann Institute November 29, 1951
9 2 American Zionist Assembly December 5-7, 1953
9 3 Zionist Executive 1956-1964
9 4 Palestine Appeal 1961
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Series III: Speeches, undated, 1923-1962.

0.5 linear foot

Speeches are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Speeches that Louis Lipsky presented both live and on radio. Most of these speeches are concerned with Jewish and Zionist themes. There are two interviews included.

Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Speeches undated
10 2 Speeches 1923
10 3 Speeches 1924
10 4 Speeches 1926
10 5 Speeches 1928
10 6 Speeches 1929
10 7 Speeches 1931
10 8 Speeches 1932
10 9 Speeches 1933
10 10 Speeches 1934
10 11 Speeches 1937
10 12 Speeches 1938
10 13 Speeches 1939
10 14 Speeches 1940
10 15 Speeches 1941
10 16 Speeches 1943
10 17 Speeches 1945
10 18 Speeches 1946
10 19 Speeches 1947
10 20 Speeches 1949
10 21 Speeches 1952
10 22 Speeches 1953
10 23 Speeches 1955
10 24 Speeches 1956
10 25 Speeches 1957
10 26 Speeches 1960
10 27 Speeches 1962
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Series IV: Publications, undated, 1901-1976.

2 linear feet

Articles and correspondence arranged chronologically. Other materials are mixed.

Scope and Content:

Newspaper clippings, magazine articles, some photocopies, indexes, handwritten notes, drafts of both published and unpublished material, correspondence, and reviews. There are a number of drafts of unpublished plays. Listed below are publications represented in this series:

The American Hebrew. New York Jewish Weekly, 1879.

The Conservator

The Day. Yiddish Daily, 1914.

The Day.

Free World.

Jewish American.

Jewish Daily Forward. Yiddish Daily, 1897.

The Jewish Home for Boys and Girls. (formerly Helpful Thoughts.)

The Maccabean.

National Jewish Ledger.The New Palestine, periodical of the ZOA.

The Reader Magazine.

The Telegraph.

Yiddisher Arbeiter.

World Jewry, independent weekly journal, London.


Zionist Issues.

Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Index (by EL?) 1901-1962
11 2 Notes undated
11 3 1958-1962
11 4 Drafts of articles 1936-1944
11 5 Drafts of articles 1932-1936
11 6 Drafts of articles 1926-1933
11 7 Drafts (Yiddish Rialto?) undated
11 8 Draft - The Faded Rose, play typed and bound 1910
11 9 Draft - Vengeance: A Drama in One act 1911
11 10 The Darnado Film Co.: A Prospectus 1914
Box Folder Title Date
12 1 Drafts - Yiddish Theater and Press undated
12 2 Articles 1901-1906
12 3 Articles 1908 (7)
12 4 Articles 1908
12 5 Articles 1908 (8)
12 6 Articles 1909 (3)
12 7 Articles 1909
12 8 Articles 1910-1911
12 9 Articles 1911
12 10 Articles 1915-1922
12 11-14 Drafts - Profiles (published in 1956) undated
Box Folder Title Date
13 1 Articles undated
13 2 Articles 1924
13 3 Articles 1925
13 4 Articles 1934
13 5 Articles 1935
13 6 Articles 1937
13 7 Articles 1938
13 8 Articles 1939
13 9 Articles 1940
13 10 Articles 1941
13 11 Articles 1942
13 12 Articles 1943
13 13 Articles 1947
13 14 Articles 1948
13 15 Articles [1950]
13 16 Articles 1951
13 17 Articles 1952
13 18 Articles 1954
13 19 Articles [1955]
13 20 Herzl, Weizmann, and the Jewish State 1956
13 21 Articles 1957
13 22 Articles 1958
13 23 Articles 1962
13 24 Reviews 1957-1962
13 25 Correspondence 1955-1976
Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Drafts for memoirs 1962
14 2 Drafts of articles 1940-1959
14 3 Drafts of articles undated
14 4 Drafts of articles 1936
14 5 A Record of Stewardship: 16 Years of the Palestine Foundation Fund 1937
14 6 Reviews 1962
14 7 Drafts [1937]
14 8 Drafts undated
14 9 Drafts undated
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Series V: Clippings, 1919-1971.

0.5 linear foot

Clippings arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Newspaper clippings and pamphlets with Zionist and Jewish interest not necessarily written by Louis Lipsky.

