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Meyer Schapiro Letters and Manuscripts of Whittaker Chambers and James Thomas Farrel, 1923-1991.

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Meyer Schapiro Letters and Manuscripts of Whittaker Chambers and James Thomas Farrel, 1923-1991.
Physical description:3 linear ft. (ca. 1,250 items in 6 boxes)
Language(s):In English


This collection is arranged into 5 series:


Scope and Content

Autograph and typed letters from James Thomas Farrell to Schapiro, concerning Farrell's personal life, his writings, and current social and political affairs. There are also eight of Farrell's manuscripts from the 1960s. The long friendship of neighbors is seen in Farrell's personal letters about his private life and his family and in the discussions of whichever novel he was working on at the time. The main body of the correspondence is from the World War II period and shows much concern for current events in the Soviet Union as well as in the U.S. and Europe. The author also made a few forays into Irish humor, as in the use of his pseudonym, Jonathan Titelescu Fogarty. There are autograph drafts of Prof. Schapiro's replies to and notes about Farrell, and letters and post cards from Farrell's actress wife, Hortense Adler. Also, a letter from Frances Mitchell on her book, The Awakening - Le Revile , 1950.

1995 Addition: 70 letters from Whittaker Chambers to Meyer Schapiro, along with copies of his letters and research material about Chambers.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Ccataloged Manuscripts

Series III: Clippings

Series IV: Miscellaneous Material

Series V: Research Materials on Whittaker Chambers

Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Meyer Schapiro Letters and Manuscripts of Whittaker Chambers and James Thomas Farrell; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 09/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

W.Chambers material Processed 10/26/2000 HR

Papers Processed 10/30/2000 HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009

Finding aid written in English.

    2010-03-01 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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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Adler, Hortense.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Anti--ommunist movements--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buckley, William F. (William Frank), 1925-2008.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Chambers, Whittaker.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Communism--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Corman, Cid.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hiss, Alger.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Irish wit and humor.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mitchell, Frances, 1914-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Subversive activities--United States--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States.--Federal Bureau of Investigation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Women authors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945--Europe.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945--Soviet Union.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Educator, art critic, and professor of fine arts at Columbia University, 1928-1965, University Professor, 1965-1973, Prof. Schapiro (Columbia Univ BA, 1924; MA 1926, Ph.D., 1929) died in 1996.