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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Potok, Chaim
Chaim Potok papers
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Ms. Coll. 730
233 boxes
Language note:
Materials primarily in English, with some correspondence and writings in Hebrew, French, and German.
The papers document the literary career, professional endeavors, rabbinical work, and personal life of 20th-century writer Chaim Potok. The collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, writings, lectures, sermons, research, drawings, promotional material, contracts, memorabilia, and letters from admirers. Potok’s writing process can be traced from conception to publication: from notebooks for ideas, outlines, hand-written drafts, and annotated typescripts and galleys. Some works took on many forms and required several collaborations: one example, The Chosen, his first novel, published in 1967, was adapted into a film, a musical, and a play. There are over 1500 correspondents, including colleagues, family members, and friends. Potok’s working and social relationships are demonstrated in letters with his editor, Robert Gottlieb, and with scholars such as Jonas C. Greenfield, Moshe Greenberg, and Nahum M. Sarna. Other correspondents include writers Elie Wiesel, Saul Bellow, and Cynthia Ozick. The papers record aspects of Potok’s life with his family while living in Israel from 1973 to 1977. Also preserved is his detailed correspondence with the Slepak family for his study of the refusniks, resulting in the publication of  The Gates of November in 1996. Further displaying his multi-faceted life and career are drawings and children’s books.
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Herman Harold Potok (Hebrew name Chaim Tzvi) is born 17 February, the eldest of four children, to Benjamin Max Potok and Mollie Friedman Potok, both Polish immigrants, practicing Orthodox Jewish faith of Hasidism. Potok attended Orthodox Jewish schools. They lived in the Bronx, New York.


At age of ten Potok displays a talent for drawing and painting. He is discouraged from pursuing this path by his father and teachers. Instead, he is encouraged to follow a scholarly course of study at the Yeshiva schools in the Bronx, focusing on the Talmud.


While attending Talmudic Academy High School of Yeshiva University in Washington Heights in Manhattan, Potok reads Evelyn Waugh’s  Brideshead Revisited. This work influences him to become a writer and gives him a new outlet for his creativity.


Potok studies liberal arts and theology at Yeshiva University. He publishes both fiction and non-fiction in college publications and is literary editor of the year book. He receives a B.A.  summa cum laude in English literature, abandons Orthodox Judaism, and enrolls in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Conservative Jewry’s Teachers Institute and Rabbinical School.


While attending the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Potok spends summers teaching at Camp Ramah in the Poconos and Connecticut. He rediscovers painting and first meets his future wife Adena Sara Mosevitzky.


Potok graduates from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as an ordained Conservative rabbi. His many accolades include the Bible Prize, Hebrew Literature Prize, and the Homiletics Prize. He becomes the national director of a youth organization of the Conservative movement, called the Leaders Training Fellowship.


Potok volunteers for the chaplaincy in the United States Army serving 15 1/2 months in Korea. He serves with Paul Melacon in a combat medical battalion and an engineers combat battalion, and they become life-long friends. Potok begins his first novel. He receives a deferment.


Potok moves to California to teach at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and becomes director of Camp Ramah, Ojai, California.


On 8 June Potok marries Adena Sara Mosevitzsky (b. 1933), a psychiatric social worker. She becomes Potok’s first reader.


The newly-married couple moves to Philadelphia where Potok enters graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of philosophy. In addition, he is scholar-in-residence at Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia (1959-1962). Potok finishes his first novel about Korea, but it is rejected by publishers for its non-commercial appeal.


Potok submits his novel,  I Am the Clay, to publisher Barthold Fles.


The Potok’s first child, Rena, is born.


Potok travels to Israel to work on his dissertation  The Rationalism and Skepticism of Solomon Maimon. His first short story, “Reflections on a Bronx Street,” is published in the  Reconstructionist.


Potok moves to Brooklyn, New York and takes the position of managing editor with  Conservative Judaism. Two of his stories are published in the journal: “The Cats of 37 Alfasi Street” and “The Mourners of Yehezkel Kaufman”. Another short story, entitled “The Dark Place Inside,” is published in  Dimensions in American Judaism. He joins the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Teachers Institute and writes a pamphlet series on ethics for the Leaders Training Fellowship.


The Potok’s second child, Naama is born. Potok receives a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He takes the position as associate editor of the Jewish Publication Society.


Potok becomes editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society and is appointed to the Bible translation committee. He publishes the essay “Martin Buber and the Jews” in  Commentary. Potok completes the revisions of his second novel and works with Simon & Schuster editor Robert Gottlieb on the title for the upcoming publication of  The Chosen.


 The Chosen is published by Simon & Schuster; by October 92,000 copies have been sold. The novel is nominated for the National Book Award and receives the Edward Lewis Wallant Prize.


The Potok’s third child, Akiva, is born.


 The Promise, a sequel to  The Chosen, is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Potok joins his editor Robert Gottlieb, who has left Simon & Schuster, at Alfred A. Knopf. The novel receives the Atheneum Award.


Alfred A. Knopf publishes  My Name Is Asher Lev, and the novel wins the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award. Potok begins exhibiting his paintings.


The Potok family moves to Israel and settles in Jerusalem. The short story, “The Fallen,” is published in  Hadassah.


Potok is appointed as special projects editor for the Jewish Publication Society. He begins to oversee and coordinate with scholars and rabbis, including the Rabbinical Assembly, to prepare a new authorized translation of the Hebrew Bible.


Potok’s third novel,  In the Beginning. is published by Alfred A. Knopf. The essay, “Rebellion and Authority: The Adolescent Discovering the Individual in Modern Literature,” is published in the journal,  Adolescent Psychiatry.


The Potok family moves back to the United States and settles in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburb.


Potok produces his first major non-fiction work, entitled  Wanderings: Chaim Potok’s History of the Jews.


In November an exhibition of Potok’s paintings and coinciding lecture is held at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is entitled “Toward a New Syntax.”


Potok delivers the paper “Culture Confrontations in Urban America: A Writer’s Beginnings” at a Rutgers University conference. The paper is printed in  Literature and the Urban Experience: Essays on the City and Literature. NBC airs the Eternal Light Television interview “Chaim Potok Paints.”


 The Book of Lights is published by Alfred A. Knopf. In April  The Chosen premieres as a major motion picture at Radio City Music Hall.


Potok publishes the following articles: “What Will You Do When April Comes?,”  Moment; “Barbara Streisand and Chaim Potok,”  Esquire; “The Bible’s Inspired Art,”  New York Times Magazine; “Teaching the Holocaust,”  Philadelphia Magazine. The short story “The Gifts of Andrea” is printed in  Seventeen. Artist and writer Mary S. Costanza (1927-2000) organizes an exhibition of Potok’s paintings at the Costanza Art Gallery in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.


Potok takes the position of visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania ; he teaches Philosophy of Literature. The essay, “The Age of Permanent Apocalypse,” is published in the University of Pennsylvania’s  Gazette.


