Charles Reznikoff Papers MSS 9

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Reznikoff Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 9
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9.7 Linear feet 26 archives boxes, 1 oversize folder
Date (inclusive): 1912-1976
Abstract: The papers of a distinguished American literary figure. Reznikoff was a prolific writer of poetry, prose, essays, and chronicler of Judaism and the American Jewish experience. He worked both as an editor and contributing author on The Menorah Journal and Family Chronicle, and was in close association with such noted writers as Ezra Pound, George Oppen, and William Carlos Williams. The correspondence, which provides documentation of the literary community of 40s, 50s, and 60s America, as well as providing insights into Reznikoff's personal life, includes letters from Robert Creeley, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, John Perlman, Willilam Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included are the various exchanges between Reznikoff and his numerous publishers. The bulk of the collection consists of Reznikoff's writings, ranging from original source materials up to finished typescripts, and includes thousands of pages of revisions. Most of the materials in the collection date from the 1940's to the early 1970's. The 1989 addition to the Reznikoff papers consists primarily of letters written by Reznikoff to his wife Marie Syrkin between 1928 and 1939. Also included are Reznikoff's letter of will to his wife dated 1961; letters of condolence to Marie following the poet's death in 1976; and several miscellaneous correspondences. In addition, Reznikoff's personal copies (with annotations) of eight of his published works have been included. The 1991 addition to the Reznikoff papers contains personal letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin written in 1930 before their marriage; financial records which detail Reznikoff's activities between 1947 and 1976; and miscellaneous memorabilia.
Creator: Reznikoff, Charles, 1894-1976

Scope and Content of Collection

Accession Processed in 1977
The Reznikoff collection is arranged in six series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) REVIEWS, 4) PERSONAL ARTIFACTS, 5) MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS, and 6) WORKS BY AND ABOUT REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE series fills five archives boxes and includes letters from such celebrated literary figures as Robert Creeley, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, John Perlman, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included are the various exchanges between Reznikoff and his numerous publishers. These are revealing of the untiring energy with which Reznikoff pursued the publication of his works -- in both Europe and America -- and include a surprising amount of rejection letters! The correspondence section is in alphabetical order, with each particular correspondent assigned one file.
SERIES 2: WRITINGS
The WRITINGS series is broken into eight subsets: "books," "the idea file," "lectures and readings," " Menorah Journal materials," "miscellaneous notes," "notes on composition theory," "poetry," and "miscellaneous writings. The "books" section includes original drafts, typescripts, manuscripts, carbons, hand-written notes, paste-ups, and reviews; organized according to the title of each book, with the books listed alphabetically. The "books" subset comprises 12 archive boxes, more than half the entire Reznikoff collection. The "idea file" subset was organized by Reznikoff. It is a collection of short sketches, observations, verse fragments, and "situations"; organized alphabetically, with an index. The "lectures and readings" subset consists of drafts of public readings of both prose and verse. The " Menorah Journal materials" subset consists of eight short stories written for MJ, as well as an article on MJ written by Reznikoff for Midstream. The "miscellaneous notes" subset is made up of character sketches and other random notes concerning possible subjects for later works. The "notes on composition theory" subset contains notes on some aspects of writing dialogue, the use of rhythm, and the problem of writing history. The "poetry" subset includes finished works, with some corrections, from 1973 - 1975. The "miscellaneous writings" subset includes random unfinished notes for prose and verse from as early as the 1930s. Included in the "Miscellaneous Writings" section are materials concerning Julius Rosenmann, an old man Reznikoff met while walking in New York. Rosenmann provided Reznikoff with much material for writing, along with a $10,000 legacy.
SERIES 3: REVIEWS
The REVIEWS series contains only those reviews not previously listed under their respective titles in the Writings series. Thus all reviews pertaining to Holocaust are listed under Holocaust in the Writings section.
SERIES 4: PERSONAL ARTIFACTS
The PERSONAL ARTIFACTS series contains mailing lists, address books, Reznikoff's law school notes, photos, and other personal ephemera.
SERIES 5: MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS
MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS includes writings by Nathan and Sarah Reznikoff, both of whose memoirs were used by Charles as the basis of later writings. The original manuscript of Sarah Reznikoff's autobiography is in an extremely fragile condition, and photocopies on acid-free paper have been made for preservation purposes.
SERIES 6: MATERIALS RELATING TO RESNIKOFF'S FRIENDS
MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS include materials by George Oppen and Marie Syrkin (Reznikoff's wife), as well as reviews of other poets' works.
The Charles Reznikoff papers provide a fascinating look into the life and writings of an important American author. Perhaps the most useful aspect of the collection is its opening-up for review the very processes by which Reznikoff wrote and re-wrote, for we can here follow his thoughts from early notes and rough drafts up through his multiple revisions. The insights provided by the materials, coupled with the wealth of biographical information contained in the collection, offer the reader a rich source of information on the personal life and aesthetic praxes of this remarkable author.
Accession Processed in 1990
The accession to the papers of Charles Reznikoff processed in 1990 is comprised of two archives boxes and contains two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) AUTHOR'S COLLECTION.
In the CORRESPONDENCE series, there are two folders of letters written by the poet to his wife between 1928 and 1939; an informal letter of will dated 1961; several letters written to Marie following Reznikoff's death in 1969; and a few miscellaneous correspondences.
The AUTHOR'S COLLECTION series includes the author's annotated copies of the following published works: Five Groups of Verse (1927); Going To And Fro And Walking Up And Down (1941); By The Waters of Manhattan (1962); Testimony: The United States (1885-1890) (1965); "JOB" in Chelsea 24/25 (October, 1968); Testimony: The United States(1891-1900) (1968); By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees (1969); and By the Well of Living and Seeing: New and Selected Poems (1974). These items were acquired along with the original collection of Reznikoff's papers, but they were previously shelved in the Archive for New Poetry's "Author Collection."
Accession Processed in 1991
The accession to the Charles Reznikoff Papers processed in 1991 contains a significant collection of letters from Charles to his future wife, Marie Syrkin; financial records; and memorabilia. The materials are organized into four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS; 3) FINANCIAL RECORDS; and 4) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The most important element in the CORRESPONDENCE series is the strikingly personal collection of love letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin, written before their marriage in 1930. The letters are undated.
SERIES 2: CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS
The CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS series contains various personal documents including Reznikoff's high school diploma and his law degree.
SERIES 3: FINANCIAL RECORDS
In the FINANCIAL RECORDS series, a record of Reznikoff's activities between 1947 and 1976 can be traced through entries in income and expense journals and notebooks. Reznikoff meticulously noted all his expenses including income derived from poetry readings.
SERIES 4: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
Finally, the MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS contain a photograph of Reznikoff, two poems by the poet, and Al Lewin memorabilia.

