Velikovsky, Immanuel, 1895-1979.


Immanuel Velikovsky Papers


1920-1996 (mostly 1930-1979)


67 linear feet, 162 archival boxes

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This collection is stored at Firestone Library, Firestone Library and ReCAP.

This collection is primarily stored onsite at Firestone Library. Box 68 is stored in special vault facilities. Boxes 157 and 160-162 are housed at ReCAP.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .


Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA

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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.