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John Leonard papers, 1939-2015, bulk 1950s-2008

Summary Information

Abstract

John Leonard (1939 -2008) was an American literary and cultural critic best known for his extensive writing on literature, television, media, politics and American culture and his work as head editor of The New York Times Book Review in the 1970s. The John Leonard papers include drafts of Leonard's reviews, essays, essay collections, and works of fiction and nonfiction. The collection also includes his correspondence with prominent literary and cultural figures, his research and business files, personal memorabilia, photographs, signed artwork, printed matter, posthumous tributes to Leonard, and audio-visual material.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1754
Bib ID 11497208 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Leonard, John, 1939-2008
Title John Leonard papers, 1939-2015, bulk 1950s-2008
Physical Description 26.5 linear feet (21 record cartons, 2 document boxes, 3 flat boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in eight series and several subseries.

Description

Summary

There are approximately 26 linear feet of records in this collection. The bulk of the collection is composed of Leonard's professional writing, including manuscript drafts, typescripts, and galley proofs of his articles, essay collections, and novels as well as speeches, transcripts of television reviews, notebooks, and notes, including drafts of unpublished essay collections, notes for an unfinished memoir, and unpublished short fiction. The collection also includes books from Leonard's library, Leonard's extensive personal and professional correspondence, contracts, business files with itineraries and schedules for speaking engagements, research files on travel"Selected Reading" and clippings of articles and essays about Leonard.

Among the collection's personal papers are assorted materials from his memorial service, files on his mother Ruth and late brother Kenneth Leonard, personal scrapbooks, awards, trophies, business cards, address books, passports, identification cards, and personal memorabilia. Additionally, the collection contains a large assortment of photographs and artwork (signed by Kurt Vonnegut and Edward Koren), as well as multimedia documenting Leonard's reviews and interviews on CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, videocassette tapes, and cassette tapes.

  • Series I, Correspondence

    This series consists of Leonard's professional and personal correspondence.

  • Series II, Writings

    Encompassing all of Leonard's career, this series is divided into several subseries by genre and chronology, following Leonard's own arrangement. The first two subseries constitute the bulk of Leonard's writing: drafts and published clippings of Leonard's reviews and essays, grouped chronologically and then alphabetically by author or subject. Later subseries gather together materials not included this arrangement --- consisting most of Leonard's mid- and late-career writing in the 1980s – 2008, working drafts, and other genres (speeches, fiction, nonfiction essay collections). Leonard arranged his materials by filing a draft of a review or essays along with a published clipping of the material. As part of the writing and editing process, Leonard would take extensive notes (handwritten for television and typed for books) and annotate previously written drafts of articles. Occasionally he would file these working notes along with the published piece under the appropriate subheading in "Reviews and Essays." Most unfinished and other working notes can be found under Subseries II.7 "Writing Notes."

  • Series III, The Nation, with Sue Leonard, 1995 -- 1999, 1995, 1999

    This small series brings together material from John Leonard and Sue Leonard's editorial work The Nation Magazine. Included here are business files from 1995-1998 and from John Leonard's work editing These United States for Nation Books.

  • Series IV, Memorabilia, Personal Papers, 1939 -- 2011 [bulk dates: 1939 -- 2008], 1939, 2011, 1939

    Included in this series are early writings, awards, files and documents of a more personal nature.

  • Series V, Posthumous Papers, 2007-2009

    Gathered in this series are posthumous materials collected by Sue Leonard after John Leonard's death. Arranged alphabetically by subject, this material consists of material from John Leonard's memorial service, condolence letters, memorial articles and obituaries. Along with material created posthumously, this series also includes documents gathered together after Leonard's death, including his Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement speech and Sue Leonard's notes for Reading for My Life.

  • Series VI, Books and Printed Matter from Leonard's Library, 1964-2012

    This series consists of books written by Leonard, books that Leonard served as a contributor for, and books authored by others. Included in the series are books inscribed to Leonard and books with Leonard's annotations. Also included in this series are selected full issue magazines that include Leonard's published essays.

  • Series VII, Photographs and Artwork, 1969-2008

    This series brings together the photographic images, visual artwork, and other graphic arts collected by Leonard. Among the photographs are photographs of Leonard with Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut. The artwork notably includes a signed poster with a Kurt Vonnegut quotation and a series of handmade cards made by the staff of the New York Times Book Review during the 1970s.

  • Series VIII, Audio/Visual Material, 1962-2009

    This series consists of compact discs, audio cassette tapes, rewritable discs, floppy discs, and VHS tapes. CDs include Leonard's early career work for KPFA radio, and posthumous recordings of his memorial service. VHS tapes comprise the vast majority of this series; these include taped sessions of the CBS segments, Leonard's television appearances, as well as material Leonard intended to review. The floppy discs hold back up drafts of Leonard's writing from the 1990s.

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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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Leonard Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

John Leonard (1939-2008) was a renowned cultural and literary critic, best known for his work as the editor of The New York Times Book Review. He attended Harvard University from 1956-58, where he gained his first editorial experience working on the Harvard Crimson before dropping out of Harvard to attend University of California, Berkeley. During the 1960s, he worked as a union and community organizer and as one of a handful of leftist journalists at the conservative magazine, National Review.

Leonard joined The New York Times in 1967, working first as an editor for the Book Review, then as a book critic, and in 1971, as the editor in chief of The New York Times Book Review, a position he served in until 1975. He continued contributing to the Book Review until his death, going on to also write extensively for Harper's Monthly, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, and New York Newsday. Under his leadership, the NYTBR became what Slate magazine would later describe as "the voice of the antiwar movement." Leonard used the platform of the book review as a wider lens to comment upon the cultural turmoil of the 1970s, publishing an early and controversial review of books on the Vietnam War to comment on war crimes.

An "omnivorous" cultural commentator, Leonard wrote on an extensive array of topics, ranging well beyond literary fiction into television, film, politics, and culture. In addition to also reviewing books for The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic Monthly, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Time Book Review, and The Washington Post Book World, Leonard was also the television critic for Life Magazine and New York Magazine, a columnist for Newsday, a book reviewer for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, and a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning. He wrote four novels and six essay collections and co-edited The Nation with his wife Sue Leonard from 1995 to 1998. Leonard's essays and reviews mix cultural commentary and literary criticism, intermingling reviews on contemporary fiction with commentary that ranged in scope from U.S. race relations to the Persian Gulf War. In the words of Joan Didion, a friend and colleague from his early years with National Review, Leonard "was quite simply our most thrilling observer."

