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Orville Wilbur Prescott papers, 1931-1982

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1025
Bib ID 4078602 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Prescott, Orville
Title Orville Wilbur Prescott papers, 1931-1982
Physical Description 7 boxes (7 boxes and 13 oversized volumes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-7. 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.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected items cataloged, remainder arranged.

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, awards, photographs, and clippings. The collection includes letters from authors, publishers, journalists, and the reading public about Prescott's book reviews from 1931 to 1968. Printed copies of his book review column in The New York Times from 1942 until 1968 and printed copies of his articles and book reviews in "Cue", "The Yale Review", "The Saturday Review", and other magazines and newspapers are mounted in 22 scrapbooks. There is the setting typescript of his book Lords of Italy; portraits from the Middle Ages (Harper & Row, 1972), as well as clippings of reviews and correspondence relating to his other books. There is also a volume of letters from authors and friends on his retirement from The New York Times in 1966, as well as photographs and awards. Among the cataloged correspondents are: Louis Auchincloss, John Hersey, Phyllis McGinley, Mary Renault, A.L. Rowse, and C.P. Snow.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3-7. 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); Orville Wilbur Prescott 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 Orville Prescott, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Prescott, Orville. Method of acquisition--Gift, 1988; Date of acquisition--09/22/88. Accession number--M-88-09-22.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

processed HR 04/24/89.

Revision Description

2021-07-02 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Auchincloss, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Book reviewers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hersey, John, 1914-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York Times Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Literary critic & journalist.

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Series I: Correspondence


Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Abbott, George


Box 1 Adamic, Louis


Box 1 Adler, Elmer


Box 1 Atkinson, Brooks


Box 1 Auchincloss, Louis S.


Box 1 Auslander, Joseph


Box 1 Barzini, Luigi


Box 1 Beard, Mary Ritter (Mrs. Charles A.)


Box 1 Behrman, Samuel Nathaniel


Box 1 Biddle, George


Box 1 Brace, Gerald Warner


Box 1 Bryher, Winifred


Box 1 Byrnes, James Francis


Box 1 Caldwell, Taylor


Box 1 Cary, Joyce


Box 1 Cerf, Bennett A.


Box 1 Chase, Stuart


Box 1 Chute, Marchette Gaylord


Box 1 Cobb, Irvin S.


Box 1 Considine, Robert B.


Box 1 Costain, Thomas Bertram


Box 1 Cousins, Norman


Box 1 Coward, Thomas R.


Box 1 Cozzens, James Gould


Box 1 Cronin, Archibald Joseph


Box 1 Dahl, Roald


Box 1 Delderfield, Ronald Frederick


Box 1 De Vries, Peter


Box 1 Dobie, James Frank


Box 1 Durant, Will


Box 1 Eberhart, Mignon G.


Box 1 Edman, Irvin


Box 1 Fadiman, Clifton


Box 1 Fisher, Dorothy Canfield


Box 1 Freeman, Joseph


Box 1 Godden, Rumer


Box 1 Graum Shirley Ann


Box 1 Gunther, John


Box 1 Guthrie, Alfred Bertram, Jr.


Box 1 Guthrie, Woodie


Box 1 Hansen, Harry


Box 1 Hart, Moss


Box 1 Heller, Joseph


Box 1 Hersey, John R.


Box 1 Highet, Gilbert


Box 1 Hilton, James


Box 1 Hough, Henry Beetle


Box 1 Hughes, Rupert


Box 1 Hull, Helen R.


Box 1 Jackson, Shirley


Box 1 Johnson, Pamela Hansford (Lady Snow)


Box 1 Kagey, Rudolf "Kurt Steel"


Box 1 Kronenberger, Louis


Box 1 Krutch, Joseph Wood


Box 1 Lamont, Thomas W.


Box 1 Llewellyn, Richard


Box 1 McFee, William


Box 1 McGinley, Phyllis


Box 1 MacLennan, Hugh


Box 1 Marquand, John P.


Box 1 Maurois, André


Box 1 Maxwell, William


Box 1 Melcher, Frederic Gershom


Box 1 Menen, Aubrey


Box 1 Michener, James A.


Box 1 Morgenthau, Henry, Jr.


