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Historical Archive of the Hebrew University

1888-1948
2019-03-14
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Central Archive
(Mount Scopus Campus, Sherman Administration Building, Jerusalem, Israel, 9190501, Telephone: 02-588-2931, Fax: 02-588-2956, Email: ofert@savion.huji.ac.il, https://new.huji.ac.il/en/page/1074)
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Scope and content

The fonds consists of documents from the central registry of the Hebrew University. It covers various aspects of the university’s activities and development in the decades after its establishment in the period of the British Mandate in Palestine. It includes protocols of the university’s various decision-making bodies, files of the various research institutes, departments and faculties, Student admission, academic nominations, relations with scholars as well as other academic and non-academic bodies in Palestine and abroad, donations and partnerships, land purchase, development of infrastructure, etc.
It contains material relating to many prominent Jewish academics and personalities such as: Hugo Bergman, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Josef Horovitz, Richard Koebner, Judah Leon Magnes, Max Schloessinger, Gershom Scholem, David Werner Senator, Henrietta Szold and others.

Archival history

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was inaugurated in 1918 and officially opened in 1925. Along with the university’s establishment a central registry (“the archive”) was created. During the 1948 War the university moved from its site on Mount Scopus, which became a demilitarized zone, to other locations in Jerusalem. Some of the archives’ holdings remained on the demilitarized mount, while others, required for the university’s administration, were maintained and temporarily kept in various locations in Jerusalem. Following the 1967 War, a new university campus was built in Mount Scopus, to which the archive was relocated. Since 1979 all of the collections of the historical archive have been stored in one repository.

Processing information

The archival description of the fonds was made between 2016 and 2018 in the framework of the project “German-Jewish Knowledge and Cultural Transfer, 1918–1948”.

System of arrangement

The system of arrangement corresponds to the filing system of the central registry that was first established in 1931 and expanded in 1935. The fonds is made up of a deposition of series. The materials from the first five years (1925–1930) consist of a separate series. Each of the subsequent years (1931–1948) composes a separate series covering the university's activity for a year.
The system of arrangement corresponds to the filing system of the central registry that was first established in 1931 and expanded in 1935. The fonds is made up of a deposition of series. The materials from the first five years (1925–1930) consist of a separate series. Each of the subsequent years (1931–1948) composes a separate series covering the university's activity for a year.
Materials of the years 1931–1948 were organized in the central registry according to the following topics:
(0) Property and Economy: includes land purchase files and building plans of the university and the National and University Library
(1) Academic Authorities, Organization and Institutional Relations: includes protocols of the university’s various decision-making bodies (Board of Governors, University Council, Academic Council, Standing Committee, Executive Committee, Teaching Committee, Senate and various provisional committees)
(2) Research and Teaching, Development of the University: includes files of each of the university’s Research Institutes and Departments and student and faculty applications. Reflecting the university’s gradual development, it includes materials related to the establishment of departments and specific teaching fields that eventually developed into full departments; files of the Faculties for Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Pre-Faculty of Medicine and Agriculture
(3) Students and Alumni: includes files of the Student Organization, tuition, loans and housing, as well as of various student assistance funds
(4) Awards and Scholarship: includes files of various award-granting funds and individuals
(5) Publications: includes files of the University Press Association and other academic publications
(6) Public Relations: includes files of the university’s Friends associations in various locations
(7) Finances: includes budget and donations
(8) Administration: includes forms and office materials, as well as the archive’s own files
(9) Events and Ceremonies: includes files on visitors and guest lectures, as well as Miscellaneous and files catalogued as “temporary”.
The reference code of a file is composed of the letter “A” signifying the fonds, a two digit serial number for the series, a three digit serial number for the box and the file’s original registry number as its last part.

Physical description

281 Boxes

Other descriptive information

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Keywords

Corporate names: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Language of the material

ArabicCyrillicHebrewLatin

Records creator

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Content provider

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Central Archive

(Mount Scopus Campus, Sherman Administration Building, Jerusalem, Israel, 9190501, Telephone: 02-588-2931, Fax: 02-588-2956, Email: ofert@savion.huji.ac.il, https://new.huji.ac.il/en/page/1074)

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IL/HUJI-ARC/A-01 1925–1930
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-02 1931
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-03 1932
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-04 1933
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-05 1934
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-06 1935
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-07 1936
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-08 1937
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-09 1938
IL/HUJI-ARC/A-10 1939