The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann


Volume introductions reproduced with permission of the Weizmann Archives.

The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann, Series A is an enormously valuable but under-utilized source of modern Zionist History. The twenty-three-volume series offers an intimate perspective into the life of Chaim Weizmann, as he became one of half a dozen key leaders in the 19th and 20th century Zionist quest to establish a Jewish state.

The letters included in each of these volumes cover the period from 1885 to 1952, but do not cover a short period of time in Weizmann’s early life. Critically valuable to each of the twenty-three volumes are the lengthy scholarly introductions and summaries of the period covered. Each is authored by a renowned scholar of Jewish history. When these incisive and insightful introductions are read together, one gains an overview of Zionist politics, setbacks, and successes that unfolded with American, Arab, European, Zionist and other players in the unfolding drama.  We have included the introductory section of the entire Weizmann Letters project, which explains how the letters were originally collected and assembled. The volume introductions are highly valuable analyses. We highly recommend referencing and reading the letters themselves.

The Weizmann Letters project was initiated and edited by Meyer W. Weisgal (1894-1977), Chancellor of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Chairman of the Weizmann National Memorial (Yad Chaim Weizmann). The first volume of the Letters was published in 1968 by Oxford University Press, with the last volume issued in 1979 by Transaction Books in Rutgers, New Jersey. All of Weizmann’s letters, more than those that are included in each published volume, are housed at the Weizmann Archives on the Technion Campus in Rehovot, Israel, adjacent to Weizmann’s House (now part of the Weizmann Institute of Science). Individual volumes of the published letters may be found in many university libraries, and some remain accessible through used and new booksellers.

Each of the published volumes of The Weizmann Letters, with a couple of exceptions, covers a period of two to four years. At the end of each volume, a biographical index was included which covered the names of those mentioned in that particular volume.  At the Center for Israel Education, we assembled together the biographies from each volume and have presented them as one composite collection. The legend of abbreviations found in the composite biographical index are explained in The General Introduction to the Collection which follows.

The Center for Israel Education extends its deep appreciation and thanks to the Weizmann Archives in Rehovot, Israel for permission to reprint these introductions.  All credit for assembling the bibliographic information and the lengthy introductions rests with the individual scholar who edited each volume. We are indebted to each of them for their erudition. These individuals must be cited when quotations are taken from the introductions that appear on the Center for Israel Education site.

Ken Stein, June 30, 2019

General Introduction to the Collection

July 2, 2019

Biographical Indices 1885 – 1952

July 6, 2019

Volume I, Series A (1885 – 1902)

July 9, 2019

Volume II, Series A (November 1902 – August 1903)

July 12, 2019

Volume III, Series A (September 1903 – December 1904)

July 16, 2019

Volume IV, Series A (January 1905 – December 1906)

July 19, 2019

Volume V, Series A (January 1907 – February 1913)

July 23, 2019

Volume VI, Series A (March 1913 – July 1914)

July 26, 2019

Volume VII, Series A (August 1914 – November 1917)

July 30, 2019

Volume VIII, Series A (November 1917 – October 1918)

August 2, 2019

Volume IX, Series A (October 1918 – July 1920)

August 6, 2019

Volume X, Series A (July 1920 – December 1921)

August 9, 2019

Volume XI, Series A (January 1922 – July 1923)

August 13, 2019

Volume XII, Series A (August 1923 – March 1926)

August 16, 2019

Volume XIII, Series A (March 1926– July 1929)

August 20, 2019

Volume XIV, Series A (July 1929 – October 1930)

August 23, 2019

Volume XV, Series A (October 1930 – June 1933)

August 27, 2019

Volume XVI, Series A (July 1933 – August 1935)

August 30, 2019

Volume XVII, Series A (August 1935 – December 1936)

September 3, 2019

Volume XVIII, Series A (January 1937 – December 1938 )

September 6, 2019

Volume XIX, Series A (January 1939 – June 1940)

September 10, 2019

Volume XX, Series A (July 1940 – January 1943)

September 13, 2019

Volume XXI, Series A (January 1943 – May 1945)

September 17, 2019

Volume XXII, Series A (May 1945 – July 1947)

September 20, 2019

Volume XXIII, Series A (August 1947 – June 1952)

September 24, 2019