Finding Aid to the William Stern papers, 1915-1965

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University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the William Stern papers, 1915-1965

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/703

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff.
Date Completed:
May 2011
© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: William Stern papers
Date (inclusive): 1915-1965
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2010/703
Creators : Stern, William, 1897-1965
Extent: Number of containers: 6 cartons, 2 boxes, and 2 oversize boxes Linear feet: 8.2
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The papers of Rabbi Willam Stern of Oakland, California. The collection includes files on Stern's involvement with various local and national organizations, Jewish and non-Jewish; files from Stern's years at Temple Sinai; correspondence, including letters of appreciation to Rabbi Stern for his efforts on weddings, bar mitzvot, funerals, and conversions; sermons and addresses, some of which were for the Jewish Chautauqua Society, about religious, patriotic, and philanthropic matters, including The California Jew in History; subject files; ephemera and clippings; certificates and commendations; and a small number of photographs.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes. Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Stern papers, BANC MSS 2010/703, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Stern, William, 1897-1965--Archives
Jewish Chautauqua Society
Temple Sinai (Oakland, Calif.)
Temple Sinai (Oakland, Calif.)--Anniversaries, etc
Jews--California--Oakland
Humanitarianism
Patriotism
Social service
Oakland (Calif.)--Religious life and customs
Jewish sermons, American--California--Oakland
Correspondence--California--Oakland.
Rabbis--California--Oakland.
Western Jewish History Center.$n270
Judah L. Magnes Museum.$nWJHC 1968.032
Bancroft Library. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The William Stern papers were gifted to The Bancroft Library by the Judah L. Magnes Museum in 2010.

Accruals

No future additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged into 9 series: Community Involvement, General Jewish; Community Involvement, General; Temple Sinai; Correspondence; Sermons, Addresses, and Services; Subject Files; Ephemera and Clippings; Certification, Commendations, and Plaques; and Photographs.

Processing Information

Processed by Judah L. Magnes Museum staff in 1968. Additional processing by The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life staff in 2011.

Biographical Information

William Stern served as a rabbi of Oakland's Temple Sinai from 1934 to 1965. Before serving at Sinai, he was a rabbi at Congregation United Hebrew in Fort Smith, Oklahoma, and at Temple Beth El, in South Bend, Indiana. During his tenure at Temple Sinai, Stern was known for his knowledge, thoughtfulness, congeniality, and patriotism, and Sinai's membership increased greatly during his rabbinate. He actively involved himself in the affairs of his community, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, immersing himself in interfaith relations and doing what he could to combat anti-Semitism. He served with various civic organizations, including the Citizens Committees for Better Schools, Better Dental Health and Urban Renewal; Travelers Aid; the Alameda County United Fund; Rotary Club; the Jewish Community Relations Council (with which he was affiliated from 1952 to 1964); the Northern California Board of Rabbis (from 1939 until his death); the Interfaith Committee on Release Time and Religious Education; the Jewish Committee for Personal Service; the Jewish Welfare Federation of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties; and the Palestine Orchestra Fund. In 1937, Rabbi Stern spoke for the Emergency Peace Campaign of Northern Foreign War Crusade. In 1942, he was elected to the executive council for the Oakland Area War Fund.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection includes files on William Stern's involvement with various local and national organizations, Jewish and non-Jewish; files from Stern's years at Temple Sinai; correspondence, including letters of appreciation to Rabbi Stern for his efforts on weddings, bar mitzvot, funerals, and conversions; sermons and addresses, some of which were for the Jewish Chautauqua Society, about religious, patriotic, and philanthropic matters, including The California Jew in History; subject files; ephemera and clippings; certificates and commendations; and a small number of photographs.

