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Dorothy Norman papers, 1923-1978

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Ms Coll\Norman
Bib ID 4079170 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997
Title Dorothy Norman papers, 1923-1978
Physical Description 60 linear feet (145 boxes (ca 25000 items))
Language(s) English .

Series II (Arranged Correspondence), Boxes 1-2 are closed for conservation review (kws June 2019). Otherwise, this collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. 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.



26 boxes of correspondence, incoming letters and carbons of outgoing mail: The collection is divided into two parts. arranged alphabetically by subject; 89 boxes of printed materials (with some correspondence) arranged by subject; boxes numbered 107-122 (1975 gift) contain printed materials pertaining to India, 1950-1973; boxes 122-125 (1979 gift) also contain material on India; boxes 127-136 (1982 gift) contain materials on India, Nehru, and Alfred Stieglitz; boxes 137-144 (1991 gift) contains materials on India, Nehru, Norman's memoirs.

Box 1 contains cataloged correspondence

Correspondence is arranged: alphabetically by subject.

Printed materials are arranged: by subject.



Correspondence, reports, pamphlets, and clippings of Norman. Among the subjects represented are health, population control, civil liberties, refugees, exiled governments and peoples of World War II, United Nations, education, delinquency, race relations, emerging nationalities, censorship, and foreign aid. Much of the correspondence in the collection centers around Mrs. Norman's column in THE NEW YORK POST in the 1940s. Organizations in the collection include Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Democratic Action, American Citizens Committee for Economic Aid Abroad, Women's City Club, American Emergency Food Committee for India, Urban League, Liberal Party, Citizens Union, Free Germany Movement, Free China Movement, and United World Federation. Also included are correspondence, manuscripts, research materials, and printed materials dealing with Norman's research and writing on India. There are two working manuscripts, one on India, the other on Nehru. Also, a fragmentary manuscript of her memoirs and the beginnings of a study of Alfred Stieglitz.

Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

Series II (Arranged Correspondence), Boxes 1-2 are closed for conservation review (kws June 2019). Otherwise, this collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located off-site. 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.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Dorothy Norman Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Syracuse University holds a significant collection of Dorothy Norman's papers as well https://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/n/norman_d.htm#series1


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

Alternate Form Available

Pearl S. Buck letters are on: microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Norman, Dorothy S. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1966. Accession number--M-66.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2010-02-18 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2019-06-04 Closed boxes 1 and 2 of Series II (Arranged Correspondence) for conservation review. kws

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
African Americans -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Civil Liberties Union Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Americans for Democratic Action Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Birth control Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bohlen, Charles E (Charles Eustis), 1904-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Censorship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Citizens Union of the City of New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Economic assistance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Governments in exile Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Health Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Juvenile delinquency Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Liberal Party of New York State Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mountbatten of Burma, Louis Mountbatten, Earl, 1900-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Race relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social problems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Statesmen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United Nations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United World Federation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Urban League of Greater New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women -- Political activity Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women's City Club of New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World politics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Journalist. Dorothy Stecher Norman was active for many years in a wide range of social and political movements.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Acheson, Dean To Dorothy Norman, [Washington], 8 March 1961, 1 page t.l.s. (with related material)

Bohlen, Charles E. To Dorothy Norman, Washington, 19 September 1962, 1 page t.l.s.

Dulles, Allen W. To Dorothy Norman, Washington, 14 Feb. 1953 - 1 June 1959, 5 t.l.s.

Humphrey, Hubert H. To Dorothy Norman, Washington, 25 May 1962, 1 page t.l.s.

Mountbatten, Lord Louis To Dorothy Norman, London, 21 September 1962, 1 page t.l.s. (with carbon replies)

Stevenson, Adlai To Dorothy Norman, [n.p.], 1956-1962, 5 t.l.s.

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Box 1 Correspondence

Closed for conservation review (June 2019, kws)

Box 2 Correspondence

Closed for conservation review (June 2019, kws)

Series III: Topical Files

Box 3 ADA

Box 4 Africa; Algeria

Box 5 Art

Box 6 Art

Box 7 Art

Box 8 Asia

Box 9 Asia; Atomic Energy; Austria

Box 10 Birth Control

Box 11 Birth Control

Box 12 Books

Box 13 Britain; Burma

Box 14 Carnegie Endowment; Children; China; Citizens Budget Committee

Box 15 Civil Liberties

Box 16 Civil Liberties

Box 17 Civil Liberties

Box 18 Civil Liberties

Box 19 Civil Liberties

Box 20 Civil Liberties

Box 21 Civil Liberties

Box 22 Congressional Record; Co-operatives; Courth; Cuba; Cultural Freedom; Democrats Convention 1948; Disarmament; Doorway for 20th Century

Box 23 Education

Box 24 Education

Box 25 Foreign Aid, 1952

Box 26 Foreign Aid, 1953-54

Box 27 Foreign Aid, 1955-56

Box 28 Foreign Aid, 1956-57

Box 29 Foreign Aid, 1957-58

Box 30 Foreign Aid, 1957-58 (& others)

Box 31 Foreign Aid

Box 32 Foreign Aid

Box 33 Foreign Countries

Box 34 Foreign Policy, 1947-48

Box 35 Foreign Policy

Box 36 Food; Foundations; France; Fund for the Republic; Gardens; Germany; Guild Hall

