The collection was donated to the library in 1981 by the family of the collector, the late Joe Fishstein of New York City. It is composed primarily of twentieth century Yiddish belles-lettres, poetry and criticism. While there are many standard works in the collection, there are, as well, many rare pre-World War II East European imprints. There are also scrapbooks of photographs and postcards. The collection includes some 2500 monographs and 200 serials. Most of the volumes have mac-tac bindings made by Fishstein.
Records for the holdings are in the McGill Library on-line catalogue.
Description: "Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry", Coranto, No. 16 (Spring 1994), 3.
Goldie Sigal, A garment worker's legacy: the Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry : the catalogue. Montréal: McGill University Libraries, 1998.
Goldie Sigal, A garment worker's legacy [electronic resource]: the Joe Fishstein Collection of Yiddish Poetry: an online catalogue & exhibit. [Montréal]: Digital Program, McGill University, c2001. http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/fishstein/