Box Folder Title Date
15 1 New York Times, Jerusalem Post, New Palestine 1919-1971
15 2 The Index June 1922
15 3 Palestine October 14, 1936
15 4 Rosenblatt, Bernard. The American Solution to the Palestine Problem April 1937
15 5 The Reconstructionist May 5, 1939
15 6 The Day 1940-1944
15 7 Jewish Journal 1952
15 8 YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 1965
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Series VI: Biographical Information, undated, 1917-1976.

1 linear foot

Arrangement is mixed: topical and chronological.

Scope and Content:

Copy of memoirs written by Louis Lipsky in 1962 with the table of contents form his book Profiles. The memoirs contain information on Louis Lipsky’s early life and his passion of the Yiddish theater. There are also clippings from newspapers and magazines honoring Louis Lipsky both before and after his death. There is a correspondence of condolences to his family. Funeral arrangements include schedule, readings, eulogies, tributes, honorary pallbearers, and messages from notables. There is business information from Eastern Life Insurance Co. There are also a few war ration books, name cards, and financial information. There is a small amount of correspondence concerning a PhD thesis by D. Lipstadt.

Box Folder Title Date
16 1 Memoirs written by LL. Includes table of contents of his book Profiles 1962
16 2 Clippings from honoring LL 1960s
16 3 Letters of Condolence (1 of 4) 1963
16 4 Letters of Condolence (2 of 4) 1963
16 5 Letters of Condolence (3 of 4) 1963
16 6 Letters of Condolence (4 of 4) 1963
16 7 Obituary 1963
16 8 Tributes, memorials, and eulogies 1963
16 9 Funeral Arrangements 1963
16 10 Honors, post death 1960s and 1970s
16 11 Correspondence with Deborah E. Lipstadt October 1976
16 12 War ration books [1943]
16 13 Financial 1961-1962
16 14 Financial 1949-1962
Box Folder Title Date
17 1 Chronology undated
17 2 Memoir undated
17 3 Biographical information undated
17 4 Memorandum from the UJA concerning LL’s estate 1963
17 5 85th birthday 1961
17 6 86th birthday 1962
17 7 Picture, membership card in ZOA 1947, 1952
17 8 Tributes 1956-1957
17 9 Testimonials 1917-1956
17 10 Condolences to LL on the event of his wife’s death 1959
17 11 Biographical notes by EL undated
17 12 Eastern Life Insurance Co. 1932-1939
17 13 Eastern Life Insurance Co. 1956-1959
17 14 Outgoing telephone calls for Easter Life Insurance Co. 1931-1932
17 15 Miscellaneous 1932-1962
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Series VII: Personal Correspondence, undated, 1898, 1901-1924.

2.25 linear feet

Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

Letters to and from family members and friends. Before his marriage in 1906 there were many letters from a literary circle that included Mary Antin, Rita Scherman, Harry Scherman (he was called LL Chames or Jimmir), and others. After his marriage these correspondents taper off. Within the files there are occasional newspaper clippings and drafts that the letters refer to. Principal family members are his wife Charlotte (referred to as Heddah or Eddie), his sons Daivd, Eleazar (Lazar), and Joel (Joey), sister Lena, and brother Julius (Julian). Other correspondents are Bernard Richards, Prof. Richard Gottheil, A.J. Solomon, Mayer Sulzberger, and Aimee Lemalie. Louis Lipsky writes a bibliography of Bayard Taylor and EL composed a “chronological analysis: of the personal correspondence for 1902-1905 which is within a blue binder.

Box Folder Title Date
18 1 Personal correspondence undated
18 2 Personal correspondence 1898
18 3 Personal correspondence 1901
18 4-5 Personal correspondence 1902
18 6-8 Personal correspondence 1903
18 9-12 Personal correspondence 1904
Box Folder Title Date
19 1-2 Personal correspondence 1905
19 3 Personal correspondence 1906
19 4 Personal correspondence (Includes a shekel receipt December 12, 1907) 1907
19 5 Personal correspondence 1908
19 6 Personal correspondence 1909
Box Folder Title Date
20 1 Personal correspondence 1910
20 2 Personal correspondence 1911
20 3 Personal correspondence 1912
20 4 Personal correspondence 1913-1914
20 5 Personal correspondence 1915
20 6 Personal correspondence 1916
20 7 Personal correspondence 1917
20 8 Personal correspondence 1918
20 9 Personal correspondence 1919-1920
20 10 Personal correspondence 1921
20 11 Personal correspondence 1922
20 12 Personal correspondence 1923
20 13 Personal correspondence 1924
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