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At a Glance
The collection consists of 38 letters from Bessie to his friend, Loretta Frances Fokes Lish, about his life, political views, current writing, and Gordon Lish.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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 is located on-site.
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); Alvah Cecil Bessie letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Gotham Book Mart. Method of acquisition--Purchase 297 (Duplicates); Date of acquisition--07/01/88. Accession number--M-88-07-01.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed HR 09/22/88.
History / Biographical Note
Novelist, screenwriter, and veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War. Bessie was blacklisted as a screenwriter in 1950 as one of the Hollywood Ten.