Cyrus Adler

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Cyrus Adler, best known as an authority on historical research related to Judaism, worked in a broader capacity for the U.S. government and the Smithsonian Institution, as an exhibition organizer and curator. An early and spectacular instance of this work was the coordination of international exhibits (not necessarily aeronautical) at the 1893 Chicago Exhibition.[1]

Adler was Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian from 1905–1908,[2] at which time he seems to have had some involvement in aeronautic history.

He was a friend and defender of Smithsonian Secretary Samuel Pierpont Langley, and read a biographical sketch of him to the Philosophical Society of Washington in 1906. [3]

The University of Pennysylvania holds the Cyrus Adler Papers, which contain correspondence between Adler and Langley.

Publications by or about Cyrus Adler


  1. Adler, 1941, I Have Considered the Days.
  2. Stephanie Bayless, "Cyrus Adler (1863–1940)", Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, 6 June 2009.
  3. Abraham A. Neuman, "Cyrus Adler: A Biographical Sketch", American Jewish Year Book Vol. 42, 5701 (1940–1941), pp. 36–38. "[Adler] accompanied [Langley] to a meeting of the Physical Section, on the same occasion, when Doctor Langley discussed the future of aerial navigation at a session presided over Lord Salisbury, Prime Minister of Great Britain and, that year, President of the Association, and he made notes of the discussion which was participated in by Lord Kelvin Lord Rayleigh and Sir Hiram Maxim. In turn, Doctor Langley accompanied him to a little dinner given in the parlor of a Jewish restaurant in Houndsditch, where they were joined by Judge Sulzberger, Oscar S. Straus, Doctor Isaac Dembo of St. Petersburg, Die tor Francis X. Dercum, and Israel Zangwill, who entertained the party as he discoursed learnedly and delightfully upon the Jewish cuisine."

Names Cyrus Adler
Birth date 1863-09-13
Death date 1840-04-07
Countries US
Locations Van Buren, Arkansas; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, DC
Occupations historian, curator
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Affiliations Smithsonian Institution
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