Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

 

A Finding Aid to the

Louis I. Newman Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 109

1897-1975. 5.6 Linear ft.

ACCESS AND PROVENANCE

The Louis I. Newman Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Klau Library, New York, New York in 1979-1980 and by Jeremy Newman, New York, New York in 1982. Additional material was donated by Martha Newman of Austin, Texas, in June 2006. All property rights are assigned to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights to materials authored by Rabbi Newman 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.

The Louis I. Newman Papers are open to all users and available in the reading room of the American Jewish Archives

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH top

Louis Israel Newman was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1893. He received an A.B. degree from Brown University in 1913, an A.M. from University of California in 1917 and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1924. Brown University later presented him with an honorary degree in 1942. Newman became an assistant to Rabbi Stephen Wise at the Free Synagogue in 1917. In 1918, Wise and Rabbi Martin Meyer of Temple Emanu-El of San Francisco ordained him. Newman subsequently served pulpits at the Bronx Free Synagogue (1917-1921) and Temple Israel in New York City (1921-1924).

Newman was affiliated with the faculty of the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City from its 1922 inception. He served as a professor of apologetics intermittently until 1933. During this period, Newman was also the president of the Intercollegiate Menorah Association. Then he left New York City to serve as rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Newman returned to New York City in 1930 to become the rabbi at Temple Rodef Shalom, where he was to remain until retirement.

During the 1930s, Newman became identified with the Zionist revisionist movement. He believed that Zionism was primarily a political movement and that the creation of a Jewish Palestine state was essential. Newman was both the honorary chairman of the Revisionist Tel Hai fund and also the chairman of the Palestine Mandate Defense Fund. Additionally, he was an honorary chairman of the American Friends of a Jewish Palestine and on the American advisory committee for Hebrew University. In the 1920s, he was a vice-president of the American Jewish Congress.

His books include Jewish Influence on Christian Reform Movements (1924); Jewish People, Faith and Life (1935) and a translation/compilation entitled Hasidic Anthology (1934). His 1922 work, A Jewish University in America? influenced the founding of Brandeis University. Newman was also a poet and a playwright, creating numerous plays and cantatas. His The Woman at the Wall became the libretto for the opera Tamar and Judah.
Newman married Lucile Helene Uhry on 14 June 1923. They had three children: Jeremy Uhry Newman, Jonathan Uhry Newman, and Daniel Uhry Newman. Newman died in 1972 in New York City.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE top

Consists of the papers of Louis Newman, a rabbi and scholar who was ordained by Stephen Wise and became a leader of the Zionist revisionists in the United States. Contained is an expansive amount of Newman’s writings including some unpublished works and sermons as well as plays and poetry. Five boxes of correspondence include correspondence with Stephen S. Wise; correspondence and manuscripts concerning the (Adolph) Sutro Library in San Francisco, California; correspondence concerning the founding of the Jewish Institute of Religion and family correspondence. The Personal series features material related to his college career, newsclippings and miscellaneous items.

The papers are divided into three (3) series:

SERIES A. WRITINGS
SERIES B. CORRESPONDENCE
SERIES C. PERSONAL

SERIES A. WRITINGS. The writings series consists of eight Hollinger boxes of various sermons, writings and creative works of Newman’s. Many of these writings are undated. Four boxes contain an unpublished manuscript and notes on Alexander Hamilton and the Reynolds Affair, a monograph he never published. Material concerning New England also appears and may be related to his Roger Williams and John Cotton: Bible Utopias and religious liberty in Colonial America. Several bound volumes of sermons, compiled by Newman appear along with several plays. The final box in this series contains miscellaneous sermons and essays on a variety of topics such as serenity, healing, youth’s relationship with religion and trust. Often the title provides context to the time in which the undated pieces were written, such as “Religion in the Age of Aquarius”. Newman’s concern with modern man’s condition is reflected. It should be noted that some of these writings may not have been written by Newman and were items he referenced or had interest in. Span dates 1901-1970.

SERIES B. CORRESPONDENCE. The correspondence series consists of five Hollinger boxes. Newman had a long and close relationship with Stephen S. Wise who appointed him to the faculty of the fledgling Jewish Institute of Religion as a professor of apologetics. The two Hollinger boxes of correspondence between Newman and Wise span from 1916-1942. Newman also shared Wise's enthusiasm for Zionist causes and was an honorary vice-president of the American Jewish Congress. The correspondence reflects these and mundane topics such as fellow rabbis and the activities of Newman in his pulpits and writing endeavors, including his poetry.

