David M. Goldenberg Papers
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies [Contact Us]420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3703
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Born in 1947, David M. Goldenberg attended the Rabbinical Seminary of America for Rabbinical training from 1965-1968. He obtained his B.A. from Queen's College (City University of New York) in Hebrew in 1970, did graduate work from 1971-1972 at Hebrew University and obtained his PhD. from Dropsie College in Post-Biblical Literature and Institutions in 1978.
Goldenberg began his professional career at Dropsie when he became a teaching fellow in Rabbinic Literature in 1974. He continued to serve Dropsie in various positions for the next twenty-five years, moving into the position of Assistant Professor in Post-Biblical Literature and Institutions (1978-1981) and Talmud and Rabbinic Literature (1981-1986). He became Academic Dean of the College in 1980 and served for one year in that position before taking over as the fifth President of Dropsie College, a position which he held for the next five years.
Goldenberg became President of the College at a critical moment in Dropsie's history. Moses Dropsie, a Philadelphia lawyer who made his fortune from his law practice and investments in Philadelphia streetcars, left his entire estate "for the promotion of and instruction in the Hebrew and Cognate languages and their respective literatures." Dropsie College was established in 1907 but by 1981, still located in the original College building which had been erected at Broad & York Streets in 1912, Dropsie was undergoing financial difficulties. A dwindling financial base, less than adequate facilities, a lack of local support, and a run-down neighborhood had the school on the verge of bankruptcy. The situation was further exacerbated in November 1981 when a fire, caused by arson, broke out in the building, a month after Goldenberg assumed the Presidency. Firemen rushing in to douse the flames soaked the books and cuneiform tablets, turning the latter to mud.
In the aftermath of the fire, there was a temporary move to Merion, Pennsylvania. With the help of the Board of Directors and the financial leadership of Ambassador Walter Annenberg, a new home was built for the College at 420 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, and in Annenberg's honor, the College was renamed the Annenberg Research Institute (ARI). In the process, the Institute ceased to operate as a degree-granting institution and became an institute devoted to post-doctoral research, modeled on the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, N.J. Further years of introspection and planning led to a merger with the University of Pennsylvania and renaming ARI as the Center for Judaic Studies in 1993 and later the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies.
During his Presidency at Dropsie, Goldenberg was responsible for all facets of the institution including the academic program, curriculum design, administration (including recruitment of students, faculty, and personnel), finances (including fundraising and trustee development), buildings and maintenance, long-range planning, and public relations. Goldenberg remained President during Dropsie's final years until it became the Annenberg Research Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. He also served as editor for the Jewish Quarterly Review, the journal published by Dropsie College, and continued to serve as its editor for more than twenty years until 2003.
In 1986, Bernard Lewis was hired as the new Director of the Annenberg Research Institute and Goldenberg became the Associate Director. Goldenberg remained in this position, serving under three successive Directors in seven years and twice served as Acting Director in 1990-1991 and 1993-1994. In addition, Goldenberg held the positions of Adjunct Assistant Professor in Post-Biblical Literature (1993-2003) at the University of Pennsylvania and the Andrew Allen Senior Fellow at the Center for Judaic Studies (the successor to the Annenberg Research Institute) from 1998-2003. He also held the position of the Isidore and Theresa Cohen Professor in Jewish Religion and Thought at the University of Cape Town from 2004-2007.
In addition to his teaching positions, Goldenberg has written extensively on race and racism, publishing "The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Jews, Christians, and Muslims from the Ancient to the Modern World)" (Princeton University Press, 2003) and "Black and Slave: The Origins and History of the Curse of Ham," Studies of the Bible and Its Reception 10, (De Gruyter, 2017) and other articles.
The David M. Goldenberg Collection is composed of five series of materials, which were, by and large, organized and ordered prior to their arrival at the Library of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. The materials encompass the years 1981-1985 when Goldenberg served as Director, interim terms as Acting Director in 1990-1991 and 1993-1994, as well as 1986-1999 when he served as Assistant Director of Dropsie College (also known at various times as Dropsie University, Dropsie Institute, Annenberg Research Institute and the Center for Judaic Studies) under Directors Bernard Lewis, Eric Meyers, William Brinner and David Ruderman.
The Professional Series is composed of personal and professional correspondence and materials, including copies of Goldenberg's curriculum vitae, circa 1986, forms and correspondence related to visiting fellowships in Tel Aviv in 1990 and 1991, a book tour in 1997, a sabbatical in 1992-1993 and dated (1982-1985) and undated speeches. Also included is a 1995-1996 Penn Planner and a "15 Year Photo Frame" given to Goldenberg by the Dean of Penn's School of Arts and Sciences in 2002.
The Administration Series contains the majority of the material from Dr. Goldenberg's years primarily as Director and Assistant Director. The array of folder titles (as labeled by Goldenberg or his assistant) demonstrate the wide range of responsibilities which the Director of Dropsie College/Annenberg Research Institute had to deal with: relationships, meetings and correspondence with Alumni, Faculty, Fellows, Personnel, Students and the Board of Directors, maintenance of the buildings and grounds and their renovation, reporting on and monitoring finances and fundraising, creating and supervising curriculum and programs developed at Dropsie and the Annenberg Research Institute. While the majority of the material is devoted to Goldenberg's roles as Director/Acting or Assistant Director, there is also a small amount of material from his work as a professor and Academic Dean.
The Library Series contains a variety of material related to the Library, including project proposals, attempts to modernize the cataloguing system, a microfilm duplication project, library evaluations, and offers and acknowledgments of gifts and libraries.
The Jewish Quarterly Review Series contains material related to the publishing and editorship of the journal. The Jewish Quarterly Review (JQR), founded in England in 1889 by Israel Abrahams and Claude G. Montefiore, is the oldest English language publication of Judaic scholarship. It was subsequently taken over by Dropsie College in 1910 and published by Cyrus Adler and Solomon Schechter. The JQR continued to be published by Dropsie with the Director of the College serving as Editor up to and through David Goldenberg's years as Director. The material in the series includes ads, brochures, notes on circulation and subscriptions, rules for transliteration and editing notes.
The Dropsie History Series includes a variety of materials collected by Goldenberg from the files of his predecessors--Presidents Cyrus Adler, Abraham Neuman, Abraham Katsh and Joseph Rappaport, as well as copies of Moses Dropsie's will, thus encompassing the years 1892 to 1998. The material includes speeches, correspondence, and minutes of Board meetings. The Series clearly demonstrates how Dropsie was created, its development as an institution with a firm set of principles, its struggles, and how it metamorphosed into a new institution with a new focus and new strengths over a period of little more than 100 years. Four folders contain photocopies of articles culled over the early years from newspapers and magazines about Dropsie College, its programs, graduates and faculty. These materials were collected by Goldenberg as he wanted to write a definitive history of the college. [Note: this project was never completed.]
Even excluding the Dropsie History Series which culls from the collected papers of previous College Presidents, the David M. Goldenberg Papers document the critical decade as the College struggled financially and physically to remain in existence and find a new purpose in the aftermath of the 1981 arson fire which destroyed a large part of the College's library. Following a temporary relocation to Merion, Pa., and with the generous support and engagement of Ambassador Walter Annenberg, the College was able to recreate itself as the Annenberg Research Institute (ARI) and later the Center for Judaic Studies at Penn.
The materials in this collection were assembled by Dr. David Goldenberg. As much as possible, the order (and titling) of the folders was left the way it arrived at the Library of the Katz Center. The major exception is that some folders were so large they were divided into two or more folders by date. The Series titles and organization follow the system set up by Goldenberg (and/or his assistants), as well.
In some cases where it appeared that originals, especially in the Dropsie History Series, may have been culled from the folders or collections of Goldenberg's predecessors, photocopies were made and inserted to replace the originals. The files in this series were arranged by date.
