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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Yosef Yerushalmi Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Yosef Yerushalmi was a Jewish historian and a professor of Jewish history, primarily at Harvard University and Columbia University. This collection includes most of his academic records and many of his personal records as well. This includes research, correspondence, and notes.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1581
Bib ID:6892527 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim, 1932-2009.
Title:Yosef Yerushalmi papers, 1957-2006
Physical description:38 linear feet (38 record storage cartons)
Language(s): English, Hebrew, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian, Yiddish
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. Correspondence between Yerushalmi and Ophra Yerushalmi, Ariel Yerushalmi, and David Meyers will be closed until 2039. Letters of recommendation adn correspondence with Sylvie Anne Goldberg will be closed until 2087.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 5 series

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Description

Scope and Content

Yosef Yerushalmi was a Jewish historian and a professor of Jewish history, primarily at Harvard University and Columbia University. This collection includes most of his academic records and many of his personal records as well. This includes research, correspondence, and notes.

The collection varies greatly in its constitution. It contains some very personal correspondence, such as an anniversary card from Yerushalmi’s father in the late 1960s. It also contains some or Yerushalmi’s meticulous personal records, including a journal of his own experience undergoing psychoanalysis and various date books. It has a very full and comprehensive assortment of professional correspondences, including hundreds of hours of meeting minutes for “A Psychoanalytic Study of Anti-Semitism” and all of Yerushalmi’s correspondences as the president of the Leo Baeck Institute. The collection has very specific logistical information, even records of transportation for lectures and financial records.

The majority of the materials in the collection are in the form of correspondence. Even much of Yerushalmi’s research was correspondent in nature, as he often requested various materials from individuals and archives around the world. The other major component of the collection is Yerushalmi’s personal notes. This includes thousands of pages of lecture notes, class notes, and publication drafts. Yerushalmi lectured all around the world, but mainly at universities in the United States and Israel, and most of these speeches are well preserved in the collection. After a long and fruitful teaching career, Yerushalmi produced reams of notes to himself about what to discuss in class. In addition to his personal notes, there are actual tests that he administered to his students in the collection, as well as syllabi and grading sheets. He even saved some student papers and letters of recommendation. Yerushalmi was also a prolific writer, and draft upon draft of his publications lie in the collection.

The publication materials are in a few formats. In terms of linear feet, corrected drafts of manuscripts comprise the bulk of them. For each of the books that Yerushalmi wrote—and he wrote several—there are many versions, often in many languages, sent between him and his editors, with corrections from both entities. Some were reprinted in different editions, which begot even more manuscripts.

In order to produce these works, Yerushalmi relied heavily on research from primary sources for the most part. Much of his research was on the Jewish communities of the Middle Ages, and he saved thousands of photocopied primary documents, as well as photocopies of letters the Freud wrote used as research for Yerushalmi’s work Freud’s Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable.

Series I: Freud and Psychoanalysis

This subseries contains various forms of research on Freud, specifically Freud’s Moses and Monotheism. There are articles on this topic that Yerushalmi has saved, some with Yerushami’s notes. There are also photocopies from the Library of Congress of Freud’s drafts of the work, in Freud’s own handwriting.

Subseries I.2: Freud Publications

The second subseries includes the various publications that Yerushalmi produced about Freud. His opus magnum on the subject was Freud’s Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable , and there are several iterations and edits of the work in this subseries. However, it also contains several speeches that Yerushalmi gave on the subject, as well as articles that he published about Freud before publishing his book.

Subseries I.3: A Psychoanalytic Study of Anti-Semitism

This subseries focuses on the relationship between psychology, and more specifically psychoanalysis, and Judaism. This subseries mostly consists of articles and meeting minutes.

Series II: Course Materials

This series contains course materials from Yerushalmi’s many years both at Harvard and Columbia. It contains syllabi, readings, lecture materials, exams, etc.

Series III: Research, Publications, and Lectures

Series III contains Yerushalmi's research notes, drafts of lectures and publications, and notes ans drafts of lectures and addresses presented by Yerushalmi. The files often include correspondence related to publication of the material or travel arrangements related to individual lectures or conference presentations.

Subseries III.1: Research for “From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto”

This series is primarily made up of copies of primary sources and medieval documents from various libraries and archives that Yerushalmi used in his scholarly research.

Subseries III.2: Research and Publication on Iberia

This series contains Yerushalmi's research material and scholarly output on Iberia, including articles, reviews, correspondence, and manuscripts

Subseries III.4: Zakhor Materials

This subseries contains correspondence regarding various translations as well as drafts and manuscripts

Subseries III.6: Lectures

Yerushalmi kept very detailed records of his lectures. Here is not only the content of the lectures, often marked up with notes to himself, but also correspondence about his lectures and travel information.

Series IV: Personal and Family Material

Series IV is comprised of Yerushalmi family papers, including scrapbooks and photographs. This series also includes the papers of Yerushalmi's father, Leon Yerushalmi.

Subseries IV.1: Family

This subseries contains family correspondence going back to the early 1950s. In the collection there are lessons from his father in Hebrew and English, scrap books, and other family mementos.

Subseries IV.2: Personal Academic Records

This subseries contains the many awards that he received over his long academic career. It also contains honorary degrees, an account of his experience with psychoanalysis, and some records from his time as a rabbi.

Series V: Correspondence, 1963-2007

Series V is comprised of Yerushalmi's correspondence. The bulk of the series is comprised of professional correspondence including correspondence from Yerushalmi's time as the President of the Leo Baeck Institute and his work with the Jewish Publication Society. The majority of the correspondence is related to his academic career and activities.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Correspondence between Yerushalmi and Ophra Yerushalmi, Ariel Yerushalmi, and David Meyers will be closed until 2039. Letters of recommendation adn correspondence with Sylvie Anne Goldberg will be closed until 2087.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Yosef Yerushalmi Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 2012 Jacob Goldwasser

Finding aid written 05/24/2013 Jacob Goldwasser

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion May 30, 2013 Finding aid written in English.
    2013-05-30 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuscripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Columbia University.--Center for Israel and Jewish Studies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jewish Publication Society.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Judaism--History and Criticism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Leo Baeck Insitutute.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Psychoanalysis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Psychology, Religious.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim, 1932-2009.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Yosef Yerushalmi, born Joseph Erushalmi, was born May 20, 1932 in Bronx, New York. His father was a Hebrew teacher and scholar.

Yerushalmi received his bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University in 1953 before attending the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a rabbi in 1957 and earned his doctorate from Columbia University in 1966. He began his scholarly career at Rutgers, then became a professor of Hebrew and Jewish history at Harvard. He left Harvard in 1980 to return to Columbia as the Salo Baron Professor of Jewish History, a position he held until 2008. He was the Director for Columbia's Center for Israel and Jewish Studies and acted as the director of the Leo Baeck Institute in New York City.

Yerushalmi married concert pianist Ophra Yerushalmi in 1959 and the couple had one son, Ariel. Yerushalmi died of emphysema in 2009 at the age of 77.

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