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Guide to the Marshall T. Meyer Papers, 1902-2004 and undated, bulk 1984-1993

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Abstract

Marshall T. Meyer was an activist rabbi who worked in Argentina during the period of the Dirty War (mid 1970s to mid 1980s).

The papers of Marshall T. Meyer span the years 1919-2004. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence from throughout Meyer's career as a religious leader and human rights activist; his published and unpublished writings and speeches; printed material collected by Meyer; Meyer's working and research files organized by geography, organizations, people, and subject; personal files, including appointment books, biographical material, papers from Meyer's school days, photographs, memorabilia, and material documenting his numerous engagements; audio tapes and cassettes of Meyer's services, interviews, lectures, and other events; and Betacam and VHS videocassette recordings of interviews and other public appearances by Meyer.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Meyer, Marshall T.
Title
Marshall T. Meyer papers, 1902-2004 and undated, bulk 1984-1993
Language of Material
English,, Spanish,, Hebrew
Extent
63.8 Linear Feet, Approx. 48,900 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The papers of Marshall T. Meyer span the years 1919-2004. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence from throughout Meyer's career as a religious leader and human rights activist; his published and unpublished writings and speeches; printed material collected by Meyer; Meyer's working and research files organized by geography, organizations, people, and subject; personal files, including appointment books, biographical material, papers from Meyer's school days, photographs, memorabilia, and material documenting his numerous engagements; audio tapes and cassettes of Meyer's services, interviews, lectures, and other events; and Betacam and VHS videocassette recordings of interviews and other public appearances by Meyer.

The collection contains extensive evidence of Meyer's activities and interests, especially those he engaged in during his tenure at Comunidad Bet el in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then at B'nai Jeshurun in New York City. The files document Meyer's professional activities, including his often over-lapping roles as religious leader, scholar, and human rights activist. Much of the material in the collection reflects Meyer's devotion and commitment to a socially and politically engaged Conservative Judaism and his involvement with Jewish communities around the world. Meyer was particularly involved in calling attention to human rights violations and working with the victims of violent political oppression in South and Central America in the 1970s and 1980s and then in Palestine, Israel, and the Middle East in the 1990s. Meyer's extensive involvement and leadership in national and international religious, peace, and human rights organizations such as the World Council of Churches are also well-represented, as is his life-long association with his alma maters, Dartmouth College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

The Correspondence Series contains letters in English and Spanish written and received by Meyer (additional correspondence is also contained in Meyer's research files and electronic files). Significant correspondents include Louis Finkelstein, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Shalom Spiegel.

The Writings and Speeches Series holds Meyer's original compositions in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. These compositions include various literary genres (op-eds, newspaper articles, essays) as well as speeches, addresses, and sermons.

The Research Files Series is subdivided into four categories: Geographic, Organizations, People, and Subject. These files may contain correspondence, notes, printed material, writings, and ephemera. The most common themes that run through this series include human rights, Jewish life, rabbinic education, Latin American Jewry, the Middle East, and Argentina's "Disappeared." The Research Files Series displays a deeper level of intellectual involvement by Meyer (e.g. annotations on printed material, categorizing and filing, integration of correspondence)

The Printed Material Series includes newspapers, clippings, monographs, and serials that Meyer collected over the years. Subjects cover similar territory as the research files. Unlike the Research Files, this material is generally not annotated and was less organized.

The Teaching Material Series contains material from classes taught by Meyer.

The Personal Files Series includes material largely outside the scope of Meyer's professional work: photos, memorabilia, schoolwork, and appointment books.

Video and audio recordings of Meyer's engagements are found in the Audiovisual Material Series. These include lectures, speeches, interviews, television appearances, and religious services. Originals of video and audio tape are closed to use. Patrons must request use copies to access the content of the material.

The Condolences Series contains cards and notes expressing sympathy on Meyer's death. Many of these contain testimonials and reminiscences of his role as rabbi and activist.

Finally, the Electronic Files Series contains transcriptions of documents authored by or related to Meyer, many of which overlap with the content of and the Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, Teaching Material, and Audiovisual Materials Series.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Contains correspondence relating to the life and work of Marshall Meyer. The series begins with general correspondence, both personal and professional, to Meyer from many different individuals. Next, individuals and groups with whom Meyer corresponded frequently have been arranged alphabetically according to their last name. Some related materials can be found in the Electronic Files Series.

1943 July 12-1985 Oct. 12 (8 folders)
Box 1
1985 Oct. 14-1987 Dec. 29 (7 folders)
Box 2
1988 Jan. 1-1990 June 14 (7 folders)
Box 3
1990 June 19-1994 Jan. 20 (7 folders)
Box 4
Aguins, Marcos
Box 4
Baron, Salo
Box 4
B'nai Jeshurun (1 folder)
Box 4
B'nai Jeshurun (6 folders)
Box 5
Bud
Box 5
Burman, Shoshana
Box 5
Chapman, Rivy
Box 5
Cohen, Gershon
Box 5
Dartmouth College
Box 5
Dimitrovsky
Box 5
Finkelstein, Louis
Box 6
Freidman, Theodore
Box 6
Fuller, Margaret
Box 6
Gaston-Voute, Lloyd
Box 6
Gelassen, Maria
Box 6
Greeting Cards (2 folders)
Box 6
Heschel, A.J.
Box 6
Hillel, Friedman
Box 6
Kalmanoff, Martin
Box 6
Kelman, Wolfe
Box 6
Kemper, Manuel
Box 6
Lewinsky, Saverio
Box 6
Meyer, Marshall (3 folders)
Box 6
Mirelman
Box 6
Nuesner, Jacob
Box 6
Perednik, Gustavo
Box 7
Popell, Berte
Box 7
Rita
Box 7
Rosita and Enrique
Box 7
Samber, Moshe
Box 7
Scott-Craig, Pat
Box 7
Segal, Bernard
Box 7
Siegel, Seymour
Box 7
Spiegel, Shalom
Box 7
Spritzer, David
Box 7
Swerdlow, David
Box 7
Telegrams
Box 7
Undated (2 folders)
Box 7
Weiner, Eugene (4 folders)
Box 7
Wheelwright, Philip
Box 7
Wiel, Adolfo
Box 7
Wiesel, Elie
Box 7
Wood, George C.
Box 7

Organized into the following subseries: Speeches and Writings. Folders contain copies of written and oral works produced by Meyer in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. Detailed subseries descriptions follow below.