Box 37 Health

Box 38 Health

Box 39 Health

Box 40 Health

Box 41 Housing; Human Rights; Immigration

Box 42 India, 1940-1950

Box 43 India, 1951-1960

Box 44 India Clippings

Box 45 Institute for Pacific Relations; International

Box 46 International

Box 47 International

Box 48 International relations; Israel (Jews)

Box 49 Israel (Jews)

Box 50 Israel (Jews); Japan

Box 51 Labor

Box 52 Latin America; League for International Democracy; Mexico; Miscellaneous

Box 53 Mutual Security, 1951; 52 & general

Box 54 Mutual Security, 1952

Box 55 Mutual Security, 1953-55

Box 56 "The Nation"; National affairs; National Committee for Effective Congress; New York City; New York State

Box 57 New York (City & State)

Box 58 New York (City & State)

Box 59 Norman, Dorothy: Mss.

Box 60 Norman, Dorothy: Mss.

Box 61 Norman, Dorothy: Miscellaneous columns

Box 62 Norman, Dorothy: Miscellaneous columns

Box 63 Norman, Dorothy: Miscellaneous

Box 64 Ottley: "New World A-Coming"

Box 65 Politics (national)

Box 66 Politics (national)

Box 67 Postwar

Box 68 Postwar

Box 69 Printing & Type; Puerto Rico

Box 70 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 71 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 72 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 73 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 74 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 75 Race Relations (discrimination)

Box 76 Race Relations

Box 77 Race Relations

Box 78 Refugees

Box 79 Religion; Roosevelt, Eleanor; Roosevelt, F.D.R.; Russia; Save Our Schools Committee

Box 80 Science; Society for the Prevention of World War III; South America; State Department

Box 81 Theater; "Tomorrow" magazine; Travel

Box 82 United Nations

Box 83 United Nations

Box 84 United Nations

Box 85 United Nations, 1951-1958

Box 86 U.S. government; United World Federation; Wallace, H.A.

Box 87 Welfare; Women

Box 88 World government; World Rehabilitation Fund; Yalta Record

Box 89 Youth

Box 90 Youth

Seties IV: Clippings by Others

Box 91 Clippings by others: A-Ki

Box 92 Clippings by others: Kn-W

Series V: Printed Materials

Box 93 Printed materials; "Twice A Year"

Box 94 Books

Box 95 Books

Box 96 Pamphlets

Box 97 Reports, etc.

Box 98 Printed materials by and about Dorothy Norman

Series VI: Manuscripts

Box 99 Manuscripts and Typescripts

Series VII: Subject Files

Box 100 Subject folders

Series VIII: Correspondence

Box 101 Correspondence (names) A-Z

Box 102 Correspondence (general)

Box 103 Correspondence, 1938-1943 (1); Albert and Maty Lasker correspondence; Edward Bernays correspondence

Box 104 Correspondence, 1938-1944

Box 105 Correspondence, 1943-1946

Box 106 Correspondence, 1947-1971

Series IX: Indian

1975 Gift

Box 107 India (printed, also carbon copies of mansucripts)

Box 108 India (printed material)

Box 109 India (printed material)

Box 110 India (printed material)

Box 111 India (printed material)

Box 112 India (printed material)

Box 113 India (printed material)

Box 114 India (printed material)

Box 115 India (printed material)

Box 116 India (printed material)

Box 117 India (printed material)

Box 118 India (printed material)

Box 119 India (printed material)

Box 120 India (printed material)

Box 121 India (printed material)

Box 122 India (printed material)

Series X: 1982 Gift

Box 127 Bangladesh to India - Art, Culture, etc.

Box 128 India - Correspondence to India - Manuscript

Box 129 India - Manuscript (con't.)

Box 130 India - Misc. Notes to India - Research Material

Box 131 Memoirs to Mythology, Astrology, Religion, etc.

Box 132 Nehru - Correspondence to Nehru - Notes on first visit to U.S.

Box 133 Nehru - Primary source material - Chapters VIII-X

Box 134 Nehru - Primary source material - Chapters XI-XIII

Box 135 Nehru - Primary source material - Chapters XIV-XVI

Box 136 New York Foundation to Stieglitz

Series XI: 1991 Gift

Box 137 Asia Society

Box 137 Gandhi, Indira

Box 137 India - Arts

Box 138 India - Correspondence - Syracuse A-Z

Box 138 India - Correspondence - With Various Governments

Box 139 India - Correspondence - Individual Folders A-M

Box 140 India - Correspondence - Individual Folders M-Z

Box 141 India - History

Box 141 India - Manuscripts (incomplete)

Box 141 India - Miscellaneous Notes

Box 141 India - U.S. Relations

Box 141 India League

Box 141 Memoir - Manuscript (incomplete)

Box 141 Memoir - Notes

Box 142 Mythology, Astrology and Religion

Box 143 McCarthy, Senator Joseph

Box 143 Nehru, Jawaharlal - Research materials & notes

Series XII: Printed Materials

Box 144 Oficial publications of the Government of India

Box 144 Oficial publications of the Government of the United States