Guide to the Faculty & Individual Files Series, American Jewish University Archives (Institutional Records)

Prepared by Sivan Siman-Tov, American Jewish University
Ostrow Library and University Archives, American Jewish University
Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Library
15600 Mulholland Dr.
Bel-Air. California 90077
310-440-1238
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E-mail: library@aju.edu
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Faculty & Individual Files Series, American Jewish University Archives (Institutional Records)

Collection number: CaLaAJUL1_25

American Jewish University

Bel-Air, CA 90077
Date Completed:
2014
Encoded by:
American Jewish University Archives
© 2014. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Identifier/Call Number: CaLaAJUL1_25
Title: Faculty & Individual Files Series, American Jewish University Archives (Institutional Records)
Date (inclusive): 1944-2005 inclusive
Collector: American Jewish University; University of Judaism; Brandeis-Bardin Institute (Brandeis, Simi Valley, Calif.)
Repository: University Archives and Ostrow Library, American Jewish University

15600 Mulholland Dr.
Bel-Air. California 90077
Extent: 2 Boxes (Boxes 28-29)
Location: Physical files are housed at the Ostrow Library of the American Jewish University.
Abstract: The records in this series contain materials related to Faculty & Individual Files (Series 7). The series consists of news clippings, correspondence, biographical information, interview materials, publications, and other materials related to faculty, staff, donors, guests, and other individuals associated with the University.
Language: Materials are in English and Hebrew

Administrative Information

Access:

This collection is open for research with permission from the Ostrow Library staff. Some materials may be restricted. Contact the Archive (sivanst3@gmail.com) or the Library (library@aju.edu).

Accruals:

Additions to this collection may be transferred regularly.

Rights:

Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreement, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright holder. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Faculty & Individual Files, Guide to the American Jewish University Archive, American Jewish University, Bel-Air, CA 90077.

Acquisition Information:

Collected by various members of the American Jewish University.

Scope and Content:

The records in this series contain materials related to Faculty & Individual Files (Series 7). The series consists of news clippings, correspondence, biographical information, interview materials, publications, and other materials related to faculty, staff, donors, guests, and other individuals associated with the University.
The American Jewish University Archive is a collection of documents, pamphlets, recordings, letters, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera that document the history of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute which merged to become American Jewish University in 2007, depicting people, places and events at both campuses.

Organization:

The collection is Series 7: Faculty & Individual Files
  • VII. Faculty & Individual Files 1944-2005
    • Subseries 1. Individual Files
    • Subseries 2. Joint Faculty Publications & Writings Collection

American Jewish University:

The American Jewish University , with its Familian campus in Bel Air, California and Brandeis-Bardin campus in Simi Valley, California, is the outcome of the 2007 union of Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) and the University of Judaism (UJ).
In 1947, the University of Judaism was founded in Los Angeles, the vision of Dr. Mordecai Kaplan, the author of Judaism as a Civilization, who advocated the creation of an educational institution incorporating diverse elements of Jewish civilization and culture under one roof. To carry out his dream, he received the support of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the Bureau of Jewish Education of Los Angeles.
Six years earlier, BCI was founded by Dr. Shlomo Bardin to safeguard against assimilation of young American Jews by making “the great ethical heritage of Judaism” relevant to them. Brandeis Camp Institute was named to honor our nation’s first Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Louis D. Brandeis, who was instrumental as the visionary and primary funder of Dr. Bardin’s initial programmatic endeavor. BBI was located for brief periods of time in Amherst, NH, Winterdale, PA and Hendersonville, NC before finding its home in 1947 in Simi Valley.
For more information, please see our history page at the following link: http://aboutus.aju.edu/default.aspx?id=4742 .

The Bel and Jack M. Ostrow Academic Library:

The Ostrow Library , is designed to meet the needs of the University's faculty and students, as well as scholars conducting research in all fields of Jewish culture and civilization. Members of the general public are also invited to use the Library’s materials for personal enrichment and enjoyment. With approximately 110,000 print volumes, the library's collections have grown consistently through endowments, gifts of major private collections and an ongoing acquisition program.

