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Samuel Levenson was a Worcester native who received his A.B. from Clark University in 1930 and his A.M. in 1936. He was a journalist and both he and his wife, Leah, were authors of biographies. Samuel died in 1977 and Leah in 2000 and Leah left their papers and library without restriction to Clark University in her will. Appropriate books were incorporated into the Goddard Library circulating collection. The books written by the Levensons were primarily biographies of Irish men and women. The papers include transcriptions and tapes of interviews made in the course of the Levensons’ researches, photographs of the biographees, authorizations and permissions forms, contracts, and journals written by Granville Hicks. Leah was working on a biography of Abbie Hoffman at the time of her death and the papers include notes, tapes and a rough draft. There are also many letters written by Samuel to Leah while he was in the army during World War II, some of which are transcribed.

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