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Finding Aid for the Norman Cousins papers, 1924-1991, bulk 1944-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman Cousins papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1991, bulk 1944-1990
    Collection number: 1385
    Creator: Cousins, Norman.
    Extent: 1816 boxes (908 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Gift of Norman Cousins, 1984-1987.
    • Gift of Mrs. Ellen Cousins, 1991.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norman Cousins papers (Collection 1385). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 964546 


    Cousins was born on June 24, 1915 in Union Hill, New Jersey; attended Teachers College, Columbia University; began working at New York post as the education editor, 1934-35; worked at Current history as book reviewer, literary editor, and managing editor, 1935-40; married Eleanor (Ellen) Kopf in 1939; executive editor (1940-42), and editor-in-chief (1942-71) of Saturday Review Of Literature, later known as Saturday Review; editor of World (1972-73), Saturday Review/World (1973-74), and Saturday Review (1975-78); worked on editorial board of Office of War Information during World War II; he was involved with organizations fostering world government and control of nuclear weapons, serving as president of United World Federalists from 1952-54 and as founding member of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE); founded US-USSR and US-Chinese Writers Conferences; served as a diplomat during 3 presidential administrations; produced numerous books on political, social, and medical issues; adjunct professor of medical humanities, UCLA, beginning in 1978, where he initiated the Task Force in Psychoneuroimmunology; received many awards, including the United Nations Peace Medal, the Albert Schweitzer Prize of Humanitarianism, and nearly fifty honorary doctorate degrees; he died on Nov. 30, 1990 in Los Angeles, CA.

    Scope and Content

    Collection covers the range of Cousins' career as magazine editor, author, and professor, with particular concentration in the subject areas of world government and medical issues, mostly concerning the role of the mind in healing the body. It consists of correspondence, subject files, photographs, scrapbooks, videotapes, audio tapes, datebooks and calendars, telephone logs, posters, and drafts of editorials, articles, speeches, radio broadcasts, and books.

    Organization and Arrangement

    • 1. Material of the Office of War Information
    • ······Document Cases 1-14
    • 2. Project X
    • ······Document Cases 15-43
    • 3. UWF
    • ······Document Cases 44-59
    • 4. Personal and Business Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 60-107
    • 5. Printed Material
    • ······Document Cases 108-128
    • 6. Personal and Business Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 120-180
    • 7. Personal and Business Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 180-299
    • 8. Personal and Business Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 300-329
    • 9. Miscellaneous (Trips, Old Keedick lectures, reprints of Connecticut Educ., Amy Loveman)
    • ······Document Cases 330-333
    • 10. Mayor's Task Force on Air Pollution
    • ······Document Cases 334-336
    • 11. Transcripts used for Present Tense
    • ······Document Case 337
    • 12. Editorials
    • ······Document Cases 338-344
    • 13. Present Tense - Encore - Project X
    • ······Document Cases 345-351
    • 14. Correspondence
    • ······Document Cazes 352-395
    • 15. Miscellaneous
    • ······Document Cases 395-401
    • 16. Miscellaneous and Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 402-403
    • 17. Miscellaneous
    • ······Document Case 404
    • 18. Amy Loveman, Neila Danielus materials
    • ······Document Case 405
    • 19. Miscellaneous
    • ······Document Cases 406-412 (407-HPCA, 410-UWF, 412-USIA)
    • 20. McCall's
    • ······Document Cases 413-414
    • 21. Dec. 1965 Itinerary - Philippines, McCalls
    • ······Document Case 415
    • 22. McCall's
    • ······Document Cases 416-417
    • 23. Miscellaneous
    • ······Document Cases 418-429 (419-SANE, 420 - UWF)
    • 24. Correspondence - 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970
    • ······Document Cases 430-493 (1968-Family of Man)
    • 25. UWF/WAWF - 1966
    • ······Document Cases 495-500
    • 26. National Programming Council: Biographies
    • ······Document Cases 501-504
    • 27. National Programming Council: Meeting materials
    • ······Document Cases 505-509
    • 28. National Programming Council; Accounting Information and Newsclips
    • ······Document Cases 510-515
    • 29. Public TV
    • ······Document Cases 516-521
    • 30. National Programming Council: Projects
    • ······Document Cases 522-524
    • 31. National Programming Council: Membership Information
    • ······Document Cases 525-530
    • 32. Miscellaneous and Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 531-532
    • 33. Miscellaneous, Correspondence, Dartmouth VI
    • ······Document Cases 533-536
    • 34. Miscellaneous
    • ······Document Case 537 (Lester Pearson, Who Speaks for Man? Film script)
    • 35. Miscellaneous and Correspondence
    • ······Document Cases 538-555 (Hiroshima Maidens, Moral Adoptions, Hiroshima-Nagasaki exhibit)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Cousins, Norman--Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles--Faculty--Archival resources.
    Saturday review.
    Periodical editors--United States--Archival resources.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Political activists--Archival resources.
    International relations.

    Related Material

    World citizen [oral history transcript] / Norman Cousins, interviewee. UCLA Oral History Department interview, 1992. Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.