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Rudolph Seiden Collection

Identifier: AR 406

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of the papers of Rudolph Seiden and it consists of correspondence, clippings, unpublished manuscripts, summaries and journals. Popular topics among the papers are anti-Semitism, Jewish poets and artists, the cultural value of Judaism, the proposed immigration of Jews to Alaska, the immigration to the United States and Zionism. Correspondence, clippings and manuscripts in reference to these topics can be found in Series I, II and IV. Series III pertains to the journal L'Industria Chimica from the year 1930 until 1934, which focuses on the industrial and commercial situation in several countries. Manuscripts written by Thomas Novack, Alfred Lichtwitz, Erwin Hamburger, Thomas Novak and L. Glesinger can be found in Series V. A significant part of the manuscript collection in Series V is written by Bert Born. His manuscripts comprise different genres like cowboy, detective, criminal and love stories. They are all typewritten.

Researcher should note that Rudolph Seiden’s name is sometimes spelled Rudolf in the papers of the collection, possibly because he changed the spelling after his immigration to America in 1935. This finding aid uses the spelling given on his curriculum vitae.


  • 1840-1939
  • Majority of material found within 1916-1939


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and Italian.

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 Seiden was born on August 13, 1900 in Langenwang (Styria), Austria. He studied law at the University of Vienna for two years and graduated from the Technische Hochschule (Institute of Technology) in Vienna. In 1924 he married Juliette Niswizski and they had two sons. He was a chemist and a Zionist activist and was employed at the Neue Freie Presse from 1928 until 1931. Rudolf Seiden immigrated to the United States in 1935 and become a U.S. citizen in 1941. Rudolph Seiden was a freeance writer and a correspondent for leading American and European chemical journals. Since 1938 he was the Vice President for Production and Research at the Haver-Lockhart Laboratories in Kansas City (Missouri) and the director of Coru King Co., a subsidiary of Cutter Laboratories. Rudolph Seiden was a member of the American Chemical Society and other chemical institutes. Furthermore Rudolph Seiden was a Zionist activist and a member of the Blau-Weiss Oberführung in Austria as well as a contributor to Jewish papers, such as the Morgenzeitung, Die Stimme, Die Jüdische Rundschau and Palästina. Rudolph Seiden died on June 12, 1965 in Kansas City.


1.25 Linear Feet


The Rudolph Seiden Collection describes the life and work of Rudolph Seiden, who was a chemist and a Zionist activist. Included in this collection is personal and editorial correspondence regarding Judaism, Zionism, anti-Semitism and the proposed Jewish resettlement in Alaska in the 1930s. Unpublished manuscripts collected by Rudolph Seiden for the Foreign Authors’ Syndicate can be found in this collection as well as autographs from Max Brod, Lujo Brentano, Franz Oppenheimer, Erich Muehsam, Arthur Schnitzler and Otto Warburg.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Catalogue cards and inventory lists can be found in each folder. The previous order of the folders has been slightly changed during processing in September 2010. In preparation of the EAD finding aid, the previous inventory was reviewed and analyzed to identify existing series. The series are now ordered topically and the materials in the series are ordered alphabetically. Photographs, which were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection at an earlier date, are not mentioned in the finding aid.

Guide to the Papers of Rudolph Seiden (1900-1965) 1840-1939 AR 406
Processed by Nicole Kneisz
© 2010
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from RudolphSeiden.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 17, 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