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The Abraham A. Neuman Papers

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Center for Judaic Studies,

University of Pennsylvania



Title of Collection: The Abraham A. Neuman Papers

Sample Citation: "Abraham A. Neuman Papers, Box 4, Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania"

Extent: 91 boxes

Modern Languages: English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish

Related Collections in this repository:

The Abraham A. Neuman Papers are integral to the archival records of the Dropsie College.

Individual groups and series within the Archives should also be consulted.

Processor: Anat Banin, Archivist

Date: September 25, 1997



The following is a brief sketch of the life of Abraham Neuman, and is intended to highlight the salient facts in his professional and public career. The researcher may wish to consult the Selected Bibliography for a listing of some of the published biographical data.

Dr. Abraham Neuman was born in Brezau, Austria, September 1890, to Max and Rachel Neuman and was a descendant of an old Rabbinic family. He emigrated to the United States in 1898, at the age of eight. He studied at the Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Yeshiva, Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Recognized by the President of JTS, Solomon Schechter, he was appointed as an instructor at the teachers’ institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a rabbi and received a B.S. from Columbia University in 1912.

In 1913 he joined the faculty of Dropsie College in Philadelphia, where he taught history until 1940. He was associate professor in 1923 and professor in 1934. Neuman held rabbinical posts at the B'nei Jeshurun congregation between 1919-1927, and the Sephardi congregation Mikveh Israel, the second oldest pulpit in America, between1 927-1940.

Dropsie College President

After Cyrus Adler's death in 1940, Neuman became president of the Dropsie College, which was a post graduate, non-sectarian and non professional institution leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He held this post until his retirement in 1966.

Under Neuman's inspiration as second president of the Dropsie College, the college expanded its curriculum, appointing new professors and adding new departments. In 1941, departments of Jewish Philosophy and Hebrew literature were opened. In 1942, the department of History and Semitic Civilization was opened, followed by the department of Assyriology and Egyptology (1944) and Comparative Religion (1945). Neuman recognized the need of a Jewish graduate school of ·education on American soil. He perceived the deep need for a school of higher education, irrespective of its adherence to either orthodox, conservative or reform Judaism. The school was organized under the direction of Dr. Leo L. Honor in 1946.

The Institute for Israel and the Middle East was established in 1948 and was the first complete unit of Middle East studies in any American university, embracing history, anthropology, economics, religious, social and political institutions in the countries of the Middle East, with parallel courses relating to Israel. The Institute was well known for training of consular and diplomatic personnel. Under Neuman's administration the enrollment of Jews, Christians and Moslems greatly increased.

From 1940 Dr. Neuman joined forces with Solomon Zeitlin to continue and publish the Jewish Quarterly Review, which was published for 30 years under the aegis of Dropsie College and before that for 20 years in London under the editorship of Claude J. Montefiore and Israel Abrahams. In 1940 this journal almost ceased to exist because of a drop in the number of subscribers coming mainly from Jewish communities in Europe. The Dropsie College correspondence reflects relentless efforts to reach new subscribers.

Dr. Neuman launched the Dropsie College edition of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, of which seven books in six volumes were published.

Professional and Public Career

 Neuman produced a number of works of high scholarly merit, chief among them being "The Jews in Spain" (two volumes, 1942). The work was based primarily on the responsa of Solomon Ibn Adret (RashBa), and it attempted to reconstruct the social life of the Jews in Spain. It served as a model of research in this type of Jewish source material. Of importance was also "Cyrus Adler, a biography" (1942) evaluating the life of an exemplary public servant during the period when American Jewry was assuming worldwide responsibilities. Neuman contributed to many scholarly periodicals and some of his important monographs on historical and religious themes were published in 1952 by the Board of Governors of the Dropsie College in "Landmarks and Goals".

Neuman was chairman of the College Committee of Gratz College and Vice President of the Board of Overseers. He played a leading part in the reorganization of this institution in 1928.

Neuman was a member of the publication Committee of the Jewish Publications Society of America and a recording secretary of the American Jewish Historical Society. He was associated with the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia as a collaborating editor in the Department of History.

Under Neuman's leadership the United Synagogue of America erected the Palestine Synagogue Center in Jerusalem. In the National election of 1940 he served as a democratic presidential elector for the State of Pennsylvania.

Neuman was active in the development of the Zionist movement in the United States. He was recognized as a leader in cultural activities throughout the country. Neuman was renowned as an orator, and was much sought after as a public speaker.

Abraham Neuman died on November 20, 1970.

Short List of Affiliations

Editorial Board for Jewish Apocryphal Literature ---- Chairman

Jewish Quarterly Review – Editor

Gratz College, College Committee - Trustee and Chairman

Jewish Publication Society of America - Member of the Publication Committee

Jewish Publication Society of America, Committee of Jewish History – Chairman

American Jewish Historical Society - Member, Executive Council and Vice-President

American Jewish Tercentenary Committee - Associate Chairman

Universal Jewish Encyclopedia - Revising Editor

American Schools of Oriental Research - Associate Trustee

Rabbinical Assembly – Member

American Historical Society – Member

Historical Society of Pennsylvania – Member

Pennsylvania Constitution Commemoration Committee (150th Anniversary) – Member

Advisory Committee of the Adult Education Council for Philadelphia – Member

Better Philadelphia Committee - Member

National Education Association of the United States – Member

American Oriental Society – Member

Commission on Religious Organizations, National Conference of Christians and Jews – Member

Jewish Historical Society of Israel – Member

Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences - Honorary Fellow

American Academy for Jewish Research - Honorary Member

Jewish Historical Society of England – Member

Democratic Presidential Elector for the State of Pennsylvania (1940)

''The World History of the Jewish People" (Medieval Period) -- Editor-in-Chief

Scope and Content Note


The collection ranges in date from about 1910 (almost no earlier material was found in the collection) to 1966, with the bulk of the material relating to the 40's and 50's. The material is divided into two distinct groups:

  • Professional work - consisting of notes, diaries, drafts, manuscripts, articles and correspondence on Neuman's work as a scholar in Jewish History.
  • Dropsie College material - pertaining to the period of Neuman's presidency of Dropsie College.

