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Randolph Silliman Bourne Papers, 1910-1966

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Abstract

Correspondence and manuscripts of the radical essayist Randolph Bourne (1886-1918).

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Call No.: MS#0138
Bib ID 4079396 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bourne, Randolph Silliman, 1886-1918
Title Randolph Silliman Bourne Papers, 1910-1966
Physical Description 8.5 linear feet (20 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into three series.

Description

Summary

The collection is primarily composed of Randolph Silliman Bourne's correspondence and manuscripts, the majority of which date from approximately 1910 through 1918. The original manuscript of "The State"—one of the works for which he is best known, despite its being unfinished at the time of his death—is present. Other essays, published and unpublished at the time of Bourne's death, and several poems are included. A small group of letters, unpublished manuscripts, and published works about Bourne are also included in Series III.

  • Series I: Correspondence, circa 1910-1918

    Series I includes both personal and professional correspondence: letters written to Bourne by his friends, and letters from magazines and publishers regarding his writings.

  • Series II: Manuscripts and Documents, circa 1910-1918

    Series II includes manuscripts and typescripts of Bourne's works. The original manuscript of "The State"—one of the works for which he is best known, despite its being unfinished at the time of his death—is present. Other essays, published and unpublished at the time of Bourne's death, and several poems are included. In addition to Bourne's more formal writings, his notebooks and course materials from Columbia University, circa 1909-1913, are also in Series II, as are his European travel diaries and ephemera from 1913-1914. Clippings and pamphlets on topics of interest to Bourne, including educational reform and political movements, are included in the series as well.

  • Series III: Materials on Bourne, by others, 1918-1994

    Series III includes works by others about Bourne, such as correspondence, biographers' handwritten notes, and publications. All, or nearly all, of these materials were written after Bourne's death. Series III also includes posthumous publications of Bourne's work.

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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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Randolph Silliman Bourne papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Arthur Whittier Macmahon Papers: Papers of Bourne's Columbia University classmate and friend, who became the university's Eaton Professor of Public Administration. Includes correspondence between Bourne and Macmahon, as well as notes and correspondence about Bourne. At the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

Alyse Gregory Papers: Papers of Randolph Bourne's close friend and biographer Alyse Gregory, containing correspondence between Bourne and Gregory dating from 1913 through 1918, as well as Gregory's biography of Bourne. Some of the letters may have originally been included in the Bourne correspondence given to Columbia University by Agnes de Lima. At the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Agnes de Lima Collection of Alyse Gregory: Includes letters from Gregory to de Lima discussing Gregory's biography of Randolph Bourne and de Lima's memories of Bourne. At the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant Papers: Papers of Bourne's friend and fellow New Republic contributor. Includes correspondence between Sergeant and Bourne dating from 1915 to 1916. At the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

James Oppenheim Papers: Papers of Bourne's Seven Arts publisher, fellow World War I opponent, and elegist James Oppenheim. At the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library.

Alternate Form Available

Boxes 1-10 have: microfilm copy.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Agnes De Lima, 1955-1966; gift of John Moreau, 1966; gift of Mrs. Arthur W. MacMahon, 1978.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/07/89.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2013-03-25 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-02-04 Finding aid updated by Celeste Brewer: related materials and custodial history notes added; biographical and scope and content notes revised; and Series III added to better distinguish between items created or owned by Bourne, and items created after his death.

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

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Randolph Silliman Bourne was a radical leftist intellectual and essayist. He was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1886. His difficult birth left him with facial scars from an improper forceps delivery, and a bout of spinal tuberculosis at the age of four curved his spine and stunted his growth. His essay "The Handicapped—By One of Them," published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1911, is a foundational work in disability studies. Bourne is best known for his essays in The Seven Arts and The New Republic that sharply criticized U.S. involvement in World War I and that took American intellectuals, notably his former mentor John Dewey, to task for their support of U.S. interventionist policy.

Bourne attended Columbia University, where he studied under John Dewey and Charles Beard. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1912 and a Master's in 1913. He was a contributor to, and eventually editor of, the Columbia Monthly. While enrolled at Columbia, Bourne also published regularly in the Atlantic Monthly; his collected essays for that magazine were published as Youth and Life by Houghton Mifflin in 1913.

From 1913 to 1914, Bourne studied in Europe on Columbia University's Richard Watson Gilder Fellowship. After returning to New York, he resumed his writing career, publishing extensively in The New Republic and The Dial, and in other outlets. He also published The Gary Schools (1916) and Education and Living (1917) books advocating for progressive educational reforms. He became a contributing editor of The Dial in 1918.

Published sources disagree on the exact date, but Randolph Bourne died of influenza in New York City on or around December 23, 1918.

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Series I: Correspondence, circa 1910-1918

Series I includes both personal and professional correspondence: letters written to Bourne by his friends, and letters from magazines and publishers regarding his writings.



Box 1 Abbott, Leonard D.


Box 1 Addams, Jane


Box 1 Amidon, Beulah


Box 1 Anderson, Frances B.


Box 1 Andersen, Olivia Cushing


Box 1 Another of Them


Box 1 Anthony, Katherine


Box 1 Antin, Mary


Box 1 Atkinson, Mabel


Box 1 Austin, Gertrude


Box 1 Babbitt, Irving


Box 1 Bacall, Mabel C.


Box 1 Ball, S.


Box 1 Balmary, Henri


Box 1 Barr, Simon


Box 1 Barrus, Clara


Box 1 Beard, Charles A.


Box 1 Benjamin, Samuel Greene Wheeler


Box 1 Behneke, Norman L.


Box 1 Benjamin, Everett


Box 1 Black


Box 1 Bligh, M. A.


Box 1 Bligh, Stanley M.



Box 9 Bligh, Stanley M.



Box 1 Blogg, Mathe


Box 1 Boardman, Samuel


Box 1 Bougie, Celestin


Box 1 Bourne, B. F.


Box 1 Bourne, Edith E.


Box 1 Bourne, Randolph S., 1911-1914



Box 2 Bourne, Randolph S., 1915-1918



Box 9 Bourne, Randolph S. letters to Agnes de Lima, undated


Box 9 Bourne, Randolph S. letter to Frederick P. Keppel, 1914 January 9


Box 9 Bourne, Randolph S. letter to Alyse Gregory, 1916 January 21

Typescript carbon copy


Box 9 Bourne, Randolph S. letters to Esther Cornell, 1916 November 20-circa 1917


Box 9 Bourne, Sara Randolph



Box 2 Bower, Lucy Scott


Box 2 Broderick, Vincent L.


Box 2 Brooks, Van Wyck



Box 9 Brooks, Van Wyck



Box 2 Burroughs, John


Box 2 Carter, Elizabeth


Box 2 Cazamian, Louis


Box 2 Chase, Harry


Box 2 Choron, Alice A.


Box 2 Clarke, C. L.


Box 2 Clasquin, Pierre


Box 2 Colby, Elbridge


Box 2 Cole, J. J.



Box 9 Colum, Padraic



Box 2 Coombs, Evangeline


Box 2 Cory, Herbert Ellsworth


Box 2 Croly, Herbert



Box 3 Dana, Harry


Box 3 Davis, Charles Moreau


Box 3 Dawson, Edgar


Box 3 Dean, Elizabeth



Box 9 Dean, Elizabeth



Box 3 de Lima, Agnes


Box 3 Demorest, William C.


Box 3 de Wetter, Louise



Box 9 de Wetter, Louise



Box 3 Dewey, Evelyn


Box 3 Dickinson, G.


Box 3 D'Orqe, Jeanne


Box 3 Douglas, Prudence W.


Box 3 Draper, E. L.


Box 3 Draper, J. M.


Box 3 Durand, Frances E.


Box 3 Dupuy, Helen


Box 3 Durand, Rene


Box 3 E., R. G.


Box 3 Eastman, Max


Box 3 Eaton, Mary


Box 3 Eddy, L. J.


Box 3 Eliot, Samuel A., Jr.


Box 3 Eliot, Thomas D.


Box 3 Elliott, H. W.


Box 3 Ellis, Havelock


Box 3 Elsasser, Henry Wolfgang


Box 3 Erskine, John



Box 9 Erskine, John



Box 3 Fechheimer, Clara R.


Box 3 Fenninger, Natalie



Box 9 Fenninger, Natalie



Box 3 Ficke, Arthur Davison


Box 3 Filler, Louis


Box 3 Fligelman, Fjrieda


Box 3 Foner, Philip S.


Box 3 Forshaw, F. E.


Box 3 Frank, Waldo


Box 3 Frank, Waldo and Margaret


Box 3 Fry, Elisabeth


Box 3 Fuller, Harold de Wolf


Box 3 Gallaud, Rene


Box 3 Galsworthy, John


Box 3 Garland, Hamlin


Box 3 Gavin, Edgerton


Box 3 Gleason, Arthur


Box 3 Gourlie, John C.


Box 3 Greenman, Walter F.


Box 3 Greenslet, Ferris


Box 3 Gregory, Alyse


Box 3 Griesser, Marjorie


Box 3 Guillon, Marguerite



Box 4 Hackett, Francis


Box 4 Hamburger, Louise Loeb



Box 9 Harris, Mark



Box 4 Hayes, Carlton


Box 4 Henle, James


Box 4 Hobart, Ethel


Box 4 Hobson, John


Box 4 Hoyt, F. S.


Box 4 Hurlbutt, Mary E.


Box 4 Hutchings, F. G. B.


Box 4 Iaccaci, Mabel


Box 4 Igo, Harold


Box 4 Jacques, Caggie P.


Box 4 James, Edward Holton


Box 4 James, Louisa


Box 4 Johnson, Alvin


Box 4 Jones, Perree


Box 4 Jordan, David Starr


Box 4 Kallen, Horace Meyer


Box 4 Kane, Thomas A. M.


Box 4 Kapp, Marie F.


Box 4 Kearney, George F.



Box 9 Kelly, Florence



Box 4 Kenny, L. L.


Box 4 Keppel, Frederick Paul


Box 4 Keyser, Cassius Jackson


Box 4 Knisely, Burton


Box 4 Knot, Raymond


Box 4 Koerner, Leon


Box 4 Laidler, Harry W.


Box 4 Lane, Margaret


Box 4 Larsen, Hanna Astrup


Box 4 Lerner, Max


Box 4 Lewis, Read



Box 9 Lewis, Read



Box 4 Lindsay, Vachel


Box 4 Lippmann, Walter and Macgowan, Kenneth R.


Box 4 Littell, Philip


Box 4 Lowell, Amy


Box 4 Lum, Charles M.



Box 9 Lundquist, Frances



Box 4 Luttinger, Paul



Box 9 McMahon, Arthur



Box 4 McMahon, Arthur


Box 4 Martin, Prestonia Mann


Box 4 Matthews, Brander


Box 4 Mebane, Daniel


Box 4 Messer, Mary


Box 4 Mitchell, Eileen


Box 4 Mumford, Lewis


Box 4 Myers, T. Hafetead


Box 4 Nasmyth, Florence G.


Box 4 Odell, George Clinton Densraore


Box 4 Ogden, Rollo


Box 4 O'Neele, Eleanora


Box 4 Oppenheim, James


Box 4 Parry, Carl E.


Box 4 Parsons, Elsie Clews



Box 9 Parsons, Elsie Clews



Box 4 Perry, Lawrence


Box 4 Phillips, Charles F.


Box 4 Phillips, John Sanburn


Box 4 Pilpel, Marion


Box 4 Piper, Margaret Rebecca


Box 4 Poore, Charles P.


Box 4 Poyntz, Juliet Stuart


Box 4 Quick, Herbert


Box 4 R. S., Order & Stock Dept., General Electric


Box 4 Rayner, Rhoda B.


Box 4 Rehbeux Bros.



Box 9 Rinehart, Mary Roberts, and other members of the Authors' League of America, Inc.



Box 4 Robinson, James Harvey


Box 4 Robinson, Karl Davis


Box 4 Robinson, Mabel


Box 4 Rodman, Henrietta


Box 4 Romains, Jules


Box 4 Rosenfeld, Paul



Box 9 Rosenfeld, Paul



Box 5 Sachs, Samuel Ezekiel


Box 5 Salter, William M.


Box 5 Safford, Irene Clark


Box 5 Sedgwick, Ellery


Box 5 Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley


Box 5 Sielruthal, M. M.


Box 5 Smith, Evelyn D.


Box 5 Smith, Marion Couthouy


Box 5 Smith, Priseilia


Box 5 Smith, William Benjamin


Box 5 Smith, Thomas R.


Box 5 Spargo, John


Box 5 Snyder, Donald B.


Box 5 Strunsky, Simeon


Box 5 Swain, Joseph Ward



Box 6 Teall, Dorothy



Box 9 Thayer, Abbott H.



Box 6 Thayer, Alma E.


Box 6 Thayer, Gerald H.


Box 6 Thayer, Gladys



Box 9 Thayer, Gladys



Box 6 Theis, S. F.