Container List

 

Series 1 Community Involvement: General Jewish, 1937-1965

Physical Description: Carton 1
Carton 1, Folder 1

American Council for Judaism, 1942-1945

Carton 1, Folder 2

B'nai B'rith correspondence, 1941-1950

Carton 1, Folder 3

B'nai B'rith District Grand Lodge #4 (Zone Deputy), 1938-1939

Carton 1, Folder 4

Committee of 100, Hall of Religion, Golden Gate International Exposition, 1937-1940

Carton 1, Folder 5

East Bay Board of Rabbis, 1947-1955

Carton 1, Folder 6

Institutes on Judaism, 1947-1954

Carton 1, Folder 7

Interfaith Committee on Released Time Religious Education, 1944-1965

Carton 1, Folder 8

Interfaith Movement, Inc., 1952

Carton 1, Folder 9

Israel Bond Campaign, 1962-1964

Carton 1, Folder 10

Jewish Chatauqua Society, 1941-1965

Carton 1, Folder 11

Jewish Committee for Personal Service, 1944-1945

Carton 1, Folder 12

JCRC, 1952-1961

Carton 1, Folder 13

JCRC, 1962-1964

Carton 1, Folder 14

Jewish National Fund Dinner, testimonial to Stern, June 1963

Carton 1, Folder 15

Membership B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League, 1939-1941

Carton 1, Folder 16

National Conference of Christians and Jews, Camp Speaking Programs, 1943-1944

Carton 1, Folder 17

Northern California Board of Rabbis, 1956-1965

Carton 1, Folder 18

Northern California Reform Rabbis, 1959-1960

Carton 1, Folder 19

Oakland Jewish Welfare Federation, 1949-1965

Carton 1, Folder 20

Passion Play Correspondence, 1943-1947

Carton 1, Folder 21

Synagogue Council, 1955-1960

Carton 1, Folder 22

Tercentenary Committee, 1953-1954

Carton 1, Folder 23

Union American Hebrew Congregations, including Northern California Convention, 1960-1965

Carton 1, Folder 24

United Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, 1952

Carton 1, Folder 25

Western Association of Reform Rabbis, 1962-1965

Carton 1, Folder 26

Zionist Organization, 1943-1948

Carton 1, Folder 27

Zionism, 1942-1950

 

Series 2 Community Involvement: General, 1929-1965

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 1-20
Carton 2, Folder 1

Alameda County United Fund (UBAC), 1961-1965

Carton 2, Folder 2

Camp Saratoga, 1951-1965

Carton 2, Folder 3

Child Study Material, 1929

Carton 2, Folder 4

Church Industry Conference, 1941-1945

Carton 2, Folder 5

Citizens' Committees for Better Schools, 1955

Carton 2, Folder 6

Citizens' Committees for Better Dental Health, 1961-1964

Carton 2, Folder 7

Citizens' Committees for Urban Renewal, 1955-1956

Carton 2, Folder 8

Committee of 1000, 1963-1965

Carton 2, Folder 9

Community Chest 1938 and 1939 Campaign, 1938-1939

Carton 2, Folder 10

Community Chest 1938 Campaign Chairman Correspondence, 1938

Carton 2, Folder 11

Crippled Children Society, 1959-1964

Carton 2, Folder 12

Emergency Peace Campaign, 1937

Carton 2, Folder 13

Exposition Committee, 1937-1939

Carton 2, Folder 14

Peace and Neutrality, 1937

Carton 2, Folder 15

Rotary Club, 1940-1953

Carton 2, Folder 16

Rotary Club, 1954-1964

Carton 2, Folder 17

Rotary and Lions Club Service, 1965

Carton 2, Folder 18

Symphony Orchestra Association, 1959-1965

Carton 2, Folder 19

Travelers Aid Society Objectives Committee, 1941-1951

Carton 2, Folder 20

War Work Committees, 1941-1945

 

Series 3 Temple Sinai (Oakland, Calif.), 1937-1977

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 21-23; Carton 3, folders 1-22
Carton 2, Folder 21

Anniversaries: 10th, 1944

Carton 2, Folder 22

Anniversaries: 15th, 1949

Carton 2, Folder 23

Anniversaries: 20th, 1954

Carton 3, Folder 1

Anniversaries: 25th, 1959

Carton 3, Folder 2

Anniversaries: 30th, 1964

Oversize Box 1, Folder 5

Anniversaries: 30th (Guest List), 1964

Carton 3, Folder 3

Anniversaries: 75th, 1950

Carton 3, Folder 4

Anniversaries: 80th, 1955

Carton 3, Folder 5

Anniversaries: 90th, 1965

Carton 3, Folder 6

Birthday, 1947

Carton 3, Folder 7

Brotherhoods (including 30 June- 14 September 1961 correspondence with Bishop Pike), 1945-1965