Biography

Charles Reznikoff's long and productive life began 31 August 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, Nathan Reznikoff and Sarah Yetta Wolvovsky Reznikoff, were Russian Jews who had recently immigrated to the United States. Reznikoff's family moved throughout the city, and the anti Semitism which Charles often encountered had a lasting effect on his work. When he was twelve Reznikoff's family moved to a section of Brooklyn that was isolated from the Jewish community; Reznikoff once described it as a place where "the hatred for Israel smoldered." He later wrote that he would have to rush home from high school in order to avoid the taunts of children leaving their grade school.
Despite his self consciousness and feelings of insecurity, Reznikoff was an excellent student. He finished grammar school three years ahead of the rest of his class and graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn in 1909 at the age of fifteen. By the time he was sixteen Reznikoff was already certain that he wanted to become a writer. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but soon found that journalists' priorities were different than his -- they were more interested in news than in writing, while it was the writing itself that Reznikoff cared about.
Reznikoff left the University of Missouri after one year and returned to New York. He first worked at his parents' hat manufacturing business. Ten in 1912 he entered New York University's Law School. In 1915 he graduated second in his class, and the next year at the age of twenty two was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. Although his training as a lawyer proved to be a long lasting influence on his poetry, Reznikoff actually practiced for a very brief period. He once said "I wanted to use whatever mental energy I had for my writing."
Reznikoff's first book of poetry, Rhythms, was published in 1918. It was a small volume that he printed on a press he had installed in the basement of his parents' home. After 1918 he held a number of jobs in order to support himself, but from this time on found ways to devote the majority of his time to writing. In 1919 he privately printed Rhythms II; then in 1920 Samuel Roth published Poems the first of his works to be published commercially. During the 1920's Reznikoff's reputation slowly grew, and he was able to publish some of his work in magazines; he also wrote four plays during that decade.
In 1930 Reznikoff married Marie Syrkin, who later became a distinguished professor at Brandeis University. Although his work still failed to make a commercial impact, Reznikoff continued to gain attention in the 1930's. Along with Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, and Carl Rakosi, he became known as one of the principal proponents of the Objectivist group of poets. The poets formed the Objectivist Press, with whom Reznikoff published three of his works.
During the late thirties Reznikoff worked as a screen writer in Hollywood. When he returned from the West Coast he again took up his life of free lance writing. Marie Reznikoff has written that she and Charles grew estranged during the forties; when she was hired by the English department at Brandeis University, her husband stayed in Manhattan, and the Reznikoffs usually spent only holidays and weekends together. Charles supported himself by working on a number of projects, many of which dealt with the place of the Jewish community in America.
Reznikoff did not publish any poetry from 1941 through 1959, when Inscriptions: 1944 1956 appeared. Three years later, New Directions published By the Waters of Manhattan: Selected Verse, and in 1965 New Directions published Testimony, which, along with Holocaust, has been called one of Reznikoff's two major works. Marie Syrkin retired in 1966, and the Reznikoffs moved into a luxurious Manhattan apartment. Reznikoff continued to write through these years; the final work to be published during his lifetime was Holocaust. He died on 22 January 1976 after suffering a heart attack the previous day.
Selected Bibliography:
Rhythms (1918), Poems (1920), Uriel Acosta: A Play and a Fourth Group of Verse (1921), Chatterton, the Black Death, and Meriwether Lewis: Three Plays (1922), Coral, and Captive Israel: Two Plays (1923), Nine Plays, Five Groups of Verse (1927), By the Waters of Manhattan (1930), Jerusalem the Golden, Testimony, In Memoriam: 1933 (1934), Early History of a Sewing Machine Operator, Separate Way (1936), Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down (1941), The Lionhearted (1944), The Jews of Charleston (1950), Inscriptions: 1944-1956 (1959), By the Waters of Manhattan: Selected Verse (1962), Family Chronicle (1963), Testimony: The United States 1885-1890: Recitative (1965), Testimony: The Unites States (1891-1900): Recitative (1968), By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees (1969), By the Well of Living and Seeing: New & Selected Poems, 1918-1973 (1974), Holocaust (1975), Poems 1918-1936: Volume I of the Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff (1976), Poems 1937-1975: Volume II of the Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff, The Manner "Music" (1977).