Box 6 Ticknor, Florence


Box 6 Torabo, Rudolf, Jr.


Box 6 Torrence, Ridgely


Box 6 Upton, L. M.


Box 6 Van Rensselaar, Mariana Griswold


Box 6 Vaughan, Hilda


Box 6 Vaughan, Elsie A.


Box 6 Wade, Grace



Box 9 Wallas, Graham



Box 6 Ward, Julia Remington


Box 6 Ward, Sarah


Box 6 Wells, Herbert George


Box 6 Whited, Ciro Nae Vie


Box 6 Wiers, Edgar S.


Box 6 Wilson, Albert Frederick


Box 6 Wilson, Dunning S.


Box 6 Woodbridge, Frederick J.


Box 6 Woodcox, B. F.


Box 6 Young, Joy


Box 6 Zigrosser, Carl

Series II: Manuscripts and Documents, circa 1910-1918

Series II includes manuscripts and typescripts of Bourne's works. The original manuscript of "The State"—one of the works for which he is best known, despite its being unfinished at the time of his death—is present. Other essays, published and unpublished at the time of Bourne's death, and several poems are included. In addition to Bourne's more formal writings, his notebooks and course materials from Columbia University, circa 1909-1913, are also in Series II, as are his European travel diaries and ephemera from 1913-1914. Clippings and pamphlets on topics of interest to Bourne, including educational reform and political movements, are included in the series as well.



Box 7 "The Artist in Wartime,", undated


Box 7 "Chivalry and Sin,", undated

Review of "The Cry of Youth" by Harry Kemp and "Americans" by John Curtis Underwood.


Box 7 "Development of Public Opinion,", 1918


Box 7 "The Disillusionment,", undated


Box 7 "Doubts About Enforcing Peace,", undated

Essay on the League to Enforce Peace.


Box 7 Handwritten manuscript on "Drift,", undated


Box 7 Columbia University course notes on the governments of Germany and Switzerland, circa 1910


Box 7 "A Little Thing of Brunelleschi's,", undated


Box 7 "The Major Chord,", undated

Dramatic script for three parts: The Poet, Myrra, and Apris.


Box 7 "A Modern College,", circa 1915

Essay on Reed College in Portland, Oregon.



Box 9 "New Love and New Religion,", undated



Box 7 "The Night-Court,", undated



Box 9 "On Stamp-Collecting,", undated



Box 7 Outline of a proposed autobiographical novel, circa 1918 December


Box 7 Politics 1-2, 1909-1910

Columbia University course notebook


Box 7 "Pageantry and Social Art,", circa 1916

Essay on the Shakespeare Celebration Committee's planned festival in New York.


Box 7 "Practice vs. Product,", undated


Box 7 "The Prayer of a Materialist,", undated


Box 7 Untitled manuscript beginning, "Progressive educators object to...,", undated



Box 9 "Reply to Dewey,", 1918 May 28



Box 7 "Sabotage,", undated

Poem



Box 9 "Sabotage,", circa 1912

Poem



Box 7 "Sex and Ferryboats,", undated


Box 7 "The 'Scientific' Manager,", undated


Box 7 "Sketches,", undated

Poems


Box 7 "A Sociological Poet,"

Essay on the poetry of Jules Romains.


Box 7 "Song for a Little Boy,"

Poem


Box 7 Two sonnets on "Youth" and other poems


Box 7 Untitled manuscript beginning, "That spirit of malcontentedness…", undated


Box 7 "Suffrage and Josella,", undated


Box 7 Untitled manuscript beginning "To most Americans of the classes which consider themselves significant...,", circa 1918

Beginning of Bourne's unfinished fragment on "The State"


Box 7 Typescript and manuscript of unfinished fragment on "The State,", circa 1918


Box 7 "Twilight,", undated


Box 7 "The Uses of Infallibility,", circa 1917

Essay on Newman's "Apologia pro sua Vita."