One way Leonard's work helped expand and redefine American cultural criticism and the role of the public intellectual was in bringing a critical eye to new objects and genres. As a television as well as literary critic, his reviews brought serious attention to the role of the television program as a genre in American culture. He was the first reviewer to recognize the work of authors such as Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary Gordon, the latter of which described him in her retrospective as having done "a great deal to create a new breed of critic," one who took women writers seriously within the largely male-dominated literary field of the 1970s. Kurt Vonnegut, a close friend, described reading Leonard's writing as akin to listening to a lecture by "the smartest man who ever lived." By his own reckoning Leonard had read and reviewed over 13,000 books over the course of his life. In 2007, the National Book Critics Circle honored Leonard with the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Leonard died of lung cancer on November 5, 2008.

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Series I, Correspondence

This series consists of Leonard's professional and personal correspondence.


Subseries I.1, General Correspondence, 1964-2008

This subseries includes personal and professional correspondence received by Leonard. Items of note include letters from prominent individuals in the literary, film, and publishing fields. Also included in this subseries are Leonard's publishing correspondence and travel correspondence.

This subseries is arranged alphabetically.



Box 1 Folder 1 A, 1964-2008

(Includes holograph letters fromNew Yorkereditor Richard Arle, Managing editor ofNewsweekKenneth Auchlincloss)


Box 1 Folder 2 B, 1964-2008

(Includes typescript signed letters from Harold Brodkey, William F. Buckley, Jr and enclosed Xerox of Wilfrid Sheed letter, holograph letter from Carol Burnett.)


Box 1 Folder 3 C, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes typescript letters from James M. Cain, Dick Cavett, John Cheever, Walter Clemens, Alistair Cooke)


Box 1 Folder 4 D, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes typescript signed letters from Nicholas Delbanco and E.L. Doctorow; holograph signed letter Joan Didion)


Box 1 Folder 5 E-F, 1964-2008

(Includes typescript signed letter from Nora Ephron, Susan Faludi, James T. Farrell, Xeroxed copy of signed letter from Jules Feiffer)


Box 1 Folder 6 G-H, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes typescript signed letters from John Kenneth Galbraith, David Grossman, Elizabeth Harwick, Lillian Hellman; holograph letters from Maureen Howard, Irving Howe)


Box 1 Folder 7 I-L, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes typescript signed letter from John Irving, Alfred Kazin, Jerzy Kosinski, Doris Lessing, Xerox of signed yong-Kingston)


Box 1 Folder 8 M-N, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes typescript signed letters from John MacDonald, Mary McCarthy, Rollo May, Norman Mailer, Mary Tyler Moore, Toni Morrison (including a Xerox copy of form from Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice denying her bookParadiseentrance to a Texas prison), Bill Moyers, Victor Navasky. For more Toni Morrison letters, see Series VII photographs)


Box 1 Folder 9 O-R, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes holograph signed letter from Joyce Carol Oates, Bernadette Peters, Jonathan Raban, Ishmael Reed; typescript signed letters from Richard Powers)


Box 1 Folder 10 S, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes holograph signed letters from Edward Said, André Schriffrin, Pete Seeger, Wilfrid Sheed, Clancy Sigal, Robert Silvers, Carly Simon, Barbara Solomon, Gloria Steinem; typescript letters from Robert Silvers, Gene Shalit)


Box 1 Folder 11 T-U, 1964 -- 2008, 1964, 2008

(Includes holograph signed letter from Studs Terkel, John Updike; typescript signed letters from Lionel Tiger, Diana Trilling, John Updike)


Box 1 Folder 12 V, 1964-2008

(Includes typescript signed letter from Andrew Vachss, and holograph letters from Kurt Vonnegut)


Kurt Vonnegut correspondence


Box 1 Folder 12 Kurt Vonnegut letters, 1978-2005


Box 1 Folder 12 Kurt Vonnegut, "Fuh-Kar-Wee Indians and the Christian Year 2000" typescript essay inscribed to John and Sue Leonard, 1998 July 31, 1998


Box 1 Folder 12 Kurt Vonnegut, "Remarks by Kurt Vonnegut to Be Delivered at St. Marks on the Bowery on the Night of September Eleventh, 2002" typescript speech, 2002 September 11, 2002


Box 1 Folder 12 Kurt Vonnegut, "Preface," typescript essay


Box 1 Folder 12 Kurt Vonnegut, "Vonnegut's Last Conversation with Kilgore Trout," typescript, 2004 October 1, 2004


Box 1 Folder 13 W, 1964-2008

(Includes typescript signed letter from Dan Wakefield, Barbara Walters, Donald Westlake; holograph signed letter from Elie Wiesel)


Box 1 Folder 14 Unidentified general correspondence, 1964-2008


Box 1 Folder 15 Publishing correspondence, 2001-2008


Box 1 Folder 16 Travel correspondence, 1980s-2000s


Subseries I.2, Fan Letters, 1975-2004

This subseries contains fan letters written to Leonard during his time as a cultural critic for CBS.

This subseries is arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically, keeping Leonard's original arrangement.


Box 1 Folder 17 Fan letters A to Z, 1975 -- 2004, 1975, 2004


Box 1 Folder 18 Fan letters A to Z, 1995


Subseries I.3, Family Letters, 1940 -- 1983, 1940, 1983

This subseries includes John Leonard's letters to his family: his mother, his brother Ken, and his first wife, Tiana.

This subseries is arranged chronologically.


Box 1 Folder 19 Family letters, [1959?-1960?], undated, [1959?-1960?], undated


Box 1 Folder 20 Family letters, 1940 -- 1949, 1940, 1949


Box 1 Folder 21 Family letters, 1956


Box 1 Folder 22 Family letters, 1957


Box 1 Folder 23 Family letters, 1958



Box 2 Folder 1 to 2 Family letters, 1959


Box 2 Folder 3 Family letters, 1960


Box 2 Folder 4 Family letters, 1961


Box 2 Folder 5 Family letters, 1962


Box 2 Folder 6 Family letters, 1963


Box 2 Folder 7 Family letters, 1964


Box 2 Folder 8 Family letters, 1965


Box 2 Folder 9 Family letters, 1966


Box 2 Folder 10 Family letters, 1967


Box 2 Folder 11 Family letters, 1968


Box 2 Folder 12 Family letters, 1969


Box 2 Folder 13 Family letters, 1970


Box 2 Folder 14 Family letters, 1971


Box 2 Folder 15 Family letters, 1972


Box 2 Folder 16 Family letters, 1973


Box 2 Folder 17 Family letters, 1974


Box 2 Folder 18 Family letters, 1975


Box 2 Folder 19 Family letters, 1976


Box 2 Folder 20 Family letters, 1977


Box 2 Folder 21 Family letters, 1979-1983

Series II, Writings

Encompassing all of Leonard's career, this series is divided into several subseries by genre and chronology, following Leonard's own arrangement. The first two subseries constitute the bulk of Leonard's writing: drafts and published clippings of Leonard's reviews and essays, grouped chronologically and then alphabetically by author or subject. Later subseries gather together materials not included this arrangement --- consisting most of Leonard's mid- and late-career writing in the 1980s – 2008, working drafts, and other genres (speeches, fiction, nonfiction essay collections). Leonard arranged his materials by filing a draft of a review or essays along with a published clipping of the material. As part of the writing and editing process, Leonard would take extensive notes (handwritten for television and typed for books) and annotate previously written drafts of articles. Occasionally he would file these working notes along with the published piece under the appropriate subheading in "Reviews and Essays." Most unfinished and other working notes can be found under Subseries II.7 "Writing Notes."

