Weizmann Archives Records
The Truman Library's collection of the records of the Weizmann Archives mostly consists of correspondence (letters, telegrams, radiograms, wires, cables); reports; press releases; and short minutes of meetings regarding the issue of immigration of displaced Jews into Palestine, the formation of the Jewish state of Israel, de facto and de jure recognition of Israel by the United States, and the rising threat of violence in the Middle East.
Size: Less than one-half of one linear foot. (approximately l00 pages).
Dr. Chaim Weizmann, a distinguished scientist, president of the World Zionist Organization (1920-30 and 1935-46), and the first president of Israel (1948-1952) devoted himself to the scientific, economic, and industrial development of Palestine. He believed that science could provide for the livelihood of as many Jewish immigrants as might decide to settle in Palestine. So in the 1930's, when Hitler and fascism were strong, Weizmann devoted himself to rescuing talented scientists from Nazi Germany and bringing them to Palestine. With this, in the early 1930's, he laid the foundations for the Daniel Sieff Institute in Rehovot, Israel, which later became the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Since 1958, the Wix Library in Rehovot, Israel has served as the central library of the Weizmann Institute of Science. It has remained the center of the library system and houses the headquarters of the management, administrative, and professional staff of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Along with this, in 1973, the Weizmann Institute of Science Archives was established in order to document the history and the scientific, educational, and cultural contributions of the Institute. The Weizmann Archives, which is also located at the Wix Library, contains files of administrative and historical material, photographs, sound recordings, publications, newspaper clippings, films, video cassettes, personal archives of scientists and other personalities connected to the Institute, and, of course, the original copies of some of the documents in this collection.
The Truman Library's collection of the records of the Weizmann Archives, a research institution in Rehovot, Israel, consists of copies of documents regarding the issue of immigration of displaced Jews into Palestine, the formation of the Jewish state of Israel, de facto and de jure recognition of Israel by the United States, and the rising threat of violence in the Middle East.
The Weizmann Archives Records are arranged alphabetically in a single series, a Subject File, consisting of correspondence (letters, telegrams, radiograms, wires, cables); reports; press releases; and short minutes of meetings. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence between President Truman and people such as Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Freda Kirchwey, Saudi Arabia’s King Ibn Saud, Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Stephen Wise, Abbu Hillel Silver, and Eddie Jacobson. However, the bulk of the collection highlights the efforts of Dr. Chaim Weizmann and his quest for a Jewish state in Palestine. In his correspondence with other influential people, Dr. Weizmann demonstrated his devotion to the creation of a Jewish state and also to the scientific, economic, and industrial development of Palestine.
The contents of the first file unit in this collection were donated by the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, Ohio. The contents of the second file unit appear to have been donated by the State Archives of Israel. The source of the documents in the third file unit is uncertain. The American Jewish Archives and the State Archives obtained copies of these documents from the Weizmann Archives and donated them to the Truman Library.
Other materials at the Truman Library concerning the creation and recognition of Israel include the Eddie Jacobson Papers and the Student Research File on the recognition of Israel. There is also much information about the creation and recognition of Israel on the Truman Library's website.