Brandeis University, Chapter of Its Founding

Brandeis University, Chapter of Its Founding

Brandeis University, Chapter of Its Founding

Brandeis University, Chapter of Its Founding

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January 1951, was five years since it fell to my lot to initiate the project of the first Jewish-sponsored secular university in America, Brandeis University, at Waltham, Mass.

The value and significance of this project are receiving growing recognition at the hands of the Jewish community in America and of the non-Jewish community as well.

As the years go by, the chapter of Genesis in the history of Brandeis University is likely to become increasingly an item of historic interest. Therefore, I felt it would be worthwhile to make available, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of its founding, the record of my association with the project during the months when the campus was secured, the idea propounded to organizations and individuals, the sponsorship organized, the fundraising started, and the consent of the family of the late Justice Louis D. Brandeis obtained for the name, "Brandeis University."

To some readers the chronicle may seem, in parts, to be overly detailed. It should be considered, however, that with the passing of the years, the details of the early beginnings of this enterprise will be more and more sought after and that there may be students of the subject who will be grateful for details recorded by one who was in a position to know them first-hand.

Portions of this chronicle may appear to be unduly personal. It is, in a sense, a memoir of my eight months of activity which were an important chapter in my life as well as in the history of the project which it was my privilege to initi-

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