New Finding Aids for September 2015

Photograph of Elena Garro, Gabriela Mora, and Helena Paz Garro taken at Mora's home in New York City, 1970. From the Gabriela Mora Collection on Elena Garro (C0994).

Photograph of Elena Garro, Gabriela Mora, and Helena Paz Garro taken at Mora’s home in New York City, 1970. From the Gabriela Mora Collection of Elena Garro (C0994).

New finding aids include the following:

Thomas Colchie ’64 Collection on Jorge Amado (C1450)

The collection consists of twenty-four audio cassette recorded interviews conducted by Thomas Colchie (Princeton University alumnus, Class of 1964) of or about Brazilian writer Jorge Amado. Recordings include interviews with Jorge Amado and other writers and artists speaking about Amado. Also includes photocopy documents about Amado’s political involvement as an elected representative in Brazil’s National Constituent Assembly from 1945-1947, and photocopy documents of Brazil’s National Intelligence Service (SNI) file on Amado.

Plural Editorial Files (C1479)

The Plural Editorial Files is comprised of the editorial correspondence of Plural (1971-1976), the Mexican journal of literature, politics, art, and cultural commentary. Files include correspondence with Plural editors and personnel Octavio Paz, Kazuya Sakai, Danubio Torres Fierro, José de la Colina, Sonia Levy-Spira, Julio Scherer García, Tomás Segovia, and others. Contributor correspondence include a wide range national and international of writers, publishers, and intellectuals from Latin America, United States, and Europe.

Vuelta Editorial Files (C1480)

The Vuelta Editorial Files is comprised of the publishing files of Vuelta (1976-1998), the Mexican journal of literature, politics, art, and cultural commentary. Includes author files, correspondence between editors, writers, translators, scholars, and rights publishing companies, and administrative and project files. Includes original and photocopy typescript and handwritten manuscript submissions of articles, interviews, translations, narrative, and poetry. Related research materials such as press clippings and printed material are also found in the author files and correspondence. Included in the files are documents relating to Encuentro Vuelta – El Siglo XX: La Experiencia de la Libertad, a televised conference series program organized by Vuelta in 1990 about the rise of socialism in Eastern Europe. Series 6 includes various booklets and speech materials from the Nobel Prize ceremony in 1990, the year Octavio Paz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Paul A. Volcker Papers (MC279)

Paul A. Volcker (1927-) is an economist who has served in several prominent positions in the federal government, most notably as undersecretary of the Treasury (1969-1974), chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987), and chairman of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011). The collection primarily consists of Volcker’s subject files, mostly created during his terms as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or as chairman of the Federal Reserve, and his correspondence with a variety of individuals. Much of Volcker’s Federal Reserve correspondence is in reply to private citizens, though letters to and from White House staff and members of Congress also constitute a large portion of the collection. To a lesser extent, the collection contains records from the meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee under Volcker’s chairmanship of the Federal Reserve, as well as Rockefeller Foundation publications and documents that address Volcker’s relationship to the Foundation as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York president. The collection also includes Volcker’s phone logs from his term as undersecretary of the Treasury.

Thomas John Dibdin “Twelve Songs” Manuscript (N-000065)

Dated 1832, this manuscript consists of twelve apparently unpublished songs by songwriter and theater manager, Thomas John Dibdin (1771-1841), composed in 1832, a year before he issued his collection of songs entitled “Last Lays of the Last of the Three Dibdins” (London, Harding and King, 1833). None of these songs appears to be in that collection; and a later hand has written “all unpublish’d 1851” above the title. The songs in this collection include “The Deserted Village” (ff. 3-4), “The Runaway” (12-13) and “Bacchus was a Gentleman” (16-17), among others.

Allen & Smith Company Account Book (Q-000021)

This account book, dating from 1860-1871, charts the rising fortunes of the Nevada City, California mining firm of Allen & Smith, formed by Henry Smith and Thomas Allen in April 1860. The ledger documents the company’s founding, the discovery of gold in May 1861, and the firm’s expansion with the opening of store in late 1862.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Gabriela Mora Collection of Elena Garro (C0994)

The collection includes correspondence to and from Mexican author Elena Garro and Chilean American critic and scholar Gabriela Mora, a handwritten testament by Elena Garro and photographs of Gabriela Mora, Elena Garro, and Elena Garro’s daughter, Helena Paz Garro. Added to the existing collection are eight audio cassette tapes containing unpublished interviews and readings of Elena Garro, conducted by Gabriela Mora done in New York City in 1974 and in Spain in 1979.