The Burton Sperber Memorial Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles:

The Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library  at American Jewish University now serves as the official Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles. This new library succeeds the original Peter M. Kahn Jewish Community Library that was formerly housed at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation. Dedicated by his family in memory of noted Los Angeles philanthropist and landscape developer Burton Sperber, this library welcomes the entire Los Angeles Jewish community to enjoy its state-of-the-art facility including regularly scheduled programs for children and families as well as author and other literary encounters.

The Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center:

The Lowy-Winkler Family Rare Book Center , a gift of Peter and Janine Lowy, is home to the Maslan Bible Collection. This unusual assemblage of exceptional volumes includes approximately 4,000 Bibles, some dating back almost to the inception of the printing press. This collection also features bible translations representing most of the written languages of the world, as well as the Kalman-Friedman Collection of Italian Judaica.

The University Archives:

The University Archives  of the American Jewish University is a collection of documents, pamphlets, recordings, letters, publications, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera that document the history of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute which merged to become American Jewish University in 2007, depicting people, places and events at both campuses.

Photograph and Digital Archive:

  • The American Jewish University Digital Archive  includes photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera that document the history of the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute which merged to become American Jewish University in 2007, depicting people, places and events at both campuses. These photographs include great Jewish thinkers who founded AJU and were involved with its growth over the years. The creation of both institutions was made possible by philanthropists to whom we owe the building of University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute.

Audio-Visual Archive:

  • The American Jewish University Audio-Visual Archive  is a collection of audio-visual records of lectures, shows, and events taking place at or produced by the American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute) over the years.

Louis Shub Documentation Center:

  • The Louis Shub Documentation Center  at the American Jewish University is a collection of thousands of articles from various newspapers and periodicals covering a range of subjects. Gathered by Dr. Shub, the former library director of the University of Judaism, the collection was used by students to research subjects such as Israeli and Jewish figures, Foreign Policy, Global Jewish Communities, Israel, the Middle East and many other issues and subjects. The importance of this collection is the juxtaposing of articles from major papers with those of small local papers both covering the same event. The finding aid to the collection can be viewed at: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c85h7jcf/ 

Subjects:

Note

(Library of Congress Subject Headings)

Personal and Corporate Names:
American Jewish University
Brandeis-Bardin Institute (Brandeis, Simi Valley, Calif.)
University of Judaism
Camp Ramah.
Women's League for Conservative Judaism
United Synagogue of America.
Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
National Women's League
University Women of the University of Judaism
Sinai Temple (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Shub, Louis
Lieber, David L.
Greenberg, Simon, 1901-
Wexler, Robert
Turner, Justin G.
Fligelman, Julius, 1895-1980
Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972
Kohn, Jacob, 1881-1968
Swig, Benjamin Harrison, 1893-1980
Pressman, Jacob;
Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983
Finkelstein, Louis, 1895-1991
Levine, Sid
Wise, Aaron M.
Vorspan, Max
Zemach, Benjamin
Helfman, Max
Warren, Earl, 1891-1974
Eisenshtat, Sidney, 1914-2005
Gindi, Elie M.
Bergman, Martin
Jospe, Erwin
Alexander, Hanan A., 1953-
Bradley, Tom, 1917-1998
Dorff, Elliot N.
Cohen, Gerson D. (Gerson David), 1924-
Dortort, David
Goodhill, Victor, 1911-
Gordis, David M.
Schulweis, Harold M.
Glass, Judith
Ray, Eric
Krems, Nathan
Ackerman, Walter I.
Kahn, Peter M., 1878- [from old catalog]
Gordis, Robert, 1908-
Wolfson, Ron
Cohen, Aryeh
Oppenheim, Lois Hecht
Schary, Dore
Zevit, Ziony
Familian, Isadore
Seewack, Benjamin
Ostrow, Jack
Ostrow, Bel
Easton, Harold

Subjects and Indexing Terms

General Subjects:
Judaism.
Zionism and Judaism.
Israel.
Education.
College presidents.
Jewish college presidents
Rabbis.
Philanthropists
Scholars.
Art.
Patrons of education
Board of directors--United States.
College administrators
Libraries.
Jewish artists
Jewish college teachers
Authors.
Faculty, University
Women.
Musicians
College campuses.

