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Milton Hindus papers

Identifier: 03-MWalB00136A

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection relate to the life and career of Milton Hindus, and were created from the 1860s through 1999, though the bulk of the material dates from 1929 through 1998. Record types include biographical sketches, teaching notes and student papers, research materials, correspondence, published and unpublished documents, and works by other authors. Approximately one-third of the collection is correspondence.

Milton Hindus was one of Brandeis' original 13 faculty members, teaching literature as the Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities from 1948-1981. Even after he retired from teaching, he continued volunteering with the Goldfarb Library until his death in 1998. Best known for his his 1950 work, "Celine: The Crippled Giant," Professor Hindus also authored and edited numerous other works of literary criticism. His papers represent his perspective on 50 years of development at Brandeis as well as currents in the American literary scene for the second half of the 20th century.

Sources: "Milton Hindus, the Last of the Brandeis Pioneers, Dies at 81," The New York Times, June 2, 1998


  • 1860-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1998


Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains restricted materials. Please contact the University Archives & Special Collections in advance to request access.

Boxes 23, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 41, and 42 are unprocessed and, due to preservation issues, are not accessible for research use at this time.

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.


39 Linear Feet (36 record center boxes, 5 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 11 series: Personal and Academic Papers (boxes 1-2); Correspondence (boxes 3-9); Published Articles (boxes 10-12); Books and Chapters (boxes 12-16); Unpublished Writing (boxes 16-18); Collected Writings (boxes 18-19); Miscellaneous (box 20); Books (box 23); Library (boxes 24-25), 2008 Addendum (boxes 26-30); Addenda (boxes 31-49)

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Boxes 23, 26, 28, 29, 31, 34, 37, 38, 41, and 42 are unprocessed and, due to preservation issues, are not accessible for research use at this time.

Collection contains spiral-bound notebooks that are beginning to rust, as well as faculty publications in box 28 and 29. Floppy disk in box 29.

Custodial History

These materials were created and collected by Milton Hindus. This collection was transferred in seven accessions, after being donated to the Archives in the will of Milton Hindus. The materials were transferred from the office and home of Professor Hindus by his wife, Eva Hindus, and his daughter, Myra Hindus, between 1998-2016. However, due to incomplete legacy documentation, it is unclear exactly when the materials the final "Addenda" series were donated.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described by multiple processors between 1998-2001.

Collection was reorganized by the archives to facilitate research use.

Internal documentation was consulted in determining the likely presence of restricted materials in the collection.

Appraisal and weeding was performed in 2021, record types removed include publications and ephemera.

Folder titles were likely assigned by an earlier processor.

Series 11, "Addenda" likely contains materials from multiple accessions. When considering the provenance of that series, the control file and accession records were studied extensively in an attempt to reconstruct donation dates, but the exact donation dates remain unclear.

Milton Hindus papers
Carmen Nge, Eliot Wilczek and Drew Flanagan, updates by Kate McNally
Updated 2022-04-11
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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