American Civil Liberties Union Records: Subgroup 4 (MC001.04)

Series 6: September 2015 Accession, 1971-2004, includes records that represent a broad range of the ACLU’s activities in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. In particular, this series documents the ACLU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and AIDS Project; Racial Justice Program; Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project; Women’s Rights Project; and the office of the Legal Director. To a lesser extent, this series includes records from the Reproductive Freedom Project and National Prison Project.

Association on American Indian Affairs Records (MC147)

Series 16: 2015 Accession, 1975-2015, consists of three boxes of notes, reports, government documents, briefs and other legal materials, correspondence, memoranda, and instructional materials (produced by the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, Inc. and the Indian Law Support Center of the Native American Rights Fund, among others). These materials pertain to the protection of natural resources, religious freedom, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and repatriation issues more broadly, and other issues of concern to the AAIA. The series also contains two boxes of packets from the AAIA’s board meetings and teleconferences.

07. October 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for July and August 2015

Photo by Marie Kempton Phillips, circa 1905, from the Phillips Family Papers.

Photograph by Marie Kempton Phillips, circa 1905, from the Phillips Family Papers.

New finding aids include the following:

Rodolfo Alonso Correspondence and Photographs (C1439)

Rodolfo Alonso is an Argentine poet, translator, essayist, and editor. The collection includes Alonso’s correspondence with various Latin American writers including Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Raúl Gustavo Aguirre, Juan Gelman, Augusto Roa Bastos, Juan José Saer, Ernesto Sábato, Lêdo Ivo, Hector Tizón, Edgar Bayley, António Ramos Rosa, Milton de Lima Sousa, and Claudio Magris. In addition, the collection includes photographs of Alonso throughout his career with many Latin American figures as well as a personal collection of his family and travels.

Phillips Family Papers (C1387)

Consists of photographs, manuscripts, diaries, and ephemera relating to Edward H. Phillips (1868-1944), his wife Marie Kempton Phillips (1881-1946), and their daughter Jean Sarah Phillips (1908–1985) that document ranch life in and around Montana around the turn of the 20th century as well as Ed Phillips’ involvement in Wild West shows, including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and his career as a Hollywood actor. Notably, there are over 550 negatives taken by Marie Kempton Phillips with a hand-held camera dating from circa 1904 to 1938, many of which depict life on a Montana ranch, novelty steer riding and rodeo scenes, horse races and other performances, branding, cattle, wagon trains, horse-breaking, and more.

“The Adventures of Dido Queen of Carthage” Manuscript (C0938 no. 686q)

The author of this manuscript, dated 1804, was likely Rebecca Ricardo Keyser (1778-1838), mother of British financier Charles Keyser (1814-1892). A fictional retelling of the story of Dido of Carthage, it counters Virgil’s depiction of the character in his Aeneid. The narrative is essentially the one told by Pompeius Trogus, which was superseded by Virgil’s portrayal of Dido as the hapless lover of Aeneas. In her preface, the author warns the reader: “The lover of Virgil, accustomed to view Dido only as the bride of Aeneas, may avert his eye with disdain from beholding this illustrious fair one under any other form; and while his mind is impressed with the glowing picture of the mantuan bard delineating the sorrows of a being deserted by the man she loved … he must remember that Aeneas, not Dido, was the hero of this poem.” Explaining her intentions, the author also states “I have endeavoured to prove that a refined love is not incompatible with the higher duties of life; I have endeavoured to free my heroine from those puerile feelings the attendant of little minds, and have shewn that a virtuous passion can be exalted to an intellectual sentiment.”

H. Freeman Matthews, Jr. Papers (MC277)

H. Freeman Matthews, Jr. (1927-2006) was a career Foreign Service officer, serving with the State Department from 1952 to 1991. The collection consists of materials documenting Matthews Jr.’s service with the State Department, in particular, his time as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cairo from 1976 to 1980.

R. W. Apple Papers (MC278)

R. W. Apple, Jr. (1934-2006) was a journalist, correspondent and editor at the New York Times. Apple covered a variety of topics including war, revolution, politics and government, and food and drink. The collection is composed of Apple’s research for his travel writings on various cities, countries, and chefs. The research is comprised of reporter’s notebooks, annotated menus, maps, and news clippings. The accession includes correspondence, personal documents such as baptismal records, marriage licenses, and family photographs.

