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Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, course related materials, photographs, photostats, and printed materials of Rusk. Included are two small files of correspondence, approximately 100 items, relating to Rusk's editing of THE LETTERS OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1939) and to his study of occasional poetry in Colonial America for the Colonial Project in American Literature. The manuscripts include several miscellaneous items by Rusk, and five Columbia University masters essays submitted to him in connection with the Colonial American poetry study. Also, 12,000 note cards relating to this study as well as 150 photostatic copies of books of Colonial American poetry. For the Emerson edition there are 14,000 note cards on Emerson's life and letters. There are also 1,000 note cards for Rusk's edition of THE LETTERS OF EMMA LAZARUS (1939). The Columbia course related materials consist of notes, syllabi, reading lists, bibliographies, examination questions, lists of students and a few letters from them for Rusk's American literature course, 1931-1951. The printed materials are mainly reprints of articles on R.W. Emerson, inscribed to Rusk and containing annotations by him. In addition there are 23 photographs taken by Rusk in 1913, of a Passion Play which was performed in the Philippines.
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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); Ralph L. Rusk papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Type of reproduction--Photostatic copies in part
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Rusk, R. L. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1956. Accession number--M-56.
Publications About Described Materials
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Ralph L. Rusk. New York : Columbia University Press, 1939. [6 v.].
Lazarus, Emma. Letters to Emma Lazarus in the Columbia University Library, edited by Ralph L. Rusk. New York : Columbia University Press, 1939.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/89.
Katia Shraga, May 2019: as migration issue for top containers is concerned, renamed boxes of Series III, IV and V as "Card File Box" + number; renamed Box 5 under Series VI: Photostat as "Tube Box 5".
2009-06-26 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Professor of English, Columbia University, 1925-1954, and Ralph Waldo Emerson specialist. Rusk taught English at the University of the Philippines, 1912-1914. Columbia University A.M., 1912; Ph.D., 1925.