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Series I: Correspondence
Series V: Administrative Files
Series VII: Book Files
At a Glance
Sorrespondence is in several files, both alphabetical and chronological. Administrative files are alphabetical by project.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, telephone logs, lecture/administrative files, manuscripts, research files, personal papers, reviews, press clippings, tearsheets, and memorabilia relating to the many projects Toffler and his wife worked on from 1950 to 1985. The collection is divided into closed and open series. Closed files include all correspondence; telephone logs; administrative files pertaining to lectures, contracts, and business memos; and personal papers. Open files consist of clippings, notes, manuscripts, publishers' "dead matter," tearsheets of articles and books, press clippings, interviews, and galleys. The correspondence includes letters from a great variety of people, such as Betty Friedan, Jonas Salk, Newt Gingrich, Ed Koch, and many other politicians and celebrities. There are research files for virtually every project that Toffler was involved with, including his books "Future Shock" and "The Third Wave." The press clippings files are extensive and range from research topics to reviews, and cover countries from Australia to Switzerland. Lecture files also from Toffler's television/video production compnay, Triwave Productions, Inc., which include scripts, contracts, and materials relating to all stages of production. The many manuscripts, proofs, and galleys are in various stages of revision and include Toffler's extensive corrections and notes.
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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 is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
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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); Alvin and Heidi Toffler papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Alvin and Heidi Toffler, 1987.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Toffler, Alvin and Heidi. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--06/17/87. Accession number--M-87-06-17.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
All restrictions lifted July 2019. Boxes 1-83 were closed pending death of Alvin, Heidi, and Karen Toffler.
2010-03-31 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2019-07-19 Restrictions lifted
History / Biographical Note
Alvin (1928-2016) and Heidi Toffler, authors and futurists. A journalist and intellectual best know for his popular books Future Shock and The Third Wave in which he speculates on the nature and effects of dynamic social change. Toffler was born on 28 October 1928, in New York City and married Adelaide Heidi Farrell on 29 April 1950. He was educated at New York University (B.A. 1949) and worked as a journalist for various newspapers and magazines in the 1950s. He became a full-time writer in the 1960s. He was on the faculty of the New School for Social Research from 1965-1967.