Box 7 "The War of Cultures,", circa 1916



Box 9 "What Plato Means to Me,", undated



Box 7 Untitled manuscript beginning, "When you come as an inhabitant to this earth..., ", undated


Box 7 Photographs, circa 1888-1918



Box 9 Photographs, circa 1916



Box 7 Diary for 1901 typescript, 1901


Box 7 Loose Columbia University course notes and essays, circa 1910-1913



Box 9 College themes, with instructor comments, circa 1910-1913



Box 7 Notebooks, circa 1910-1913


Box 7 Loose handwritten notes, circa 1910-1918


Box 7 Loose handwritten notes, circa 1910-1918



Box 9 Loose notes, circa 1916-1918



Box 7 Houghton Mifflin publishing contract and statements for Youth and Life,, 1912 November 5, 1913-1915


Box 7 Columbia University scrubwomen's controversy, 1913


Box 7 Notes and articles on Columbia Spectator and Monthly content, circa 1910-1913



Box 8 Reading notes, circa 1910-1918


Box 8 Columbia University course notebooks, circa 1910-1913


Box 8 Richard Watson Gilder Fellowship appointment letter, 1913 April 15


Box 8 Travel diaries, 1913-1914


Box 8 Travel ephemera, 1913-1914

Includes Socialist pamphlets in French and other printed ephemera gathered by Bourne during his travels.



Box 19 Accordion folder, circa 1913-1914

Contains clippings and ephemera from Europe and New York.



Box 8 Receipt books/reading lists, 1913, 1916-1918


Box 8 Diary/appointment book, 1916



Box 12 List of published articles by Bourne, by magazine, undated


Box 12 Published articles by Bourne, 1911-1918


Box 12 Scrapbook titled "Education and Living," with clipped reviews of Bourne's work, circa 1911-1918


Box 12 Loose reviews of Bourne's work, 1917-1918


Box 12 French Socialist poster, 1914

CLOSED to researchers until after Conservation treatment. DO NOT UNFOLD.



Box 11 Articles and clippings: art and literature, circa 1910-1918


Box 11 Articles and reports on education, 1913-1917


Box 11 Articles and clippings: philosophy, psychology, and anthropology, circa 1910-1918


Box 11 Articles and clippings: politics, circa 1910-1918


Box 11 News clippings, circa 1910-1918


Box 11 Socialist and pacifist pamphlets, circa 1915-1918


Box 11 People's Council of America bulletins and clippings, circa 1917


Box 11 Four Lights, circular of the Woman's Peace Party of New York City, 1917

All issues addressed to Agnes de Lima.



Box 7 Contract with Rehbein Bros. for purchase of a piano, 1914 December 31



Box 13 Columbia Monthly with essays by Bourne, 1910-1913


Box 13 Holy Bible owned by Bourne



Box 14 Books from Bourne's library



Box 15 Books from Bourne's library



Box 16 Books from Bourne's library



Box 17 Books from Bourne's library



Box 18 Books from Bourne's library

Series III: Materials on Bourne, by others, 1918-1994

Series III includes works by others about Bourne, such as correspondence, biographers' handwritten notes, and publications. All, or nearly all, of these materials were written after Bourne's death. Series III also includes posthumous publications of Bourne's work.



Box 9 Fenninger, Natalie Bourne letter to Esther Cornell, 1918 December 26


Box 9 Bourne, Sarah Randolph letters to Esther Cornell, 1919 January 13, February 18


Box 9 R. S. Bourne, by S. A. Sacks, undated



Box 12 The Dial and The Liberator with James Oppenheim's elegy for Randolph Bourne,, 1919



Box 20 The Dial , 1920 January



Box 9 Letters to Agnes de Lima regarding Bourne, 1920, 1947-1955


Box 9 Assorted manuscripts about, belonging to, or otherwise related to Bourne, circa 1910-1960



Box 10 Letters written to John Moreau relating to his Randolph Bourne: Legend and Reality (Washington Public Affairs Press, 1966)

The letters are from persons who knew Bourne and who read Moreau's manuscript.



Box 20 Biographers' notes and clippings, circa 1910s-1940s


Box 20 Louis Filler's notes on Randolph Bourne, circa 1940s


Box 20 Clippings about Randolph Bourne, circa 1940s


Box 20 Proofs from Bourne section of American Writers, published by Scribner's, 1974

Sent to Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian Kenneth Lohf by the publisher.


Box 20 Louis Filler, Randolph Bourne (Washington, D.C.: American Council on Public Affairs, 1943)., 1943


Box 20 Olaf Hansen (ed.), Randolph Bourne: The Radical Will (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1977)., 1977


Box 20 Jeroen Staring, "F. Mattias Alexander, Randolph Bourne, and John Dewey: Playing Detective with Man's Supreme Inheritance," (Nijmegen, Netherlands: Druk and Vorm, 1994)., 1994