William Jovanovich Papers (C1505)

William Jovanovich (1920-2001) was an American publisher, author, and businessman, who led the publishing firm Harcourt Brace Jovanovich from 1954 to 1991, as president and later as chief executive officer. The collection consists of Jovanovich’s author and publisher files, including an extensive file on Charles A. Lindbergh, along with correspondence, writings, personal and family papers, memorabilia, and other files documenting his career as a major American publisher in the 20th century, his creative pursuits in fiction and nonfiction, and his interest in Yugoslav literature and textbook publishing. Notable figures represented in the author files include Svetlana Alliluyeva, Hannah Arendt, Matija Bećković, Sylvia Beach, Arthur C. Clarke, Edward Dahlberg, Milovan Djilas, e. e. cummings, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster, Hiram Haydn, Helen Hayes, Irving Howe, Jerzy Kosiński, Anita Loos, Marshall McLuhan, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Lewis Mumford, V. S. Pritchett, Erich Maria Remarque, Richard Rovere, Carl Sandburg, William Saroyan, Vasilēs Vasilikos, Andy Warhol, and Leonard Woolf.

German Devotional Miscellany, circa 1510-1540 (Princeton MS. 234)

One-volume collection of devotional texts and prayers in German and Latin, which were copied over a period of 30 years by various German scribes on different paper stock. The manuscript, organized into twelve booklets, was probably compiled for Euphemia Pirckheimer (1486-1557), abbess of the Benedictine convent of the Holy Cross at Bergen, in Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria. She was the sister of the German humanists Caritas Pirckheimer (1467-1532) and Willibald Pirckheimer (1470-1530).

02. September 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for June 2015

“The Town Press,” from the fall 2014 Triangle Club Production of An Inconvenient Sleuth Triangle Club Records, AC122.

“The Town Press,” from the fall 2014 Triangle Club Production of An Inconvenient Sleuth
Triangle Club Records, AC122.

New finding aids include the following:

Chester H. King Diaries (C1510)

Consists of three diaries, two of which chronicle King’s overland journey to the southwestern frontier from Kansas along the Santa Fe Trail from 1881 to 1883.

Claude Henri-Dufour Art Course Materials (C1507)

The collection consists of course planning materials, manuscripts for an illustrated treatise on art and design, speech drafts, and drawings of French professional designer and art teacher Claude-Henri Dufour (1766-1845), dating from the period during and following the French Revolution, related to an art course he developed and taught at l’École Centrale d’Allier in the Auvergne region of central France. Dufour’s writings depict an ardent republican who promoted the value of design education for artists during the Industrial Revolution and early years of industrial design. Course materials cover elements of design and perspective, anatomy and proportion of the human figure, aesthetics, composition, and ornamental design, as well as touch on architecture and natural history.

Edmund Downey Manuscripts of Charles Lever’s Writings (C1509)

Consists of manuscripts for two unrealized publications of selected works of Irish novelist Charles Lever (1806-1872), including “Books, Men, & Affairs; Views and Reviews” and “Harry Lorrequer’s Log” or “Harry Lorrequer’s Log-Book,” both edited by Irish novelist and publisher, Edmund Downey (1856-1937). Also included is an early draft of part of Downey’s book, Charles Lever: His Life in His Letters (1906), and some related bibliographical notes of Lever’s writings.

Louis-Guillaume Otto, comte de Mosloy Letters to Eléonore-François-Elie, marquis de Moustier (C1506)

Consists of 19 letters dating from October 19, 1789 to October 10, 1791, from Germano-French diplomat Louis-Guillaume Otto, comte de Mosloy (1754-1817), who served as Chargé d’affaires ad interim in Philadelphia and New York from 1887 to 1792, to fellow French diplomat Eléonore-François-Elie, marquis de Moustier (1751-1817). Also included is a 10-page letter with the title “Bulletin,” dated January 18, 1790, which was likely intended for publication.

Philip Schuyler Account Book and Letters (C1508)

A ledger of accounts and real estate transactions of the Schuyler family of Schuylerville (formerly Saratoga), New York, in the hand of Philip Schuyler (1788-1865), dating from 1814 to 1825. Also included are two letters relating to Schuyler.