Documents three types of oral addresses given by Meyer in English, Spanish, and Hebrew: first, speeches given by Meyer (these are often final drafts of addresses to various audiences: commencements, guest lectures, etc); second, transcripts of Meyer's classical music radio show, which he conducted while attending Dartmouth College between 1946-48; third, sermon notes which are rough, handwritten notes Meyer appeared to use while addressing more informal crowds, mainly religious in nature. Many of these sermon notes are for religious services conducted during the Jewish high holidays, and the majority are written in Hebrew. Speeches and sermon notes written on small notecards have been removed from boxes 8-11 and placed in smaller notecard boxes 12-13. Some related materials can be found in the Electronic Files Series.

1950 Dec. 10-1993 Sept. (9 folders)
Box 8
Undated (2 folders)
Box 9
Radio broadcast "Great Moments in Music", 1946-1948 (2 folders)
Box 9
Radio broadcast, misc., undated
Box 9
Sermon notes, 1959 Jan. 7-1969 Sept. 22 (4 folders)
Box 9
Sermon notes, 1970 Apr. 3-1979 May 19 (9 folders)
Box 10
Sermon notes, 1982 Jan. 30-1993 May 26 (4 folders)
Box 11
Sermon notes, undated (3 folders)
Box 11
Notecards, undated
Box 12
Sermon notes notecards, 1958 Oct. 21-1981 July 31
Box 12
Sermon notes notecards, 1981 July-1984 Nov. 30
Box 13
Sermon notes notecards, undated
Box 13

Contains newspaper and journal articles, essays, and reflections on Meyer's experience in Argentina during the 1970s. Files also house two manuscripts that appear to be collections of written and oral works by Meyer. The 1985 manuscript appears to have been assembled by Meyer before his death, while the undated sample manuscript (often referred to as "The Big Message") was compiled posthumously. Grouped by type then arranged chronologically. Some related materials can be found in the Electronic Files Series.

Writings, 1952-1993 Aug. 24 (3 folders)
Box 14
Writings, undated (2 folders)
Box 14
Manuscript, 1985 Apr. 24 (2 folders)
Box 14
Published material, 1959-1978 Apr. 2 (1 folder)
Box 14
Published material, 1978 Aug. 26-2004 Aug. (5 folders)
Box 15
Published material, undated
Box 15
Sample manuscript, undated (3 folders)
Box 15

Organized into the following subseries: Geographic, Organizations, People, and Subject. Files contain articles, essays, correspondence, notes, mailings, and other sources of information regarding Judaism, Latin America, human rights, peace and anti-war activism, NGO's and other areas in which Meyer was heavily involved. Although the material goes as far back as 1902, the bulk of the material is from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Files from Meyer's offices in Buenos Aires (up to 1984) and New York City (1984-1993) are present. All subseries are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Detailed subseries descriptions follow below.

Contains files organized according to specific countries or regions. The bulk of the material pertains to Argentina and includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, and files related to the Dirty War and its aftermath. Issues and clippings from the publications Nueva Presencia and La Razón are included, as are a collection of files related to Meyer's work with the Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas (CONADEP). Many of the files in this series concern Jewish life, civil rights, human rights legal cases and proceedings, war and conflict, and current events. Information regarding specific judiciary cases and their relationship to Judaism and human rights is also included in several of these folders. Organized alphabetically. Some newspapers and clippings moved to Oversize Material.

