The Hailperin Collection consists of six series: Hailperin’s writings, Hailperin’s teaching and course materials, Hailperin’s correspondence, Tree of Life tributes, a miscellaneous series, and information regarding the Hailperin Collection and the room.
Materials in this collection are mainly papers; however there is a strong collection of booklets and off prints in the miscellaneous series. The bulk of this collection relates to his Duquesne classes, although in the miscellaneous series there are several booklets containing information of Jewish services, other aspects of Judaism, as well as off prints relating to history (particularly medieval and Jewish history).
The Herman Hailperin Collection, consisting of 4 linear feet of materials, is contained in eight acid-free boxes.
Series 1: Writings
This series consists of pieces of Three Great Religions: Their Theological and Cultural Affinities and Medieval Civilizations: Christian, Jewish and Islamic. It also contains some of Hailperin’s published articles, book reviews and other papers.
Series 2: Teaching and Course Materials
This series consists of notebooks, and other materials that Hailperin used to teach at the Pastoral Institute and Duquesne University, as well as syllabi. It also contains restricted information about his Duquesne students such as roosters, final exams and papers.
Series 3: Correspondence
The correspondence dates from 1952-1972, and also include letters from Guido Kirsch and the College of Jewish Studies.
Series 4: Tree of Life Tributes
This series includes programs for the Tree of Life Dr. Hailperin Jubilee Weekend as well as memorial services for Dr. Hailperin.
Series 5: Miscellaneous
This series contains clippings, history notes from 1919, and bookplates. It also contains various publications, off prints, sermons and speeches.
Series 6: Information regarding the Hailperin Collection and the Hailperin Room
This series contains information about the founding and dedication of the room and the books. It also includes clippings as well as photographs. It also includes information on the various receptions held in the room, and correspondence relating to the collection.
Dr. Herman Hailperin was born in Newark, New Jersey on April 6, 1899. He was the son of Rabbi Baer and Sarah Hailperin. He was received a Bachelor’s degree from the New York University in 1919, and was ordained a Rabbi in 1922 after graduating from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He received his Masters degree in 1925, and his doctorate in 1933, both of which he earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
As a rabbi, Dr. Hailperin served the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for over fifty years. As a professor he taught at the University of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, and at Duquesne University. Dr. Hailperin authored the books Rashi and the Christian Scholars, The Gentile Reaction to Jewish Ideas and The Rabbi Teaches as well as numerous articles and book reviews. His last book, Three Great Religions: Their Theological and Cultural Affinities was published by Duquesne University Press posthumously. He died on January 9, 1973 leaving behind a wife, four children and six grandchildren.
In 1969 Dr. Hailperin donated his extensive personal library, the Hailperin Collection to Duquesne University. Part of this archival collection deals with the maintenance of the collection after his death.