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Ruth R. Dresner Collection

Identifier: AR 25392

Scope and Content Note

The Ruth R. Dresner Collection contains research material on Bertha Pappenheim as accumulated by Ruth Dresner. The bulk of the collection consists of unpublished and published articles on her life and achievements, including Ruth Dresner's dissertation on her. Other papers include a small amount of research material along with material on the Bertha Pappenheim stamp, notes and one folder of images, mostly photographs.

Most of the papers of this collection consist of secondary research materials on Bertha Pappenheim, including unpublished articles, clippings, offprints and Ruth Dresner's dissertation. These items provide biographical details on Pappenheim, especially focusing on her social work, the work of the Jüdischer Frauenbund and the home for unwed Jewish mothers and their children she founded at Neu-Isenburg. Pappenheim's research into and efforts to curtail the practice of white slavery, the practice of selling or tricking destitute women into prostitution, in Eastern Europe is also frequently encountered. Unpublished articles, including Ruth Dresner's dissertation on Bertha Pappenheim, are located in Series II: Writings, while the published works are in Series III: Research. Among the papers of Series III are also two letters by Bertha Pappenheim, copies of a few articles by her, and a folder of unidentified photographs. Series III also holds Dresner's notes on Pappenheim's Sisyphus Arbeit, her book concerning her travels while investigating white slavery. One folder in this series concerns the stamp issued by the German government in Bertha Pappenheim's honor.

Series I consists of only folder and primarily holds Dresner's letters related to her research into Bertha Pappenheim, as well as letters from others also researching Bertha Pappenheim. This series also includes some copies of correspondence of Dora Edinger, biographer of Bertha Pappenheim.


  • Creation: 1912-1993


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English .

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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

Ruth Rapp Dresner is a social worker who studied at Fordham University. In addition to her master's dissertation on Bertha Pappenheim, Bertha Pappenheim: The Contribution of a German Jewish Pioneer Social Reformer to Social Work: 1859-1936, she has also published the article The Work of Bertha Pappenheim in Judaism: a Quarterly of Jewish Life and Thought in 1981.


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The Ruth R. Dresner Collection comprises research material and writings about the well-known Jewish social worker Bertha Pappenheim. It includes copies of articles, offprints and clippings on her in addition to a dissertation on her work and some correspondence concerning the accumulation of research on her life and work. Material on the German stamp issued in her honor and some photographs are also present.

Related Material

The LBI Library contains a number of books on Bertha Pappenheim. In addition, Bertha Pappenheim is well-represented in the Leo Baeck Institute Archives in the form of original correspondence and research material.

Separated Material

Several books and publications were removed to the LBI Library prior to processing the archival collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in March 2011 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. Folders were assigned titles based on their contents, and were grouped together to form series. Description was added to the finding aid and some preservation work was undertaken on crumbling newspaper clippings. Some publications were previously removed from the collection to the LBI Library.

Guide to the Papers of Ruth R. Dresner 1912 - 1993 AR 25392
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2011
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from RuthDresner.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 17, 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