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Fredericks (Claude) journal and letters
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Claude Fredericks journal and letters
    Date (inclusive): circa 1916-1988
    Number: 900230C
    Creator/Collector: Fredericks, Claude
    Physical Description: 29.5 Linear Feet
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles 90049-1688
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Personal journal (1932-1988) and correspondence (1944-1988) of the American dramatist, poet, printer and teacher, containing some 50,000 pages of journal and some 20,000 pages of carbon copies of letters by Fredericks. This portion of Frederick's archive also includes personal letters from James Merrill (1950-1988).
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Claude Fredericks was an American dramatist, poet, printer and teacher. He has kept a journal since 1932; by 1988 it comprised, in its various forms, more than 50,000 pages. He founded the Banyan Press in 1946 and issued works by major literary figures. The Banyan Press imprints (see The Banyan Press archive 900230A), his correspondence and journal document his close friendships with major literary figures of the 1940s and 1950s (see also Claude Fredericks's papers 900230C). Fredericks died on January 11, 2013.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Claude Fredericks journal and letters, circa 1916-1988, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 900230C.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1990.

    Processing History

    Neil Hathaway processed the collection.

    Related Material

    Claude Fredericks papers, circa 1850-1988, bulk 1941-1988, Accession no. 900230B. The Banyan Press archive, 1946-1986, Accession no. 900230A.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection comprises Fredericks's more personal writings and incoming correspondence, all of his outgoing correspondence (1944-1988), and personal ephemera (1916-1988).
    Fredericks kept a journal beginning in 1932; by 1988 it contained, in its various forms (manuscript pages, notebooks, and typescripts), ca. 50,000 pages. Additional items date from 1916 to 1988 and include ephemera, letters ranging from juvenilia to intimate correspondence (including letters from James Merrill, 1950-1988 in box 26), Harvard class notes, and address books. Also included are published sections of Fredericks's journal (1932-1941).

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in 3 series: Series I. Journal, 1932-1988; Series II. Letters sent, 1944-1988; Series III. Journal Addenda, 1916-1988.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Merrill, James
    Fredericks, Claude

    Subjects - Titles

    The Journal of Claude Fredericks, Volume One: 1932-1941

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Diaries -- 20th century
    Juvenilia -- 20th century
    Ephemera -- 20th century


    Stinehour Press
    Merrill, James
    Fredericks, Claude