Preferred Citation

Charles Reznikoff Papers, MSS 0009. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Acquisition Information

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Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Barnes, Djuna
Creeley, Robert, 1926-2005
Degnan, June Oppen
Dembo, L. S.
Fauchereau, Serge
Hindus, Milton
Ignatow, David, 1914-1997
Laughlin, James, 1914-1997
Lowenfels, Walter, 1897-1976
Martin, John, 1947-
Niedecker, Lorine
Oppen, George
Padgett, Ron
Rakosi, Carl, 1903-2004
Reznikoff, Charles, 1894-1976 -- Archives
Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978
American poetry--20th century
Diaries--20th century.

 

Accession Processed in 1977

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 1, Folder 1

Academy of American Poets. 7 ALs, 22 TLs, 4 D; 8 Rc

Box 1, Folder 2

American Jewish History Center. 10 TLs, 8 D; 8 Rc

Box 1, Folder 3

American Poetry Review. 1 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 4

Anonymous. 8 ALs; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 5

Auster, Paul. 2 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 6

Axelrod, Susan. 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 4 Rc

Box 1, Folder 7

A (misc.) 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 4 Rc

Box 1, Folder 8

Barnes, Djuna. 1 TLs, 1 D

 

Berg, Stephen

General note

See Box 18, Folder 3.
Box 1, Folder 9

Berkson, Bill. 3 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 10

Buck, Fred ( Bezoar Magazine). 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 11

Business. 1 AL, 4 TLs; 7 Rc

Box 1, Folder 12

Business (cont.) 33 D

Box 1, Folder 13

B (misc.) 4 ALs, 1 TLs; 5 Rc

Box 1, Folder 14

Caplan, Ron. 3 TLs, 1 D; 1 Rc

Box 1, Folder 15

Carruth, Hayden. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 1 D; 6 Rc

Box 1, Folder 16

Chapman, Abraham. 3 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 17

Clark, Tom. 1 Rc

Box 1, Folder 18

Commentary Magazine. 1 ALs, 8 TLs; 3 Rc

Box 1, Folder 19

Cook, Albert. 5 TLs; 4 Rc

Box 1, Folder 20

Cooney, Seamus. 4 ALs, 14 TLs, 4 D; 14 Rc

Box 1, Folder 21

Corman, Cid. 4 TLs, 2 PP; 1 Rc; see also 19.1/2/3

 

Creeley, Robert

General note

See Box 19, Folders 1-3.
Box 1, Folder 22

Crozier, Andrew. 4 ALs, 8 TLs, 4 D; 15 Rc

Box 1, Folder 23

Cuddihy, Michael. 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 1, Folder 24

C (misc.) 6 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 1, Folder 25-27

Degnan, June Oppen. 13 ALs, 3 TL, 50 TLs, 32 D, 1 AR, 36 Rc

Box 1, Folder 28

Deemer, Bill. 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 MS; 1 Rc

Box 2, Folder 1

Dembo, L.S. 3 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 2

D (misc.) 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 3

Enslin, Theodore. 2 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 2, Folder 4

Enters, Angna. 1 TLs, 3 D; 1 Rc

 

Erlich, J. W

General note

See Academy of American Poets.
Box 2, Folder 5

Evanier, David. 8 TLs, 1 D; 7 Rc

Box 2, Folder 6

E (misc.) 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 7

Fagin, Larry. 1 ALs

Box 2, Folder 8

Falk, Marcia. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 9

Faucherau, Serge. 3 ALs, 1 TL; 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 10

Finley, Ian Hamilton. 1 ALs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 11

F (misc.) 2 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 12

Gitin, David and Marcia. 2 ALs

Box 2, Folder 13

Gotham Book Mart. 12 TLs, 13 D; 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 14

Guedalla, Roger. 5 TLs; 4 Rc

Box 2, Folder 15

G (misc.) 7 ALs, 5 TLs; 9 Rc

Box 2, Folder 16

Halper, Albers and Lorna. 4 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 2, Folder 17