9 Years of Transition to Democracy, undated
Box 16
AAAS delegation visits Argentina, 1984
Box 16
Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, 1984
Box 16
Anteproyecto de documento inaugural del Asociación Poder Cuidadano, 1984
Box 16
Anti-Semitism Under Military Rule 1976-1983, Juan Carlos Mercado, 1986
Box 16
Asamblea Permanente por los Derechos Humanos [APDH], 1977-1990
(6 folders)
Box 16
Benchoam, Esther Debora, 1979-1989
Box 16
Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos [CIDH], 1980
Box 17
Comisión Permanente en Defensa de la Educación [COPEDE], 1984
Box 17
Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas [CONADEP] - CUPED, 1984
(2 folders)
Box 17
Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas [CONADEP] files, 1983-1984
(3 folders)
Box 17
Council on Hemispheric Affairs, 1979-1980
Box 17
Cuaderno Contra la Democracia, 1984
Box 17
Delegación de Asociaciones Israelitas Argentinas [D.A.I.A], 1984, 2000
Box 17
Denuncia sobre la situación de los detenidos - desaparecidos en la Argentina, 1980
Box 17
Deutsch, Alejandro, 1984
Box 17
Draft report on Argentina, 1987
Box 17
Draft: sense of senate resolution condemning proposed pardon for Argentine "dirty warriors", 1990
Box 17
El Sionismo en la Argentina, 1975
Box 18
Forest of the disappeared, 1990-1991
Box 18
Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones de Familiares de Detenidos-Desaparecidos [FEDEFAM], 1985-1988
Box 18
Fundación para el Estudio y Desarallo de Cooperativismo Agrario [FEDECA], 1985
Box 18
Fundación Servicio Paz y Justicia Argentina, 1980-1990
(2 folders)
Box 18
Gravier, David, 1979-1983
Box 18
Grossman, Jacobo Issac, 1987
Box 18
Grutzky, Eduardo, 1976-1989
Box 18
Human rights correspondence, 1976-1989
(4 folders)
Box 18
Human rights correspondence - USA government, 1983, 1990
Box 18
Individuals disappeared, 1980-1983
Box 18
International League for Human Rights, 1979
Box 18
Jaroslavsky, Maximo, 1989
Box 18
Jewish organizations in Latin America, 1963, 1986-1988
Box 18
Kidnapped children in Argentina: methodology of restitution..., undated
Box 18
La Luz, 1960, 1969
Box 18
La Tablada, 1991
Box 19
List of newspaper articles re: the junta trials, 1985
Box 19
Madres de Plaza de Mayo, 1986, undated
Box 19
Madres de Plaza de Mayo documentary, 1983-1985
Box 19
Memorandum, Peña de Ombu meeting June 6 1979
Box 19
Memoria Historica y Social Argentina, 1987,1989
Box 19
Movimiento Judio por los Derechos Humanos [MJDH], 1983-1984
Box 19
Neuman, Benjamin, 1988
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Argentine Jews, 1971-1992, undated
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - CONADEP, 1984-1986
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Catholic Church and Dirty War, 1984-1985, undated
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Dirty War, 1984, 1992
Box 19
Newspaper clippings, English language, 1978-1989, undated
(3 folders)
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Juicios a las juntas, 1984-1985
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Latin America, 1985
Box 19
Newspaper clippings - Meyer, Marshall, 1984-1985
Box 19
Newspaper clippings, Spanish language, 1979-1989, 1994, undated
Box 19
Noe, Víctor Jacobo, 1976-1983
Box 19
Nomina de personas requeridas por sus familiares... , 1978
Box 19
Nunca Mas review, 1985-1986
Box 19
OAS - Statement of the Chairman...concerning certain charges made by the ambassador of Chile..., 1981
Box 19
Politica de gobierno de Carter sobre America Latina..., 1979
Box 19
Proyecto de orden del dia de la convencio territorial de la D.A.I.A., 1983 Oct.
Box 20
Religious organizations, 1979-1989, undated
Box 20
Report of the mission of lawyers to Argentina, 1979
Box 20
Report of visit to Devoto Prison April 8, 1979
Box 20
Rudnick, Issac, 1981
Box 20
Secretaria de desarollo humanos y familia-Dr. Enrique de Vedia, 1984, undated
Box 20
Suarez-Mason Case, 1988
Box 20
Testimonios Sobre la Represión y la Tortura, 1984
Box 20
Timerman, Jacobo, 1978-1984, 1991, 2002
(2 folders)
Box 20
Tourism, undated
Box 20
Brazil, 1986-1990
Box 20
Central America, 1983-1988
Box 20
Central American News, 1985-1987
Box 21
Chile, 1986-1990
(2 folders)
Box 21
Chile - Colonia Dignidad, 1987
Box 21
Columbia, 1990
Box 21
Crisis in the Persian Gulf, 1990
Box 21
Cuba, 1985-1988
(2 folders)
Box 21
El Salvador, 1987-1991 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 21
El Salvador - Comadres, 1985-1989
Box 21
El Salvador - De la Locura a la Esperanza, 1992-1993
Box 21
Guatemala, 1985-1990
Box 21
Gulf Crisis, 1991
Box 21
Honduras, 1987-1990
Box 21
Ireland, 1992
Box 21
Ireland - Beyond Hate, 1992
Box 21
Israel, 1985-1993 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 22
Israel - Diaspora, 1986
Box 22
Judaism in Latin America, 1983-1985 and undated
Box 22
Latin America, 1984-1986 and undated
Box 22
Latin American Jewry, 1988
Box 22
Middle East, 1992-1993
Box 22
Nicaragua, 1983-1986
Box 22
Nicaragua, 1983-1989 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 22
Panama, 1990
Box 23
Paraguay, 1987
Box 23
Puerto Rico, 1986
Box 23

Contains files organized by the name of the organizations Meyer was affiliated with or had interest in. Folders include original and photocopied copies of articles, correspondence to and from organizations, notes, mailings, and conference papers and schedules . Organizations may include churches, human rights non-government organizations (NGO's), Middle East peace organizations, pro-Israeli organizations, welfare and humanitarian organizations, universities and seminaries, and academic and religious conferences. There are extensive files of material on Dartmouth and the (American) Jewish Theological Seminary, Meyer's alma maters.

92d Street Y, 1986-1988
Box 23
American Committee For Israel Peace Center, 1986-1989
Box 23
American Friends of Beth Hatefutsoth, 1986-1988
Box 23
American Friends of Center for Peace in the Middle East,1987
Box 23
American-Israel Civil Liberties Coalition, 1987-1991
Box 23
American Jewish Committee, 1986-1989
Box 23
American Jewish Congress, 1986-1993
Box 23
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, 1987-1991
(3 folders)
Box 23
American Support for the Advancement of Civil Liberties in Israel, 1981-1987
Box 23
Americans for Peace Now, 1991-1992
Box 23
Americas Society, 1985-1986
Box 23
Americas Watch, 1984-1990
(1 of 5 folders)
Box 23
Americas Watch, 1984-1990
(2-5 of 5 folders)
Box 24
Amnesty International, 1988-1990
Box 24
Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1986-1989
Box 24
Archives of Conservative Judaism, 1986
Box 24
Aspen Institute, 1992
Box 24
Ben-Gurion University, 1987-1991
Box 24
Bet El, 1961-1992
(1-2 of 5 folders)
Box 24
Bet El, 1961-1992
(3-5 of 5 folders)
Box 25
Bet El - Buenos Aires, 1981-1988
Box 25
Bet El - Majane Ramah, 1959-1984
Box 25
Bet El Seminario, 1986
Box 25
Bet El - Spanish, 1959, 1973-1987 and undated
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 25
Bet El - Spanish, 1959, 1973-1987 and undated
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 25
B'nai B'rith, 1986-1993
Box 25
B'nai Jeshurun, 1985-1992
(3 folders)
Box 26
B'nai Jeshurun Shelter Program, 1988-1989
Box 26
Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 1971-1973, 1984-1990
Box 26
Brandeis - Think Tank on Congregational Affiliation, 1992
Box 26
Brooklyn Union of American-Hebrew Congregations, 1964-1974
(3 folders)
Box 26
B'Tselem, 1990
Box 26
Building Communities Through Diversity, 1990
Box 26
Caanan Baptist Church - Reverend Wyatt T. Walker, 1990
Box 26
Cabell Brand Association, 1987-1988
Box 26
Camera News Incorporated, 1986
Box 26
Camp Ramah, USA, 1960-1987
Box 26
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1986-1989 and undated
Box 27
Center for Inter-American Relations, 1987
Box 27
Center for Jewish Renewal, 1989
Box 27
Center on Violence and Human Survival - John Jay College, 1987-1990, and undated
Box 27
Central American Refugee Center, 1990
Box 27
Christianity and Crisis, 1991-1992
Box 27
Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Harbor, 1987-1990
Box 27
Coalition for the Homeless, 1987-1990
Box 27
Comunidad Bet El, 1987-1990
(2 folders)
Box 27
Committee on Jewish Law, 1946-1978 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 27
Conference on Judaism in Rural New England, 1984-1986
Box 27
Congregacion Israelita, 1959-1963
Box 27
Consumers Union, 1987
Box 28
Costa Rica Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, 1980-1984
Box 28
Council of Churches of the City of New York, 1987
Box 28
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, 1993
Box 28
Dartmouth, 1989-1993
(2 folders)
Box 28
Dartmouth Alumni Association, 1985-1993
(2 folders)
Box 28
Dartmouth Center for Jewish Life, 1993
Box 28
Dartmouth; Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Centennial, 1988
Box 28
Dartmouth Fall, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 28
Day of the African Child, 1993
Box 29
East Harlem Interfaith Welfare Committee, 1988-1989
Box 29
Editorial Paidos, 1966-1970
Box 29
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1986-1987
Box 29
Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, 1985-1990
(2 folders)
Box 29
Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1989-1990
Box 29
Feria del Libro, 1984-1986
Box 29
First International Network for Democracy - Shula Koenig, 1987
Box 29
The Free Press, 1985-1986
Box 29
Freedom, Justice, and Peace Society, 1990-1992
Box 29
Friends of Al'Haq - Law in the Service of Man, 1989
Box 29
Friends of the Forum for Social and Economic Policy in Israel, 1988
Box 29
Friends of Peace Now, 1987-1989
Box 29
Foundation for Masorti Judaism, 1990
Box 29
Gay Men's Health Crisis, 1990
Box 29
Givat Haviva, 1988-1992
Box 29
Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, 1988-1990
Box 29
Golda Meir Association, 1988
Box 29
Gross - Weston, 1986
Box 29
Harvard Divinity School, 1992
(1 of 4 folders)
Box 29
Harvard Divinity School, 1992
(2-4 of 4 folders)
Box 30
Harvard - Merrill Scholarship, 1991
Box 30
Hebrew Free Burial Association, 1992-1993
Box 30
Hebrew Union College, 1984-1991
Box 30
Homes for the Homeless, 1986-1991
Box 30
Homes for the Homeless - St. John the Divine, 1985-1987 and undated
Box 30
Hope for Peace in Central America, 1986
Box 30
Human Rights Watch, 1988-1992
(2 folders)
Box 30
Indra's Net, 1990
Box 30
Institute for Jewish Renewal, 1990
Box 30
Interfaith, 1992-1993 and undated
Box 31
Interfaith Association on Homelessness and Housing, 1987-1992
Box 31
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, 1986-1990
Box 31
The International Center - Clementia, 1989-1990
Box 31
International Center for Peace in the Middle East, 1985-1992
(4 folders)
Box 31
International Council of Christians and Jews, 1990-1991
Box 31
International Jewish Peace Union, 1990-1991
Box 31
International Support Group of the Israeli Palestine Center for Research and Information, 1991
Box 31
Israel Cancer Association, 1990
Box 31
Israel Interfaith Association, 1987-1989
Box 31
Israel-Palestine Center for Research and Information, 1989-1991
Box 31
Israeli Association for the Study of Latin American Jewry, 1989-1990
Box 31
Israeli Civil Rights and Peace, 1992
Box 31
Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, 1986
Box 31
Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 1985-1988
Box 31
Jewish Committee on the Middle East, 1988-1990
Box 31
Jewish Community Center of the Upper Westside, 1991
Box 32
Jewish Community Relations Council, 1986-1987
Box 32
Jewish Currents, 1986-1987
Box 32
Jewish Educators Assembly, 1987
Box 32
Jewish Family and Children's Services, 1990
Box 32
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, 1992
Box 32
Jewish Frontier, 1989
Box 32
Jewish Fund for Justice, 1986-1991
(2 folders)
Box 32
Jewish Historical Society of New York, 1990
Box 32
Jewish Labor Committee, 1992
Box 32
Jewish Peace Fellowship, 1985
Box 32
Jewish Peace Lobby, 1989-1992
Box 32
Jewish Publication Society, 1988
Box 32
Jewish Spectator, 1989-1990
Box 32
Jewish Theological Seminary, 1985-1993
(5 folders)
Box 32
Jewish Theological Seminary - Academic Articles, 1902, 1955-1970, 1983-1985
(2 folders)
Box 33
Jewish Theological Seminary Centennial, 1984-1988
Box 33
Jewish Theological Seminary - Centennial Medal to Raul Alfonsin, 1985
Box 33
Jews for Radical Justice, 1990-1993
Box 33
Joint Distribution Committee, 1986-1989
(2 folders)
Box 33
Jubilee - Christians for Justice Action, 1993
Box 33
Latin American Jewish Studies, 1985-1990
Box 33
Latin American Report, 1984-1990
Box 33
Lehrhaus, 1986-1987
Box 34
Mazon, 1988-1992
Box 34
Miscellaneous Jewish Organizations, 1986-1991
Box 34
Montgomery Fellow, 1990-1991
Box 34
National Agenda for Peace in El Salvador, 1990
Box 34
National Council on Islamic Affairs, 1990
Box 34
National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, 1992
Box 34
National Jewish Democratic Council, 1992
Box 34
Nest Foundation, 1989
Box 34
New Israel Fund, 1984-1991
(2 folders)
Box 34
New Jewish Agenda, 1984-1991
(1-3 of 7 folders)
Box 34
New Jewish Agenda, 1984-1991
(4-7 of 7 folders)
Box 35
New York City Civil Rights Coalition, 1989
Box 35
New York City Coalition for Women's Mental Health, 1988
Box 35
New York City Interfaith Council, 1989
Box 35
New York City Labor Religion Coalition, 1987-1990
Box 35
New York State National Abortion Right's Action League, 1988-1990
Box 35
Norwich Free Academy, 1990
Box 35
Organization for Rehabilitation Through Training, 1986-1989
Box 35
Oxford Centre for Post-Graduate Hebrew Studies, 1986
Box 35
Parliamentary Earth Summit - Rio de Janeiro, 1992
Box 35
Partnership for the Homeless, 1993
Box 35
Paul Moore Conference on Religion and Human Rights, 1993
Box 35
Peace Now, 1984-1992
Box 35
Peace with Justice Week, 1992
Box 35
Pew Charitable Trust, 1992
Box 35
Rally for Peace, 1988
Box 35
Religious Leaders Media Project, 1985-1988
Box 35
The Resource Center, 1990-1992
Box 35
Rich Foundation Report, 1988-1990
Box 35
Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano, 1962-1993
(1 of 14 folders)
Box 35
Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano, 1962-1993
(2-12 of 14 folders)
Box 36
Seminario Rabinico Latinamericano, 1962-1993
(13-14 of 14 folders)
Box 37
Seminario Rabinico - Semana de Festejos, 1993
Box 37
The Shalom Center, Pennsylvania, 1989-1991
Box 37
Sing Sing Prison, 1990
Box 37
Smithtown, 1956-1957
Box 37
Social Action, 1987-1990
Box 37
St. John the Divine Cathedral Church, 1986-1992
Box 37
Street Aid, 1989-1990
Box 37
Sudbury Valley School, 1985-1986 and undated
Box 37
Synagogue Council of America, 1984-1990
Box 37
Temple of Understanding, 1964, 1975, 1985-1993
(1-2 of 8 folders)
Box 37
Temple of Understanding, 1964, 1975, 1985-1993
(3-8 of 8 folders)
Box 38
Tikkun, 1985-1992
Box 38
Tikkun Olam Dialogue Series, 1987-1988
Box 38
Tucker Foundation, Dartmouth College, 1993
Box 38
Tucker Foundation, 1989-1993
(1 of 2 folders)
Box 38
Tucker Foundation, 1989-1993
(2 of 2 folders)
Box 39
United Jewish Appeal, 1985-1990
Box 39
United Synagogue of America, 1986-1991
Box 39
University of Judaism, 1983-1995
(2 folders)
Box 39
University of Judaism - Arts Center, 1984-1985
Box 39
University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1990
Box 39
U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, 1987-1993
(1-4 of 7 folders)
Box 39
U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, 1987-1993
(5-7 of 7 folders)
Box 40
Vision Interfaith Satellite Network, 1990
Box 40
The Wannsee Conference, 1989
Box 40
War and Peace, 1991-1993
Box 40
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), 1983-1987
Box 40
Wednesday Morning Group, 1986-1993
(2 folders)
Box 40
Wellfleet Conference, 1987-1990
Box 40
Westside Jewish Community Council, 1985-1987, 1996
Box 40
WETA FM91, 1988-1989
Box 40
White Plains, 1958-1960 and undated
Box 40
Who's Who, 1978-1979, 1990-1993
Box 40
Who's Who in Religion - America, 1991-1993
Box 40
Witness for Peace, 1986-1987
Box 40
World Council of Churches, Canberra 1991, 1991
Box 40
World Council of Churches, Hong Kong, 1990
Box 40
World Council of Churches, 1964, 1990-1993
(5 folders)
Box 41
World Council for Progressive Judaism, 1987-1991
Box 41
World Council of Synagogues, 1968-1990
Box 41
World Wings, 1989
Box 41
Yivo, 1990
Box 41
Zahavi, 1988
Box 41
Zen Community of New York, 1987-1991
Box 41