- University of Pennsylvania: Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
- Finding Aid Author
- Louise A. Strauss
- Access Restrictions
The bulk of this collection is open for research use, however, boxes 18 and 19 are restricted until 2053 or later. Reasons for restricted access include personally identifiable information or legal agreements. These folders are marked RESTRICTED.
This series is composed of a variety of materials related to Dr. Goldenberg's professional life but, mainly not as an administrator. It includes copies of resumes, arrangements for sabbaticals in Israel, a book tour and reports. However, there are copies of speeches given by Goldenberg at various commencements and other events.
Letters of recommendation from Goldenberg's supporters for tenure.
Includes: "Academic Report" 1980, Report to the Board of Governors on Academic Programs" 1981, New [Library] Acquisitions, November 1989, December 1989, February 1990.
This small folder contains a resolution adopted at a 1971 meeting of the Alumni Association related to news of a strike by students, a letter from the President of the Alumni Association acknowledging that a committee was exploring a merger with another institution (1975), a plea for financial support, and the announcement of a dinner to honor Dr. Solomon Zeitlin. There is also a letter from the President of the Alumni Association, dated 1976, which elucidates some of the main events of the previous two years and attempts to capitalize on the Bicentennial celebrations in Philadelphia.
This folder contains lists of Board Members at various times from 1953-1996, several copies of committee lists (e.g. Academic, Library, Buildings & Grounds, etc.) and a Donor History from 1979-1984. The lists of Board members give a clear picture of the changing institution from a local college and institution to a national and international one.
This folder contains a variety of materials, including reports to the Board of Governors and Board of Overseers, and Minutes of the Campaign Committee, Executive Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee. In the reports, there are evaluations of programs and faculty, current financial status and plans for the future. Most of the material in the folder comes from after 1986.
Clearly, the folder does not contain full coverage of all committee work from the period in which Goldenberg was Director. Even if the Dropsie period was omitted, the file would not contain a complete record of meetings from the Annenberg Research Institute or Center for Judaic Studies.
This file includes a variety of correspondence from 1980-1992 between Dr. Goldenberg and various board members and covers a diverse range of topics, including academics, directors, finances, fundraising and development, planning for the future, and the possibility of merging with another Philadelphia-area institution.
Although the file is titled "Board-President Relations," there is correspondence in this file not only with Board Chairs but with others as well. This correspondence between the director of the College and Institute with the Chairman of the Board between 1980-1991 includes Albert J. Wood. Among the "Others" with whom Dr. Goldenberg corresponded are Jerome Shestack, Harry Starr, Rabbi Max Hausen, Chaim Potok, Robert Forman, Leon Korngold, and Jules Steiner.
The file includes copies of the By-laws and revisions and correspondence related to the by-laws. The material comes from 1969-1986. There is also a diagram showing the relationship between the President (Abraham I. Katsh in 1974-1975) and the Board of Governors at Dropsie.
The folder contains a group of materials housed in four Penn Arts & Sciences folders. The first is composed of the materials that were given to Board of Overseers members at the May 1, 1996 meeting. This consists of an agenda for the meeting, reprints of several news articles, and a list of the 1996-1997 fellows and their areas of research within the overall topic for the academic year ("Israeli Culture and Society: The Formative Period"). The second is a collection of similar materials for the 1997-1998 year where the theme was "Text, Artifact and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion," a reflection from Dr. Ruderman, a list of Board members and their biographies and a copy of the agenda for the May 2, 1997 meeting. A third folder contains similar materials for the November 18, 1997 meeting, and the fourth folder has the materials for the April 29, 1998 meeting which included a foundation prospect list and the text of a speech for the "Encounters with the Holy Land" Exhibit.
2 copies of a Renovation & Feasibility Study for the Mikveh Israel building (completed by Day and Zimmerman Associates in January 1980) and a summary of estimates for Building Repairs/Upgrades for 420 Walnut Street.