This series is divided into several subseries by genre and chronology, following Leonard's own arrangement.


Subseries II.1, Early Writing, 1957-1963

This subseries covers the earliest of Leonard's published writing. It includes his college writing for theHarvard Crimson,his work at University of California, Berkeley for the KPFA radio program, and his early published essays forNational Reviewand other publications.

This subseries is arranged chronologically.



Box 3 Folder 1 to 2 Harvard Crimson, 1957 -- 1958, 1957, 1958


Box 3 Folder 3 KPFA book reviews, 1961-1962


Box 3 Folder 4 Doggerel for "Night Sounds" Radio Program, 1962


Box 3 Folder 5 Early essays, 1959 -- 1963, 1959, 1963


Subseries II.2, Reviews and Essays, 1958-2008 [Bulk dates 1970s-1980s], undated, 1958-2008, undated

The bulk of this subseries consists of reviews and essays published during Leonard's work withThe New York Times:as a reviewer for the "Daily Books Column," as editors and contributor toThe New York Times Book Reviewfrom 1971-1975, and as a critic and reviewer from 1976-1981. The material is broken up into three larger subsections: Reviews, Essays, and Television writing (which included both Leonard's writing on television and his cultural and literary reviews for broadcast television on CBS "Sunday Morning"). Reviews are arranged alphabetically by either the author or subject of the work under review. Essays are arranged alphabetically by subject. In addition to his writings for TheNew York Times,these files contain writing for other publications and venues as well, including CBS Sunday Morning,New York Magazine, Life Magazine, Ms. Magazine,andVanity Fair,among others. The files themselves include draft typescripts, often accompanied by clippings of the final piece and (occasionally) working notes for the piece.

The material in this subseries maintains Leonard's original arrangement in alphabetical subject files.


Reviews


Box 3 Folder 6 Arts and Letters A-B, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 3 Folder 7 Arts and Letters C-D, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 3 Folder 8 Arts and Letters E-F, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 9 Arts and Letters G, 1969 -- 1989 undated, 1969, 1989 undated


Box 3 Folder 10 Arts and Letters H-I, 1969 -- 1989 undated, 1969, 1989 undated


Box 3 Folder 11 Arts and Letters J-L, 1969 -- 1988 undated, 1969, 1988 undated


Box 3 Folder 12 Arts and Letters M-N, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 13 Arts and Letters O-R, 1969 -- 1991 undated, 1969, 1991 undated


Box 3 Folder 14 Arts and Letters S-T, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 15 Arts and Letters U-Z, 1969 -- 1994 undated, 1969, 1994 undated


Box 3 Folder 16 Fiction A, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 17 to 18 Fiction B, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 3 Folder 19 to 20 Fiction C, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 21 to 22 Fiction D, 1969 -- 2004 undated, 1969, 2004 undated


Box 3 Folder 23 Fiction E-F, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 3 Folder 24 to 26 Fiction G, 1969 -- 1992 undated, 1969, 1992 undated


Box 3 Folder 27 to 28 Fiction H, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated



Box 4 Folder 1 Fiction I-J, 1969 -- 1991 undated, 1969, 1991 undated


Box 4 Folder 2 to 3 Fiction K, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 4 to 5 Fiction L, 1969 -- 2005 undated, 1969, 2005 undated


Box 4 Folder 6 to 9 Fiction M, 1968 -- 1998 undated, 1968, 1998 undated


Box 4 Folder 6 Toni Morrison reviews, 1970s -- 1990s undated, 1970s, 1990s undated


Box 4 Folder 10 Fiction N, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 11 to 12 Fiction O, 1968 -- 2005 undated, 1968, 2005 undated


Box 4 Folder 13 to 14 Fiction P, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 4 Folder 15 to 18 Fiction R, 1969 -- 2003 undated, 1969, 2003 undated


Box 4 Folder 19 to 20 Fiction S, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 4 Folder 21 Fiction T, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 4 Folder 22 Fiction U-V, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 23 to 24 Fiction W, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 25 Fiction X-Z, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 4 Folder 26 History and Politics A, 1969 -- 2001 undated, 1969, 2001 undated


Box 4 Folder 27 History and Politics B, 1969 -- 1990s undated, 1969, 1990s undated


Box 4 Folder 28 History and Politics C, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated



Box 5 Folder 1 History and Politics D -- F, 1969 -- 2005 undated, 1969, 2005 undated


Box 5 Folder 2 History and Politics G, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 3 History and Politics H, 1969 -- 1988 undated, 1969, 1988 undated


Box 5 Folder 4 History and Politics I -- J, 1978 -- 1981, 1978, 1981


Box 5 Folder 5 History and Politics K, 1968 -- 1981 undated, 1968, 1981 undated


Box 5 Folder 6 History and Politics L, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 7 to 8 History and Politics M, 1969 -- 1981 undated, 1969, 1981 undated


Box 5 Folder 9 History and Politics N -- O, 1962 -- 1988 undated, 1962, 1988 undated


Box 5 Folder 10 History and Politics P, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 11 History and Politics R, 1970 -- 1990 undated, 1970, 1990 undated


Box 5 Folder 12 to 14 History and Politics S, 1969 -- 1993 undated, 1969, 1993 undated


Box 5 Folder 15 History and Politics T, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 16 to 17 History and Politics W, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 18 History and Politics Y-Z, 1977 -- 1989 undated, 1977, 1989 undated


