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A Finding Aid to the
Stephen S. Wise Collection
Manuscript Collection No. 49
1893-1969. 13.4 Linear ft.
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE
The STEPHEN S. WISE COLLECTION was presented to the American Jewish Archives by various donors, 1945-1999. (For a complete listing of donors see Appendix).
The American Jewish Archives holds the property rights to the STEPHEN S. WISE COLLECTION. All literary rights to materials authored by Rabbi Wise are held by his heirs. Literary rights to materials authored by others are held by the individual author or his/her heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Director of the American Jewish Archives.
Stephen Samuel Wise was born in 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, and taken to the United States at the age of 17 months. From childhood he determined to become a rabbi like his father Rabbi Aaron Wise, who, together with Alexander Kohut and Gustav Gottheil, rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, helped to prepare him for the rabbinate. He was graduated with honors from Columbia University at the age of 18. Ordained in 1893 by Adolph Jellinek of Vienna, he became assistant rabbi of New York City's Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, and assumed full responsibility after the death of Rabbi Henry S. Jacobs.
In 1900, shortly before marrying Louise Waterman, Wise became rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon, where for the next six years he pioneered in interfaith cooperation, social service, and civic leadership. His sermons are collected in Beth Israel Pulpit: Sermons (2 vols., (1906-06). He also served as unpaid commissioner of child labor for Oregon.
In 1902 Wise received his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University for his translation editing of Solomon in Gabirol's Improvement of the Moral Qualities. For the Jewish Publication Society he translated the Book of Judges for their English version of the Bible, submitting his work in 1908.
Wise had begun his Zionist career during the late 1890's helping to articulate the movement's ideology and organize its followers. A founder of the New York Federation of Zionist Societies in 1987, he led in the formation of the nationwide Federation of American Zionists in 1898 and served as honorary secretary until 1904 in close cooperation with Theodor Herzl. He had met Herzl at the Second Zionist Congress in Basle in 1898 and at that time agreed to serve as American secretary of the world Zionist movement. In 1914 he was instrumental in creating the Provisional Executive Committee for General Zionist Affairs and later headed it.
He acted as an important intermediary to President Woodrow Wilson and Colonel Edward House in 1916-19, when, with Louis D. Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter, he helped formulate the text of the Balfour Declaration of 1917. He spoke on behalf of Zionist aspirations in Palestine at the Versailles Peace Conference of 1918-19, where he also pleaded for the cause of the Armenian people.
He was vice president of the Zionist Organization of America from 1918 to 1920 and president from 1936 to 1938. On several occasions he served as chairman of the United Palestine Appeal. Though he worked closely with Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, and Abba Hillel Silver, he often disagreed with them on specific policies and broke relations with Weizmann in the 1920's and with Silver in the 1940's. His views at times conflicted with those of the Zionist organizations as well. Wise always sought unity for the movement, which did not at that time have the backing of a united Jewry or the sympathy of the non-Jewish community. His Great Betrayal (1930), written with Jacob De Haas, reviews the history of British policy toward Palestine up to the Passfield White Paper in 1930.
To direct American Jews into pro-Zionist channels, lead them to more liberal objectives in the United States, and create a more democratic base in American Jewish life, Wise led in the organization of the American Jewish Congress first on a provisional basis in 1916-19, then more permantly in 1920; he served as vice-president in 1921-25 and as president or honorary president until his death.
Wise sounded the first warnings of the dangers of Nazism to the Jewish and non-Jewish world and sought to organize opposition to it and protection for the victims of Hitler. In 1936 he organized the World Jewish Congress and headed it until his death in 1949. As a Zionist leader, president of the American and World Jewish Congresses, and co-chairman of the American Jewish Conference, he presented the Jewish cause to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U.S. State Department, as well as to the general public, Jewish and non-Jewish.
Beyond his public role lay the commitment to his vocation as a rabbi. Wise first sprang into national prominence in 1906 when, after preaching trial sermons at Congregation Emanu-El in New York City, he rejected overtures to serve as rabbi because his demand for a "free pulpit," not subject to control by a board of trustees was refused. His famous "Open Letter to the Members of Temple Emanu-El of New York on the Freedom of the Jewish Pulpit" is reprinted in his autobiography, Challenging Years (1949, pp. 86-94), with a discussion of Louis Marshall's denial that the congregation had called Wise to its pulpit.
A year later he returned from Oregon to New York and founded the Free Synagogue, based on freedom of pulpit, free pews to all without fixed dues, outspoken criticism of social ills, the application of religion to their solution, and an extensive program of social welfare. His sermons are collected in Free Synagogue Pulpit: Sermons and Addresses (10 vols., 1908-32).
In 1922 he launched the Jewish Institute of Religion (J.I.R.), a new kind of seminary which provided training of rabbis from all branches of Judaism, education of Jewish scholars, and preparation of leaders for community service. He served as president until 1948, when J.I.R. merged with Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Nelson Glueck assumed the presidency.
A social liberal, Wise was co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909 and the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920. He pleaded for clemency and justice on behalf of Sacco and Vanzetti in 1927. He was also active in organizations such as the Child Labor Committee, the Old Age Pension league, the Religion and Labor Foundation, and the League to Enforce Peace. Also, he battled for the rights of workers to organize, and championed the strike against the U.S. Steel Corporation in 1919 and the Passaic textile union strike in 1926. He actively campaigned for Woodrow Wilson in 1912 and 1916, and later supported the candidacies of Alfred E. Smith, Norman Thomas, and (from 1936 on) Franklin D. Roosevelt. With John Haynes Holmes he headed the City Affairs Committee which exposed corruption in New York City and finally succeeded in forcing the resignation of Mayor James J. Walker in 1932.
Like his Christian counterparts and friends Walter Rauschenbusch, Josiah Strong, and Washington Gladden, Wise was a forthright, forceful, and influential preacher of social concerns. His opinions and attitudes are expressed in his Child Versus Parent (1922); As I See It (1944), a collection of his articles for the journal Opinion, which he edited from 1936 to 1949; Personal Letters of Stephen S. Wise (1956, ed. by J.W. Polier and J.W. Wise); Stephen S. Wise: Servant of the People-Selected Letters (1969, ed. by C.H. Voss).
