Skip to main content

Koppel S. Pinson Collection

Identifier: AR 4310

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of letters Pinson received from Hans Kohn, Emil Lederer, Thomas Mann, and Robert Weltsch, and several others.

The first folder contains several letters from Hans Kohn as well as a transcription of a letter from Martin Buber, a list of Pinson's publications, and a couple of other items. Additional correspondence from Hans Kohn is available in folder 4. The bulk of the collection consists of the correspondence in folders 2 and 4, most of it from notables in academia, culture and politics. Much of the correspondence deals with professional academic matters, but a number of the letters deal with Pinson's work personally and professionally to aid European Jewish refugees during the 1930s and 1940s.

Correspondents include: Martin Buber, Ludwig Feuchtwanger, Karl Jaspers, Hans Kohn, Emil Lederer, Thomas Mann, Werner Milch, G. (Gottfried) Salomon, Richard Samuel, P. Schuldenrein, Gerty Spies, Rudolf Treuenfels, Robert Weltsch, Ernst Karl Winter, and Franz Wolf.


  • 1932-1962


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Born in Postawy, Lithuania on February 11, 1904, Koppel Pinson came to the United States with his parents in 1907. He received his doctorate in history at Columbia University in 1934 and taught from 1934 to 1961 at various branches of the City University of New York. Pinson's academic specialty was German history, and he was active in assisting refugee scholars during the 1930s. He died in New York City in 1961.


4 Folders


This collection consists primarily of letters Pinson received from Hans Kohn, Emil Lederer, Thomas Mann, and Robert Weltsch, and several others.

Other Finding Aid

The original inventory is available in folder 1.

Original Location

Series I, section a, correspondence with Hans Kohn, consists of photocopies of originals held by the New York Public Library Manuscript Division in the Koppel S. Pinson Papers (Accession number 75 M 63, call number MssCol 2429).

Separated Material

A portrait photograph of the philologist Richard Samuel has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.


Series I section a, correspondence with Hans Kohn, has not been digitized since it is the property of the New York Public Library.
Guide to the Koppel S. Pinson Collection, 1932-1962  AR 4310
In Progress
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 23, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States