Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman Israeli literature collection Edit


MSS 211 large


  • 1950 – 2011 (Creation)


  • 7.2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman Israeli Literature collection, MSS 211, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Shirley Holtzman, 2011.

  • Processing Information

    The Irwin T. and Shirley Holtzman Israeli Literature Archive was processed by Ortal Lieberman in 2012.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Irwin T. (Toby) Holtzman (1927-2010) was a successful home builder and businessman in Metropolitan Detroit and a lifelong book collector and literary scholar. As a second generation Holtzman and Silverman, Irwin's business career spanned from the 1940s to the 1980s. He attended the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, then continued his education at the University of Michigan in 1949, where he received a degree in Political Science. Irwin married Shirley in 1950, and had 3 children: Matthew, Johanna, and Jonathan.

  • Scope and Contents

    Comprised of works from the earliest days of Statehood in 1948 up to the present, the Irwin T. Holtzman Israeli Literature collection features manuscripts of poetry and drama; posters advertising literary events; political cartoons and other original artwork; and Irwin Holtzman's extensive correspondence with many important Israeli literary figures, including Amos Oz, A.B. Yehoshua, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, and Yoram Kaniuk. It also includes published articles and essays, manuscripts, typescripts, bibliographies of Holtzman's extensive collection of Israeli literature, and revisions of works by Israeli authors who either live or have lived in Israel.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in seven series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Works by individuals; Series 3. Working files; Series 4. Event, institutions, and places; Series 5. Irwin T. Holtzman files; Series 6. Audiovisual materials; Series 7. Realia.