Contains files organized alphabetically by the names of individuals or social groups. Many of those listed are rabbis or are affiliated with human rights and humanitarian efforts.

17th Anniversary Notes, undated
Box 41
African-Americans and Jews, 1992
Box 41
Marcos Aguinis, 1970-1971, 1983-1992
(2 folders)
Box 42
Jacob Agus, 1966-1969, 1985, and undated
Box 42
Antisemitism in Latin America, 1983-1986 and undated
Box 42
Barcelona Jewish Community, undated
Box 42
Leonard Bernstein, 1990-1993
Box 42
Carolina Biquard, 1991-1992
Box 42
Robert Bork, 1987
Box 42
Born Again Christians, 1987
Box 42
Fernando Arturo Branca, 1983-1988
Box 42
Marcelo Bronstein, 1989-1991
Box 42
Martin Buber - Writings and Notes, 1951-1957, 1976, 1988
Box 42
Nadav Caine, 1993
Box 42
William Sloane Coffin, 1990
Box 42
Arthur A. Cohen, undated
Box 42
Doctor Gerson Cohen, 1984-1991
Box 42
Sally Cowal, 1992
Box 42
Israel Davidson, 1934-1939, 1947 and undated
Box 42
David Dinkins, Edward Koch, 1987-1991
Box 42
Ernest Dube, 1983-1987 and undated
Box 43
Joseph Eger, 1980-1986
Box 43
Jacobo Finkelstein, 1988-1989
Box 43
Frederick Franck, 1991
Box 43
Doctor Reuven Gal, 1991-1992
Box 43
Martin Garbus, 1990
Box 43
Janet A. Geller, 1993
Box 43
Osvaldo Golijov, 1994
Box 43
Ethan Gologar, 1993
Box 43
Daniel Greensberg, 1966
Box 43
Dr. Mario Handlarz, 1960-1987
Box 43
Raymond Helmick, 1991
Box 43
Dr. A. J. Heschel, 1973, 1988-1992 and undated
Box 43
Abraham Heschel, 1977, 1987 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 43
Jacques J. Hess, 1986-1988
Box 43
Eugen Rosenstock Huessy (1-4 of 5 folders), 1926, 1937-1958, 1973, 1982-1990 and undated
Box 43
Eugen Rosenstock Huessy (5 of 5 folders), 1926, 1937-1958, 1973, 1982-1990 and undated
Box 44
Harold B. Jacobsohn, 1969, 1987
Box 44
Luis Jaimovich, 1992
Box 44
Jews by Choice, 1986
Box 44
Martin Kalmanoff, 1993
Box 44
Pedro Kanof, 1991-1992
Box 44
Edward Kaplan, 1991-1993
Box 44
Ely Kaufman, 1991-1993
Box 44
Wolfe Kellman, 1990-1991
Box 44
Dr. Martin Luther King, 1987-1991
Box 44
Jorge Leyt, 1991
Box 44
Allan Long, 1993
Box 44
Allan Long, 1993
Box 44
Arkady and Elena Mai, 1989-1990
Box 44
Ruth Messinger, 1988
Box 44
Marshall T. Meyer - Argentine Trip, 1990
Box 44
Marshall T. Meyer - Homiletics, 1963-1964
Box 44
George Allen Morgan, 1986 and undated
Box 44
Meyers Research Notes, 1976-1988 and undated
Box 44
Eric Meyers, 1986
Box 44
Professor Eric Mark Meyers, 1982-1990
Box 44
Miscellaneous Professional Jews/Judaism, 1986-1993
Box 45
Reinhold Niebuhr, 1958
Box 45
Jacob Neusner, 1990-1993
Box 45
Pamela Oline, 1990-1992
Box 45
Rabino Plavnick, 1988 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 45
Doctor German A. Politzer, 1989-1992
Box 45
Rabbi's Sermons, 1954, 1969 and undated
Box 45
Theodore Riegel, 1993 and undated
Box 45
Susan Rosenberg, Nina Rosenblum, 1987-1988
Box 45
Elinor Ross, 1976-1985
Box 45
Guillermo Schlesinger, 1959
Box 45
Ismar Schorsch, 1992-1993
Box 45
Stanley Sheinbaum, 1985-1987
Box 45
Don Shriver, 1991
Box 45
Osvaldo Sivak, 1981-1987
Box 45
Robert Spero, 1988-1993
Box 45
Harold Ticktin, 1981-1988, and undated
Box 45
Adolfo Weil (Bet El) versus Nissim Elnecave Y La Luz, 1972
Box 46
Erna Weill, 1975
Box 46
Eugene Weiner, 1974, 1990-1991 and undated
Box 46
Ted Weiss, 1985-1989
Box 46
Yo'Av Karny, 1993
Box 46

Contain articles and other sources of information regarding various subjects of interest or relation to Meyer. Many of these deal with human rights and humanitarian issues, or with Judaism; formats include speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, and lectures regarding the specific subjects. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Adoption, 1986-1989
Box 46
AIDS, 1992
Box 46
Anti-nuclear legislation, undated
Box 46
Anti-semitism, 1953, 1982-1988
Box 46
Anti-war declarations, 1991
Box 46
Curriculum for congregational schools, 1957
Box 46
Community resources - social services, 1985
Box 46
Ecumenical affairs, 1985-1987
Box 46
Gay and lesbian youth, 1985-1991
Box 46
Gays and homosexuality, 1992-1993
Box 46
Holocaust, 1983-1987
Box 46
Homeless, 1993 and undated
Box 46
Homeless and housing, 1985-1987
Box 46
Homelessness, 1987-1988
Box 46
Homiletics, 1988 and undated
Box 46
Homosexuality, 1990-1993
(1 of 3 folders)
Box 46
Homosexuality, 1990-1993
(2-3 of 3 folders)
Box 47
Immigrants and refugees, 1985
Box 47
Immigrant visa program, 1991
Box 47
Interfaith, 1986-1991
Box 47
Interfaith affairs, 1956, 1983-1993
Box 47
Israel Bill of Rights, 1986-1989
Box 47
Israel bonds, 1988-1993
Box 47
Jewish college students, 1966
Box 47
Jewish singles, 1985
Box 47
Jews and smoking, 1992
Box 47
Jewish poverty, 1989
Box 47
Latin American Jewry, 1964-1972, 1981, 1991
Box 47
Liturgy, 1967-1985
Box 47
Liberation theology, 1988
Box 47
Messianism, 1985 and undated
Box 47
Miscellaneous research notes, 1977-1984, 1993 and undated
Box 48
New York City Social Problems, 1984-1988
Box 48
Nuclear issues, 1984-1988
Box 48
Order of the Liberator San Martin, 1984
Box 48
Peace organizations, undated
Box 48
Presidential matters, 1990
Box 48
Prisons in New York, 1988
Box 48
Rabbinical school statistics, undated
Box 48
Reformed Judaism, 1989-1990
Box 48
Religions services in Spanish, 1959, 1971-1991
Box 48
Sanctuary Movement, 1984-1988
Box 48
Social Action, 1985-1987
Box 48
Soviet Jewry, 1987-1990
(2 folders)
Box 48
Terrorism, undated
Box 48
Yiddish Gauchos, 1989
Box 48

Contains printed material collected by Meyer over the span of his career. Formats include magazines, newspapers, clippings, reports, monographs, and photocopies. Material is in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.

