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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in three series.
Scope and Content
Personal and literary correspondence, journals from 1919 to 1976, manuscripts of Brand's novels, poems, articles and other writings, documents, memorabilia, and printed materials. Novels by Brand include THE OUTWARD ROOM (1937), a novel about mental illness; THE HEROES (1939), a novel about veterans' hospitals; ALBERT SEARS (1947), a novel about racial intolerance; THE SNAKE PIT (1948), a screenplay about mental illness, SOME LOVE, SOME HUNGER (1955), a novel about Puerto Ricans in New York; SAVAGE SLEEP (1965), a novel about the use of shock treatment; DRY SUMMER IN PROVENCE (1966), poems about the South of France; FIELDS OF PEACE (1970), poems; LOCAL LIVES (1975), poems about Mennonites of Pennsylvania; and PEACE MARCH (1980), poems. Correspondents include Nancy Cunard, Lion Feuchtwanger, Ernest Hemingway, Rockwell Kent, Harriet Monroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Kenneth Patchen, Diego Rivera, Jules Romains, May Sarton, Louis Untermeyer, Thornton Wilder, Colin Wilson, and Darryl F. Zanuck.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-89. 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.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Millen Brand papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alternate Form Available
William Goyen letters are also available on: microfilm.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Millen Brand, 1954-1976.
Gift of Lillian Gilkes, 1961.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Brand, Millen. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1954. Accession number--M-54.
Brand letters to Lillian Gilkes: Source of acquisition--Gilkes, Lillian. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1961. Accession number--M-1961.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/12/1989.
Brand letters to Lillian Gilkes Cataloged, trans. from Gen Ms Coll HR 08/11/1995.
2012-03-13 Xml document instance created by Alison Rhonemus.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Author, poet, Hollywood screenwriter, editor at Crown Publishers, Inc., teacher of writing at New York University. Brand was active in the Left during the 1930s and in the Civil Rights movement.