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Archival Collections

This guide provides descriptions of some of Webster University's archival collections

Biography and strike diary

Arthur RosenbergIn May 1970, Webster students and faculty organized a strike to protest the shootings at Kent State University. At the time, Arthur Rosenberg was a faculty member in Webster's Conservatory of Theatre Arts and an actor at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis.  He later recorded his memories of the events in a document titled Diary of a Strike: Webster in Motion.

Rosenberg left Webster and the Repertory Theatre in 1976 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He appeared in dozens of films (such as Oscar winners Coming Home and Being There and Oscar nominee Oh God) as well as many television shows.

In 1992 following a spiritual awakening he experienced what he deemed "a calling". He returned to school and ultimately graduated in 2005 from seminary and became an ordained Rabbi. This lead him to do an internship for the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) in Los Angeles, a natural match considering his show-business background.

Rosenberg is currently a Chaplain for MPTF and specializes in palliative care after receiving a certification in that field. He is supported by a grant from the Nimoy family and has the title "Leonard Nimoy Palliative Care Chaplain." He has published articles and wrote the foreword for the book Loving Choices, Peaceful Passing: Why My Family Chose Hospice, by Kathleen Vallee Stein. He leads services and performs many lifecycle events including weddings, funerals, baby namings, etc. He is a husband, father and grandfather.

Rabbi Rosenberg can be reached at