Summary


Overview

Creator:

Velikovsky, Immanuel, 1895-1979.

Title:

Immanuel Velikovsky Papers

Dates:

1920-1996 (bulk: 1930-1979) (mostly 1930-1979)

Size:

67.0 linear feet, 152 archival boxes, 2 document boxes, 2 oversize flat boxes, 2 record center cartons

Call number:

C0968

Storage note:

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 .

Location:

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

Language(s) of material:

English.


Abstract

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.