Overview: A loosely autobiographical manuscript written in Yiddish in the early 1930s by Felix Goldberg, an engraver who immigrated to the U.S. around 1900.

Felix Goldberg Yiddish Manuscript

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 200
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way | Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275 | scua@library.umass.edu | 413-545-2780

Background on Felix Goldberg

Felix Goldberg (ca. 1866-1948) was born in the shtetl Zhuprah in Lithuania. He immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century with his second wife, Janet Zelda. Two children from his first marriage remained in Russia. An engraver by training, Goldberg was generally unable to work in the U.S. due to ill health. His wife ran a boarding house for factory workers and itinerant ice harvesters; was a midwife and practical nurse, as well as a foster mother; and ran a convalescent home for charity patients to support the family.

The Goldbergs' son, Maxwell H., Massachusetts Agricultural College Class of 1928, received a Ph.D. from Yale University and returned to his alma mater to become, eventually, head of the English Department. In 1988 he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Massachusetts.

Contents of Collection

A loosely autobiographical manuscript, written in Yiddish in the early 1930s, by Felix Goldberg.

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.




Acquired from Maxwell H. Goldberg, 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman, 1988.


Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Felix Goldberg Yiddish Manuscript (MS 200). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms


  • Immigrants--United States--Biography.
  • Jews, Lithuanian--United States--Biography.


  • Goldberg, Felix, ca. 1866-1948.

Genre terms

  • Autobiographies.
  • Manuscripts.