The series has been organized into two sections. Jewish Intellectual Thought (Boxes 49-50) contains publications by such Jewish intellectuals as Louis Finkelstein, Daniel Greenberg, Philip Segal and others. Jewish Life (Boxes 51-53) contains material relating to Latin American Jews, Israel, and Jewish law and ethics. The end of this section (Box 53) contains material about Meyer as well as miscellaneous publications.

Printed material, 1919-2001
(4 boxes)
Box 49-53

Material related to Meyer's lectures and teaching on Jewish theology, Jewish culture, human rights in Argentina, and the "disappeared" (Meyer lectured at various institutions around the world including USA, Israel, and Latin America). Files may contain transcripts or lecture notes, as well as correspondence, printed material, programs, and ephemera. Note: there may be some duplication of material found in the Writings and Speeches Series. Some transcriptions of Meyer's lectures and courses can also be found in the Electronic Files Series.

Teaching material, 1965-1997
(2 boxes)
Box 54-55

Meyer's personal files contain early schoolwork, appointment books, memorabilia, and items of biographical interest. See also oversize materials section (Box 84).

Photos, memorabilia, engagements [Oversized items removed to box 84]
(1 box)
Box 56
Appointment books, 1982-1984,1986-1989,1991-1993
Box 57
Educational material, 1949-1959, 1961-1974

Comprises Meyer's schoolwork from Dartmouth and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, organized by course and subject. Files are grouped by institution.

(5 boxes)
Box 58-62
Biographical material, 1982-1993

Contains interviews with and articles about Meyer. Material is international in scope and includes items in English and Spanish, as well as some German, Hebrew, and Russian.

(3 boxes)
Box 63-65

Contains both audio and video recordings of Meyer's public appearances and interviews. Videos (boxes 70-73) consist of various public appearances, sermons, ceremonies, and interviews of Meyer. Also includes a few broadcasts relating to human rights issues. Sound recordings on audio cassettes and micro-cassettes (boxes 70-79) are arranged in three sections: lectures include "the Prophets", "A.J. Heschel", "Gnosticism" and others, dating 1989-1993; religious services include sermons, Yom Kippur, and Rosh Hashana services at B'nai Jeshurn, dating from 1988-1992; and various appearances and addresses include Shabbat with Nelson Mandela, talks on human rights, talks in Argentina, an oral history interview, and others, dating from 1989-1993. Tape-counter numbers and summaries of some of the audio cassettes can be found in Disk 018 of the Electronic Files Series.

DVD use copies are available for the following titles:

  • "A Dirty War," n.d.
  • "A Dirty War," n.d.
  • "Australian 60 Minutes," n.d.
  • Doctorado Honoris Causa (UBA) Cena Homenaje 30 Aniversario, n.d.
  • "In Love and Friendship," n.d.
  • Judaism, Part II - "In Search of Reconciliation," n.d.
  • "L'Chayim," n.d.
  • "Para Vivir Aqui," Video de Fundacion Memoria Connadep/Enevista, n.d.
  • "Race Relations," Charlie Rose, n.d.
  • "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," n.d.
  • Late Night America, PBS-TV, 1985 Jul. 18
  • "Religion and Social Activism," The Open Mind, 1987 Nov. 22
  • Rosh Hashanah 5752, 1991
  • "Why and How to Be an Activist," 1991 Oct. 17
  • Interview with Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, 1992
  • Inteview with Rabbi Marshall Meyer conducted by Jonathan Perlman, 1992 May 29
  • "A Conversation on Prayer," Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer and Rabbi Rolando Matalon, 1993 Oct. 15
  • WNYC 1994, Oct.
  • "A Dirty War," 1994 Dec. 8
  • BJ Images, Congegration B'nai Jeshurun Archives, 1994-1995
  • Programo Mosaigo, 1996 Mar. 23
  • Marshall Meyer Compilation, 1996 Dec.
  • Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer, 1997
  • "No Right To Be Silent," 1998 Jan. 12

[Originals of video and audiotapes are closed to use. Technical Services staff must arrange to have use copies made.]

Video Cassettes, 1988-1993 and undated
(4 boxes)
Box 66-69
Audio Recordings, 1988-1993 and undated
(10 boxes)
Box 70-79

Cards and notes expressing sympathy on Meyer's death. Many of these contain testimonials and reminiscences of his role as rabbi and activist.

Condolences, 1993-1994
Boxes 80-82

Contains transcriptions written in English, Spanish, and Hebrew of documents authored by or related to Meyer. Principally sermons given for the high holidays, files authored by Meyer also include prayers, memos, lectures, speeches, articles, columns, eulogies, letters to the editor, his 1952 Dartmouth thesis, correspondence, a summary and excerpts from a 1993 class entitled "Jewish Responses to Death", and excerpts from the Confronting Injustice manuscript. This series also contains articles written about Meyer, transcriptions of published and unpublished interviews, speeches made at a conference about his work, and excerpts from other scholars' publications. Disk 018 contains the tape-counter numbers and summaries of some of the audio cassettes found in the Audiovisual Materials Series. Many of the files contain overlapping material and some are translations of work written in another language. Some files may be duplicates of documents included in the Correspondence, Writings and Speeches, and Teaching Material Series. Topics include religion, human rights, ethics, prejudice, personal words of condolence, and current events in Argentina, the U.S., and the Middle East. Arranged in original order as received.