Box 5 Folder 19 Nonfiction A, 1970s -- 1995 undated, 1970s, 1995 undated


Box 5 Folder 20 Nonfiction B, 1970s -- 1997 undated, 1970s, 1997 undated


Box 5 Folder 21 Nonfiction C, 1969 -- 2000 undated, 1969, 2000 undated


Box 5 Folder 22 Nonfiction D, 1970s -- 1998 undated, 1970s, 1998 undated


Box 5 Folder 23 Nonfiction E -- F, 1970s -- 1998 undated, 1970s, 1998 undated


Box 5 Folder 24 Nonfiction G, 1970s -- 1991 undated, 1970s, 1991 undated


Box 5 Folder 25 Nonfiction H, 1970s -- 2008 undated, 1970s, 2008 undated


Box 5 Folder 26 Nonfiction I-J, 1970s -- 2007 undated, 1970s, 2007 undated


Box 5 Folder 27 Nonfiction K, 1970s -- 1994 undated, 1970s, 1994 undated


Box 5 Folder 28 Nonfiction L, 1970s -- 1997 undated, 1970s, 1997 undated


Box 5 Folder 29 Nonfiction M, 1969 -- 2003 undated, 1969, 2003 undated


Box 5 Folder 30 Nonfiction N, 1970s -- 1993 undated, 1970s, 1993 undated


Box 5 Folder 31 Nonfiction O, 1970s -- 1989 undated, 1970s, 1989 undated


Box 5 Folder 32 Nonfiction P, 1970s -- 2004 undated, 1970s, 2004 undated


Box 5 Folder 33 Nonfiction R, 1970s -- 2001 undated, 1970s, 2001 undated


Box 5 Folder 34 to 35 Nonfiction S, 1970s -- 2003 undated, 1970s, 2003 undated


Box 5 Folder 36 Nonfiction T -- V, 1970 -- 1992 undated, 1970, 1992 undated


Box 5 Folder 37 Nonfiction W, 1969 -- 2000s undated, 1969, 2000s undated


Box 5 Folder 38 Nonfiction Z, 1980


Box 5 Folder 39 Unclassified B-H, 1960s-2000s undated, 1960s-2000s, undated


Box 5 Folder 40 Unclassified K, 1969 -- 2008 undated, 1969, 2008 undated


Box 5 Folder 41 Unclassified L, 2001 -- 2008 undated, 2001, 2008 undated



Box 6 Folder 1 to 2 Unclassified M, 1990s-2000s undated, 1990s-2000s, undated


Box 6 Folder 3 Unclassified P -- R, 2000s undated


Box 6 Folder 4 Unclassified S -- Y, 1990s -- 2000s undated, 1990s, 2000s undated


Essays


Box 6 Folder 5 Literature -- miscellaneous, published, 1959 -- 1980, 1959, 1980


Box 6 Folder 6 Literature -- miscellaneous, typed drafts, 1960s -- 1990s undated, 1960s, 1990s undated


Box 6 Folder 7 to 8 Literature --The New York Times "Critic's Notebook" 1976-1980 undated, 1976-1980, undated


Box 6 Folder 9 Literature --The New York Times "Last Word," etc, 1971 -- 1980 undated, 1971, 1980 undated


Box 6 Folder 10 Literature --The New York Times "Literary View,", 1977 undated


Box 6 Folder 11 to 15 Miscellaneous, 1958 -- 2003 undated, 1958, 2003 undated


Box 6 Folder 16 to 18 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," tear sheets, 1976 -- 1980, 1976, 1980


Box 6 Folder 16 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," retrospective interview,, 2009


Box 6 Folder 19 to 26 The New York Times -- "Private Lives," typed drafts, 1976 -- 1980 undated, 1976, 1980 undated



Box 7 Folder 1 to 2 Politics, 1975 -- 2001 undated, 1975, 2001 undated


Box 7 Folder 3 to 4 Sports, 1970s -- 1980s undated, 1970s, 1980s undated


Box 7 Folder 5 to 8 "In Person" / "Culture Shock" NY Newsday, typed drafts, 1986-1993 undated, 1986-1993, undated


Box 7 Folder 9 to 16 "In Person" / "Culture Shock" NY Newsday, tear sheets, 1986-1993 undated, 1986-1993, undated


Box 7 Folder 9 "In Person" tear sheets, 1986 April 3 -- 1986 December 18, 1986, 1986


Box 7 Folder 10 "In Person" tear sheets, 1987 January 8 -- 1987 December 17, 1987, 1987


Box 7 Folder 11 "In Person" tear sheets, 1988 February11 -- 1988 December 29, 1988, 1988


Box 7 Folder 12 "In Person" tear sheets, 1989 January 5 -- 1989 December 28, 1989, 1989


Box 7 Folder 13 "In Person" tear sheets, 1990 January 4 -- 1990 January 11, 1990, 1990


Box 7 Folder 13 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1990 January 18 -- 1990 December 27, 1990, 1990


Box 7 Folder 14 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1991 January 3 -- 1991 December 26, 1991, 1991


Box 7 Folder 15 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1992 January 16 -- 1992 December 31, 1992, 1992


Box 7 Folder 16 "Culture Shock" tear sheets, 1993 January 7 -- 1993 February25, 1993, 1993


Box 7 Folder 17 to 21 Television (and Media): Essays, 1968 -- 1990s undated, 1968, 1990s undated


Box 7 Folder 22 to 23 Television: Reviews --The New York Times, other periodicals, 1975 -- 1977 undated, 1975, 1977 undated


Box 7 Folder 24 to 27 Television: CBS Sunday Morning, 1988 -- 2005, 1988, 2005



Box 8 Folder 1 to 19 Television: CBS Sunday Morning, 1988 -- 2005, 1988, 2005


Box 8 Folder 20 Television: Reviews --Life Magazine, correspondence 1975 -- 2003, 1975, 2003


Box 8 Folder 21 to 23 Television: Reviews --Life Magazine, 1971 -- 2008 undated, 1971, 2008 undated


Box 8 Folder 24 to 29 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, typed drafts, 1984 -- 2008 undated, 1984, 2008 undated



Box 9 Folder 1 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, typed drafts, 1984 -- 2008 undated, 1984, 2008 undated


Box 9 Folder 2 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1984 -- 1987, 1984, 1987


Box 9 Folder 3 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1988 -- 1989, 1988, 1989


Box 9 Folder 4 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1990 -- 1991, 1990, 1991


Box 9 Folder 5 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1992 -- 1993, 1992, 1993


Box 9 Folder 6 Television: Reviews --New York Magazine, published tear sheets, 1994 -- 2001, 1994, 2001


Box 9 Folder 7 Television Writing: miscellaneous, 1975 -- 1994 undated, 1975, 1994 undated


Box 9 Folder 8 Television Writing: CBS Prime Time list, 1948-1964 undated, 1948-1964, undated


Subseries II.3, Later Reviews and Essays, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated

The materials in this subseries are essays and articles that Leonard did not arrange in Series II.2. While a few pieces date slightly earlier, the bulk of these materials were written later in his career, during the 1980s – 2008. Notable among the reviews are his the articles and reviews of Toni Morrison, Norman Mailer, John Updike, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Eduardo Galeano, Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Michael Chabon, Doris Lessing, Robert Stone, E.L. Doctorow, Dave Eggers, Carlos Fuentes, Toni Cade Bambara, Salman Rushdie, Norman Rush, Richard Powers, and Studs Terkel, among others.