Stephen Wise died in 1949.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE top
The STEPHEN S. WISE COLLECTION reflects the career of Rabbi Wise, Zionist leader, founder and president of the Jewish Institute of Religion (J.I.R.), and founder and senior rabbi of the Free Synagogue in New York City.
Material in the collection deals with Wise's participation in Zionist activities and organizations. There is also material dealing with the publication of Jewish Studies in Memory of Israel Abrahams, the founding of the Jewish Insititue of Religion (JIR), the founding of the Free Synagogue, as well as audio recordings of speeches and sermons, and correspondence congratulating Wise on his birthdays and anniversaries. The collection, consisting of correspondence, audio recordings of Wise's sermons and public addresses, newsclippings, nearprint, and press releases, has been divided into three series:The Subject Tracings of this inventory serve to selectively index and cross reference the material in the collection.
A. CORRESPONDENCE B. MISCELLANEOUS C. AUDIO RECORDINGS
SERIES A. CORRESPONDENCE, 1898-1949, consists of 4.5 boxes of material alphabetically arranged by name of correspondent. Letters within the folders are arranged chronologically. The "General" folders at the beginning of each letter of the alphabet contain material concerning individuals or organizations for which there are less than five items. Some of the notable correspondents are Ismar Elbogen, Nahum Goldmann, Richard Gottheil, Horace M. Kallen, Lily Montagu, and Chaim Weizmann. Box 7, while a part of the CORRESPONDENCE series, is restricted. The box is arranged alphabetically. Questions regarding access should be addressed to the director of the American Jewish Archives.
SERIES B. MISCELLANEOUS, 1893-1969, consists of 2 boxes of material arranged by type of material, eg. speeches, press releases, etc. Much of the material in this series deals with the Jewish Institute of Religion and with tributes to Wise on his birthdays and upon his death.
SERIES C. AUDIO RECORDINGS, 1931-1942 consists of 20 oversize Hollinger boxes of 1080 aluminum recording discs and 37 CD-ROM's arranged chronologically by types of material, i.e. Stephen Wise Sermons, radio talks and talks by other personalities of the day. Only the CD-ROM versions are readable. See the audio-cassette collection for additional copies of sermons.
BOX AND FOLDER LISTING top
Box Folder Contents
SERIES A. CORRESPONDENCE
Note: The material in this series is arranged alphabetically by
name of correspondent. Material within the folders is arranged
chronologically. The "General" folders at the beginning of each
letter of the alphabet contain material concerning individuals or
organizations for which there are less than five items. To obtain
a more complete listing of the correspondents and subjects within
this collection, this list must be used in conjunction with the
Subject Tracings of this inventory.
1 1 A, General
2 Abrahams, Freda. 1925-1944; n.d.
3 Abrahams, Israel. 1923-1925.
4 Abrahams, Israel. Memorial Volume, Jewish Studies in Memory
of Israel Abrahams. 1927-1928; n.d. [correspondence, reviews
5 Abrahams, Phyllis. 1925; 1928.
6 Adelstein, Gertrude. Secretary of J.I.R. 1922-1947.
7 B, General.
8 C, General.
9 Cronbach, Abraham. 1921-1923.
10 D, General.
11 E, General.
12 Eastern Council of Reform Rabbis. 1911-1918, n.d.
13 Elbogen, Ismar. 1922-1924. [efforts to get Elbogen and other
European scholars to teach at J.I.R.].
14 Elbogen, ismar. 1925-1933; n.d.
15 F, General.
16 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. A-B.
[arranged alphabetically by name of city].
17 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. C-G.
18 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. I-L.
19 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. M-New Haven.
2 1 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. New York.
2 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. Norfolk-P.
3 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. R-S.
4 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. T-W.
5 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. Unidentified.
6 Federation of American Zionists. 1898-1899. Lists of city
7 G, General.
8 Glueck, Nelson. 1948-1949. [merger of H.U.C. and J.I.R.]
9 Goldmann, Nahum. 1934-1936.
10 Goldmann, Nahum. 1937-1940.
11 Goldmann, Nahum. 1941-1949; n.d.
12 Goldschmidt, Sigmund. 1912-1918.
13 Goldschmidt, Sigmund. 1919-1922.
14 Goldschmidt, Sigmund. 1923-1926.
3 1 Gottheil, Emma. 1936; 1939-1941. [protest of Mrs. Gottheil
over George Antonius replacing her husband after his
death at Columbia, 1936].
2 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1904; 1910-1915.
3 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1916.
4 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1917-1918.
5 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1919-1922.
6 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1923-1926.
7 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1927-1932.
8 Gottheil, Richard J.H. 1933-1936; n.d.
9 H,I, General.
10 Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Institute of Religion
1921-1949. [efforts to federate or co-operate].
11 Holzhausen, Adolf. 1927-1928. [publisher of the Israel
Abrahams memorial volume].
12 J, General.
13 Jabotinsky, Vladimir. 1928-1935.
14 K, General.
15 Kallen, Horace M. 1914-1915 October.
16 Kallen, Horace M. 1915, November-1948.
17 Kallen, Horace M. 1914. [cancellation of speech at H.U.C.]
4 1 Kohler, Kaufmann 1893; 1901; 1912-1913.
2 Kohut, George Alexander, 1924-1929; 1932. [Israel Abrahams
3 L, General.
4 Levine, Joseph M. 1907-1949.
5 M, General.
6 Montagu, Lily. 1925-1926.
7 Morgenstern, Julian. 1945-1947. [federation of H.U.C. and
8 N,O,P, General.
9 New York, New York. City Affairs Committee of New York.
10 New York, N.Y.-Free Synagogue 1907-1914; 1944, n.d.
11 Portland, Oregon. Temple Beth Israel. 1899. [call to pulpit].
12 R, General.
13 Rauch, Joseph. 1927-1928; 1941-1942.
14 Rosenau, William. 1927.
15 S, General.
16 Sundayism. 1915-1917. [correspondence to Wise concerning his
comments on Billy Sunday].