Container List

Box Boxes 28-29

Series: 7.
Faculty & Individual Files 1944-2005

Physical Description: 2 Boxes

Scope and Content Note

The records in this series contain materials related to Faculty & Individual Files (Series 7). The series consists of news clippings, correspondence, biographical information, interview materials, publications, and other materials related to faculty, staff, donors, guests, and other individuals associated with the University.
Box 28

1. Individual Files 1944-2005

Scope and Content Note

The sub-series consists of news clippings, correspondence, biographical information, interview materials, publications, and other materials related to faculty, staff, donors, guests, and other individuals associated with the University.
Box 28, Folder 1

1. Walter I. Ackerman ca. 1969-1972

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes writings and publications.
Box 28, Folder 2

2. Hanan Alexander 1990

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 3

3. David and Bertha Aronson ca. 1988

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes interview, news clippings, and biographical materials.
Box 28, Folder 4

4. Ora Band ca. 1996

Box 28, Folder 5

5. Ben Zion Bergman 1992

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28

6. Abe Bolsky

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes "Abe Bolsky: This is a Life" videotape.
Box 28, Folder 6

7. Charles Brown 1960-1961

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 7

8. Aryeh Cohen 1995

Scope and Content Note

Includes news release.
Box 28, Folder 8

9. Gerson Cohen 1966

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes publication.
Box 28, Folder 9

10. Moshe Davis 1969

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes publication.
Box 28, Folder 10

11. Samuel Dinin 1963

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 11

12. Elliot Dorff ca. 1989-1997

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings and news releases.
Box 28, Folder 12

13. Marcia Falk ca. 1988

Box 28, Folder 13

14. Isadore Familian ca. 1975-2002

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 14

15. William Fingerhut 1977

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 15

16. Louis Finkelstein ca. 1961-1963

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 16

17. Julius Fligelman ca. 1960

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes biography sheet and news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 17

18. Samuel A. Fryer ca. 1960-1975

Archival Materials:
Oversized Photograph:

Physical Location: Additional Location: (Oversized Material)

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy of letter from Mrs. Hans Albert Einstein to Sam, with inscription from Samuel Fryer, 1965-02-14; and Tribute to Samuel A. Fryer by the American Technion Society Booklet.
Box 28, Folder 18

19. Elie Gindi ca. 1970

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Elie Gindi Story, from an Elie and Rachel Gindi Event.
Box 28, Folder 19

20. Victor Goodhill 1962

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 20

21. Daniel H. Gordis 1994

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news releases.
Box 28, Folder 21

22. David Gordis ca. 1976-1990

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes publications and news releases.
Box 28, Folder 22

23. Robert Gordis 1961

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 29

24. Arthur Hoffnung ca. 1985-1986

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes interview materials from "University of Judaism History Project, Memories of Yesterday, Visions of Tomorrow", correspondence and more.
Box 29

A. University of Judaism History Project, Memories of Yesterday, Visions of Tomorrow 1985-1986

Scope and Content Note

Includes interview transcripts with various individuals and materials for the Interviews for “The University of Judaism at Forty” book. Audiotapes housed at the University.
Variant Name: “The University of Judaism at Forty” book
Box 29, Folder 1

