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Manuscript Collection No. 791
Funding for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Born in Russia, Samuel Blumenfield was a rabbi, educator and scholar. Ordained at the Jewish Institute of Religion, he served as superintendent of the Chicago Board of Jewish Education, and as dean, director and president of Chicago's College of Jewish Studies. Active in Zionist and educational affairs, Blumenfield was a prolific author in both English and Hebrew and was a regular contributor to the Hebrew Literary Monthly, Opinion, and Reform Advocate, among other periodicals. He taught at Hofstra University, University of Chicago, Roosevelt University and the New School for Social Research. He served as an officer in the American Jewish Congress, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Avukah, National Council for Jewish Education and Union of American Hebrew Congregations. In 1930 he married Rose Mazel. They had three children.
The collection consists of drafts (mostly typescript) of essays written in Hebrew and English by Blumenfield on Jewish education, Israel, Zionism, and persons such as Mordecai Kaplan and Ephraim Lisitsky.
This collection is arranged alphabetically.
Terms of Access and Use
This collection is 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
Herb Bronstein, by the act of donating the Samuel M. Blumenfield Papers to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Samuel M. Blumenfield 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.
Blumenfield, Samuel M. Letters. 1946-1947. SC-1145.
Blumenfield, Samuel M. Nearprint. Nearprint Biographies.
Blumenfield, Samuel M. Photographs. PC-459.
Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Samuel M. Blumenfield Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:
“Adult Education in the Jewish Community,” Box 1. MS-791. Samuel M. Blumenfield Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Samuel M. Blumenfield Papers were received from Herbert and Tamar Bronstein, 2005 and 2008.
This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Processing was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.
Processed by Kevin Proffitt, August 2011.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the American Jewish Archives's online catalog.
Persons and Families
Blumenfield, Samuel M., 1901-1972
Kaplan, Mordecai Menahem, 1881-1983
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission