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MS Am 2083

Sabsay, Nahum, 1890-. Nahum Sabsay papers, 1924-1969: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2083
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sabsay, Nahum, 1890-.
Title: Nahum Sabsay papers,
Date(s): 1924-1969.
Quantity: 1 collection (2.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Harvard graduate and author, Nahum Sabsay, with libraries and publishers, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, and one photograph.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

87M-115. Bequest of: Elizabeth K. Sabsay; received: 1987.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Nahum Sabsay Papers, 1924-1969 (MS Am 2083). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Simferopol on the Russian Crimean peninsula, Nahum Sabsay served in the Russian and Belgian armies in World War I. Fleeing the Red Army as commander of a Jewish self-defense unit, he traveled across Siberia and arrived in the U.S. in 1918. He entered Harvard to study mining engineering and graduated in 1923. He settled in California, worked as a tool and die and instrument maker, and mastered English while writing novels, short stories, and essays, which he and his wife, Elizabeth K. Sabsay, worked to get published. Sabsay died in 1965.


Arranged in three series:

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Sabsay's writing career with which his wife was also very involved. Includes correspondence with libraries and publishers, typescript copies of published and unpublished works (many with annotations by Elizabeth K. Sabsay), and one photograph.
Correspondents include Miriam Allen De Ford, Maxwell E. Perkins, Bliss Perry, and Paul Stassevitch. Typescripts include Sabsay's works: America, The death of fear, The lure, One night in November, and his short stories.

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