This collection of Singer material was received at the Ransom Center, together with
large shipment of books, from Gordon Weel, former regional manager of Doubleday
friend of Isaac Bashevis Singer and his wife Alma. While serving as the I. B.
Coordinator at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries at Boca Raton, Weel worked
on acquisition and bibliographic projects related to Singer. He corresponded with
publishers, family members, and associates of Singer, and collected a wide array
books and materials related to Singer.
The papers are arranged in three Series: I. Singer Works; II. Correspondence,
1979-2004; and III. Singer-Related and Other Files.
The short works in Series I. include articles, essays, forewords, lectures, and short
stories, such as galleys for "The Admirer," and typescripts for "Bathsheba: A
Memory" and "Yiddish, the Language of Exile." Published works in various
publications, 1953-2003, are also present, including Du, Encounter, The
New Yorker, Nimrod, The Pakn Treger, The Paris
Review, Partisan Review, and The Tel Aviv Review.
The correspondence in Series II, arranged chronologically (1979-2004) and by subject,
primarily reflects Weel's acquisition and bibliographic activities, especially
the 1990s, not only for I. B. Singer but also for Singer's brother and sister,
Israel Joshua Singer and Esther Singer Kreitman (also known as Ester Kreytman).
Additional family correspondence exists for Alma Singer, Israel Zamir, and Joe
Series III, Singer-Related and Other Files, provides numerous articles about Singer
as well as a wide range of bibliographic information. Also present are several
Singer book contracts and dust jackets for books by and about Singer, items related
to his Nobel Prize and Singer-related events, and photographs. Weel's lengthy
checklist of Singer editions and other writings on Singer conclude this series.