Guide to the Papers of Steven M. Lowenstein
(1945-)
1938, 1968-2002
bulk 1977-2002

AR 25335 / MF 1054

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in August 2009. Description is in English.
October 2010. Microfilm inventory added. April 22, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lowenstein, Steven M., 1945-
Title: Steven M. Lowenstein Collection
Dates:1938, 1968-2002
Dates:bulk 1977-2002
Abstract: The Steven M. Lowenstein Collection documents professional activities of Steven Lowenstein, writer, researcher, historian, and teacher and consists of manuscripts, printed materials, statistical data, and correspondence. Documents comprising the collection reflect Dr. Lowenstein’s interests in a wide spectrum of topics related to Jews and Judaism, such as modernity and tradition and their influence on the religion and common folks, Berlin Jews of the upper strata, similarities and differences between agrarian/rural and urban Jews, Eastern and Western Jewry, popular and official Judaism, and secular and religious Jews, to name but a few topics.
Languages: The collection is in English and German, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
Quantity: 9 linear feet.
Identification: AR 25335
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Steven Lowenstein, scholar, teacher, and a writer was born in New York in 1945 into a family of German –Jewish refugees.

He received his master’s degree from the Princeton University in 1969 and went on earning doctorate degree from the Princeton University in 1972.

He taught at a number of universities, including Columbia University and Monmouth College, and worked as a researcher at YIVO and Leo Baeck Institute.

In the late 1970s Dr. Lowenstein moved to California where he is teaching Jewish history at the American Jewish University.

Beginning in the late 1970s Steven Lowenstein served as Isadore Levine Professor of Jewish History at the, American Jewish University.

He is the author of a large number of scholarly works, including The Jewish Cultural Tapestry: International Jewish Folk Traditions; The Berlin Jewish Community: Enlightenment, Family and Crisis, 1770-1830; and Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German-Jewish Community of Washington Heights, 1933-1983, Its structure and Culture.

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Scope and Content Note

The Steven Lowenstein Collections documents professional activities of Steven Lowenstein, writer, researcher, historian, and teacher.

Documents comprising the collection reflect Dr. Lowenstein’s interests in a wide spectrum of topics related to Jews and Judaism, such as modernity and tradition and their influence on the religion and common folks, Berlin Jews of the upper strata, similarities and differences between agrarian/rural and urban Jews, Eastern and Western Jewry, popular and official Judaism, and secular and religious Jews, to name but a few topics.

The larger portion of the collection includes materials relevant to Steven Lowenstein’s book, Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German Jewish Community of Washington Heights, 1933-1983. Its Structure and Culture, and consists of a wide array of materials, such as manuscripts, statistical data, printed materials, and more.

Doctor Lowenstein, who himself grew up in Washington Heights, wrote about Jewish immigrants who fled Nazi persecution in Germany and settled in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in Manhattan in New York City.

Materials collected in this series provide a very good understanding about the mechanics and developments of Dr. Lowenstein’s work during the project.

Other substantial portions of the collection consist of manuscripts by Dr. Lowenstein and a few manuscripts by other authors.

Manuscripts collected here range from large scale works to short essays, reviews, and entries to an encyclopedia.

Most of the manuscripts are supplemented by notes, research files, and correspondence.

Other materials in the collections include research files collected by Stephen Lowenstein to aid him in his academic writings.

There are no personal materials pertaining to Steven Lowenstein, nor any other materials related to Dr. Lowestein’s professional activities other than writing.

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Arrangement

Thie collection is devided into four series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

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Microfilm

The collection is on twenty-two reels of microfilm (MF 1054):

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Steven M. Lowenstein Collection; AR 25335; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Series I: Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German Jewish Community of Washington Heights, 1933-1983. Its Structure and Culture, 1968, 1977-1989

This series is in English and German, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
6 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical by topic.

Scope and Content:

Series I: Frankfurt on the Hudson: The German Jewish Community of Washington Heights, 1933-1983. Its Structure and Culture is by far the largest and the most important segment of the collection. The project that resulted in a publication of the book in 1989 by Wayne State University Press was carried out under the grant from the Leo Baeck Institute.