17 T, General.
18 U,V,W,Y,Z, General.
19 Weizmann, Chaim. 1918; 1921; 1925-1929.
20 Weizmann, Chaim. 1937-1938.
21 Weizmann, Chaim. 1940-1948; n.d.
22 Unidentified fragments.
SERIES B. MISCELLANEOUS
5 1 Jewish Institute of Religion. 1922-1948; n.d. [minutes,
memoranda, statements of purpose].
2 Memorials. 1949-1969; n.d.
3 Newsclippings. 1902-1953.
4 Press releases. 1933-1948.
5-7 Scrapbook. 1924-1948 [articles, newsclippings].
8 Speeches, addresses by and about Wise. 1893-1939. [Please see
Appendix II for a list of speeches/addresses given by Wise
contained within this folder; materials not authored by Wise
or not a speech/address are not listed.]
9 Speeches, addresses by and about Wise. 1940-1949. [Please see
Appendix II for a list of speeches/addresses given by Wise
contained within this folder; materials not authored by Wise
or not a speech/address are not listed.]
6 1 Diamond Jubilee Journal in Honor of the 75th Birthday of
Dr. Stephen S. Wise. 1949.
2-4 Bank statements and checks, 1925-1927.
5 Wise family ]correspondence and postcards], 1902-1934.
6 Miscellaneous, 1920-1928; 1940.
7 1 Diary, 1922. [Jewish conditions in Western and Central Europe].
2 Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1924-1934. [correspondence with, and
3 Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1935-1938.
4 Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1939.
5 Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1940-1948; n.d.
6 Neumann, Emanuel, 1941 [comment on Judah L. Magnes' statement to
the press about Zionism].
7 Zionism, 1942-1948. A-K [arranged alphabetically by name of
8 Zionism, 1942-1948. L-Z.
SERIES C. AUDIO RECORDINGS
Stephen Wise Sermons (Aluminum discs)
8 1 Memorial Service: Remembrance and Hope. 10 October 1932. [8
2 Must We Surrender: Our Faith in God? Our Moral Ideals?
Our Hope for a World of Justice and Peace? 3 December 1933.
[6 discs] [CD-719]
3 Jews Survive and Thrive on Persecution: Is It True? 17
December 1933. [5 discs] [CD-300]
4 The Christian-Jewish Tragedy: A Jewish-Christian Sermon. 24
December 1933. [5 discs] [CD-171]
5 The President: Can We Still Follow Him? 7 January 1934. [5
6 Jakob Wasserman: His Life As Jew; His Books as German. 14
January 1934. [4 discs]
7 Is the American Jew Safe? 21 January 1934. [6 discs] [CD-121]
8 The Rising Fascist Tide: Will It Overwhelm Us? 28 January
1934. James Waterman Wise. [6 discs]
9 Fears and Worries: Can They Be Controlled? 11 February 1934.
[5 discs] [CD-199]
9 1 Rights and Wrongs of Sterilization and Birth Limitation. 18
February 1934. [5 discs] [CD-198]
2 'Murder Made in Germany'--What of Austria? 23 February 1934.
[5 discs] [CD-200]
3 Roosevelt and Hitler: March 4th and March 5th-Two
Anniversaries. 4 March 1934 [5 discs] [CD-295]
4 Unknown Event. 7 March 1934. Speakers include: Wise, Seabury,
John Haynes Holmes, Hays, Smith, Fidello LaGuardia, Moley,
Tydings, Deutsch. [12 discs]
5 My Forty Years Battle in the Ministry: A Pre-Anniversary
Address. 11 March 1934. [5 discs]
6 Dr. Wise's Sixtieth Birthday Anniversary Service. 18 March
1934. Speakers include: Rabbi J.X.Cohen, Rabbi Morton M.
Berman, Hon. Joseph M. Levine, Rev. Dr. William Fineshriber
Hall, Seabury, Kohut, Goldstein. [14 discs]
7 What Religion Asks of Us; What We May Ask of Religion. A
Post-Anniversary Address. 25 March 1934. [5 discs] [CD-760]
8 A Passover-Easter Sermon. 1 April 1934. [5 discs]
9 What Has Judaism to Say on Poverty, Racial
Hatred, International War? 15 April 1934. [5 discs] [CD-118]
10 Must Jews Suffer--And Why? 22 April 1934. [5 discs] [CD-195]
10 1 Who Are the Real Enemies of the Jewish People? 6 May 1934. [5
2 What Reason for Believing in the Future Life? 13 May 1934. [5
3 For Better or for Worse (New Year's Eve) 9 September 1934.
4 The Mountains Shall Depart (New Year's Morning)10
September 1934. [4 discs]
5 Israel Faces Itself (Atonement Eve) 18 September 1934. [3
6 The Common Level (Atonement Afternoon)19 September 1934. [3
7 What I Found in Europe: Will It be War or Peace? 10 October
1934. [7 discs]
8 "POWER"-Does the Jew Seek Power and Why? 14 October 1934. [3
9 NO ARMISTICE! For Merchants of Death or Munitions
Manufacturers. 11 November 1934. [5 discs] [CD-293]
10 Advice to Jews: Good and Bad. 25 November 1934. [3 discs]
11 Is the American Jew Safe? 2 December 1934. [5 discs]
11 1 The Battle Against Prejudice and Ill Will (with Rev. Cadman) 9
December 1934. [3 discs]
2 What Christians Should Remember and Jews Forget! 16 December
1934. [5 discs] [CD-292]
3 Motion Pictures and Morals: Is Censorship or Boycott
the Solution? 16 December 1934. [3 discs]
4 The Jews' Right to Differ and Protest. 6 January 1935. [5 discs][CD-170]
5 The Roosevelt Revolution. 27 January 1935. [4 discs] [CD-720]
6 Robert Nathan's Road of Ages: Satire or Prophecy? 3 February
1935. [4 discs]
7 Does Anti-Semitism Keep Jews Alive? 17 February 1935. [6
8 How Can Family Life Be Decently Adjusted? 3 March 1935. [5
9 Why Zionists Cannot Support Jabotinsky and Revisionism. 10
March 1935. [6 discs] [CD-165]
