Finding Aid for the Wolf Leslau papers, 1940-1979
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Title: Wolf Leslau papers
Collection number: 1255
UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material:
4.5 linear ft.
(9 boxes. 32 oversize boxes.)
Wolf Leslau (1906- ) was a professor of Hebrew and Semitic linguistics at UCLA (1955-76) and the author of many books. The
collection consists of a manuscript with holographic corrections and research materials relating to Leslau's
English-Amharic context dictionary
(1973) and materials relating to
Etymological dictionary of Gurage
Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special
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Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright,
are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright
and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Wolf Leslau, 1980.
[Identification of item], Wolf Leslau Papers (Collection 1255). UCLA LIbrary Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Leslau was born on November 14, 1906 in Krzepice, Poland; lic. es lett. (1934) and Ph.D (1953), Sorbonne, University of Paris,
1934; diploma, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, 1934; diploma, Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales, 1935; lecturer in southern
Arabic, Ecole des Hautes Etudes, 1936-39; professor of Semitic studies, Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes (New York City), 1942-46;
associate professor, Asia Institute (New York City), 1946-51; associate professor of Near Eastern languages, Brandeis University,
1951-55; professor of Hebrew and Semitic linguistics, UCLA, 1955-76, then professor emeritus; fellow, American Academy of
Arts and Sciences; author of many books, including
Ethiopic documents: Gurage (1950),
Ethiopic and South Arabic contributions to the Hebrew lexicon (1958),
Amharic-English and English-Amharic vocabulary (1963),
An annotated bibliography of the Semitic languages of Ethiopia (1965), and
English-Amharic context dictionary (1973).
Scope and Content
Collection consists of a manuscript with holographic corrections and research materials relating to Wolf Leslau's
English-Amharic context dictionary (1973) and materials relating to his
Etymological dictionary of Gurage (Ethiopic) (1979).
Related Oral History
The following oral history is available through the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research:
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Vol. II Etymological section.
- Card file of annotated entries, arranged alphabetically.
- Vol. II English-Gurage index.
- Manuscript of
English-Amharic context dictionary.
- Proofs relating to
Etymological dictionary of Gurage (Ethiopic).
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Linguistics--Faculty--Archives.
Manuscripts for publications.
Boxes 1-28 and 36-41
Materials relating to
Etymological Dictionary of Gurage.
vol.2: Etymological Section.
Card file of entries.
Physical Description: Annotated, arranged alphabetically.
Difficulty - drive (cattle).
vol.2 - English - Gurage index.
Physical Description: Mimeo copy with holograph additions and corrections, 3 post binders.
English-Amharic Context Dictionary [Wiesbaden: 0. Harrassowitz].
Physical Description: Ditto copy with holograph additions and corrections, 7 ring binders.
Proofs relating to
Etymological Dictionary of Gurage (Ethiopic).
vol.2, Introduction and pp.1-199.
vol.3, Introduction and pp.1-399.