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Millen Brand papers, 1919-1976

Summary Information


This collection contains correspondence, journals, manuscripts, documents, memorabilia, and printed materials relating to writer Millen Brand.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0145
Bib ID 4079473 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brand, Millen, 1906-1980
Title Millen Brand papers, 1919-1976
Physical Description 40 linear feet (95 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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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.



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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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.

Preferred Citation

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 rbml@columbia.edu 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

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/12/1989.

Brand letters to Lillian Gilkes Cataloged, trans. from Gen Ms Coll HR 08/11/1995.

Revision Description

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.

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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Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English language -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Romains, Jules, 1885-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sarton, May, 1912-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Screenwriters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Colin, 1894-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zanuck, Darryl Francis, 1902-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.

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Series I: Catalogued Correspondence


Box A Abbe, George Bancroft

Box A Alajalov, Constantin

Box A Algren, Nelson

Box A Anderson, Eleanor C. (Mrs Sherwood)

Box A Anderson, Margaret

Box A Anthony, Katharine Susan

Box A Baldwin, Faith

Box A Bazin, Herve

Box A Benoit-Levy, Jean

Box A Bernstein, Aline Frankau

Box A Bessie, Alvah Cecil

Box A Bishop, Jim

Box A Bliven^ Bruce

Box A Bourjaily, Vance

Box A Boyle, Kay

Box A Brewster, Dorothy

Box A Brown, Leonard

Box A Budenz, Louis Francis

Box A Bukowski, Charles

Box A Burke, Kenneth Duva

Box A Burnett, Whit

Box A Butcher, Fanny

Box A Bynner, Witter

Box A Caidwell, Erskine

Box A Calisher, Hortense

Box A Cardona-Hine, Alvaro

Box A Carruth, Hayden

Box A Christowe, Stoyan

Box A Chute, Marchette Gaylord

Box A Ciardi, John

Box A Cohen, Abbot S.

Box A Conroy, Jack

Box A Cooper, Gladys

Box A Corey, Paul

Box A Cournos, John

Box A Cowley, Malcolm

Box A Cunard, Nancy Clara

Box A Davidson, Jo

Box A Davis, Harry

Box A de Havilland, Olivia Mary

Box A DeJong, David Cornel

Box A Deutsch, Babette

Box A De Vries, Peter

Box A Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt

Box A Du Von, Jay


Box B Endore, Guy

Box B Fast, Howard

Box B Fearing, Kenneth

Box B Feuchtwanger, Lion

Box B Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Box B Fitts, Dudley

Box B Foley, Martha

Box B Frank, Waldo David

Box B Geismar, Maxwell

Box B Goyen, William

Box B Gregory, Horace Victor

Box B Hammett, Dashiell

Box B Hansen, Harry

Box B Harrison, Jay

Box B Hellman, Lillian

Box B Hemingway, Ernest

Box B Hentoff, Nathan Irving

Box B Herlihy, James Leo

Box B Hersholt, Jean

Box B Hodnett, Edward

Box B Hoffman, Malvina

Box B Holmes, John

Box B Hughes, Langston

Box B Humphries, Rolfe

Box B Javits, Jacob Koppel

Box B Johns, Orrick

Box B Johns, Richard

Box B Kent, Rockwell

Box B Kerr, Harrison

Box B Kingsley, Sidney

Box B Knight, Eric

Box B Koch, Edward I.

Box B Komroff, Manuel

Box B Kozlenko, William

Box B Kreymborg, Alfred

Box B Kuhlman, Fred

Box B Kunitz, Joshua

Box B Kunitz, Stanley J. et al.


Box C La Farge, Oliver Hazard Perry

Box C Lamont, Corliss

Box C Latham, Harold Strong

Box C Laurents, Arthur

Box C Leach, Henry Goddard

Box C Levertov, Denise

Box C Lindsay, Howard

Box C Lowenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, Hubertus zu

Box C Loveman, Amy

Box C Lowenfels, Lillian Apotheker (Mrs Walter)

Box C Lowenfels, Walter


Box D McCarthy, Joseph Raymond

Box D McConnell, Francis John

Box D McGrath, Thomas

Box D Macleod, Norman Wicklund

Box D McWilliams, Carey

Box D Maltz, Albert

Box D Manch, Joseph Rodman

Box D Mangione, Jerre Gerlando

Box D Menninger, Karl August

Box D Meredith, Burgess

Box D Merriam, Harold G.

Box D Monroe, Harriet

Box D Moore, Marianne Craig

Box D Nearing, Scott & Helen K. Nearing

Box D Neel, Alice

Box D Norman, Dorothy Stecher

Box D Oates, Joyce Carol

Box D Orlovitz, Gil

Box D Paley, Grace Goodside

Box D Patchen, Kenneth

Box D Paul, Elliot Harold

Box D Percy, Charles Harting

Box D Pittala, Berenice

Box D Prescott, Orville

Box D Quinn, Kerker

Box D Quintanilla, Luis

Box D Randall, Margaret

Box D Rexroth, Kenneth

Box D Rice, Elmer L. et al.

