Irving Greenberg Papers

Rabbi Greenberg’s collected papers are held at Harvard University, in the Harvard Judaica Collection. The papers, representing several decades of Rabbi Greenberg’s career, include book and monograph manuscripts, drafts of articles, notes for scores of lectures, records of hundreds of meetings, recordings of lectures, and more. The collection, which Rabbi Greenberg gave to Harvard in installments between 2005 and 2009, has been processed and the materials are available for research for anyone who receives Harvard Library use privileges (see below for information). The collection is periodically augmented with new materials from Rabbi Greenberg.

The Irving Greenberg Papers are, of course, an incredible resource for anyone interested in learning more about Rabbi Greenberg’s work. While the papers are available for research, permission to publish must be obtained from Rabbi Greenberg, as he retains the copyright.

Scholars interested in working with the papers must first obtain library use privileges from the university. Information about Harvard Library use privileges can be found here. Prior to their visit, they must also contact the Judaica Division, Harvard College Library at least a week in advance. In their correspondence they must specify the materials from the collection they would like to review, including box and folder information. The Judaica Division can be contacted via e-mail:

People interested in Rabbi Greenberg’s collected papers may also be interested in the collected papers of his wife, Blu Greenberg. The Blu Greenberg Papers are also housed at Harvard University, as part of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America; go here to access the finding aid.

Finding Aids, the Irving Greenberg Papers

The Harvard Judaica Collection has generously allowed us to post the finding aids detailing the inventory of the Irving Greenberg Papers. All links below are to PDFs.