Halpern, Daniel. 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 18

Harper's Magazine. 4 TLs; 7 Rc

General note

Correspondence concerning Joseph Auslander's plagiarism of CR's "Rashi."
Box 2, Folder 19

Hays, H. R. 1 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 20

Heilman, Robert. 5 TLs, 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 21

Hindus, Milton. 11 TLs; 2 MS; 7 Rc

General note

Correspondence includes unpublished articles by CR on Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky.
Box 2, Folder 22

Hoffman, Stanton. 5 TLs; 2 E; 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 23

Hoberger, Eric. 2 TLs, 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 24

H (misc.) 5 ALs, 16 TLs; 1 MS; 8 Rc

Box 2, Folder 25

Ignatow, David. 1 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 MS; 1 AR, 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 26

Ishilf, Joseph. 1 ALs

Box 2, Folder 27

I (misc.) 1 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 2, Folder 28

Jewish Frontier. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 29

Jewish Magazines. 2 ALs, 7 TLs, 1 D; 6 Rc

Box 2, Folder 30

Jewish Organizations. 2 ALs, 56 TLs, 11 D; 25 Rc

Box 2, Folder 31

J (misc.) 1 ALs, 3 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 32

Katz, Steve. 1 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc

Box 2, Folder 33

Kesslar, Milton. 2 ALs, 1 TLs; 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 34

Kherdian, David. 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 3 Rc

Box 2, Folder 35

Kosakoff, Reuven. 2 ALs

Box 2, Folder 36

K (misc.) 1 ALs, 13 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 2, Folder 37

Laughlin, James. 3 ALs, 6 TLs, 2 D; 5 Rc

Box 2, Folder 38

Levendosky, Charles. 2 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 3, Folder 1

Levertov, Denise. 2 ALs

Box 3, Folder 2

Libraries. 99 D

Box 3, Folder 3

Lopate, Phillip. 2 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc

Box 3, Folder 4

Lowenfels, Walter. 3 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc

Box 3, Folder 5

Luce, Gay. 1 TLs

Box 3, Folder 6

L (misc.) 5 ALs, 10 TLs, 3 D; 10 Rc

Box 3, Folder 7

Magazines (misc.) 5 ALs, 10 TLs, 3 D; 10 Rc

Box 3, Folder 8

Malanga, Gerard. 5 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc

Box 3, Folder 9

Marshall, James. 6 TLs; 4 Rc

Box 3, Folder 10

Martin, John (Black Sparrow Press). 33 TLs, 11 D

Box 3, Folder 11

Martin, John. 1 AR, 25 Rc

Box 3, Folder 12

Meltzer, David. 4 TLs; 3 Rc

Box 3, Folder 13

Menorah Journal by Marie Syrkin. 6 TLsc; 16 Rc; 1 ALs

Box 3, Folder 14

Midstream. 7 TLs, 1 D; 1 MS; 3 Rc

Box 3, Folder 15

Montgomery, Stuart and Deirdere (Fulcrum Press). 7 TLs, 5 D; 1 AR, 6 Rc

Box 3, Folder 16

Museum of Modern Art (Lita Hornick). 2 TLs, 1 D

Box 3, Folder 17

M (misc.) 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 7 Rc

Box 3, Folder 18

National Institute of Arts and Letters. 5 TLs, 3 D, 3 Rc

Box 3, Folder 19

National Poetry Festival, Allendale, Mich. 1 ALs, 7 TLs, 4 D; 7 Rc

Box 3, Folder 20-21

New Directions. 2 ALs, 26 TLs, 34 D; 1 AR, 16 Rc

Box 3, Folder 22

New York University Law School. 2 TLs

Box 4, Folder 1

Niedecker, Lorine. 2 TLs; 2 MS

Box 4, Folder 2

N (misc.) 3 ALs, 6 TLs, 2 D; 5 Rc

Box 4, Folder 3

Objectivist Press. 1 D

Box 4, Folder 4

Oppen, George and Mary. 7 ALs, 3 TL, 10 TLs, 4 D; 4 Rc

Box 4, Folder 5

O (misc.) 2 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 6

Padgett, Ron. 5 ALs, 5 TLs, 3 D; 5 Rc

Box 4, Folder 7

Perlman, John. 2 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 8

Pickard, Tom. 1 ALs

Box 4, Folder 9

Poetry Conference, Readings. 1 ALs, 1 TL, 9 TLs, 4 D; 3 Rc

Box 4, Folder 10

Publishers. 3 ALs, 1 TL, 35 TLs

Box 4, Folder 11

Publishers (cont.) 9 D; 24 Rc

Box 4, Folder 12

P (misc.) 2 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 4, Folder 13

Rokosi, Carl. 2 ALs, 3 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 14

Reznikoff, Charles (family papers). 2 D

Box 4, Folder 15-16

Reznikoff, Charles. 5 ALs, 15 TLs, 5 MS

General note

Letters of condolence and tributes sent to Marie Syrkin on CR's death.
Box 4, Folder 17

