The research and teaching of these five scholars received strong support from the librarian Felix Reichmann (1899-1987). Reichmann, who was Jewish, was born in Vienna and wrote his doctoral thesis on Gothic mural painting. He became a book-dealer who travelled frequently to Frankfurt, Paris, London and Florence and developed an expertise on the history of the medieval book trade. In 1938, following the Nazi annexation of Austria, Reichmann was incarcerated and his book business in Vienna was “Aryanized” or taken over by a former employee. Following his release, he managed to scrape together the high “taxes” or ransom money demanded by the Nazis of anyone who wanted to leave the country. In 1939 he immigrated to the United States with his wife, Lily. Reichmann was hired by Cornell in 1947 and served as Assistant Director of Cornell Libraries from 1948 to 1970. He acquired many books and periodicals for Cornell medievalists, but never completed his own comprehensive essay on “The Origin of the Title Page.” Reichmann was an early advocate of the use of computers in libraries. In recognition of his services to Cornell faculty, Prof. Morris “Pop” Bishop inscribed a copy of his best-selling survey, The Horizon Book of the Middle Ages (Boston: The American Heritage Publishing Company, 1968), “to the Cornell University Library, the onlie begetter of this book.”

Morris Bishop, The Middle Ages, American Press (Paperback Edition), 1970
Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, D127 B62