This subseries is arranged chronologically, following the same subject divisions that Leonard used in arranging his earlier writing.


Reviews


Box 9 Folder 9 Miscellaneous, 1970s undated


Box 9 Folder 10 Miscellaneous, 1975 -- 1981 undated, 1975, 1981 undated


Box 9 Folder 11 Miscellaneous, 1969 -- 1995 undated, 1969, 1995 undated


Box 9 Folder 12 Reviews and essays: Miscellaneous, 1960s -- 1990s undated, 1960s, 1990s undated


Box 9 Folder 13 to 16 Reviews: Harper's -- "New Books," 2003 Jan -- 2008 December (4 folders), 2003, 2008


Box 9 Folder 17 to 26 Later reviews, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated



Box 10 Folder 1 to 6 Later reviews, 1980s -- 2008 undated, 1980s, 2008 undated



Box 9 Folder 25 to 26 Working notes on Don DeLillo reviews, undated



Box 10 Folder 1 Working notes on Don DeLillo reviews, undated


Box 10 Folder 7 to 12 Later essays, 1958-2008 undated, 1958-2008, undated

(Includes essays published in Ms. Magazine, The National Review, as well as an op-ed essay delivered on Channel 13 during the NY Times strike)


Box 10 Folder 7 "Reading and Breathing,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Phillip K. Dick,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Maureen Howard,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Surveillance,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "News Views, Reviews,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Multiculti,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Toni in the Cathedral,", undated


Box 10 Folder 7 "Whatever Happened to Culture?", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Hi, This Is Marcel Proust, Reporting from the Hamptons,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Ernesto de la Fe and the Trial of Fidel Castro,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "The Demise of Greenwich Village," 1958 December, 1958


Box 10 Folder 8 "The Ivory Tower" 1959 September 12, 1959


Box 10 Folder 8 "Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "This Year in American Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "The State of American Short Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 8 "Apologia Pro Mailer," 1976 February25, 1976


Box 10 Folder 9 "Fatwa,", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "What Do I Look for in Fiction?", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "Introduction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 9 "Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Situation Comedies,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Romantic Love,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "The Importance of Truth or False,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Gunter Grass,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "Manheim and Translation,", undated


Box 10 Folder 10 "What Do Intellectuals Watch on Television?", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "Writers and Sports,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "An Existential Week,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 "Leapfrog,", undated


Box 10 Folder 11 [Bill Clinton's Inauguration], undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "Oswald, JFK, and the Media," 1994 November 4, 1994


Box 10 Folder 12 "The Role of Magazines in Developing New Writers,", undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "The Role of Critics in Contemporary Fiction,", undated


Box 10 Folder 12 "Follow the Bouncing Ball,", undated


Box 10 Folder 13 "Fellow-Traveling with Buckley in Darkest Russia" -- U.S.S.R. Trip,, 1976


Subseries II.4, Speeches, Conference Talks, Introductions, 1973 -- 2007 undated, 1973, 2007 undated

This subseries gathers together Leonard's notes and drafts for speeches, talks, and introductions (for oral presentation and print formats). For speeches and memorials by others, see Series V. Posthumous Papers, 2008 – 2015.

Arranged alphabetically by type of document.



Box 21 Folder 31 Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement Award -- John Leonard speech, [2007], undated



Box 10 Folder 14 Speeches, 1988 -- 2007 undated, 1988, 2007 undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Reading for My Life -- A Speech,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Reading for My Life" speech at Brearly, 1998


Box 10 Folder 14 "Kurt Vonnegut's 80th Birthday,", 1980 undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "E.L. Doctorow,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "Losing a War,", undated


Box 10 Folder 14 "The Saving Remnant,", undated


Box 10 Folder 15 Speeches, 1973


Box 10 Folder 15 "Science is Not the Enemy" -- New York Academy of Science, 1973 February8, 1973


Conference and Symposium Talks


Box 10 Folder 16 Conference on Japan -- U.S. Cultural Relations: Past, Present, Future, 1992 October, 1992


Box 10 Folder 17 Conference Panel 5: Reporting a High Tech War -- "Combat as Spectacle,", undated


Box 10 Folder 18 Indo-American Symposium on TV and Film Appreciation, 1991 September, 1991


Box 10 Folder 19 TV Guide -- "The New Face of Television Violence" Symposium, 1992 June 2, 1992


Box 10 Folder 20 Eduard Galeano with John Leonard, conversation, 2006 May 31, 2006


Box 10 Folder 21 Introductions and selected author essays, 1970 -- 1997 undated, 1970, 1997 undated


Box 10 Folder 22 Introduction --In These United States, galley proof and typescript draft, 2003 August 5, undated, 2003, undated


Box 10 Folder 23 Introduction -- Joan Didion, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, galley proof, 2006 March15, 2006


Box 10 Folder 24 Introduction --Wilfrid Sheed, The Morning After, correspondence, galley proof, and typescript draft, 1971 June, 1971


Subseries II.5, Essay Collections and Nonfiction Books [1997-2012]

This subseries consists of the typescript drafts, computer print outs, working drafts, and notes for Leonard's collections of essays. In the course of the drafting process, Leonard would often re-arrange the order in which his essays appeared in the collection, change the subheadings, subtitles and working titles, and expand previously published pieces. Many of the drafts are undated – the numbering of the drafts does not necessarily reflect the order they were written in. Partial drafts are collated under their respective subheading or subtitle. Also included in this subseries is the posthumously published essay collection,Reading for My Life,edited by Sue Leonard.

Arranged alphabetically by work title.