The correspondence is between Dr. Goldenberg and his assistant at Dropsie College while he was on sabbatical in Israel in July 1991 and discusses budget and merger negotiations with Penn.
Draft copies of the Academic Report (1980).
The file contains a variety of materials, including copies of academic calendars, class schedules (1968-1984), a 1961 Summer Session Course Catalog, program descriptions (undated) and a description of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies at Cornell.
The file contains several proposals for new programs to be added to Dropsie: a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, a Master's program with a specialization in Bible, Rabbinics, and Medieval Studies, a PhD in Old Testament Studies, and a Department of Religion. There are also several comments from Dropsie professor Stephen Geller about the proposals.
There are a variety of pamphlets and enrollment forms for programs, including a Ministerial Study Program (1980-1981). A number of the program sheets list the faculty.
3 copies of the Dropsie College Bulletin with Academic Year Calendars for 1983-1984 and 1984-1985. The catalogs also contain a list of all alumni who obtained degrees from 1912-1983.
Correspondence between David Goldenberg and fellows and between Eric Meyers and fellows.
The folder contains schedules, descriptions and proposals for colloquia/research themes to be held at Dropsie and the Center for Judaic Studies. The earliest program proposal is from 1985-1985. Most of the material is from the 1997-1998 year on "Text, Artifact and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion." Correspondence is to both David Goldenberg and David Ruderman.
There are several research group papers/proposals including:
* "Diaspora as Construct and Reality: Jewish Experience in the Second Temple and Late Antiquity" by Eric Gruen (c.2000);
*"Jews and Moslims in Modern Times: Symbiosis, coexistence and conflicts" by Yaron Tsur;
*"History, Society, Culture: Modern Jewry and the Arts" by Ezra Mendelsohn.
The folder contains a variety of information used at Dropsie for coding, a list of scholarships and endowments (c. 1984-1985) and information on how Princeton spent funds in fiscal years 1989-1993.
The folder contains a report, "Memorandum on Accounting Procedure and Internal Control August 31, 1980," from Arthur Anderson & Company, Dropsie's accountants, with suggestions for improvement of accounting procedures and financial and administrative matters. The "suggestions" were grouped into three categories: General Accounting, Student Loans/College Work Study, and Fundraising/Utilization. There were recommendations on budgeting, investments, accounting procedures and several mistakes/errors were noted.
The folder contains a report, "Memorandum on Accounting Procedure and Internal Control August 31, 1981," from Arthur Anderson & Company, Dropsie's accountants. A letter dated March 8, 1982 from Dropsie's Chairman of the Board Isadore Kirschner attest to the bleak financial situation and future. Kirschner noted that Dr. Goldenberg had been appointed as the new President in October 1981 and that progress had been made financially to stabilize and even improve the institution.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statements and Auditors Reports as of August 31, 1981 and August 31, 1982 as prepared by Arthur Anderson & Company, Dropsie's accountants.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statement and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1984.There are also several ledger sheets of information detailing expenditures and income, as completed at Dropsie.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statement and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1985 by Ernst & Whinney, the auditors.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statements and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1986 as prepared by Ernst & Whinney.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statements and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1987 by the auditors Ernst & Whinney.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statements and Auditors Report as of June 30, 1988 by the auditors Ernst & Whinney.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statements and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1989 by the auditors Ernst & Young.
The folder contains statements detailing expenses and revenues for the Annenberg Research Institute from June 1, 1988-June 30, 1989.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statement and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1990 as prepared by the auditor Ernst & Young.
The folder contains a copy of the Financial Statement and Auditors Report as of August 31, 1991 as prepared by the auditors, Price Waterhouse.
The folder contains a variety of financial statement sheets/ledger pages detailing the expenses and sources of income for the Annenberg Research Institute from 1993-1994. There are also detailed pages on endowed fund balances and income. In addition, there are budget scenarios for 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 as the Annenberg Research Center was undergoing merger with Penn and a copy of the University of Pennsylvania's Financial Accounting System coding system (for fiscal year 1994).
