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Murray Friedman Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 227

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Description

Collection Summary

Title
Murray Friedman Papers

Dates
1963-2002

Collection ID
SCRC 227

Creator
Friedman, Murray, 1926-2005

Quantity
7.5 linear feet (6 boxes)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English


Detailed Collection Information

Biographical Note
Murray Friedman, born September 15, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York was a community leader, civil-rights activist, and author. From 1954 to 1959, Friedman worked for the Anti-Defamation League in Richmond, VA before accepting the position of Middle-Atlantic States Regional Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) based in Philadelphia, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure at the AJC, Friedman worked with religious and ethnic groups to achieve greater intergroup and interreligious harmony. In 1986, Friedman was appointed by then President Ronald Reagan to the vice chairmanship of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and served in that capacity until 1989.  A prolific author, Friedman wrote commentary on intergroup relations, school integration, hiring practices, and political conservativism, among other topics. Friedman also edited a number of works on the history of the Jewish community in Philadelphia. In his work to promote the study of Jewish history, Friedman helped establish the Jewish Free University (1970), Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center (1972), and the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University (1990), all collaborative ventures with the American Jewish Committee. Friedman served as director of the Feinstein Center until his death on May 18, 2005.

Description of Collection
Collection is primarily material produced by Friedman in the course of his work as American Jewish Committee regional director including correspondence with and about staff and the organization’s activities. In particular, the AJC chapters in Washington D.C. and Wilmington, DE are well documented in Series 3. The bulk of the collection located in Series 4 consists of files on organizations and projects Friedman was engaged in at the AJC as well as the Feinstein Center. Also included in the collection are photographs of Friedman and copies of his published articles.

Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

Series 1: Writings and biographical information, 1966-2001
Series 2: People file, 1966-2002
Series 3: Places file, 1963-2001
Series 4: Organizations, projects, and subject reference files, 1964-2002


Patron Information

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b6256087~S30 

Research Access
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 Murray Friedman Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property 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.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Murray Friedman Papers, SCRC 227, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material
American Jewish Committee Records, MS-780, American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Marsha Friedman in December 2005. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information
Collection minimally processed and finding aid prepared in June 2016 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist. Only original boxes and folders in poor condition have been replaced. Loose and misfiled materials were placed in folders and assigned titles according to annotations made by Friedman.


Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Friedman, Murray, 1926-2005

Corporate Names:
American Jewish Committee
Christian Coalition
Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

Subjects:
African Americans -- Relations with Jews
Intergroup relations -- United States
Jews -- Persecutions
Jews -- United States

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Ethnic relations

Material Types:
Administrative records
Bylaws (administrative records)
Clippings
Correspondence
Histories
Manuscripts
Minutes
Negatives
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Photocopies
Photographs
Press releases
Reports
Speeches



Collection Inventory

Series 1: Writings and biographical information, 1966-2001

Box    Folder 

1          1          Resume          2000-2001
1          2          Bibliography          undated
1          3          Published articles          1969-1985
1          4          Published articles          1982-1984
1          5          Published articles          1985-1991
1          6          Published articles          1992-1995, 2002
1          7          Published articles: Midstream          October 1981
1          8          Book (editor): A Second Exodus          1997
1          9          Book: What Went Wrong?: The Creation and Collapse of the Black-Jewish Alliance          1994
1          10          Book: When Philadelphia was the Capital of Jewish America           1994
1          11         College courses (Temple University)          1982-1987
1          12          Writing project          undated
1          13          Photographs          1966-circa 2000

