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Alvin and Heidi Toffler papers, 1955-1984

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1247
Bib ID 4078547 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Toffler, Alvin
Title Alvin and Heidi Toffler papers, 1955-1984
Physical Description 110 linear feet (263 boxes 1 oversize folder)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Sorrespondence is in several files, both alphabetical and chronological. Administrative files are alphabetical by project.

Description

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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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.

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); Alvin and Heidi Toffler papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

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

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

Processing Information

Processed 06/20/88.

All restrictions lifted July 2019. Boxes 1-83 were closed pending death of Alvin, Heidi, and Karen Toffler.

Revision Description

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

Subject Headings

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Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social change Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social history -- 1945- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Alvin (1928-2016) and Heidi Toffler, authors and futurists.

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Series I: Correspondence


Subseries I.1: Chronological



Box 1 [n.d.]; 1950-52; 1954-55; Jan. 1956 - April 1958



Box 2 May 1958 - Dec. 1959



Box 3 1960-62



Box 4 1963-64



Box 5 Jan. 1965 - June 1966



Box 6 July 1966 - Dec. 1968



Box 7 Jan. 1969 - July 1970



Box 8 Aug. - Nov. 1970



Box 9 Dec. 1970 - April 1971



Box 10 May - Dec. 1971



Box 11 1972



Box 12 1973



Box 13 1974



Box 14 [n.d] (1970-74?); Jan. - Aug. 1975



Box 15 Sept. 1975 - Dec. 1976



Box 16 Jan. 1977 - July 1978



Box 17 Aug. 1978 - May 1979



Box 18 June 1979 - April 1980



Box 19 May 1980 - April 1982



Box 20 May 1982 - March 1983



Box 21 April - Aug. 1983



Box 22 Sept. 1983 - Feb. 1984



Box 23 March 1984 - Jan. 1985


Subseries I.2: Alphabetical



Box 24 . A (1980-81) - C (1982)



Box 25 Chaplain, Richard (1980) - G (1980-81)



Box 26 G (1982) - M (1980-81)



Box 27 M (1982) - P (1981)



Box 28 P (1982) - Strudler, Hal (1980)



Box 29 T (1980-81) - XYZ (1982)


Subseries I.3: Foreign



Box 30 Alphabetical by country, 1980-1982


Subseries I.4: Vox Pop



Box 31 Nonsubstantiative, 1969-1978



Folder 31 Substantiative, 1970-1979

Series II: Appointment Calendars



Box 33 Appointment Calendars, 1963; 1965

Series III: Phone Messages



Box 34 Phone Messages, 1970-1973



Box 35 Phone Messages, 1974-1977



Box 36 Phone Messages, 1978-1980



Box 37 Phone Messages, 1981-1982



Box 38 Phone Messages, 1983-1985


Box 38 Messages from projects, 1972-1984

Series IV: Office Files


Subseries IV.1: General



Box 39 Additives (food) - Powell, Adam Clayton



Box 40 Presidential Politics - Zworykin, V. K.


Subseries IV.2: Projects



Box 41 Advocates for the Arts - Antioch



Box 42 APPROTEC - Center for Adaptive Learning (CAL): Prentice Hall research



Box 43 Center for Adaptive Learning (CAL): Tenth grade correspondence - Committee for Anticipatory Democracy (CAD): Membership



Box 44 Committee for Anticipatory Democracy (CAD): National Participation Act - EcoThinktank



Box 45 Edwin Schlossberg, Inc. - Futuremics



Box 46 Future Option Room - Nihon Marketing Center, Inc.



Box 47 Omnibus Video - Salzburg Seminars 1966-67



Box 48 Salzburg Seminars 1968-72 - Women of the Year 2000

Series V: Administrative Files

Some include correspondence


Subseries V.1: General



Box 49 The Adaptive Corporation - The EcoSpasm Report: Spain



Box 50 The Ecospasm Report: US - Invitations/Requests, 1971



Box 51 Invitations/Requests, 1971-75



Box 52 Invitations/Requests 1976 - Learning for Tomorrow


Subseries V.2: Lecture Files

Lecture files are chronological. General files (such as Lecture expenses) begin each annual sequence



Box 54 Lecture Requests 1971 - May 1971 European Trip



Box 55 June 1971 Japan Trip - 31 May 1972 (U. of Ontario)



Box 56 4 June 1972 (U. of Cincinnati) - 20 Feb. 1973 (Denver)



Box 57 21 Feb. 1973 (Toronto) - Lecture expenses 1974



Box 58 Lecture requests 1974 - Lecture requests 1975



Box 59 11 Jan. 1975 (Washington D. C.) - 5 June 1975 (Washington D. C.)



Box 60 9 June 1975 (Monterey, Mexico) - 15 Dec. 1975 (US Senate)



Box 61 Lecture expenses 1976 - 25 June 1976 (Washington D. C.)



Box 62 24 Aug. 1976 (Louisville) - 29 March 1977 (Miami)



Box 63 1 April 1977 (Fort Myers) - 14 April 1978 (Indianapolis)



Box 64 26 April 1978 (U. of Northern Illinois) - 2 April 1979 (Miami)



Box 65 3 April 1979 (Hilton Head) - 4 Dec. 1979 (Brazil)



Box 66 Lecture requests 1980 - 18 Oct. 1980 (Boston)



Box 67 22 Oct. 1980 (French Lick) - 3 Feb. 1981 (Munich)



Box 68 10 Feb. 1981 (Las Vegas) - 27 April 1981 (Acapulco)



Box 69 1 Sept. 1981 (Japan) - Lecture requests 1982: foreign



Box 70 20 Jan. 1982 (Tokyo) - 21 July 1982 (Venezuela)



Box 71 11 Aug. 1982 (Honolulu) - 21 Oct. 1982 (Washington D. C.)



Box 72 9 Nov. 1982 (Copenhagen) - 13 April 1983 (Boca Raton)



Box 73 18 April 1983 (Palm Springs) - 12 Sept. 1983 (Boston)



Box 74 16 Sept. 1983 (Orlando) - 15 Dec. 1983 (France)


Subseries V.3: General (cont.)



Box 75 75. List of names - Permissions: Future Shock (granted 1972)



Box 76 Permissions: Future Shock (granted 1973) - General 1982 II.



Box 77 Permissions: general 1982 III. - Southend Press



Box 78 Technical requests - Testimonials for Future Shock



Box 79 Third Wave: Bantam (Art) - Offshoot possibilities



Box 80 Third Wave: Press List - Serial (First) I.



Box 81 Third Wave: Serial (First) II. - William Morrow (Advertising)



Box 82 Third Wave: William Morrow (Art) - Triwave Productions: Bank reconciliation



Box 83 Troad Inc. (Wing Project) - Writing by others: Requests

Series VI: Office Files


Subseries VI.1: General



Box 84 Administered prices - Anticipatory Democracy (A/D): Alternatives for Washington II.



Box 85 Anticipatory Democracy (AID) - Alternatives for Washington III. - Hawaii



Box 86 Art and automation - Arts in Detroit I.



Box 87 Arts in Detroit II. - Block, Max



Box 88 Buck, Sgt. Carl. H. - CBS/EVR



Box 89 Child labor: Migrant - Child labor: Used



Box 90 Childs, Lydia Marie - Convention



Box 91 Countries: Algeria - Culture Consumers: Bureaucracy



Box 92 Culture Consumers: Canada - Culture hucksters



Box 93 DiSalle, Michael - Education book: Third wave



Box 94 Education: Brain - Futuristics II.



Box 95 Education: Futuristics III - Scope



Box 96 Education: Second wave - Technology



Box 97 Education: Tenure - Work



Box 98 Eisenhower - Federal Trade Commission



Box 99 Filibuster - Harris, Roy I.



Box 100 Harris, Roy II. - Hoffa, James



Box 101 Housing - IBM automation I.



Box 102 IBM automation II - X



Box 103 Information retrieval - Labor in fiction



Box 104 Labor Racketeering - Leisure (Playboy Panel) II.



Box 105 Leisure (Playboy Panel) III. - Libraries: EFL Project notes



Box 106 Libraries EFL Project: used - McClellan, Sen. John L.



Box 107 McGee, Sen. Gale - Magazines I.



Box 108 Magazines II. - Menshikov, M. A.



Box 109 Merrick, David - Metropolitan Museum



Box 110 Military Justice - Morse, Sen. Wayne



Box 111 Moses, Robert - Natural gas



Box 112 Negro history - Orthodontics: not used



Box 113 Orthodontics: used - Pentagon air power



Box 114 People: Auls, Lawrence - Prigogino, I. (I.)



Box 115 People: Prigogino, I.



Box 116 People: Taylor, Gordon R. - Private bills



Box 117 Quadruplets - Right Wing ultras and bigots



Box 118 Schlesinger, Arthur - Social Indicators I.



Box 119 Social Indicators II. - Stress III.



