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Samuel Roth papers, 1907-1994, bulk 1910-1979

Summary Information

Abstract

Samuel Roth (1893-1974)—writer, publisher, entrepreneur, and all-around schemer—is best known for publishing unauthorized excerpts of James Joyce's Ulysses in the United States, and for being the plaintiff in a landmark case before the United States Supreme Court that redefined what constitutes obscene material unprotected by the First Amendment. The Samuel Roth Papers contain annotated books, manuscripts, court documents, business records, copyright statements, unpublished typescripts (by Roth and others), publishing advertisements and materials, as well as correspondence.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1463
Bib ID 6913670 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Roth, Samuel, 1893-1974
Title Samuel Roth papers, 1907-1994, bulk 1910-1979
Physical Description 25.2 linear feet (54 boxes: 51 document boxes 2 oversize flat boxes 1 record carton)
Language(s) English , French .
Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions. Much of the correspondence in boxes 35-38, however, is extremely fragile and therefore access to this material will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series.

Description

Scope and Content

The Samuel Roth Papers contain annotated books, manuscripts, court documents, business records, copyright statements, unpublished typescripts (by Roth and others), publishing advertisements and materials, as well as correspondence. Among Roth's own works are his poetry, plays, and fiction, including The Transfiguration, an epic Roth thought would bring him fame and success as a writer. Both his unpublished autobiography, Count Me Among the Missing, and his daughter's unfinished memoir of her father, In a Plain Brown Wrapper (as well as her extensive research materials), are also included in the collection.

For certain works, Samuel Roth employed pseudonyms such as David Zorn, and his most frequently used nom de guerre, Norman Lockridge. Interestingly, he often used the latter name to clandestinely correspond with people, such as T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway, who had signed Joyce's International Protest against him.

Blending both the personal and the professional, the Correspondence series houses Roth's numerous prison letters sent from Lewisburg while serving his multiple sentences. Usually addressed to his wife Pauline, Roth shares his thoughts regarding prison life, his numerous literary undertakings, and advises Pauline regarding business matters. Many of Roth's early professional correspondents (1915-1925) are major names of twentieth century modernist literature and poetics, that include: Floyd Dell; (1917): William Stanley Braithwaite, John Gould Fletcher, James Oppenheim, Edgar Lee Masters, George Edward Woodberry, Sara Teasdale Filsinger, Lizette Woodsworth Reese and William Roe Benet; (1918-1919): Jessie Rittenhouse, Shaemus O'Sheel, Louise Bryant, H.D.; (1920-1921): Arthur Symons, Israel Zangwill, T.S. Eliot, Clement Wood, Carl Van Doren, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley, Edward Gosse, J.C. Squire, Ezra Pound, Leonard Woolf; (1922-25): Sylvia Beach, Avrahm Yarmolinsky, John Herrmann, Ezra Pound, Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman), James Branch Cabell, Ford Madox Ford, Harriet Shaw Weaver, Dorothy M. Richardson, Arthur Stanley Eddington, Upton Simclair, Leslie Gordon Philips, Gershon Legman.

The calendar series, part of Roth's editorial efforts, shows how much Roth was, in many ways, ahead of his time in regards to the publishing business and its many sales gimmicks. Similarly, the Publishing series as a whole represents a great testament to Roth's advertising acumen, offering a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of the self-publishing business in the years following World War II.

Roth's legal troubles encompassed many years. The prepared packets seem to have, in most cases, been created on-the-go during the trials, while some may have been put together at a later date.

  • Series I: Writings, 1907-1990s

    This, the largest series in the collection, includes mostly unpublished pieces by Samuel Roth, as well as collected works he edited; drafts of his daughter Adelaide Roth's memoir and essays, in addition to her extensive research materials; typescripts and holographs by various hands that either never made it to publication or are versions of material that was once published by one of Roth's many imprints.

  • Series II: Legal Documents, 1926-1969

    The files in this series that Roth compiled himself were kept intact and their original titles preserved. A large amount of legal correspondence—spanning decades—is here, as well as official court documents.

  • Series III: Correspondence, 1909-1993

    The material in this series spans Samuel Roth's lifetime and includes both personal and professional correspondence. Adelaide Roth's correspondence, both personal and research-related, is also here.

  • Series IV: Publishing, 1919-1974

    This series contains a plethora of ads, mail order forms, promotional prototypes, and other ephemera including realia such as printing blocks and original artwork. Official documentation related to Roth's publishing business such as book contracts, receipts, and permissions to do business, along with sample stories from Roth's American Aphrodite: A Quarterly for the Fancy-Free can also be found here.

  • Series V: Personal, 1915-1994

    This small series comprises documents such as family photographs, financial materials including bank statements and tax-related documents, wills and testaments, funeral matters, and a framed print of Samuel Roth's village of birth in rural Poland.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions. Much of the correspondence in boxes 35-38, however, is extremely fragile and therefore access to this material will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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); Samuel Roth Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

Custodial History

RBML has also obtained Samuel Roth's library, including copies of his magazines and journals (BEAU, Two Worlds & Two Worlds Monthly, American Aphrodite, and Good Times). In addition, the library holds copies of the many books published by Roth's imprints, as well as a number of books from his own personal library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Jean-Christophe Cloutier 2009-2010.

Finding aid written Jean-Christophe Cloutier 05/--/2010.

Revision Description

2010-09-30 File created.