Richard Arndt Papers (MC276)

Richard T. Arndt (1928-) worked in cultural diplomacy for over two decades for the U.S. Information Agency and the Department of State. The collection documents Arndt’s commitment to cultural diplomacy and his advocacy of programs like the Fulbright Program in order to cultivate positive international relations. Included are papers written by Arndt and his speeches, article clippings, and correspondence on the topic of cultural diplomacy. Many documents are related to his book The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century. Also of note are translations by Arndt of a French novel and play.

Rita Guibert Collection of Latin American Authors (C1502)

Rita Guibert (1916-2007) was an Argentine American author, journalist, editor, and translator. Guibert is best known for Seven Voices: Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1973. The collection includes audio cassette tapes containing Guibert’s in-depth interviews with Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortázar, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Manuel Puig, Carlos Fuentes, José Donoso, and others. Other materials include correspondence with authors, photographs, and drafts of articles Guibert wrote for magazines including LIFE en Español, Nuestro, The Paris Review, and Revista Iberoamerica.

Robertson v. Princeton University Case Records (AC403)

The Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit was a dispute between the university and members of the Robertson family regarding the use of a multi-million dollar endowment given by Marie Robertson, wife of Charles Robertson, a member of the Class of 1926. The collection consists of board meeting materials of the Robertson Foundation, depositions of Princeton University administrators including then university president Shirley Tilghman, expert reports, and other documents pertaining to the Robertson v. Princeton University lawsuit.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Freeman Matthews Sr. Papers (MC243)

Series 6: 2015 Accession, 1926-1986, is mostly composed of photographs taken at events H. Freeman Matthews attended, namely the Potsdam Conference, the Vienna summit meeting between John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, and meetings of the Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defense. The series also contains materials related to H. Freeman Matthews’s family, including the daybook kept by his wife, Elizabeth Luke “Frisk” Matthews, and correspondence to H. Freeman and Elizabeth, mostly from Matthews’s mother, Mrs. Henry C. Matthews, and his sister-in-law, Polly.

Triangle Club Records (AC122): Subseries 8T: May 2015 Accession

Subseries 8T: May 2015 Accession, is comprised of entirely born-digital materials that document past shows dating back to 2003, the first issues of the Club’s newsletter (Reader’s Tri-Jest), and production files from the Spring 2015 show A Wrinkle InTime. Also included is the script for the 2015 Reunions Version of An Inconvenient Sleuth, which the Club originally produced in Fall 2014. Digital images from past shows constitute the majority of the subseries.

06. July 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for May 2015

The “Lakeside Hotel” set from Sweet and Lowdown (1999), found in the Jessica Lanier Collection of Woody Allen Set Photographs, and described here.

The “Lakeside Hotel” set from Woody Allen’s film Sweet and Lowdown (1999), found in the Jessica Lanier Collection of Woody Allen Set Photographs, and described here.

New finding aids include the following:

Abigail Klionsky Oral History Collection on Jewish Student Life at Princeton (AC424)

Abigail Klionsky is a member of the Princeton University undergraduate Class of 2014 who undertook an oral history project on Jewish student life at Princeton as part of her senior thesis. The collection consists of fifteen transcripts of Klionsky’s interviews with Jewish alumni and also includes a copy of a transcript of Henry Morgenthau III’s interview with David Frisch in 1979.

Charles W. Millard Correspondence with Anthony Caro (C1504)

Consists of correspondence, dating from 2000 to 2011, between the art historian Charles W. Millard and British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013). Also included are a few letters, dating from 1984 to 2000, between Anthony Caro and the Very Reverend Peter R. Baelz (1923-2000), who had collaborated with Caro on The Last Judgement: Sculpture (Museum Würth-Verlag Paul Swiridoff, Künzelsau, 1999).

David L. Aaron Papers (MC275)

The David L. Aaron Papers primarily document Aaron’s service as Deputy National Security Advisor under Jimmy Carter’s administration, although records pertaining to his work for Walter F. Mondale and his activities in the private sector are also present. Aaron’s chronological files, speeches, subject files, and writings from his White House years provide insight into the national security issues that dominated his term, especially U.S. relations with the Soviet Union. Of particular note are briefing papers, speech drafts and talking points, correspondence, and other materials created in the course of Jimmy Carter’s 1980 re-election campaign. Materials that are more administrative in nature are also present in the form of invitations Aaron received, his schedules and appointments, and his telephone memorandums. To a lesser extent, the collection includes records related to Aaron’s work for Walter F. Mondale, both in his position as Mondale’s legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate and as a foreign policy advisor for Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. There is also a small amount of documentation on Aaron’s tenure with Oppenheimer and Company and a number of his speeches and writings that postdate his tenure in the Executive Office, including a typescript of his first novel.

