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Finding Aid for the Cornel Adam Lengyel Papers, 1950-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cornel Adam Lengyel Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1950-1960
    Collection number: 466
    Creator: Lengyel, Cornel Adam
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Cornel Adam Lengyel (1915- ) was a poet, historian, playright and translator. The collection consists of literary manuscripts of plays, poems, fiction, and history.
    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

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services Division
    • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
    • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
    • Box 951575
    • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
    • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
    • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Cornel Adam Lengyel, 1960-61.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cornel Adam Lengyel Papers (Collection 466). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1973115 


    Lengyel was born on January 1, 1915 in Fairfield, Connecticut; was editor, Federal Writers' Project, 1936-37; music critic for Coast (San Francisco), 1938-41; censor, Office of Censorship, San Francisco, 1942; shipwright and personnel interviewer, Kaiser Shipyards, Richmond, California, 1943-44; manager, Forty-Niner Theatre, Georgetown, California, 1946-49; editor, W.H. Freeman Company, 1952-54; founder and executive editor of Dragon's Tooth Press in 1970; visiting professor and lecturer, Sacramento State College, 1962-63; has been poet, historian, playright and translator; books include: First Poems (1940), The Atom Clock (1951), Four Days in July: the Story Behind the Declaration of Independence (1958), and I, Benedict Arnold (1960).

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of literary manuscripts of California writer Cornel Adam Lengyel. Includes plays, poems, fiction, and history. A 1961 Record, Selected Poems by Cornel Lengyel, is stored in Collection 249, box 10.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Cosmopolis (Box 1).
    2. Four days in July (Boxes 1,3).
    3. S.O.S. from Easter Island (Boxes 1-2).
    4. The Atom Clock (play), The Lookout Letter and Other Poems, First Songs and Sonnets (Box 3).
    5. I, Benedict Arnold: the Anatomy of Treason (Boxes 2,4).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lengyel, Cornel Adam--Archives.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archives.

    Related Material

    Collection of Miscellaneous Recordings (Collection 249). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.