Carton 3, Folder 8

Committees (Temple), 1953-1965

Carton 3, Folder 9-10

Confirmation Programs, 1915-1965

Carton 3, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1925-1934

Carton 3, Folder 12

Israel trip, 1959

Carton 3, Folder 13

Married Couples' Service, 1940-1942

Carton 3, Folder 14

Rabbi Stern obits and memorials, 1966-1981

Carton 3, Folder 15

Planning Committee (Temple), 1965

Carton 3, Folder 16

Plays by Rabbi Stern, 1934-1935

Carton 3, Folder 17

Religious Education Committee, Bnai Brith, 1941-1942

Carton 3, Folder 18

Religious School Building, 1948

Carton 3, Folder 19

Sinai 20-30 Club, 1939-1951

Carton 3, Folder 20

Sunday School Teachers Service, 1953, 1963

Carton 3, Folder 21

Inter-city Oratorical Contest, 1937

Carton 3, Folder 22

Young Married League, 1947-1956

 

Series 4 Correspondence, 1926-1965

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 23-26; Carton 4, folders 1-13
Carton 3, Folder 23-26

General correspondence, 1937-1942

Carton 4, Folder 1-2

General correspondence, 1942-1965

Carton 4, Folder 3

Temple Beth El, South Bend, Indiana, 1926-1932

Carton 4, Folder 4

Congratulatory letters and commendations, 1934-1936

Carton 4, Folder 5

Congratulatory letters and commendations, 1937-1938

Carton 4, Folder 6-7

Congratulatory letters and commendations, 1939-1946

Carton 4, Folder 8

Commendations, 1962-1965

Carton 4, Folder 9

Condolences, weddings, bar mitzvahs, 1945-1951

Carton 4, Folder 10

Condolences, weddings, bar mitzvahs, 1956-1965

Carton 4, Folder 11

Personal and Financial, 1932-1962

Carton 4, Folder 12

Placement Committee, 1956

Carton 4, Folder 13

Scottish Rite, 1963

 

Series 5 Sermons, Addresses, and Services, 1922-1936

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 14-24; Carton 5, folders 1-42
Carton 4, Folder 14-24

Sermons, 1922-1936

Carton 5, Folder 1-27

Sermons, 1937-1966

Carton 5, Folder 28

Sermons for children, undated

Carton 5, Folder 29-31

Sermons, notes, and miscellaneous addresses, undated

Carton 5, Folder 31-32

Sermon material, undated

Carton 5, Folder 33

Peace addresses, 1934-1945

Carton 5, Folder 34-42

Confirmation Services, 1945-1965

 

Series 6 Subject Files, circa 1920-1960

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 43-57; Carton 6; Box 1
Carton 5, Folder 43

The American Dream, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 44

Anti-Semitism, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 45

Anti-Semitism in Germany, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 46

Anti-Semitism in Russia, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 47

Architecture, Jews in, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 48

Art and artist, Jewish, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 49

Assimilation, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 52

Birth Control, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 56

Child, Problems of the, circa 1920-1960

Carton 5, Folder 57

China, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 1

Christians and Christianity, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 2

Christian and Jew, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 3

Church, The, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 4

Crime and criminals, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 5

Crime, Juvenile delinquency, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 6

Congressional records, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 7

Debt-foriegn, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 8

Depression, problems relating, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 9

Diplomacy, in Jews, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 10

Disarmament, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 11

Do we still need parents?, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 12

Dreyfus, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 13

Economics, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 14

Education, Jewish schools, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 15

Education, religious, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 16

Education, general, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 17

Einstein, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 18

Employment and discrimination, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 19

Evolution, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 20

Farmer, Jewish, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 21

Finance and Jewish financiers, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 22

Foreign countries, notes on, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 23