Riley, Peter. 2 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 4, Folder 18

Rosenblum, Martin J. 4 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 19

Rosenmann, Julius

Box 4, Folder 20

Ross, James. 1 TLs

Box 4, Folder 21

Rudolf, Anthony. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 3 D; 2 Rc

Box 4, Folder 22

R (misc.) 7 ALs, 15 TLs, 4 D; 9 Rc

Box 4, Folder 23

Samperi, Frank. 2 ALs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 24

San Francisco State Poetry Center. 4 TLs, 3 D; 7 Rc

Box 4, Folder 25

Savitt, Lynne. 1 ALs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 26

Schneider, Duane. 5 TLs, 8 D; 4 Rc

Box 4, Folder 27

Seed, John. 6 ALs, 1 TLs, 2 D; 12 MS; 5 Rc

Box 4, Folder 28

Shapiro, Harvey. 1 TLs; 2 Rc

Box 4, Folder 29

Snow, C.P. 1 TLs; 1 Rc

General note

See also 19.1/2/3.
Box 4, Folder 30

Spann, Marcella. 1 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 4, Folder 31

Syrkin, Marie. 11 ALs, 5 D; 2 Rc

Box 4, Folder 32

S (misc.) 9 ALs, 13 TLs, 1 TL; 10 Rc

Box 5, Folder 1

Tarn, Nathaniel. 1 ALs

Box 5, Folder 2

Tobias, Thoma. 1 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 Rc

Box 5, Folder 3

Tucker, Harvey. 1 TLs, 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 4

T (misc.) 3 TLs, 1 D; 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 5

U (misc.) 1 TL, 1 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 6

V (misc.) 1 TLs

Box 5, Folder 7

Waldman, Anne. 2 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc

 

Warshow, Robert

General note

See Box 18, Folder 18.
Box 5, Folder 8

WBAI Radio. 1 ALs, 5 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc

Box 5, Folder 9

Weil, James. 5 TLs, 1 D; 5 Rc

Box 5, Folder 10

Weinberger, Eliot. 1 ALs, 5 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc

Box 5, Folder 11

Williams, Gil. 4 TLs, 4 D; 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 12

Williams, Jonathan. 1 TL, 1 TLs; 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 13

Williams, William Carlos. 1 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 D

Box 5, Folder 14

W (misc.) 3 ALs, 8 TLs, 2 D; 1 AR, 7 Rc

Box 5, Folder 15

YMHA. 6 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc

Box 5, Folder 16

Y (misc.) 1 ALs

Box 5, Folder 17

Zukofsky, Louis and Celia. 3 ALs, 3 D; 1 Rc

Box 5, Folder 18

Zychlinska, Rajzel. 6 ALs, 3 D; 7 MS

Box 5, Folder 19

Z (misc.) 2 TLs, 1 D

 

WRITINGS

 

Books

 

By the Waters of Manhattan

Box 5, Folder 20-22

Corrected proofs - Includes New Directions Volume

Box 6, Folder 1

Script for dramatic reading. Performed by the Sharon Temple Players, Temple Israel; Sharon, Mass

 

Reviews

Box 6, Folder 2

General

Box 6, Folder 3

1962 - 1963

Box 6, Folder 4

Ca. late 1960s & early 1970s

 

By the Well of Living and Seeing

Box 6, Folder 5

Ts of early draft, with corrections. Sections titled: A) "Notes for an Autobiography", B) "Notes for a Commonplace Book", C) " Family Chronicle: Notes for an Autobiography"

Box 6, Folder 6-8

Corrected 1968 TS

Box 6, Folder 9-11

Carbon TS with extensive revisions

Box 6, Folder 12

TS and paste-ups with corrections. Note from C.R. to publisher entitled "Printing Guide," concerning type, spacing, paper, etc

Box 6, Folder 13

TS of selected verse with heavy corrections

Box 7, Folder 1

Page paste-ups, version with corrections 1972 - 1972

Box 7, Folder 2

Omitted materials - Omitted from 1969 and 1974 versions

Box 7, Folder 3

"Notes for an Autobiography" - Prose TS with corrections of material that later appeared in BTWoLAS. Also find paste-ups with corrections of "From a Notebook," material that appeared in BTWoLAS and was published separately in Midstream, Winter 1968

Box 7, Folder 4

Reviews

 

Holocaust

Box 7, Folder 5

Early draft with corrections

Box 7, Folder 6

Early drafts - Incomplete TS, complete TS marked "second draft" with corrections

Box 7, Folder 7

TS marked "third revision" - Also carbon with corrections and paste-ups

Box 7, Folder 8

TS marked "third revision" and arranged as script for dramatic reading

Box 7, Folder 9

TS marked "fourth revision" - Also carbon of letter sent to John Martin of Black Sparrow Press concerning proofs

Box 8, Folder 1-2

Xeroxed transcripts of Nazi War Trials, the basis for Holocaust

Box 8, Folder 3

Notes and news clippings with an "Introductory Note" by C.R. Also Night Words; a Midrash on the Holocaust by David Ruskies