Box 1 Morley, Christopher


Box 1 Nathan, Robert G.


Box 1 Overstreet, Harry Allen


Box 1 Perry, Bliss


Box 1 Perry, Ralph Barton


Box 1 Porter, Katherine Anne


Box 1 Prokosch, Frederic


Box 1 Rama Rau, Santha


Box 1 Renault, Mary


Box 1 Richter, Conrad


Box 1 Rowse, Alfred Leslie



Box 2 Sarton, May


Box 2 Schuster, Max Lincoln


Box 2 Scott, Paul


Box 2 Sedgwick, Ellery


Box 2 Sherwood, Robert Emmet


Box 2 Simon, Richard Leo


Box 2 Smith, Betty W.


Box 2 Smith, Lillian E.


Box 2 Snow, Charles Bercy, Baron Snow


Box 2 Spellman, Francis Joseph, Cardinal


Box 2 Steegmuller, Francis


Box 2 Steele, Wilbur Daniel


Box 2 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays


Box 2 Sulzberger, Iphigene Ochs (Mrs. Arthur H.)


Box 2 Swope, Herbert Bayard


Box 2 Tanner, Edward Everett "Patrick Dennis"


Box 2 Treece, Henry


Box 2 Weidman, Jerome


Box 2 Willingham, Calder


Box 2 Wouk, Herman


Subseries I.2: Uncataloged Correspondence


Box 2 Album of letters received on the occasion of his retirement from The New York Times, 1966



Box 3 A - Z

Series II: Prescott's Writings


Subseries II.1: Typescripts and Reviews of Prescott's Books



Box 4 Lords of Italy; Portraits from the Middle Ages (Harper & Row), circa 1972

Typescript


Box 4 Lecture, 1974

Typescript


Box 4 Printed Reviews of Prescott's Books


Subseries II.2: Scrapbooks of Prescott's Book Review Columns and Other Articles


Scrapbook #1, 1931-1940



Box 5 Cleveland Town Tidings , 1931


Box 5 Newsweek , 1933-1934


Box 5 The New York Times , 1934


Box 5 Cue , 1936-1940


Box 5 Lecture Brochure, circa 1940


Box 5 Scrapbook #2--Cue, 1941-1942


Scrapbook #3, 1942-1945


Box 5 Cue , 1942-1945


Box 5 The Yale Review , 1943-1945


Box 5 Lecture Brochure, 1944


Box 5 Transatlantic , 1944


Scrapbook #4, 1945-1951


Box 5 Cue , 1945-1947


Box 5 The Yale Review , 1945-1949


Box 5 Tomorrow , 1946


Box 5 Publishers Weekly , 1949


Box 5 Book Reviews , 1951


Box 5 Fortnight , 1948



Flatbox 603 Scrapbook #5--The New York Times, 1942-1943


Flatbox 603 Scrapbook #6--The New York Times, 1943-1944



Flatbox 608 Scrapbook #7--The New York Times, 1944


Flatbox 608 Scrapbook #8--The New York Times, 1945



Box 6 Scrapbook #9--The New York Times, 1945-1946


Box 6 Scrapbook #10--The New York Times, 1946-1948


Box 6 Scrapbook #11--The New York Times, 1948-1949



Flatbox 608 Scrapbook #12--The New York Times, 1949-1950


Flatbox 608 Scrapbook #13--The New York Times, 1950-1951



Flatbox 609 Scrapbook #14--The New York Times, 1952-1953



Flatbox 608 Scrapbook #15--The New York Times, 1953-1954



Box 7 Scrapbook #16--The New York Times, 1954-1955


Box 7 Scrapbook #17--The New York Times, 1955-1956



Flatbox 609 Scrapbook #18--The New York Times, 1956-1957


Flatbox 609 Scrapbook #19--The New York Times, 1957-1959



Flatbox 610 Scrapbook #20--The New York Times, 1959-1962


Flatbox 610 Scrapbook #21--The New York Times, 1962-1964


Scrapbook #22, 1964-1968



Flatbox 609 The New York Times , 1964-1968


Flatbox 609 The Saturday Review , 1964-1968

Series III: Awards, Diploma, and Photographs



Box 7 Awards


Box 7 Diploma


Box 7 Photographs