The Last Innocent White Man in America, and Other Essays


Box 10 Folder 25 "Introduction" typed drafts, undated


Box 10 Folder 26 " America, The Intermittently Beautiful" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 27 to 30 "Book World: At War and Peace on the Home Front" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 31 to 33 "Culture Shock: Rewriting New York" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 10 Folder 34 "In Search of the Other: The Imperial City" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated



Box 11 Folder 1 "Other Voices, Other Rooms" typed drafts -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 2 "Politics -- Censorship: The Angel and the Axe" typed drafts -- incomplete,, undated


Box 11 Folder 3 to 4 Draft material -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 5 to 7 Draft -- full #1, typescript, undated


Box 11 Folder 6 to 11 Draft -- full #2, typescript, undated


Lonesome Rangers: Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, Fugitive Cultures

(Some files labeled under the working title,Love and Death in the Falklands)


Box 11 Folder 12 to 19 "Elsewhere" typed drafts -- incomplete, undated


Box 11 Folder 20 to 29 Love and Death in the Falklands, typed drafts -- incomplete, undated



Box 12 Folder 1 "Parentheses" typed draft -- incomplete, 1990 May, 1990


Box 12 Folder 2 to 3 "Parentheses" draft #1, undated


Box 12 Folder 4 "Parentheses" draft #2, undated


Box 12 Folder 5 to 7 Lonesome Rangers, typed draft--full,, undated


Reading for My Life, ed. Sue Leonard

(This collection edited posthumously by Sue Leonard. Some files labeled under the working titlesWriting for His LifeandThe Smartest Man in the World)


Box 12 Folder 8 Correspondence, 2011 April, 2011


Box 12 Folder 9 Outlines and editorial material, undated


Box 12 Folder 10 Introductions, undated


Box 12 Folder 11 John Leonard list of selected essays, undated


Box 12 Folder 12 to 17 Typed drafts and tear sheets, with annotations, 1958 -- 2011 undated, 1958, 2011 undated


Box 12 Folder 18 to 21 "The Smartest Man in the World" -- full draft, undated


Box 12 Folder 22 Publisher material, 2012


Box 12 Folder 23 Reviews, 2012


Box 12 Folder 24 Sue Leonard, Reading for My Life -- talk notes, 2012 March, 2012


Swimming with the Snarks: Good Books, Bad People, Chicken Littles, and Kamikazes

(unbpublished)


Box 12 Folder 25 Outlines and draft material, undated


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence and draft material, 2008 November 13, undated, 2008, undated


Box 12 Folder 27 "Introduction: The Fabulous Fifties,", undated


Box 12 Folder 27 "Introduction: The Sorry Seventies,", undated


Book Set: Embarrassing Lives and Serious Fiction for Short Attention Spans

(unpublished book set, Viking Press potential publisher)


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence, 2008 November 13, 2008

(Posthumous)


Box 12 Folder 28 Embarrassing Lives: A Biographical Mini-Bar, draft, undated


Box 12 Folder 29 to 30 Serious Fiction for Short Attention Spans, drafts, undated


Smoke and Mirrors: Violence, Television and Other American Cultures


Box 12 Folder 31 Draft outline, undated


[Untitled Memoir]

(unpublished)


Box 12 Folder 25 Outlines and draft material, undated


Box 12 Folder 26 Correspondence, 2008 November 13, 2008

(Posthumous)



Box 13 Folder 1 to 4 Untitled draft material #1, undated


Box 13 Folder 5 to 11 Untitled draft material #2, undated


Box 13 Folder 12 Untitled draft material #3, undated


Box 13 Folder 13 Unidentified draft material -- "Broken China,", undated


Box 13 Folder 14 to 18 Unidentified draft material -- CBS Sunday Morning typescript, 1991 -- 1995, 1991, 1995


When the Kissing Had to Stop


Box 13 Folder 19 to 21 Draft typescript -- full, undated


Box 13 Folder 22 Draft typescript--fragment, undated


Box 13 Folder 23 to 26 Revised typescript draft, undated


Box 13 Folder 27 to 28 Galley proofs, undated



Box 14 Folder 1 to 2 Galley proofs, undated


Box 14 Folder 3 to 6 Revised galley proofs, undated


Box 14 Folder 7 to 10 Corrected galley proofs, undated


Subseries II.6, Fiction 1965-2014 [Bulk dates 1965-1979] undated, 1965-2014, undated

This subseries brings together materials relating to Leonard's creative writing and work as a novelist. This material includes the working notes, drafts, galley proofs, and publishing correspondence pertaining to his work as a fiction writer.

Organized alphabetically by work title.


Black Conceit


Box 14 Folder 11 Draft material, undated


Box 14 Folder 12 to 14 Draft typescript, undated


Crybaby of the Western World


Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February 25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes publishing contracts for three novels and Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)


Box 14 Folder 16 to 19 Typescript -- first draft, undated


Box 14 Draft typescript, bound


The Naked Martini


Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February 25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)


Box 14 Folder 20 Uncorrected galley proofs, signed, 1964


Box 14 Folder 21 "Part I: The Maze"--draft fragment, undated


Box 14 Folder 22 "Platonic Paradise," short fiction, undated


Box 14 Folder 23 "Professor Loren's Miracle," short fiction, undated


Box 14 Folder 24 to 27 "SAM"--draft materials, undated

(Possibly notes for the novel that later becameBlack Conceit, this set of draft materials includes a fragment of dedication to John Leonard's brother, Kenneth)



Box 15 Folder 1 "Stump Lanyard's American Nightmare," short fiction, undated


Box 15 Folder 2 "A Summer's Heresy," short fiction, undated


Box 15 Folder 3 Untitled fiction, undated


Wyke Regis

(Some folders labeled with the working title:To Walk by the Lake at Geneva)



Box 14 Folder 15 Correspondence and publishing contracts, 1967 2010 November 11, 2014 February25, 1967, 2010, November 11, 2014

(In a file which includes publishing contracts for three novels and Leonard's list of material sent to the Boston University archive in 1967 later added to this collection)



Box 15 Folder 4 To Walk by the Lake at Geneva (retitled Wyke Regis ), uncorrected galley proof, signed, undated


Box 15 Folder 5 to 7 Typescript draft, undated


Co-authored Work


Box 15 Folder 8 Richard Powers with John Leonard, untitled, undated

(Script by Richard Powers, performed by Leonard and Powers, introduction by Leonard)


Box 15 Folder 9 Sue Leonard with John Leonard, "John and Sue Write a Mystery Together and Begin Their Romance," typescript draft, 1974 April, 1975, 1974, April, 1975


Subseries II.7, Writing Notes, 1947 -- 2008 undated, 1947, 2008 undated

As part of his reviewing process, Leonard compiled extensive writing notes. This subseries consists of Leonard's preparatory material for his reviews: handwritten notebooks for television reviews, and typed print –outs with selected quotes and notes from literary and nonfictional works. Some completed drafts are also present, as Leonard's revision and note-taking practice included writing annotations on previously written drafts of articles.

