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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 (28 boxes, 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .
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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 three 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.

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

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

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 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. 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.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Halper, Marjorie Windust. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1984.

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:"
"Portal"
"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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Budgen, Frank Levin, Harry


Box 1 Cage, John Luening, Otto


Box 1 Campbell, Joseph Mailer


Box 1 Chomsky, Noam


Box 1 Dos Passos, Elizabeth (Mrs John)


Box 1 Duchamp, Alexina (Mme Marcel)


Box 1 Ellmann, Richard


Box 1 Howe, Irving


Box 1 Levin, Harry


Box 1 Luening, Otto


Box 1 Mailer, Norman


Box 1 Motherwell, Robert


Box 1 Schapiro, Meyer


Box 1 Seldes, Gilbert


Box 1 Smith, Paul


Box 1 Trilling, Lionel


Box 1 Wilson, Edmund

Series II: Cataloged Photograph


Box 1 Photograph of Nathan Halper

Series III: Miscellaneous


Box 1 Miscellaneous and printed miscellaneous


Box 1 Miscellaneous and printed miscellaneous

Series IV: Chess


Box 1 Articles and notes


Box 1 Articles on Russian chess


Box 1 Printed--miscellaneous


Box 1 Printed--periodicals


Box 1 Score sheets



Box 2 Trophy--Marshall Chess Club, 1970

Series V: Columbia University and Other Schools



Box 3 Course papers & notes


Box 3 N.Y. Regents Diploma, 1923


Box 3 Printed--miscellaneous


Box 3 Printed--periodicals


Box 3 Transcripts

Series VI: Criticism


Box 3 Book reviews--manuscripts and printed


Box 3 Canaday, John


Box 3 Maugham, William Somerset


Box 3 Proust, Marcel


Box 3 Shakespeare, William: Titus Andronicus


Box 3 Miscellaneous

Series VII: Fiction



Box 4 Correspondence


Box 4 Autobiographical articles--manuscripts


Box 4 Autobiographical articles--printed


Box 4 Autobiographical novel--Drafts, (16 folders)



Box 5 Autobiographical novel--16 folders of drafts (cont.)


Box 5 Miscellaneous


Box 5 Poetry


Box 5 Short stories

Series VIII: Fiction--Translations



Box 6 Latin poetry


Box 6 Yiddish poetry and prose


Yiddish: Friedman, Jacob


Box 6 Glatstein, Jacob


Box 6 Grade, Chaim


Box 6 Halpern, Moishe Leib


Box 6 Hofstein, David


Box 6 Kulback, Moishe


Box 6 Kvitko, L.


Box 6 Leib, Mani


Box 6 Raizin, A.


Box 6 Ravitch, Melech


Box 6 Shneour (Shnayer), Zalman (l)


Box 6 Shneour (Shnayer), Zalman


Box 6 Wolf, Lazar


Box 6 Yungman, M.


Box 6 Printed items

Series IX: Jewish Names



Box 7 Correspondence


Box 7 Printed--clippings: "Your name", newspaper column


Box 7 Printed--miscellaneous


Box 7 Typescript drafts



Box 8 Manuscript Notes and Cards

Series X: James Joyce



Box 9 Correspondence: A-H



Box 10 Correspondence: J-Z


Manuscripts and notes



Box 11 Dubliners



Box 12 Finnegans Wake



Box 13 Finnegans Wake



Box 14 Finnegans Wake



Box 15 Finnegans Wake



Box 16 Finnegans Wake--copies annotated by Nathan Halper



Box 17 Miscellaneous



Box 18 Miscellaneous



Box 19 Notebooks and notecards



Box 20 Papers by others



Box 21 Seminars and symposia


Box 21 Sources--readings, arranged by author



Box 22 Studies in Joyce . By Nathan Halper. Ann Arbor


Box 22 UMI Research Press [cl983]--manuscript


Box 22 proofs, typescripts, indicies, etc.


Box 22 [ The Young James Joyce ] The Early James


Box 22 Joyce . By Nathan Halper. New York, Columbia University


Box 22 Press, 1973--manuscripts, proofs, typescripts, indicies, etc.


Printed materials



Box 23 Books


Box 23 Clippings


Box 23 Misc.


Box 23 Offprints and reprints


Box 23 Photographs


Box 23 Periodicals (l)



Box 24 Periodicals (2)

Series XI: New England



Box 25 Early history of New England -- projected book for the


Box 25 Federal-Writers' Project in 1938 on the Mashpee MA, 1938


Indian. Reservation, "book never completed":


Box 25 Correspondence


Box 25 Notebooks


Box 25 Notecards


Box 25 Notes & drafts (l)



Box 26 Notes & drafts (2)


Box 26 Printed miscellaneous


Box 26 Provincetown Art Association: Sketchbook of class work, ca.l971


Box 26 Provincetown--manuscripts


Box 26 Provincetown-periodicals: The Crackerbarrel, 1937.


Box 26 Provincetown, 1934.


Box 26 Provincetown Poets, 1975-1976.



Box 27 Shankpainter, 1970-1981.


Box 27 Provincetown--printed miscellaneous

Series XII: Memorabilia



Box 28 Memorabilia From Iran (where Halper was stationed during World War II) and Persian tankard



Box Flat 742 Persian Backgammon set [19th century?]



Box 28 Halper's desk nameplate