Fonds RC007 - Alan Mendelson fonds

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Alan Mendelson fonds

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  • 1943-2013 (Creation)

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53.5 cm of textual records

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Alan Mendelson, Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies at McMaster University (appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in 1976), was born on 30 July 1939 in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of three universities: A.B., Kenyon College, 1961; M.A. in the History of Ideas, Brandeis University, 1965; and Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971. He is the author or editor of several books: Secular Education in Philo of Alexandria (1982); Philo’s Jewish Identity (1988); From Bergen-Belsen to Baghdad: the Letters of Alex Aronson (with Joan Michelson, ed., 1992); Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye (with Jeffery Donaldson, ed., 2004); and Exiles from Nowhere: the Jews and the Canadian Elite (2008).

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The first accrual consists of 237 letters written by Professor Mendelson to his family, three journals, and travel documents. The accrual documents two periods in Professor Mendelson’s life (1961-63 and 1971-72) when he lived as a student in Israel with his wife Sara. This material is available in Box 1.
The second accrual consists of the unpublished memoir A Life in Briefs. Dr. Mendelson has also provided supplementary material to many of the chapters including correspondence, publications, photos, objects, and ephemera.
The third and fourth accruals consist of artwork by Robin Wall.

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The first accrual (29-2009) was acquired in June 2009; the second accrual (2013-021) was acquired in June 2013; the third accrual (2016-007) was acquired in February 2016; the fourth accrual (2023-002) was acquired in January 2023; all from Alan Mendelson.


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R. Stapleton, 2023.

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