Collection ID: C381
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Summary

Creator:
Fiszman, Samuel.
Abstract:
Samuel Fiszman was a professor in the Indiana University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures from 1970 until 1985. His research interests focused on Polish and Russian literature. The collection consists of teaching materials and publications, as well as correspondence related to these endeavors.
Extent:
3 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Language:
Materials are in Polish , Russian , and English .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Samuel Fiszman papers, Collection C381, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

Background

Scope and Content:

The papers of Samuel Fiszman are organized into four series: Correspondence, Professional, Publications and Teaching files. A large portion of this collection is in Polish and some Russian.

The Correspondence series (1967-2001) is arranged chronologically and includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from academic colleagues, Fiszman's students studying abroad, as well as personal friends from Poland and Russia. .

The Professional files series (1980-1998) is arranged chronologically and includes materials concerning the organization of conferences relating to The Polish Renaissance in its European Context, the Bicentennial of the Polish Constitution, Slavic Literature, the 200th anniversary of Adam Mickiewicz's birthday, and Fiszman's retirement announcement. Also included is correspondence with contributors relating to work on The Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature.

The Publications series (1945-1990) consists of two sub-series: Adam Mickiewicz (1984-1987, undated) and General (1945-1990). Arranged chronologically, the Adam Mickiewicz sub-series includes four drafts of a book manuscript (undated) concerning Russian poet Adam Mickiewicz with accompanying bibliographic, archival materials and a collection of notebooks containing research notes. The General sub-series which is arranged alphabetically contains materials relating to The Polish Renaissance in its European Context and Jan Kochanowski which were both published as a result of a conference entitled "The Polish Renaissance in its European Context." Other papers from the conference can also be found in this series, as well as various other essays and numerous files of unidentified research notes.

The Teaching series spans the years from 1971-1997, is arranged alphabetically and consists of student papers, exam questions and course outlines.

Biographical / Historical:

Born on October 15, 1914 in Radom, Poland, Samuel Fiszman attended Warsaw University, where he studied German, and the Lwowski Instytut Politechniczny for the study of agriculture. He received a diploma from the Lwowski Instytut Politechniczny in 1940. Upon the Nazi invasion of Poland, Fiszman fled to Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied at Saratov University. After the war Fiszman acquired a clerical job with the Polish Embassy in Moscow that enabled him to continue his research on Russian-Polish literature at the Lenin Library and to publish several scholarly works on Poland.

Fiszman returned to Poland in 1950, where he was appointed associate director of the Slavic Department in the Polish Academy of Sciences and head of the Department of Russian Literature at Warsaw University. One of the many Jewish professors dismissed from Polish universities in 1968, Fiszman joined the faculty in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University in 1970 as a dual specialist in Polish and Russian literatures.

A prolific author, Fiszman published numerous books and articles, writing extensively on Adam Mickiewicz and Alexander Pushkin. In 1982, Fiszman organized a conference on "The Polish Renaissance in its European Context" and in 1991 a conference on "Constitution Reform in Eighteenth-Century Poland." The conferences concluded with the compilation and publication of the papers presented in The Polish Renaissance in its European Context and Jan Kochanowski and Constitution and Reform in Eighteen-Century Poland, both edited by Fiszman. Fiszman retired in 1985 with the title Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures. He died on December 13, 1999.

Acquisition information:
Accession Information: 2001/055, 2012/153
Custodial history:

Transfer from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 2001 and 2012.

Processing information:

Processed by Crystal Matjasic in 2010 and Cynthia Pemberton in 2013

Arrangement:

Collection is organized into four series: Correspondence, Professional, Publications and Teaching files.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

One folder containing student recommendations has been restricted, and the names on student papers have been redacted.

Advance notice required for access to the collection.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

The donor(s) of this collection have not transferred their copyrights for the materials to the Trustees of Indiana University. For more information, please contact the Indiana University Archives staff.

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PREFERRED CITATION:

[Item], Samuel Fiszman papers, Collection C381, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000, United States
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
812-855-1127
archives@indiana.edu