Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement Note


Administrative Information

Search Terms

Box Folder Listing

Series A. Papers. 1930-1950.

A Finding Aid to the Abram V. Goodman Papers. 1930-1950(bulk 1947-1950).

Manuscript Collection No. 816

NHPRCFunding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Repository: The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Creator: Goodman, Abram Vossen, 1903-
Title: Abram V. Goodman Papers
Dates: 1930-1950
Bulk Dates: 1947-1950
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (1 Record Carton)
Abstract: Publications, student papers and correspondence.
Collection Number: MS-816
Language: Collection material in English.

Biographical Sketch

Abram Vossen Goodman was born in Boston in 1903, the son of a physician. He received his prep school training at The Roxbury Latin School and graduated from Harvard College in 1924. He prepared for the rabbinate at the Jewish Institute of Religion, where he received a Masters of Hebrew Literature and was ordained as a rabbi in 1928. Following graduation, he went abroad for the better part of a year pursuing studies at the Hebrew University and the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. He studied in Vienna and took courses at Harvard and the University of Chicago before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. While in Austin, he occupied the pulpit at Temple Beth Israel from 1935 to 1941 and served as Hillel Director at the university. After serving at Temple Emanu-El of Davenport, Iowa from 1941-1952, Goodman came to Temple Sinai of Long Island in Lawrence, N.Y. He was very active in Jewish and communal affairs, being a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, curator of the American Jewish Historical Society and First Vice President of the Jewish Information Society. He co-chaired the Joint Commission on National Conciliation of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.

--Adapted from a biographical sketch on the Temple Am Echad website (

Scope and Content Note

The Abram V. Goodman papers consist of student notes and writings, together with other essays, scholarship, and correspondence. The bulk of the collection pertains to the research and writing of his book, American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times (published in 1947).

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

Conditions of Access and Use

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

Paula Winnig, by the act of donating this collection to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights are retained by the Goodman family or their heirs. Literary rights may also be retained by specific creators of some 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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Abram V. Goodman Papers and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-816. Abram V. Goodman Papers. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.


The Abram V. Goodman Papers were received from Paula Winnig, Laurence, N.Y., in April, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Kevin Proffitt, September, 2011.

This collection was arranged and described according to minimal-processing standards. Funding, in part, for the arrangement and description of this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Box Folder Listing

Series A. Papers. 1930-1950.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence. 1940-1950.
1 2-5 American Overture: Jewish Rights in Colonial Times. 1947-1948.
[Includes drafts, proofs, documents, etc.]
1 6 Miscellaneous articles. 1940-1950.
1 7 Student writings and notebooks. 1930-1940.
1 8-10 Miscellaneous notes and writings. Undated.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.

Persons and Families

Goodman, Abram Vossen, 1903-


United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Associated Titles

American overture : Jewish rights in colonial times.


United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.

Genres and Forms