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Norbert Guterman Papers, 1920-1984

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, notes and notebooks, printed reviews and photographs of Norbert Guterman (1900-1984), author and translator.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0528
Bib ID 4078415 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Guterman, Norbert, 1900-1984
Title Norbert Guterman Papers, 1920-1984
Physical Description 6 linear feet (6 linear feet 12 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English, French, Polish, and German.
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 2-12. 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.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes and notebooks, printed reviews and photographs. The correspondents include writers from Guterman's Paris years, primarily Pierre Morhange, Max Jacob, Andrʹe Malraux, and Andrʹe Breton. Henri Lefebvre and Francis Steegmuller were Guterman's lifelong friends and there are files of letters from each. A number of other literary figures in France, Poland and the U.S. are also represented, including Françoise d'Eaubonne, Kazimierz Wierzynski, Tadeusz Nowakowski and Hans Habe. There is also correspondence from and concerning family members in Europe, especially Poland, during World War II. The manuscripts include literary works by Guterman, mostly dating from the 1920s and 30s, readers reports, and translations by Guterman. Also included are Guterman's notes made on his readings and in preparation for his editing work, reviews of Guterman's books and reviews by him from the "New Republic," and photographs of his family and friends, including Lefebvre and Pierre Morhange.

General Note

JR 10/86.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 2-12. 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.

This collection has no restrictions.

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.

Preferred Citation

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

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed JR 10/--/86.

Revision Description

2012-07-03 xml document created by Judith Zupnick.

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

Subject Headings

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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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French literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jacob, Max, 1876-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lefebvre, Henri, 1901-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morhange, Pierre, 1901-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Polish literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Steegmuller, Francis, 1906-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surrealism (Literature) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Translators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Norbert Guterman, 1900-1984, was an author and translator. Born in Warsaw, he studied in Paris in the 1920s, and was part of the "Groupe Philosophies" with Pierre Morhange, Henri Lefebvre, and others. The Groupe was connected for a time with the Surrealists and later with Marxism and the Parti Communiste. In 1929/1930 Guterman moved to the U.S. where he became best known as a translator of philosophical and literary works.