Jessica Lanier Collection of Woody Allen Set Photographs (C1503)

The collection consists of set decorator Jessica Lanier’s set photographs for several of Woody Allen’s films from 1999 to 2001, including Sweet and Lowdown (1999), Small Time Crooks (2000), and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), all of which were shot in various locations across New Jersey and New York. Also present are her copies of the shooting scripts and revisions for Small Time Crooks and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Photographs primarily consist of contemporary color prints and Polaroids, as well as some 35mm film negatives.

Josiah S. Studdiford Family Correspondence (C1495)

Consists of the personal correspondence of Josiah S. Studdiford (1837-1862), documenting his service with the 4th New Jersey Infantry during the U.S. Civil War, including battles in which he was involved; his capture and time as a prisoner of war at Libby Prison (Va.) in the summer of 1862; and his death during the Battle of South Mountain (Md.) on September 14, 1862. Also included is the largely personal correspondence of several of Studdiford’s relatives, including his grandfather, John Neely Simpson (1770-1832); his brother, Peter Augustus Studdiford (1828-1886); and his uncles, James Hervey Simpson (1813-1883) and Josiah Simpson (1815-1874). Many of those represented were Princeton University graduates.

Le loisir d’un solitaire par M. le C.D.S.M. manuscript with authorial revisions by a member of the household of Louis XV, circa 1753-1763 (C0938 No. 684)

Autograph manuscript of Louis Marie, comte de Sainte-Maure (1700-1763) that appears to the author’s attempt at a major revision or enlarged version of a book, which he had published anonymously in 1753 under the title: Delassement du coeur et de L’esprit. Par un solitaire ([Paris], 1753). The date 1753 in the manuscript is presumably that of the printed version, which did not include the author’s concealed identity on the title page (“M. le C.D.S.M.”). Contains frequent textual additions and deletions, many of which are either written between the lines or in the outer margins. 2 volumes bound in 1, armorial binding in calf, gift, with the gold-stamped arms of the comte de Sainte-Maure on the upper and lower covers, as well as the spin.

Princeton and Slavery Course Records (AC422)

Princeton and Slavery, HIST 402, is a course that explores the historical connections between Princeton University and slavery, as well as the relationship between the town and the college as pertains to race relations and slavery, and the town’s African American population. The collection consists of materials created and compiled by students and instructors in the Spring and Fall of 2013 including copies of original documents collected by the students from the New Jersey State Archives, microfilmed sources within Firestone Library, and final papers of the students; the collection also includes correspondence about the course with alumni.

Princeton University Asian American Students Association Records (AC423)

The Princeton University Asian American Students Association (AASA) was organized in 1971 to address the needs of Asian American students at Princeon through social, cultural, political, and educational programs. The Princeton University Asian American Students Association Records chiefly consist of correspondence, petitions, reports, and proposals that document the campaign for developing an Asian American Studies program at Princeton as well as records that document campus events and activities led and sponsored by the Asian American Student Association.

Princeton University Community House Records (AC416)

The Princeton University Community House is a student-led organization that was established in 1969 by seven undergraduate students to provide academic and social enrichment programming to black youth and adults living in low-income Princeton neighborhoods. The Princeton University Community House Records document the origins and activities of the organization since its inception and through its first three decades.


New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures Records (AC399)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures was formed from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures in 2001 and offers an undergraduate major in Spanish and/or Portuguese as well as a graduate program in the field. The records consist of undergraduate course syllabi from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures for the academic years 1994/1995 through 2009/2010.