Director Fred Zinnemann collaborates with Potok on a screenplay,  The Dybbuk, based on the play by S. An-Ski.


 Davita’s Harp is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Potok narrates  Chagall’s Journey, an NBC documentary profiling painter Marc Chagall. He teaches literature at Bryn Mawr College. He writes a collection of pamphlets entitled  Ethical Living for the Modern World: Jewish Insights. Potok writes the forward for  From the Corners of the Earth: Contemporary Photographs by Bill Aron. The Jewish Publication Society publishes  Tanakh, the translation of the Hebrew Bible, with Potok as project editor of the decade-long collaboration.


Potok writes the adaptation and collaborates on  The Chosen—The Musical. The biography,  Tobaisse: Artist in Exile, is published by Rizzoli. The short story “Long Distance” appears in  The American Voice.


 The Chosen—The Musical opens 6 January at the 2nd Avenue Theatre in New York.


Potok writes the forward to  The Jews in America, published by Collins.


 The Gift of Asher Lev is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Potok’s seventh novel wins the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. His plays  Out of the Depths, a drama in two acts;  Sins of the Father: The Carnival and  The Gallery premiere in Philadelphia.


Potok writes the introductions to  Tales of Hasidism by Martin Buber and  The Book of Jonah by Ismar David. He writes a screenplay for  My Name is Asher Lev.


 I Am the Clay is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Potok worked on this novel from 1956. His play,  The Play of Lights, premieres in Philadelphia. The 25th anniversary edition of  The Chosen is published. Through the United States Information Agency Potok travels to Japan, Singapore, and Korea.


Potok’s first children’s book entitled  The Tree of Here, illustrated by Tony Auth, is published. He writes the introductions to  Graven Images: Graphic Symbols of the Jewish Gravestone by Arnold Schwartzman and  I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings & Poems, edited by Hana Volavkova. The novella “Het Kanaal” (The Canal) is published in the Netherlands.


 The Sky of Now, a children’s book, is published by Alfred A. Knopf. Potok writes the introduction to  Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism, by Lawrence H. Schiffman. He travels to Germany through United States Information Agency.


Potok writes the introduction to  The Holocaust Museum in Washington by Jeshajahu Weinberg and Rina Elieli. The novella, “The Golem’s Hand,” is published in Italy.


Potok’s study of the refusniks, entitled  The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family, is published. He writes the introduction to  As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg. Potok’s brother Simon dies.


Potok receives the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award.


 Zebra and Other Stories, for young readers, is published by Alfred A. Knopf. A short story from the book entitled “Moon” receives the O. Henry award.


 The Chosen is adapted as a play written by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok. The autobiography,  Isaac Stern: My First 79 Years, which is written by Potok, is published.


Potok receives the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania. He is honored with the Distinguished Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Potok’s last major work,  Old Men at Midnight, containing the novellas “The Ark Builder,” “The War Doctor,” and “The Trope Teacher,” is published by Alfred A. Knopf.


Potok dies 23 July from a brain tumor.

Scope and Contents

The Chaim Potok Papers, spanning the years 1954 to 2002, comprise the documents of the acclaimed Jewish-American writer, rabbi, and scholar. The collection reveals the life, work, and spirituality of this prolific writer and engaging speaker through a wide array of materials. It contains 233 boxes and 6123 folders, housing the correspondence, writings, contracts, reviews, promotional materials, exhibitions, interviews, additional professional materials, photographs, writings by others, and oversize materials. The papers are chiefly in English with some correspondence and writings in Hebrew.

The early years of Potok’s life are sparsely documented. Highlights include some materials on map reading from his chaplaincy army training and records from his teaching positions at several Camp Ramah sites in the 1950s. Further evidence of his time in Korea can be found in the early manuscripts of Potok’s novel I Am the Clay. Pamphlets from his directorship of the Leaders Training Fellowship show Potok’s early writing and commitment to tradition. Brochures and newsletters announcing his early rabbinical appointments are also included in the papers.

One of the largest series pertains to correspondence, showing the professional aspects of Potok’s life and career; some of these letters contain personal notes, but they are chiefly business related. There is small amount of correspondence with Potok’s family for instance, his mother, Mollie Potok; his brother, Simon; and his brother-in-law, Lester Hering. In an intriguing letter from circa 1975, Potok’s brother Simon relays in great detail the surgery performed on his nose as a young boy. Potok used his brother’s recollection of the event in the novel In the Beginning (1975).

The correspondence series also provides an intimate look into the creative process of Potok’s works, illustrated by letters with his editor Robert Gottlieb, discussing titles and themes. Correspondence with friends and colleagues Jonas C. Greenfield, Nahum M. Sarna, and Moshe Greenberg--scholars for the Jewish Publication Society’s Bible translation project under Potok’s adept editorialship--reveal both working and personal relationships. There are also letters from his contemporaries, including Cynthia Ozick and Elie Wiesel. Additionally, within the series is correspondence with foreign and domestic publishers--Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and Bzztôh--a myriad of institutions, universities, synagogues, Jewish organizations, and Israeli officials display the breath of Potok’s interests and influence. Admiration from the famous include notes from Marlene Dietrich and Roald Dahl. Some of the correspondence displays Potok’s meticulous research and attention to detail, as evidenced by his communications with the Slepak family while writing The Gates of November: Chronicles of the Slepak Family. Furthermore, the correspondence records the public’s reaction to Potok’s work and include letters from admirers, children, and teachers. Some letters are personal seeking advice, relaying religious conversions, criticism, clarification, or autograph requests. Potok’s handwritten date on the letter lingers as evidence of his responses to the public.

In general, Potok’s writings are preserved from their inception, tracing and revealing the author’s process and in most cases his research. All of the materials--from annotated outlines to galleys, for each novel, non-fiction work, short story, play, and children’s book--have been organized and housed together based on how the author had kept the documents. The collection reveals that Potok started almost every work in a spiral notebook, handwriting each piece; some of these manuscripts have commentary to himself, editorial changes, character changes, and directions for typists. Potok’s first published novel, The Chosen (1967), launches his recurring theme of culture confrontation, rebellion, and the choices one makes when confronted with or immersed in a new cultural world. The papers bear witness to the author’s profound struggle between being an individual artist and preserving his ancestral Jewish traditions. One of Potok’s many lectures--regarding what he calls core-to-core culture confrontation--addresses the subject metaphorically, “A Bible may not serve as a prop for any other kind of book . . . On top of a novel you can put anything.” This statement succinctly summarizes his dilemma to either follow the path of tradition, being a scholar working with sacred texts or being a writer, individually and artistically expressing oneself with the novel as the vehicle. Researchers are able to follow all of the manifestations of a work by title. For example, the papers contain all the expressions of  The Chosen, this novel was developed as a screenplay for a motion picture, a musical, a 25th anniversary edition, and a stage play. Revealed are collaborative processes from the writer’s novel into all of its manifestations.

The clash of tradition and individual pursuits was encountered by Potok early in life. His first passion as a child was drawing and painting. Although Potok was discouraged in his early childhood from pursuing that path, the collection contains some of his adult drawings. Even though he painted and had exhibitions of his work, the collection does not contain any of his paintings. There are records of Potok’s exhibitions, including sales of some of his works, announcements, and a few photographs. Some examples of Potok’s drawings are preserved in the papers. The exhibition series and portions of the writing series display his enthusiasm for artistic expression. For instance, there are ink drawings that are most likely images from My Name Is Asher Lev and drawings for the research of Korean customs and rituals surrounding rice harvesting and burials.

Although Potok chose to break with the Orthodox tradition of his upbringing, he was a Conservative rabbi and maintained traditional pursuits through the Jewish Publication Society and performing rabbinical services. The papers contain his relationship and editoral work with scholars on the Bible translation project. Potok’s commentary and suggestions on Moshe Greenberg’s portion of the translation from Hebrew is one example of how Potok maintained his path in Judaic scholarship. Potok also remained connected to community and spiritual tradition as evidenced from sermons delivered at various synagogues during the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The papers have both manuscripts and typescripts of his sermons and Potok’s research and references used in his rabbinical life.

Additional series in the Potok Papers exemplify the author’s other writings and the business of selling books. Included are Potok’s many articles, essays, book reviews, and op-ed pieces. Some of these are lacking the draft version. One article--“What Will You Do When April Comes?--was published in the March 1982 issue of Moment; it describes the precarious situation of and Israeli settlement in Yamit, Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula. Preserved are interviews and photographs for the article. Potok’s concern for Israel and its people was deeply rooted; he not only supported the State of Israel, but in 1973 the Potok family moved to Jerusalem living there until 1977. Potok delivered many addresses and lectures, gave sermons, taught several courses at Philadelphia-area colleges including the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. All of these professional, public personas are preserved from hand-written outlines to annotated typescripts. Surprisingly, for a man often in the public spotlight there are few photographs documenting his life. Considered a private man, Potok does give glimpses of his personal life, disclosed in his calendars. One can see how important events in his family are from the notations of the milestones in their lives among the plethora of speaking engagements, travel commitments, and meetings. In addition to these materials are the contracts for novels and speaking engagements, brochures and advertising for appearances and book publicity, and national and international reviews of his work.

The many facets of Chaim Potok’s life and work can be traced from these papers. This collection reveals Chaim Potok, as author, rabbi, scholar, father, and husband. The writer’s struggle to understand worlds and cultures that collided with his own traditions. He was an artist and scholar maintaining both his individual artistic expression through novels and his ancestral traditions. Even though his first love was drawing, Potok remarked in a 1982 interview with Leonard Rubenstein, “Nothing is capable of being understood except through words” (Walden, 46). Potok’s legacy of words is left to researchers as expressed through artistic means, religious, or intellectual by this prolific writer and speaker.

Works Consulted

Abramson, Edward A. Chaim Potok. Boston: Twayne Pulbishers, 1986.

Chaim Potok Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library. University of Pennsylvania.

Kremer, S. Lillian, ed. “Chaim Potok (1929-2002)” in Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work, Vol. II. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Sternlicht, Sanford. Chaim Potok: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Walden, Daniel, ed. Conversations with Chaim Potok. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2001.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2010

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

The bulk of this collection is open for research use; however, access to original audio/visual materials and computer files is restricted. The Kislak Center will provide access to the information on these materials from duplicate master files. If the original does not already have a copy, it will be sent to an outside vendor for copying. Patrons are financially responsible for the cost. The turnaround time from request to delivery of digital items is about two weeks for up to five items and three to seven weeks for more than five items. Please contact Reprographic Services ( for cost estimates and ordering. Once digital items are received, researchers will have access to the files on a dedicated computer in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Researchers should be aware of specifics of copyright law and act accordingly.

Source of Acquisition

Estate of Chaim Potok, 2008.

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For a complete listing of correspondents, do the following title search in Franklin: Chaim Potok Papers.

Collection Inventory

I.  Correspondence, 1956-2002.

A.  General Correspondence, 1956-2002. 29 boxes.


This series comprises all personal and professional correspondence and is arranged alphapetically by correspondent, then chronologically within the correspondent.

Box Folder

Abrams-American Pyramid Company.

1 1-55

American Society-Bar-Zev.

2 56-139


3 140-242

Boochever-Bzztôh Publishers.

4 243-313

Bzztôh Publishers-City University of New York.

5 314-386

Claremont Colleges-Cooper Union.

6 387-485

Cornell College-Egbert.

7 486-570

Eichenbaum-Flatbush Jewish Center.

8 571-663


9 664-760

Golden Monkey Enterprises-Hadassah Magazine.

10 761-836

Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization-Heft.

11 837-900

Heinemann (Firm)-Israel. Lishkat neśi ha-medina.

12 901-988

Israel. Mísrad rosh ha-memshalah-Jewish Students Coalition.

13 989-1076

Jewish Teachers Association (U.S.)-Knopp.

14 1077-1153


15 1154-1258


16 1259-1349

MBI, Inc.-National Council of Teachers of English.

17 1350-1429

National Foundation for Jewish Culture-Ozick.

18 1430-1505

Pacific Union College-Potok.

19 1506-1581


20 1582-1664


21 1665-1760

Schocken Books-Slepak, Leonid.

22 1761-1850

Slepak, Vladimir-Solomon.

23 1851-1880


24 1881-1953

Temple Beth Am-United States Information Agency.

25 1954-2044

United States Information Agency-Walker.

26 2045-2123

Wall-William Morris Agency.

27 2124-2190

William Morris Agency-Yeshiva University High.

28 2191-2259

Yisraeli-Zwi; unknown.

29 2260-2294

B.  Jewish Publication Society, 1970-2002. 2 boxes.


This series is arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Jewish Publication Society.

30 2295-2311

Jewish Publication Society.

31 2312-2319

C.  Correspondence from Admirers, 1967-2002. 18 boxes.


This series is arranged alphabetically by title of work, then alphabetically by correspondent.

Box Folder

Book of Lights-The Chosen.

32 2320-2435

The Chosen.

33 2436-2558

The Chosen.

34 2559-2679

The Chosen.

35 2680-2801

The Chosen-The Chosen/The Promise.

36 2802-2912

The Chosen/The Promise-Davita's Harp.

37 2913-3022

Davita's Harp-In the Beginning.

38 3023-3133

In the Beginning-My Name Is Asher Lev.

39 3134-3243

My Name Is Asher Lev.

40 3244-3356

My Name Is Asher Lev-The Promise.

41 3357-3467

The Promise-Wanderings, Short Stories.

42 3468-3556

General, A-C.

43 3557-3674

General, D-G.

44 3675-3793

General, H-Lep.

45 3794-3907

General, Lev-O.

46 3908-4007

General, P-Si.

47 4008-4124

General, Sk-Z; unknown.

48 4125-4235

Autograph Requests.

49 4236-4348

II.  Writings, 1956-2002.

A.  Major Works, 1956-2002. 106 boxes.

Arrangement and Description

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title of work and includes manuscript drafts, typescripts, galleys, and research. Major works includes novels, novellas, plays, short stories, and children's books.

Box Folder
Book of Lights

Includes ideas, chapter outlines, and manuscript drafts, ca. 1979-1980.

See box 229 for Book of Lights galleys.

50 4349-4360

Book of Lights

Includes manuscript drafts and style sheets, ca. 1980-1981.

51 4361-4367

Book of Lights

Typescript, ca. 1980.


Book of Lights

Typescript with manuscript notes, ca. 1980.


The Bridegroom (Dybbuk)

Includes drafts of script, notes, and research., 1983?-1989.

54 4368-4374

The Bridegroom (Dybbuk)

Script, 1984.


The Canal



The Canal

Outlines, manuscript drafts, typescripts, research.

57 4375-4386

The Carnival

Typescript drafts with manuscript notes.

57 4387-4390

The Carnival

Typescript drafts with ms. notes.

58 4391-4397

Chagall's Journey

Interviews with Pierre Matisse and Sidney Alexander; Screenplay of narration.

58 4398-4401

The Chosen

Manuscript drafts, 1963-ca.1964.

59 4402-4414

The Chosen

Manuscript drafts, editorial notes, outlines, typescript, ca. 1964-1967.

60 4415-4425

The Chosen-film version

Screen treatments, screenplay, production notes, shooting schedule.

60 4426-4431

The Chosen-25th Anniversary Edition

Typescripts of introduction with ms. notes, 1991.

60 4432-4433

The Chosen

Typescript, 1966?.


The Chosen

Typescript, 1966.


The Chosen-Musical

3rd rehearsal draft, 1987.


The Chosen-Musical

Manuscript and typescript drafts I-V, 1986-1987.

64 4434-4444

The Chosen-Musical

Typescript drafts, presentation version, rehearsal drafts 1-3, 1986-1987.

65 4445-4455

The Chosen-Musical

Typescripts of rehearsal drafts 4-5, final; Final; portions, 1987.

66 4456-4466

The Chosen-Musical

Annotated copies of final rehearsal scripts, notes, 1986-1987.

67 4467-4503

The Chosen-Musical

Music and lyrics, promotional presentation, Playbill, 1986-1988.

68 4504-4524

The Chosen-Stage Play

Promotional materials.

68 4525-4526

The Chosen

Miscellaneous screenplay versions.

68 4527-4529

The Chosen-Musical

Rehearsal cassette tapes [RESTRICTED], 1987.


The Chosen-25th Anniversary Edition

Galleys, 1992.


The Chosen-25th Anniversary Edition

Galleys, 1992.


Cry of Stones

Manuscript drafts, between 1960 and 1964.

75 4530-4531
Davita's Harp

Manuscript drafts, ca. 1983.

See box 118 for photocopy of manuscript draft.

75 4532-4534

Davita's Harp

Manuscript drafts, outlines, notes, research with photographs and drawings, ca. 1983-1984.

76 4535-4548

Davita's Harp

Typescript, ca. 1983.


Davita's Harp

Galley, July 1984.


Davita's Harp

Typescript with editor's notes, 1984.


Davita's Harp

Galley, uncorrected proof, 1984.


The Gallery, a play in one act

Manuscript notes.

81 4549

Gates of Life: The Nahum Goldman Museum of the Diaspora

Manuscript drafts, typescripts, research, 1984-ca. 1985.

81 4550-4555

The Gates of November

Chapter outline, ms. transcripts of interviews, notes, 1991?-July 1996.

81 4556-4570

The Gates of November

Notes, photographs, research, 1991?-1995.

81 4571-4579

Gates of LifeTypescript, ca. 1985.


The Gates of November

Research on the Slepak family.


The Gates of November

Typescript, 1995?.


The Gates of November

Annotated typescript, 1995?.


The Gates of November

Typescript: revised ms., 1995.


The Gates of November

Galley, 1st pass, 1996.


The Gates of November

Master galley, 1st pass, 1996.


The Gates of November

Master galley, final pass, 1996.


The Gates of November

Early typescript, 1994 or 1995.


The Gates of November

Page proofs, 1996.


The Gates of November

Galleys, 2nd pass, 1996.


The Gates of November

Corrected 1st pass, 1996.


The Gates of November

Galleys, 1996.


The Gift of Asher Lev

Manuscript drafts, typescript outlines, ca. 1989.

96 4580-4592

The Gift of Asher Lev

Typescript, ca. 1989.


The Gift of Asher Lev

Galleys, 1989.


The Gift of Asher Lev

Master proof, 1989.


The Golem's Hand

Manuscript drafts and script for "History's Mysteries", ca. 1994-1995.

100 4593-4602

I Am the Clay

First manuscript drafts and outlines; drawings, ca. 1956-ca. 1958.

100 4603-4616

I Am the Clay

Notes and research, 1970s.

100 4615-4618

I Am the Clay

Manuscript drafts, outlines, typescript forward to Dutch edition, ca.1990-ca.1991.

100 4619-4624

The Golem's Hand

Typescript, 1995.


I Am the Clay

Typescript, chapters 1-15 revised, ca. 1965.


I Am the Clay

Galleys, 1992.


I Am the Clay

Typescripts, ca. 1963.


I Am the Clay

Typescripts, ca. 1963.


I Am the Clay

Typescripts, ca. 1963.


I Am the Clay

Typescripts, 1991 or 1992.


I Am the Clay

Typescripts, ca. 1963.


I Am the Clay

Typescript, revisions for Dutch edition; research, 1975-ca. 1992.

109 4625-4630

In the Beginning

Manuscript drafts, ca. 1973-1974.

109 4631-4638

In the Beginning

Manuscript drafts, ca. 1974.

110 4639-4648

In the Beginning

Manuscript drafts, notes, research, 1974-1976.

111 4649-4663

In the Beginning

Typscripts, ca. 1974.


In the Beginning

Typescripts, ca. 1975.


"The Jerusalem Song" Manuscript draft, late 1980s.

114 4664

My First 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Transcripts of Potok's interviews with Stern; Manuscript drafts, 1997-ca. 1998.

114 4665-4673

The Locust Years

Typescripts, ca. 1960.


The Locust Years Manuscript draft, ca. 1960.


The Locust Years

Typescript, ca. 1960.

My Fisrt 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Manuscript drafts, research, ca.1998.

See box 221 for rough drafts and galleys

118 4674-4688

My Fisrt 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Original typescript, 1998.


My Fisrt 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Typescript with Stern's 4ditorial notes, 1998.


My Fisrt 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Revised typescript, 1999.


My Name Is Asher Lev

Typescript, ca. 1971.


My Name Is Asher Lev

Manuscript outlines and manuscript drafts, 1970-ca. 1971.

123 4689-4700

My Name Is Asher Lev

Typescript and page proofs, 1971.


My Name Is Asher Lev

Screenplay, 198?.


My Name Is Asher Lev

Manuscript draft, ca. 1971.

126 4701-4704

My Name Is Asher Lev

Stage play version. Typescript drafts.

126 4705-4707

My Name Is Asher Lev

Manuscript drafts, typescript, n.d.; 1992.

126 4708-4712

Old Men at Midnight

"The Ark Builder," Manuscript drafts, typescript drafts, ca. 2000.

126 4713-4716

Old Men at Midnight

"The Ark Builder" Typescripts with ms. notes, ca. 2000-2001.

127 4717-4721

Old Men at Midnight

"The Trope Teacher" Typescripts with ms. notes, ca. 1980s-1996.

127 4722-4727

Old Men at Midnight

"The War Doctor" Partial typescripts with ms. notes, ca. 2000.

127 4728-4734

Old Men at Midnight

"The Ark Builder" Typescript.


Old Men at Midnight

"The War Doctor" Typescript, 2000-2001.


Old Men at Midnight

"The Trope Teacher" Typescripts.


Old Men at Midnight


131 4735-4742

Out of the Depths, a play

Rehearsal version, schedule, publicity, 1990.

131 4743-4748

Prelude: A Watch in the Night

Outline and typescripts with notes, between 1959 and 1962.

132 4749-4751
The Promise

Manuscript drafts, ca. 1968; 1969?.

See box 230 for galleys.

132 4752-4765

The Promise

Outlines, manuscript drafts, ca. 1968.

133 4766-4776

The Promise

Typescript with mansucript notes, ca. 1968.


The Promise

Typescript with manuscript notes, ca. 1968.


The Promise

Typescript with manuscript notes, ca. 1968.


The Promise

Typescript with manuscript notes, ca. 1968.


The Promise

Typescript with editor's notes, ca. 1969.


The Rejected Stone

Typescripts with manuscript notes, ca. 1962.

139 4777-4782

The Room of Me

Outline, 1990s.

139 4783

Sins of the Father

Notes, playbill, 1990.

139 4784

The Sky of Now

Typescripts with manuscript notes, copies of illustrations, ca. 1994-1995.

139 4785-4787

Tobiasse: Artist in Exile

Manuscript draft; typescripts with manuscript notes, ca. 1985.

139 4788-4792

The Tree of Here

Manuscript drafts; typescripts with ms. notes, ca. 1991-1992.

139 4793-4797

The Tree of Here

Mock-up with original illustrations by Tony Auth, 1997.


The Trope Teacher

Typescript for American edition, 1999.

Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Manuscript drafts, ca. 1975-1976.

See oversize materials boxes 216-217; 231-232 for image proofs; see boxes 224-225 for galleys and drafts.

142 4798-4809

Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Manuscript drafts, outlines, research, ca. 1976-1977.

143 4810-4829

Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Bibliographical notes and research, 1975-1976.


Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Typescript, p. 1-295, 1977.


Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Typescript, p. 296-681, 1977.


Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Typescript, p. 1-295 with editor's notes, 1977.


Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Typescript p. 296-584 with editor's notes, 1977.

Short stories by title: B-N.

Following the series description is a list of short stories arranged alphabetically by title. See box 222 for additional short stories.

149 4830-4851
Short stories by title: N-T.

Following the series description is a list of short stories arranged alphabetically by title.

150 4852-4865

Zebra and Other Stories

Typescript with notes and manuscript drafts, ca. 1996-ca. 1998.

150 4866-4868

Zebra and Other Stories

Typescripts with some notes; Incudels "B.B." and "Isabel", 1997.

151 4869-4892

Zebra and Other Stories

Typescripts with notes. Includes "Isabel", "Max", "Moon", "Nava"; research, 1997.

152 4893-4919

Miscellaneous works, notes, and outlines.

153 4920-4938

Miscellaneous manuscript notes.


Drafts for short stories and notes, between 1983-1987.


B.  Articles and Essays, 1963-2002. 2 boxes.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

See boxes 222 and 223 for additional articles.

Box Folder

Manuscript notebook for first drafts, 1988-1989.

156 4939

"The Age of Permanent Apocolypse", June 1983.

156 4940-4941

"And On the Seventh Day ...", September 1967.

156 4942

"... And the Bad News Is", August 1988.

156 4943-4944

"Barbara Streisand and Chaim Potok", October 1982.

156 4945-4946

"The Bible's Inspired Art", 1982.

156 4947-4948

"The Big Book in My Life", 1987.

156 4949

"Chaim Potok Tells About The Promise", 1969.

156 4950

"Confrontation and Liberty", 1991.

156 4951

"A Covenant with the Dead", April 1969.

156 4952

"Culture Confrontation in Urban America: A Writer's Beginnings", 1981.

156 4953

"The Culture Highways We Travel", Summer 1987.

156 4954

"A Day in Dakota County", 1988?.

156 4955

"Dream and Reality: The Path Between", Autumn 1964.

156 4956

"God in Our Time".

156 4957

"A Guide to Jerusalem", 1976.

156 4958

"Happiness and Holiness: Two Aspects of Freedom", 1961.

156 4959

"The High Holidays: A Search for a Soul", 1954.

156 4960

"Images and Enigmas in Agnon: A Writer's View", ca. 1988.

156 4961

"The Invisible Planet", 1962.

156 4962

"Israel at 40: A Reminiscence", 1988.

156 4963

"Jewish Life in Tsarist Russia: A World Rediscovered", ca. 1994.

156 4964

"The Lower Galilee", July 1969.

156 4965

"Maimonides: The Bridge of Reason", 1954.

156 4966

"Man On the Moon, War On Earth", July 1969.

156 4967

"Martin Buber and the Jews", March 1966.

156 4968

"The Mourners of Yehezkel Kaufman", Winter 1964.

156 4969

"Notes from Jerusalem", July 1969.

156 4970-4972

"On Translating the Bible", 197?.

156 4973-4974

"Reflections On a Bronx Street", 1964.

156 4975

"Reply to a Sympathetic Critic", 1976.

156 4976

"Russia and the Jews: Photos of a Turbulent Past", 1988.

156 4977

Singer, Isaac Bashevis.

156 4978

"A Star Is Reborn", 1984.

156 4979

"The State of Jewish Belief", 1966.

157 4980

"Strawberries and Grenades in the Gaza Strip", July 1969.

157 4981

"The Story of David", 1976.

157 4982-4983

"A Subtle Effort to Deconstruct Shtetl", 1994.

157 4984

"Teaching the Holocaust: A Philadelphia First", 1982.

157 4985-4986

"Theo Tobiasse: Artist in Exile"

Excerpt?, 1986.

157 4987

"Two Kinds of Baseball", 1988.

157 4988

"Uncommon Philadelphia", 1984.

157 4989-4990

"The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: The Holocaust as an American Memory", 1993.

157 4991

"What Will You Do When April Comes?"

