Guide to the Stephen Wise papers, 1841-1978

P-134

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Machine-readable finding aid was converted from a MARC record with marc2ead_ajhs.xsl in 2009. Modified by Christine McEvilly, August 24, 2012. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel), 1874-1949
Title:Stephen Wise papers
Dates:1841-1978
Abstract:The collection has been arranged according to the following broad subject areas: personal affairs; speeches, sermons, and articles, both manuscript and published; the Free Synagogue in New York City; the Jewish Institute of Religion; American Jewish affairs; relations between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities; New York City affairs; United States affairs; the Press (both Jewish and non-Jewish); world affairs; the American Jewish Congress and World Jewish Congress; refugees; Zionism; Palestine and Israel; arts and letters; and individual corrspondence of a general nature.
Quantity:96 manuscript boxes, 1 1/2 manuscript box, 2 oversized (1) boxes
Quantity:51.65 linear feet
Identification:P-134
Repository: The Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries holds the original collection. AJHS holds microfilm of the collection.
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Scope and Content Note

The collection has been arranged according to the following broad subject areas: personal affairs; speeches, sermons, and articles, both manuscript and published; the Free Synagogue in New York City; the Jewish Institute of Religion; American Jewish affairs; relations between the Jewish and non-Jewish communities; New York City affairs; United States affairs; the Press (both Jewish and non-Jewish); world affairs; the American Jewish Congress and World Jewish Congress; refugees; Zionism; Palestine and Israel; arts and letters; and individual corrspondence of a general nature.

The papers shed light on the problems of civil liberties, education, labor, politics, and war and peace in a local, national, and international setting during the first half of the twentieth century. Included also is material pertaining to Wise's early career in Portland, Oregon, and New York, as well as correspondence with family and friends.

Those sections pertaining to Wise's involvement in the American Jewish community, New York City, United States, and international affairs (including Zionism and Palestine-Israel) contain correspondence, extensive in some instances with virtually all leading national and international Jewish leaders, such as Louis Brandeis, Jacob De Haas, Albert Einstein, Felix Frankfurter, Richard Gottheil, David Ben Gurion, George Kohut, Julian Mack, Henry Morgenthau, Sr., and Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Henrietta Szold, Robert Szold, and Chaim Weizmann. There is correspondence as well with many leading non-Jewish personages. For example, with all American presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Harry Truman (of special note is that with Franklin D. Roosevelt), leaders in the areas of labor and civil liberties, and church leaders, most notably John H. Holmes.

Contains personal and family correspondence including letters from Stephen Wise to Justine and James Wise and Shad Polier; also contains personal documents including funeral instructions from Stephen Wise and a marriage certificate issued by Temple Emanu-El to Stephen Wise and Louise Waterman. Family papers contain a book of poems in German by Leopold Wasserman. This collection also features two early essays by Stephen Wise ("Youth in Religion" and "The Social Problem in the Bible") and letters to Stephen Wise from Theodor Herzl, Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Justice Felix Frankfurter, Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as two reports of meetings between FDR and SSW; also featured are two letters between Israel Zangwill and Lucien Wolff on the subject of Arabs and Jews in Palestine.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Must use microfilm (originals housed at Brandeis University)

Use Restrictions

Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department of Brandeis University.

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Other Finding Aid

A detailed outline and index to the correspondence accompanies the collection.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

The following section contains a listing of microfilm boxes and reel numbers in each series.

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Personal Affairs

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 Reel 73-1 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 Reel 73-2 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 Reel 73-3 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 Reel 73-4 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 Reel 73-5 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 Reel 73-6 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
161a Reel 85-1 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
162 Reel 85-1; 85-2 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
163 Reel 85-2 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
164 Reel 85-2; 85-3 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
165 Reel 85-3; 85-4 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
166 Reel 85-4 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
167 Reel 85-4; 85-5 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
168 Reel 85-5; 83-1 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
169 Reel 83-2 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
170 Reel 83-3 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
171 Reel 83-4 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
172 Reel 83-5 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
173 Reel 83-5 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
186 Reel 85-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
188 Reel 85-1a request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series II: Publications

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 Reel 73-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 Reel 73-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 Reel 73-9 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
10 Reel 73-10 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
11 Reel 73-11 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
12, 13 Reel 73-12 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
14 Reel 73-13 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
15, 16 Reel 73-14 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
17, 18 Reel 73-15 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
19, 20 Reel 73-16 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
21 Reel 74-17, 74-18 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
22 Reel 74-19 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
23, 24 Reel 74-20 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
174 Reel 83-5, 83-6 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
175 Reel 83-6 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
176 Reel 83-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
177 Reel 83-7a request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
178 Reel 83-7a request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series III: Free Synagogue

