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Amram Scheinfeld papers, 1915-1975

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1122
Bib ID 4079305 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Scheinfeld, Amram, 1897-1979
Title Amram Scheinfeld papers, 1915-1975
Physical Description 24 linear feet (32 boxes 10 oversize pkgs)
Language(s) English .

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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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.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Amram Scheinfeld papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

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

Processing Information

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).

Revision Description

June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorabilia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calderone, Mary Steichen, 1904-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cartoonists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Celler, Emanuel, 1888-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Comic books, strips, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genetics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heredity, Human Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human biology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human biology -- Social aspects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kinsey, Alfred C (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lerner, Max, 1902-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Montagu, Ashley, 1905-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Podhoretz, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reproduction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schuster, M. Lincoln (Max Lincoln), 1897-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sex Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stout, Rex, 1886-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Young, Chic, 1901-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Ames, Winthrop

Box 1 Behram, S.N.

Box 1 Bliven, Bruce

Box 1 Burgess, Ernest Watson

Box 1 Calderone, Mary S.

Box 1 Celler, Emanuel

Box 1 Dreyfuss, Henry

Box 1 Ernst, Morris L.

Box 1 Holmes, John Haynes

Box 1 Lerner, Max

Box 1 Montagu, Ashley

Box 1 Podhoretz, Norman

Box 1 Schuster, M. Lincoln

Box 1 Seldes, George

Box 1 Steig, William (drawing)

Box 1 Stout, Rex

Box 1 Vanderbilt, Amy

Box 1 Young, Chic

Series II: Manuscripts

Box 1 The new your and heredity

Box 2 The new your and heredity

Box 3 Postscript to Wendy

Box 4 Women and men

Box 5 Women and men

Box 6 Why you are you

Box 7 You and heredity

Oversize Box 1 You and heredity

Box 8 Printed books by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 9 Uncataloged Correspondence, Transcripts of interviews on radio and television

Box 10 Articles & stories

Box 10 Autobiography

Box 10 Chromosome. (play)

Box 10 The drama of heredity

Box 10 Heredity… (and oversize)

Box 10 Jewish achievement (lecture)

Box 10 The minds of men and women

Box 11 Quotations

Box 11 Sanna and the crying animals

Box 11 There's a better world a'comin' (song)

Box 11 Why you are you

Box 11 Women and men (& oversize scrapbook)

Box 11 You and heredity (& oversize scrapbook)

Box 11 Your heredity and environment

Series III: Cartoons and drawings

Box 12 Cartoons and drawings

Box 13 Cartoons and drawings

Box 14 Cartoons and drawings

Oversize Box 1 Cartoons and drawings

Series IV: Periodical articles (manuscript and printed)

Box 15 Periodical articles; high school memorabilia

Box 16 Periodical articles

Box 17 Periodical articles; high school memorabilia

Box 18 Periodical articles

Oversize Box 1 Periodical articles (printed)

Series V: Subject Files

Box 19 Baltimore newspaper union & photographs (& oversize)

Box 19 Bar Harbor Conference on Genetics and Social Behavior, 1946

Box 19 Beach, Frank A.: Committee for Research in Problems of Sex

Box 19 Biography

Box 19 Center for Human Development

Box 19 Garai, Josef E.: Sex differences in mental and behavioral: traits

Box 19 Hitler letterhead

Box 19 Male-Female books

Box 19 Mead, Margaret Studies

Box 20 Professional journals - instructions

Box 20 Readings

Box 20 Science magazine & "Science looks at women's lib; how far can it go?" by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 20 Sex studies

Box 20 Social sciences

Box 20 Stone, Abraham

Box 20 Studies - child rearing

Box 20 Studies - social-psychological

Box 20 "A study shows --" by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 20 Television interview of A. Scheinfeld - KOCE-TV

Box 20 The University of Wisconsin, 1918

Box 21 Kinsey Reports

Box 22 Twins

Box 23 Twins

Series VI: Books by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 24 Books by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 25 Books by Amram Scheinfeld

Box 26 Books by Amram Scheinfeld

Series VII: Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, printed copies, etc.

Box 27 A – B

Box 27 Abelard-Schuman Ltd.

Box 27 "The Amram Scheinfeld Song Book", with printed copy

Box 27 Association Press

Box 27 "Barney Google" and "Mademoiselle" Life among the great early comic strippers [by A. Scheinfeld], manuscript

Box 27 "The basic facts of human heredity" [by A. Scheinfeld] -German translation

Box 27 C – D

Box 27 Chatto & Windus, Ltd Publishers (London)

Box 27 "Comis strips and chromosomes" [by A. Scheinfeld]

Box 27 Copyright

Box 27 Cosmopolitan magazine (with manuscript)

Box 27 Curtis Brown Ltd. (London)

Box 27 "Dr. Sophie's private zoo" [by A.S.], manuscript & photostats

Box 27 E – F

Box 27 Encyclopedia Britannica

Box 28 G – H

Box 28 "Getting back to earth" a one act farce [by A.S.], manuscript, 1915

Box 28 Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.

Box 28 Harper & Brothers Publishers

Box 28 "Heredity in humans" [by A.S]

Box 28 "The human heredity handbook" [by A.S.]

Box 28 King Features – cartoons

Box 28 J.B. Lippincott Company Publishers

Box 28A "Looking into people" [by A.S.]-Cosmopolitan magazine column

Box 29 M

Box 29 McGraw-Hill Book Company - Sound Seminars/Behavioral Science Associates(Cincinnati), with manuscript

Box 29 "A new look at heredity and environment" [by A.S.], manuscript of lecture

Box 29 "The new you and heredity" [by A.S.]

Box 29 P

Box 29 Pan Books Ltd (London), with manuscript

Box 29 Paperback editions

Box 29 Promotion ideas

Box 29 R – S

Box 29 Reprints

Box 29 Paul R. Reynolds, Inc.

Box 29 Royalties

Box 29 Subsidiary rights

Box 29 Sunday Express (London)

Box 29 Swan, Oliver G. - literary agent

Box 30 Twins

Box 30 W

Box 30 "Why you are you" [by A.S.]

Box 31 "Women and men" [by A.S.], with manuscript

Box 31 "Women can't have everything" [by A.S.], manuscript

Box 31 "You and heredity" [by A.S.]

Box 31 "Your heredity and environment" [by A.S.]