Liebman, Joshua (1894-1988) and Fan Loth (1904-1975)

The Joshua Loth Liebman and Fan Loth Liebman collection consist of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and other items.


Manuscripts by Rabbi Liebman in the collection include galleys of his book Peace of Mind (Simon and Schuster, 1946); his dissertation for Hebrew Union College, “The Religious Philosophy of Aaron Ben Elijah (Compared Especially with That of Maimonides)” (1938); typed and handwritten notes and drafts for dozens of sermons, speeches and radio addresses given by Rabbi Liebman from the mid-1930s through 1948 (some of these have been reprinted as pamphlets and are also found among the printed material in the collection); material for holiday sermons and services for weddings, bar mitzvahs and other important occasions; extensive notes which Rabbi Liebman made in notebooks for courses at Hebrew Union College; and various book reviews, articles for magazines, and other publications by Liebman.


Correspondence in the collection includes several letters sent to Rabbi Liebman from the 1930s through the 1940s.  Some of the correspondence includes notes of sympathy sent to Fan Loth Liebman following her husband’s death; these include letters from Faith Baldwin, Albert Einstein, Dwight Eisenhower, J. Edgar Hoover, A. E. Hotchner, and Jacob Javits. There are hundreds of letters sent by admirers of Peace of Mind, as well as many letters from organizations and events asking him to speak about the book.  Other correspondents include members of Liebman’s temple in Chicago, U.S. servicemen (1944-1946), and various colleagues and friends.


Photographs in the collection include images of Rabbi Liebman.  Many of these are publicity photos, but there are also images of him with various other individuals.


Printed material in the collection includes an article about Liebman from the Boston Globe(1947); brochures about Liebman House; lecture programs; reviews of Peace of Mind; items regarding the Liebman Scholarship Fund at Wellesley College, and the Liebman Memorial Fund; a script for an episode of the radio program “The Eternal Light” on the life of Liebman (1953); the Who’s Who biography of Liebman; and various publications containing articles by Liebman, including The Jewish Advocate, Cosmopolitan, Town Meeting, The Reconstructionist, Circle, and the Atlantic Monthly.  Some of the printed material is in Hebrew.


Other material in the collection includes professional material, as well as note cards on which Rabbi Liebman recorded quotes, book references, and other information for future reference.

Notable Figures
1. Liebman, Fan Loth
2. Liebman, Joshua Loth, 1907-1948
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Politics, Religion, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
2. Public Affairs Subject Guide
3. Religion and Spirituality Subject Guide
4. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
5. Helen Deutsch Research Section