Hudson Review Archives (C1091)

Series 13: 2015 Accession, 1952-2015 (mostly 2002-2014), consists of author files and correspondence, editorial materials, administrative and financial files, circulation and publicity materials, and project files of The Hudson Review, documenting the magazine’s activities from 2006 through 2014, although some materials predate this period. Author files and issue files largely span these years, while financial files largely span from 2002 to 2008. Author, issue, financial, administrative, and publicity files are largely chronological continuations of earlier series. However, files related to special projects and publications of the The Hudson Review are also present in this series, regarding its Writers in the Schools program and its anthologies, Writes of Passage (2008) and Poets Translate Poets (2013). A collection of materials related to founding editor Frederick Morgan (1922-2004) is also present and includes condolence letters, obituaries, and tributes following his death in 2004, printed materials, and signs from his office.

Office of the Dean of the College (AC149)

Subseries 23A, Valerie Smith Emails, documents Smith’s correspondence with executive Dean of the College administrators, University Cabinet officials, and committees, such as the Council of Masters and the Faculty Committees on the Course of Study and Examinations and Standing. A considerable volume of correspondence exists between Dean Smith and Carla Hailey Penn (Executive Assistant and Office Manager), Nancy Kanach (Senior Associate Dean of the College), and Clayton Marsh (Deputy Dean of the College). ODOC offices particularly well documented include the Office of International Programs, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. Topics covered range from academic affairs and academic planning to diversity and curriculum development.

Woodrow Wilson School Policy Seminar Papers (AC103)

Series 1: Public Policy Seminars, 1930-2014 contains the final papers, and sometimes additional course materials, from the eponymous junior and senior level courses that have been a capstone of the undergraduate experience in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy since its founding. The “Creator” names listed below indicate the Professor who taught the seminar.

05. June 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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New Finding Aids for April 2015

Don Oberdorfer ’52, author of Tet! and The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era. Part of the Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162) and described here.

Don Oberdorfer ’52, author of Tet! and The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era. Part of the Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162) and described here.

New finding aids include the following:

Robert Fagles Papers (C1499)

Robert Fagles (1933-2008) was an American professor, poet, and academic, best known for his contemporary translations of ancient Greek and Latin classics, especially his acclaimed translations of the epic poems of Homer. The papers consist of professional and publishing correspondence, along with manuscript and typescript drafts, corrected proofs and galleys, notes, revisions, and other files regarding his English translations of ancient Greek and Latin texts, including Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, as well as poems by Bacchylides and Pindar.

François Wahl Collection on Severo Sarduy (C1470)

The collection contains edited typescripts and copies of Cuban writer Severo Sarduy’s poems, essays, and translations, along with writings about Sarduy, interviews, notes, clippings, and other printed materials. Correspondence includes a group of postcards sent to Severo Sarduy and his partner François Wahl in the 1960s and 1970s from various European and Latin American writers and philosophers, including Roland Barthes, Alain Badiou, Reinaldo Arenas, Octavio Paz, and Jacques Lacan, and additional correspondence of French editor and structuralist François Wahl.

Revised finding aids:

William Seymour Family Papers (TC011)

Consists primarily of the professional papers of prominent late 19th- and early 20th-century American theatrical stage manager and director William Seymour (1855-1933). The majority of papers include correspondence as well as numerous production-related materials, such as playscripts, promptbooks, and sheet music. Family members, particularly other well-known theater figures, such as Seymour’s sister-in-law Fanny Davenport (1850-1898), are also represented in the collection through correspondence, production materials, ephemera, and newspaper clippings.

New additions to existing collections were added to the following finding aids:

Don Oberdorfer Papers (MC162)

Series 3: 2015 Accession, 1930-2008 (mostly 1978-2008) is primarily composed of Oberdorfer’s notebooks that document his service as diplomatic correspondent at the Washington Post and his work post-retirement. The notebooks from Oberdorfer’s journalism career are especially significant for their detailed notes and commentary on his travels abroad, including his many trips with Secretary of State George P. Shultz to Asia, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union. Oberdorfer’s additional travels to Korea, Japan, and China after his retirement and his attendance at a variety of domestic and international conferences are also chronicled in his notebooks. To a lesser extent, the collection contains typescript drafts of Oberdorfer’s unpublished autobiography “Beyond the First Taxi Zone: Adventures of a Cold War Correspondent.” Oberdorfer’s general files of research materials and writings, often compiled in the course of conducting research for his autobiography, mostly pertain to the political climates of Japan and Korea, U.S. foreign relations under the Ronald Reagan administration, or to Oberdorfer’s biography of Senator Mike Mansfield.

05. May 2015 by Rare Books and Special Collections
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