Includes 23 photographs., 1982.

157 4992-4995

"The World As I Dream It", ca. 1991.

157 4996

"A Worthy Use of Summer", June 1994.

157 4997

Miscellaneous drafts, 1991-?.

157 4998

C.  Book Reviews and Op-Eds, 1970-2002. 1 box.


Book reviews are arranged alphabetically by author. Op-Eds are arranged chronologically.

See box 223 for additional book reviews and op-eds.

Box Folder

Book Reviews

Authors Aksyonov-Yehoshua.

158 4999-5035

Op-Eds, 1984-1995.

158 5036-5051

D.  Lectures and Addresses, 1967-2001. 4 boxes.


This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title of lecture or address, if available, or by location of lecture.

Box Folder


159 5052-5112


160 5113-5173


161 5174-5225

War-Z; untitled.

162 5226-5249

E.  Forwards and Introductions, 1985-2000. 1 box.


Arranged alphabetically by title of work.

Box Folder

As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg

Introduction, 1996.

163 5250

The Book of Jonah by David Ismar

Introduction, 1991.

163 5251

Evil and the Morality of God by Harold M. Schulweis

Preface, 1983.

163 5252

From the Corners of the Earth: Contemporary Photographs by Bill Aron

Introduction, 1985.

163 5253

Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Grave Stone by Arnold Schwartzman

Forward, 1993.

163 5254

Holocaust Museum in Washington by Jeshajahu Weinberg and Rina Elieli

Forward, 1995.

163 5255

The Jews in America by David Cohen

Introduction, 1989.

163 5256

Last Traces: The Lost Age of Auschwitz by Joseph P. Czarnecki

Introduction, 1989.

163 5257

Reclaiming the Dead Sea Scrolls: The History of Judaism by Lawrence H. Schiffman

Forward, 1994.

163 5258

Tales of Hasidism by Martin Buber

Forward, 1991.

163 5259

We the People 200 by Alexander Auerbach

"The Glorious Covenant" by Potok, 1987.

163 5260

F.  Oversized Writings. 1 box.

Arrangement and Description

Arranged alphabetically by title this box of oversized material includes all writings in the previous five sections.

Box Folder

The Gates of November

Includes manuscript research and notes, 1985.

164 5261

I Am the Clay

Early manuscript drafts of Parts I-III; Manuscript notes, ca. 1957-ca. 1960; 1991.

164 5262-5266

My First 79 Years: Isaac Stern

Research, ca. 1996.

164 5267-5268

The Promise

Manuscript outline and structure, 1968?.

164 5269

The Rejected StonePart I, "The Stone"

Manuscript draft, ca. 1962.

164 5270

The Tree of Here

Galleys, April 1992.

164 5271

"A Death in Jerusalem"

Manuscript outline, 1980s?.

164 5272

". . . And the Bad News"

Galleys, 1988.

164 5273

"Barbara Streisand and Chaim Potok"

Galleys, 1982.

164 5274

"Chanukah: The Candle and the Story", December 1954.

164 5275

"A Planet in Exile", 1990.

164 5276

"Truth or Fiction: Metaphor as Value in Modern Literature"

Outline and notes, ca. 1988.

164 5277

Oversize lectures and addresses.

164 5278-5295

G.  Rabbinical Writings/Rabbinical Resource Materials, 1954-1990. 8 boxes.

Box Folder

Rosh Hashanah Sermons, ca. 1970-1988.

165 5296-5313

Yom Kippur Sermons, ca. 1953-1990.

165 5314-5340

Thanksgiving Sermon.

165 5341

Chanukah Sermons, 1963.

165 5342-5343

Passover Sermons, 1988-1989?.

165 5344-5346

Miscellaneous Sermons by title, 1953-1988.

165 5347-5369

Miscellaneous rabbinical research materials.

165 5372-5375

Miscellaneous rabbinical research materials.

166 5376-5401

Prayer services.

165 5370-5371

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Ethics of the Individual" No. 1, 1961-1964.

167 5402-5403

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Human Relations" No. 2, 1961-1962.

167 5404-5408

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Labor" No. 3, 1961-1964.

167 5409-5410

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Management" No. 4, 1961.

167 5411-5413

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Government" No. 5, 1962.

167 5414-5415

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Law" No. 6, 1962.

167 5416-5418

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

Study program and examinations for pamphlet nos. 1-6, 1961-1962.

167 5419-5422

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Friendship", January 1966.

167 5423

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Jewish Christian Relations", pts. I-III, May 1966-May 1967.

167 5424-5426

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Language", three printings, 1964, 1966, 1969.

167 5427-5429

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Self-Control", February 1966.

167 5430

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Social Welfare", 1965-1966.

167 5431-5432

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Student-Teacher Relations", 1964-1966.

167 5433-5436

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Ethics of Child-Parent Relations", December 1965.

168 5437

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Decision to Dissent", 1966?.

168 5438-5439

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Torah Talmud: A Study Unit", 1953-1954.

168 5440

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The High Holidays", September 1954.

168 5441

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Business, Law and Ethics", October 1964.

168 5442-5443

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Areas of Leadership for Members of LTF", November 1954.

168 5444

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"The Sabbath: Source Materials and Discussion Suggestions", November 1954.

168 5445-5446

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Human Relationship: Source Material & Discussion Suggetions", December 1954.

168 5447-5448

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Moral Responsibility", ca. 1954.

168 5449

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Jewish Concept of God", 1954?.

168 5450

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Kashrut", February 1955.

168 5451

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Lishon Ha-Ra: Source Material & Discussion Suggestions", April 1955.

168 5452-5454

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

"Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother", April 1961.

168 5455-5456

Leaders Training Fellowship

Resource materials, 1955-1962.

168 5457-5468

Leaders Training Fellowship pamphlet series

Manuscript drafts, 1954-1967.

169 5469-5479

Jewish Publication Society

Editorial work, chiefly Bible translation project, 1958-2000.

170 5480-5509

Jewish Publication Society

 Tanakh typescript, 1989.


H.  Miscellaneous Writings, 1954-2000. 3 boxes.

Box Folder

Miscellaneous notes and research.


Research for writings includes authors and subjects.

173 5510-5551

Research on subjects.

174 5552-5560

III.  Contracts, 1966-2001. 2 boxes.


This series is arranged alphabetically by company. Contracts are then arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Alfred A. Knopf

Chief publisher of Potok's works, 1969-1997.

175 5561-5569

American Program Bureau, 1971.

175 5570

Aoyama Publishing Co.

Japanese translation of  Zebra and Other Stories, 2000.

175 5571

Behram House, Inc.

Forward for  As a Driven Leaf, 1995.

175 5572

Books on Tape, Inc., 1998.

175 5573


Regarding Dutch translations of Potok's works, 1990s.

175 5574-5580

Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH, 1998.

175 5581

The Chosen Productions (limited partnership), 1977.

175 5582

Constable Publishers, 1992.

175 5583

Davis, Terry, 1992.

