Baruch Korff papers

Baruch Korff papers

Dates: 1914-1991

This collection contains the catalogue and index of the Exhibition of the Rabbi Baruch Korff Archives at Brown University, 1985-1986; the full inventory of the papers; and a microfilm of the exhibition of the papers. The materials in the exhibit included materials that focused on the three aspects of Korff's life that are most documented: the rescue of European Jews during the Holocaust, the founding of the State of Israel, and the defense of President Nixon during the Watergate era (found in the catalogue of the exhibition, found in the collection).

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Korff, Baruch, 1914
  • Call Number: MSS 6201
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Location of Originals
Originals are in the Papers of Rabbi Baruch Korff, 1914-1995 collection, held at Brown University Library, Providence, RI.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Rabbi Baruch Korff papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6201; Rabbi Baruch Korff papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6201, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Mark N. Brown in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mark N. Brown; 1990.
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid and inventory available within the collection. Also, finding aid available on the Brown University Library website, under call number Ms. 84.3, Papers of Rabbi Baruch Korff, 1914-1995.
Subject Terms
Brown University--Exhibitions; Korff, Baruch, 1914-; Korff, Baruch, 1914---Archives; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Israel--History; Palestine; Watergate Affair, 1972-1974
Genre / Form
Catalogs; Indexes; Inventories; Microfilms
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because of Korff's involvement in American politics.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Korff (Baruch) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-12T04:01-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Baruch Korff (1914-1995) was a Ukraine native who was a rabbi.

Born in Ukraine in 1914, Baruch Korff became the seventy-second generation of rabbis in his family. Following a pogrom in 1919, during which his mother was killed before his eyes, he fled to Poland. He earned his Smicha (Yoreh, Yoreh) in Poland in 1933, and his advanced Smicha (Yadin, Yadin) in Palestine in 1935.

Emigrating to the United States, he served as headmaster of Yeshiva Torath Emeth, Brooklyn, New York, 1936-1937; rabbi of Congregation Hayim Solomon, New York City, 1938-1940; advisor to the Vaad Hahatzala-Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, adviser to the War Refugee Board, director of the Emergency Committee to Save the Jewish People of Europe, and executive vice president and United Nations observer of the Political Action Committee for Palestine, 1941-1949; rabbi of Temple Israel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1950-1953; rabbi of congregation Agudath Achim, Taunton, Massachusetts, 1954-1971, subsequently elected rabbi emeritus; and chaplain of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, 1954-1974.

In 1973 he founded the National Citizens Committee for Fairness to the Presidency and became an advisor to President Nixon; in 1974 he founded the President Nixon Justice Fund and the United States Citizens Congress. In 1983 he donated his farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts to Brown University and moved to Providence, to act as consultant to the University with respect to the endowed scholarship, faculty prize, and archive funds that he founded.

In addition, since the 1950s he has travelled extensively in the Middle East under various auspices. He is also the author of The Warriors Manual (1943), Flight from Fear (1953), and The Personal Nixon (1974). (From the biographical note found in the inventory). He died 26 July 1995 in Providence, R.I. of pancreatic cancer.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts