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Guide to the Joseph Jastrow papers, 1875-1961 and undated

Summary

Collection contains correspondence; lectures, speeches, prose, and poetry; published articles; book reviews; photographs and negatives; a scrapbook; and newspaper clippings. Subjects include the Jastrow family of Philadelphia and the Szold family of Baltimore, early psychology and psychophysics, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Jewish society and Judaism in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the Zionist movement. Correspondents include his father, Talmudic scholar Marcus Jastrow, and sister-in-law and U.S. Zionist movement leader, Henrietta Szold. Papers also include information on Joseph Jastrow's adopted son, Benjamin (Benno) Jastrow; a typed memoir, circa 1920, by Benno's biological father contains a moving account of the tragic outcome of the Spanish influenza epidemic (1918-1919), which led to the adoption of the infant Benno by the Jastrow family. Glass plates in the collection contain charts of symbols which may be results of experiments in involuntary hand movements, traced by his invention, the "automograph."

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10121
Title
Joseph Jastrow papers
Date
1875-1961 and undated
Creator
Jastrow, Joseph, 1863-1944
Extent
6.5 Linear Feet, 12 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains the papers of Joseph Jastrow (1863-1944), a scholar and writer pioneering in the field of psychology, most of his career spent at the University of Wisconsin. It includes correspondence of Jastrow and his wife, Rachel (Szold) Jastrow, with their families, principally concerning family matters, but with references to affairs of the University of Wisconsin; Judaism in Baltimore, Maryland, and Madison, Wisconsin; and the Zionist movement.

Also included are photographs of the Szold and Jastrow families, and a set of glass plate negatives with charts of symbols, perhaps showing the results of experiments in involuntary hand movements, traced by his invention, the "automograph." psychology experiments.

There are manuscripts of Jastrow's lectures, speeches, prose and poetry; galley proofs of several articles; a diary kept during a vacation in Spain; a scrapbook containing copies of his articles and book reviews; a compilation of his early writings; copies of his articles in pamphlet form; and newspaper clippings.

Personal papers also include information on Joseph Jastrow's adopted son, Benjamin (Benno) Jastrow; a typed memoir, circa 1920, by Benno's biological father contains a moving account of the tragic outcome of the Spanish influenza epidemic (1918-1919), which led to the adoption of the infant Benno by the Jastrow family.

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[Identification of item], Joseph Jastrow Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1875-1889
(2 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1890-1894
(2 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1895-1908
(2 folders)
Box 3
Letters, 1909-1945 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 4
Volumes, undated
Box 5
Volumes, undated
Box 6
Scrapbook, 1887-1907
Box 7
Printed material, undated
(1 folder)
Box 8
Photographs, chiefly 20th century
(5 folders)
Box 9
Photographs, chiefly 20th century
(16 folders)
Box 10
Family-related papers and printed material, circa 1920-1960s
Material Details

Includes memorabilia regarding Jastrow's sister-in-law, Henrietta Szold, and his son, Benjamin (Benno) Jastrow, who was adopted by Joseph Jastrow and his wife. A typed memoir by Benno's biological father, several pages long, gives a moving account of his family's struggle to overcome the consequences of the Spanish Influenza epidemic, in which his wife died, and the adoption of the infant Benno by the Jastrows.

Box 11
Glass plate negatives, 1890s?
(10 plates)

Glass plates have been housed in sink mats.

Original negative glas plates are closed to general use; viewing copies may need to be made for access to content. Direct access only by permission of Rubenstein Library staff. Please contact the library before coming to use this material.

Box 12
 

Historical Note

Polish-born Joseph Jastrow (1863-1944), was a psychologist and professor at the University of Wisconsin. He was one of the founding members of the American Society for Psychical Research, and was a pioneer in the field of psychology, specializing in optical illusions, the psychology of the blind, and parapsychology, and brought his research to public attention through lectures and popular culture magazines. He was married to Rachel (Szold) Jastrow.


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Provenance

The Joseph Jastrow Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1959.

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