Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Series 11, Recommendations, are restricted; accession 2010-220 (3 manuscript boxes) is unlisted but available for research. Accession 2011-023 has a preliminary listing and is available for research.
The Joshua A. Fishman papers include correspondence; writings by Fishman (both published and unpublished); lecture notes and transcripts; audio and video tapes of some of Fishman's lectures; course outlines and notes representing most of the institutions where he taught; reviews of Fishman's books; interviews; documents relating to Fishman's work at several centers for advanced study; tributes honoring Fishman; language cartoons; research materials used in producing five of his books; and other research materials largely pertaining to language and ethnicity. Several series in this collection are bilingual (in English and Yiddish). Fishman's correspondence is multilingual, including documents in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Basque. Included in the collection are card file indexes to his correspondence and his written work.
Deposit by Joshua A. Fishman, 1994. Accessions 1993-145, 2010-220, and 2011-023
Dr. Joshua Aaron Fishman is a founder of the field of sociolinguistics. His interests include language and ethnicity, language spread and change, Yiddish studies, bilingual education, and traditional folk medicine. In the course of his career he has published over 1,000 scholarly articles and books in both Yiddish and English. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in social studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Columbia University in 1953. After graduation from Columbia, he worked for some years as an educational researcher, first for the Jewish Education Committee of New York and then for the College Entrance Examination Board in New York City. He also was on the faculty of the psychology department of The City College of the City University of New York (then City College) from 1955-1958. Subsequently, he worked as an associate professor and as Director of Research at the Albert M. Greenfield Center for Human Relations at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, until 1960. In 1960 he was hired by Yeshiva University; he became an emeritus professor in 1988. He began spending parts of the academic year at Stanford University in 1963, and in 1992 was designated a visiting professor of linguistics at Stanford.