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Richard Volney Chase papers, 1930-1984

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0214
Bib ID 4079661 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Chase, Richard Volney, 1914-1962
Title Richard Volney Chase papers, 1930-1984
Physical Description 37 linear feet (13 boxes 250 volumes)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3B-12, and volumes from the Richard Volney Chase library. You will need to request this material 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.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Letters, manuscripts, notes, proofs, course materials, and printed matter. The letters are chiefly from his colleagues at Columbia University, other literary critics, a few publishers and, single letters from several American authors. There is a series of lengthy letters from Chase to his wife, Frances Marie Walker Chase, dated 1938 and 1949-1961; letters from his colleagues and friends to Mrs Chase, 1962-1967, mostly letters of condolence on Chase's death, and a few related to his publications. The manuscripts and proofs of his writings include typescripts on Herman Melville and Walt Whitman. Also included are notes on American and Englisgh literature, course materials for his Columbia courses, articles and reviews by him, articles, reprints and reviews by others, most of which are inscribed to Chase, and three dozen volumes of his own works, including foreign translations. In addition, there are 250 volumes from Chase's library, many with his annotations and marginalia. 1984 ADDITION: Letters from friends dealing with the contemporary literary world between 1948-1955. The main body of material is from Robert Willard Flint, a sometime poet and critic, who was a graduate student at Columbia in 1946 and later worked at the Harvard Library. 1986 ADDITION: Letters to Richard Chase from colleagues in the literary world, 1948-1971, with 2 letters to his wife after his death. 114 of these letters are from Robert Flint, 25 from Lionel Trilling, and 3 letters from Robert Penn Warren

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 3B-12, and volumes from the Richard Volney Chase library. You will need to request this material 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); Richard Volney Chase paper; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs Frances W. Chase, 1982, 1984& 1986.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed JL-W 11/--/86.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2012-11-12 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proofs (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Anderson, Charles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arvin, Newton, 1900-1963 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bellow, Saul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bentley, Eric, 1916- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blackmur, R. P (Richard P.), 1904-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis, Robert Gorham Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dupee, F. W (Frederick Wilcox), 1904-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiedler, Leslie A. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hardwick, Elizabeth Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howe, Irving Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, Thomas Herbert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kronenberger, Louis, 1904-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lowell, Robert, 1917-1977 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Macdonald, Dwight Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mailer, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marshall, Margaret Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mason, Ronald, 1912- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McCarthy, Mary, 1912-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Podhoretz, Norman Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rahv, Philip, 1908-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Riesman, David, 1909-2002 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Viereck, Peter, 1916-2006 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Professor of English at Columbia University. (Columbia Ph.D. 1946).

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Aldrich, Margaret Chanler

Box 1 Anderson, Charles

Box 1 Arvin, Newton

Box 1 Barrett, William

Box 1 Barzun, Jacques

Box 1 Bellow, Saul

Box 1 Bentley, Eric

Box 1 Blackmur, Richard Palmer

Box 1 Davis, Robert Gorham

Box 1 Dupee, Frederick W.

Box 1 Fiedler, Leslie

Box 1 Flint, Robert W.

(Includes 2 manuscripts)

Box 2 Hardwick, Elizabeth

Box 2 Hoffman, Frederic John

Box 2 Hofstadter, Richard

Box 2 Howe, Irving

Box 2 Johnson, Thomas Herbert

Box 2 Kazin, Alfred

Box 2 Kirchway, Freda

Box 2 Kronenberger, Louis

Box 2 Lowell, Robert

Box 2 McCarthy, Mary

Box 2 MacDonald, Dwight

Box 2 Mailer, Norman

Box 2 Marshall, Margaret

Box 2 Mason, Ronald Charles

Box 2 Miller, Perry

Box 2 Neff, Emery

Box 2 Olson, Charles

Box 2 Phillips, William

Box 2 Podhoretz, Norman

Box 2 Rahv, Philip

Box 2 Ransome, John Crowe

Box 2 Riesman, David

Box 2 Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr.

Box 2 Simon, Jean

Box 2 Spong, Richard M.

Box 2 Tate, Allen

Box 2 Trilling, Lionel

Box 3A Van Doren, Mark

Box 3A Viereck, Peter

Box 3A Warren, Robert Penn

Series II: Uncataloged Correspondence

Box 3A Letters to Robert Volney Chase, 1949 1956-1962, 1949, 1956-1962

Box 3A Letters from Robert Volney Chase to Frances Chase, 1938 1949-1961, 1938, 1949-1961

Box 3A Letters of Condolence, 1962-1963

Series III: Personal and Biographical Materials

Box 3A Biographical Materials

Box 3A Bibliography of Richard Volney Chase, 1943-1962

Box 3A Memorabilia

Box 3A Photographs

Box 3A Memorial Service for Robert Volney Chase

Box 3B Notes on American and English Literature

Box 3B Signatures of political, scientific, and literary figures collected by Chase

Box 3B Clippings (Writings by and about Robert Volney Chase)

Box 4 Course Materials

Box 5 Course Materials

Series IV: Manuscripts

Box 4 Manuscripts

Series V: Printed Materials

Box 6 Articles and Reviews by Robert Volney Chase

Box 7 Articles and Reviews by Robert Volney Chase

Box 8 Articles and Reprints by Others

(Most of these are inscribed to Chase)

Box 9 Books by Others Inscribed to Chase

Box 10 Books by Chase

Box 11 Books by Chase

Box 12 Books by Chase