175 5584

Dramatists Guild, Inc.

 The Chosen-Musical.

175 5585-5587

Editions Buchet Chastel, 2001.

175 5588

Editions de l'ecole, 1998.

175 5589

Editions Lattes, 1992.

175 5590

Esquire, 1981.

175 5591

Garzanti Editore, 1993.

175 5592

Golden Monkey Productions, 1992.

175 5593

Harry Walker, Inc.

Lecture contracts, 1967-1985.

175 5594-5603

Harry Walker, Inc.

Lecture contracts, 1986-1998.

176 5604-5606

Heinemann, Ltd., 1967.

176 5607

Hudson Hills Press, 1984.

176 5608

ICM Artists Ltd., 1994.

176 5609

L&D Lordly & Dame, Inc., 1987.

176 5610

Ladies Home Journal.

176 5611

Landau, Edie and Eli

 The Chosen (Film), producers.

176 5612

Master Arts Company, 1996.

176 5613

Milrad, Abraham, 1975.

176 5614

Odeon, 1993.

176 5615

Pantheon Books, 1993.

176 5616

Paul Zsolnay Verlag, 1997.

176 5617

The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1994.

176 5618

Program Corporation of America, 1989.

176 5619

Random House, 1981.

176 5620

Rizzoli, 1995.

176 5621

S. Maariv, 1992.

176 5622

University of Florida, 1980.

176 5623

Volvox Globator, 1998.

176 5624

Warner Bros., Inc., 1984.

176 5625

William Morris Agency, 1967; 1986-1987.

176 5626-5627

Foreign contract list for My Name Is Asher Lev, 1972.

176 5628

IV.  Reviews and Promotional Materials, 1964-2001. 7 boxes.


See boxes 226-228 for additional promotional materials regarding major works, general publicity and interviews.

A.  Reviews, 1966-2001. 5 boxes.

Box Folder

"The Bible's Inspired Art", 1982.

177 5629

The Book of Lights

Reviews, publicity, and promotional materials, 1981-1982.

177 5670-5635

The Carnival and  The Gallery


177 5636

Chagall's Journey, 1985-1986.

177 5637

The Chosen

Publicity, reviews domestic and international, 1967-1968.

177 5638-5646

The Chosen

German translation promotional materials and reviews, 1975-1976.

178 5647-5648

The Chosen

Miscellaneous promotional materials.

178 5649-5651

The Chosen

Film: promotional materials, press packs for Celebration 33 and world premiere; includes photographs, reviews, 1981-1982.

178 5652-5655

The Chosen

Musical: promotional materials, reviews, 1987-1988.

178 5656-5657

The Chosen

Stage play: promotional materials and reivies, 1999-2000.

178 5658

Davita's Harp

Promotional materials and reviews, 1985-1986.

178 5659-5663

The Gates of November

Promotional materials and German reviews, 1996?-1998.

178 5664-5665

The Gift of Asher Lev

promotional material for Dutch translation, 1997?.

179 5666-5667

I Am the Clay

Promotional material and reviews, 1992-1993.

179 5668-5671

In the Beginning

Promotional materials domestic and foreign reviews, 1975-1978.

179 5672-5684

My First 79 Years

Promotional materials, 1999.

179 5685

My Name Is Asher Lev

Promtional material, reviews domestic and foreign, 1972-1973.

179-180 5686-5691

Old Men at Midnight

Reviews, 2001-2002.

180 5692

Out of the Depths

Reviews and promotional advertisements, 1990.

180 5693

Play of Lights

Revies, 1993.

180 5694

The Promise

Promotionals materials; domestic and foreign reviews, 1969-1977.

180 5696-5704

Sins of the Father

Publicity, 1990.

180 5705

Theo Tobiasse: Artist in Exile

Publicity and promotional materials, 1986-1987.

180 5706

The Trope Teacher

Promotional material, 1997.

180 5707

Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

Promotional materials; reviews foreign and domestic, 1978-1981.

181 5708-5713

Zebra and Other Stories

Publicity, promotional materials, and reviews, 1998-1999.

181 5714

B.  Promotional Materials, 1964-2001. 2 boxes.

Box Folder

Biographical articles, 1967-2001.

181 5715-5719

Award certificates, 1970-1973.

181 5720


Announcements and publicity, 1965-1990.

181 5721-5724

Exhibition reviews, 1973 & 1980.

181 5725

Miscellaneous reviews and promotional material.

181 5726-5727

Brochures and Programs for lectures and appearances, 1965-2000, n.d.

182 5728-5747

Book and lecture tour itineraries, 1967-1998.

183 5748-5757

V.  Exhibitions, 1972-1999. 1 box.

Box Folder

"Toward a New Syntax"

Exhibition and lecture. Includes promotional material, checklist, photographs, manuscript and typescript of lecture, 1979.

184 5759-5762

Biography of Potok as artist, ca. 1980.

184 5763

Publicity and fan mail, 1979-1982.

184 5764-5767

Drawings, sketches, images for paintings, 1971-1979; n.d.

184 5767-5769

Receipts, 1982.

184 5770

VI.  Interviews, 1974-2000. 1 box.


Interviews are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder

Includes transcriptions of taped interviews.

185 5771-5793

VII.  Additional Professional Materials, 1954-2002. 7 boxes.

A.  Education and Dissertation, 1963-1999.


Philosophy notebook, between 1959-1961.


Philosophy notebook, between 1959-1961.


Philosophy notebook, between 1959-1961.


Dissertation: The Rationalism and Skepticism of Solomo Maimon

Typescripts, 1963?.


B.  Camp Ramah.

Arrangement and Description

The series is arranged alphabetically by institution, then chronologically.

Box Folder

Materials associated with Potok's assignments at Camp Ramah Connecticut, Camp Ramah Wisconsin and other Hebrew day schools., 1953-1957.

190 5794-5816

C.  Biographical Information.

Box Folder

Includes brief biographies and bibliographies, 1986-1994.

191 5817

D.  Army Chaplain.

Box Folder

Fort Slocum (N.Y.), The Chaplain School, ca. 1956.

191 5818

E.  Early Education.

Box Folder

Includes courses taken, essays, and some report cards.

191 5819-5836

F.  Teaching.

Box Folder

Courses taught by Potok, 1960s-2000.

192 5837-5871

VIII.  Memorabilia, 1972-2002. 19 boxes.

A.  Calendars, 1972-2002.


The calendars contain some notes, including appointments, trips, reminders, and some personal notes.


December 1965-1966.












1973-1974; 1978-1979.


1979, 1980, 1981.


1982, 1983, 1984.


1985, 1986, 1987.


1988, 1989, 1990.


1991, 1992, 1993.


1994, 1995, 1996.


1997, 1998, 1999.


2000, 2001, 2002.


B.  Memorial, 2002.


"Chaim Potok In Memorium" 1929-2002.


C.  Travel Memorabilia.

Box Folder

Includes brochures and maps, chiefly organized by country.