The file contains budget and expense statements related to the 1994-1995 fiscal year.
The folder contains sample solicitation letters to various college "friends"--donors, past donor groups, alumni, Board members, friends of Board members, etc.
Lists of people who were invited to a luncheon at the Harmonie Club in 1981 and a luncheon honoring Dr. Joseph Rappaport in 1979.
The folder contains lists of people who were recommended by current Board members as possible future Board members. There are also short biographies of some of the people under consideration.
This file contains correspondence mainly from 1982 and includes plans for fundraising, a donative history of the Dropsie Board (1977-1981), and letters to prospective donors. There are also several letters from Dr. Katsh.
The folder contains a sample letter for fundraising and an advertisement to be placed in The Jewish Exponent in 1982 to raise funds. The ad "invited" friends of listed donors to join with them in a commitment to the vision of Dropsie, Mayer Sulzberger and Cyrus Adler. Among those who donated were Irvin Borowsky and Robert Montgomery Scott.
Drafts of a fundraising letter (1982) and a packet of printed materials (includes a pamphlet from Dropsie's 1973 Colloquium on the Holocaust) and the 1982-1983 Guest Lecture Series;
Lists of donors and those who were approached.
The file is composed of a fundraising letter sent to an individual in Vancouver in 1982 and an undated draft of a fundraising letter from Albert Wood.
Drafts of the 1974 Project Proposal for "The Roles of Judaism in the Evolution of American Democracy" which was submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Bicentennial Celebration.
Application information for the 1995-1996 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships and the draft of the Dropsie proposal to the foundation.
Draft proposal for "Gems of Judaica and the Middle East: Preserving and Organizing Priceless Items in the Archival Collections of The Dropsie University" along with a model letter to foundations for an Archival Grant. The file also contains a list of foundations which might be approached for support.
Several proposals and foundation letters:
1 copy of the Library Improvement Project;
2 copies of proposals to the Booth Ferris Foundation "For Renovations of the Main Building for the Relocation of the Library Collection";
2 copies of the "Gems of the Sephardic and Middle Eastern Heritage: Preserving and Organizing Priceless Holdings in Dropsie University's Archives" (1981);
Tax forms and letters to be filed with the proposals (1970, 1978);
Suggestions for possible projects which might get funding (1984).
Copies of Foundation Proposals:
"For General Funding for The Dropsie University";
"For Support of Dropsie University Programs";
"Proposal to the Charles H. Revson Foundation to Establish a Doctoral Scholarship-Fellowship Fund";
"Proposal to the George B. Goldman Foundation, Community Outreach in Service to the Philadelphia Jewish Community";
"Community Outreach: In Service to the Philadelphia Jewish Community"'
"A Proposal to the Gulf and Western Foundation, Community Outreach Through Nonsectarian Bible Study: A Model for Grassroots Black-Jewish-Christian Relations" (2 copies);
"A Proposal to the XYZ Foundation, For a One-Year Planning Grant for the Establishment of the Institute for Advanced Jewish and Middle Eastern Studies at Dropsie University";
"Letters of Recommendation from Ministries, Dropsie University's Ministerial Study Program--1980."
Various letters in support of "Dropsie University Proposal to the Hagop Kevorkian Fund, Gems of the Sephardic and Middle Eastern Heritage: Preserving and Organizing Priceless Holdings in Dropsie University's Archives" (1981);
A letter accompanying "A Preliminary Proposal for The Organizing and Cataloging of Archival Resources in the Dropsie University Library."
"Survey of the Library The Dropsie University August 10, 1982," Funded by a Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Copies of a proposal for a scholarship-fellowship fund for Graduate students and copies of a sample letter which would accompany the proposal to donors.
Three copies of a proposal for the establishment of scholarship-fellowship funds for graduate students and one copy which was a direct appeal to the Charles Revson Foundation to establish a Doctoral Scholarship-Fellowship Fund.
