Access and Provenance

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder Listing

A Finding Aid to the

David Neumark Papers 

Manuscript Collection No. 320

Circa 1890-1951. 2.1 Linear ft.


The David Neumark Papers were donated to the American Jewish Archives by Mrs. Henry Montor, Bayside, New York, and Joshua Block, New Hyde Park, New York, 1961. Mrs. Henry Montor and Joshua Block, by the act of donating the David Neumark Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned the property rights to the American Jewish Archives. All literary rights to material in the collection are retained by the individual authors or their heirs. Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. The papers are available to researchers in the reading room of the Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.


David Neumark was born in Galicia 3 August 1866. He was ordained as a rabbi in 1897 from the Berlin Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums; he also received his doctorate from the University of Berlin. He served as a Rabbi in Rakonitz, Bohemia from 1897-1904. He was a professor of Jewish philosophy at the Veitel-Heine-Ephraimschen Lehranstalt in Berlin in 1907. Later that year, Neumark was appointed to the faculty of Hebrew Union College by President Kaufman Kohler; he became chair of philosophy in 1907 and served until 1924.

In 1919 Neumark founded The Journal of Jewish Lore and Philosophy, which became The Hebrew Union College Annual in 1921. Neumark was a scholar and philosopher; his magnum opus was Geschichte der juedischen Philosophie des Mittelalters (1907–1910; translated into Hebrew under the title Toledot ha-Filosofyah be-Yisrael, vol 1, 1922, vol. 2, 1929). Neumark was also an ardent Zionist.

Neumark married Dora Turnheim and had three children: Immanuel Neumark, Martha Newmark Montor, and Sally Neumark Brainin. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio on 15 December 1924.

Related AJA Collections

PC-3223A - David Neumark Photograph File.

GF-710 - Genealogical information on the Montor and Neumark families, including David Neumark.


The David Neumark Papers consist of original handwritten and typed manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, notebooks, correspondence, newsclippings and other papers. Correspondence to and from Neumark mainly relates to his writings; included is a 1920 memo to the Education Department of the Zionist Organization, London, England regarding the extension of Hebrew University. The collection is in English, German, Hebrew and Yiddish.


Box Folder	Contents
		Geschichte der Judischen Philosophie des Mittelalters.  [In German.]  
1	1	Vol. I, pp 1-200.  1907.  
1	2	Vol. I, pp 201-445.  1907.  
1	3	Vol. I, pp 446-end and index.  1907.  
1	4	Vol. II, pp 1-220.  Undated.  
1	5	Vol. II, pp 221-end.  Undated.  
1	6	Vol. III pp 1-223.  Undated.  
2	1	Vol. III pp 224-end.  Undated.  
2	2	Vol. III [incomplete first draft].  Undated.  
2	3	Miscellaneous Draft.  Undated.  
2	4	Miscellaneous and notes.  1910, undated.
2	5	Juedische Geistesentwickelung in biblischer Zeit. [In German.]  Undated.  
2	6	"Toldot Ha-Ikkarim B'Yisrael".  [A History of the Principles of Israel - in Hebrew.]  circa 1912.  
3	1	"Toldot Ha-Ikkarim B'Yisrael".  [A History of the Principles of Israel - in Hebrew.]  circa 1912.  
3	2	"Toledot Ha-Pilosofia  B'Yisrael" Vol. I.  [A History of the Philosophy of Israel - in Hebrew.]  
		circa 1922.
3	3	"Toledot Ha-Pilosofia  B'Yisrael" Vol. II.  [A History of the Philosophy of Israel - in Hebrew.]  
		circa 1922.
3	4	"Historical and Systematic Relations of Judaism to Kant."  1924.  
3	5	Hebrew Writings.  circa 1890-1910s.  
4	1-3	Hebrew Writings.  circa 1890-1910s.  
4	4-5	Notebooks [Mostly in German].  Undated.  
5	1-2	Notebooks [Mostly in German].  Undated.  
5	3	Correspondence.  [In English, German, Hebrew.]  1913-1923.  
5	4	Miscellaneous Newsclippings, Notes, Publications, Programs.   1912-1951.  

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