Box 120 Stress IV - Teacher: Day in the life of



Box 121 Teacher Tenure - Toys



Box 122 Water Pollution I-V



Box 123 Water Pollution VI. - Winston-Salem I.



Box 124 Winston-Salem II - Women (H)



Box 125 Women: Lady Legislators - Work: Leisure II.



Box 126 Work: Leisure III. - Xerox I.



Box 127 Xerox II - Zanuck, D.(Not used I.)



Box 128 Zanuck, D.(Not used II.) - Zworykin, V.K.


Subseries VI.2: Projects



Box 129 ABC/Space Shuttle - Anticipatory Democracy (A/D): New York



Box 130 Anticipatory Democracy (A/D): New York RPA - Suggested programs and learning



Box 131 Anticipatory Democracy: (A/D): Surveys - Center for Adaptive Learning -- (CAL): Asbell



Box 132 Center for Adaptive Learning (CAL): Communications magazine - Eleventh grade text



Box 133 Center for Adaptive Learning (CAL): Maston - Prentice Hall working papers



Box 134 Center for Adaptive Learning (CAL): Proposed projects - Warshofsky



Box 135 Committee on Anticipatory Democracy (CAD) - Financial Services for Education



Box 136 Gingrich/Toffler on Social Security - National Humanistic Education



Box 137 National Volunteer Awards - Society of Magazine Writers (SMW)



Box 138 Russell Sage Foundation proposals - Salzburg Seminar



Box 139 Silberman, Richard T. - State Dept. (Dixon)



Box 140 Technology - Women in the Year 2000

Series VII: Book Files

These include Bound volumes, Proofs, Galleys, Manuscripts, Drafts, Files, Clippings, Notes, and Miscellaneous materials.


Subseries VII.1: The Adaptive Corporation 1985



Box 141 Copies of Social Dynamics and the Bell System, Corrected proofs



Box 142 Corrected proofs



Box 143 Superseded drafts, General research files



Box 144 Research files on AT&T: Articles - Consumer



Box 145 Research files on AT&T: Coporate Goals - Modular Corporation



Box 146 Research files on AT&T: Organization - Regulation



Box 147 Research files on AT&T: Social Consequences - Western Electric



Box 148 Interview files



Box 149 Reel-to-Reel interview tapes


Subseries VII.2: The Culture Consumers 1964



Box 150 Bound copies with corrections; Proofs; Galleys



Box 151 Manuscripts, Superseded drafts, Front matter, Layout materials



Box 152 Superseded drafts



Box 153 General research files: Business - Culture Consumers



Box 154 General research files: Government - Theatre



Box 155 Chapter files: Chs. 1-6



Box 156 Chapter files: Chs. 7-10



Box 157 Chapter files: Chs. 11-13; Miscellaneous files; Comments about the book



Box 158 Clippings: Reviews 1964-66



Box 159 Clippings: Reviews 1971;1973; Random House PR 1973; Notebooks


Subseries VII.3: The EcoSpasm Report 1975



Box 160 Page proofs; Master galleys; Original manuscript



Box 161 Drafts; Research files; Clippings


Subseries VII.4: Future Shock 1970



Box 162 Paperback copy with corrections; Dust jacket; Proofs



Box 163 Proofs



Box 164 Galleys



Box 165 Galleys



Box 166 Drafts



Box 167 Drafts



Box 168 Drafts



Box 169 Drafts



Box 170 Drafts



Box 171 Drafts



Box 172 General research files



Box 173 Chapter files: Chs. 1-8



Box 174 Chapter files: Chs. 9-15



Box 175 Chapter files: Chs. 16-20



Box 176 Files on syndication and excerpts



Box 177 Advertising materials



Box 178 General clippings re: Future Shock and Toffler



Box 179 General clippings re: Future Shock and Toffler



Box 180 Clippings: Best Seller lists - Business II.



Box 181 Clippings: Business III. - Foreign press



Box 182 Clippings: General reviews - Medicine and psychology



Box 183 Clippings: Planning - Youth



Box 184 Clippings: Re: Business: Advertising - Transportation


Box 184 Clippings: Re: Impact: Arts - General I.



Box 185 Clippings: Re: Impact: General II. - Science and technology



Box 186 Clippings: Foreign: Australian - Colombian



Box 187 Clippings: Foreign: Communist Countries - French II.



