The David M. Goldenberg Papers

November 12, 2020

David M. Goldenberg has donated his personal and administrative papers, as well as research files, to the Library at the Katz Center.

David M. Goldenberg, the former President of the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, the editor of the Jewish Quarterly Review, and the leading intellectual force who transformed the College into the Annenberg Research Institute, today known as the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn, has donated his personal and administrative papers collection to the Library at the Katz Center.

The David M. Goldenberg Papers not only cover his academic career but also document how Goldenberg saved the institution he led from financial and physical ruin. In the aftermath of the November 9, 1981 arson attack, deliberately set on the 43rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, which destroyed a large part of the College's library, Goldenberg brought the institution back to life and guided it towards a new purpose as a post-graduate institute of academic Judaic Studies.

The Goldenberg collection includes 19 manuscript boxes and 1 flat box of photographs, comprising his administrative and personal papers spanning the years 1981 to 2003, as well as additional boxes of his research files.

 

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