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At a Glance
This collection consists from letters between linguist Roman Jacobson and Professor Ernest Simmons.
Correspondence of linguist Roman Jakobson with Professor Ernest Simmons of Columbia University's Department of Slavic Languages. The letters discuss Jakobson's years as a teacher at Columbia University, and Slavic studies in the United States.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Columbia University, Department of Slavic Languages via Robert Maguire, 1987.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed ejs 08/--/87.
History / Biographical Note
Roman Jacobson (1896-1982) was a leading figure of the Moscow Linguistic Circle. In 1920, he relocated to Prague and became one of the founders of the "Prague school of linguistic theory". He worked at Harvard University from 1949 until 1960s. In his last decade he maintained an office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was an honorary Professor Emeritus.
Ernest J. Simmons, Professor of Russian Literature and Chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University from 1946 until 1959. His most famous book is the definitive biography "Leo Tolstoy".