1. Walter Ackerman Interview 1985-06

Box 29, Folder 2

2. Moshe Davis Interview 1985-06

Box 29, Folder 3

3. Samuel Dinin (Dirin?) Interview 1986-01

Box 29, Folder 4

4. Elliot Dorff Interview 1985-12

Box 29, Folder 5

5. Henry Fisher Interview 1986-01

Box 29, Folder 6

6. Manny Foster Interview 1986-02

Box 29, Folder 7

7. Alex Graubart Interview ca. 1985

Box 29, Folder 8

8. Simon Greenberg Interview 1986-02

Box 29, Folder 9

9. David Lieber Interview 1985-11

Box 29, Folder 10

10. Alvin Mars Interview ca. 1986

Box 29, Folder 11

11. Jack Ostrow Interview 1986-03

Box 29, Folder 12

12. Bob Raful Interview ca. 1986

Box 29, Folder 13

13. Jack Shechter Interview 1986-01

Box 29, Folder 13

14. Jean Shapiro Interview 1985-08-22

Box 29, Folder 14

15. Louis Shub Interview 1985-11

Box 29, Folder 15

16. Max Vorspan Interview 1986-02

Box 29, Folder 16

17. Betty Wagner Interview 1985-12-26

Box 29, Folder 17

18. Bob Wexler Interview ca. 1986

Box 29, Folder 18

19. Art Whizin Interview 1985-10-20

Box 29, Folder 19

20. Aaron Wise Interview 1986-02

Box 29, Folder 20

21. Ron Wolfson Interview 1986-03

Box 29, Folder 21

22. Ziony Zevit Interview 1986-03-29

Box 29, Folder 22

B. Typescript for “The University at Forty” ca. 1986

Box 29, Folder 23

C. Correspondence 1985

Box 29, Folder 24

D. Miscellaneous

Box 28, Folder 23

25. Peter Kahn 1962

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 24-25

26. Mordecai M. Kaplan 1944-1959

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy of diary entries and correspondence, and publications.
Box 28, Folder 26

27. William M. Kramer 1988-1990

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 27

28. Levine Family, (Hyman, Emma, Isadore and Sidney) 1977

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 28

29. Philip Lipis 1977

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping.
Box 28, Folder 29

30. Alvin Mars 1989

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping and news releases.
Box 28, Folder 30

31. Jack Ostrow 1962-1999

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes "The House that Jack Built: A Tribute to Jack Ostrow" video tape and news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 31

32. Benjamin Platt 1960

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 32

33. Herman Platt 2005

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes Memorial Program.
Box 28, Folder 33

34. Jacob Pressman 1947

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence from Emil Brown and Arthur B. Laurie.
Box 28, Folder 33

35. Dore Schary 1948

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes copy of correspondence from Jacob Pressman.
Box 28, Folder 34

36. Harold M. Schulweis 1973

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 35

37. Elieser Slomovic ca. 1986

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes biographical material.
Box 28, Folder 36

38. Justin Turner ca. 1957

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes publication: University of Judaism, Southwest Jewry
Box 28, Folder 37

39. Max Vorspan 1944-1996

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes publications, essays, invitations, biographical materials, news clippings, news releases, "A Tribute to Max Vorspan" videotape and more.
Box 28, Folder 38

40. Aaron M. Wise 1999

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 39

41. Ron Wolfson 1983-1991

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes speech and news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 40

42. Than Wyenn 1946

Scope and Content Note

Copy of correspondence from Than Wyenn in Mishmar Haemek, Palestine, 1946.
Box 28, Folder 41

43. Ziony Zevit 1991

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clippings.
Box 28, Folder 42

44. Max and Pauline Zimmer 1978-1999

Archival Materials:

Scope and Content Note

Includes news clipping and news releases.
Box 28, Folder 43

2. Joint Faculty Publications & Writings Collection 1949-ca. 1970

Box 28

1. Essays and Articles on the Philosophy of the Conservative Movement by Simon Greenberg, Mordecai Kaplan, Isaac Klein, Jack Cohen, and Jacob Agus.

Box 28

2. 25th Anniversary Convocation of the Jewish Centers Association of Los Angeles, Jewish Existence in an Open Society, Dr. Moshe Davis, Rabbi Robert Gordis, Barry Hyams, Dr. David Lieber, Max Lerner, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dr. Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Dr. Alfred Werner, and Elie Wiesel, 1970

Box 28

3. Los Angeles Jewish Community Council 1949-1952

Scope and Content Note

Members include Julius Fligelman, Peter Kahn, Theodore Strimling and more. Includes Members' Kit for the 15th Annual Meeting of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Council (1949-01-09) and Minutes of the Spring Meeting (1952-06-08).