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Jacques Barzun papers, 1900-1999

Summary Information

Abstract

The correspondence, researach, and teaching files of Jacques Barzun (1907-2012).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1483
Bib ID 4079628 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012
Title Jacques Barzun papers, 1900-1999
Physical Description 194 linear feet (194 linear feet 441 boxes; 1 drawer of oversized material; 11 file boxes CLOSED; 2 cartons CLOSED;)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

The Barzun family correspondence is closed.

Permission is required to see the collection. Any scholar requesting access to the collection should submit a letter describing the nature of his or her project to Marguerite Lee Barzun.

The letters of Lionel Trilling are closed except by permission of Jacques Barzun.

11 correspondence file boxes, 2 small cartons& 1 tin box are closed.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Cataloged correspondence: 8 boxes; Cataloged manuscripts & documents: 1 box; 1976 gift: Boxes 1-200; 1978 gift: Boxes 201-221; 1979 gift: Boxes 222-227; 1980 gift: Boxes 228-231; 1981 gift: Boxes 232-241; 1983 gift: Boxes 242-265; 1984 gift: Boxes 266-277; 1986-1987 gift: Boxes 278-342; 1988 gift: Boxes 343-354; 1989 gift: Boxes 355-361; 1990 gift: Boxes 362-367; 1991 gift: Boxes 368-373; 1992 gift: Boxes 374-382; 1993 gift: Boxes 383-388; 1994 gift: Boxes 389-394; 1995 gift: Boxes 395-398; 1996 gift: Boxes 399-439; 2000 gift: Boxes 440-441; & oversize folders.

Description

Summary

The professional and personal papers of Jacques Barzun.

General Note

There is also a collection of the papers of Barzun's father, Henri Martin Barzun

Barzun's materials relating to Hector Berlioz form a separate collection. See: Ms Coll/Berlioz

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

The Barzun family correspondence is closed.

Permission is required to see the collection. Any scholar requesting access to the collection should submit a letter describing the nature of his or her project to Marguerite Lee Barzun.

The letters of Lionel Trilling are closed except by permission of Jacques Barzun.

11 correspondence file boxes, 2 small cartons& 1 tin box are closed.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

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); Jacques Barzun papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Material

A bibliography of Barzun's work compiled by John Adams is available for download in Microsoft Excel format. The spreadsheet is current as of January 6, 2017.

Alternate Form Available

W.H. Auden letters are on: microfilm.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed HR 05/30/1990.

Papers Processed ME 05/01/1991.

Papers Processed HR 02/28/1992.

Papers Processed HR 01/12/1993.

Papers Processed HR 01/19/1994.

Papers Processed HR 01/23/1995.

Papers & books Processed HR 01/03/1996.

Correspondence & notes Processed HR 04/06/2000.

Correspondence & notes Processed HR 04/06/2000.

Revision Description

2008-12-02 File created.

2009/01/22 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Abstracts (summaries) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Advertisements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Affidavits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agenda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Applications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointment books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointments Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Attendance records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bookplates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brochures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Budgets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bylaws (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calling cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curricula Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Curricula vitae Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dissertations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drafts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Examinations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Festschriften Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galley proofs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grade books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Greeting cards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Handbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indexes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invitations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Itineraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lecture notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Librettos (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (literary) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Menus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notices Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obituaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Personnel records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Petitions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonograph records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plaques Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proceedings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prospectuses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Questionnaires Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Resumes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schedules Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Surveys Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Syllabi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Timetables Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transcripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Treatises Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Associations, institutions, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auchincloss, Louis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Auden, W. H (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bentley, Eric, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berlin, Isaiah, 1909-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brooks, Cleanth, 1906-1994 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buckley, William F., Jr., 1925-2008 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bundy, McGeorge Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cage, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Campbell, Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chambrun, René de, 1906- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Charles Scribner's Sons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Colum, Padraic, 1881-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Consultants Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Culture Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Day Lewis, C (Cecil), 1904-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Detective and mystery stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diamond, David, 1915-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diderot, Denis, 1713-1784 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drew, Elizabeth Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eastman, Max, 1883-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edel, Leon, 1907-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Education -- Study and teaching -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Educators Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erskine, John, 1879-1951 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fitts, Dudley, 1903-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Follett, Wilson, 1887-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Forster, E. M (Edward Morgan), 1879-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Freeling, Nicolas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
French literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galantière, Lewis, 1895-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gallico, Paul, 1897-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gill, Brendan, 1914-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gold, Herbert, 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hazzard, Shirley, 1931-2016 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hersey, John, 1914-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hicks, Granville, 1901-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Intellectuals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
James, William, 1842-1910 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jarrell, Randall, 1914-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, John F (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kissinger, Henry, 1923- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kronenberger, Louis, 1904-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Language and languages -- Grammars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Language and languages -- Style Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Learned institutions and societies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Learning and scholarship Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literary style Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lodge, Henry Cabot, Jr., 1902-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McLuhan, Marshall, 1911-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meredith, William, 1919-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merwin, W. S (William Stanley), 1927- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Michener, James A (James Albert), 1907-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motherwell, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music -- History and criticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peabody Conservatory of Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Podhoretz, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Praz, Mario, 1896-1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rhetoric Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Romanticism Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rukeyser, Muriel, 1913-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scholars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Science Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shotwell, James T., 1874-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy), 1905-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Societies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spender, Stephen, 1909-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wescott, Glenway, 1901-1987 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilson, Edmund, 1895-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wouk, Herman, 1915- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Jacques Barzun was born in a suburb of Paris in 1907 and died in San Antonio, Texas in 2012.

The son of Henri Martin Barzun, a writer and diplomat, and Anna-Rose Barzun, Barzun grew up in the a family milieu which he described as "nursery of living culture". He met many artists and writers of the modernist era, including Marcel Duchamp, Ezra Pound and Jean Cocteau.

As an undergraduate, Barzun was the Columbia University Spectator's drama critic and editor of Varsity, the literary magazine. He way also president of the Philolexian Society and class valedictorian.

He taught his first class at Columbia, Contemporary Civilization, after graduating from the college. He later served as a history professor and was well known for his humanities courses, teaching for almost 50 years.

In the 1930s, Barzun taught the first Colloquium on Important Books class, the precursor to Literature Humanities, with Lionel Trilling, and developed the Core Curriculum's humanities focus.

Barzun served as dean of graduate faculties in the 1950s and then provost from 1958 to 1967. Barzun obtained the rank of University Professor, the highest rank in the University, in 1967.

Barzun was an outspoken critic of American universities and objected to the politicization of the academy. He strongly condemned both student protesters and faculty during the 1968 student riots.

Barzun wrote ober 30 books. Among the notable titles are Teacher in America (1945) and From dawn to decadence : 500 years of cultural triumph and defeat, 1500 to the present (2000).

After retiring from the University in 1975, he remained an advocate for Columbia and the Core Curriculum.

A devoted Dodgers fan who knew the team when it still played at Ebbets Field, Barzun once remarked, 'Whoever wants to know the heart and soul of America had better learn baseball.' That quote is now inscribed on the walls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

He was awarded the Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, and was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France's highest award. He became a U.S. citizen in 1933.

In October 2007, a month before his 100th birthday, Barzun was presented with the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates. At the event, Professor Emeritus of History Henry Graff called Barzun 'the Babe Ruth of humanistic study and teaching.'