10 The Coughlin-Long-Johnson Controversy: Some Jewish Aspects.
24 March 1935. [6 discs] [CD-125]
12 1 Must War Be? What Can We Do? 7 April 1935. [3 discs] [CD-122]
2 The Berlin Olympics - The Truth and Some Lies. 3 November 1935.
[5 discs] [CD-120]
3 What I Now Know of Palestine. 17 November 1935. [5 discs] [CD-197]
4 Twenty-one Centuries Later-Israel Still Lives. 8 December 1935.
5 Problems in Palestine-Arab, British, Jewish: Can They
Be Solved? 15 December 1935. [5 discs]
6 If Jesus the Jew Returned to a Christian World. 22 December
1935. [4 discs]
7 Is Dr. Carrel Right? Is Man Immortable? 29 December 1935. [4
8 The Lindbergh Exodus and American Lawlessness: Why?
5 January 1936. [5 discs] [CD-123]
9 Dramas of Social Revolt--Dead End, Paradise Lost, Let
Freedom Ring. 26 January 1936. [5 discs] [CD-296]
10 Are Jewish Fears Justified? An Analysis of the Fortune magazine
article "Jews in America." 28 February 1936. [5 discs] [CD-164]
13 1 Can it Happen Here? Is American Democracy Safe? 8 March 1936.
[5 discs] [CD-163]
2 My Forty Years' Battle in the Ministry. 15 March 1936. [5 discs] [CD-196]
3 Is Anything in Life Worth While? 29 March 1936. [4 discs]
4 Lewisohn's 'Greatest Jews'; Who Are the Great Jews? 5 April
1936. [5 discs] [CD-162]
5 When Will Jewish Slavery End? A Passover-Easter Sermon. 12
April 1936. [4 discs]
6 Race, Religion, Nation - Who, What Are Jews? 19 April 1936. [4
7 "Bury the Dead" A Ghastly Protest Against War. 3 May 1936. [4
8 President Roosevelt's Leadership of America--Is It Good or Bad?
17 May 1936. [4 discs] [CD-294]
9 Opening World Jewish Congress from Geneva. 8 August 1936. [2
10 Not Without Hope (New Year's Morning). 17 September 1936. [4
14 1 Atonement--With Whom? (Atonement Eve). 25 September 1935. [4
2 I. How Near Is War? 4 October 1936. [4 discs]
3 II. The Truth About Palestine: Britain-Arab-Jew. 18 October
1936. [5 discs]
4 Why the President Triumphed: Now It Can Be Told. 8 November
1936. [4 discs] [CD-173]
5 Intro to Brandeis Memorial--The Immortal Jew: Louis
D. Brandeis. 15 November 1936. Judge Mack. [3 discs]
6 In What Can Men Now Believe? A Cry from the Deeps! 6
December 1936. [4 discs]
7 Is the Christmas Message for Christians Only? A Jewish
Question! 20 December 1936. [4 discs]
8 Some New Jewish Books--Good and Bad! 10 January 1937. [6 discs]
9 The Hated Hunted Jew: What Shall He Do? 24 January 1937.
10 Four Years of Roosevelt and Hitler: What Have They Brought?
31 January 1937. [5 discs] [CD-252]
15 1 The LaGuardia Chamber of Horrors - and Its Exhibits. 14 March
1937. [5 discs]
2 Gains or Losses in Religion: Have We Lost or Found Faith?
21 March 1937. [4 discs] [CD-290]
3 The Jew to Jesus-Jesus to the Jew: Passover-Easter. 28 March
1937. [4 discs]
4 Does Divorce Doom Marriage and the Family? 4 April 1937. [4
5 Spain's European War-The World's Losses and Gains. 11 April
1937. [4 discs]
6 Britain and Palestine Partition: Why Not? 10 October 1937.
7 Our Country and the War in China. 17 October 1937. [5 discs]
8 Why Fear Death? Why Hope for Immortality? 14 November 1937.
9 Does Religion Make for Reaction or Revolution? 12 December
1937. [5 discs]
10 How NOT to Win Friends. 19 December 1937. [3 discs]
16 1 What Says Religion on Democracy, Fascism, Communism? 9 January
1938. [5 discs]
2 Eli, Eli,The Jew Asks - Wohin? 30 January 1938. [5 discs]
3 'Prodigal Parents'- Are Parents Always Wrong? Sinclair Lewis
Answers. 6 February 1938. [4 discs]
4 European Jewries and Palestine in the World Crisis. 27 March
1938. [5 discs]
5 The Truth About Palestine-Arab Threats and Jewish Hopes. 3
April 1938. [5 discs] [CD-130]
6 Where Now Little Jew? Whence Now Big Christian? A Passover-
Easter Sermon (Last disc marked JX Cohen). 17 April 1938.
7 Is Suffering Good for Man--or Bad? 1 May 1938. [5 discs]
8 Through Gentile Eyes---John Haynes Holmes' Plea for Good Will.
8 May 1938. [5 discs]
9 Opponents of the World Jewish Congress Elections and
Referendum--Who and Why? 15 May 1938. [5 discs]
10 Isolation or Security-An American Answer to the Dictators.
22 May 1938. [4 discs]
17 1 Unruined Altars (New Year's Eve). 25 September 1938. [4 discs]
2 Of What Does the World Rob the Jew? (New Year's Morning)
26 September 1938. [6 discs]
3 Refugees of History (Atonement Eve). 4 Octboer 1938. [6 discs]
4 Dishonor Without Peace. 9 October 1938. [6 discs]
5 Palestine- Great Britain and the World Conscience. 23 October
1938. [6 discs] [CD-158]
6 What Jews Owe the World: What the World Owes Jews! 30 October
1938. [5 discs] [CD-126]