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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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Booksellers and bookselling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Copyright -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erotica -- Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erotica -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joyce, James, 1882-1941 (Title of work: Ulysses.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Juvenile delinquency -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kugel, Adelaide Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawrence, D. H (David Herbert), 1885-1930 (Title of work: Lady Chatterley's lover.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lockridge, Norman, pseud Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mail-order business Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obscenity (Law) -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obscenity (Law) -- United States -- Cases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obscenity (Law) -- United States -- Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Occupation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pornography -- Law and legislation -- United States -- Cases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pornography -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Publishers and publishing Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roth, Adelaide Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roth, Pauline Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Roth, Samuel, 1893-1974 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zorn, David, pseud Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

During his career Samuel Roth (1893-1974) established bookstores in New York City that published and sold books, magazines, and erotica, and operated a mail order operation that defied Post Office censors for two decades. He founded two literary magazines, namely Beau--the first American "men's magazine--and Two Worlds. As a publisher, Roth was frequently accused of violating the copyrights of authors such as D.H. Lawrence and James Joyce, and was responsible for the first, unauthorized editions of Lady Chatterley's Lover and Ulysses. After Joyce published the "International Protest" against Samuel Roth in 1927, a petition signed by over one hundred of the world's elite artists and public figures, Roth became a pariah in the publishing world. Falling back upon his ingenuity and keen sense of salesmanship, Roth ended up in the mail-order pornography business, creating Good Times and American Aphrodite: A Quarterly for the Fancy Free. He published a critical treatise on Herbert Hoover, The Strange Career of Mr. Hoover Under Two Flags (1931), which sold well and thus may have helped defeat the President in 1932 In 1951 he issued My Sister and I, purportedly a memoir by Nietzsche about his incestuous relationship with his sister.

A self-taught writer, Roth wrote poetry and essays throughout his life. His early poetry won praise from Edwin Arlington Robinson, Maurice Samuel, Marie Syrkin, Harriet Monroe, Israel Zangwill, and Louis Untermeyer. "Samuel Roth publicized himself as a literary Johnny Appleseed, bringing to ordinary Americans the modern literature of two continents, despite its sexual explicitness. He was also a master of prurient advertising of borderline mail order sex pulps and sensational human interest stories. He put himself in the direct line of fire that municipal, state and federal law enforcement officials and moral entrepreneurs reserved for pariah capitalists," said Jay Gertzman, Professor Emeritus at Mansfield University and author of Bookleggers and Smuthounds: The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940. "Researchers will find Roth's archives valuable not only for a study of Roth but of New York publishing history and the history of censorship," continued Gertzman.

Roth last achieved notoriety in 1957 as the appellant in the Supreme Court case, Roth v. United States. The minority decision in the case opened the way to Constitutional protection for expression previously censored for indecency, and became a template for the liberalizing First Amendment decisions of the 1960s.

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Series I: Writings, 1907-1990s

This, the largest series in the collection, includes mostly unpublished pieces by Samuel Roth, as well as collected works he edited; drafts of his daughter Adelaide Roth's memoir and essays, in addition to her extensive research materials; typescripts and holographs by various hands that either never made it to publication or are versions of material that was once published by one of Roth's many imprints.


I.1. Subseries: Writings by Samuel Roth, 1914-1969

Consisting mostly of typescripts, this large sub-series is brimming with Roth's multiple unpublished works, but also contains some copies of published pieces. Along with various short stories, plays, fictionalized histories, are multiple drafts of Roth's last autobiographyCount Me Among the Missing.Also in this sub-series is an epic work entitledThe Transfiguration.Other works includeThe Hebrew Melodies of Heinrich Heine, The Kingdom,a long series of psalms. Some manuscript pages have not been identified and remain untitled.



Box 1 Folder 1 "Across the Street,", 1960s


Box 1 Folder 2 "Anti Semitism as a Necessary Condition in the Jewish World,", 1930s


Box 1 Folder 3 The Broomstick Brigade--Play, 1914


Box 1 Folder 4 A Career in Publishing--Re: Roth publications,, 1938


Box 1 Folder 5 "Chapter One: The Arrest", Undated (author uncertain), Undated


Count Me Among the Missing


Box 1 Folder 6 "Adrift in London"--Extract for Journal of Modern Literature,, 1973


Drafts


Box 1 Folder 7 to 8 1-414, Undated


Box 1 Folder 9 1-14, Undated


Box 1 Folder 10 2-280, Undated


Box 1 Folder 11 2-293, Undated


Box 1 Folder 12 29-96--Incomplete, Undated



Box 2 Folder 1 to 2 64-400, 1969


Box 2 Folder 3 187-400, 1969


Box 2 Folder 4 to 5 "Count Me Original Typewritten,"--74-414, Undated


Box 2 Folder 6 Loose Pages, Undated (with binder cover), Undated


Box 2 Folder 7 The Natural History of Mishillim--1-396, 1969 (1 of 2 Folders), 1969



Box 3 Folder 2 Version of "Chapter 2,", 1969


Box 3 Folder 3 "The Dancing Priests of Isis," Undated (author uncertain), Undated


Box 3 Folder 4 "A Definition of Existentialism,", Undated


Box 3 Folder 5 "The Death of Dr Bell", Undated


The Diary


Box 3 Folder 6 "Bashkirtseff," Undated (author uncertain), Undated


Box 3 Folder 7 "Marie Bashkierstsoff,", Undated


The Getaway


Box 3 Folder 8 141 pages, Undated


Box 3 Folder 9 A Novelty--141 pages, Undated


Box 3 Folder 10 [Bound]--114 pages, Undated


Box 3 Folder 11 By Norman Lockridge--174 pages, Undated


Box 3 Folder 12 Incomplete, Undated


Box 3 Folder 13 Prison Story--16 pages, Undated (labeled "for Lou"), Undated


The Hebrew Melodies of Heinrich Heine



Box 4 Folder 1 Arranged Pages, 1960s


Box 4 Folder 2 Carbon Copy, 1960s (with notations), 1960s


Box 4 Folder 3 "for Chig,", Undated


Box 4 Folder 4 Incomplete Drafts, 1960s


Box 4 Folder 5 Introduction--With Irish's "Happiness,", Undated


Box 4 Folder 6 "in a Redaction by Samuel Roth,", 1960s


Box 4 Folder 7 Loose Pages, 1960s


Box 4 Folder 8 Helen Thy Beauty 145 pages, Undated


Heliogabalus



Box 5 Folder 1 to 2 341 Pages, Undated


Box 5 Folder 3 to 4 Annotated,1960s


Box 5 Folder 5 to 6 Annotated--297 pages, 1962

(Fragile Material)


Box 5 Folder 7 By Norman Lockridge,1960s (1 of 2 Folders)



Box 6 Folder 1 By Norman Lockridge,1960s (2 of 2 Folders)


Box 6 Folder 2 15-236--End,1960s


Box 6 Folder 3 HERZL: A Play--Half-Filled Notebook, Undated (Dedicated to Israel Zangwill), Undated



Box 48 Folder 1 "The Hunt"--In The Hebrew Standard, 1914 (with letter), 1914



Box 6 Folder 4 "If I take the Witness Stand,", 1955


Box 6 Folder 5 The Immor(t)al David , Undated


Box 6 Folder 6 "In Passing", 1960s


Box 6 Folder 7 "In the Days of Caligula"--From "Agrippa," 1-19, Undated (author uncertain), Undated


Box 6 Folder 8 "Ishmael: A Portrait,", 1959


Box 6 Folder 9 Jack the Ripper--With Preface, 1950s (author uncertain), 1950s


Box 6 Folder 10 -With Illustrations , 1939-1940


Box 6 Folder 11 The Jewish Princess , 1939



Box 7 Folder 1 The Jewish Proposal--Play, Undated


Box 7 Folder 2 Kangaroo Court , Undated


The Kingdom


Box 7 Folder 3 General, 1960s


Box 7 Folder 4 A Book of Israeli Davidia , 1960s


Box 7 Folder 5 A Book of Israeli Psalms , 1960s


Box 7 Folder 6 The Israeli Book of Psalms--With Letter,, 1967


Box 7 Folder 7 The Israeli Book of Psalms , 1960s



Box 8 Folder 1 to 3 Israeli Davidia , 1960s


Box 8 Folder 4 "by David Zorn,", 1960s


Box 8 Folder 5 Out of Order, 1960s

(some pages Re: Heinrich Heine book)


Box 8 Folder 6 The Leader , Undated


Box 8 Folder 7 "The Man Who Loved to Kill Women,", Undated


Box 8 Folder 8 Meshullum Brings News from the True World--Incomplete, Undated


General



Box 9 Folder 1 "Bridgehead Books," Various Drafts, Undated


Box 9 Folder 2 "Last Writings,", 1940-1960


Box 9 Folder 3 "SR Writing & Latest Circs,", 1960s


Box 9 Folder 4 "Stuff of Memoirs,", Undated


Box 9 Folder 5 "Trifles,", Undated


Box 9 Folder 6 Early Published Writings, 1918-1920


Box 9 Folder 7 Loose Pages--Various Texts, Undated


Box 9 Folder 8 "Misc. MS," 1965, Undated, 1965, Undated


Box 9 Folder 9 Poems, Undated (with notes and illustrations), Undated


Box 9 Folder 10 Poems--Unidentified, Undated


Box 9 Folder 11 "Moon Over Broadway," "Excess Baggage,", 1948



Box 10 Folder 1 Murder at Sycamore Lodge , 1931


The Naked Woman: A Play in Four Acts


Box 10 Folder 2 to 3 Drafts, Undated


Box 10 Folder 4 "The Heavenly Babe: Synoptic Adaptation of the Play,", 1928


Box 10 Folder 5 "Natalie,", 1929


Box 10 Folder 6 The New Wisdom--With Pages From Prince Hal, My Friend Yeshea, 1960


Box 10 Folder 7 "Re: Nightmare Alley,", 1950s


Notebooks



Box 49 Folder 1 "Books-Music," "JR,", Undated


Box 49 Folder 2 "Drama in Syracuse,", Undated



Box 10 Folder 8 "I am composing these notes late in the summer,", 1933


Box 10 Folder 9 "Idealists of East Broadway: Stories," and "Swine: A Novel," 1920s (some glued pages), 1920s



Box 49 Folder 3 "Jot-a-Lot," "Valley Rendez-Vous,", Undated



Box 50 Folder 1 "My Ten Nights in a Dance Hall," Undated (mostly blank), Undated



Box 49 Folder 4 "National Diary 1922"--Prose and List of Authors, 1922



Box 50 Folder 2 "The Natural History of David Zorn, Undated (mostly blank), Undated


Box 50 Folder 3 "The Wit and Wisdom of the Nations,", Undated



Box 11 Folder 1 "Notes for an Informal Talk,", 1965


Box 11 Folder 2 "Nutscha Sonnets," Undated (out of order), Undated


Box 11 Folder 3 "Open Plumbing"--From Two Worlds, 1920s


Box 11 Folder 4 Over Night: A Comedy of Minor Social Terrors , Undated


Box 11 Folder 5 Picasso for Children--Prototype, 1962


Box 11 Folder 7 The Poet's Sufferings--Pamphlet, 1911


Box 11 Folder 8 "Preparing for Peace"--Poems, Undated


Prince Hal and the Jewish Proposal, A Drama


Box 11 Folder 9 Draft, 1960 (with drawing of Jesus), 1960


Box 11 Folder 10 Draft, 1960 (incomplete), 1960


Box 11 Folder 11 to 12 The Princess Berenice: A Biography , Undated


Box 11 Folder 13 "A Quarter of a Century of Literary Criticism,", Undated


San Quentin


Box 11 Folder 14 "Corrected portion of San Quentin Novel"