Series 2: People file, 1966-2002

Box    Folder

1          14          Abram, Morris B.          1983-1995
1          15          Appelbaum, Steven          1990-1996
1          16          Berkman, Richard          1984-1986
1          17          Berman, Phil          1986
1          18          Berman, Philip grant          1989
1          19          Blume, Rita          1978
1          20          Bolick, Clint          1992
1          21          Brachfeld, Dr. Jonas          1989
1          22          Dalin, David          1998
1          23          Dubin, Stephen V.           1995-1997
1          24          Edwards, Larry          2001
1          25          Elazar, Daniel J.          1979-1996
1          26          Emerson, Steven          1982-1985
1          27          Ershkowitz, Herbert project "Jewish Life in Pennsylvania"          1993-1998
1          28          Farber, Jack          1985-2001
1          29          Fisher, Sol          1971-1987
1          30          Foglietta, Congressman Thomas          1982
1          31          Foltin, Richard T.           1986-2002
1          32          Fox, Richard          1973-1986
1          33          Fox, Robert A.          1978-1986
1          34          Freedman, Barbara          2002
1          35          Friedman, Howard          1973-1989
1          36          Friedman, Dr. Paul S.          1992
1          37          Friedman, Steven L.          1990-1994
1          38          Geffen, Dr. Rela M.           1998
1          39          Gimpel, Harriet          1994
1          40          Goldman, Fred          1979-1980
1          41          Grossman, Leonard          1991-1995
1          42          Harris, David          1987-2002
1          43          Isaacson, Jason          1991-2000
1          44          Kaufer, Sonya          1966-1969
1          45          Kohn, Shirley          1994, 1998
1          46          Kovadloff, Jacob          1984
1          47          Kravitz, Robert          1994
1          48          Lazere, Haskell          1970-1980
1          49          Lee, Rotan E.          1993
1          50          LeFever, Ernest          1987, 1989
1          51          Levine, Irving          1971-1989
1          52          Levine, Jonathan           1978-1989
1          53          Liskofsky, Sidney          1971-1980
1          54          Lowenthal, Larry          1990-2001
1          55          Malmud, Leon S.          1997
1          56          Maslin, Rabbi Simeon J. Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel          1982
1          57          Mendelson, Robert I.          1977-1981
1          58          Meyers, Allen project: "In the Shelter of His Presence: A Synagogue History of South Philadelphia, 1880-1960"          1994-1996
1          59          Mittelman, Sheba          1983
1          60          Niebuhr, Herman          1981
1          61          Plax, Martin          1978-1986
1          62          Podhoretz, Norman          1973-1992
1          63          Raffel, Martin          1980-1981
1          64          Rifkind, Andrea          1997
2          1          Rosen, Edward H.          1973-1985
2          2          Rosenman, Yehuda          1971-1987
2          3          Ross, George M.          1980-2002
2          4          Rozanski, Geri          1986-2002
2          5          Rubin, Gary          1985-1992
2          6          Rudin. Rabbi A. James          1969-2000
2          7          Samet, Seymour geographic distribution project          1987-1988
1          8          Samuelson, Norbert          1994
2          9          Sandberg, Neil           1963-1994
2          10          Sawallisch, Wolfgang          1991-1993
2          11          Schaffer, Ann          2001
2          12          Seltzer, Robert          1988-1990
2          13          Setleis, Lloyd          1984
2          14          Sher, Jack          1981
2          15          Shestack, Jerome J.          1984
2          16          Shrier, Marc G.          1988
2          17          Slotznick, Mike          1999-2001
2          18          Thomas, Susan          2002
2          19          Weinberg, Paul S.          1975-1976, 1984
2          20          Weinberg, Susan          1989-1990
2          21          Weintraub, Jeffrey          1995
2          22          Yeakel, Lynn          1992-1993

Series 3: Places file, 1963-2001

Box    Folder

2          23          Philadelphia Chapter by-laws          1967-1980
2          24          Philadelphia Chapter finances          1989-1992
2          25          Philadelphia Chapter          1992
2          26          Philadelphia Chapter          1993
2          27          Philadelphia Chapter fundraising          1993
2          28          Philadelphia Chapter          1994, 1996, 1998
2          29          Philadelphia Chapter          1999
2          30          Philadelphia Chapter          2001
2          31          Philadelphia Chapter Advisory Council          2001
3          1          Reading, PA          1978-1997
3          2          Reading, PA          1972-1977
3          3          San Francisco office          1966
3          4          Sarasota, FL          1981
3          5          Sayre, PA          1968-1977
3          6          Scranton, PA          1961-1978, 1999
3          7          Secane, PA          1976
3          8          Selinsgrove, PA          1963
3          9          Sewickley, PA          1966-1967
3          10          Sharon, PA          1965-1966
3          11          Southern New Jersey          1983
3          12          St. Louis, MO          1981
3          13          Stroudsburg, PA          1965
3          14          Uniontown, PA          1967-1978
3          15          University Park, PA          1965-1976
3          16          Valley Forge, PA          1964-1965, 1979
3          17          Virginia          1977
3          18          Wallingford, PA          1977
3          19          Washington D.C. Chapter          1977-1978
3          20          Washington D.C. Chapter          1979-1980
3          21          Washington D.C. Chapter          1981-1982
3          22          Washington D.C. Chapter          1983-2000
3          23          Washington, PA          1964
3          24          Waynesboro, PA          1964
3          25          West Virginia          1966
3          26          Wilkes-Barre, PA Chapter          1977-1996
3          27          Wilmington, DE Chapter          1976-1980
3          28          Wilmington, DE Chapter (1 of 2)          1981-1993
3          29          Wilmington, DE Chapter (2 of 2)          1981-1993
3          30          Wyomissing, PA          1993
3          31          York, PA           1970, 1977