7 Must This Happen Anywhere! 20 November 1938. [7 discs] [CD-167]
8 Father Coughlin, Jews, and America. 4 December 1938. [7 discs] [CD-128]
9 Which Light Failed--Maccabean Lamp or Christmas Candle?
18 December 1938. [5 discs] [CD-256]
10 Hitler's Mein Kampf and Van Loon's Our Battle. 8 January
1939. [5 discs]
18 1 Dreyfuss: Sacco-Vanzetti: Tom Mooney- Does Justice Always
Prevail? 15 January 1939. [5 discs] [CD-127]
2 Can 'Isms' Take Religion's Place? 22 January 1939. [4 discs]
3 The Defense of Freedom. (Horace M. Kallen). 5 March 1939.
5 March 1939. [7 discs]
4 The London-Palestine Conference and Arab Appeasement. 12
March 1939. [7 discs]
5 Is War Inevitable--What Can America Do Now? 19 March 1939.
6 Passover and Easter--Jewish and Christian Symbols. 9 April
1939. [4 discs]
7 Are Jews Rich or Poor? Myth and Fact. 16 April 1939. [5
8 How Safe Are Jews? 7 May 1939. [5 discs]
9 Are Jews Communists and War Mongers? An Answer to Father
Coughlin. 14 May 1939. [7 discs] [CD-131]
10 Fiction of Jewish Riches and the Facts of Jewish Poverty.
25 October 1939. [5 discs]
19 1 Jews and the Election: Who Drags Jews into Politics. 1
November 1936. [4 discs]
2 Where to Lay His Head? The Measureless Tragedy of Refugees.
2 April 1939. [5 discs] [CD-168]
3 A Tale That Is Old (New Year's Day). 14 September 1939.
4 Hearts Contrite (Atonement Eve). 22 September 1939. [4 discs]
5 Who Can Now Believe in God? 8 October 1939. [5 discs]
6 Untitled Sermon. 15 October 1939. [5 discs]
7 Untitled Sermon. 29 October 1939. [5 discs]
8 Untitled Sermon. 29 October 1939. [4 discs]
9 Untitled Sermon. 5 November 1939. [5 discs]
10 Untitled Sermon. 19 November 1939. [4 discs]
20 1 Untitled Sermon. 26 November 1939. [5 discs]
2 Untitled Sermon. 10 December 1939. [5 discs]
3 Untitled Sermon. 17 December 1989. [3 discs]
4 Untitled Sermon. 24 December 1939. [6 discs]
5 Palestine and the World Jewish Crisis. 7 January 1940.
6 Untitled Sermon. 14 January 1940. [0 discs]
7 Untitled Sermon. 21 January 1940. [4 discs]
8 Untitled Sermon. 4 February 1940. [4 discs]
9 Untitled Sermon. 18 February 1940. [4 discs]
10 Untitled Sermon. 25 February 1940. [5 discs]
21 1 Untitled Sermon. 2 March 1940. [5 discs]
2 Special Service and Birthday Celebration. 17 March 1940.
Speakers include: Wise, Rabbi Sidney E. Goldstein,
Rabbi J.X.Cohen, Fisher, Whitelaw, Gardner, Slonimsky,
Levine, Holmes. [12 discs] [CD-254]
3 Untitled Sermon. 23 March 1940. [5 discs]
4 Untitled Sermon. 31 March 1940. [4 discs]
5 Untitled Sermon. 7 April 1940. [6 discs]
6 Hitler's Invasion of Scandinavia. 14 April 1940. [5 discs]
7 A Passover Sermon: A Year of Better Bondage; What of Next
Year? 21 April 1940. [4 discs]
8 Christians Only! Why Not Jews? 5 May 1940. [4 discs]
9 Native Son- One Race Pleads for Another. 12 May 1940. [CD-161]
10 But If Lot (Daniel III, 18) (New Year's Eve). 2 October 1940.
22 1 New Year's Day Service. 3 October 1940. [5 discs]
2 Chosen to Serve vs Choosing to Enslave (New Year's Day).
3 October 1940. [5 discs]
3 Untitled Sermon. 6 October 1940. [6 discs]
4 How Can the Prophets Can Help Us Now? (Atonement Eve). 10
November 1940. [4 discs] [CD-159]
5 Hitlerism Unites Free Peoples: How Shall America Now Lead?
19 May 1940. [5 discs]
6 Pastor Hall: The Church at Last Speaks for Freedom. 20
October 1940. [5 discs]
7 An American's Duty on Election Day. 27 October 1940. [5 discs]
8 Is Racial and Religious Bigotry Dangerous To Our Country?
3 November 1940. [3 discs]
9 Is Your Life a Success or Failure--And Why? 17 November 1940.
[4 discs] [CD-119]
10 Does Anti-Semitism Keep Jews Alive? 24 November 1940. [4 discs]
23 1 The Hebraic Heritage--and the Disinherited Jew. 1 December 1940.
2 Nazi and Nazarene- The Eternal Conflict. 15 December 1940. [4
3 Foremost of Jewish Women: Henrietta Szold, An Eightieth
Birthday Tribute. 22 December 1940. [8 discs] [CD-194]
4 What Must We Fear-What Can We Hope for 1941? 5 January 1941.
5 Monday's Inauguration: Roosevelt and Churchill vs. Hitler and
Mussolini. 19 January 1941. [5 discs]
6 Why No United Appeal--Who is Responsible? 2 February 1941.
[6 discs] [CD-255]
7 Good and Evil in Jews or Jew at Their Best and Worst. 16
February 1941. [6 discs]
8 The New World Order- What Kind? 2 March 1941. [6 discs]
9 Memories, Experiences, Hopes After Forty-Five Years in the
Ministry. 16 March 1941. [7 discs] [CD-129]
10 The President Speaks for Freedom, Faith, Democracy. 23 March
1941. [6 discs]
24 1 Hitler's Starved Peoples-Shall America Feed Them? 30 March
1941. [6 discs]
2 And Now-Mussolini. 16 October 1938. [6 discs]
3 Christianity's Palm Sunday--A Jew's Interpretation. 6 April
1941. [5 discs]