[Records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

1952-1995 and undated
(22 folders, 278 files, 11.6 MB)
Digital Folder Disk 001-Disk 020
1952-1995 and undated
(25 folders, 108 files, 5.7 MB MB)
Digital Folder MTM Book Disk 1-MTM Book Disk 2

Consists of oversize files primarily from the Research Files Series. The bulk of the material comprises newspapers and clippings from or related to Argentina. Most of these chronicle the aftermath of the "Dirty War." In addition to many clippings from Meyer's CONADEP files, articles on Madres de Plaza de Mayo, the trials of Argentina's military rulers in the mid-1980s, and the Catholic Church are included. While some clippings come from non-Argentine sources, most articles are published by domestic publications. In particular, a substantial collection of issues of the Jewish newspaper Nueva Presencia, dated between 1980 and 1987 can be found here. Issues of El Diario del Juicio from 1985 complete the newspapers. Additional material is comprised of photographs, degrees, and other awards given to Meyer. Materials are arranged in date order.

El Diario del Juicio, 1985 (Argentina)
Box 83
Nueva Presencia (Argentina), 1980, 1984, 1985
Box 83
Nueva Presencia, 1985-1986 Mar.
Box 84
Nueva Presencia, 1986 Dec.-1987 Jan.
Box 85
Various clippings from Argentina and Latin America, 1979-1992 and undated
Box 86
Various clippings from Argentina and Latin America, 1971-1992 and undated
Box 87
Photos, undated
Box 87
Awards, honors, degrees, diplomas, 1944-1993
Box 87
Honors, awards, posters, 1984-1991
Box 87
Articles about Meyer
Box 88
Clippings, human rights 1983-1986 and undated
Box 88
Condolences
(4 folders)
Box 88
Condolences, testimonials about Meyer
Box 88
Correspondence
Box 88
Diaspora Lives by Lionel Rolfe, circa 1994
Box 88
La Dimension Judia en la Represion Durante el Gobierno Militar en Argentina (1976-1983), 1985
Box 88
Homenaje a CONADEP, 1994
Box 88
Jewish Peace Lobby, 1989
Box 88
Jewish Theological Seminary Interns, 1985-1987
Box 88
Jfrej - Risk Taker Awards
Box 88
Obituaries and Memoriams, 1993-1994
(5 folders)
Box 88
Obituaries and Memoriams, 1993-1994, Argentina
(2 folders)
Box 88
Obituaries, 1994, Israel
Box 88
Research notes
Box 88
Research notes, index cards
Box 89
Sermon notes, 1992, undated
Box 89
Subject files, Argentine
Box 89
Tributes to Meyer
Box 89
Vida Judaica en la Argentina
Box 89
Writings by Meyer
Box 89
You are my Witness, Reviews and Press
Box 89
MTM - Argentine Jewry, 1979
(VHS)
Box 89
Disertaciones, M.T. Meyer
(CD)
Box 89
4 Disertaciones, Marshall T. Meyer, 1993 Aug.
(CD)
Box 89
Disertaciones, M.T. Meyer
(CD)
Box 89
Marshall T. Meyer Tribute, Dario Ferguen, Adrian Gottfried, RA Mexico, Impacts of CJ on Latin America, 1996
(CD)
Box 89
Marshall 1; 2; 3 4 4
(3 CDs)
Box 89
Mezvzot SRL, Graduacion F. Tare (?)
(3 CDs)
Box 89
Oversized articles, obituaries, human rights
Box 90
Inauguracion Bet El, Sabado y Domingo, 1973 June
(audio tape reel)
Box 90

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1930Born in Brooklyn, raised in Norwich, Conn.
1952Graduated from Dartmouth College
1958Ordained rabbi at Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
1959Appointed rabbi of Congregacíon Israelita in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1962Founded Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano in Buenos Aires
1963Founded Comunidad Bet El in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1983Awarded medal of San Martin by Argentine President Raul Alfonsin
1984Appointed to National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons (CONADEP)
1984Returned to New York City to head congregation B'nai Jeshurun
1993Died of cancer in New York City at age 63

Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer was a progressive and activist rabbi who expounded a politically engaged Conservative Judaism. For Meyer, religion was inseparable from his politics, which spanned the breadth of local, national, and international arenas.

Meyer received his education from Dartmouth and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he came under the influence of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. After being ordained rabbi in 1958, Meyer and his family moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1959, where they were to stay until 1984. During his tenure as rabbi of Comunidad Bet El, Meyer led the reinvigoration and renaissance of Argentina's Jewish community. He also lived and worked through the political upheavals and turmoil of the 1970s and 1980s, openly speaking out against the human rights abuses perpetrated under the rule of the military junta, and visiting and attempting to secure the release of prisoners ("the disappeared") in clandestine jails. Meyer was instrumental in negotiating the release of Jacobo Timerman, who later dedicated his work, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number to Meyer. After the return of democracy to Argentina in 1983, Argentine President Raul Alfonsin recruited Meyer to serve on CONADEP (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons), which led a national investigation to establish the extent of the abuses suffered under the military junta.

Meyer returned to the United States in 1984 and took over the helm of congregation B'nai Jeshurun, reviving the decaying New York City synagogue and transforming it into a dynamic center for Judaism in the United States. Meyer advocated for intra-religious dialogue and peace efforts, the plight of marginalized groups within the United States, human rights abuses in Central America (El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala), and for peace and respect for human rights in Israel and Palestine.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Marshall T. Meyer Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Marshall T. Meyer Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Loren Crippin, Christian Ferney, Maria Perales, and Patrick Stawski, May 2008

Encoded by Loren Crippin, Christian Ferney, Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, Maria Perales, Patrick Stawski, May 2008

Accessions 2004-0336 and 2006-0103 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Accession 2011-0005 processed and encoded by Jen Snow, 2012

Videotapes processed and encoded by Clare Callahan, July 2012

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

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