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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.
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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.
The following boxes are located off-site: 2-10, 10A, 11-12. 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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Norbert Guterman papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Symington, Mrs. Donald. Method of acquisition--gift; Date of acquisition--04/04/86. Accession number--M-86-04-04.
Gift of Mrs. Donald Symington, 1986.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed JR 10/--/86.
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.
2022-03-25 Folder-level info added to boxes 5, 6, 7
History / Biographical Note
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.