4 Faith and Freedom- A Passover-Easter Sermon. 13 April 1941.
5 Ambassador Dodd's Diary: Revelations of Appeasement by Jews
in Germany. 20 April 1941. [6 discs]
6 Watch on the Rhine: The Theatre and the Fifth Column. 4 May
1941. [6 discs]
7 Palestine - Is It in Danger Because of Nazi Threat? 11 May 1941.
[6 discs] [CD-169]
8 The Tragedy of France - Betrayed and Betraying. 25 May 1941.
[5 discs - last disc with 12/7/41 sermon] [CD-298]
9 An American Prophet: Louis D. Brandeis. 12 October 1941. [9
25 1 If Hitler Won! 19 October 1941. [3 discs - last disc with
2 Where Is God Now? 2 November 1941. [3 discs - last disc with
3 Must the Prophet Be Unsafe: The Tragic Fate of Prophecy.
9 November 1941. [5 discs]
4 Mass Murder in Nazi-occupied Countries: America Protests!
16 November 1941. (Clark M. Eichelberger). [6 discs- last
disc with 12/7/41 sermon] [CD-174]
5 The Jew in a Warring World. 23 November 1941. (James Waterman
Wise) [4 discs- last disc with 12/7/41 sermon][CD-124]
6 Churchill and Goebbels on the Jewish Future. 30 November 1941.
[4 discs- last disc with 12/7/41 sermon] [CD-176]
7 Sides 9 and 10-- Index No. 176
8 Jewish Heros, Jewish Cowards, Jewish Traitors. Sermon.
7 December 1941. [8 discs] [CD-177]
Miscellaneous Speeches (majority NOT Stephen Wise)
26 1 Rabbi J.X. Cohen. 9 December 1931. [2 discs]
2 Durant. 10 December 1933. [7 discs]
3 J.W.Wise. 28 October 1934. [5 discs]
4 J.H. Holmes/E. Roosevelt. 28 February 1934. Possibly
25th Anniversary of Free Synagogue. [4 discs]
5 J.W. Wise. 4 November 1934. [5 discs]
6 Prince Loewenstein. 10 February 1935. [6 discs]
7 Salvation. Rabbi M.M. Berman. 24 February 1935. [5 discs]
8 Jewish Current Events. Rabbi J.X. Cohen. 13 March 1935.
9 Deutsch Memorial. 1 December 1935. (Possibly for Bernard S.
Deutsch (1884-1935) president of AJC). Speakers include:
Fidello LaGuardia, Joseph M. Levine, Free Synagogue,
Louis Lipsky, ZOA, Horace M. Kallen, AJC. [6 discs]
10 Rabbi Berman. 2 February 1936. [5 discs]
27 1 Public Forum on Palestine. 20 April 1936. Lemper, Straus, Wise.
2 80th Birthday Party to Judge Louis D. Brandeis. 8 November 1936.
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise. [1 disc]
3 Brandeis Memorial - Brandeis the Lawyer. 15 November 1936. Mack,
Pesora. [6 discs] [CD-257]
4 Europe Now. 29 November 1936. Ludwig. [7 discs]
5 Thomas Mann. 18 April 1937. [5 discs]
6 Lewisohn or Lewaison. 25 April 1937. [4 discs]
7 Unknown Event. 27 April 1937. Speakers include: Levine, Nizer,
Lipsky, Lewisohn, Holmes, LaGuardia, Mack, Brauer, Levy,
Wise. [12 discs]
8 Must History Repeat Itself. 5 October 1938. Dr. S.E. Goldstein.
9 Miscelleneous unmarked/undated discs. Miscellaneous Disks (glass)
28 1 WOR -- Louis Bamberger's Funeral and Memorial Service. Undated.
Wise. [4 discs]
2 Adler, Larry. We the People. 18 June 1940. [1 disc]
3 Untitled speech. 14 December 1941. [6 discs]
4 Untitled speech. 4 January 1942. [5 discs-last disc with 11
5 Untitled speech. 11 January 1942. [6 discs]
6 Untitled speech. 8 February 1942. [6 discs]
7 Untitled speech. 8 March 1942. [5 discs]
8 Untitled speech. 15 March 1942. [5 discs]
9 Untitled speech. 22 March 1942. Includes Kaddish and Adoration.
10 Unitled speech. 29 March 1942. [3 discs]
11 Untitled speech. 5 April 1942. [6 discs]
12 Untitled speech. 10 April 1942. [1 disc]
13 Untitled speech. 17 April 1942. [3 discs] 29 1 J.X. Cohen. 1 May 1942. [1 disc]
2 Untitled Speech. 8 May 1942. [5 discs]
3 Untitled speech. 22 May 1942. [4 disc]
4 Untitled speech. 13 November 1942. With JX Cohen. [5 discs]
5 Untitled speech. 20 November 1942 [5 discs]
6 Untitled speech. 27 November 1942. [5 discs]
7 Untitled speech. 25 December 1942. [6 discs]
8 Rabbi J.X. Cohen. 12 March 1943. [4 discs]
9 Stephen Wise. n.d. [2 discs]
10 Dewise. Undated. [1 disc]
11 Radio Talks at WJZ in New York. Includes: Colby, LaGuardia,
Deutsch, Mak, Rosenberg, Colby, Wise.
12 Radio Talks at WOR in New York. Includes: Colby, Deutsch,
La Guardia, Mack, Fosdick, Holmes.
