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Nathan Halper papers, 1923-1986

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0539
Bib ID 4078342 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Halper, Nathan
Title Nathan Halper papers, 1923-1986
Physical Description 13.26 linear feet (13.26 linear feet 28 boxes 1 flat box)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following boxes are located off-site: 2-28. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in twelve series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence; Series II: Cataloged Photographs; Series III: Miscellaneous; Series IV: Chess; Series V: Columbia University and Other Schools; Series VI: Criticism; Series VII: Fiction; Series VIII: Fiction - translations; Series IX: Jewish names; Series X: James Joyce; Series XI: New England Series XII: Memorabilia.

Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, word lists, documents, photographs, clippings, periodicals, and other printed materials concerning his writings, translations, and criticism. Most of the manuscript drafts and notes are for his critical and analytical studies of Finnegans Wake and of other works by James Joyce.

There are also draft translations from the Yiddish of various authors, early autobiographical articles and chapters for an autobiographical novel, general literary criticism, articles on chess, as well as notes and drafts for his research in 1938 into the history of the Indians of New England and of the Mashpee Indian Reservation on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

There are many periodicals and other printed materials about Provincetown where he maintained his art gallery. Some years before his death, he began a study of Jewish-American family names; there are many notes, drafts, and clippings for his projected book on the subject which was not completed. Among the correspondents are John Cage, Richard Ellmann, Norman Mailer, Robert Motherwell, Lionel Trilling, and Edmund Wilson.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following boxes are located off-site: 2-28. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two 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. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nathan Halper papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to Halper's art gallery were given to: The Archives of American Art in: Address--National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. 20560.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed HR 02/--/86.

Revision Description

2012-02-14 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Cage, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chess Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ellmann, Richard, 1918-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indians of North America -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mailer, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mashpee Indians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motherwell, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Names, Personal -- Jewish Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yiddish literature -- Translations into English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Nathan Halper, 1907-1983 (Columbia A.B. 1927; Ph.D. 1973), author, translator, and art dealer, was an authority on the writings of James Joyce. He also translated and published much Yiddish literature, reviewed books and operated an art gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts where he lived for half the year.