Other correspondents and topics include John Haynes Holmes and the Adolf Sutro Library in San Francisco, California. Newman researched at the library and was a strong supporter of the institution. There are also several decades of family correspondence relating to family visits, trips and daily activities. Many letters to Newman’s wife, Lucile Uhry can be found. Span dates are 1897-1975.

SERIES C. PERSONAL. The Personal series contains one Hollinger box of material related to Louis I. Newman’s personal life. This series includes several college papers written by Newman, clippings, a few unidentified photographs and other miscellaneous items such as his Felix M. Warburg Award. Also included are signed photographs of Stephen S. Wise and Hubert Humphrey. The original Humphrey photograph is located in rare documents. Span dates are 1909-1972.

Related AJA Collections
Jewish Institute of Religion Records. MSS. Collection No. 19.
Lefkowitz, David. MSS. Collection No. 195.
Newman family. Family tree. Genealogies.
Newman, Louis I. Correspondence, sermons, other records. New York, New York. 1916-1970. Microfilm No. 2265.
Newman, Louis I. Nearprint Biographies File.
Newman, Louis I. 1 folder b&w, PC-3297.

BOX AND FOLDER LIST top

  Box	Folder		Contents

Series A. Writings.
Scope and Content Note: Files are arranged with unpublished materials appearing first, followed
by poetry and plays, sermon and address volumes and finally miscellaneous writings. 

1	1	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	2	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	3	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	4	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	5	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	6	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	7	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.

2	1	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	2	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	3	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	4	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	5	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	6	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	7	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	8	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. Book I. n.d.
	9	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.

3	1	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	2	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. Book III. n.d.
	3	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. Book IV. n.d.
	4	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. McCoy Episode. Susan in Boston and Philadelphia. 		1798-1801. n.d.
	5	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	6	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	7	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	8	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	9	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.

4	1	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. 1791-1797. n.d.
	2	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	3	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. 1791-1792. n.d.
	4	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	5	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	6	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	7	Alexander Hamilton, The Reynolds Affair and James Monroe. n.d.
	8	Sketches of the History of America. Ch. V. Remarks on Mr. Alexander Hamilton’s Explanation of His 		Correspondence with James Reynolds. n.d.
5	1	Hebraic Aspects of Early New Haven Legalism. n.d.
	2	Judaizing. n.d.
	3	Legalism versus Revolutionary Doctrine in New England. By Richard B. Morris. 1931.
	4	Puritans. Resource Material. 1901, 1926.
	5	Poetry and Plays. B-L. 1929-1961; n.d.
	6	Poetry and Plays. O-T. 1950-1970.
	7	Sermons and Addresses. A-P. 1924-1970.
	8	Sermons and Addresses. R-Y. 1931-1969.

6	1	Sermons and Addresses. Volume II (1934-1941). 1941.
	2	Sermons and Addresses. Volume III (1933-1936). 1941.
	3	Sermons and Addresses. Volume IV (1941-1943). 1943.
	4	Sermons and Addresses. Volume VI (1946-1949). 1950.

7	1	Sermons and Addresses. Volume VII (1946-1951). 1952.
	2	Sermons and Addresses. Volume VIII (1952-1954). 1954.
	3	Sermons and Addresses. Volume Miscellaneous (1929-1942). n.d.
	4	Sermons and Addresses. The Jewish People, Faith and Life (Miscellaneous Items). 1933-1939; n.d.
	5	Nearprint. A-L. 1923-1969.
	6	Nearprint. M-W. 1930-1960. 

8	1	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	2	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	3	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	4	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	5	Miscellaneous. Outlines and Beginnings of Documents. n.d.
	6	Miscellaneous. Including Outlines. n.d.
	7	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	8	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	9	Miscellaneous. n.d.
	10	Miscellaneous. n.d.

Series B. Correspondence.
Scope Note: Files are organized alphabetically by correspondent and topic.