Arranged alphabetically.


Box 15 Folder 10 Notes: assigned reviews, undated


Box 15 Folder 11 to 25 Notes for pieces, 1947 -- 2008 undated, 1947, 2008 undated

(Includes typescripts with reading notes, as well as drafts with annotations)


Box 15 Folder 26 Notes: "The Sullivan Years,", undated

(This set of notes consisted of a series of still images from the Ed Sullivan Show, material that was later published in book format asA Really Big Show, with accompanying text by Leonard, edited by Claudia Falkenbug and Andrew Solt. See Series VIII. for accompanying VHS tape of the Ed Sullivan Show)



Box 25 "The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show" -- accompanying VHS cassette tape,, undated



Box 16 Notebooks, undated (31 notebooks), undated


Subseries II.8, Writing by Others, 1962-2007

Published essays and reviews, drafts, and completed work by others comprise this subseries. Broken into two parts, the first part of the subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject files labeled by Leonard – including praise and criticism of his work, selected reading, and research material – while the second part of the material is arranged alphabetically by author.


Subject Files -- arranged by Leonard



Box 17 Folder 1 to 7 Praise for J.D.L., 1964 -- 2007, 1964, 2007

(Includes reviews and criticism on John Leonard's work)


Box 17 Folder 1 Praise for J.D.L, 1964 -- 1966, 1964, 1966


Box 17 Folder 2 Praise for J.D.L, 1968 -- 1969, 1968, 1969


Box 17 Folder 3 Praise for J.D.L., 1970-1971


Box 17 Folder 4 Praise for J.D.L., 1973 -- 1974, 1973, 1974


Box 17 Folder 5 Praise for J.D.L., 1975 -- 1979, 1975, 1979


Box 17 Folder 6 Praise for J.D.L., 1979 -- 1997, 1979, 1997


Box 17 Folder 7 Praise for J.D.L., 1999 -- 2007, 1999, 2007


Box 17 Folder 8 to 9 Research, 1962 -- 2002, 1962, 2002


Box 17 Folder 10 to 13 Selected Reading: Men & Ideas, Books & the Arts, Books & Writers, 1966 -- 1969, 1966, 1969


Writing by Others--arranged alphabetically


Box 17 Folder 14 The Association of American Publishers -- "America through American Eyes," exhibition 1981 May, 1981 June, 1981, May, 1981


Box 17 Folder 15 to 19 William F. Buckley, The Culture of Liberty, typescript draft, 1985 -- 1993 undated, 1985, 1993 undated


Box 17 Folder 20 Isabella Gardner, "That Was Then," typescript, undated


Box 17 Folder 21 Irving Howe, "Philip Radov: A Memoir" tear sheet, signed, 1979


Box 17 Folder 22 Charles Kaiser, interview with Christopher Lehmann Haupt, 1997 April 11, 1997


Box 17 Folder 23 Robert S. Morrison, "Agnew, Alcohol, Automobile, and Assessment," 1970 June, 1970 July, 1970, June, 1970


Box 17 Folder 24 U.S. vs Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1976

(Court case involving Knopf, publisher of Leonard'sPrivate Lives in the Imperial City)


Box 17 Folder 25 Kurt Vonnegut, essays and interviews--signed, 2003 April, undated, 2003, undated


Box 17 Folder 26 Vietnam Summer Organizer's Manual, undated

Series III, The Nation, with Sue Leonard, 1995 -- 1999, 1995, 1999

This small series brings together material from John Leonard and Sue Leonard's editorial work The Nation Magazine. Included here are business files from 1995-1998 and from John Leonard's work editing These United States for Nation Books.

Arranged alphabetically.


Box 17 Folder 27 The Nation: John and Sue Leonard business files, 1995 -- 1998, 1995, 1998


Box 17 Folder 28 The Nation: Alaska Cruise, 1999 August 29 -- September 5, 1999


Box 17 Folder 29 Editorial material for These United States edited collection and Smoke and Mirrors release party list, undated

Series IV, Memorabilia, Personal Papers, 1939 -- 2011 [bulk dates: 1939 -- 2008], 1939, 2011, 1939

Included in this series are early writings, awards, files and documents of a more personal nature.


Subseries IV.1, Awards and Diplomas, 1950s-2007

This short subseries consists of awards and prizes, mostly from Leonard's early years, ranging from high school accolades, trophies, and diplomas to his National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement Award.



Box 18 The National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 March8, 2007


Box 18 High school awards -- framed, 1950s (2 awards), 1950s


Box 18 High school diploma and certificates, 1956



Box 19 High school trophies, 1950s


Subseries IV.2, Memorabilia, 1939-2003

This subseries includes personal and professional artifacts, including address books, address rolodex, calendar, business cards, passport and passport photos, identification cards, and a historical newspaper from 1939, the year Leonard was born.



Box 18 The Los Angeles Times, full issue, 1939 February25, 1939



Box 19 Address book and Rolodex, undated


Box 19 Business cards -- The Nation, Harper's Magazine, undated


Box 19 Calendar, 2006


Box 19 Passport and passport photos, 1993 2003, 1993, 2003


Box 19 Press passes, undated


Box 19 High school class of 1956 ID card, 1956


Subseries IV.3, Scrapbooks, 1945-1985

This subseries consists of two scrapbooks, containing early photographs, files and documents from elementary school and college, as well as newspaper clippings pertaining to Leonard's professional career.


Box 19 Scrapbook, 1945 -- 1985, 1945, 1985



Box 20 Scrapbook, clippings, 1971 -- 1979, 1971, 1979


Subseries IV.4, Personal Papers and Personal Files, 1939-2011

Gathered in this subseries are printed materials relevant to Leonard's personal life, including bulletins and brochures from graduations and reunions. A subsection of this series consist of personal files, which include files and documents of a personal nature on John, his brother Ken, his mother Ruth Woods Leonard Smith, and friends. Leonard's own files contain material related to his time in rehab. Also included are two files added after his death with material relating to the memorial services of two family friends.