Box 188 Foreign clippings: French III. - Irish



Box 189 Foreign clippings: Italian - Spanish



Box 190 Foreign clippings: Swedish - Swiss



Box 191 Index



Box 192 Future Shock: Musical: Scripts; Clippings; Related materials


Box 192 French translation (Le Choc du Futur): Manuscripts



Box 193 French translation (Le Choc du Futur): Drafts; Notes; Index



Box 194 German translation: Drafts; Notes; Related materials


Subseries VII.5: The Futurists 1972

Edited by Toffler



Box 195 Proofs; Galleys; Drafts



Box 196 Drafts



Box 197 Biographies of contributors; Clippings; Notes; Photocopied materials


Subseries VII.6: Learning for Tomorrow 1974

Edited by Toffler



Box 198 Galleys



Box 199 Galleys



Box 200 Manuscripts



Box 201 Original manuscript



Box 202 Interview files



Box 203 Research files: The Phillips Program; Outlines


Box 203 Files on contributors: Bart, P. - Buchen, I.



Box 204 Files on contributors: Eurich, N. - Rojas/Eldridge I.



Box 205 Files on contributors: Rojas/Eldridge II. - Toffler, A.



Box 206 Files on contributors: Villegas, J. - Wren-Lewis, J.;


Box 206 Index; Notes; Updates for book; Clippings


Subseries VII.7: The Money Managers



Box 207 Galleys; Manuscripts; Drafts



Box 208 Drafts; Chapter files: Chs. 1-6



Box 209 Chapter files: Chs. 7-12



Box 210 Chapter files: Chs. 13-15;


Box 210 Research files on Mutual Funds: Bibliographies - Effect on Market



Box 211 Research files on Mutual Funds: Future of - Scope and growth;


Box 211 Interview files


Subseries VII.8: Previews and Premises 1982



Box 212 Proofs



Box 213 Proofs



Box 214 Manuscripts



Box 215 Manuscripts; Drafts; Outlines



Box 216 General research files; Interview files



Box 217 Interview files



Box 218 Interview files


Subseries VII.9: The Schoolhouse in the City 1968

Edited by Toffler



Box 219 Proofs; Galleys



Box 220 Manuscripts; Drafts



Box 221 Drafts; Files on contributors: Brain, G. - Graves, G.



Box 222 Files on contributors; Havighurst, R. - Wilcox, P.; Clippings; Notes


Subseries VII.10: Social Dynamics and the Bell System 1972



Box 223 Manuscripts (Part I only); Microform of finished text; General research files;


Box 223 Research files: Chs. 1-11, Part I



Box 224 Research files: Parts 2-4; Files on new goals



Box 225 Research files: 1985 Bell Organization; Interview files; Notes .


Subseries VII.11: The Third Wave 1980



Box 226 Galleys



Box 227 Miscllaneous. galley pages; Manuscripts



Box 228 Manuscripts



Box 229 Manuscripts



Box 230 Manuscripts



Box 231 Manuscripts



Box 232 Manuscripts



Box 233 Manuscripts



Box 234 Manuscripts



Box 235 Manuscripts



Box 236 Drafts



Box 237 Drafts



Box 238-257 Chapter files: Checking copy, Editorial suggestions, Not used, Notes, Superseded drafts, Used.



Box 238 Introduction; Ch. 1


Box 238 Ch. 2



Box 240 Chs. 2A-4



Box 241 Chs. 5-7



Box 242 Chs. 8-9



Box 243 Chs. 10-12 (Not used IV.)



Box 244 Chs. 12 (Not used V. - used)



Box 245 Ch. 13



Box 246 Chs. 14-15 (Not used I.)



Box 247 Chs. 15(Not used II.) - 16



Box 248 Ch. 17



Box 249 Ch. 18



Box 250 Chs. 19-20



Box 251 Ch. 21 (Checking copy - Not used II



Box 252 Ch. 21 (Not used III. - used)



Box 253 Ch. 22 (Checking copy - Superseded drafts)



Box 254 Ch. 22 (Used) ; Chs. 22-23 (mixed)



Box 255 Ch. 23 (Checking copy - Superseded drafts I.)



Box 256 Ch. 23 (Superseded drafts II. - Used); Chs. 24-25



Box 257 Chs. 26-28; General files



Flat Box 366 One Oversize folder: Proofs

Series VIII: Tri-wave Productions



Box 258 Transcripts; US Scripts



Box 259 US Scripts; Japanese Scripts



Box 260 Japanese Scripts; Printed Materials; Files

Series IX: Clippings and Magazines



Box 261 Articles by Toffler, [n.d] 1955-57



Box 262 Articles by Toffler: 1956-78; Articles mentioning Toffler



Box 263 Magazines and pamphlets with articles by Toffler, 1968-84