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Manuscript Collection No. 160
Archaeologist, rabbi, and president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Nelson Glueck was born in Cincinnati on June 4, 1900. He entered Hebrew Union College in 1914 to study for the rabbinate. While at Hebrew Union College, Glueck simultaneously attended the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a B.A. degree in 1920. In 1923, he was ordained a rabbi. Glueck continued his studies in Europe at the University of Berlin, Heidelberg University, and the University of Jena where, in 1927, he received a Ph.D. in Biblical studies. Glueck returned to Cincinnati to join the faculty of Hebrew Union College in 1928, and by 1934, was promoted to full professor of Bible and Biblical Archaeology, a position he held until his death. He also was associated with the American School of Oriental Research and served as director of its Jerusalem school from 1932-1933, 1936-1940, and 1942-1947. In the 1930's and 40's, Glueck gained an international reputation for his archaeological work in Palestine and Trans-Jordan. He completed extensive surface and excavative surveys of the area, and made many important archaeological discoveries. In 1947, Glueck was named president of Hebrew Union College. Under his leadership, HUC saw a period of unprecedented growth including a merger with the Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and the establishment of branch campuses in Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Glueck was married to Dr. Helen Iglauer Glueck, and they had one son, Charles. Glueck died on February 12, 1971 in Cincinnati.
Collection contains correspondence, including letters from Glueck to his family relating to his travels in Palestine and Trans-Jordan (1932-1933) with archaeological notes and diagrams, newsletters of the American School of Oriental Research, addresses, sermons, newsclippings, interviews, memorabilia, and photographs.
Terms of Access and Use
The Nelson Glueck 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
Nelson Glueck, by the act of donating the Nelson Glueck Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by Nelson Glueck 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.
See also MS-5 (Hebrew Union College), MS-20 (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion), and AJA card catalog.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Nelson Glueck Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-160. Nelson Glueck Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Nelson Glueck Papers were received from Nelson Glueck, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Processed by American Jewish Archives staff.
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA's online catalog.
American School of Oriental Research
Bible -- Antiquities
Glueck, Nelson -- 1900-1971
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion -- Presidents
Jewish sermons, American