Box 8, Folder 4

Miscellaneous TS and MS notes. Includes preface to a reading of Holocaust

Box 8, Folder 5

Verse fragments (carbon) and handwritten notes on chapter organization

Box 8, Folder 6

Reviews

 

Jews of Babylonia

Box 8, Folder 7

Early drafts 1969 - 1969

Box 8, Folder 8

Completed Portuguese translation by Maximo Siminovich, published in Mundo Israelita, Buenos Aires

 

Manner Music

Box 8, Folder 9-10

Early drafts

Box 8, Folder 11

Reviews

Box 9, Folder 1-2

Nine Plays - "Uriel Acosta," paste-ups with corrections 1961

 

Persons and Places

Box 9, Folder 3

TS with corrections 1974 - 1974

Box 9, Folder 4

Carbon TS with corrections 1974 - 1974

Box 9, Folder 5-7

Rejoice Young Man - Original typescript

 

Testimony: The United States, 1885-1915

 

Testimony: The United States, 1885-1890

Box 10, Folder 1

TS with preface and corrections

Box 10, Folder 2

Unmarked carbon of final TS

Box 10, Folder 3

Final printing version, corrections

Box 10, Folder 4

Proof sheets, with corrections

Box 10, Folder 5

Carbon of title page with notes on page and separate note on "the right of privacy"

Box 10, Folder 6

Outline of sections and lists of characters

Box 10, Folder 7

Reviews from 60s and early 70s

 

Testimony: The United States, 1891-1895

Box 10, Folder 8-9

First TS with corrections

Box 11, Folder 1-2

Carbon of first TS, corrections

Box 11, Folder 3

Carbon - Marked "as submitted to New Directions and afterwards revised"

Box 11, Folder 4

Carbon of TS, sent to New Directions, with corrections

 

Early TS draft, with source materials

Box 11, Folder 5

"South" section

Box 11, Folder 6-7

"West" section

Box 12, Folder 1-2

"North" section

Box 12, Folder 3

Revision of "South" section

 

Testimony: The United States, 1896-1900

Box 12, Folder 4

First draft - Handwritten outline, with xerox of original source materials

Box 12, Folder 5

Cover, with markings

Box 12, Folder 6-11

Original MS. 1891-1895 and 1896-1900 were originally conceived as separate books, this is the first attempt at merger, with corrections

Box 13, Folder 1-6

Carbon TS

Box 13, Folder 7

Final copy for private printing

 

Testimony: The United States, 1901-1905

Box 13, Folder 8-11

Source materials from law journals, with notes

Box 14, Folder 1-2

TS with numerous corrections

Box 14, Folder 3-8

Carbon of original TS. First assimilation of materials from 1901-1905 and 1906-1910

 

Testimony: The United States, 1901-1910

Box 14, Folder 9-14

Original MS with corrections, with some carbon and TS pages

Box 15, Folder 1-7

Carbon of original sent to England for Ferry Press edition (1968) with paste-ups and corrections, pages 1-236

Box 16, Folder 1-3

Carbon of original sent to England for Ferry Press edition (1968) with paste-ups and corrections, pages 238-308

Box 16, Folder 4-16

Carbons and discards, items with corrections

 

Testimony: The United States, 1911-1915

Box 17, Folder 1

Source materials from law journals

Box 17, Folder 2

TS with corrections and additional law journal notes

Box 17, Folder 3

Early drafts and source materials

Box 17, Folder 4

Copy sent to Stephen Berg of American Poetry Review, letter enclosed

 

Idea File

Box 17, Folder 5

Idea File - index

Box 17, Folder 6

Idea File - a

Box 17, Folder 7

Idea File - b

Box 17, Folder 8

Idea File - c

Box 17, Folder 9

Idea File - f

Box 17, Folder 10

Idea File - j

Box 17, Folder 11

Idea File - k

Box 17, Folder 12

Idea File - m

Box 17, Folder 13

Idea File - p

Box 17, Folder 14

Idea File - r

Box 17, Folder 15

Idea File - s

Box 17, Folder 16

Idea File - t

Box 17, Folder 17

Idea File - w

 

Lectures and Readings

 

American Jewish Historical Society

Box 18, Folder 1

Introduction to lecture titled "The Jews in American and English Poetry" 1965 - 1965

Box 18, Folder 2-5

Xeroxes and paste-ups of poems organized with notes as materials for lecture series

Box 18, Folder 6

"Introductions," file compiled by C.R. including introductions for readings

Box 18, Folder 7

Sparrow Lecture Series - TS of lecture given as part of series and carbon copy of speech for series

 

The Menorah Journal materials

Box 18, Folder 8-9

Short stories by C.R. for MJ, including: "Aprocrypha," offprint; "In the Country," offprint; "Meetings and Partings, Friends and Strangers," offprint; Murder will Out," TS; "Nudnik," offprint; "Passage after Arms," offprint; "The Snow on the Garage," TS; untitled story on David Franks, TS

