Joseph Krauskopf Papers
Krauskopf, Joseph Papers
Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923
25 linear feet (43 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English
Detailed Collection Information
Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf was one of the most prominent American rabbis of his day. Noted for his dynamic preaching and his firm stance on social justice, Krauskopf was a very well-known figure in the Jewish community.
Krauskopf was born in Ostrowo, Poland in 1858, and came to Fall River, Massachusetts in 1862. In 1875, he entered the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati as a member of its first class, and was ordained in 1883. Upon ordination, Krauskopf accepted the call to Reform Congregation B'nai Jehuda in Kansas City, Missouri. He remained there until 1887 when he accepted the pulpit of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Philadelphia.
At Keneseth Israel, Krauskopf reorganized the religious school, reinstituted Sunday services and further reformed the religious practices of the already liberal congregation. Krauskopf also wrote a prayer book and a service hymnal, and was a major figure in building a new Temple building for Keneseth Israel, which was dedicated in 1892.
Krauskopf was committed to a back-to-the-land ethic, and in 1894 he travelled to Russia to propose to the Russian government to colonize Jews on farms in the Pale. In 1896 Krauskopf founded the National Farm School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, which is now known as the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture.
In addition to the National Farm School, Krauskopf was involved in a great many other pursuits. He was instrumental in establishing the Jewish Publication Society, the Model Housing Society, and the Keneseth Israel Free Library. A devoted patriot, Krauskopf founded the Patriotic Society of Philadelphia in 1910. Rabbi Krauskopf also was a spokesman for Reform Judaism, and often was called upon to be a representative of the Jewish community in local and national events.
Many assistant rabbis served with Joseph Krauskopf, and most went on to distinguished careers. Krauskopf's assistant rabbis included: Abraham Feldman, James Heller, Isaac Landman, J. Leonard Levy, and Eli Mayer.
Rabbi Krauskopf died on June 12, 1923, after a short illness. David Philipson, a classmate of Krauskopf in the first class at Hebrew Union College, was the principal speaker at the Memorial Services.
Description of Collection
The collection consists primarily of Krauskopf's personal correspondence. Outgoing correspondence is arranged by date, incoming correspondence is arranged by correspondent. In addition, the collection includes sermons, pamphlets, reports, photographs, postcards, and related material.
Organization and Arrangement
This collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: Krauskopf's outgoing letters, 1884-1907, undated
Series 2: Krauskopf's incoming letters, 1858-1923
Series 3: Miscellaneous materials, 1859-1925, undated
Alternate Form Available
Microfilm of incoming correspondence (A-Halle) is available.
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b1631812~S12
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.
Publication and Copyright Information
The Joseph Krauskopf Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Joseph Krauskopf Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Additional papers of Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf are located at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Archives, Old York Road and Township Line, Elkins Park, PA 19117.
Donated by Rabbi Benjamin Korn, December 1971.
Finding aid revised according to contemporary archival standards in February 2014 by Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services. Collection reprocessed and inventory revised in July 2017 by Brenda Galloway-Wright, Associate Archivist.
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Krauskopf, Joseph, 1858-1923
Congregation B'nai Jehudah (Kansas City, Mo.)
Delaware Valley College
Hebrew Union College
Jewish Publication Society
Keneseth Israel Free Library (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Model Housing Society
National Farm School (Doylestown, Pa.)
Patriotic Society of Philadelphia
Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (Elkins Park, Pa.)
Jews--Religious life and customs—Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
Series 1: Krauskopf’s outgoing letters, 1884-1907, undated
1 Outgoing letters 1884-1907
2 Outgoing letters 1908-1913
3 Outgoing letters 1914-1919
4 Outgoing letters 1920-1923, undated
4A Letter press bound volumes and other outgoing correspondence 1889-1892, 1902-1903
Series 2: Krauskopf’s incoming letters, 1858-1923
5 A – Unidentified to Arm circa 1880-1923
6 Arn to Beas-Beh circa 1880-1923
7 Bei-Beni to Blau-Blitz circa 1880-1923
8 Bloc to Boy-Braz circa 1880-1923
9 Bre-H Cohen circa 1880-1923
10 J Cohen- S Cohen to Dowk- Doyle circa 1880-1923
11 Dick Dixon to Faville circa 1880-1923
12 Faville to Franklin circa 1880-1923
13 Frieberger to Goman circa 1880-1923
14 Goo-Gou to Haac-Halle circa 1880-1923
15 Hallet-hand to Rose Hoofman circa 1880-1923
16 Hufhermer-Hoover to Jacobson Jordan circa 1880-1923
17 Janos-Jones to Alfred Klein circa 1880-1923
18 Belle Klein-Rosa klein to k General File circa 1880-1923
19 Lacey-Ladenburger to George Lehman-Leiser circa 1880-1923
20 Joseph Leiser Leudht to Howard Loeb Joseph Loeb circa 1880-1923
21 Joseph Loeb Loser to McCorkle McNulty circa 1880-1923
22 Medoff-Marilyn to Naar-Nathanson circa 1880-1923
23 Neal-New Orleans to O General File circa 1880-1923
24 Pack-Paul to Rayner circa 1880-1923
25 Rewd-Reefer to William Rosenau circa 1880-1923
26 William Rosenau-Bertha Rosenberg to R General circa 1880-1923
27 Sab Sovich-Salik to Schwarz-Seaman circa 1880-1923
28 Search-Seldman to Sonnescheim-Spargo circa 1880-1923
29 Sparks-Spingarn to Strauss-Straussman circa 1880-1923
30 Strickler-Strause to Tylor Teller circa 1880-1923
31 Templeton-Thorner to J. Washburn circa 1880-1923
32 J Washburn to J Weil-M Weil circa 1880-1923
33 S Weil-Weiler to L Wise circa 1880-1923
34 L Wise Wittenberg; first names and two names signatures circa 1880-1923
35 Krauskopf letters from wife and family; Letters to and from Sybil (wife); Letter in general; Incomplete letters circa 1880-1923
36 Letter with no illegible signatures; Letters to and from other people 1858-1923
37 Incoming correspondence 1899-1920
Series 3: Miscellaneous materials, 1859-1925, undated
38 Sermons, speeches, addresses, and lectures; Sermons 1872-1922
39 Sermons and Other Publications; Pamphlets 1881-1922
40 National Farm School, 1903-1925; Report of the National Relief Commission, 1898-1899; Diary, 1891; Miscellaneous minutes, 1859-1923; News clippings 1893-1906 and 1901-1906; Photos, undated; Poems and impression of plays, undated 1859-1925, undated
41 Poems; Miscellaneous, invitation, publications, show tickets, and flyers, circa 1900-1912; Papers in German, copy of Paper by Thomas Jefferson, undated; Photograph of Joseph Krauskopf; Weekly journal copies of the Jewish Exponent; Notebooks, December 1894-January 1895; Miscellaneous pamphlets, circa 1888-1920; Articles in German 1888-1912, undated
42 Post Card to Krauskopf in envelopes letters A-P, R-W & Y 1895-1925; Post Cards to Mona, Sybil, Madeline, Manfred, and family 1895-1925, undated
43 Microfilmed copies of papers (9 reels) undated