Box 12 Folder 1 "Incomplete San Quentin,", Undated


Box 12 Folder 2 "Sodom"--185-231, 1960s


Box 12 Folder 3 "Sodom's Hot,", 1960s


Box 12 Folder 4 "Songs out of Season"--33 Poems, Undated


Star of the West


Box 12 Folder 5 By David Zorn, 1930s (incomplete), 1930s


Box 12 Folder 6 Unidentified--2-263, Undated (was with the pages of Star of the West), Undated


Box 12 Folder 7 Stone Walls Do Not , 1930


Box 12 Folder 8 "The Summoner," Undated (out of order), Undated


Box 12 Folder 9 Summer Thunder , 1960s


The Transfiguration


Box 12 Folder 10 Draft--414-829, 1930s (1 of 2 Folders), 1930s



Box 13 Folder 1 Draft--414-829, 1930s (1 of 2 Folders), 1930s


Box 13 Folder 2 to 3 Volume 1--1-213, 1930s


Box 13 Folder 4 Volume 2--214-428, 1930s (with Prologue), 1930s


Box 13 Folder 5 to 6 Volume 1--1-367, 1930s


Unidentified Manuscripts



Box 14 Folder 1 21-36, 39,45-65,68-75,96-107,473-726, Undated


Box 14 Folder 2 29-266, Undated


Box 14 Folder 3 Unidentified Story, Undated


Box 14 Folder 4 Untitled Series of Numbered Poems--Incomplete, Undated


Box 14 Folder 5 Untitled Typescript--Incomplete, Undated


Box 14 Folder 6 Western Star--111 pages, 1930s


Box 14 Folder 7 A Woman A Day: A Novel , Undated



Box 15 Folder 1 to 2 Young Berenice , Undated


1.1. Sub-subseries: Edited Calendars, Day-Books, and Other Collected Works,, 1932-1937

This small sub-sub-series gathers Roth's editorial efforts.


Box 15 Folder 3 A Calendar of Comfort for Catholics--Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1930s


Box 15 Folder 4 A Calendar of Courage for Music-Lovers--Romain Rolland, 1937


Box 15 Folder 5 A Calendar of Sorrow for Cynics--Anatole France, 1937


Box 15 Folder 6 Day-Book of Protest for Protestants--George Santayana, 1930s


Box 15 Folder 7 A Day-Book of Solace for Scientists--Alexis Carrel, Bound With The World of Balzac,, 1930s


Box 15 Folder 8 One Man's Adventure: Being the Life, Thoughts and Adventures of Arthur Symons, , 1936


Box 15 Folder 9 Plain English , 1932


Box 15 Folder 10 Richard Aldington's A Dream in the Luxembourg--102 Poems by Various Authors, Undated


Box 15 Folder 11 The Tender Passion: In Songs--101 Poems by Various Authors,, Undated


I.2. Subseries: Writings by Adelaide Roth, 1970s-1990s

Included here are chapters and drafts ofIn a Plain Brown Wrapper,Adelaide Roth's unpublished memoir, andWroth Wrackt Joyce,her essay on Samuel Roth and James Joyce, and other writings, working drafts, some with corrections. The folders listed as "Drafts" represent the versions of her memoir that were found in separate individual boxes. The "Chapters" folders were found in folders titled by Adelaide Roth and many of the documents of these folders bear Adelaide's annotations. Chapters found together were kept together. Efforts have been made to name folders according to chapter titles, unless Adelaide Roth had already given a given folder a title. In the latter case, the title was put in quotation marks.



Box 16 Folder 1 to 2 "Joyce"--"for Article on FW,", Undated


Box 16 Folder 3 to 4 Mixed Chapters of Plain Brown Wrapper and Wroth Wrackt Joyce, Undated


Box 16 Folder 5 "MS: Joyce/Roth,", Undated


Plain Brown Wrapper


Chapters


Box 16 Folder 6 to 9 General


Box 16 Folder 10 1932, Undated (annotated), 1932, Undated



Box 17 Folder 1 "96 Willett Street," Undated (letter "to my cousins"), Undated


Box 17 Folder 2 "Building the Case & Conviction,", Undated


Box 17 Folder 3 "Columbia" to "Two Worlds Quarterly,", 1989


Box 17 Folder 4 "The End of the Line" to "Friday Nights at Home,", Undated


Box 17 Folder 5 "Enter the F.B.I." to "Number 5079,", Undated


Box 17 Folder 6 "Fifty Glenwood Avenue" to "The Ansonia,", 1987


Box 17 Folder 7 "Friendships,", Undated



Box 18 Folder 1 "The Literati" to "The Making of JML,", 1987


Box 18 Folder 2 "Love S," "Mr. Roth," and "1939,", 1988


Box 18 Folder 3 "The Mayflower" to "Number 5079,", 1988


Box 18 Folder 4 "Mostly Re: Trial," Undated (Annotated), Undated


Box 18 Folder 5 "Wrath Against Joyce" to "Sumner Sets a Trap,", Undated


Drafts


Box 18 Folder 6 Computer Printouts, Undated (1 of 9 Folders), Undated



Box 19 Folder 1 to 5 Computer Printouts, Undated (5 of 9 Folders), Undated



Box 20 Folder 1 to 3 Computer Printouts, Undated (3 of 9 Folders), Undated


Box 20 Folder 4 to 6 Typewritten, Undated (with notes)(3 of 5 Folders), Undated



Box 21 Folder 1 to 2 Typewritten, Undated (with notes)(2 of 5 Folders), Undated


Wroth Wrackt Joyce


Box 21 Folder 3 "1st Draft A.R. Kugel,", Undated


Box 21 Folder 4 "Article,", Undated


Box 21 Folder 5 to 6 Drafts, 1992, Undated, 1992, Undated


Box 21 Folder 7 "Joyce, etc 1928,", Undated


Box 21 Folder 8 Offprints, 1992


Box 21 Folder 9 "Sam Roth's Odyssey with Ulysses,", Undated


Box 21 Folder 10 Various Versions, Undated (annotated), Undated



Box 22 I.2.1. Sub-subseries: Research Materials, 1950s-1990s

Gathered here is research material that Adelaide Roth amassed while working on her memoir, and on her work regarding Samuel Roth's publishing ofUlyssesand other Joyce texts inTwo Worlds Monthly.Included here are correspondence, clippings, photocopies of archival materials, articles, and notebooks. The titles of folders originally labeled by Adelaide Roth are in quotation marks.


Box 22 Folder 1 Alger Hiss, 1992


Box 22 Folder 2 "Archive I: Letters",Undated


Box 22 Folder 3 to 4 Archival Research, 1980s


Box 22 Folder 5 Autobiographical Statement by Samuel Roth, Undated


Box 22 Folder 6 "Backup for Joyce/Roth Agreement,", Undated


Box 22 Folder 7 Biographical Information on Roth, Undated


Box 22 Folder 8 Catalogue of Roth Imprints--by Jay Gertzman, 1980s


Box 22 Folder 9 Chronology and Inventory of Letters, Undated


Clippings


Box 22 Folder 10 General, 1980s


Box 22 Folder 11 "Newspaper Clippings and Xeroxes," 1910s-1990s (with list of contents), 1910s-1990s


Box 22 Folder 12 Obituaries, 1940s-1970s


Box 22 Folder 13 Publisher's Weekly , July 22, 1974


Box 22 Folder 14 "A Reporter at Large," The New Yorker, September 16, 1985


Box 22 Folder 15 Computer Instructions, Undated


Box 22 Folder 16 "Disks,", Undated


Box 22 Folder 17 Essay on Roth by Arthur Sainer, Undated


Box 22 Folder 18 "Frank Tannenbaum,", Undated


Box 22 Folder 19 "Gertzman (Catalogues, Articles),", 1980s


Box 22 Folder 20 "Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center,", 1990


Box 22 Folder 21 Hotel Floor Plans, Undated


Box 22 Folder 22 "Inventory List of Roth Pubs,", Undated



Box 51 Folder 1 Index Cards, Undated



Box 23 Folder 1 "INFO," 1980s, Undated, 1980s, Undated


Box 23 Folder 2 "John Quinn,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 3 "John Soclum"--With Correspondence, Undated


Box 23 Folder 4 "Joyce,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 5 Kefauver Hearings, 1955


Box 23 Folder 6 "Letters from Lewisberg,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 7 "Letters from Prison,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 8 "Libraries,", 1990s


Box 23 Folder 9 "Library,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 10 "Library Catalogue,", Undated


Box 23 Folder 11 List of Roth Books, Undated


Box 23 Folder 12 Milton Hindus, 1961


Box 23 Folder 13 "Misc.--& Source Material,", Undated


Notes


Box 23 Folder 14 to 15 General, Undated



Box 24 Folder 1 to 3 Plain Brown Wrapper , Undated


Box 24 Folder 4 Wroth Wrackt Joyce, Undated


Notebooks


Box 24 Folder 5 to 9 General, 1980s, Undated (5 of 6 Folders), 1980s, Undated



Box 25 Folder 1 General, 1980s, Undated (1 of 6 Folders), 1980s, Undated


Box 25 Folder 2 "Copy Editions,", Undated


Box 25 Folder 3 French, Undated (mostly blank), Undated


Box 25 Folder 4 "Translation Art Memoirs SR Library,", 1969


Box 25 Folder 5 to 7 With Contents Lists, Undated


Box 25 Folder 8 With Floppy Disks, 1970s-1980s


Box 25 Folder 9 "Obscenity-Porn,", Undated


Box 25 Folder 10 "People,", Undated


Box 25 Folder 11 Plagiarism, Undated


Box 25 Folder 12 Quotes by Famous Authors, Undated



Box 26 Folder 1 "Talese,", 1979


Box 26 Folder 2 Ulysses, Undated


Box 26 Folder 3 "University of Texas,", 1990s


I.3. Subseries: Writings by Others, 1907-1986

The bulk of the material in this sub-series includes typescripts of novels or short stories that never made it to publication in any of Roth's many imprints. Some of documents are alternate versions of published works. Many of the longer works were originally bound by Roth in soft binders marked "Property of Samuel Roth." Among the works never published are pieces by Maxwell Bodenheim, Ludwig Marcuse, Claude McKay, Harry Roskolenko, Arthur Symons, Denys Val Baker, George Sylvester Viereck among others. The authors of some of the materials in this sub-series are unidentified or have used pseudonyms.