While the Dropsie College material was filed alphabetically during Neuman's tenure as president of Dropsie College, the professional material was only generally arranged during the years by Neuman himself. Therefore, the processor arranged this material topically. As personal material was scattered in the various files, an effort was made to gather the material into one box of personal material (Box 9). In spite of this, personal material that was filed originally in the Dropsie College alphabetical files was left untouched.

Group and Series Descriptions


1. Professional and Personal Papers (Boxes 1-20)

As was mentioned above, the professional material was accumulated throughout Neuman's career. Therefore, one may find notes and drafts of articles from an early period of his career, as well as from later periods. Usually the notes and drafts are undated. Except for the Cyrus Adler Biography material, most of the material was unorganized. Therefore, the processor made an effort to group the material in a few boxes. Missing from the collection as a whole is pre-Dropsie College period correspondence with family and colleagues of Dr. Neuman. This might have been kept by the family.

Worthwhile mentioning in this series are:

Addresses (Box 1)

Box 1 consists of addresses made by Neuman in various instances. The first items on the container list are undated addresses, the rest of the addresses are organized chronologically. The bulk of the material consists of addresses made while Neuman was President of Dropsie College.

For additional information, the researcher may refer to addresses and lectures of Neuman according to specific organizations, universities etc. in the Dropsie College Correspondence.

Drafts of Books and articles (Boxes 3, 11) and Offprints (Box 8)

These separate boxes contain draft form of books later to be published such as the "Jews in Spain" and of articles. Box 8 contains offprints of articles written by Neuman, arranged chronologically. Box 11 also contains typescripts of articles sent to the press. All information known to the processor, such as date of publication or publication's name, was indicated in brackets.

Correspondence with Neuman on his writings (Box 10)

This box contains correspondence on lectures, articles and books published by Neuman during the 40's, 50's and 60's.

Books of Chronicles (Boxes 6 and 7)

These books were arranged chronologically, probably by Neuman. They include photographs, newspaper clippings and reprints.

Album of Clippings (Box 20)

Arranged probably by Neuman, this album consists of clippings, photographs mainly concerning Neuman's professional activities.

Cyrus Adler Biography (Box 4)

This box contains mainly correspondence with Harry Schneiderman of the American Jewish Committee on the Cyrus Adler Biography (1942)

Typescripts and offprints by other authors (Box 5)

Box 5 consists mainly of offprints of articles by others. The container list is alphabetically arranged. Correspondence with these authors and sometimes manuscripts of others can also be found in the Dropsie College Alphabetical correspondence.

Notes (Boxes 12-19)

These boxes of notes consist mainly of catalog cards, handwritten by Neuman, including notes for his writings as well as an alphabetical card catalog of various quotations by other authors. (Box 17). The notes are in English and Hebrew.

Personal Box (Box 9)

 This box consists of scattered material, arranged chronologically: curriculum vitae, correspondence with and on family members, sketches of Neuman, honorary degrees etc.

2. Dropsie College Correspondence (Boxes 21-91)

Correspondence constitutes the lion’s share of the Neuman Papers. This group is arranged in a single alphabet, including personal names, corporate names, and subjects. All files are organized in a strict alphabetical arrangement (Ma before Mc-), and each new letter of the alphabet is begun with one or more files of "miscellaneous" correspondence. The "miscellaneous" files consist of correspondence with various persons or organizations too slight in extent each to be given a separate folder. However, an attempt was made to keep the original filing of material, done by assistants and secretaries of Neuman, even if folders are slight. The rare presence of photographs is indicated in the container list.

The container list consists of a description of boxes which are arranged alphabetically. Files of special interest were specifically mentioned under the heading "Including". This includes files which contain correspondence - either short or extensive - with well known figures (scholars, politicians, rabbis etc.), organizations (for example, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah etc.) or institutions (for example, The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Hebrew University). The correspondence reflects not only professional contacts but sometimes personal ties of Neuman.  For example, in the Louis Leventhal correspondence, some of the letters belong to the days of Cyrus Adler's presidency of Dropsie College (Box 51 contains correspondence between Adler and Rabbi Alexander D. Goode). Another example is correspondence with the Graduate School for Jewish Social Work, which begins with correspondence with Cyrus Adler and continues with correspondence with Abraham Neuman.

Topical Files

Most of the correspondence files relate to individuals, while others concern organizations, activities or topics. Files pertaining to specific topics usually consist of material sent or received through the mail. There are virtually no "vertical files", or collections of what might be called general information about any subject, although many do include such ephemera as brochures and newspaper clippings. Dr. Neuman or his assistants did not cross file carbon copies between individual correspondents and subjects. For example, while there is a file of letters exchanged with Moshe Davis, it does not contain every single letter Neuman exchanged with him. Many other letters both to and from Mr. Davis appear in other files. A researcher seeking information on M. Davis should consult in files of the Hebrew University etc.

Individual Files

Files of individual persons contain both the letters received from that individual (and/or his family) and any drafts or carbon copies made of Neuman's letters to that individual. In addition, many files also contain correspondence to and from others about that individual. For example, files relating to faculty members may contain letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. A few individual boxes or series are worthwhile mentioning:

Cyrus Adler Correspondence

Box 21 contains mostly correspondence between Neuman and Adler, death notices upon Adler's death and correspondence with Mrs. Adler. This box is important in the Neuman collection because it documents Neuman's history in the College and his relationship with Cyrus Adler. Further correspondence between Adler and Neuman can be found in a few files, such as Fundraising in New York (Box 48).

The American Jewish Committee

Correspondence and ephemera of the American Jewish Committee can be found in boxes 24 and 25. For correspondence with specific members of the Committee, check under individual files.

