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Guide to the Morris L. Ernst Banned Books Collection
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Box 1: 1

Bibliographical (includes description of the collection by Ernst, and list of works banned, apparently in preparation for sale of the collection), ca. 1966

Box 1: 2

Articles (includes some whole issues of magazines), most 1961-1968

Box 1: 3

Clippings and Extracts (includes items on censorship in a number of countries), mostly 1965-1966

Box 1: 4

Government Publications (includes items from Ireland and South Africa), 1956, 1963

Box 2

Card Files

Additional Note

Includes separate files for author, title, and country, with historical information on rationale for the banning; also includes one post-1966 file which may have been part of efforts to update the lists.
Box 2


Additional Note

35mm, master negative; "List of Proscribed Publications, 1920-1950," 461 exposures. Produced by Focal Craft, Calcutta, India, November 1965. Origin: National Library, Belvedere, "List of Books & Newspapers Proscribed in India." List of titles in English, Hindi, and Urdu (titles are romanized); most, not all, are under auspices of Government of West Bengal, Home (Press) Department. Latest listing is 7/31/59, not 1950. Earlier titles (pre-Independence?) are political in nature; (late 40s/ early 50s) later shift in focus to works banned for being "indecent." More recent works in list again have, for the most part, a political focus.

Jacobsen's Index of Objectionable Literature

Additional Note

Series of lists of materials banned in South Africa.
Box 3

ca. 1968, 1971-1974

Box 4

1974-1975, 1977

Box 5


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Box 7


Box 8

1982-1990, n.d.