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
25 Reel 74-21 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
26 Reel 74-22 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
27 Reel 74-23 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
28 Reel 74-24 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
29 Reel 74-25 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
30 Reel 74-26 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
31, 32, 33 Reel 74-27 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
179 Reel 83-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
175 Reel 85-1a request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series IV: Jewish Institute of Religion

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
34, 35 Reel 74-28 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
179 Reel 83-8 request_box
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Series V: American Jewish Affairs

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
36, 37 Reel 74-29 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
38 Reel 74-30 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
39, 40 Reel 74-31 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
41, 42 Reel 74-32 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
43 Reel 74-33 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
44 Reel 74-33, 74-34 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
45 Reel 74-34 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
46 Reel 74-35 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
47, 48 Reel 74-36 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
180 Reel 83-8 request_box
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Series VI: Relations with Non-Jews

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
49 Reel 74-37 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
50, 51 Reel 74-38 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
52, 53 Reel 74-39 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
54, 55 Reel 74-40 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
56 Reel 74-41 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
180 Reel 83-8 request_box
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Series VII: New York Affairs

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
57, 58 Reel 74-42 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
59, 60 Reel 74-43 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61, 62 Reel 74-44 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
180 Reel 83-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
185, 187 Reel 85-1a request_box
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Series VIII: United States Affairs

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
63, 64 Reel 74-45 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
65, 66 Reel 74-46 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
61 Reel 74-47 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
68 Reel 74-47, 74-48 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
69 Reel 74-48 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
70, 71 Reel 74-49 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
72, 73, 74 Reel 74-50 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
75, 76 Reel 74-51 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
77, 78 Reel 74-52 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
180 Reel 83-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
181 Reel 83-8, 83-9, 85-6 request_box
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Series IX: Press

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
79, 80 Reel 74-53 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
182 Reel 83-9, 85-6, 85-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series X: World Affairs

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
81 Reel 74-54 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
82 Reel 74-54, 74-55 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
83 Reel 74-55 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
84, 85, 86 Reel 74-56 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
182 Reel 83-9, 85-6, 85-7 request_box
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Series XI: American jewish Congress/World Jewish Congress

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
87 Reel 74-57 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
88 Reel 74-57, 74-58 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
89 Reel 74-58 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
90, 91 Reel 74-59 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
92, 93 Reel 74-60 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
94, 95 Reel 74-61 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
182 Reel 83-9, 85-6, 85-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Sereis XII: Refugees

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
96, 97 Reel 74-62 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
98 Reel 74-62, 74-63 request_box
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Series XIII: Zionism

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
99 Reel 74-63 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
100, 101 Reel 74-64 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
102, 103 Reel 74-65 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
104 Reel 74-66 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
105 Reel 74-66, 74-67 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
106 Reel 74-67 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
107 Reel 74-68 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
108 Reel 74-68, 74-69 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
109 Reel 74-69, 74-70 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
110 Reel 74-70 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
111 Reel 74-71 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
113 Reel 74-71, 74-72 request_box
113 Reel 74-72, 74-73 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
114 Reel 74-73, 74-74 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
115 Reel 74-74 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
116 Reel 74-75 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
117 Reel 74-76 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
118 Reel 74-77 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
119 Reel 74-78 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
120 Reel 74-79 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
121 Reel 74-79, 74-80 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
155 Reel 74-80 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
123 Reel 74-81 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
124 Reel 74-82 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
125 Reel 74-83 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
183 Reel 83-9, 85-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
184 Reel 85-7, 85-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
184a Reel 85-8 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
185 Reel 85-1a request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series XIV: Palestine Mandate/State of Israel

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
126 Reel 74-84 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
127 Reel 74-84, 74-85 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
128 Reel 74-85 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
129 Reel 74-86 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
130 Reel 74-86, 74-87 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
183 Reel 83-9, 85-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series XV: Arts and Letters

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
131 Reel 74-87 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
132 Reel 74-88 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
133 Reel 74-88, 74-89 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
134 Reel 74-89 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
135 Reel 74-90 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
183 Reel 83-9, 85-7 request_box
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Series XVI: General Correspondence (Individual)

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
136 Reel 74-90 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
137, 138 Reel 74-91 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
139, 140 Reel 74-92 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
141, 142 Reel 74-93 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
143, 144 Reel 74-94 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
145, 146 Reel 74-95 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
147, 148 Reel 74-96 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
149 Reel 74-97 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
150 Reel 74-98 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
151, 152 Reel 74-99 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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Series XVII: Requests for Aid

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
153 Reel 74-100 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
154 Reel 74-100, 74-101 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
155 Reel 74-101, 74-102 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
156 Reel 74-102 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
157 Reel 74-102, 74-103 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
158 Reel 74-103, 74-104 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
159 Reel 74-104 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
160, 161 Reel 74-105 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
183 Reel 83-9, 85-7 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
189 Reel 86-1 request_box
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