Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Selig Adler papers
Scope and Contents
I. Personal information contains vitae and other biographical information on Adler, as well as photographs and correspondence. Also includes information on Adler's family, news clippings and an annotated bibliography.
Publications, Series II documents Adler's articles and book reviews, and includes articles by other writers and friends of Adler. Writings in this series relate to issues on U.S. foreign policy, Jewish American communities, and Jewish and American history.
III. Subject files and Lectures includes Adler's notes, lectures, and lecture notes on subjects such as Zionism, Jewish history, U.S. foreign policy, education, and civil rights. Also of interest are Adler's notes on archives and the nature and importance of establishing Jewish archives and documenting Jewish community.
IV. Additional materials includes correspondence and committee reports describing the establishment of the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo. Series IV documents various administrative activities of the Jewish Archives in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo such as research inquiries, personnel, physical space, and budget matters.
- Adler, Selig, 1909-1984 (Person)
Language of Materials
Collection material in English and Hebrew.
Terms of Access
The Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Selig Adler papers, 1932-1988 are open for research.
Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
Selig Alder (1909-1984) was an accomplished historian and faculty member of the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of History. In 1980 Adler became archivist 1980 of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo. He was the Samuel Capen Professor of American History from 1958-1980 and in 1975 was named a State University of New York Distinguished Service professor. His published works include The Isolationist Impulse: It's Twentieth-Century Reaction (1957), The Uncertain Giant, 1921-1941; American Foreign Policy Between the Wars(1965) and with co-author Thomas E. Connolly, From Ararat to Suburbia: A History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo (1960).
- Born January 22 in Baltimore, Maryland
- Graduated from Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, New York
- Entered College of Arts and Sciences, University of Buffalo
- B.A., summa cum laude, University of Buffalo
- M.A., University of Illinois
- Ph.D., University of Illinois
- High School teacher, Buffalo (Grover Cleveland and Kensington)
- Married Janet Sukernek
- Part-time instructor, University of Buffalo summer programs
- Taught civilians and Air Force cadets at University of Buffalo
- Assistant Professor of History, University of Buffalo
- Associate Professor of History, University of Buffalo
- Full Professor of History, University of Buffalo
- Visiting professor, University of Rochester
- Appointed by Governor Dewey to Kosher Law Advisory Board
- Published The Isolationist Impulse: It's Twentieth-Century Reaction
- Director, Master of Science in Social Studies program
- Samuel P. Capen Professor of American History
- Published (with Thomas E. Connolly), From Ararat to Suburbia: A History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo
- Chairman, Educational Policy and Planning Committee of Faculty Senate
- Executive Committee, Arts and Sciences College
- Vice President, University Senate
- Chairman, Faculty Committee on merger with State University of New York
- Chairman, Faculty Conference on merger with State University of New York
- circa 1962-1969
- State University of New York Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Executive Committee
- The Uncertain Giant, 1921-1941: American Foreign Policy Between the Wars
- Chairman, History Department
- Chairman, State Education Department College Proficiency Examination in American History Committee
- circa 1968-1969
- Visiting professor at Cornell
- State University of New York Faculty Exchange Scholar
- Distinguished Service professor
- Retired from University of Buffalo
- Archivist, Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo
- Archivist, Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo at State University College at Buffalo
- June 1984
- Archives dedicated as Selig Adler Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo
- Died, November 8, Buffalo
4.42 Linear Feet (4 cartons, 1 manuscript box)
The Selig Adler collection in the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo consists of Adler's published articles as well as those of colleagues and friends. Includes biographical information on Adler and his family as well as his notes and lecture materials on Jewish and American history.
This collection is arranged in four series as follows: I. Judaism, II. Jews-History-General, Middle Ages, III. Jews-History-20th Century, IV. Jews-History-Zionism, V. Jews-History-United States-Contributions of Jews to American Life. VI. Jews-History-United States-all lectures and notes, VII. Jews-History-United States-Buffalo-lectures, VIII. United States History and Foreign Policy, IX. United States history, and X. Lectures.
The collection was transferred from the State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State) Archives in 2006 by the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Collection originally processed by the staff of the State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State) Archives.
Collection rehoused by Mark McGuire, January 2007.
Finding aid updated by Karen Morse, October-November 2006.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, February 2015.
- Adler, Selig, 1909-1984
- Adler, Selig, 1909-1984 -- Manuscripts
- Book reviews
- Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo
- Jewish archives -- New York State
- Jewish historians -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Jews -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Judaism -- History -- Modern Period, 1750-
- Lecture notes
- Finding Aid for the Jewish Archives of Greater Buffalo, Selig Adler papers
- Finding aid prepared by staff of the State University of New York College at Buffalo (Buffalo State) Archives.
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