Series 4: Organizations, projects, and subject reference files, 1964-2002

Box    Folder

3          32          Academicians Seminar in Israel          1987
3          33          Academy for Jewish Studies Without Walls          1980-1981
3          34          Affirmative Action Statement          1995
3          35          Afrocentrism          1994
3          36          Agency professional list          1984-1991
3          37          AIDS policy statement          1988
3          38          Alfred and Carol Moses People to People Mission          1992
3          39          American Council for Judaism          1990
3          40          American Enterprise Institute          1980-1982
3          41          American Friends Service Committee          1993, 1999
3          42          American Interfaith Institute, Irvin Borowsky          1994-1995
3          43          American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)          1985-1988
3          44          American Jewish Archives          1981, 1990
3          45          American Jewish Committee 50th anniversary (Philadelphia Chapter)          1944, 1993-1995
3          46          American Jewish Committee out of town visits          1987-1990
3          47          American Jewish Committee reports on legislative activity          1992-1993
3          48          American Jewish Committee Skirball Institute on American Values          1992-1993
3          49          American Jewish Committee story - Philadelphia          1988-2002
3          50          American Jewish Congress          1984
3          51          American Jewish Historical Society          1983, 1992-1993
3          52          American Jewish Press Association          1992
3          53          American Professors for Peace in the Middle East          1982
4          1          Anti-Defamation League          1974-2002
4          2          Anti-Semitism - Pennsylvania          1986
4          3          Arab boycott          1982-1991
4          4          Arab influence on campus          1986
4          5          Arab propaganda          1982, 1986
4          6          Argentinian and Chilean Jewry          1977-1979
4          7          Associated University Presses          1991-1993
4          8          Association of Black Jews          1970
4          9          Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies          1985-1994
4          10          Black Jewish relations          1997
4          11          Blaustein Leadership Institute          1984-2000
4          12          Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church          1996
4          13          Bucks County Courier Times          2001
4          14          Burned churches (Gay's Hill Baptist Church)          1996-1997
4          15          Camden riot          1971
4          16          Catholic - Jewish relations          1993
4          17          Catholic/Jewish Education Enrichment Program (C/JEEP)          1997-1999
4          18          Catholic/Jewish Education Enrichment Program (C/JEEP)          1998-2001
4          19          Catholic/Jewish Education Enrichment Program (C/JEEP)          2000-2002
4          20          Catholic/Jewish Education Enrichment Program (C/JEEP) meeting in Philadelphia June 17-19          2001
4          21          Catholics          1993-1996
4          22          Catholics          1997-1999
4          23          Charitable Choice          2001
4          24          Chicago Seminar for Israeli Diplomats          1992
4          25          Christian Coalition (1 of 2)          1995-1996
4          26          Christian Coalition (2 of 2)          1995-1996
4          27          Christian Coalition          1997-1998
4          28          Christian Coalition American Jewish Committee pamphlet 1996 "Jews and Conservative Christians"          1995-1997
4          29          Christian persecution          1998
4          30          Church - State - general          1984-1997
4          31          Church - State - PA          1984-2001
5          1          Civil Liberties and Education Committee          1983
5          2          Coalition for Human Needs          1980
5          3          Comay Fellow nomination          1998, 2002
5          4          Commentary          1980-2002
5          5          Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)          1991, 2000-2001
5          6          Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Forest in Israel          1977
5          7          Commonquest          1996-1997
5          8          Conference on "Human Services and High Unemployment"          1982
5          9          Consortium on Jewish Studies          1994-1995
5          10          Discrimination - country clubs          1980-1997
5          11          Diverse Paths pamphlet          1998
5          12          Domestic Affairs Committee          1992
5          13          Dropsie University          1980-1981
5          14          East Stroudsburg University          1985
5          15          Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships          1999-2002
5          16          Endowment fund          1980-1986
5          17          Ethics and Public Policy Center          1984-1989
5          18          Ethiopian Jewry          1985-1989
5          19          Executive Committee          1986-1998
5          20          Extremism radio program          1967
5          21          Father Divine's International Peace Mission Movement          1984
5          22          Federation day care          1982-1983, 1993
5          23          Federation of Jewish Agencies          1990
5          24          Federation of Jewish Agencies          1991-1997
5          25          Fellowship Commission          1976-1993
5          26          Fels Fund          1997-2000
5          27          Films          1973
5          28          Foreign Policy Research Institute          1996
5          29          Franklin Inn Club          1989-1990, 1996