Doctor Lowenstein, who himself grew up in Washington Heights, wrote about Jewish immigrants who fled Nazi persecution in Germany and settled in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in northern Manhattan, New York City.

Included here is a wide array of materials, manuscripts and supplementary materials.

Manuscripts consist of drafts and complete manuscripts, both typed and printed and are accompanied by notes and annotations.

Supplementary materials include statistical materials, such as coding sheets and examples of statistical work done by other individuals; surveys, mostly from two congregations-Congregation Shaare Hatikwah and Congregation Shaare Hatikwah, printed materials, correspondence, photographs, and limited amount of notes.

Materials collected in this series provide a very good understanding about the mechanics and developments of Dr. Lowenstein’s work during the project.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Manuscript1980s
12Manuscript1980s
13Manuscript1980s
  

complete manuscript, typed

 
14Manuscript1989
  

complete manuscript, printed

folder 1 of 2

 
15Manuscript1989
  

complete manuscript, printed

folder 2 of 2

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
812Manuscript1980s
813Manuscript1980s
814Manuscript1980s
815Manuscript1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
91Outlinesundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
16Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 1 of 3

 
17Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 2 of 3

 
18Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 3 of 3

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 1 of 6

 
22Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 2of 6

 
23Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 3 of 6

 
24Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 4 of 6

 
25Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 5 of 6

 
26Statistics, coding sheets1980s
  

folder 6 of 6

 
27Statistics, examplesundated
28Statistics, examplesundated
29Statistics, examples1968
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Statistics, examples1977
32Statistics, examples1987
33Statistics, demographical information1980s
34Statistics, demographical information1980s
35Statistics, general1980s
36Statistics, general1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
92Statistics, notesundated
93Statistics, notesundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
37Surveys, Congregation Beth Hillel and Beth Israel1983
38Surveys, Congregation Beth Hillel and Beth Israel1983
39Surveys, Congregation Beth Hillel and Beth Israel1983
310Surveys, Congregation Beth Hillel and Beth Israel1983
311Surveys, Congregation Beth Hillel and Beth Israel1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Surveys, Congregation Shaare Hatikwah1984
42Surveys, Congregation Shaare Hatikwah1984
43Surveys, Congregation Shaare Hatikwah1984
44Surveys, Congregation Shaare Hatikwah1984
45Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
46Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
47Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
51Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
94Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
97Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
98Surveys, Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
52Surveys, various congragations1983
53AJS talk, outline1982
BoxFolderTitleDate
910Fellowships and grant application1980s
BoxFolderTitleDate
54Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights1984
55Kirchheimer, Mannyundated
56Marx, Henry1988
57New York City, Board of Education1982
BoxFolderTitleDate
99New York City, Department of Health1980-1981
  

vital statistics

 
95Notesundated
96Notesundated
BoxFolderTitleDate
58Notes1980s
59Phone directory1979-1980
510Photographsundated, 1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
911 AReport of Self-Studyundated
911 BResearch files[1970s-1980s]
BoxFolderTitleDate
511Research Foundation for Jewish Immigration1981-1982
512Various1982-1987
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Series II: Writings, 1972-2002

This series is in English and German, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
2.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Writings includes Stephen Lowenstein’s writings and supplementary materials as well as a few manuscripts by other authors.

Manuscripts collected here range from large scale works to short essays, reviews, and entries to an encyclopedia.

By and large, the manuscripts are accompanied by very extensive supplementary materials such as notes, research files, correspondence with publishers regarding publications and publication’s rights, correspondence with colleagues, and printed materials.

The writings found in this series cover a wide spectrum of topics related to Jews and Judaism, such as modernity and tradition and their influence on the religion and common folks, Berlin Jews of the upper strata, similarities and differences between agrarian/rural and urban Jews, Eastern and Western Jewry, popular and official Judaism, and secular and religious Jews, to name but a few topics.

As an exception, the only manuscript that does not directly deal with Judaism is a manuscript by Vahe Oshagan that explores Armenian literature and intellectual history.

