With generous support from Dr. Leonard Polonsky CBE & Dr. Georgette Bennett.

In cooperation with: Combating Religious Prejudice

The Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection

1945-1992 (bulk 1960-1990). Manuscript Collection No. 603

Overview & Usage

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Tanenbaum, Marc H., 1925-1992
Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection.
Bulk Dates:
51.6 linear feet (112 Hollinger boxes, 100 compact discs, 34 videocassettes, 19 audiocassettes, 4 audio reels)
Papers describing the career of Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum, one of the most respected and influential religious leaders of the late 20th century. His main focus of activity was interfaith relations but he also worked in other areas such as race relations, human rights and international peace and justice. The collection includes extensive correspondence, writings, addresses, news clippings, reports, meeting minutes, organizational and conference records, audio-visual material and photographs.
Collection Number:
Collection material in English, German, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian and, Portuguese.

Scope and Content

The Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection includes extensive correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, working papers, notes, transcripts, writings, addresses, news clippings, organizational and conference records, audio-visual material and photographs. Papers document Tanenbaum's work with interfaith relations and other issues such as human rights, Middle East peace, Soviet Jewry, race relations and refugee rescue. For the bulk of his career, he was associated with the American Jewish Committee as director of the Interreligious Affairs Department and later director of the International Relations Department.

Of special significance are the records pertaining to Tanenbaum's interreligious activities [Series C], especially those documenting his work at Vatican Council II and with Protestant evangelicals such as Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Bailey Smith. The writings and lectures [Series A] are also noteworthy, representing his interests and opinions on a wide array of topics, both current and scholarly. The records in Series D show his work on international issues such as Middle East peace, Soviet Jewry, rescue of refugees, and human rights. The audio-visual materials [Series H] which include lectures, symposia and media interviews, give a picture of Tanenbaum's wide-ranging activities and his standing as one of the most respected and consulted religious leaders of his day.

Conditions of Access & Use

Terms of Access

A select number of documents and media items are restricted until 2039. All queries should be addressed to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives.

Property and Literary Rights

Dr. Georgette Bennett, by the act of donating the Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection to the American Jewish Archives, assigned all property rights to the American Jewish Archives. Literary rights to the Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection have been transferred to the American Jewish Archives. Specific creators of materials may retain literary rights to their writings.

Terms of Reproduction and Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce , may be obtained through the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio. Please address queries to the Executive Director of the American Jewish Archives. For more information, see the American Jewish Archives .

Collection and Citation Information

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Preferred Citation

Footnotes and bibliographic references should refer to the Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection and the American Jewish Archives. A suggestion for at least the first citation is as follows:

[Description], [Date], Box #, Folder #. MS-603. Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection. American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathleen Spray, 1994, and reprocessed by Dorothy Smith, 2012.


The Rabbi Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection was received from Dr. Georgette Bennett, New York, New York in 1992.

Related Collections

Collections related to Tanenbaum, Marc H., 1925-1992 may be found in the AJA Online Catalog.

Separated Material

  • Lutheran Church in America. Perspectives. 1982. VT-292
  • Diaspora and Survival: Tibetan Farm Assistance and Development. Undated. VT-294.
  • ABC News. Directions: The Religious Community: Shaping Public Policy. Undated. VT-295.
  • NBC Television. Holocaust: The Story of Family Weiss. 1978. VT-298 to VT-300.
  • Where There is Hunger: American Jewish World Service in the Philippines. Undated. VT-301.

Subject and Genre Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the AJA Online Catalog.

Persons and Families

  • Graham, Billy, 1918-
  • Bennett, Georgette
  • Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972
  • Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
  • John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005
  • King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
  • Moon, Sun Myung
  • Paul VI, Pope, 1897-1978
  • Bea, Augustin, 1881-1968
  • Waldheim, Kurt
  • Tanenbaum, Marc H., 1925-1992


  • American Jewish Committee
  • Synagogue Council of America
  • International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations
  • National Interreligious Task Force on Soviet Jewry (U.S.)
  • National Conference on Race and Religion
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Vatican Council (2nd : 1962-1965)


  • Evangelicalism
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Catholic Church
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity
  • Judaism -- Relations -- African Americans
  • Judaism and social problems
  • Apartheid -- South Africa
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Jews -- Soviet Union
  • Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Refugees -- Indochina
  • Religions -- Relations
  • Cults


  • Middle East -- Relations
  • Israel -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Public opinion

Genres and Forms

  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs
  • Audiocassettes
  • Videocassettes
  • Compact discs
  • Typescripts