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Manuscript Collection No. 10
Adolf Phillipsborn was born in Potsdam, Germany. Phillipsborn's interests included Semitic languages, history and philosophy. He was a graduate of both the Jewish Teacher Seminary in Muenster and the Lehernstalt für die Wissenschaft in Berlin. Phillipsborn served for several years in various German congregations until emigration to the United States in 1939.
Once arriving in the United States, the ordained Rabbi Adolf Phillipsborn chose to take additional coursework at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. His commitment to Reform Judaism institutions remained strong. Phillipsborn joined the Central Conference of American Rabbis and was a committee member on Family, Marriage, and the Home. Phillipsborn was also an executive board member for the southeastern region of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and active in the Texas Kallah of Rabbis.
Phillipsborn served in several congregations, and was also a part-time chaplain. His pulpits ranged all over the south including: Shreveport, Louisiana, Marshall, Texas, Harlingen, Texas, Lubbock, Texas, Gadsen, Alabama, Muncie, Indiana, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Adolf Phillipsborn died in 1967. He was survived by his wife Gertrude and three children.
The Adolf and Gertrude Phillipsborn Papers include a history of the Jewish community of Marshall, Texas and a 1969 history –with a 1970 supplement– of the Jewish community of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Also in the collection are newspaper clippings, publications and photographs relating to other Mississippi Jewish communities. Nearprint material and maps in the collection detail the further history of Vicksburg. The span dates for the collection are 1875-1970.
There are no personal papers or correspondence or other documents within this collection. It contains only the two community histories together with the notes and documentation to support Gertrude Phillipsborn's study of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The papers are organized into a single series.
Terms of Access and Use
The Adolf and Gertrude Phillipsborn Papers are open to all users. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.
Property and Literary Rights
Property rights are held by the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Adolf and Gertrude Phillipsborn and his heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of materials.
Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information see the American Jewish Archives copyright information webpage.
Morgenstern, Julian. MS-30.
Phillipsborn, Adolf. Nearprint Biographies File.
Phillipsborn, Adolf. Picture Collection.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Adolf and Gertrude Phillipsborn Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-10. Adolf and Gertrude Phillipsborn Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Donor information is unavailable.
Processed by Irene Schwartz, January, 1979.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Phillipsborn, Adolf, -- 1898-1967 -- Manuscripts
Phillipsborn, Gertrude, b. 1891.
Jews -- Mississippi -- Vicksburg -- History -- Photographs
Marshall (Tex.) -- History
Vicksburg (Miss.) -- History
Genres and Forms
Jewish historians -- Texas -- Lubbock
Women historians -- Texas -- Lubbock