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Gertrude Wolf, papers

Identifier: P-27

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Gertrude Wolf, the longtime secretary of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise, contain materials from her tenure with him (including correspondence between Wise and herself, published and unpublished sermons and lectures by Wise, letters to Wise from others [through her], and photographs and miscellaneous materials relating to him) and from her work with other individuals and with the Fine Arts Program at New York University, of which she was the secretary (and unofficial director) for many years. Also included is an autobiography written in shorthand.

The collection is valuable to researchers studying Stephen S. Wise, Lawrence Gilman, Leo Katz, Fiske Kimball, John Hayes Holmes, Charles A. Sherrill, Michael Banner, Philip James, and the Fine Arts Program at New York University.

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, published and unpublished manuscripts, flyers, notebooks, booklets, and programs.

The documents are in English.

The collection contains 470 items in 2 boxes; the first box contains materials pertaining to Stephen S. Wise.


  • undated, 1899-1944


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

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.75 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversized folder)


Collection consists primarly of correspondence and material relating to Stephen S. Wise, including photographs, miscellaneous items, and sermons delivered at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. Also contains letters from Lawrence Gilman, John Haynes Holmes, Leo Katz, Charles A. Sherrill, Michael Banner, Fiske Kimball, and Philip James; a manuscript play "Everyday" by Rachel Crothers; and an autobiography in shorthand.


The collection is organized into a single series.

Acquisition Note


Guide to the Papers of Gertrude Wolf (d. 1966), undated, 1899-1944 *P-27
Processed by Felicia Herman
© 2009
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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