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Rudolf Joseph Collection

Identifier: AR 2180

Scope and Content Note

The Rudolf Joseph Collection consists of papers of this architect. Series I includes manuscripts and articles written by Joseph on the history and theory of modern architecture, as well as proposals and sketches of his own designs. It also includes numerous newspaper clippings written by Joseph or written about his work and various documents pertaining to modern architecture in Europe, especially the architectural activities of the Jewish community. Also included is the old item-level inventory. Series II includes two Ketubot (Jewish wedding agreements) from the 19th century.


  • Creation: 1837-1963
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1928-1939


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English, with some French and Hebrew.

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

Rudolf Joseph was born in Pforzheim, Germany, on August 14, 1893. He trained as an architect in Dresden and Karlsruhe. He initially worked in France, Poland and Germany, where he designed a variety of public and private buildings, such as offices and military buildings. In the 1930s he worked mostly in Paris, where he designed a new synagogue and a pavilion for the Exposition Internationale in 1937. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1930s. Joseph died in New York City on January 17, 1963.


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The Rudolf Joseph Collection consists mainly of documents pertaining to his architectural work and research in Germany, France and the United States.


The collection is divided into two series:

Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in the folder.

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Papers of Rudolf Joseph 1837-1963 AR 2180
Processed by Matthew Johnson and LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from RudolfJoseph.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 2016: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States