Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Alexander S. Kline:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1925-1980 and undated at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Kline, Alexander S.
Title: Alexander S. Kline Papers,
Dates: 1925-1980 and undated
Abstract: The papers of Alexander S. Kline, dating from 1928-1980, contain newspaper clippings, pamphlets, handwritten notes, and other materials related to his lectures on various topics such as the Jewish religion and culture, its comparison with other religions, and anti-Semitism.
Collection # S 547
Quantity: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

An art historian and Rabbi, Alexander S. Kline was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1903. He emigrated to the United States in 1921 to study art history at the University of Cincinnati, and was ordained as a Rabbi in 1933. He received his Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College in 1958. Kline was the Rabbi at Congregation Shaareth Israel in Lubbock from 1960 to 1980. He was known for his art lectures at the Museum of Texas Tech University. He and his wife, Eleanore, had two children. Kline died on March 29, 1982.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, pamphlets, printed magazine and other articles, and other materials relating to the Jewish religion and culture, its comparison with other religions, and anti-Semitism.


The collection is organized alphabetically.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Duplication requests are limited by departmental policies. Please contact our Reference Department for further information.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Kline, Alexander S., 1902-1982.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Subjects (Organizations)
Congregation Shaareth Israel.
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
United States--Southern.
United States--Texas.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Jewish art.
Jewish artists.
Unitarianism--United States.
Unitarianism--United States--History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander S. Kline Papers, 1925-1980 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, undated

Processing Information

Processed by: Robert Weaver, 2012


Weiner, Hollace A. Jewish Stars in Texas: Rabbis and Their Work. Texas A and M Press, 2006.

Collection Inventory


Box Folder
1 1 Adult Religion, 1940-1956 and undated
2 Anti-Semitism, 1936-1945 and undated
3 Baccalaureate Addresses, 1926-1961 and undated
4 Bar Mitzvah, 1931-1968 and undated
5 Beauty of Holiness, 1931-1953 and undated
6 The Call of the Shofar, 1931-1970 and undated
7 Creed and Deed, Faith and Conduct, Thought and Action, 1931-1937 and undated
8 Culture and Wisdom, 1925-1951 and undated
9 Education, 1945-1959 and undated
10 Faith, 1941-1961 and undated
11 Good and Evil in the World and in Man, 1929-1973 and undated
12 Good-Will, Interdenominational Amity, Tolerance, 1933-1963 and undated
13 Hanukah and Christmas, 1929-1978 and undated
14 Happiness, 1927-1951 and undated
15 Ideas of God, 1931-1962 and undated
16 Is War Instinctive?, 1946-1950 and undated
17 Israel, 1924-1980 and undated
18 Jewish Culture, 1936 and undated
19 Jewish Education of Children and Adults, 1928-1965 and undated
20 Jewish Jokes, 1934-1959 and undated
21 Jewish Marriage, 1965-1972 and undated
22 Jewish Prayer, 1944-1970 and undated
23 Jews in the South Today, 1958-1959 and undated
24 Lies and Libel, 1934-1945 and undated
25 Life, Its Worth, Dignity, Sanctity, etc., 1931-1948 and undated
26 Miscellaneous, 1936-1960 and undated
27 Miscellaneous, 1936-1960 and undated
28 Myth and Cliche vs. Truth, 1948-1980 and undated
29 Never to Grow Old, 1950-1980 and undated
Box Folder
2 1 Optimism vs. Pessimism, 1931-1940 and undated
2 The Raddish, 1943-1968 and undated
3 Religion of the Future of Modernism, 1931-1933 and undated
4 Roadblocks to Religion, 1953-1954 and undated
5 Roosevelt, 1945 and undated
6 Russia, 1946 and undated
7 Sincerity, 1941-1961 and undated
8 Small Town Rabbi, 1953-1959 and undated
9 Thesis for Rabbinic Degree, 1930
10 Unitarianism and Judaism, 1953-1959 and undated
11 Weddings, 1944-1955 and undated