Box 26 Folder 4 to 5 Absolute, John-- The Life and Times of Diddywot, the Wicked Youth,, Undated


Box 26 Folder 6 Anonymous, "Alas, Poor Bollington!,", Undated


Box 26 Folder 7 Antrim, Robert--"Sam Roth: Prometheus of the Unprintable,", 1973


Bodenheim, Maxwell


Box 26 Folder 8 The Borderlands of Passion: A Novel of Greenwich Village, , 1950s


Box 26 Folder 9 Clara: A Novel--Incomplete Copies, 1950s


Box 26 Folder 10 Boylesve, René-- Les Bains de Bade With Keene Wallis' Enlish Translation,, Undated



Box 52 Folder 1 Colum, Mary and Padraic-- Our Friend James Joyce, 1958 (Note by Roth), 1958



Box 27 Folder 1 Coppard, A.E.--"The Man From Kilsheelan,", Undated


Box 27 Folder 2 Crowley, Aleister-- White Stains, Undated (Annotations by Roth), Undated


Box 27 Folder 3 Davis, Eddie-- Over Sexty, 1950s


Box 27 Folder 4 de Caylus, Comte Philippe--"Rococo in the Raw: Old Paris from a Coachman's Seat,", Undated


Box 27 Folder 5 Deutsch, Ursula--Poems, 1953


Box 27 Folder 6 Donnelly, RB-- Just Like the Flowers, Dear!,, 1932


Box 27 Folder 7 Douglas, Lord Alfred--"A Sonnet," from The Cherwell,, 1932



Box 52 Folder 2 Droz, Gustave-- Papa, Mamma and Baby, 1930 (notations by Roth), 1930



Box 27 Folder 8 Dr Enlind, Arvid--Preface to Inside Hitler, 1941 (with letter and card), 1941



Box 52 Folder 3 Erskine, John-- The Shadowed Hour Published by The Lyric, 1917


Box 52 Folder 4 Fletcher, Frances-- A Boat of Glass--Signed "For David Zorn,", 1926



Box 27 Folder 9 Franklin, Benjamin--"On Body Odors,", Undated


Box 27 Folder 10 Gertzman, Jay--"Mail-Order Distribution of Erotica in the 1930s," Undated (with note to Adelaide Roth), Undated


Box 27 Folder 11 Gilman, Sander--"The Ashes of the Holocaust,", 1986


Golden, Lon [pseudonym]


Box 27 Folder 12 The Things They Love--From "Where They Dare Not Tread,", Undated


Box 27 Folder 13 The Things They Love , Undated


Box 27 Folder 14 Hamalian, Leo--"Nobody Knows My Names,", 1974


Box 27 Folder 15 Hamill, John--"Confession"--Copy Re: Hoover exposé, 1932



Box 52 Folder 5 Heine, Heinrich-- Poems & Ballads,, 1947



Box 28 Folder 1 Hemingway, Ernest-- Collected Poems, 1920s


Box 28 Folder 2 Hill, Oliver-- Pan's Garden, 1928 (with draft by Roth of "The Bachelor as a Child Lover"), 1928


Box 28 Folder 3 Hindus, Milton--Excerpt From The Crippled Giant,, 1990


Box 28 Folder 4 Hirsch, Tina-- The House Next Door--Screenplay Based on a Book by Elizabeth Fenwick, 1970s


Jogge, John


Box 28 Folder 5 to 8 Murder in the Nth Degree , Undated



Box 29 Folder 1 Journal of Modern Literature, April, 1974 (with annotations), April, 1974


Box 29 Folder 2 Kugel, Candice--Poem About Roth, Undated


Box 29 Folder 3 Lorrain, Jean--"Princesses of Ivory and of Ecstasy,", Undated


Box 29 Folder 4 Lorenz, Marie--"A Self-Made Woman,", Undated


Box 29 Folder 5 The Lyric --Various Poems, 1916


Box 29 Folder 6 Marcuse, Ludwig--"Nietzsche's Biographer," 1950s (with letters by Roth), 1950s


Box 29 Folder 7 to 8 McKay, Claude-- Amiable With Big Teeth,, 1941


Box 29 Folder 9 Menard, Wilmon--Introduction to Vahine!, 1968 (with clippings), 1968


Box 29 Folder 10 m'ira-- Friends & Strangers--Introduction by Norman Lockridge, 1968


Box 29 Folder 11 Morgan, Meilys--"Love in the Mountains,", Undated


Morton, Thomas J.


Box 29 Folder 12 "His Follow-Home Woman," Undated (with letter), Undated


Box 29 Folder 13 "Timothy Jerimiah O'Malley,", Undated


Box 29 Folder 14 Page, Francis-- Confucius Comes to Broadway, 1940 (with annotations by Roth), 1940


Box 29 Folder 15 "Poets Corner,", Undated


Box 29 Folder 16 Reboux, Paul-- The ABC of Love: A Dictionary--With Page by Keene Wallis, Undated


Box 29 Folder 17 Reznard, Jules-- Portrait of a Middle-Aged Poet,, 1927



Box 52 Folder 6 Robinson, Edwin Arlington-- Lancelot: A Poem--Published by The Lyric, 1920



Box 29 Folder 18 Roth, Joseph--"DIZ," "Hoochypap," and "Smith,", 1952-1960



Box 30 Folder 1 Roth, Richard--Writings, 1960s


Box 30 Folder 2 Ryan, Bill and Leslie Horwitz, "The Man Who Paved the Way"-- from HUSTLER, 1977


Roskolenko, Harry


Box 30 Folder 3 Four Titled Chapters of Unidentified Manuscript, Undated


Box 30 Folder 4 Untitled Novel , Undated



Box 49 Folder 5 Saintsbury, George-- Essays on French Novelists--With Letter, 1910 (autographed), 1910


Sawyer, Joseph H.