Dropsie College Series

Boxes 37, 38 and 39 contain material relating to Dropsie College administrative and financial matters. History examinations of Dropsie College can also be found in this series. The contents of each file in the three boxes are listed.

Fundraising Activity

Boxes 46, 47, 48 and 49 contain material of fundraising activity during the 50's and 60's. This material was originally arranged according to names of cities and not according to States. The original registration was maintained

The Jewish Theological Seminary

Boxes 60 and 61 contain correspondence and ephemera of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Elsewhere in the container list, one may find additional information (for instance, correspondence with faculty of the JTS, JTS publications, cooperation on certain topics between the JTS and Dropsie College etc.)

The Jewish Quarterly Review

Box 59 contains correspondence regarding the JQR. As a matter of fact, a large portion of the Dropsie College correspondence consists of correspondence with subscribers of the journal, with potential donors and with scholars wishing to publish in the journal. Drafts of articles, correspondence on content and structure of articles, as well as rejection letters are numerous.

The Middle East Institute

Boxes 68, 69, 70 and 71 contain correspondence of and about the Middle East Institute.

Neuman as Dropsie College President

Box 79 consists material relating to Neuman as president of the Dropsie College. Numerous congratulation notes sent to Neuman upon his election to the post in 1940, as well as administrative matters concerning Neuman can be found in this series.

Certificates, Honorary Degrees

Files 92-97 consist of certificates and honorary degrees, conferred upon Neuman. They are all oversized and have been transferred to the oversized documents storage.

Processor's Note

Before the present work of processing and description began, at least two previous attempts were made to process the collection. The first attempts focused on the physical features of the collection: placing the material into acid free files, replacing old clips with plastic clips etc. Apparently, the files that were taken care of were randomly selected, and only a small part was processed. Most of the material was processed later on alphabetically (roughly 50 boxes of a total of 91) and placed in containers. The phrase "DC 2 A" was added in the heading of each file. It seems that this procedure was in accordance with the original filing, either by Neuman or by the registrar, Sarai Zausmer (she is signed on many of the letters). Evidence to this is pencil notations on almost each document, for instance, "File: Levy", or circles around last names. Such notations might have been added when the files were not self-evident from such information as the signator, letterhead, or addressee. Many of these originally bear the notation "DC" indicating that this material was processed by the administration of Dropsie College. The processor continued processing this collection in this manner, while highlighting interesting topics or correspondence with well known figures.

While the Dropsie College correspondence was mostly prearranged, the processor took the liberty of determining whether to place the material alphabetically or chronologically in the Personal and Professional Papers. The processor also split up files to maintain a standard size for each file. When this was done, it was a chronological division.

The researcher is advised to consult the Cyrus Adler Papers, since for the first period of Neuman's presidency in Dropsie College, Neuman added his correspondence to existing files.


Oversize Materials

Certain materials have been removed from their original context within the collection due to their size and format. Certificates, Honorary degrees and awards were placed in files and transferred to the Oversized Items collection of the Center for Judaic Studies (seven items, files 92-97, see container list).

Rare Items

Two rare items were removed to the Rare Book Collection of the Center for Judaic Studies:

  • A Hebrew calendar from 1856
  • A Sura from the Koran (undated)

Abraham Katsh papers

A few files including correspondence with Abraham Katsh bearing later dates than the Neuman Papers have been transferred from the Dropsie College Papers in the A. Neuman files to the Abraham Katsh Papers in the Dropsie College Collection:

  • A file regarding the Harris Estate (1968-1969)
  • Three files of Pamphlets, documents and correspondence with the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (1968-1969)

Insurance Matters (the 1980's)

Two files containing information and correspondence on insurance matters and dating from 1980- 1983 were transferred to the building management of the Center for Judaic Studies.

Books Pamphlets

The following publications have been transferred to the Library of the Center for Judaic Studies.

  • International Antiquariaat: Fine and Good Books from the XVth - XXth Cent. , including some manuscripts, catalogue no. 49
  • Judaica - Hebraica, manuscripts - incunabula Hebrew books printed on vellum; Jewish and Hebrew Books 1500-1943; Catalogue no. 95

Selected Bibliography

1. Ben-Horin, Meir, Weinryb, Bernard D., Zeitlin, Solomon, eds. Studies and Essays in honor of Abraham A. Neuman, president, Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, Philadelphia: 1962.


Container List


Box 1

Addresses (including Radio Addresses)

  • An Historian Views the Contemporary Jewish Scene (Boston)
  • Israel and the Diaspora (in Hebrew)
  • The Historic Role of Judaism among the Great Religions of the Modern World
  • Address in Binghamton
  • The Contributions of Dropsie College to Jewish Scholarship
  • Dedication of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
  • Jewish Culture in America (Dropsie College)
  • Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition, 150 years of Independence
  • Address before Miller Community Center
  • Address at the Samuel Gustine Thompson Annex of Jefferson Hospital (10/30/24)
  • Address on Passover (5/2/28)
  • Eulogy for Louis Marshall (9/4/29)
  • Palestine and its issues ((9/16/29)
  • Address to Congregation Mikveh Israel (9/29)
  • Immigration and its influences (5/1/33)
  • Address (6/17/38)
  • Judaism and Western Civilization (2/39)
  • Address before the United Synagogue Convention (5/11/40)
  • Founders Day Address (1/41)
  • Address at the Dedication of the Haym Salomon Monument (12/15/41)
  • Commencement and Founders Day, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (2/24/43)
  • Trumpet of Freedom: "I am an American Day" Philadelphia (5/16/43)
  • Palestine Society (11/15/44)
  • The Destiny of American Judaism, Institute of Jewish Religion (1 /45)
  • Symposium (12/45)
  • Women’s League of the United Synagogue (11/26/46)
  • The Mighty Oak into which American Jewry has grown (4/46)
  • Address at Louisville, Kentucky (3/3/48)
  • Scholarship or Partisanship (1950)
  • A Bridge of Understanding, Founders Day (1951) (duplicate in offprints)
  • National Council of Jewish Education (5/31/51)
  • Address on Education (10/30/52)
  • Address delivered at the American Association for Jewish Education (6/7/52)
  • Contribution of Jews to America, Washington D.C. (10/6/53)
  • Akiba: A Symbol and an Inspiration (6/9/53)
  • Raising the Curtain of History, American Jewish Historical Society (2/20/54)
  • The Evolving American Jewish Community, National Conference of Jewish Communal Service (5/15/54)
  • Founders Day Celebration of the Dropsie College (6/2/55)
  • Jewish Renaissance in America and Israel (Jubilee Celebration of Dropsie College, 1955)
  • Federation 60th Anniversary (9/59)
  • Biographical Notes of a College President (5/27/60)
  • Radio Addresses (1928-1951)

