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Meir David Loewenstein Papers Related to the Establishment of the State of Israel


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Meir David Loewenstein was an Israeli politician who served on a number of early Israeli government bodies. Born in Copenhagen, Loewenstein was educated in Zurich and at the Rabbinical Seminary in Amsterdam (Nederlandsch Israëlietisch Seminarium). He immigrated to Mandatory Palestine in 1934. In 1948 Loewenstein became a member of the Moetzet HaAm, representing Agudat Yisrael, and was one of the signatories of Israel's declaration of independence. He was a member of the Provisional State Council (The Constituent Assembly), the Constitution Committee, and the First Knesset. Loewenstein was elected in Israel's first elections (1949) as a member of the United Religious Front.

The collection consists of official letters of the three Provisional Institutions active prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and during its first year of existence: The People's Council – Moetzet HaAm; The People's Administration – Minhelet HaAm; and The Provisional State Council – Moetzet HaMedina HaZmanit, later named The Constituent Assembly and eventually named: The First Knesset. The collection include documents sent and distributed solely to members of the aforementioned administrations, including formal ordinances, protocols and booklets, some issued prior to the establishment of the state of Israel and some shortly after its establishment, with a significant amount of materials documenting the onset of legislation in the young State of Israel.

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The collection was purchased from Joseph Landau in 2024. The accession number associated with this purchase is ML-2024-002.

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The collection was processed by Will Clements in 2024. Materials were rehoused into acid free folders and some folders were grouped according to administrative function, but otherwise no significant physical arrangement was done at this time.

No materials were separated from this accession during 2024 processing.

Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Will Clements
Finding Aid Date
2024 April 23
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The collection is open for research use.

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Collection Inventory

Miscellaneous 1948 Materials, 1948. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

This folder includes (among other 1948 materials): invitations to sessions and ceremonies; a small folding white-bristol card printed in blue with headlines "Moetzet HaAm, Moshav Hachrazat HaAtzmaut, Tel Aviv, 14.5.1948" (Hebrew: declaration of Independence session, Tel-Aviv, 14.5.1948); a map of Jerusalem depicting zones under Israeli Defense Forces control and the Jordanian zones; memoranda and documents concerning Folke Bernadotte's (UN Mediator in Palestine) proposal for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the borders of the State of Israel; and documentation of ordinances and regulations.

Physical Description

1 folder

Protocols of the Provisional Government and Provisional State Council Meetings, 1948-1949. 3 folders.
Physical Description

3 folders

Provisional Government, 1948-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Provisional Government Elections, 1948. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Provisional State Council, 1948-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Documents of the First Knesset, 1949-1950. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Early Regulations and Procedures of State, 1948-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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