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Guide to the Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. Papers
1808-1976
 MS 438

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Container List

Series IV. Jewish Leadership, 1896-1967. 1 Linear feet in one record carton

Arrangement

The series is arranged by subject matter, beginning with papers related to Shearith Israel and advancing to Jewish correspondence and print matter. General correspondence is followed by papers related to the 300th anniversary (tercentenary) of the arrival of Jews to America and founding of the Shearith Israel Congregation and the 50th anniversary (semi-centennial) of the founding of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The series concludes with photographs.

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of correspondence, memorabilia, clippings, speeches, and print matter related to Edgar J. Nathan's Jewish life and leadership, including his activity in various Jewish organizations such as Shearith Israel, where he was president, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was on the Board of Directors. Many of the materials in the series are related to specific events which Nathan helped plan, including tercentenary celebrations (both for Shearith Israel and for a larger Jewish audience) and the semi-centennial celebration of JTS. The tercentenary files also include a signed note from Dwight D. Eisenhower. Other information on Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s Jewish life and leadership can be found throughout the collection, but especially in the speeches segment of Series II. Manhattan Borough Presidency (Box 2, Folders 5-12) and in Series VI and VII (Print Matter and Memorabilia).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Misc. Shearith Israel Papers

Scope and Contents

Contains clippings and programs from the Mill Street Synagogue's 200th anniversary celebrations, programs from 1896 dedication of the synagogue, speeches and reports from Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s presidency, and bulletins from 1925-1964.

1896-1967
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Misc. Jewish Correspondence and Print Matter (1 folder of 4)

Scope and Contents

Contains print matter from various Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Social Service Association.

1941-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 1-3 Misc. Jewish Correspondence and Print Matter (3 folders of 4)

Scope and Contents

Contains print matter from various Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Social Service Association. Folder 3 contains newspaper clippings about various Jewish events and topics, including articles/essays about and by Solomon Schechter, as well as a photocopy of an 1815 article on Edgar J. Nathan, Jr.'s ancestors on the Solis side opening a dry goods store.

1815-1966
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Tercentenary Speeches

Scope and Contents

Mainly tercentenary speeches and speech drafts, but also includes unrelated 1948 Jewish speech.

1948-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Tercentenary Papers (Folder 1 of 7)

Scope and Contents

Contains invitation to dinner honoring Jacob Javits and a copy of a speech by then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower as well as tercentenary material. Also includes photographs from the event.

1954-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Tercentenary Papers (Folder 2 of 7)

Scope and Contents

Letter to Edgar J. Nathan, Jr. from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

1954
Box: 4 Folder : 7-9 Tercentenary Papers (3 folders of 7)

Scope and Contents

Various correspondence and print matter from tercentenary, except a few seemingly random letters from 1948 in Folder 9.

1948-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 10-11 Tercentenary Papers (2 folders of 7)

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks.

1953-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 12-17 Jewish Theological Seminary Papers (6 folders)

Scope and Contents

Mainly contains correspondence and print matter related to 1937 JTS semi-centennial celebration, in addition to print matter from the 1910s with "E.N.S." inscribed on the covers of some booklets.

1918-1961
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Photographs
1951-1964

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