With generous support from Leslie and Abigail Wexner.

The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection

1930-2004 (bulk 1940-1995). Manuscript Collection No. 763

Overview & Usage

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Friedman, Herbert A., 1918-2008
Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection.
Bulk Dates:
39 linear feet (73 Hollinger boxes, 68 audiocassettes, 27 audio reels, 11 videocassettes, and 4 motion picture reels)
Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, World War II records, transcripts of speeches, news clippings, personal notes, organizational documents, rabbinical records, and audio-visual recordings.
Collection Number:
Collection material in English and Hebrew.

Scope and Content

The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection documents the life of a rabbi, educator, Zionist, noted speaker and philanthropist. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, student papers, World War II records, transcripts of speeches, news clippings, personal notes, organizational documents, and audio-visual recordings. The materials in this collection, spanning the years 1930 to 2003, reflect Friedman's life-long commitment to the safety and welfare of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Rabbi Friedman preached this philosophy and also put these principles into practice throughout his long and storied career. This is evidenced by his work as a World War II chaplain charged with relieving the plight of Jewish refugees in Europe; his early Zionist activities; his service as Executive Vice Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal; his life in Israel; and his work to preserve Jewish identity through the Wexner Heritage Foundation, all of which are documented in this collection.

The arrangement of the Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection reflects the original order of the material as compiled and organized by Rabbi Friedman. This includes the broader organization of the series and files in the collection as well as the arrangement of the papers within each file.

As a result, materials of similar genre or topics appear throughout the collection. For example, some of Rabbi Friedman’s sermons and speeches are kept together in a sermons file (Series E). Other of his sermons and addresses pertaining to his work at the United Jewish Appeal are filed with other UJA materials in Series H. The same is true for Rabbi Friedman’s correspondence. Series B is a general correspondence file, but users should be aware there is overlapping correspondence on specific topics located in other series in the collection.

In another example, photographs are distributed throughout the collection. During processing, photographs were kept in their original location. However, to facilitate access, all photographs were digitally re-assembled together into Series J., Media.

Conditions of Access & Use

Terms of Access and Use

The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection is open to all users with the exception of files 16/16, 16/17, 17/13, 17/16, 17/17, 18/1, 20/14, 21/4, 39/6, 45/17, 49/4, 52/12, 54/11, 62/5, 62/6, 64/6, 64/8 through 64/11, 64/14, 65/14, 65/20, 66/8, 68/5, 68/10, and 72/2. These twenty-seven files are restricted until January 2037. The original manuscript collection is available in the Barrows-Loebelson Reading Room of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives.

Terms of Reproduction and Use

This collection has been placed in the permanent care, custody, and control of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) by the donors of the collection. Questions concerning rights to use or publish materials from the collection should be addressed to the Executive Director of the AJA. For more information, see the American Jewish Archives .

Collection and Citation Information

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals may be expected to this collection.

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-763. Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Processing Information

Processed by American Jewish Archives staff.


The Rabbi Herbert A. Friedman Collection was received from Herbert A. Friedman, New York, N.Y., in 2006.

Related Collections

Collections related to Friedman, Herbert A., 1918-2008 may be found in the AJA Online Catalog.

Separated Material

  • Herbert A. Friedman Letter. 28 March 1968. SC-3782.
  • Herbert A. Friedman Chaplaincy Papers. 1946. SC-3783.
  • Herbert A. Friedman Questionnaire. March 1994. SC-14034.
  • Herbert A. Friedman Nearprint. Nearprint Biographies.
  • Herbert A. Friedman Photographs. PC-1359.
  • B'nai B'rith Anti-defamation League. "Avenue of the Just" [videorecording]. 26 December 1989. VT-991.
  • "The Israel experience: a rite of passage for North American Jewish youth. Motivating community leadership" [videorecording]. 1993. VT-992.

Subject and Genre Terms

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

Persons and Families

  • Ben-Gurion, David -- 1886-1973.
  • Friedman, Herbert A. -- 1918-2008.
  • Wexner, Leslie -- 1937-


  • United Jewish Appeal.
  • Wexner Heritage Foundation.


  • Military chaplains.
  • Refugees.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees.
  • Zionism.


  • Israel -- History.

Genres and Forms

  • Audiocassettes.
  • Photographs.
  • Jewish sermons, American.
  • Videocassettes.