Personal Papers



Box 21 Folder 1 Brochure and photograph -- 28th Annual Literary Award Dinner Honoring E.L. Doctorow, 1996 February6, 1996


Box 21 Folder 2 Brochures -- Columbia University and Barnard College Commencement, 1988 May 18, 1988


Box 21 Folder 3 Bulletin: Harvard College Class of 1960 1963 1970, 1960, 1963, 1970


Box 21 Folder 4 Bulletin: Woodrow Wilson High School Class of '56 -- 35th and 40th reunions, 1991 1996, 1991, 1996


John Leonard


Box 21 Folder 5 Personal File: John Leonard, 1955 -- 2009, 1955, 2009

(Includes some posthumous material)


Box 21 Folder 5 Resumes and CVs


Box 21 Folder 6 John Leonard mementos, 1939-1994


Box 21 Folder 7 Rehab: Hazelden, 1982


Box 21 Folder 8 to 10 Rehab: Arms Acres, 1986


Box 21 Folder 11 Travel writing, undated


Box 21 Folder 12 Trip to Spain and Portugal, 1988


Kenneth Leonard


Box 21 Folder 13 to 14 Personal File: Ken Leonard, 1949 -- 2004, 1949, 2004


Box 21 Folder 15 Personal File: Ken Leonard, 1949 -- 2004, 1949, 2004


Box 21 Folder 16 to 17 Personal File: Ken Leonard -- writings, 1957 -- 1963, 1957, 1963


Ruth Woods (Leonard) Smith

(Includes some posthumous material)


Box 21 Folder 18 Personal File: Ruth Woods (Leonard) Smith, 2011


Box 21 Folder 19 Ruth Woods (Leonard) Smith, Memoir, 1998


Box 21 Folder 20 Memorial materials: Patricia Taylor Buckley, 2007


Box 21 Folder 20 Memorial materials: Eden Ross Lipton, 2011

Series V, Posthumous Papers, 2007-2009

Gathered in this series are posthumous materials collected by Sue Leonard after John Leonard's death. Arranged alphabetically by subject, this material consists of material from John Leonard's memorial service, condolence letters, memorial articles and obituaries. Along with material created posthumously, this series also includes documents gathered together after Leonard's death, including his Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement speech and Sue Leonard's notes for Reading for My Life.


Box 21 Folder 21 Articles commemorating John Leonard, 2008 November, 2008


Box 21 Folder 22 to 24 John Leonard memorial -- condolence letters, 2008 November -- 2009 March(3 folders), 2008, 2009


Box 21 Folder 25 to 27 John Leonard memorial service, 2009 March2, 2009


Box 21 Folder 28 Memorials and obituaries, 2008 November March(3 folders), 2008


Box 21 Folder 29 Selected magazine full issues,2008 November -- 2012 January, 2012



Box 25 Memorial service CDs, 2009 March, 2009

(See series VIII for CDs of memorial service)


Posthumously collected material



Box 21 Folder 30 Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement Award -- Mary Gordon introduction for Leonard, 2007 March, 2007


Box 21 Folder 31 Ivan Sandorf Lifetime Achievement Award -- John Leonard speech, [2007], undated


Box 21 Folder 32 John Leonard Wikipedia entry, 2010


Box 21 Folder 33 Sue Leonard, National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony speech, 2014 March13, 2014


Box 21 Folder 33 Sue Leonard, notes for John Leonard "Collected Works", 2009

Series VI, Books and Printed Matter from Leonard's Library, 1964-2012

This series consists of books written by Leonard, books that Leonard served as a contributor for, and books authored by others. Included in the series are books inscribed to Leonard and books with Leonard's annotations. Also included in this series are selected full issue magazines that include Leonard's published essays.



Box 22 Folder 1 to 3 Select magazine full issues with JL essays, 1975 -- 2008, 1975, 2008


Box 22 Books by John Leonard


Box 22 Books with introductions by John Leonard



Box 23 Books by Others

(Includes uncorrected proof ofTimequake, Kurt Vonnegut and published copy ofOh What a Paradise It Seems, by John Cheever, both inscribed to John Leonard)

Series VII, Photographs and Artwork, 1969-2008

This series brings together the photographic images, visual artwork, and other graphic arts collected by Leonard. Among the photographs are photographs of Leonard with Toni Morrison and Kurt Vonnegut. The artwork notably includes a signed poster with a Kurt Vonnegut quotation and a series of handmade cards made by the staff of the New York Times Book Review during the 1970s.

Arranged by media format and alphabetically.


Photographs



Box 24 Folder 1 Photographs, 1969 -- 2006, 1969, 2006


Box 24 Folder 2 Photograph, black and white Andre Sukharov, 1979


Box 24 Folder 3 Photographs and Toni Morrison letter, May a Angelou photograph -- Toni Morrison Arts Club 1993 -- 1999, 1993, 1999

(Includes three photographs from the Nobel Ceremony in Stockholm, 1993)



Box 21 Folder 1 Photograph of JL with E.L. Doctorow, 1996 February6, 1996


Box 21 Folder 15 Photographs, Ken Leonard, undated


Box 21 Folder 15 Photographs, John Leonard, circa, October 2008


Artwork



Box 18 Artwork-framed (2 pictures)



Box 24 Artwork-unframed, undated


Box 24 Birthday card for Leonard in the style of The New York Times Book Review storyboard,, undated


Box 24 Flier, celebrating Leonard's new position, undated


Box 24 The New York Times Book Review farewell poster, 1975 September 11, 1975


Box 24 Pen and ink memorial drawing for Kurt Vonnegut, Morley Safer, inscribed to JL,, 2007


Box 24 Portrait of Leonard, 1979 May 11, 1979


Box 24 Poster, with Kurt Vonnegut quotation, signed by Vonnegut


Box 24 Poster with final column of "Private Lives," 1980 June 11, 1980

Series VIII, Audio/Visual Material, 1962-2009

This series consists of compact discs, audio cassette tapes, rewritable discs, floppy discs, and VHS tapes. CDs include Leonard's early career work for KPFA radio, and posthumous recordings of his memorial service. VHS tapes comprise the vast majority of this series; these include taped sessions of the CBS segments, Leonard's television appearances, as well as material Leonard intended to review. The floppy discs hold back up drafts of Leonard's writing from the 1990s.

The items in this collection are arranged by media format and then chronologically.



Box 25 CDs of KPFA radio programs, 1962 -- 1963 2007, 1962, 1963, 2007


Box 25 CD of "Billy Pilgrim," inscribed by Kurt Vonnegut to JL and SL, 2002 November, 2002


Box 25 CDs, Eduardo Galeano with John Leonard, 2006 May 31, 2006


Box 25 CD, "In His Own Words,", undated


Box 25 CDs of John Leonard Memorial Service, 2009 March(10 CDs), 2009


Box 25 Cassette tape -- "Toni Morrison Nobel Prize and Sunday Morning,", undated


Box 25 Floppy discs


Box 25 Rewriteable tape -- "John Leonard's Library" and "Tribute from Hail and Farewell"


Box 25 VHS tapes (24 tapes)


Box 25 VHS tapes (24 tapes)



Box 26 VHS tapes, (31 tapes)