SUBJECT TRACINGS top Note: This list represents a selective guide to some of the persons and subjects in the STEPHEN S. WISE COLLECTION. It is selective in that it only attempts to draw attention to the more significant items in the collection. It does not list every subject of individual nor does it indicate every location of a listed subject or individual in the collection. This list must be used in conjunction with the Box and Folder List of this inventory. References are to boxes and folders, i.e. 6/7 means Box 6 Folder 7.Abrahams, Israel. Jewish Studies in Memory of Israel Abrahams. 1/7; 3/12; 4/2; 4/13. Abrahams, israel. Pension Fund. 1/6, 7; 2/9; 3/9,11; 4/5 American Council for Judaism. 7/7, 8. Anti-Zionism. 3/15, 16; 7/7, 8. Berkowitz, Henry. 1/7 Berlin, Germany. Hochschule conflict with J.I.R. see Hirsch, Emil G. 3/9 Billikopf, Jacob. 1/7 Bloch Publishing Company. Jewish Studies. 1/7 Cardozo, Benjamin N. 1/8 Eisendrath, Maurice N. 1/11 Friedlaender, Israel. 3/4, 5 Goldstein, Sidney E. 2/7 Grossman, Louis. 3/7 Hebrew Union College and Jewish Institute of Religion, Merger of. 2/8; 3/9; 4/7 Heller, Max. 3/9 Herzl, Theodor. 3/9 Hilborn, Walter S. 3/9 Jewish Institute of Religion. 1/6 Krauss, Samuel 3/14 Lazaron, Morris S. 4/3 Mack, Julian W. 4/5 Margolis, Max 4/5 Marshall, James. 4/5 Marshall, Louis. 4/5 Montefiore, Claude G. 4/5 Moore, George F. 4/5 New York, New York. Temple Emanu-El, refusal of call. 4/12; 5/8 Szold, Henrietta. 4/1 Union of American Hebrew Congregations. 3/10 Wise, Rabbi of Erlau, Hungary. see Friedman, Emil 1/14 World Jewish Congress. 2/9, 10,11 World Union for Progressive Judaism. Founding conference. 3/12 Zionism. 2/9, 10, 11; 3/1-8, 13 15-16; 4/6, 19-21; 5/3, 4, 5APPENDIX I topListing of donors of materials for the STEPHEN S. WISE COLLECTION Box/Folder Subject Donor 1/7 Bliss Samson A. Shain (Lancaster, Pa., 1965) 1/8 C.C.A.R. I. Edward Kiev, HUC-JIR (New York, N.Y.) 1/11 Eastern Conference I. Edward Kiev, HUC-JIR (New York, N.Y.) of Reform Rabbis 1/14 Elbogen Lou H. Silberman, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tenn.) 1/15 Fosdick I. Edward Kiev, HUC-JIR (New York, N.Y.) Freudman Jacob K. Shankman (New Rochelle, N.Y.,1978) 1/16-19; Federation of Zionist Archives and Library (New York, NY, 1965) 2/1-6 American Zionists 2/9-11 Goldmann Will Maslow (New York, N.Y., 1968) 3/1-8 Gottheil Zionist Archives and Library (New York, N.Y.,1965) Herzl M. Heyman, Central Zionist Archives (1967) Hilborn Walter S. Hilborn (Los Angeles, Cal.,1966) 3/13 Jabotinsky Zionist Archives and Library (New York, N.Y.,1965) 3/14 Klass Mrs. Raymond Klass (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1973) 3/15-17 Kallen Zionist Archives and Library (New York, N.Y.,1965) 4/1 Kohler Michael A. Meyer (Cincinnati, Ohio) 4/2 Kohut Carl Hermann Voss (1968) 4/3 Lindeman Mrs. Walter D. Kahn (Cincinnati, Ohio, 1957) 4/15 Shapiro Samuel M. Silver (Stamford, Conn., 1972) 4/19-21 Weizmann Daniel Efron (Jerusalem, Israel, 1945) 5/3 Newsclippings Chester M. Lewis, Librarian, N.Y. Times (New York, N.Y., 1954) 7/2-5 Lewisohn Stanley Ned Rosenbaum (Waltham, Mass.,1966) Originals in the Wise Papers, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University. 7/6 Neumann Carl Hermann Voss (1968) 7/7-8 Zionism Daniel Efron (Jerusalem, Israel, 1965) Originals in the Goldfarb Library, Brandeis Library 6/2-5 Miscellaneous Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Library (New York, N.Y., 1979)8-29 Audio Recordings Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Library (New York, N.Y., 1999)
top APPENDIX II topListing of Speeches, Addresses, and Sermons of Stephen S. Wise Contained in Box 5, Folders 8 and 9. [Please note: other materials in these two folders have not been listed.] Folder 8 - Statement by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Chairman of the Provisional Zionist Committee at the Meeting of the Committee. April 21, 1918. - A Jew Looks at the Christian Question. October 29, 1939. - If I Were a Christian [abstract of sermon by Stephen S. Wise before the Free Synagogue, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.] December 22. 1929. - Christmas for Christians, Chanukah for Jews. [Sermon by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, before the Free Synagogue, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY.] December 25, 1933. - Two Addresses delivered by Rev. Stephen S. Wise on Rev. Henry S. Jacobs, DD. November 5, 1893. - From the First Address by Dr. Wise, Preliminary to the Founding of the Free Synagogue. April, 1907. - Fair Methods and Foul Play in American Political Life and Religious Tolerance and the American Idea. 1927. - The Tragedy of Palestine. [Excerpt of Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise.] October 28, 1929. - Address at the Presentation of the Community Church Medal to Mahatma Gandhi [addresses include Wise. circa 1931-1932. - Summary Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Vice-Chairman of the City Affairs Committee, at Community Church Auditorium. April 1, 1932. - The Saving of New York The Next Step. [Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, before the Free Synagogue, Carnegie Hall. [September 18, 1932. - Excerpts from Report Delivered by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the National Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress, on the preparation for the World Jewish Congress and the Congress Committee on Problems in Foreign Lands, Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Chairman. November 27, 1932. - Hitlerisms Challenge to Civilization: Attack on World Jewry. [Excerpts from Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise of New York.] November 24, 1933. - Why Go on Caring? [Except of address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, before the Free Synagogue, Carnegie Hall, N.Y.] circa 1932. - Abstract of Address given by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at a Dinner Tendered in honor of the Hon. Bernard S. Deutsch. January 22, 1933. - Excerpt of Address Delivered by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at Meeting of the American Jewish Congress. February 26, 19353. - Rabbi Stephen Wise on, The Tragedy of the Jew. September 20, 1933. - Tribute to President Masaryk. circa 1933. - Abstract of Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the Presentation of The Case of Civilization Against Hitlerism at Madison Square Garden. March 7, 1934. - The Jew Faces Himself. [Excerpts from Atonement Eve Sermon by Rabbi Stephen S. Wise before the Free Synagogue at Carnegie