Samuel Fiszman papers, 1971-1984C381

A Guide to his Papers at the Indiana University Archives

Finding aid created by: Finding aid prepared by Crystal Matjasic (2010) and Cynthia Pemberton (2013).

Creator Fiszman, Samuel.
Title: Samuel Fiszman papers
Dates: 1945-20011970-1999
Quantity: 3 cubic feet3 boxes
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.
Language: Materials are in Polish, Russian, and English.
Repository: Indiana University Archives

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.


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.

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Subject Headings


Fiszman, Samuel --Archives.
Fiszman, Samuel --Correspondence.

Corporate Bodies

Indiana University, Bloomington. Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures --Faculty --Archives.


Polish literature --Study and teaching (Higher) --Indiana --Bloomington.
Russian literature --Study and teaching (Higher) --Indiana --Bloomington.

Administrative Information


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

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Accession Information: 2001/055, 2012/153

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Matjasic in 2010 and Cynthia Pemberton in 2013

Table of Contents

Correspondence 1967-2001undated

Professional files 1980-1998undated

Publications and Research 1945-1990undated

Teaching 1971-1997undated

Correspondence 1967-2001 undated
Box 1 Undated
Box 1 1969
Box 1 1970
Box 1 1971
Box 1 1972
Box 1 1973
Box 1 1974
Box 1 1980
Box 1 1982
Box 1 1983
Box 1 1984
Box 1 1985
Box 1 1986
Box 1 1987
Box 1 1997
Box 1 1970-1990
Box 1 1970-1998
Box 1 1971-1991
Box 1 1974-1975
Box 1 1974-2000
Box 1 1977-1981
Box 1 1977-1998
Box 1 1977-1999
Box 1 1979-2000
Box 1 1980-1999
Box 1 1981-1999
Box 1 1982-1999
Box 1 1983-1999
Box 1 1984-1994
Box 1 1985-1990
Box 1 1986-2000
Box 1 1989-1994
Box 1 1991-1999
Box 1 1992-1997
Box 1 1993-1995 (2 folders)
Box 1 1993-1999
Box 1 1994-1995
Box 1 1995-2000
Box 1 1998-1999
Box 1 Greeting cards
Box 1 1971-1978
Box 1 1981-1988
Box 1 Personal
Box 1 Sir Cecil Parrot/Esther Simpson 1970-1988
Box 1 Andrzej Walicki 1978-1998
Box 1 Czeslaw Milosz 1980-2001
Box 1 Post cards
Box 1 Undated
Box 1 1967-1975
Box 1 1981-1988
Professional files 1980-1998 undated
Box 1 Adam Mickiewicz Conference 1998
Box 1 American Institute of Polish Culture 1989-1998
Box 1 Bicentennial of the Polish Constitution Conference 1991
Box 1 Essays undated
Box 1 Polish Renaissance in its European Context Conference 1980-1982
Box 1 Professor Xawery Dunikowski and Book 1994
Box 1 Retirement Announcement 1985
Box 1 Slavic Literature Conference 1980-1994
Publications and Research 1945-1990 undated
General 1945-1948 undated
Box 2 Adam Mickiewicz clipping undated
Box 2 Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature
Box 2 1973-1979
Box 2 1974-1980
Box 2 Undated
Box 2 Columbia Dictionary of Modern European Literature
Box 2 Undated (7 folders)
Box 2 1971
Box 2 1972-1973
Box 2 1973
Box 2 1975
Box 2 1977
Box 2 1978
Box 2 1979
Box 2 1980
Box 2 1981
Box 2 1982
Box 2 1986-1987
Box 2 1990
Box 2 Kurier Codzienny undated
Box 2 NoweWidnokregi 1945
Box 2 Odrodzenie
Box 2 1947
Box 2 1948
Adam Mickiewicz Manuscript Drafts and Research Materials 1984-1987 undated
Box 2 Adam Mickiewicz book project unidentified notes undated
Box 2 Adam Mickiewicz manuscript draft
Box 2 Version 2 (?) undated (9 folders)
Box 2 Version 3 (?) undated (8 folders)
Box 2 Version 4 (?) undated (5 folders)
Box 3 Version 1 (?) undated (4 folders)
Box 3 Archival materials undated
Box 3 Bibliographic and archival materials undated
Box 3 Literary Award for book 1992
Box 3 Mickiewicz i Puskin 1987 undated
Box 3 Miscellaneous Chapters undated
Box 3 Miscellaneous Notes undated
Box 3 Notebooks relating to Mickiewicz manuscript undated
Box 3 On the Function of Landscape Motif in Puskin's 'Poaslo dnevnoe svetilo,' undated
Box 3 The Polish Renaissance in its European Context and Jan Kochanowski
Box 3 Collected Conference Papers 1984 undated
Box 3 Images undated
Box 3 Information about the Volume undated
Box 3 Miscellaneous Notes undated
Box 3 Table of Contents and Forward undated
Box 3 Primary sources for Mickiewicz manuscript undated (4 folders)
Box 3 Russian Literature research undated
Box 3 Some Remarks about Russian Letters in France before Vogue in the Light of Merimee's
Teaching 1971-1997 undated
Box 3 Old Russian Literature 1975
Box 3 Polish Culture 1976
Box 3 Polish Literature 1975-1980
Box 3 R563 1981-1982
Box 3 Russian Romanticism 1971-1974
Box 3 Survey of Polish Literature 1980 undated
Box 3 Students 1971-1997
Conditions Governing Access
Box 3 Student Papers 1971-1979