5          30          Friends of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress          1983, 1986
5          31          Garb Law Project           1991-1994
5          32          German Academic Exchange Service          1986-1987
5          33          Germany - delegates to          1982-1987
5          34          Gold project: Odyssey of Gold by Aaron A. Gold          1993-1998
5          35          Greater Philadelphia Movement          1970-1973
5          36          Greater Philadelphia Partnership          1982-1984
5          37          House of Umoja          1988
5          38          Jews and large law firms          1964-1983
5          39          Landmark Legal Foundation          1988-1990
5          40          Lease          1984-2001
5          41          Legislative activity reports          2000-2001
5          42          Lichter project: media coverage of Rodney King case and Los Angeles riots          1992
5          43          Lists of contacts          1992
5          44          Lithuanian Jewish relations          1994-1995
5          45          Long Range Planning Committee          1992-1994
5          46          Los Angeles riots          1992
5          47          Mennonites          1980-1981
5          48          Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia          1969-2002
5          49          Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Jewish Studies          1994
5          50          Minimum wage          1983-1984
5          51          Monson High Cost of Jewish Living study           1991-1993
5          52          National Association of Scholars          1988-1989
5          53          National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise           1984-1990
5          54          National Foundation for Jewish Culture          1992
5          55          National Jewish Coalition          1985-1996
5          56          National Jewish Communal Affairs Commission          1985
5          57          National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council          1986-1997
5          58          National Leadership Council          1993
5          59          National Museum of American Jewish History          1970-2001
5          60          New Republic          1982
5          61          News releases          1996-2001
5          62          Newspapers          1974-2000
5          63          North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry          1989
6          1          Oral history library          1968-1990
6          2          Order Sons of Italy          1987-1993
6          3          Partners in Education (PIE)          1999-2001
6          4          Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce          1985-1986
6          5          Pennsylvania Council of Churches           1979-1983
6          6          Pennsylvania Department of Education          1975
6          7          Pennsylvania Ethnic Studies Heritage Center           1979-1980
6          8          Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission          1980-1985
6          9          Pennsylvania Humanities Council          1984-2000
6          10          Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition          1993, 1996
6          11          Pennsylvania Jewish Community Relations Conference          1975-1977
6          12          Persecuted Christians abroad          1997-1999
6          13          Pew Charitable Trusts          2000-2001
6          14          Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations          1980, 1990
6          15          Philadelphia Futures          1992-1994
6          16          Philadelphia Group: The Making of an American Jewish Community          1987-1990
6          17          The Philadelphia Inquirer          1982-1991
6          18          Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center          1983-2002
6          19          Philadelphia Orchestra          1990-1996
6          20          Philadelphia to Philadelphia project          1986-1989
6          21          Police - minority          1967-1970
6          22          Polish Jewish relations          1980-1983
6          23          Pollard case          1987, 1994
6          24          Preferential treatment: minority set-aside contracts          1984-1990
6          25          Project Interchange (1 of 2)          1997-2002
6          26          Project Interchange (2 of 2)          1997-2002
6          27          Protesting Syrian murders of Jews          1984
6          28          Reconstructionist Rabbinical College regarding Arthur Waskow          1989
6          29          Regional Council of Neighborhood Organizations          1993
6          30          Republican Jewish Coalition          2000-2002
6          31          Sale of AWACS to Saudi Arabia          1981
6          32          Soviet Jews (Soviet Union Trip)          1984-1985
6          33          Status of Women in Jewish Organizations          1991-1993
6          34          Stoddart Fleisher School          1994-2000
6          35          Szbad Chapter achievement award          1997
6          36          Toward Tradition          1995, 2001
6          37          The Tribal Basis of American Life          1996
6          38          Ukranians          1979-1999
6          39          United States Civil Rights Commission          1991
6          40          United States Information Agency          1984-1985
6          41          University Alert System           1978
6          42          University of Pennsylvania          1994
6          43          University of Pennsylvania Middle East Center          1979-1984
6          44          University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work          1988-1989
6          45          Urban Affairs Partnership          1987-1992
6          46          Walking tours          1995
6          47          West Bank          1982
6          48          "Why be Jewish" advertisements          1993-1996
6          49          William Penn Foundation          1995