Hall.] September 18, 1934. - Why Zionists Cannot Support Jabotinsky and Revisionism. [Excerpts of address delivered before the Free Synagogue at Carnegie Hall, by Dr. Stephen S. Wise.] March 10, 1935. - The Coughlin-Johnson Controversy: Some Jewish Aspects. [Excerpts from the address delivered by Dr. Wise before the Free Synagogue at Carnegie Hall.] March 24, 1935. - A transcript of a Radio Broadcast by Dr. Stephen S. Wise on Robert Nathans Road of Ages. Circa 1935. - Preaching Before the Community Church at Town Hall on Sunday Morning, in exchange with Dr. John Haynes Holmes who occupied the pulpit of Dr. Wise at the Free Synagogue in Carnegie Hall.] October 27, 1936. - Organizing Jewish Self-Respect and Courage. [Excerpts from the address delivered by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at a National Conference of Jewish Organizations in London.] June 28, 1936. - The Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise at Madison Square Garden anti-Hitler Demonstration. March 15, 1937. - Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Delivered at the Sessions of the American Jewish Congress. November 27-28, 1937. - An American Way of Life. May 20, 1938. - The American Jewish Committee Reflects upon the Honor of the Jewish People: An Answer to the Opposition to the Democratic Elections. [Address Delivered by DR. Wise at the dinner held marking the Twentieth Anniversary of the founding of the American Jewish Congress.] June 12, 1938. - Excerpts of the Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise Delivered at the Session of the American Jewish Congress. October 29, 1938. - Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise Delivered at Emergency Conference of the American Jewish Congress. October 2, 1939. - Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. [Excerpts from address delivered by Dr. Wise at Mass Rally held at Madison Square Garden under the Auspices of the American Jewish Congress and the Jewish Labor Committee, to register the opposition of the American public against the Nazi terror against the Jews and others in Poland and elsewhere in the Nazi domain.] December 13, 1939. - Radio Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. [Delivered over station WABC in a nationwide hookup, upon his return from Europe.] September 18, 1935. Folder 9 - Excerpt from Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the twenty-first anniversary of the American Jewish Congress. January 14, 1940. - Excerpts of the Annual Report of Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the American Jewish Congress Annual Conference. February 11, 1940. - Mans Hope of Immortality: Superstition? Dream? Reason? February 18, 1940. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Delivered at the Interfaith Fraternal Meeting Held at the Temple of Religion, Worlds Fair. July 4, 1940. - Excerpts from the Address Delivered by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, at Carnegie Hall Meeting to Protest the Abrogation of Democracy and the end of one hundred and fifty years of Racial and Religious Freedom in France. November 13, 1940. - Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Conference for Aid to Great Britain. December 20, 1940. - Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Intercongregational Dinner. February 9, 1941. - Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise Delivered at the Inter-American Jewish Conference. November 23-25, 1941. - Excerpt of Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, before the Canadian Jewish Congress. January 12, 1942. - Text of Address to be presented by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, over station WJJD. May 16, 1942. - Address Delivered by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the Opening Session of the War Emergency Conference of the Congress. May 16, 1942. - I Am An American by Stephen S. Wise at War Emergency Session of the American Jewish Congress. May 17, 1942. - Excerpt of the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise before the Installation Conference of the Advisory Council on European Jewish Affairs. June 6, 1942. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise to be presented at the Mass Demonstration Against Hitler Atrocities. July 21, 1942. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the Community Memorial Service for Victims of Nazi Brutality. December 2, 1942. - Address on Seventh Passover Day in celebration of his inaugural address fifty years ago, before Congregation Bnai Jeshurun. April 23, 1942. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise as chairman of the Stop Hitler Now Demonstration at Madison Square Garden, New York. March 1, 1943. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise. [Washington Section, Joint Emergency Committee.] March 31, 1943. - Judaism and its Future. 1944. - Statement Given by Dr. Wise to Associated Press over the Telephone. December 26, 1944. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Dr. Stephen S. Wise at the special President Roosevelt service of the Free Synagogue at Carnegie Hall. April 15, 1945. - Excerpts from the Address of Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Joint Chairman of the American Zionist Emergency Council. [Given at the Mass Demonstration for a Jewish Palestine.] September 30, 1945. - Founders Day Address. March 17, 1946. - Town Meeting: Should We Support the Establishment of Jewish State in Palestine Now? [Stephen S. Wise, one of the speakers.] November 8, 1945. - Speech at Godspeed Dinner. November 6, 1946. - My Report on the World Zionist Congress. January 3, 1947. - Free Synagogue Fortieth Anniversary Dinner. [Excerpt of Wise remarks.] April 20, 1947. - Why I Remain A Jew. [Sermon.] October 24, 1947. - Excerpt from Address at the Inauguration of President Nelson Glueck of the Hebrew Union College by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. March 13, 1948. - I Accuse by Dr. Stephen S. Wise [From an address delivered at the Free Synagogue.] February 27, 1948. - Excerpts from Address by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Delivered at the Biennial Convention of the American Jewish Congress. April 3, 1948. - Excerpts from Dr. Wises Sermons, Rosh Hashonah Eve. October 3, 1948. - [Sermon/Speech.] October 11, 1948. - [Sermon/Speech.] February 11, 1949. - Liberal Judaism and Zionism by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. n.d. - A Statement. n.d. - The Miracle of Uprooting Tammany Hall by Dr. Stephen S. Wise. n.d. - Dr. Stephen S. Wise, Radio Address. April 2.top