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Benjamin Halpern papers

 Collection — other: 2 record center boxes, 1 manuscript box
Identifier: 03-MWalB00150A

Scope and Contents

The files in this collection were created from 1942 through 1993. They include biographical sketches, teaching notes, syllabi, reading lists, correspondence, published and unpublished documents, and work by other authors. A significant part of the published work appeared in Jewish Frontier and Midstream. Most of the remaining articles in the collection are reprints. Approximately one fourth of the collection is in Hebrew text in the form of correspondence, newspaper articles, handwritten notes, and reprints.  A significant part of the collection focuses on Zionism.


  • 1942-1993, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Deparment, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Halpern joined the Brandeis University Faculty in 1960 and in 1971 became the Richard Koret Professor of Judaica for the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department. He attended the Boston Hebrew Teachers College, continued his undergraduate studies at Harvard College, and earned his doctorate from Harvard University in sociology, history, and philosophy. Until his retirement in 1980, Ben Halpern taught courses such as Contemporary Hebrew Literature and the History of Modern Palestine. During his tenure at Brandeis, Halpern sat on the Faculty Senate and the Advisory Planning Committee, and chaired the Humanities Council. In addition to a twenty-year career at Brandeis, Halpern taught at Tel-Aviv University and Wellesley College as a visiting professor. He passed away in 1990. Intimately connected with the Zionist movement, Halpern's professional activities included editorial positions with Jewish Frontier and Midstream, as well as membership on academic boards such as the American Association for the Sociological Study of the Jews. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Israel Studies. Halpern's published works include "The Idea of the Jewish State,"(1961) (Cambridge: Harvard University Press) and "Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, & American Zionism" (1987) (New York: Oxford University Press).


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Arranged in thirteen series: 1. Biographical Information, 1949-1993; 2. Correspondence, 1955-1986, undated; 3. Syllabi and Reading Lists, 1964-1977; 4. Early Writings, undated; 5. Writings, 1946-1988, undated; 6. Writings: Unsigned, undated; 7. Contracts, 1982-1987; 8. Reprints: Jewish Frontier, 1942-1989; 9. Reprints: Midstream, 1955-1976; 10. Reprints: Various Publications, 1954-1990; 11. Reprints: Undated, undated; 12. Reviews and Responses, 1957-1988, undated; 13. Writings: Other Authors, 1952-1971, undated. Series 2, 4-6, and 11-13 are arranged alphabetically. Series 7-10 are arranged chronologically. Series 1 is in original order. Series 3 is arranged numerically by course number. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing. 2 record center boxes, 1 manuscript box.

Other Descriptive Information

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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