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Altmann Archive

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 ALTMANN
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Altmann Archive
Date(s): [1920-1997]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 116 boxes
Name of creator(s): Altmann | Alexander | 1906-1987 | rabbi
Altmann | Manfred | 1911-1999 | chairman of the Institute of Jewish Studies
Altmann | Erwin | fl 1920-1930 | brother of Alexander and Manfred Altmann


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alexander Altmann was born in Kaschau, Austria-Hungary, 1906; educated, University of Berlin, -1931; rabbi in Berlin and Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Seminary, 1931-1938; emigrated to England, 1938; communal rabbi in Manchester, 1938-1959; Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies, 1953-1958; Philip W Lown Professor of Jewish Philosophy and History of Ideas, Brandeis University in Waltham, USA, 1959-1976; Visiting Professor at Harvard and at Hebrew University, 1976-1978; associate at the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies, 1978-1987; died, 1987.

Manfred Altmann was born, 1911; educated at Universities in Frankfurt, 1928, Berlin and Marburg; emigrated to Holland, 1934-1939; emigrated to England as a lawyer for a Dutch-Jewish company, 1939; worked for the Jewish National Fund, 1941; started his own import-export business, 1947; Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Jewish Studies at University College London (UCL); Chairman of the Institute of Jewish Studies, 1988; Honorary Fellow of UCL, 1992, died, 1999.


Scope and content/abstract:

The Altmann collection, [1920-1997], comprises papers of Alexander Altmann; papers of his brothers, Manfred and Erwin Altmann, Altmann family papers and papers relating to the Institute of Jewish Studies. Includes memoirs, diaries, draft manuscripts, research papers, letters, photographs, audio-visual material, family research papers, financial and legal papers and papers relating to publications and conferences.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, German and Hebrew

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Family papers; Erwin Altmann; Alexander Altmann; Manfred Altmann; Institute of Jewish Studies.

Conditions governing access:

Closed pending cataloguing.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

Box list.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by the family, Aug 2000.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: biographical information was compiled from Google searching.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Sep 2008

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