209-210 5872-5890

D.  Scrapbook.


Articles from The Jewish Exponent and  The Jewish Times, 1955-1956.


IX.  Photographs. 55 items.


Arranged chronologically.


Chiefly, publicity images of Potok., ca. 1967-1998.


X.  Writings by Others. 1 box.


Arranged alphabethically by author.

Box Folder

Aherns, Henry

"From an Archetypal Ocean: Potok's  My Name Is Asher Lev, 1991.

213 5891

Bureau of Jewish Education (San Francisco, Calif.)

 My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok: Handbook and Student Guide, 1997.

213 5892

Efros, Israel, 1891-1981

"The Philosophy of the Apocrypha" Insribed by the author., 1953.

213 5893

The Free Press

Review copy of  Witness Voices of the Holocaust

Includes request for advance quote from Potok, 1999.

213 5894

Geiger, Milton

"The Honorable Sam", Eternal Light broadcast, 1970.

213 5895

Goshen-Gottstein, Moshe H. (Moshe Henry), 1925-1991

"Christianity, Judaism, and Modern Bible Study" Inscribed to Potok, 1975.

213 5896

Grebstein, Sheldon

"The Phenomenon of the Really Jewish Best Seller:  The Chosen"

Inscribed to Potok by Daniel Walden, 1975.

213 5897

Greenberg, Moshe

"Biblical Attitudes Toward Power: Ideal and Reality in Law and Prophets"

Inscribed by the author, 1990.

213 5898

Greenberg, Moshe

In Hebrew, inscribed by the author.

213 5899

Greenberg, Moshe

In Hebrew, inscribed by the author.

213 5900

Greenfield, Jonas C. (Jonas, Carl), 1926-1995

"Because He Did Not Know the Letters: Remarks on a First Millenneum CE Legal Expression", 1993?.

213 5901

Grosby, Steven Elliot, 1951-

"Religion and Nationality in Antiquity: The Worship of Yahweh and Ancient Israel", 1991.

213 5902

Grunfeld, Joseph

"Kittay's Theory of Metaphor", 1982.

213 5903

Hamburg, Jeannine W.

"A Courageous Walk Through Life: The Story of Aunt Fannie", partial copy, 1995.

213 5904

Heft, James

Excerpts of his writings, 1998.

213 5905

Irwin, John T.

"Unless the Threat of Death Is Behind Them: Hammett's  The Maltese Falcon

Inscribed by the author, 2000.

213 5906

Kim, Chun-t'ae, 1948-

"Six Poems of Kim Jun Tai"

Inscribed by the author, 1991.

213 5907

Kremer, S. Lillian, 1939-

"Encountering the Other", 1992.

213 5908

Lamm, Norman

"The Face of God: Thoughts on the Holocaust", an address delivered at Yeshiva College and Stern College, 1986.

213 5910

Messiah Lutheran Church

"Chaim Potok  My Name Is Asher Lev", 1995.

213 5910

Rayment, Colette

"Hiroshima and the Emanations of Glory", draft paper, 2000.

213 5911

Rosenberg, Seymour

"A Study of Personality in Literary Autobiography: An Analysis of Thomas Wolfe's  Look Homeward Angel", 1989.

213 5912

Sarna, Nahum M.

"The Bible and American Judaism", 1970.

213 5913

Schecter, Marhall D.; Shirley, J.T.; Sexaur, James D., etal

"Perceptual Isolation Therapy: A New Experimental Approach . . . ", 1969.

213 5914

Shestack, Jerome J.

"Remarks at Monticello on the 255th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's Birthday", 1988.

213 5915

Tauber, Abraham

"Jewish Rhetoric"

Inscribed by the author, 1969.

213 5916

Tucker, B. D.

"Initiation in Chaim Potok's  The Chosen", 1991.

213 5917

Tucker, B. D.

"Kaddish in Hiroshima: Chaim Potok's  Book of LIghts", 1991.

213 5918

Watt, Eileen

"Portrait of the Self as a Jewish Artist: A Reworking of the Separation-Individuation Process in Chaim Potok's  My Name Is Asher Lev", 1993.

213 5919

Wright, N. T. (Nicholas Thomas)

"'Constraints' and the Jesus History"

Inscribed by the author, 1986.

213 5920

Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim, 1932-

"And the King of Portugal Was a Gracious King", partial typescript

Includes note from the author, ca. 1975.

213 5921

Yeshiva College

Syllabus, 1968.

213 5922

Zakheim, Dov S.

"Commentary on Nehemiah", 2000.

213 5923

Zelig, Meyer A.

"The Psychology of Silence", 1961.

213 5924

Copy of a hand-written piece of sheet music.

213 5925

XI.  Oversize Materials, 1966-2002. 19 boxes.

Box Folder

Research for major works and general research.

214-215 5926-5949

Images used for Wanderings, Chaim Potok's History of the Jews.

216-217 5950-6030

Photocopy of manuscript draft of Davita's Harp.


Research for Writings.

219 6031-6041

Materials related to writings.

220 6042-6049

My First 79 Years: Isaac Stern

rough proofs and galleys.


Short stories and articles.

222 6050-6061

Articles, op-eds, and book reiviews.

223 6062-6073

Wanderings galleys and drafts.


Publicity for Book of Lights-I Am the Clay.

226 6074-6091

Publicity for My Name Is Asher Lev-Wanderings interviews, public appearances.

227 6092-6106

General publicity and miscellaneous research.

228 6107-6114

Galleys for The Book of Lights.


Galleys for The Promise.


Image proofs for Wanderings.


Miscellaneous oversized materials.

233 6115-6123

List of short stories in boxes 149-150.

Box Folder

"Between Men", ca. 1966.

149 4830

"The Black Book", "September 1954".

149 4831

"Cats of 37 Alfasi Street", 1966.

149 4832

"Cousin Ben", 1984.

149 4833

"The Curious Messanger", 1980s?.

149 4834

"The Dark Place Inside", 1967.

149 4835

"The Eight Day", 1985.

149 4836

"Finding Ruth", 1999-2000.

149 4837-4841

"Ghosts", 1980s?.

149 4842-4843

"The Gifts of Andrea", 1982.

149 4844-4845

"An Impractical Dream", ca. 1956.

149 4846

"In the Early Mornings", ca. 1956.

149 4847-4848

"My Time Is Now", ca. 1956.

149 4849

"Neighbors", 1987.

149 4850-4851

"Nightingales in the War Zone", n.d.

150 4852

"The Ninth Candle", 1962.

150 4853

"No Other Way", ca. 1956.

150 4854

"Reflections On a Bronx Street", 1964.

150 4855-4856

"A Search for the Sun", ca. 1956-1957.

150 4857

"The Seven of the Address", ca. 1990-1993.

150 4858-4861

"Stones", 1990s.

150 4862

"A Tale of Two Soldiers", 1981.

150 4863-4864

"To Know Me, Myself, or The Chaplain's Hunt", 1955.

150 4865