Box 30 Folder 5 "Still Water Runs Deep," Undated (annotations by Roth), Undated


Box 30 Folder 6 "White-Collar Crime,", Undated


Box 30 Folder 7 Score, John B-- Natural Immunity & Good Health--With Letter, 1965


Box 30 Folder 8 Shields, Jane and Val Baker--"MS and Returns,", Undated


Symons, Arthur


Box 30 Folder 9 The Life, Thoughts, & Adventures of Arthur Symons--With Preface by Samuel Roth, , 1936


Box 30 Folder 10 "Four Unpublished Plays by Arthur Symons,", 1907


Box 30 Folder 11 Tobie--French Play--With Incomplete Translation,, 1967


Box 30 Folder 12 Trumbo, Dalton--Two-Page Text Re: Peggy Roth, Undated


Box 30 Folder 13 Val Baker, Denys-- Three in One Bed, Undated


Viereck, George Sylvester


Box 30 Folder 14 "Doubtful Poems,", Undated


Box 30 Folder 15 "Eyeless Paradise," aka "Are Women Necessary?", Undated


Box 30 Folder 16 "Roses of Priapus,", Undated


Box 30 Folder 17 "Preliminary Suggestions" for Samuel Roth's Count Me Among the Missing, Undated


Box 30 Folder 18 Wallace, Dixie--"For the Love of Dad,", Undated


Wallis, Keene


Box 30 Folder 19 Dante's Paradise in Translation, Undated (incomplete), Undated



Box 31 Folder 1 Paradise by Dante Alighieri , Undated


Box 31 Folder 2 Poems, Undated


Box 31 Folder 3 Weldon, John Lee-- The Male Rosary (A Play in One Act),, Undated


Box 31 Folder 4 Willard, Otto-- Vahine! Vahine! A Sex Survey of Tahitian Trollops,, 1960s


Box 31 Folder 5 Woods, Andrew H--"Syphilis in Shakespeare…", 1934


Box 31 Folder 6 Wyckoff, James--"The Door Between,", Undated

Series II: Legal Documents, 1926-1969

The files in this series that Roth compiled himself were kept intact and their original titles preserved. A large amount of legal correspondence—spanning decades—is here, as well as official court documents.


II.1. Subseries: Notes and Prepared Legal Files, 1931-1959

This sub-series contains legal files and notes that Samuel Roth prepared and arranged himself. The original folder titles were kept; if the folder was untitled, then the name it now bears reflects the dates of the documents it contains. Most of the material consists of court-issued documents, photocopies, transcripts, and even correspondence. The bulk of the legal files are contained within this sub-series. The order in which the material was kept within Roth's original folders has been maintained.


"1949-1952"


Box 31 Folder 7 April Term, 1949


Box 31 Folder 8 Court Proceedings, Undated


Box 31 Folder 9 "Sexual Conduct of Men and Women,", 1949


"1954-1955"


Box 31 Folder 10 "Dear Sir," re: Avalon Press, Undated


Box 31 Folder 11 & L. Docket 17/287, Undated


Box 31 Folder 12 & L. Docket 19/93, Undated


Box 31 Folder 13 Good Times Mailability by Scheiman,, 1955


Box 31 Folder 14 H.E. Docket No.2/341, by Atlas, 1955


Box 31 Folder 15 Juvenile Delinquency Testimony, 1958


Box 31 Folder 16 "Atlas Dealings,", 1950s


Box 31 Folder 17 "Book injunction lifted," 1931 (Hoover book), 1931


Box 31 Folder 18 "The Case, Preparatory to 1955 Trial," 1955-1958 (with Parole application), 1955, 1955-1958


Box 31 Folder 19 to 20 "Cases (parts of) 1929-59,", 1920s-1950s



Box 32 Folder 1 "H.E. Docket No. 2/245,", 1953-1954


Box 32 Folder 2 "How would this serve as a windup to the brief?", Undated


Box 32 Folder 3 "Notes on the case," Undated (Includes "Table of Contents"), Undated


Box 32 Folder 4 "Post-Office,", 1938-1950


Box 32 Folder 5 "Roth v. Post-Office,", 1956


Box 32 Folder 6 "(Roth) GOOD TIMES v. POST OFFICE DEPT,", 1954


Box 32 Folder 7 "ROTH--GOOD TIMES v SHEEHAN,", 1954-1956


Box 32 Folder 8 "Samuel Roth etc v Riegelman-USDCSNY 85-340,", 1948-1957


Box 32 Folder 9 "Supreme Court,", 1958


Box 32 Folder 10 "The 26 Counts and the Issue They Raise,", 1956


Untitled by Roth


Box 32 Folder 11 Regarding Court of Appeals, 1960s


Box 32 Folder 12 Bridgehead Books, 1964-1965



Box 53 Folder 1 C148-9 Forms, Photocopies, Notes, 1957-1960



Box 32 Folder 13 Court forms, Correspondence, Photocopies, 1956



Box 53 Folder 2 Exhibits, Registers, Court Forms, 1956-1959



Box 32 Folder 14 General Release Form, 1951


Box 32 Folder 15 Mail Order Forms, 1950s


Box 32 Folder 16 Motion for a New Trial and Other Forms, 1957-1959



Box 33 Folder 1 Notes, 1954


Box 33 Folder 2 Roth v. Goldman, 1949


Box 33 Folder 3 Sworn Statement, 1959


II.2. Subseries: Legal correspondence, 1926-1969

Contained here is correspondence related to various court cases in which Samuel Roth was involved. As with the other series, folders previously compiled and labeled by Roth were kept intact, and whenever possible, the same folder title was used. Included here is in-coming and out-going correspondence of Samuel Roth, and his spouse, Pauline Roth, related to Roth's various court cases.


