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Ezio Levi papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1138

Scope and Contents

The Ezio Levi Papers consist of autograph manuscript and typescript writings and notes about Italian and Spanish literature and art, with related correspondence, printed articles, and photographs, 1910s-1940s and undated; biographical information about Levi and Flora Aghib Levi D’Ancona, undated; legal documents and correspondence relating to their immigration to the United States, 1930s-1940s; other correspondence, 1910s-1949, most relating to Levi's academic career in the United States; and lantern slides, possibly made by Ferdinando Lembo, of works of art in the Steri palace, Palermo, and relating to the legend of Tristan and Isolde, undated.


  • 1863-1949
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1941


Language of Materials

Most materials in Italian or English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ezio Levi Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited in Yale University Library by Flora Aghib Levi D’Ancona, 1944; additional correspondence added, 1949. Date of acquistion and transfer unknown.


Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1863-1941. II. Other Papers, 1916-1949.


3.14 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Ezio Levi (1884-1941)

Ezio Levi, Italian philologist and author; also used the name Ezio Levi D'Ancona; professor of Romance languages at the Università di Napoli and Wellesley College. Levi immigrated to the United States as a Jewish refugee during World War II, with his wife, author and illustrator Flora Aghib Levi D’Ancona, and their children.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat Ms Vault D'Ancona. In 2014, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including partial rehousing and minimal organization. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the donor, while some were assigned by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents.

Guide to the Ezio Levi Papers
In Progress
by Karen Spicher
2014 August
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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