Scope and Contents
The Marvin Fox Papers follow Professor Fox from his undergraduate days as a student of Philosophy through his academic career on the Philosophy faculty at Ohio State University and at Brandeis University’s Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Many of his letters address his personal views on Jewish traditional practice within modern Orthodox Jewry. The collection includes materials from the late 1930s into the early 1990s; most of the material dates from the 1940s to the 1980s. The materials are mostly in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish. Some of the secondary material noted below are in German. The collection includes:
• Correspondence: letters concerning his publications, speaking engagements, academic references, his role as an Army chaplain during World War II, his commitment to Orthodox Jewish practice, department administration, sabbaticals, reviews of Fox’s writings, his reviews of other authors writings, etc. Letters (and other related materials) document Fox’s appointment to, and subsequent resignation from, Brooklyn College to establish a program in Jewish studies. • Writings: his undergraduate and graduate philosophy papers, articles, and lectures on a variety of topics in Philosophy and Jewish Thought. Of special interest is his work on the medieval legalist and philosopher Maimonides. • Course materials: syllabi and examinations, both for Fox’s own courses as well as from other teachers beginning in the 1940s. • Secondary material: The collection contains extensive clippings, offprints, and copies of articles, mostly related to Philosophy and Jewish Thought. Fox also collected clippings, mostly in Hebrew and Yiddish, on topics in Jewish practice, such as commentaries on the weekly Sabbath Torah reading. • Notes: Fox maintained a huge collection of primarily hand-written notes. These were lecture notes, development notes for his on-going studies, bibliographic notes, as well as many examples of his note-taking on his readings in primary and secondary.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.
From the Collection: 15 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English