BoxFolderTitleDate
513The 1840s and the Beginning of Religious Reform in Germanyundated
514Ashkenazic Jewry and the European Marriage Pattern1993
515The Complicated Language Situation of Germany Jewry 1760-19142000
516Court Jews, Tradition, and Modernity2000
517Decline and Survival of Rural Jewish Communities1996
BoxFolderTitleDate
61[East European Jewry. West European Jewry]1982
62Ethnic versus Religious identity in Secular German Jewish Communityundated
63The French Revolution and the Jews of Germanyundated
64[German-Jewish Refugees]1986-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
714The German Jews of Washington Heights1996
  

Foreward to "We Were So Beloved: Autobiography of a German Jewish Community"

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
65Government Jewish Policies in Early Nineteenth Century Germany and Russia-- a Comparisonundated
66Die Hochzeit zu Grobsdorf1974
67[Holocaust]1995
BoxFolderTitleDate
715I Am an American and a Good Jew Too...undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
68Jewish Upper Crust and Berlin Jewish Enlightenment: The Family of Daniel Itzig1990
69Jüdische Religion zwischen Tradition und Transformation2002
610Lukewarm Establishment or Militant Religious Ideology?-German Liberal Judaism in the 1920sundated
611Old Orthodox and Neo-Orthodox Rabbinic Responses to the Challenges of Modernity in nineteenth Century Germany2001
  

includes a number of manuscripts by other authors

 
612The Pace of Modernization of German Jewry in the nineteenth Centuryundated
613The Readership of Mendelssohn's Bible Translationundated
614Reviews1980
615The Rural Community and ...1978
616The Shifting Boundary Between Eastern and Western Jewry1995
617The Shifting Boundary Between Eastern and Western Jewry1997
618Sofer, Moses1982
  

entry for the Encyclopedia of Religion

 
619Some Thoughts on Gender Approaches in German Jewish History2003
BoxFolderTitleDate
71The Struggle for Survival of Rural Jews in Germany 1933-1938. The Case of Bezirksamt Weissenburg, Mittelfranken1985
72Suggestions for Study of the 'Medine' Based on German, French and English Models2001
73Traditional Folklore in Ashkenazik Passover Observanceundated
74Two sources of Jewish Tradition: Official Religion and Popular Religionundated
75The Yiddish Written World in Nineteenth-Century Germanyundated
76Volksfrömmigkeit/Volksreligion: II. Judentum2005
77Voluntary and Involuntary Limitations of Fertility in Nineteenth Century Bavarian Jewryundated
  

data sheets

 
78Voluntary and Involuntary Limitations of Fertility in Nineteenth Century Bavarian Jewryundated
  

includes manuscripts by other authors

 
79Was Urbanization Harmful to Jewish Tradition and Identity in Germany?1999
710Worldliness and Other Worldliness in the Memoirs of Glikl of Hameln1996
711Braunfeld, Max1972
  

A short History of Agudath Israel in Washington Heights

 
712Joy, Martin1984
  

untitled

 
713Oshagan, Vahe1995
  

Modern Armenian Literature and Intellectual History From 1700 to 1915

 
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Series III: Research Files, undated, 1980s-1990s

This series is in English and German, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series III: Research Files includes materials collected by Stephen Lowenstein to aid him in his academic writings.

Most of the materials are photocopies from other archives and of old newspapers and other printed materials.

There are almost no original materials in this series, if at all.

BoxFolderTitleDate
716Baptismundated
717The Berlin Jewish Communityundated
718German Jewsundated6
BoxFolderTitleDate
81Listsundated, 1980s
82Mapsundated
83Notesundated, 1980s
84Notes1991-1992
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Series IV: Printed Materials, 1938-1980s

This series is in German].
0.25 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

This section includes printed materials that cover topics relavent to Dr. Lowenstein's academic interests

BoxFolderTitleDate
85Clippings1938-1983
86Congregation Beth Hillel1940s-1986
87Congregation Ohav Shalaum1950s
88Congregation Shaare Hatikvah1960s
89Uptown Press1983-1984
810Variousundated, 1970s-1980s
811Washington Heights1980s
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