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Selectively cataloged; remainder arranged. Collection is arranged in 7 series.
Manuscripts, proofs, and printed editions of Scheinfeld's books on human heredity, YOU AND HEREDITY, WOMEN AND MEN, and THE NEW YOU AND HEREDITY. Sketches and line drawings used as illustrations in the books are included. Also, manuscripts and clippings of his magazine articles; many examples of his comic strips, including "Dixie Dugan;" and correspondence and financial documents about his works.
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The following boxes are located off-site: 2-31. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Amram Scheinfeld papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Amram Scheinfeld Papers, 1891-1961, Collection 390. Local History Manuscript Collections, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.
This is a tricky collection, with kind of a split personality. We have it because Scheinfeld write books on heredity which led to a teaching gig at Teachers College, but before he started on that path, he was a professional cartoonist, and the comics content in the collection is extensive and unprocessed (and poorly housed).
June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Amram Scheinfeld was born in 1897, Louisville, Kentucky. In 1901, He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his family. Graduated from high school in 1914, he began working as a cartoonist and a journalist for several Milwaukee newspapers such as Milwaukee Free Press, Wisconsin News, and Baltimore-area newspapers. He later moved to New York City and grew interest in genetics from his work in journalism. Scheinfeld took classes at the University of Wisconsin, the New School, New York University and at academies in Paris. Scheinfeld authored the column "Looking into People" in the Cosmopolitan from 1951 to 1965. His articles were published in numerous journals, magazines, and newsletter publications including Collier's, Reader's Digest, Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, and Ladies' Home Journal. He also published a number of works on human genetics and heredity: You and Heredity (1939), Women and Men (1944), The New You and Heredity (1950), The Human Heredity Handbook (1956), Why You Are You (1958, revised 1970), Postscript to Wendy (1959), Basic Facts of Human Heredity (1961), Your Heredity and Environment (1965), Twins and Supertwins (1967), Heredity in Humans (1972), and so on. Scheinfeld died in 1979, New York.