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Arranged in eight series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence -- Series II: Arranged correspondence -- Series III: Manuscripts -- Series IV: Subject Files, Chronological -- Series V: Subject Files, Alphabetical -- Series VI: Audio Cassettes -- Series VII: Oversize Folders 1-2 Subject Files: Alphabetical -- Additional 1.
Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, notebooks, illustrations, photographs, audio cassettes, and printed materials. The correspondence consists of letters from colleagues and acquaintances of Dorothy Parker, American author, essayist, and poet, and letters with Meade's publisher. Among the cataloged correspondents are Saul Bellow, Malcolm Cowley, E.B. White, and Richard Wilbur. The manuscripts consist of two drafts of Meade's book, accompanied by hard bound and paperback versions of the book. The subject files are arranged in two series: chronological, following her draft outline for the book; and topical, in alphabetical order. These research files contain photocopies of correspondence and writings of Dorothy Parker, a Parker bibliography, and related literary and biographical clippings and articles. The notebooks consist of a research draft event outline for the book. The illustrations are primarily mock-ups for the book and drawings not used in the book. Photographs consist of both those used in the book and those not included. The 56 audio cassettes are of Meade's interviews with people who knew Dorothy Parker, along with selective transcripts and a related log
1992 Addition: A file of photographs and brochures relating to the 1992 commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service has been added.
1994 Addition: Printed materials about the Parker Centenary have been added.
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This collection is located off-site. 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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Marion Meade papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Marion Meade, 1989 & 1994. Gift of the U.S. Postal Service, 1992.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Marion Meade. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/18/1989. Accession number--M-89-12-18.
Commemorative stamp file: Source of acquisition--U.S. Postal Service. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/12/1992. Accession number--M-92-10-12.
Parker Centenary: Source of acquisition--Meade, Marion. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--02/21/1994. Accession number--M-94-02-21.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed HR 02/06/1990.
Commemorative stamp file Processed HR 02/11/1993.
Parker Centenary Processed HR 09/30/1994.
2012-05-30 xml document created by Judi Zupnick.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Author and biographer of Dorothy Parker.