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Alvin I. Fine papers, 1929-1999 (bulk 1940-1970).
BANC MSS 2010/786 oversize folder 2; BANC MSS 2010/786 oversize folder 1; BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 1; BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 2; ...
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Alvin I. Fine papers, 1929-1999 (bulk 1940-1970)


Fine, Alvin I., creator, creator.


Western Jewish History Center, 89.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1977.002.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The collection contains materials generated during Rabbi Fine's tenure at Congregation Emanu-El (1948-1964), as well as during his teaching career at San Francisco State University (1965-1980). The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to and from members of the congregation; other rabbis; as well as civic, educational, and religious groups. The collection includes Rabbi Fine's personal papers, such as his master's thesis, degrees and certificates, diaries, and newspaper clippings. In addition, the collection also contains Fine's World War II Army chaplaincy service materials, including monthly chaplain reports, service record files, reserve files, and folders on Jewish refugee life in China. So too, the collection also contains rabbinical materials, which consist of congregation files, subject files, sermons, publications, correspondence, and organizations.


1940 (issued)


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Fine, Alvin I -- Archives
American Civil Liberties Union.
American Jewish Congress.
B'nai B'rith.
Board of Rabbis of Northern California.
Congregation Emanu-El (San Francisco, Calif.)
Council for Civic Unity of San Francisco.
Hebrew Union College.
Military Chaplains Association of the United States.
Planned Parenthood Association of San Francisco. -- Clergymen's Advisory Council.
San Francisco State University.
United States. -- Army -- Chaplains
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Human rights
Jewish families -- China
Jewish families -- Israel
Jews -- California -- San Francisco


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 89.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1977.002.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
UNPROCESSED. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form.
Alvin I. Fine papers, BANC MSS 2010/786, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Rabbi Alvin I. Fine was born in Portland, Oregon in 1916. He graduated with a B.A. from Reed College in Portland (1937) and a M.A. in Hebrew letters from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati (1940). During World War II, he served as an Army chaplain in the China Theater in Shanghai and in Burma. Rabbi Fine was the senior rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco from 1948-1964. He retired from Congregation Emanu-El due to health concerns and became a professor of humanities at San Francisco State University from 1965-1980. Rabbi Fine was a member of many professional and civic organizations as well as the recipient of many awards. He was on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Council of Civic Unity, the American Jewish Congress, the Human Rights Commission, and the Clergymen's Advisory Council of the Planned Parenthood Association of San Francisco. Rabbi Fine died in 1999.
Materials in English.
Preliminary container listing available in the library.


Administrative records-California.

Physical Description:

26.35 (21 2




BANC MSS 2010/786 oversize folder 2
BANC MSS 2010/786 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 1
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 2
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 3
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 4
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 5
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 6
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 7
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 8
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 9
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 10
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 11
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BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 14
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 15
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BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 17
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BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 19
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 20
BANC MSS 2010/786 carton 21
BANC MSS 2010/786
BANC MSS 2010/786



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