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Lewis S. Feuer papers

 Collection — other: 75 record center boxes
Identifier: 11-MWalB02130

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Feuer's personal and professional papers, spanning the 1920s to the 1990s, with heaviest emphasis on the 1950s to the 1980s. The papers consist primarily of Feuer's correspondence, the manuscripts and research notes for his books, and reprints of all his published work. The papers also contain Feuer's large collection of radical literature, including articles, pamphlets, and periodicals from the 1920s to the 1970s. The holdings are particularly rich in material concerning Feuer's involvement in Jewish studies (culture and religion), the rise of neoconservatism in the 1970s and 1980s, student movements of the 1960s (especially at Berkeley), and the history and philosophy of science and scientific thought. Feuer's own philosophical and political journey, from Marxism in his youth to alienation from the left in the 1960s to neoconservatism in the 1970s and beyond, is particularly well represented.


  • 1880s-1990s, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1950s-1980s


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.

Folder l.a.1.11 through Folder l.a.1.15 in Series 1: Personal Materials (Box 1) are Restricted.

Folder ll.a.2.23 through Folder ll.a.2.31 in Series 2: Correspondence (Box 4) are Restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


75.00 Linear Feet

75.00 Linear Feet

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Arranged in nine series: 1. Personal Material, 1923-1996, undated; 2. Correspondence, 1931-1994, undated; 3. Book Manuscripts and Research, 1930s-circa 1995, undated; 4. Article Manuscripts and Research, 1960-1985; 5. Research Notes on Various Topics, 1920s-1990s; 6. Course Materials, 1931-1980s; 7. Other Academic and Professional Materials, 1928-1990s; 8. Materials by Other Authors, 1907-1989; 9. Books by Feuer, 1965-1995.

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

Related Materials

For more information on Lewis S. Feuer, consult the audio-recorded interview conducted by Julian Nemeth with Robin Feuer Miller, daughter of Lewis S. Feuer (April 22, 2008). For access, consult Library OneSearch, or contact the department.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Nathan Rives and Julian Nemeth
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections