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Justin O'Brien papers, 1925-1968

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0942
Bib ID 4079174 View CLIO record
Creator(s) O'Brien, Justin, 1906-1968 ; Sarraute, Nathalie ; Sartre, Jean-Paul, 1905-1980 ; Baidouy
Title Justin O'Brien papers, 1925-1968
Physical Description 53 boxes (53 boxes)
Language(s) French , English .

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Correspondence with André Gide, the manuscripts and notes for his biography PORTRAIT OF ANDRÉ GIDE, and for his translations of the JOURNALS OF ANDRÉ GIDE, SO BE IT, and PRETEXTS, and other notes and articles about André Gide. Also, correspondence with many contemporary French writers including Albert Camus, Jean Cocteau, Julian Green, Valéry Larbaud, Jean Malaquais, Roger Martin du Gard, André Maurois, Henry de Montherlant, and Georges Simenon. Prof. O'Brien translated works by Baidouy, Albert Camus, Jean Cocteau, Henry de Montherlant, Nathalie Sarraute, and Jean-Paul Sartre; the typescript of Camus' L'EXILE ET LE ROYAUME is of special interest. Professor O'Brien's files cover a broad range of French culture including correspondence with other French scholars, educational organizations, editors, publishers (notably Blanche W. Knopf), with members of the OSS in wartime France, and with other literary figures such as Gilbert Highet, Dwight Macdonald, and Klaus Mann.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Justin O'Brien papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Existence and Location of Copies

Benedetto Croce correspondence is also available on microfilm. See MN# 3600-1. The microfilm also includes Croce letters and manuscripts from other collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--O'Brien, Justin. Method of acquisition--Bequest; Date of acquisition--1969. Accession number--M-69.

Source of acquisition--O'Brien, Mrs. Justin. Method of acquisition--Gift (1973, 1978, 1982); Accession number--M-73,M-78,M-82.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Cataloged Lynn A. Grove 03/16/90.

Separated Materials

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library has separately cataloged the Gallimard edition of the works of André Gide (15 volumes) that was received with this collection. These volumes may be requested through the catalog record here.

Revision Description

2021-03-23 Biography edited by CCR.

2021-03-21 EAD document created by CCR.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, French -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Camus, Albert, 1913-1960 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- France -- Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Green, Julien, 1900-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Highet, Gilbert, 1906-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Knopf, Blanche W., 1894-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Larbaud, Valéry, 1881-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Macdonald, Dwight Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Malaquais, Jean, 1908-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mann, Klaus, 1906-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Martin Du Gard, Roger, 1881-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maurois, André, 1885-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Montherlant, Henry de, 1896-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Simenon, Georges, 1903-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Office of Strategic Services Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945 -- France Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

O'Brien was a professor of French at Columbia University (1931-1968). He was a well-known translator of modern French literature, particularly of André Gide and Albert Camus, and was also a noted authority on French drama.