||Because the Isaac Bashevis Singer
papers received from Robert Giroux and his publishing firm, Farrar, Straus
& Giroux, are similar to those found in the Ransom Center’s primary Singer
archive, they are arranged in the same manner. The collection has been arranged
in seven series: I. Works by Singer (1925-97), II. Correspondence (1979,
1982-94), III. Financial and Legal Papers (1984-85), IV. Photographs (1960-80),
V. Personal Files (1978-87), VI. Works about Singer and His Work (1977-97), and
VII. Works by Other Authors (1984).
||Among Singer’s works are photocopy tearsheets from some of his
earliest short stories,
"In Old Age,"
"In the World of Chaos,"
"The Way Back," and
"Remnants." Also present are
handwritten manuscripts and corrected typescripts of other short stories, many
with additional corrections by Dvorah Menashe Telushkin and other translators.
Jewish Daily Forward serialization
clippings include those of
Shadows on the Hudson. Playscripts of
Play for the Devil (based on the short
Shlemeil the First, and
Teibele and Her Demon are present, along
with some programs and other production material. Review clippings of many
works may also be found in the works series, which is arranged alphabetically
by English title.
||Correspondence consists mainly of fan mail and requests for lecture
appearances, although letters from translators Marie-Pierre Bay and Mirra
Ginsburg, publishers, and others are also present. Financial and legal papers
are limited to contracts with Centre Saidye Bronfman and the Festival
International de la Culture Juive. Photographs of Robert Giroux with Singer,
Rachel MacKenzie, and Singer’s son Israel Zamir date from 1960 and 1978;
additionally, Polish subjects include reprints of early 20th century
photographs of Singer’s brother Israel Joshua Singer, staff, and residents at
children’s home. Clippings about Singer’s receipt of the Nobel Prize are filed
with other award material and a brochure for a YIVO exhibition on Singer in
Personal Files. Among works about Singer and his work are clippings of various
articles about Singer from 1978 until 1997; clippings of interviews; a
transcript from an interview with an unidentified person, and reviews and
tearsheets of works about Singer. Tearsheets of works by Arthur J. Magida and
Kurt Vonnegut are housed in the final series, Works by Other Authors.