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


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, Judaism in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and the Zionist movement. Correspondents include Marcus Jastrow and Henrietta Szold.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Joseph Jastrow papers
1875-1961 and undated
Jastrow, Joseph, 1863-1944
5.5 Linear Feet, 11 boxes, 1,009 items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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; Judaism in Baltimore, Maryland, and Madison, Wisconsin; and the Zionist movement.

Also included are photographs of the Szold and Jastrow families; manuscripts of his lectures, speeches, prose and poetry; the 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.

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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, undated
(5 folders)
Box 9
Photographs, undated
(16 folders)
Box 10
Photographs (negatives), miscellaneous papers, undated
(13 folders)
Material Details

Box contains glass negatives

Box 11

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

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