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Seymour Siegel Papers

Seymour Siegel Papers

Collection Number: 
61
Collection Length: 
40.00ft
Geographic Coverage: 
Chicago, IL; New York, NY
Period: 
1960 to 1985
Finding Aid: 

Seymour Siegel was born September 12, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at University of Chicago, received his M.H.L. in 1951 and D.H.L. in 1958 from Jewish Theological Seminary, New York City where he was a professor of Jewish Ethics and Theology. He was the author of hundreds of articles, editor of two books, lecturer, and was an authority on religious law. He served as Director of the United States Memorial Holocaust Commission, opened the door for the ordination of female rabbis, and articulated the Conservative view on abortion. Rabbi Siegel never married, he died February 24, 1988 in New York City. The collection consists of the collected writings of Seymour Siegel arranged by subject included are such subjects as abortion, divorce, euthanasia, Judaism, religion, Sh'ma, Vietnam to name a few. Also included are his personal files arranged by subject with photographs, lecture and speech notes, course materials (bio-ethics, Jewish ethics, Nachman, Talmud), newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and materials from the Presidents Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. St. Lawrence University purchased the collection in 1988 from the Siegel estate.