Box 2

Lectures (administrative matters)

  • Lecture subjects, Jewish Center Lecture Bureau (1948-1950)
  • United Synagogue Lecture Bureau
  • Lecture Fees (1943-1950)
  • Lecture Correspondence (1941-1964)
  • Lecture: Accounts

Box 3

Drafts of Books

  • The Jews in the Ottoman Empire (manuscript and typescript)
  • The Jews in Spain (three parts, typescript)
  • Jossipon versus Josephus 

Box 4

Cyrus Adler Biography

Correspondence mainly with Harry Schneiderman of the American Jewish Committee on the Cyrus Adler Biography (2 Files) (1940-1942)

Acknowledgments of Biography (1942)

*Biographical data re Dr. Adler see also box 22

Box 5

Typescripts and offprints by various authors

  • Unidentified manuscripts
  • Report on the Jews of Prague (author?) (1958)
  • Ashkenazi, Touvia:
          Tribus Semi-nomades de la Palestine du Nord (1949)

          Correspondence with and on Touvia Ashkenzi's articles (1946-1947)

  • Baron, S.

          Democracy and Judaism

  • Bernstein, Shimon
          Rabbi Joseph Ben Segelmas: The Forgotten Writer and his Liturgical Hems (Hebrew) (1957)
  • Corre', Alan,
          The Spanish Haftara for the Ninth of Ab (1957)
  • Cohon, Samuel S.
          The Existentialist Trend in Theology (Yearbook, The Central Conference of America Rabbis) (1953)
  • Eban, Abba
          Lecture of Eban as Ambassador of Israel in Washington (1955)
  • Elfenbein, Israel S.
          Maimonides in his Responsa (Cultural Department of the World Jewish Congress) (1958)
  • Engelman, Uria Zvi
          The Number and Dispersion of the Jews in the first Century of the Christian Era
  • Grayzel, Solomon
          Graetz's History in America (1 941 )
  • Janowsky, Oscar I.
          Jewish Rights in the Post-war World
  • Orlinsky, Harry M.

          Outline, History of the Jews of Italy

          Outline, History of the Jews of Germany

          Outline, History of the Jews of Russia, Poland, Lithuania

          Outline, History of the Jews of England (Parts I and II)

          Sear, Visionary and Man of God (1958)

          On H.L. Ginsberg

          On Leo Landman

          16th Century Attitudes Towards Eretz Yisrael

  • Reider, Joseph

          Commentary on the Book of Jeremiah

  • Ruskin, Albert, A

          The Aldine Joshua (1928)

  • Schachter, Meloch
          Babylonian-Palestinian Variations in the Mishna (JQR draft)
  • Schor, Hyman
          Short essays
  • Wolfson, Harry A.
          How the Jews will Reclaim Jesus (1925)

Boxes 6+7

Books of Chronicles

Including photographs, newspaper clippings, and reprints.

Box 6

Book of 1914-1936

Book of 1935-1944

Book of 1914-1940 (reprints)

*Also file of newspaper clippings of Neuman's Installment as Rabbi of Mikveh Israel Congregation

Box 7

Book of 1940-1941

*newspaper clippings: Neuman's articles in newspapers, Neuman's letters to the editor

Box 8


*See Also Addresses Box 1

*See also Dropsie College Collection, Abraham Neuman Files

  • Relation of the Hebrew Scriptures to American Institutes, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (no date)
  • Address to Congregation Mikveh Israel (1928) (duplicate in box 1)
  • The Keys of the Sanctuary, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1 929)
  • Democracy and Group Culture (1937) (The Jewish Center)
  • Book Review: Don Isaac Abravanel, by Joseph Sarachek (1939)
  • Obituary Notice: Cyrus Adler 1863-1940 (1 940)
  • Saadia and his Relation to Palestine (1942) (JQR)
  • Colleges in a World at War and in a World at Peace (1 943) (The American Journal of Pharmacy) (1943)
  • The Destiny of American Jewry (1945) (Opinion)
  • Universities: Guardians of Democracy (1945) (Crozer Quarterly)
  • The Shebet Yehudah and 16th Century Historiography (1945) (Louis Ginzberg Jubilee Volume)
  • Samuel Usque: Marrano Historian of the 16th Century (1 946)
  • The Immortality of man (1949) (delivered at the Church of our Fathers)
  • American Jewry and a Jewish Renaissance (1950) (meeting of the Judaeans)
  • Josippon: History and Pietism (1950) (reprint from Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume)
  • A Note on John the Baptist and Jesus in "Josippon" (1950)
  • A Bridge of Understanding (1951 ) (Founders Day)
  • Some Recent Trends in Jewish Educational Thought (1951)
  • A Historian Views the Contemporary Jewish Scene (1952) (Hebrew Teachers College, MA.)
  • Josippon and the Apocryphal Books (1 952) (JQR)
  • Josippon and the Apocryphal Books (Hebrew) (Year? Publication?)
  • Three Centuries of Achievement (1954) (The Pioneer Woman)
  • Raising the Curtain on History (1954) (American Jewish Historical Society)
  • Our Historic Horizons (1955) (JOR)
  • Visions and Visionaries in Jewish History (1958) (American Jewish Historical Society)
  • Founders Day Note (1963)
  • Contributions of Cyrus Adler to Jewish Literature (1 963) (Jewish Book Annual, Vol. 21)
  • Abraham Zacuto, Historiographer (1965) (Harry Austryn Wolfson Jubilee Volume)
  • Our Heritage (1966) (Founders Day)
  • The Paradoxes and Fate of a Jewish Medievalist (1967) (75th Anniversary Volume of JOR)
  • Adler, Cyrus (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Box 9

Personal Files

  • Roosevelt Reception Committee New York (1910)
  • Mikveh Israel - B'nai Jeshuron (1927)
  • Neuman in various "Who's Who" series (1934-1953)
  • Honorary Degree, University of Pennsylvania (1945)
  • Curriculum Vitae (1943 -1949)
  • Correspondence with Samuel Neuman (1943-1949)
  • Correspondence with Max R. Wainer on Cyrus Neuman's military service (1942-1945)
  • Medical affairs (1946)
  • Correspondence with Morris Watch Corp. (1950)
  • Drawing of a study and a living room (1944)
  • Ink sketch of Neuman, made by a student (French) (1953)
  • Honorary Degree, New York University (1955)
  • Correspondence with Theodore Kiendl and Victor Zipris, Columbia University anniversaries (Alumni) (1944-1965)
  • Vacation and travel (1950-1967)
  • Biographical Notes of a College President (address delivered at Columbia University 5/29/60)
  • 20 years of Neuman's presidency of Dropsie College, Senate of Pennsylvania Resolution (1961 )
  • Television Program "Abraham A. Neuman - American Scholar" (1965)
  • Correspondence with Margin Neuron
  • Retirement correspondence (1966)
  • Honorary Degree, Dropsie College (1966)

*For additional information on Neuman's appointment as instructor at Dropsie College, see box

21, correspondence with Cyrus Adler

*For additional information regarding Neuman's public and professional career, see books of

chronicles, boxes 6 and 7

*For additional information regarding Neuman as President of Dropsie College, congratulation letters and correspondence concerning his retirement, see boxes 78 and 79

Box 10

Correspondence with Neuman on his Writings (lectures, articles, books)

  • Correspondence on Saadia Studies (1943)
  • "Landmarks and Goals: Historical Studies and Addresses", correspondence mainly with Solomon Zeitlin (1952-1960)
  • "Landmarks and Goals" book sales and inventories (1953-1955)
  • Correspondence on Neuman's "An Historian Views the Contemporary Jewish Scene" included in the volume Landmarks and Goals" (1953-1954)
  • "Great Religions of the Modern World" (chapter by Neuman), correspondence with Princeton University Press
  • Correspondence on the Festschrift "Studies and Essays in honor of A. Neuman (Ben-Horin, M., Weinryb, B.D., Zeitlin, S.,) (1962)
  • Reviews on "Studies and Essays in Honor of A. Neuman"
  • Correspondence on "Jews in Spain" (2 files) (1955)
  • Correspondence on "Jews in Spain" (1967)
  • "Jews in Spain" - Publication (1940-1942)
  • "Jews in Spain" - Acknowledgments (1 942-1943)
  • Correspondence on "Samuel Usque: Marrono Historian of the 16th Century" (1946)
  • Correspondence on Neuman's Founders Day lecture "Standards by which we shall be Judged" (1955)
  • Correspondence on "American Jewry and a Jewish Renaissance" (1 951)
  • Correspondence on "A Bridge of Understanding" (1952)
  • Correspondence on "The Evolving Jewish Community" (1955)
  • Correspondence on "Relation of the Hebrew Scriptures to American Institutions" (1961 )

Box 11

Books and Articles: Manuscripts, Typescripts

  • Jews in the Middle Ages
  • Jossipon versus Josephus
  • Jewish History in Turkey 15_16th Century
  • Jews in Eastern Europe 16th Century
  • The Contributions of Dropsie College to Jewish Scholarship
  • What is Wrong with Our World Today?
  • Old Records of the Congregation Mikveh Israel (February,1929)
  • Krauss' Wiener Geserah, Introduction to "Die Wiener Geserah vom Jahre 1421" (1920)

Articles for the Press

  • The Influence of Religious Education on....
  • Universities in Wartime
  • Editorial from the Whelly Intelligencer ...
  • Gazing into the Mirror of the Past (1937)
  • The Mighty Oak into which American Jewry has grown
  • Horace Stern - An American Jew
  • The Emerging Pattern of American Jewry

Box 12

1. Class notes, in Hebrew and English, on 3" by 5" catalog cards

2. Notes for Neuman's books, on 3" by 5" catalog cards

Box 13

Diaries and notes (1944-1969)

Box 14

Notes (Including on Order Nashim, Mishnah and Talmud)

Box 15

Notes (mainly notes of "The Jews in Spain")

Box 16


Box 17

Notes (Alphabetical card catalog, according to authors, in English)

Box 18

Notes (including notes for "Jossipon", "The Jews in Spain", "Jews in the United States")

Box 19

Notes in Hebrew on "Emonot Vedeot"

Box 20

Album of clippings, photographs, etc. reflecting Neuman's professional activities

Alphabetical Correspondence


Dropsie College Period (DC 2 A)

Box 21

Aa – Adler

Mostly correspondence between Abraham Neuman and Cyrus Adler, death notices of Adler, and correspondence with Mrs. Adler.

*For material concerning Neuman's biography of Cyrus Adler see Box 4.

Box 22

Adult Education Council of Philadelphia - American Alumni Council

1. One file of correspondence with Gershon Agron (1951-1959)

2. One file of correspondence with Irving A. Agus (1940-1965)

Box 23

American Association for Jewish Education - American Institute of Holyland Studies

1. Correspondence with the American Council for Émigrés in the Professions (1943-1956)

2. Two files of correspondence with the American Friends of the Hebrew University (1942-1966)

3. Three files of correspondence with the American Association for Jewish Education (1944-1966)

Box 24

American Jewish Committee

Correspondence with the American Jewish Committee (1940-1944)

*For material on the American Jewish Yearbook see Box 27

Box 25

American Jewish Committee - American Jewish Historical Society

1. Files of the American Jewish Committee regarding Conference on Jewish Adjustment in America (1945-1946)

2. Two files of correspondence with the American Jewish Congress (1948-1966)

3. Seven files of correspondence with the American Jewish Historical Society (1941-1952)

*American Jewish Historical Society files are arranged chronologically in Boxes 25 and 26.