Information on the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, a black & white photograph of the Archives at Dropsie College, a photocopy of a Genizah Fragment, and a photocopy of an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer (January 26, 1983) about the work done at the Conservation Center on the Genizah fragments.
The file contains a letter thanking Thomas Rosica for volunteering as a consultant to the Board and letters from Vera Moreen, William Adler, Stephen Lieberman, and John Bloom with suggestions for projects that might attract grants. There is also information about the Apple Education Foundation grant program.
Information on the Septuagint project of Drs. Emanuel Tov and Robert Kraft with computer-assisted tools.
Digest of Statistics on Higher Education the United States, 1976-1977-1980-1981, Educational Research Division TIAA CREF;
Digest of Statistics on Higher Education the United States, 1977-1978-1981-1982, Educational Research Division TIAA CREF;
Digest of Statistics on Higher Education the United States, 1979-1980-1983-1984, Educational Research Division TIAA CREF;
Higher Education Faculty and Staff, 1983-84, Education Today, Pennsylvania Department of Education;
Pages from the University of Pennsylvania Human Resources Policy Manual, 1990;
Sample letter for a Written Warning for lateness.
Personnel polices about holidays, leaves of absence and playing music--1989;
Employee Information Handbook--1989.
Human Resources/Compensation Salary Scale (1993), University of Pennsylvania.
Notes from employees A-C and general notes about unnamed employees.
This file contains notes and plans for the Rabbinical lecture Series inaugurated in 1980-1981 featuring Dropsie and Penn professors. It also contains several issues of Board Minutes for Board of Rabbis Meetings held in Philadelphia in 1980-1981.
Proposal for a pilot course on archaeology at Dropsie University, as developed by the Professors Noah Cohen and Mordecai Gichon and the Department of Classical Studies at Tel Aviv University. The program was never instituted due to federal budget cuts which affected the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Brochures for programs at other organizations, including Torah Academy, Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia, and Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in Glenside, Pa.
Newspaper articles about programs held at Dropsie and press releases.
The file chronicles the attempts Dr. Goldenberg made to help a woman and her son attain medical treatment.
2 copies of "Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities."
Course schedules and descriptions, Commencement program (1984), Grade report forms (incomplete), and Core curricula.
Lists of Christian colleges and their academic deans; memos about recruitment appointments (1984, 1985).
Several copies of the Students Association Newsletters (1969, 1970-1971, 1972).
A report on the library evaluation by Dr. Jerry Saye in 1980 and the work from 1981-1982 to submit a funding proposal to the Pew Foundation to upgrade and modernize the library. There is also a memorandum from staff member Aviva Astrinksy on how to better use the library space and provide a more efficient work flow.
This file contains a variety of material related to the Library and Archival Holdings Project:
Report Regarding Archival Holdings of the Dropsie College by Douglas Kohn, November 17, 1983, 2 copies and resume of Kohn, as well as a letter of recommendation;
The Upgrading and Modernization of Dropsie College's Library by Project Director Sarah Levy, Project Proposal submitted for Pew Foundation Grant;
There is also a letter from the Library Development Division of the State Library of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania about funding for the Dropsie Library Upgrade project.
The file contains a draft of the 1991 evaluation of the Library by Herb Zafren, reactions of ARI Director David Goldenberg, and the revised report.
Various matters relating to the Library from the 1980s through 1997, including procedures, work flow, grant proposals, and drafts of reports.
Includes advertising and subscription materials for the JQR and correspondence related to publishing the journal.
A copy of the brochure used for the JQR and several edited versions of the brochure.
Includes a proposal to the Joseph Alexander Foundation for funding.
Notes on specific issues of the journal (e.g. July-October 1985) as well as correspondence with some of the authors.
List of the members of the editorial board in 2001.
Summation of responses as well as some individual responses to the questionnaire.
Style sheets and handbooks for editors.
Brief typed description of the College, pre-1941.
Photocopy of Moses Dropsie's will and a photocopy of the College's Charter from 1907.
