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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in two series.
Scope and Content
This collections consists of files related to two of Tye's book projects: Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero (2012) and Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon (2016)
The files in Series I relate primarily to Tye's well-received 2012 book on Superman. The files include, correspondence, subject files, and legal files related to litigation between Superman's creators and Warner Communications, DC Comic's parent company.
The files in Series II relate to Tye's research work on Robert Kennedy for Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon (2016). These are divided into two subseries: Oral History Files and Subject Files. The Oral History Files consists of transcripts of interviews done by Tye, as well as transcripts of interviews done by the Kennedy Library, Johnson Library, and others. There is also a small amount of correspondence in these files. The Subject Files consists of clippings, articles, correspondence, and other research materials.
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Restrictions on Access
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Larry Tye Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
The Library expects to receive audio files related to the interviews in Series II
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Series I processed Carrie Hintz 01/2013.
Series II processed Catherine C. Ricciardi December 2016.
Finding aid written Carrie Hintz 01/08/2013.
Finding aid updated Catherine C. Ricciardi December 2016.
2013-01-10 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz
2016-12-20 xml document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Larry Tye is the author of Superman: The High Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero (2012) and Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon (2016).
He is a journalist who, from 1986 through 2001, was a reporter at the Boston Globe. At the Globe he primarily covered health care and medicine stories. Prior to his time at the Boston Globe Tye write for the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Anniston Star in Anniston, Alabama. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993-1994.
In addition to his biographies of Superman and Bobby Kennedy, Tye has also written biographies of Satchel Page, Edward Bernays, and books on electroconvulsive therapy and the role of Pullman porters in creating a black middle class.
Larry Tye currently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts where he runs the Health Coverage Fellowship, an organization designed to improve media coverage of health care issues.