Box 26

Jewish American Historical Society - American Jewish Philosophical Society

Including: Mostly AJHS files containing correspondence with Isidore Meyer (1953-1966)

Box 27

American Jewish Yearbook - Arons, Judy

1. Six files of correspondence with American Schools for Oriental Research, Baghdad and Jerusalem, chronologically arranged, including Archaeological newsletter (1940-1966)

2. Correspondence with Walter Annenberg (1947-1965)

*For American Jewish Committee material see Box 25

Box 28

Ashtor, E. – Berkson

1. Short correspondence with David Ben Gurion (1948-1951)

2. Short correspondence with Fritz (Isaac) Baer (1945-1947)

3. Correspondence concerning Honorary Degree to Y. Ben Zvi (1958)

4. Correspondence with Isaac B. Berkson, including offprints (1945-1963)

Box 29

Berlliner – Bitzaron

1. Correspondence with Simon Bernstein

2. Nine files of correspondence with Jacob Billikopf (1928-1951)

Box 30

Blatberg, Wolf - B'nai Brith

1. Correspondence with Arthur Bloch, including photograph (1 943-1954)

2. Correspondence with Solomon Bluhm, including photograph (1 937-1956)

3. A few files of correspondence with B'nai Brith (1943-1965) and B'nai Brith-Hillel Foundation (1941-1965)

Box 31

Board of Jewish Education - Braunstein, Baruch

1. Six files of correspondence with Rabbi Abraham Brachman (1 943-1961)

2. Correspondence with Joshua Brand (1946-1950)

Box 32

Breibait, Israel - Chapin, Elizabeth

1. Short correspondence with William Bullitt (1 943)

2. Short correspondence with Ralph Bunch's secretary regarding conferring honorary degree upon Ralph Bunch (1955-1966)

Box 33

Chary for Independent, Elias - Commission Colleges

1. Correspondence with Israel Chipkin of the Jewish Education Committee and correspondence with the Israel Chipkin School (1941-1955)

2. Correspondence with Wendell Cleland (1949-1950)

3. Correspondence with Mortimer Cohen (1940-1964)

4. Correspondence with Samuel M. Cohen (1 942-1948)

Box 34

Commission for the Study - Conference on Jewish Relations

1. Correspondence with Oscar Janowsky (Commission for the Study of Jewish Education in the United States (1953-1957)

2. A file of correspondence with the Committee for Post War Rehabilitation Of Jewish Scholarship (1 943)

3. Four files of correspondence with the Conference of Jewish Material Claims against Germany (1953-1964)

4. Short correspondence with the Committee on Refugee Ministers (1 940)

5. Minutes of the Committee of the Study of Arab-Jewish Relations (1 943)

Box 35

Conference on Jewish Scholarship - Cronback, A.

1. Two files on Conference on Post War Rehabilitation of Jewish Centers (1942-1945)

2. Correspondence with Alan Corre'

3. Five files of correspondence with the Council of Jewish Federations (1947-1966)

Box 36

Crozer Quarterly - Misc. Dob-Dur

1. Correspondence with David Daube (1943-1 966)

2. Correspondence with Moshe Davis (1942-1963)

3. Two files of correspondence with Joseph Diamond (1941-1964)

4. Short correspondence with Ben Zion Dinur (1 954-1964)

5. Address by Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker and Dr. Max Nussbaum (1961)

Dropsie College Series (Boxes 37, 38, 39)

Box 37

Dropsie College

  • Historical sketch of Dropsie College
  • General - Blue Cross
  • Informational Literature
  • Proposed new brochure
  • Abraham Neuman at Dropsie College (1941-1966)
  • Middle East Institute (see also specific boxes, under Middle East Institute, 1952-1959)
  • National Advisory Committee (1957-1959)
  • New York Extension (1957-1958)
  • Defense (1941)
  • Publications mailed to friends and proposals
  • Convocation (1962)
  • Services and Supplies (1955-1958)

Box 38

Dropsie College

  • Property, leasing (1945-1961)
  • Building inventory, State commission of Academic facilities (1967-1968)
  • Faculty data sheets (blank)
  • Grant application from US Department of Labor (1965)
  • Jewish Apocryphal literature series dinner list (1950)
  • Questionnaires
  • Faculty Sketches
  • US Department of Education (1965-1968)
  • Finnegan Fellowship Award (blank)
  • Admission requirements
  • Board of governors
  • Correspondence with E. Rosen on Insurance policy of Dropsie College (1964-1965)
  • Voice of America (1951)
  • American Jewish Archives (1965-1966)
  • Academy for Educational Development, survey of retirement plan (1965)
  • Library materials - title grants (1955-1956)
  • Biographical data re Cyrus Adler*
  • Department of Health, Education and Welfare, guideline for proposals survey (1965-1966)
  • Apocrypha translation

*See also Boxes 4, 21

Box 39

Dropsie College

  • Apocryphal series
  • History examinations (1935-1965)
  • History examinations (1950)
  • Comprehensive examinations
  • Financial matters (1942-1970)

Box 40

Dubois, Leo - Emanuel, Jay

1. Correspondence with Alexander Dushkin (1945-1946)

2. Correspondence on Education - for more see Boxes 76, 80

3. Correspondence with Ismar Elbogen (1940-1946)

Box 41

Encyclopedia Britannica - Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia

Includes: Two files of correspondence with Louis N. Epstein (1929-1959).

Box 42

Feigin, Samuel I. - Finkel, Samuel B.