Correspondence signed Cyrus Adler, Max Margolis, Mayer Sulzberger, Henry Leipziger, Louis Grossmann, J. Bunford Samuel, Henry S. Pritchett, Israel Schapiro, Henry Malter, Ephraim Lederer, H. Illoway, Solomon T. H. Hurwitz, Samuel Edelman, Edwin A. Fleisher, Oscar S. Straus, Louis Marshall, Harry Friedenwald, D. Hays Solis-Cohen, and Julius and Lessing Rosenwald.
Among the most interesting items in the file is material about Dr. Nathaniel J. Reich who was employed by Dropsie College. In September 1925 a man who gave his name as Nathaniel Reich was picked up by motorists near Vancouver, Washington near death and told his rescuers that he taught at Dropsie and that he'd had a heart attack. Arriving at the hospital there, he was paralyzed and blind. However, research later showed that the real Dr. Reich was alive and well in Philadelphia, while the man in Vancouver was an imposter. Unfortunately the five articles in the file do not explain how the man came up with the masquerade or what happened to him. Also in the file are letters which Dr. Reich sent to the College President, Cyrus Adler in September and October 1929 while in Vienna.
Among the topics discussed are: Jews of the East, the naming of the College, Rabbi Krauskopf, teacher preparation, Saul Wahl, Claude Montefiore and Israel Abrahams, and Miriam Wolf's bequest to the University of Pennsylvania (which also mentions the Jewish Hospital).
Correspondence between: George Alexander Kohut and Nathaniel Reich; Nathaniel Reich, Lessing Rosenwald and Cyrus Adler; Cyrus Adler and Arthur Bloch; Cyrus Adler and President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Bertha Solis-Cohen and Dr. Nathaniel Reich.
Topics covered in the correspondence include the return of books to the library, courses to be taught at the College, JQR subscription rates, Dr. Reich's health and behavior, and a "Financial Report for Fiscal Year 1937-1838" for Dropsie College.
Adler provides "sketches" of Dr. Henry Malter and Dr. Max Margolis, both professors at Dropsie College and a biography of Mayer Sulzberger.
Correspondence during this time period included the presidencies of Abraham Neuman and Abraham Katsch. Both presidents dealt with growing financial difficulties and dissatisfaction from faculty and students.
Topics include: fundraising, criticism of a professor's review of a Jewish Publication Society book, a letter regarding accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, sections of the College president's report to the Dropsie Board of Governors, an article by Abraham A. Katsh printed in the Jewish Press (1964) entitled "Hebraic Studies in the U.S.A.," letters from faculty members about salaries and benefits, a memorandum from students on the buildings, program, and administration of Dropsie in 1966, and faculty meeting minutes from the 1960s.
There is also a brief biography of Dr. Joseph Reider, a professor at Dropsie College.
Correspondence includes an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, dated April 22, 1971 about a two-day strike by students at Dropsie, letters to Dr. Katsh referencing a "blackmail letter" and negative comments about Dropsie, a letter on publishing the collected articles of Dr. Zeitlin, a letter of criticism of the Dropsie Library which was to be published by the Jewish Exponent (1974) and the draft of a response by Dr. Katsh. There is also a letter from Dr. Jacob B. Agus in which he responds to the announcement in 1985 that Dropsie will no longer be a "teaching institution," and correspondence related to issues around the merger with Penn.
There is also a memo sent by Dr. Goldenberg to Al Wood (February 1990) and a letter from Dr. Goldenberg to Director Bernard Lewis.
A sample letter which explains the process for choosing fellows for the Annenberg Research Institute program, addressed to Professor Michael Meyer (1990), is included.
A cartoon by Ernest Hix about Dropsie College demonstrates the low student-teacher ratio.
Includes letters signed by Drs. Katsh and Rappaport congratulating other institutions on their achievements and expressing sympathy to individuals. There is also a letter addressed to Leon Perelman from La Salle College which awarded Perelman an Honorary degree.
