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David Morantz – Jewish Studies Collection

Identifier: MS-0031

Scope and Contents

The David Morantz Collection contains items relating to Judaic Studies. It has been organized into six series contained in three boxes. Inclusive dates range from 1907 to 1959, with bulk dates being 1934 to 1943. Included are some correspondence, primarily relating to Morantz’s syndicated column, Talmudic Tales. There is much focus on religious studies and Morantz’s involvement with Sunday school education in local synagogues. Of particular interest are the local church newsletters which give a good sense of the Jewish community life in Kansas City during the 1930s and 1940s. Another area of interest are the many miscellaneous pamphlets and booklets relating to propaganda, and the misconceptions of the Jewish faith by the world as a whole. The one gem in the collection is a scholarly work by David Morantz’s great-grandson and namesake: Talmudic Tales: Ancient Jewish Law in 20th Century Newspapers gives great insight into Morantz the man, and his dedication and vast contributions to the Jewish community. Finally, numerous books from this collection have been cataloged and integrated into the general book collection in LaBudde Special Collections. This material is listed in the UMKC Library Catalog using the following author search: David Morantz Collection.


  • 1906 - 1957


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Copyright status is unknown


2 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 3 Manuscript Boxes.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Teresa L. Gipson, Robert C. Ray (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: November 2004.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository