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Lionel Trilling papers, 1899-1987

Series II: Correspondence, 1900-1983

Series II holds Lionel Trilling's personal and professional correspondence. These letters were sent between Trilling and family members, colleagues at Columbia University and outside of the institution, contacts at publishing houses, and friends. This series is the largest in the collection and along with the writings, illuminates some of Trilling's opinions of other writers, developing literary trends, and the changing political situation, in particular World War II and the rise of social justice organizations in the 1960s. However, much of the correspondence consists of requests for Trilling to lecture, review new literary texts and give recommendations to former students and colleagues.

The series has been arranged into two subseries: Alphabetical, by name or by topic, and Chronological. This collection was processed according to earlier manuscript processing standards followed; therefore letters of "significant" individuals were removed from their place within a loose chronological order and arranged alphabetically. Although this collection has been reprocessed and newly donated material has been integrated, the two systems of arrangement have been maintained since the original order is not clear.

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Subseries II.1 Alphabetical, 1900-1983

Subseries 1 is comprised of letters received by Trilling from his friends, family members, and business colleagues. Subjects covered ranged a variety of issues. Often Trilling debated current events with his colleagues, like an exchange concerning affirmative action with Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Many prominent writers may be found here such as Allen Ginsberg, who maintained a long correspondence with Trilling and often included drafts and ideas for poems in his letters, E.M. Forster, Robert Penn Warren (who Trilling affectionately referred to as "Red"), Saul Bellow, and e.e. cummings. In addition, there are long exchanges with John Crowe Ransom, with whom Trilling founded the School of English at Kenyon College, Henry Rosenthal, one of Trilling's oldest and closest friends, and Columbia History professor, Jacques Barzun who, along with being a close friend of Lionel Trilling, co-taught interdisciplinary courses with him. Letters from publishers, in particular Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, and Viking Press illustrate the variety of professional literary relationships Trilling cultivated.

Family correspondence is available with the following individuals: James Trilling, Diana Trilling, Fannie Trilling (mother), David Trilling (father), Harriet Schwartz (sister), and Hyman Trilling (uncle). In general there is very little correspondence of this nature within the collection.



Box 5 Folder 6 A, 1931 February-1983 March


Box 5 Folder 7 Baldwin through Barzun, undated, 1933 October-1955 April, undated, 1933 October-1955 April


Box 5 Folder 8 Barzun through Bentley, undated, 1942 July-1975 November, undated, 1942 July-1975 November


Box 5 Folder 9 Beale through Butterfield, undated, 1931 October-1973 November, undated, 1931 October-1973 November



Box 6 Folder 1 Calkins through Chase, undated, 1929 April-1966 November, undated, 1929 April-1966 November


Box 6 Folder 2 Cherne through Cummings, undated, 1925-1964 September, undated, 1925-1964 September


Box 6 Folder 3 D, undated, 1929 October-1975 October, undated, 1929 October-1975 October


Box 6 Folder 4 E, undated, 1934 August-1974 May, undated, 1934 August-1974 May


Box 6 Folder 5 F, undated, 1927 March-1974 August, undated, 1927 March-1974 August


Box 6 Folder 6 G, undated, 1926 September-1928 August, 1945 November-1968 January, undated, 1926, 1945 November-1968 January


Box 6 Folder 7 H, undated, 1931 August-1974 April, undated, 1931 August-1974 April



Box 7 Folder 1 I through J, 1939 May-1974 February


Box 7 Folder 2 K, undated, 1929 July-1974 April, undated, 1929 July-1974 April


Box 7 Folder 3 L, undated, 1931 April-1961 December, undated, 1931 April-1961 December


Box 7 Folder 4 M, undated, 1928 February-1973 November, undated, 1928 February-1973 November


Box 7 Folder 5 N, undated, 1956 Septmber-1969 April, undated, 1956


Box 7 Folder 6 O, 1945 March-1969 March


Box 7 Folder 7 P, undated, 1941 March-1975 October, undated, 1941 March-1975 October


Publishers, 1947-1980


Box 7 Folder 8 A through Macy


Box 7 Folder 9 Martin through U



Box 8 Folder 1 Viking Press


Box 8 Folder 2 Rahv through Ransom, undated,1937-August-1957 October, undated


Box 8 Folder 3 Riesman through Rosenthal, undated, 1947 June-1975 June, undated, 1947 June-1975 June


Box 8 Folder 4 Rosenthal, 1923 July-1926 November


Box 8 Folder 5 Rosenthal through Rukeyser, 1927 January-1970 April



Box 9 Folder 1 S, 1927 November-1976 December


Box 9 Folder 2 T, 1938 November-1971 November


Box 9 Folder 3 Trilling, David, undated, 1926, undated, 1926


Box 9 Folder 4 Trilling, Diana to Trilling, Lionel, undated, 1929-1937, 1957, undated, 1929-1937, 1957


Box 9 Folder 5 Trilling, Fannie, 1953 August-1954 July, 1964 September-November, 1953, 1964 September-November


Box 9 Folder 6 Trilling, Harriet, undated, 1926 September-1927 May, undated, 1926 September-1927 May


Box 9 Folder 7 Trilling, Hyman to Trilling, David and Fannie, 1900-1901, 1919, 1900-1901, 1919


Box 9 Folder 8 Trilling, James, 1957 January


Box 9 Folder 9 Trilling, Lionel to Trilling, Diana, undated, 1928 October-1931 July, undated, 1928 October-1931 July


Box 9 Folder 10 Trilling, Lionel to Trilling, Diana, 1956 December-1962 May



Box 10 Folder 1 U through V, 1940 June-1962 September


Box 10 Folder 2 W though Z, 1929 October-1974 April


Subseries II.2: Chronological, 1925-1976

Letters held in Subseries 2 are similar in nature to those in Subseries 1. Correspondents include colleagues, publishers, personal friends, and students from Columbia University. Records concerning the Kenyon Institute, in particular the founding, the initial proposal, annual budget, and mission statement are found in January 1947. These letters are between Trilling, and fellow founders F.O. Matthieson and John Ransom. Many of the letters consist of requests to lecture at various academic institutions or to offer opinions of unpublished manuscripts. There are also letters from current and former students, many of whom were soldiers serving in Europe during World War II.


Box 10 Folder 3 Undated


Box 10 Folder 4 1925 March-1931 November


Box 10 Folder 5 1932 May-1937 December


Box 10 Folder 6 1938 January-1939 May



Box 11 Folder 1 1939 June-1940 December


Box 11 Folder 2 1941 January-1942 June


Box 11 Folder 3 1942 July-1943 June


Box 11 Folder 4 1943 July-December


Box 11 Folder 5 1944 January-August


Box 11 Folder 6 1944 September-1945 March



Box 12 Folder 1 1945 April-September


Box 12 Folder 2 1945 October-1946 March


Box 12 Folder 3 1946 April-September


Box 12 Folder 4 1946 October-1947 March


Box 12 Folder 5 1947 April-September



Box 13 Folder 1 1947 October-November


Box 13 Folder 2 1947 December-1948 February


Box 13 Folder 3 1948 March-April


Box 13 Folder 4 1948 May-September


Box 13 Folder 5 1948 October-1949 February



Box 14 Folder 1 1949 February-March


Box 14 Folder 2 1949 April-August


Box 14 Folder 3 1950 January-1951 September


Box 14 Folder 4 1951 October-1952 April


Box 14 Folder 5 1952 May-December



Box 15 Folder 1 1953 January-March


Box 15 Folder 2 1953 April-September


Box 15 Folder 3 1953 October-December


Box 15 Folder 4 1954 January-April


Box 15 Folder 5 1954 May-July


Box 15 Folder 6 1954 August-November



Box 16 Folder 1 1954 December-1955 January


Box 16 Folder 2 1955 February-March


Box 16 Folder 3 1955 April-May


Box 16 Folder 4 1955 June-August


Box 16 Folder 5 1955 September-October


Box 16 Folder 6 1955 November-December



Box 17 Folder 1 1956 January-February


Box 17 Folder 2 1956 March-April


Box 17 Folder 3 1956 May-July


Box 17 Folder 4 1956 August-October 19, 1956 August-October


Box 17 Folder 5 1956 October 20-November, 1956 October


Box 17 Folder 6 1956 December-1957 February



Box 18 Folder 1 1957 March-April


Box 18 Folder 2 1957 May-July


Box 18 Folder 3 1957 August-October


Box 18 Folder 4 1957 November-December


Box 18 Folder 5 1958 January-February


Box 18 Folder 6 1958 March-April



Box 19 Folder 1 1958 May-June


Box 19 Folder 2 1958 July-September


Box 19 Folder 3 1958 October-November 10, 1958 October-November


Box 19 Folder 4 1958 November 11-December, 1958 November


Box 19 Folder 5 1959 January-February


Box 19 Folder 6 1959 March-April



Box 20 Folder 1 1959 May-June


Box 20 Folder 2 1959 July-September


Box 20 Folder 3 1959 October-November


Box 20 Folder 4 1959 December-1960 January


Box 20 Folder 5 1960 February-April



Box 21 Folder 1 1960 May-August


Box 21 Folder 2 1960 September-November


Box 21 Folder 3 1960 December-1961 February


Box 21 Folder 4 1961 March-May


Box 21 Folder 5 1961 June-August



Box 22 Folder 1 1961 September-October


Box 22 Folder 2 1961 November-December


Box 22 Folder 3 1962 January-February


Box 22 Folder 4 1962 March-April


Box 22 Folder 5 1962 May-June


Box 22 Folder 6 1962 July-September



Box 23 Folder 1 1962 October-November


Box 23 Folder 2 1962 December-1963 January


Box 23 Folder 3 1963 February-March


Box 23 Folder 4 1963 April-May 21, 1963 April-May


Box 23 Folder 5 1963 May 22-July, 1963 May



Box 24 Folder 1 1963 August-October


Box 24 Folder 2 1963 November-December


Box 24 Folder 3 1964 January-February


Box 24 Folder 4 1964 March-April


Box 24 Folder 5 1964 May-June



Box 25 Folder 1 1964 July-October


Box 25 Folder 2 1964 November


Box 25 Folder 3 1964 December-1965 January


Box 25 Folder 4 1965 February-March


Box 25 Folder 5 1965 April-May


Box 25 Folder 6 1965 June-July



Box 26 Folder 1 1965 August-October


Box 26 Folder 2 1965 November-December


Box 26 Folder 3 1966 January-February


Box 26 Folder 4 1966 March-April


Box 26 Folder 5 1966 May-June



Box 27 Folder 1 1966 July-September


Box 27 Folder 2 1966 October-November


Box 27 Folder 3 1966 December-1967 March


Box 27 Folder 4 1967 April-June


Box 27 Folder 5 1967 July-September


Box 27 Folder 6 1967 October-November 12, 1967 October-November



Box 28 Folder 1 1967 November 14-1968 January 15


Box 28 Folder 2 1968 January 16-February, 1968 January


Box 28 Folder 3 1968 March-April


Box 28 Folder 4 1968 May-July


Box 28 Folder 5 1968 August-October


Box 28 Folder 6 1968 November-1969 January



Box 29 Folder 1 1969 February-April


Box 29 Folder 2 1969 May-October


Box 29 Folder 3 1969 November-1970 February


Box 29 Folder 4 1970 March-June


Box 29 Folder 5 1970 July-October



Box 30 Folder 1 1970 November-1971 January


Box 30 Folder 2 1971 February-March


Box 30 Folder 3 1971 April-June


Box 30 Folder 4 1971 July-September


Box 30 Folder 5 1971 October-December


Box 30 Folder 6 1972 January-February



Box 31 Folder 1 1972 March-May 14, 1972 March-May


Box 31 Folder 2 1972 May 15-July, 1972 May


Box 31 Folder 3 1972 August-November


Box 31 Folder 4 1972 December-1973 January


Box 31 Folder 5 1973 February-March


Box 31 Folder 6 1973 April-July



Box 32 Folder 1 1973 August-October


Box 32 Folder 2 1973 November-December


Box 32 Folder 3 1974 January-March 19, 1974 January-March


Box 32 Folder 4 1974 March 20-April, 1974 March


Box 32 Folder 5 1974 May-June


Box 32 Folder 6 1974 July-September



Box 33 Folder 1 1974 October-November


Box 33 Folder 2 1974 December-1975 January


Box 33 Folder 3 1975 February-March


Box 33 Folder 4 1975 April-May


Box 33 Folder 5 1975 June-August


Box 33 Folder 6 1975 September-1976 January