Immanuel Velikovsky Papers
1920-1996 (bulk: 1930-1979) (mostly 1930-1979)
67.0 linear feet, 152 archival boxes, 2 document boxes, 2 oversize flat
boxes, 2 record center cartons
This collection is stored at Firestone Library and Firestone Library.
This collection is stored onsite at Firestone Library. Box 68 is
stored in special vault facilities.
Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room
Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare
Books and Special Collections
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
The collection consists of manuscripts, writings, correspondence (both
personal and professional), photographs, works of others, microfilm, printed
material, and film reels, spanning more than 50 years, concerning Velikovsky's
controversial ideas, the books that he wrote, and the history of opposition and
criticism from the academic community that he received following the publication of
his first book, Worlds in Collision, in 1950. Colleges
and universities threatened to boycott the textbook division of the publisher,
Macmillan & Co., which led to the transfer of the publishing rights to Doubleday
& Co., even though the book had reached the number one spot on the best-sellers
list. The book was eventually banned from a number of academic institutions, and
several people lost their jobs because of it.