Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Selig and Sarah Heller:

An Inventory of Their Collection, 1926-1971 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Heller, Selig and Sarah
Title: Selig and Sarah Heller Collection,
Dates: 1926-1971 and undated
Abstract: Collected images donated by Selig and Sarah Heller from 1926-1971 and undated.
Collection # R47.1
Quantity: 7 boxes (7 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Selig Heller, poet, literary critic, and bookbinder, was born in 1894 near Vladivostok, Russia. At 12, he immigrated to the United States where he studied literature at Ohio State University with Ludwig Lewisohn. Heller published his book Shabbos in 1952. His poetry and criticism appeared in Feder, Yiddisher Arbeter Welt, Freie Arbeter Shtime, Kurier and Gezelten. He married Sarah Steger Heller.


Scope and Contents

Portraits and photographs of Yiddish writers and artists and other well-known persons, including: Lord Byron, Clarence Darrow, Luiz De Camoens, Mattes Ditch, Morris Gitzis, Enrico Glicenstein, Simon Halkin, Sadak’ch Hastmann, Heinrich Heine, Sarah Heller, Selig Heller, Jacob Klatzkin, H. Leivick, John Le Powys, Isaac Loeb Peretz, Abraham Reisen, Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare, Zalman Shazar, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The collection is in good condition and is part of the Rare Books Collection.


Organization

The collection is organized by size.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use. Copy requests must be approved by SWC/SCL librarian.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Heller, Sarah.
Heller, Selig.
Subjects
Yiddish poets.
Yiddish poets--Portraits.
Yiddish writers.
Yiddish writers--Portraits.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Selig and Sarah Heller Collection, 1926-1971 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Collection accession #(s):
2000-0070-B

Donation, various dates

Processed by

Diane Warner, Kristin Loyd, Elaine Tveit, 2016


Collection Inventory

Images

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1 1 Miscellaneous papers: 1) “Drawing of H. Leivick (by Enrico Glicenstein) Great Yiddish poet and dramatist together with some of his poems and sonnets and also inscriptions to poet Selig Heller,” (from box 5, item 4); 2) “Enrico Glicenstein. Twice Winner of the Prix de Rome, the noted sculptor, painter and etcher was born in Turek, Poland and lived in Italy and England before settling in the United States,” (from box 4, items 1-2); 3) “May 1971 Selig Heller, his wife Sarah Heller – Doctor Simon Halkin and Zalman Shazar, President of Israel,” (from box 2, item 1), 1971 and undated
1 Portrait of Luiz De Camoens in dark brown frame with white matte, 8.25 x 10.25 in., undated
2 Portrait of Sadak’ch Hastmann in gray frame with white matte, inscribed “in friendship to Selig Heller,” 6.75 x 8.75 in., undated
3 Quote from W. Somerset Maugham in tan frame, 7.5 x 11.25 in., undated
4 Portrait of “well known Yiddish poet” in silver frame with engravings, by DeHaven Studio, 7.75 x 9.75 in., undated
5 Portrait of three men (Dr. Simon Halkin, Professor Jacob Klatzkin and Selig Heller?) in brown frame with gold embellishments, newspaper clippings and photos on back, 10.5 x 8.5 in., undated
6 Portrait of Abraham Reisen and Selig Heller in red frame with silver engravings, “Two Great Yiddish Poets – The gentleman seated is Abraham Reisen and the gentleman standing is Selig Heller,” 7.75 x 9.75 in., undated
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2 1 Image of Selig and Sarah Heller, Dr. Simon Halkin and Zalman Shazar, President of Israel, in white frame with orange matte, includes miscellaneous paper, 16.5 x 14.5 in., [1964?]
2 Portrait of Carl Sandburg in tan frame with white matte, inscribed “Ever good wishes to my old friend Selig Heller – Carl Sandburg,” 9.5 x 13 in., undated
3 Portrait Clarence Darrow in gold frame with tan matte, inscribed “To my friend Selig Heller, Chicago, September 1935,” 14.5 x 17 in., 1935
4 Portrait of “Mattes Ditch (Yiddish poet), Morris Gitzis (Yiddish journalist), Selig Heller (Yiddish poet),” in tan frame with white matte, 12 x 15 in., undated
5 Image of Selig and Sarah Heller and unidentified man in white frame with orange matte, 16.5 x 15 in., undated
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3 1 Oil portrait of Selig Heller by [S. Ostrovrsky?], unframed, 22 x 24 in., 1926
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4 1 Photo of head of the artist (Enrico Glicenstein) sculpture, newspaper clippings attached, framed, no glass, 18 x 22.5 in., undated
2 Photo of head of the artist (Enrico Glicenstein) sculpture, Hebrew writing on image, in gold frame with engravings and white matte, 22.5 x 18.5 in., undated
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5 1 Lithograph of Heinrich Heine in wood frame with gold detailing, 12 x 15 in., undated
2 “Shakspere [sic],” engraved by R.A. Artlett from the Chandos Portrait, in brown frame, 15 x 11.5 in., undated
3 “Isaac Loeb Peretz, Yiddish writer who was considered the father of modern Yiddish literature,” in dark wood frame with white matte, 12.5 x 15.5 in., undated
4 Drawing of H. Leivick by Henrico Glitzenshtein in dark wood frame, newspaper in Yiddish attached, includes miscellaneous paper, 15.5 x 12.5 in., undated
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6 1 Two etchings: 1) Percy Bysshe Shelley from the painting by G. Clint, 2) Lord Byron from the drawing by G. H. Harlow, in green and gold frame with white matte, 19 x 15 in., undated
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7 1 Chalk/pencil drawing of Selig Heller by Enrico Glicenstein, description on back, in gold frame with white matte, 20 x 25 in., [1952?]
2 Three reproductions of artwork: 1) The Garden of Eden, 2) Self-Portrait of the Artist with Sunflower and Cat, 3) The Blue Statue; one photograph inscribed “To [S?] Hellers from Boris Anisfeld;” newspaper clipping on back, in brown frame, 24 x 10.5 in., [1967?]
3 Portrait of John Le Powys, inscribed “To Selig Heller from John Powys,” newspaper clipping on back, in silver frame with white matte, 15.5 x 13.5 in., undated
4 Portrait of Selig Heller? in gold frame with white matte, Hebrew inscription, 12.5 x 14.5 in., undated
5 Portrait of Selig Heller: “In a corner of my library,” in dark wood frame, 15.5 x 14 in., June 1937