Irving Massey Research Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Irving Massey Research Collection consists of documentation of Irving Massey's research that culminated in his book, Philo-Semitism in Nineteenth-Century German Literature. The collection includes numerous notes, correspondence, photocopies of articles, relevant portions of books, and archival material, bibliographic lists and search results, drafts of sections of his abovementioned book, newspaper clippings, a few photographs, and other papers. The collection represents original order established by an assistant of Irving Massey.
The collection consists of two series. Series I holds documentation that pertains to various chapters of the book, while Series II relates to the section on Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Both series include copies of articles and research related to the subject of philo-Semitism, although Series II's papers focus on the philo-Semitism in evidence in Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's writings, while Series I relates to the broader subject of philo-Semitism in the nineteenth century and the portrayal of Jews in literature. Both series also include many notes on works that relate to the topic. Series I additionally holds a large amount of notes, lists, and bibliographic search results that document the numerous sources consulted by him in his research. Handwritten drafts of parts of Massey's book will primarily be found in Series I, among the folders of notes. Computer disks with drafts of his book have been removed to the LBI Audiovisual Collection.
Both series also contain correspondence. Many of the letters of the collection are between Irving Massey and other academics, researchers, or librarians, in which he requests information or discusses his project. The correspondence of Series I also includes many letters with publishers, both those from Niemeyer Verlag, who published his book on philo-Semitism, as well as with the publication Aschkenas, for which he wrote an article.
Series I additionally holds a few photographs and illustrations related to Irving Massey's research, especially to his research into the genealogy of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
- Majority of material found within 1990-2000
- Massey, Irving (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is primarily in English and German, with some Polish, Latin, and French.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
Irving Massey is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Buffalo. His book Philo-Semitism in Nineteenth-Century German Literature was published by Niemeyer Verlag in 2000.
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The Irving Massey Research Collection consists of documentation of his research for his book, Philo-Semitism in Nineteenth-Century German Literature. The collection includes numerous notes, correspondence, photocopies of articles, relevant portions of books, and archival material, bibliographic lists and search results, drafts of sections of his abovementioned book, newspaper clippings, a few photographs, and other papers. The collection represents original order established by an assistant of Irving Massey.
The collection is arranged in two series:
Other Finding Aid
The first folder of the collection includes Irving Massey's original inventory, whose arrangement is followed in the present order of the collection.
Some computer disks (3.5 inch) were removed from Series I to the LBI Audiovisual Collection.
Photocopies of entire books without any annotations were removed from Series I, with the photocopies of title pages retained in the collection. Duplicate photocopies were removed.
- Antisemitism -- Germany -- History -- 19th century
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- German literature -- 19th century
- Hebbel, Friedrich, 1813-1863
- Jews in literature
- Lists (document genres)
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Notes (documents)
- Philosemitism in literature
- Sacher-Masoch, Leopold, Ritter von, 1835-1895
- Guide to the Research of Irving Massey 1833-2006 AR 25517
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey
- © 2014
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from IrvingMasseyResearch.xml
- March 2015:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.