1. Correspondence with Samuel I. Feigin on Neuman's biography of Cyrus Adler (1938-1947)

2. Seven files of correspondence with Samuel B. Finkel, executive vice-president of Dropsie College (1950-1962)

Box 43

Finkel, Samuel B. (1957-1961)

Box 44

Finkelstein, Louis - Frank, Peter

1. Correspondence with Louis Finkelstein (1940-1965)

2. Short correspondence with Henry Ford

3. Correspondence with Abraham Fraenkel (1946-1960)

Box 45

Frank, Edgar - Funeral

Including: Short correspondence with Felix Frankfurter (1950-1958)

Fundraising (Boxes 46-49)

(Original registration according to names of cities in the United States was kept)

Box 46

Allentown - Camden

Box 47

Dallas, TX - Memphis, TN

Including: Correspondence with Rabbi Max Nussbaum on fund raising (Hollywood, CA, 1959-62)

Box 48

Miami, FL - Pittsburgh, PA

Including: Early correspondence (1928-1932) on fundraising.

Dropsie College is referred to as Philadelphia Branch of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Some of the correspondence is with Cyrus Adler.  Neuman's letters are on stationary of Congregation Mikveh Israel.

Box 49

Richmond, VA - Worcester, MA

Box 50

Misc. Ga, Garrison - Golden Slipper Square

1. Correspondence with Louis Ginsberg and his wife, including a photograph of him 1940-1963

2. Correspondence with Henry S. Gehman (1940-1945)

3. Correspondence with Leo Gittelson on the Nehemia Gittleson Library of Rabbinics (1947-1952)

Box 51              

Goldin, Judah - Graduate School

1. Two files of correspondence with Nahum Goldman, including photo (1953-1966)

2. Correspondence with Israel Goldstein (1940-1966)

Box 52

Gratz College – Guttman

1. Four files of material relating to Gratz College, including curriculum and minutes (1943-1967)

2. Short correspondence with Hayim Greenberg (1952)

3. One file of correspondence with Solomon Grayzel (1940-1966)

Box 53

Misc. Hab - Hebrew University

1. Correspondence with Hadassah (1949-1957)

2. Correspondence with the Hebrew University (1945-1965)

Box 54

Heimerdinger, Leo - Hiasand Council

1. Three files of correspondence with and on Moshe Held, mainly on immigration matters. Also in files is correspondence on immigration matters of B.Z. Netanyahu

2. Three files of correspondence with Hebrew Union College (1940-1966)

3. Short correspondence with Uriel Heyd (1948-1954)

4. Two files of correspondence with HIAS (Visa matters of B.Z. Netanyahu, 1943-1959)

Box 55

Higher education - Hutchins, Robert

Including: Correspondence with Leo L. Honor (1956-1966)

Box 56

Convention: "I am an American"- Jerusalem Centre

1. Short correspondence with Israeli Embassy (1959-1960). For more on Israel, see Box 85

2. Correspondence with Oscar I. Janowsky (1940-1965). For more correspondence with Oscar Janowsky, see Box 34

Box 57

Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences - Jewish Peace Fellowship

1. Correspondence with the Jewish Agency (1950-1965)

2. Correspondence on a Jewish Army (1942)

Box 58

Jewish Publication Society of America

Box 59

Jewish Quarterly Review - Jewish Statistical Bureau

1. Unpublished articles submitted to the Jewish Quarterly Review

2. Two files of correspondence and reports of the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction Inc. (1949-1951)

3. Two files of correspondence with the Jewish Statistical Bureau (1 943-1948)

*For material related to the Tercentenary issue, see also box 86

Box 60

Jewish Teachers Seminary - Jewish Theological Seminary

1. Mostly files of correspondence and memoranda of the Jewish Theological Seminary (1923-1965)

2. The Jewish Theological Seminary, The American Jewish History Center, correspondence with Sol Satinsky, Moshe Davis and Gladys Rosen (1959-1964)

Box 61

Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbinical Assembly

Box 62

Jewish Times - Kaplan, Mordecai

1. Correspondence with Edward J. Jurji (1943-1959)

2. Correspondence with Baruch Kanael (1954-1961)

3. Correspondence with and on Mordecai Kaplan (1942-1961)

Box 63

Karp, Abraham - Kraft, Lois

Box 64

Kratter, Marvin - Lear, Elmer

Including: Essay by Walter M. Kraus on the St. Charles, the ship that brought the first group of Jewish settlers to America in 1651 (1935)

Box 65

Lebendiger, Israel - Lewin, Boleslao

1. Correspondence with Herbert S. Lehman (1946-1963)

2. Two files of correspondence with Judge Louis E. Levinthal, including copies of correspondence between Levinthal and Joseph Proskauer (1940-1 966)

Box 66

Lewin, Isaac – Lubin

1. Correspondence with Bernard Lewis, including photograph (1951-1954)

2. Correspondence with the Library of Congress (1940-1965)

3. Short correspondence with Ilse Llichtenstadter, including her articles (1955)

Box 67

Misc. Ma, Macht, E. - Medina (Hose Torihio Medina) Centennial Celebration

1. Correspondence with Judah Magnes (1942-1948)

2. Correspondence on the Margolis Volume and the collection (1 950-1951)

3. Correspondence with Julius Mark (note letter to Mark from Benjamin Parker about Jacob Friend, who helped obtain visas for Jews during World War II, through contacts with Japanese admiral) (1949-1958)

4. Correspondence with Prof. Alexander Marx (1946-1953)

Box 68

Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture - Middle East Institute

1. Material on the Middle East Studies Conference held at the Dropsie College and organized by the Middle East Institute of the Dropsie College. Boxes 69, 70 and 71: material of the Middle East Institute.

2. Correspondence with Isidore Meyer. For more see boxes 25 and 26

Box 69

Middle East Institute

Including: Files concerning recruiting, fellowships, faculty minutes, courses, examinations (1949-1963)

Box 70

Middle East Institute

Including: Files concerning lectures, symposiums, papers submitted, invitations and responses

Box 71

Middle East Institute

1. Publications, recruiting (1954-1960)

2. Material concerning later years of Middle East Institute: faculty, courses, registration catalog (1968-1971)

Box 72

Middle States Association - Murphy, Frank

1. Two files of correspondence with Mikveh Israel Congregation on conferring Honorary Rabbi degree on Abraham Neuman (1943-1959)

2. Two files of correspondence on "A Modern Constitution for Pennsylvania" (1965)

Box 73

Misc. N, Nahm - National Conference

1. Correspondence with and photograph of John William Nason

2. Six files of correspondence with the National Conference of Christians and Jews

3. Two files of correspondence with the National Council for Jewish Education (1946-1960)

Box 74

National Education - Nussbaum

1. Correspondence with Cyrus Neuman and other family members (1947-1954)

2. Short correspondence with B. Z. Netanyahu (1956-1965)

3. Two files of correspondence with the National Foundation for Jewish Culture (1960-1964)

*Honorary Degree from New York University has been transferred to Box 9, personal files

Box 75

Oberman – Oxman

Including: Four files of correspondence with and photograph of Harry Orlinsky (1940-1964)

Box 76

Misc. Pa-Pu, Passow - Peli Family Publishers

1. Correspondence with Isidore Passow (1945-1958)

2. Files consisting of correspondence and memoranda on Palestine:

  • American Christian Palestine Committee (correspondence with L. Levinthal)
  • Americans for Israel
  • Palestine Economic Corporation
  • Economic Corporation of New York
  • Jewish Palestine Exploration Society
  • American Friends for Palestine
  • American Fund for Palestine Institutions
  • Hebrew Language Conference
  • American Palestine Committee
  • Open Door Committee
  • American Zionist Emergency Council
  • Palestine Society of Philadelphia

Box 77

Pennsylvania State - Police

Including: Files on various aspects of education in Philadelphia and in the State of Pennsylvania


Box 78

Polotsky - President's Reception

1. Neuman's reception as president of Dropsie College (1 963)

2. A file of prayers, most of them written by Neuman

Box 79

President of Dropsie College

Mainly congratulation notes upon Neuman's election as president of Dropsie College. Also administrative matters and retirement announcement of Neuman.

Box 80

Misc. Rab-Rau - Reines

Box 81

Religious Education Association - Russia

1. Correspondence with Cecil Roth (1942-1965)

2. File on Russia, on various matters (1941-1959)

3. Two files of correspondence with the Religious Education Association (1953-1957)

Box 82

Sa-Sci - Sassoon, David

1. Correspondence with and photograph of Herbert Samuel (1952)

2. Correspondence with and photograph of Edwin Samuel (1948-1966)

3. Correspondence on the Haym Salomon papers (1941-1958)

Box 83

Saunders - Segal

1. Correspondence with Senator Hugh Scott (1958-1963)

2. Six files of correspondence with Bernard Segal (1945-1968)

Box 84

Selective Service - Soltes

1. Correspondence with A. H. Silver (1941-1 965)

2. Correspondence with and photograph of Patrick Skehan (1957)

3. Short correspondence with Elizabeth Solis. Also in file photograph of Red Cross activity in Dropsie College during World War I, including Mrs. Cyrus Adler, Mrs. S Solis-Cohen and others (1957)

4. Correspondence with Emily Solis-Cohen (1940-1953)

5. Correspondence with Leon Solis-Cohen (1942-1962)

Box 85

Somogyi, Joseph - Szold

1. Correspondence with the State Department (1948-1966)

2. Correspondence with Senator Israel Stiefel (1949-1963)

3. Correspondence with and photograph of Admiral Lewis Strauss (1940-1962)

4. Correspondence with E. L. Sukenik (1927-1 945)

5. Correspondence with Senator Stuart Symington (1959)

6. Telegram from Henrietta Szold (1943)

7. Correspondence with Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1953)

Box 86

Misc, T – Tercentenary

Box 87

Text Commission - University of Pennsylvania*

1. Correspondence with and on Kenneth Leslie of the Protestant Text Book Commission regarding attacks on Catholicism, pro-Communism etc. (1942-1944)

2. Short correspondence with the United Nations (1947)

3. Two files of correspondence with the United Synagogue of America (1941 -1949)

*For various universities check under "miscellaneous" as well as under specific names of universities.

Box 88

Misc V - White House

1. Short correspondence with Domenico Vittorini (1940-1958)

2. Short correspondence with Chaim Weizmann (1942-1948)

3. Short correspondence with Sumner Welles (1948)

4. Short correspondence with the White House Committee on Equal Employment (1964)

Box 89

WHYY Broadcasting Station - World University Service

1. Correspondence with and on Stephen S. Wise (1941-1 964)

2. Correspondence with Paul Winter (1952-1965)

Box 90

Misc. Y - Yadin, Yigal - Z

1.  Short correspondence with Yigal Yadin (1956)

2.  Short correspondence and articles by Samuel Yeivin (1961)

3.  Correspondence with Yeshiva University (1943-1965)

4.  Correspondence with YIVO (1941-1963)

Oversized Files transferred to Removal Box:

File 91

Certificate of election as Presidential Elector for the State of Pennsylvania (1940)

File 92

Hebrew Union College, Honorary Degree of Hebrew Letters (Cincinnati, 1945)

File 93

Honorary Degree, University of Pennsylvania (1 945)

File 94

Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Commission of Pennsylvania, certificate of participation in celebration of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Thomas Jefferson (1943)

File 95

Gratz College Community award conferred to Abraham Neuman (1964)

File 96

The Pennsylvania Constitution Commemoration Committee, Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of the United States (1937-1938)

Appendix (kept in Box 90)

A list consisting 122 items of bibliography of Abraham Neuman. It reflects a work of a lifetime from 1912 to 1965 and is organized chronologically. The appendix is a photocopy of the original list, compiled by S. Mozenter and kept in Box 9 of the Abraham A. Neuman papers.