Box D Rivera, Diego

Box D Romains, Jules

Box D Rood, John

Box D Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt

Box D Rosten, Norman

Box D Rushmore, Howard

Box D Rustin, Bayard


Box E Sandoz, Marl Susette

Box E Sarton, May

Box E Savage, Augusta

Box E Schneider, Isidor

Box E Schuster, Max Lincoln

Box E Seaver, Edwin

Box E Shapiro, Karl

Box E Shearer, Norma

Box E Sherby, John M.

Box E Simon, Richard Leo

Box E Soyer, Moses

Box E Soyer, Raphael

Box E Stafford, Jean

Box E Stead, Christina Ellen

Box E Steig, William

Box E Stern, Philip Van Doren

Box E Stoll, J. Louis

Box E Stout, Rex Todhunter

Box E Thomas, Lowell

Box E Thompson, Ralph

Box E Tully, Jim

Box E Untermeyer, Louis

Box E Van Doren, Mark

Box E Voorhis, Jerry


Box F Webb, Jon Edgar

Box F Weidman, Jerome

Box F Wexley, John

Box F Wheelock, John Hall

Box F Wilder, Thornton Niven

Box F Wilhelm, Gale

Box F Williams, Jonathan

Box F Wilson, Colin Henry

Box F Winter, Ella

Box F Wirth, Nicholas

Box F Woodman, Lawrence C.

Box F Wright, Richard

Box F Young, Agatha

Box F Zabel, Morton Dauwen

Box F Zanuck, Darryl Francis

Box F Zara, Louis

Series II: Uncatalogued Correspondence

Box 1 1929-1938 (& older copies), 1929-1938

Box 2 1937-1940

Box 3 1939-1940

Box 4 1940-1941

Box 5 1941-1943

Box 6 1943-1945

Box 7 1946-1947

Box 8 1947-1948

Box 9 1949-1950

Box 10 1950-1951

Box 11 1952

Box 12 1953-1954

Box 13 1954-1955

Box 14 1956

Box 15 1957

Box 16 1958

Box 17 1959

Box 18 1960

Box 19 1961

Box 20 1962

Box 21 1963

Box 22 1964

Box 23 1965

Box 24 1966

Box 25 1967

Box 26 1968

Box 27 1968-1969

Box 28 1969

Box 29 1970

Box 30 1970

Box 31 1971

Box 32 1971-1972

Box 33 1972

Box 34 1973

Box 35 1973-1974

Box 36 1974-1975

Box 37 1975

Box 38 1976

Crown Publishers, Inc. (1963-1975)

Box 39 A-Bo

Box 40 Br-E

Box 41 F-K

Box 42 Maj-P

Box 43 R-S

Box 44 Tait, Dorothy

Box 45 T-Y

Series III: Papers



Box 46-47 Albert Sears (drafts)

Box 48 copy-edited draft, Galley proofs, outline, reviews, source materials, etc.

Box 49 The Great Summer The Heroes Laura The Outward Room Seven Times Waking

Box 50 Savage Sleep (drafts, etc.)

Box 51 Savage Sleep (drafts, etc.)

Box 52 Savage Sleep (drafts, etc.)

Box 53 Savage Sleep (drafts, etc.)

Box 54-56 Some Love, Some Hunger (drafts)

Box 56 [Discarded drafts in Box 56]


Box 57 "Dry Summer in Provence'

Box 58-66 "Local Lives" (drafts)

Box 58 [Contents & notes in Box 58]

Box 67 Individual Poems & early drafts

Box 68 Individual Poems & early drafts

Box 69 Individual Poems & early drafts

Box 70 Individual Poems & early drafts

Short Stories

Box 71 A-M

Box 72 N-Y


Box 73 How to write one story


Box 74 Articles, Book reviews, Copywriting, Drawings & watercolors, Lecture notes, Notes, Playscript, Radio Interviews, Screenplays

Box 75 Screenplays, Manuscripts edited or translated by Brand or with his preface and jacket copy, etc.


Box 76 1919-1943

Box 77 1944-1955

Box 78 1955-1956

Box 79 1957-1960

Box 80 1961-1965

Box 81 1965-1967

Box 82 1968-1969

Box 83 1970-1972

Box 84 1972-1973

Box 85 1974-1975

Box 86 1975-1976


Box 87 Photographs, Pennsylvania land deeds (1914-1930)

Box 88 Printed books by Millen Brand, Printed Misc.

Box 89 Periodicals with contributions by Brand