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Rudolph D. Keller Collection

Identifier: AR 7281

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scientific notes and scientific manuscripts. Many of these notes, fragments, and short manuscripts were written while interned in Manhattan State Hospital on Wards Island in New York City. The Bruno Kisch correspondence (folder 2) features many reminiscences of events in pre-war Austria and Bohemia, including his time working at the Prager Tageblatt and autobiographical memoirs. The biographical sketches (folder 4) contain Keller's handwritten descriptions of notable personalities in pre-war Austria and Bohemia. The other manuscripts and writings focus on political, religious, and scientific matters. Folder 7 contains two scientific typescripts on biophysics written before his internment.


  • Creation: 1954-1971
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1957-1960


Language of Materials

This collection is in English and German.

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

Rudolph Kohn Keller was born in 1875 in Schlackenwerth near Karlsbad in Bohemia/Austria. Trained as a biochemist, he married into the family who published the Prager Tageblatt and other newspapers. In 1939 he emigrated to Great Britain and later to the United States where he returned his focus to biochemistry. His research focused on proving that body is held together by physical, rather than chemical, processes. fter suffering several strokes, he was interned in the Manhattan State Hospital - Department of Mental Hygiene (Wards Island, New York, NY). He died in 1964 in New York City.


0.5 Linear Feet


This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, scientific notes and scientific manuscripts.

Other Finding Aid

The original handwritten inventory is available in folder 0.

Separated Material

Rudolph Keller's diary (ME 362) has been removed and catalogued separately.

Clippings have been removed to the Rudolph D. Keller Clippings Collection, (AR 7281 C).

Guide to the Rudolph D. Keller Collection, 1954-1971, bulk 1957-1960 AR 7281
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 05, 2012 : 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