Box 18, Folder 10

Article by C.R. on The Menorah Journal for Midstream, and Reviews of The Menorah Journal

Box 18, Folder 11

"Epitaph for a Jewish Magazine: Notes on The Menorah Journal," from Commentary 1965 - 1965

 

Notes, Miscellaneous

Box 18, Folder 12

Notes for a Diary 1959 - 1959

Box 18, Folder 13

Notes on "Projects to Finish"

Box 18, Folder 14

Notes by C.R. concerning himself, his writings, thoughts, etc

Box 18, Folder 15

Notes and source materials for article on Mayer Sulzherger

Box 18, Folder 16

Notes for prose on Salvador, and Bennetto and Major Noah

Box 18, Folder 17

Notes concerning the Jews of Cleveland - Includes letters sent to Sidney Vincent, a Cleveland Jew

Box 18, Folder 18

Notes and TS of historical prose fragments - Prose fragments on a newpaper reporter for the New York Herald in mid 1850s

Box 18, Folder 19

Notes and prose fragments 1946 - 1946

Box 18, Folder 20

Notes for article on Karl Shapiro

 

Notes on Composition Theory

Box 19, Folder 1

Articles from The Nation (1961), with passages underlined with regards to the problem of "writing history," and untitiled poem on the difference between writing prose and verse

Box 19, Folder 2

"The Method of Revision," file titled by C.R. with originals and xeroxes of both notes and newspaper clippings; underlined , with notes in margins

Box 19, Folder 3

"The Objectivist Press," notes by C.R

Box 19, Folder 4

"The secret of effective narrative verse," and "as to method"

Box 19, Folder 5

"Studies in the Rhythm of Dialogue"

Box 19, Folder 6

Cut out page from book (title?) with excerpts by C.R. on "writing biography"

 

Poetry

 

Collection of Poetry from 1973-1975

Box 19, Folder 7-8

Items with corrections

Box 19, Folder 9

With extensive corrections , including "Incident in Mexico" and "The Good Old Days"

Box 19, Folder 10

Curse, poem with corrections

Box 19, Folder 11

Good Old Days: Recitative, Historical episodes in verse. Edited and sent to Stephen Berg of American Poetry Review, May 1975

Box 19, Folder 12

Recitative, carbon

Box 19, Folder 13

Rhythms III: Walking in New York. Marked "sent to Malanga," for inclusion in Autumn 1975 issue of Transatlantic Review, no. 52

 

Miscellaneous Writings

Box 19, Folder 14

Character sketches in prose

 

Charleston Jews

Box 19, Folder 15

Proposal for novel based on life of Frances Marion

 

Notes on Charleston Jews

Box 19, Folder 16

Notes and prose drafts for early history Charleston Jews, also find New York City Public Library receipts for newspapers from the 1830's, presumably check-out by C.R. as source materials

Box 19, Folder 17

Notes from McCrady, book of history of South Carolina, with notes and prose fragments by C.R. drawn from the text

Box 19, Folder 18

Note on ironical close to Charlestown; 1780

 

Charlestown: A Historical Novel

Box 19, Folder 19

Typescript

 

The Palmetto Fly

Box 19, Folder 20

Notes and TS of 2nd version of novel's opening

Box 19, Folder 21

TS with extensive correction

Box 19, Folder 22

Speech, typescript. Titled "The Life and times of Early American Jews, 1645-1800, in Charleston, South Carolina, and in the Beginning of the Congregation Beth Elohim"

Box 19, Folder 23

Current Prose 1954. File titled by C.R. containing notes for a novel on David Franks and Aaron Lopez, theme of American Jewry

 

Encyclopedia Judaica materials

Box 19, Folder 24

MS of article on Irving Kauffman

Box 19, Folder 25

Collected articles

Box 19, Folder 26

First There is Need - Xerox with corrections; essay published by Black Sparrow Press as Sparrow 52

Box 19, Folder 27

Four Themes for a Novel

General note

File titled by figure from Elizabethan history and murder of Pesach Rubenstein, for more on C.R.'s writings on Rubenstein, see Pesach Rubenstein Materials
Box 19, Folder 28

Imaginative Prose ca. 1955

General note

File titled by C.R. with: notes and outlines for stories, two poems, and TS for Diaspora; 1st Century B.C.E.
 

Julius Rosenmann materials

Box 19, Folder 29

In Memoriam: Julius (Judah) Rosenmann (d.1961)

Box 19, Folder 30

Prose concerning Julius Rosemann from diary entry 1951 - 1951

Box 20, Folder 1

Man of Honour - Thoughts on Louis Marshal

Box 20, Folder 2-3

Manuscript of a Novel Never Completed. A folder labeled by C.R., containing short prose from late 1930s early 1940s and verse fragments from the same period

Box 20, Folder 4

Pesach Rubenstein materials. Notes and rough draft (ca. 1947-50) on the Pesach Rubenstein murder case, including xerox of pamphlet "Thrilling Mysteries of the Pesach Rubenstein Murder" (1876)

Box 20, Folder 5

Story of Old Woman - Based on conversations with Julius Rosenmann ca. 1951

Box 20, Folder 6

Tales of Benjamin III - TS and notes

 

REVIEWS

Box 20, Folder 7

Black Sparrow Press editions of C.R.'s work

Box 20, Folder 8

Family Chronicle 1968

Box 20, Folder 9

Five Groups of Verse 1927

Box 20, Folder 10

Nine Plays 1927

Box 20, Folder 11

Poems 1920

Box 20, Folder 12

Reading in Cleveland 1969

Box 20, Folder 13

Inscriptions: 1944 - 1956, in Newleader

 

PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

Box 20, Folder 14

Address list

Box 20, Folder 15

Addresses, in composition book

Box 20, Folder 16

Addresses/mailing list for Family Chronicle

Box 20, Folder 17

Books to Read, list suggested by Kenneth Roxroth, and list compiled by C.R

Box 20, Folder 18

Brief biography of C.R

Box 20, Folder 19

Draft card and autographed copy of the U.S. Army's Infantry Drill Regulations

Box 20, Folder 20

Law school notes 1912 - 1916

Box 20, Folder 21

Men of Achievement Award 1973 - 1973

Box 20, Folder 22

Photos - George Oppen, Allen Ginsberg and others from the National Poetry Festival, Allendale, Michigan

Box 20, Folder 23

Xeroxes of biographical information on Reznikoff

Box 20, Folder 24

Things to do today - memo pad

 

MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS

 

Nathan Reznikoff

Box 20, Folder 25

Letter to N.R., and prose by N.R

 

Memoirs of Nathan Reznikoff

Box 20, Folder 26

Yiddish version

Box 20, Folder 27

Original version

Box 21, Folder 1

English translation - Formed basis of "Early History of a Sewing Machine Operator" (1936)

 

Sarah Reznikoff

 

Autobiography

Box 21, Folder 2-3

Typescript & copies

Box 21, Folder 4-6

Manuscript

Box 21, Folder 7

Manuscript copy - Part I

Box 22, Folder 1-2

Manuscript copy - Part II-III

Box 22, Folder 3

Memoirs, the basis of "Early History of a Seamstress" -- MS. Bound composition book

 

WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS

Box 22, Folder 4

Oppen, George, Discrete Series - TS of Oppen's first book

General note

Enclosed in boards and titled "1930's" on first page. "Zukofsky" is written on title page, with "George Oppen" written over it in C.R.'s handwriting. TS has numerous revisions and different arrangement than published version.
Box 22, Folder 5

Syrkin, Marie, Gleanings - Review

Box 22, Folder 6

Reviews and newsclippings relating to other poets

 

Accession Processed in 1990

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 23, Folder 1-2

Letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin - Includes journal entries. AL, TL, typescript carbons 1928 - 1961

 

Letters to Marie Syrkin after Reznikoff's death

Box 23, Folder 3

From Black Sparrow Press, (TL) 1976

Box 23, Folder 4

Miscellaneous Correspondence, (TL)

Box 23, Folder 5

Unidentified Correspondence, (TL) 1933 May 16

 

AUTHOR'S COLLECTION

Box 23, Folder 6

Five Groups of Verse - Annotated copy (hard-bound book) 1927

Box 23, Folder 7

Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down - Annotated copy (hard-bound book) 1941

Box 24, Folder 1

By the Waters of Manhattan (soft-bound copy) - Copy has some missing sections and pages 1962

Box 24, Folder 2

Testimony: The United States (1885-1890) (two paperback books) - Copy has missing pages 1965

Box 24, Folder 3

JOB in Chelsea 24/25 - Annotated copy 1968

Box 24, Folder 4

Testimony the United States (1891-1900) - Annotated copy (paperback book) 1968

Box 24, Folder 5

By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees - Annotated copies (3 paperback books) 1969

Box 24, Folder 6

By the Well of Living and Seeing: New and Selected Poems - Annotated copy with individual inserted notes (paperback book) 1974

 

Accession Processed in 1991

 

CORRESPONDENCE

Box 25, Folder 1

Boni, Charles 1930

Box 25, Folder 2-3

Syrkin, Marie 1930

Box 25, Folder 4

Pool, David de Sola 1953

 

CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS

Box 25, Folder 5, Oversize MC03705

Miscellaneous

 

FINANCIAL RECORDS

 

Income and Expense Journals

Box 25, Folder 6

1947 - 1962

Box 25, Folder 7

1948 - 1962

Box 25, Folder 8

1965 - 1974

Box 25, Folder 9

1968 - 1975

 

Expense Notebooks

Box 26, Folder 1

1975

Box 26, Folder 2

1976

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Box 26, Folder 3

Al Lewin memorabilia

Box 26, Folder 4

Photograph of Reznikoff

Box 26, Folder 5

Two poems by Reznikoff ("Sonnet I" and "Day by Day")