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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
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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:

This collection has not been fully catalogued or checked for personal data but will be checked in response to any request to view material. We may require four weeks' notice in advance of making an appointment to allow sufficient time for data protection checking, please allow extra time for this. Some files may be restricted or closed if they are found to contain personal data of living individuals.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

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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