Germany, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 24

Greed, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 25

Heroic Life, The, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 26

Hitler, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 27-28

Holy Days, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 29

Humanism, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 30

India, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 31

Industry and business, problems relating to, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 32

Italy, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 33

Japan, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 34

Jewish contributions to civilization, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 35

Jewish history and historians, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 36

Jewish Problem, The, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 37

Jewish student in universities, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 38

Jewish war heroes, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 39

Jewish woman, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 40

Jewry, leaders in America, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 41

Jewry, leaders in foreign countries, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 42

Jews and Nazi Germany, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 43

Jews in America, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 44

Jews in athletics, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 45

Jews in Australia, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 46

Jews in England, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 47

Jews in the Far East, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 48

Jews in Germany, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 49

Jews in Italy, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 50

Jews in Poland, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 51

Jews in Russia, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 52

Jews in Spain, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 53

Jews in The Netherlands, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 54

Judaism and the Jews, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 55

Judaism and reform, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 56

Justice, topics relating to, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 57

Labor, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 58

Language, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 59

Law, Jews in, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 60

Literature, books by Jewish authors, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 61

Literature, Jewish woman in, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 62

Literature, Jewish writers, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 63

Literature, Jews and drama, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 64

Literature, Jews subject of, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 65

Local notes, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 66

Magazine articles, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 67

Marriage and intermarriage, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 68

Medicine, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 69

Medicine, medical schools and the Jew, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 70

Ministry, rabbis and preachers, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 71-72

Miscellaneous, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 73

Music, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 74

Negro, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 75

Pacifism, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 76

Palestine, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 77

Philanthropy, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 78

Philosophy, Jewish, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 79

Philosophy, subjects relating to, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 80

Political problems, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 81

Prayer and prayer book, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 82

Prejudice, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 83

Prophets of Israel, circa 1920-1960

Carton 6, Folder 84

Psychology, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 1

Rabbi Abash, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 2

Race problems, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 3

Realism, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 4-5

Religion, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 6

Religion and psychiatry, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 7

Religion in the colleges, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 8

Religion in modern Jewish life, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 9

Religion and mysticism, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 10

Religion and science, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 11

Russia and the Soviet Union, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 12

Science, topics relating to, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 13

Science and scientists, Jewish inventors, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 14

Shintoism, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 15

Socialism and leaders, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 16

Social justice, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 17

Social problems, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 18

Social science and philanthropy, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 19

Social work, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 20

Spinoza, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 21

Superstitions, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 22

Supreme Court decisions, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 23

Synagogues, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 24

Technocracy, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 25

Tolerance, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 26

Unemployment, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 27

Universities and the college youth, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 28

War profiteers, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 29

War topics, discussing, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 30

War, the Jews in, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 31

Washington, George and the Jew, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 32

Wise, Stephen S., circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 33

World Jewish Congress, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 34

Youth, Jewish, circa 1920-1960

Box 1, Folder 35

Zionism and leaders, circa 1920-1960

 

Series 7 Ephemera and Clippings, 1921-1965

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 1-2; Oversize Box 2, folders 2-4, Oversize Box 1
Box 2, Folder 1-2

Travel ephemera, postcards, circa 1925

Oversize Box 2, Folder 2-4

Oversize clippings scrapbook pages (laminated), 1921-1952

Oversize Box 1

Clippings scrapbook, circa 1940-1965

 

Series 8 Certificates, Commendations, and Plaques, 1909-1965

Physical Description: Box 2, folder 3; Oversize Box 2, folder 1, Oversize Box 1, folders 2-4
Box 2, Folder 3

Certificates and commendations, 1914-1964

Oversize Box 1, Folder 2-4

Plaques, undated

Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Oversize miscellaneous (includes 1909 incorporation cert. for Adath Israel), circa 1909-1965

 

Series 9 Photographs, circa 1910-1965

Physical Description: Box 2, folder 4; Oversize Box 2, folder 1
Box 2, Folder 4

Photographs, circa 1940-1965

Oversize Box 2, Folder 1

Oversize miscellaneous, circa 1910-1940