Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Marion Meade papers, 1859-1993

Summary Information


This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, notebooks, illustrations, photographs, audio cassettes, and printed materials related to Meade's research on Dorothy Parker.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0860
Bib ID 4079662 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Meade, Marion, 1934-
Title Marion Meade papers, 1859-1993
Physical Description 9 linear feet (18 document boxes 1 flat box)
Language(s) English .

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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.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

Processed HR 02/06/1990.

Commemorative stamp file Processed HR 02/11/1993.

Parker Centenary Processed HR 09/30/1994.

Revision Description

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.

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:"
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
First drafts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fliers (printed matter) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genealogies (histories) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Illustrations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts for publication Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Menus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Outlines (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pamphlets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Postage stamps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Slides (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transcripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
negatives (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bellow, Saul Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiedler, Leslie A. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gellhorn, Martha, 1908-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hahn, Emily, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Matthau, Walter Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Wright, 1910-1998 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robson, Flora, 1902-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Satirists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sayre, Nora Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schulberg, Budd Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Scottie Fitzgerald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States Postal Service Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vanderbilt, Gloria, 1924- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
White, E. B (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilbur, Richard, 1921-2017 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women dramatists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Author and biographer of Dorothy Parker.