9	1	A-W. General; unidentified. 1909-1972.
	2	American Jewish Historical Society (re: Jewish Institute of Religion). 1969.
	3	Family Correspondence (Newman). 1912-1913.
	4	Family Correspondence (Newman). 1912-1913.
	5	Family Correspondence (Newman). 1912-1918.
	6	Family Correspondence (Newman, Lucile Uhry). 1922.
	7	Family Correspondence (Newman, Lucile Uhry). 1922.
	8	Family Correspondence (Uhry). 1924.
	9	Family Correspondence (Uhry). 1925, 1928-1929.
	10	Family Correspondence (Newman). 1929.

10	1	Family Correspondence (Uhry). 1930-1939.
	2	Family Correspondence (Newman’s sons). 1937.
	3	Family Correspondence. 1942-1949.	
	4	Family Correspondence. 1950-1954.	
	5	Family Correspondence. 1955.
	6	Family Correspondence. 1956.
	7	Family Correspondence. 1957-1963.
	8	Family Correspondence. 1964-1965.
	9	Family Correspondence. 1966-1967.
	10	Family Correspondence. 1968.
	11	Family Correspondence. 1969.
	12	Family Correspondence. 1970-1971.
	13	Family Correspondence. 1972-1975.

11	1	Family Correspondence. n.d.
	2	Family Correspondence (Uhry). n.d.
	3	Holmes, John Haynes. 1923-1955.
	4	Miscellaneous. 1913-1951; n.d.
	5	Puritan Material. 1936-1942.
	6	Sachar, A.L. (Brandeis). 1948.
	7	Congregation Rodef Shalom (New York, N.Y.) 1932-1955.
	8	Congregation Rodef Shalom (New York, N.Y.) 1964-1974; n.d.
	9	Sutro, Adolph Library. (San Francisco, California) Catalogs of Hebrew/Arabic manuscripts. 1897.
	10	Sutro, Adolph Library. (San Francisco, California) 1925-1933.
	11	Sutro, Adolph Library. (San Francisco, California.) 1950-1966.
	12	Sutro, Adolph Library. (San Francisco, California) Manuscripts; notes. n.d.
	13	Sutro, Adolph Library. (San Francisco, California) Manuscripts. n.d.

12	1	Wessel, Morris J. 1912-1916; n.d.
	2	Wise, Stephen S. 1916-1917.
	3	Wise, Stephen S. 1918-1919.
	4	Wise, Stephen S. 1920-1921.
	5	Wise, Stephen S. 1922-1923.
	6	Wise, Stephen S. 1924.
	7	Wise, Stephen S. January-April 1925.
	8	Wise, Stephen S. May-December 1925.
	9	Wise, Stephen S. 1926.
	10	Wise, Stephen S. 1927.

13	1	Wise, Stephen S. 1928.
	2	Wise, Stephen S. 1929.
	3	Wise, Stephen S. 1930.
	4	Wise, Stephen S. 1931.
	5	Wise, Stephen S. 1932.
	6	Wise, Stephen S. 1933.
	7	Wise, Stephen S. 1934.
	8	Wise, Stephen S. 1935-1936.
	9	Wise, Stephen S. 1937-1938.
	10	Wise, Stephen S. 1939-1942; n.d.

Series C. Personal. 
Scope Note: Files are arranged alphabetically. 

14	1	Clippings. 1909-1942; n.d.
	2	Clippings (by Newman). 1921-1942.
	3	Clippings (death of). 1972.
	4	Clippings (miscellaneous). 1930-1947.
	5	College. 1911-1913.
	6	College Papers and Exams. 1911-1915; n.d.
	7	Event Announcements. 1909-1958.
	8	First Hebrew Congregation of Berkeley. Grand Ball Dance Card. 1914.
	9	Grammar School. 1905.
	10	Jewish Institute of Religion. n.d.
	11	Memorial Registers. n.d.
	12	Marriage. Poem. 1923.
	13	Miscellaneous. 1931-1939; n.d.
	14	Miscellaneous. 1955-1970; n.d.
	15	Photograph. Humphrey, Hubert. Signed. n.d. (original in rare documents)
	16	Photograph. Stephen S. Wise. Signed. n.d.
	17	Photographs. n.d.
	18	School for Jewish Studies. 1925. 
	19	Warburg, Felix M. Memorial Award. n.d.
	20	Wedding Announcement. 1923.
	21	Zionism. 1930.
	22	Zionism. n.d.

  
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