This file includes an undated typed Course Catalog and a 1974 proposal by Professor Federico Corriente for improvements in the areas of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Semitic Linguistics. There are also photocopies of pages from the 1913 Summer Term Register which includes Cyrus Adler's Commencement Address.
A short biography of Joseph Reider and a tribute to the memory of Dr. Benzion Halper.
Information about budget requests in 1973-74 and 1981.
Samples of letters used for fundraising under Presidents Katsh and Rappaport for varying audiences, including individuals and large donors.
Notes, drafts of letters, photocopies from 1978-1983(?)
A proposal and notes about creating the Dropsie Institute. As part of the research into developing the Institute, Dr. Goldenberg spoke with colleagues at other institutions, including Dr. Samuel Lachs at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Harry Orlinsky at Hebrew Union College, and Dr. Jacob Neusner at Brown University.
Includes the Minutes of several Board of Governors meetings at which the By-Laws were discussed.
Includes a draft of "Structure and Organization of the Moses Aaron Dropsie Institute for Advanced Judaic and Near Eastern Studies" with notes from Samuel Kramer.
In addition to correspondence related to the merger with Penn, the file also contains a letter from Daniel Pipes, Director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, in response to Al Wood's idea of joining FPRI with ARI. Some of the correspondence in the file also alludes to a merger with Brandeis and/or Tel Aviv Universities and a branch of the Annenberg Research Institute in Rome. Correspondence is addressed to both Drs. Goldenberg and Eric Meyers. There is also a draft of a letter, dated 1992, announcing the unanimous decision of the Board to merge with Penn and the resignation of Dr. Eric Meyers, along with Trustee Dr. William Brinner assuming the role of Acting Director while Dr. Goldenberg was on sabbatical during the 1992-1993 year.
Despite the on-going negotiations with the University of Pennsylvania in the summer of 1992, Al Wood encouraged an alternative course which would have turned the Annenberg Research Institute into a Foundation (named for Dropsie and/or Annenberg) which would operate as an independent entity. There is also correspondence with Penn faculty members about the proposed merger.
Includes items related to the Center for Judaic Studies (CJS) at Penn. Among these are several copies of budgets and correspondence related to issues surrounding the integration of CJS into Penn, including the opinions of various professors on focus, fundraising, and library procedures.
Contains: "Mission statement for the Center for Judaic Studies: Classical and Modern" and the 1993-1997 Progress Report. There is also a message from Director David Ruderman which was to be used in the Jewish Studies Newsletter, published in conjunction with the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Most of this file is concerned with fundraising, finances, progress reports and correspondence with potential donors and academics. There are also lists of seminar themes and research topics as presented by the fellows.
Of interest is an email from Dr. Goldenberg about a large stone which was donated to the Katz Center and which Dr. Goldenberg believed to have come from the excavation of the third wall of Jerusalem during a joint Dropsie-Hebrew University expedition.
Photocopies of newspaper articles, editorials, encyclopedia articles, and ads about Dropsie College.
Photocopies of newspaper articles, editorials, and ads about Dropsie College. The file also contains some clippings about Dropsie from the Mutual Clipping Service.
Includes an article in The Pennsylvania Gazette (December 1993).
The Early Years: 1908 to 1919 by Frank J. Rubenstein, The Dropsie University, 1977 (2 copies);
The Mission of the Dropsie University by Abraham I. Katsh (2 copies);
Annenberg Research Institute for Judaic and Near Eastern Studies: Statement of Purpose by Bernard Lewis and David M. Goldenberg. The Jewish Quarterly Review, LXXVII, No. 1, July 1986 (3 copies);
The Unlikely Treasure House by Harry Gersh, Dropsie University (3 copies).
Three photographs taken during the year Dr. Eric Meyers was Director.
5 Slides: 2 show Walter Annenberg with Albert J. Wood and 1 shows Dr. Goldenberg.
Contains information on specific staff members' salaries and issues around compensation for individuals.
File contains budget and expense statements detailing staff member salaries.
Notes and correspondence related to Employees A-C.