General


Box 33 Folder 4 1954-1961


Box 33 Folder 5 Post Office Visit, 1947


Box 33 Folder 6 Albrecht, 1958


Box 33 Folder 7 Alter, William and Maury Maverick, 1937


Box 33 Folder 8 Atlas, Nicholas, 1953


Box 33 Folder 9 Atlas to Kinsey, 1955


Box 33 Folder 10 Bosone, Beck, 1965


Box 33 Folder 11 De Witt & Van Aken, 1926, 1928, 1926, 1928


Box 33 Folder 12 Fleshin, J.B., 1964-1966


Box 33 Folder 13 Monte Levy, Herbert, 1956-1959


Box 33 Folder 14 Oberwager, 1934


Box 33 Folder 15 O'Brien, 1955


Box 33 Folder 16 Olitt, J. Jerome, 1966-1969


Box 33 Folder 17 Rabinowitz & Boudin, 1955


Box 33 Folder 18 Sayler, Probation Officer, 1960


Box 33 Folder 19 Scheiman, 1956-1957


Box 33 Folder 20 Strachan, 1968


Box 33 Folder 21 Terrizzi, 1956


Box 33 Folder 22 Wittenberg, 1956


II.3. Subseries: Court Documents, 1947-1961

Documents issued by courts and lawyers during Roth's many trials: briefs, pamphlets, minutes, statements, are found here. The Briefs, from the Post Office Department, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Court Southern District of New York, cover many different specific sections of Roth's trials and related legal matters. Included here are both bound briefs printed by the court press (italicized titles) and typewritten drafts issued by the defendant's lawyers or those representing the court.


Briefs


Box 33 Folder 23 Deposition Regarding Whittaker Chambers, 1948


Box 33 Folder 24 Hearings on Scope of Soviet Activity in US, , 1956


Box 33 Folder 25 Post Office Department, 1954-1957


Box 33 Folder 26 Supreme Court New York County, 1947


Supreme Court of the United States


Box 33 Folder 27 No. 582, Petition for Writ of Certoriari, , Undated


Box 33 Folder 28 October Term, 1948


Box 33 Folder 29 October Term, 1956 (1 of 2 Folders), 1956



Box 34 Folder 1 October Term, 1956 (1 of 2 Folders), 1956


Box 34 Folder 2 October Term, 1957


Box 34 Folder 3 October Term, 1958


Box 34 Folder 4 October Term, 1960


Box 34 Folder 5 October Term, 1961


United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


Box 34 Folder 6 Appendix to Appellant's Brief , Undated


Box 34 Folder 7 Brief and Appendix for Appellant , 1956


Box 34 Folder 8 Brief for the USA , 1958


Box 34 Folder 9 Brief of Appellant , Undated


Box 34 Folder 10 No. 387, October Term, 1955


Box 34 Folder 11 Notice of Motion for Bail , 1958


Box 34 Folder 12 Reply Brief of Appellant , Undated


Box 34 Folder 13 Roth v. Goldman, No. 152, October Term, 1948


Box 34 Folder 14 RULES , 1954


Box 34 Folder 15 Transcript of Record , 1948


United States District Court Southern District of New York



Box 35 Folder 1 Affidavits I-VI, 1960


Box 35 Folder 2 Affidavit and Rebuttal, 1959-1961


Box 35 Folder 3 "Discarded" Motions and Drafts, 1959


Box 35 Folder 4 "Judge Cashin's Denial," Memorandum, 1959


Box 35 Folder 5 Notice of a Motion for a New Trial, 1959


Box 35 Folder 6 Notices of Settlement, 1956


Box 35 Folder 7 Stipulations of Discontinuance, 1956


Box 35 Folder 8 Summons, 1953


Box 35 Folder 9 Mandatory Release and Parole, 1960-1961



Box 54 Folder 1 Roth v. United States-- Stenographer's Minutes,, 1956



Box 35 Folder 10 Roth v. United States--Summary by Monte Levy, 1959

Series III: Correspondence, 1909-1993

The material in this series spans Samuel Roth's lifetime and includes both personal and professional correspondence. Adelaide Roth's correspondence, both personal and research-related, is also here.


III.1. Subseries: Samuel Roth, 1909-1971

This sub-series consists of Samuel Roth's correspondence, both personal and professional and includes "prison letters" that Roth wrote while serving time. The bulk of these letters were addressed to his wife, Pauline. Also here is a large amount of professional and business correspondence. The folder titles used by Roth's own filing system have been kept and are indicated by quotation marks. Roth's chronological arrangement of this material has been maintained.

Roth's early correspondence (1915-1925), while wide, is not deep. Here also is found general correspondence regarding Roth's short-lived journal,The Lyric,and thePoetry Bookshop, Two Worlds,and other publishing-related correspondence. When the material was originally kept in an originally-labeled folder, the same folder title was used for the finding aid.


General


Box 35 Folder 11 1917-1925, 1950-1973, Undated, 1917-1925, 1950-1973, Undated


Box 35 Folder 12 1931-1939


Box 35 Folder 13 1940s


Box 35 Folder 14 "1909-16,", 1916-1918


Box 35 Folder 15 "1917,", 1916-1919


Box 35 Folder 16 "1918-19,", 1918-1919


Box 35 Folder 17 "1920-21,", 1920-1925


Box 35 Folder 18 "1922-25,", 1922-1926


Box 35 Folder 19 Alma, C.B., 1921-1922


Box 35 Folder 20 Anonymous, 1954


Box 35 Folder 21 Beach, Sylvia, 1925


Box 35 Folder 22 Beau , 1926


Box 35 Folder 23 Bennett, James, Director of Prisons, 1956, 1958, 1956, 1958


Box 35 Folder 24 Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1917-1919


Box 35 Folder 25 Bryher, 1921


Box 35 Folder 26 Buck, Thomas F, 1954



Box 36 Folder 1 The Colonial Press, 1949-1966


Box 36 Folder 2 Congregation Shearith Israel, 1955-1956


Box 36 Folder 3 "Copyright Matters,", 1930-1968


Box 36 Folder 4 Copyright Office, Library of Congress, 1963-1968


Box 36 Folder 5 "The Death of Dr. Bell,", 1931-1932


Box 36 Folder 6 Douglas, Lord Alfred, 1932-1933


Box 36 Folder 7 Eban, Abba, 1969


Box 36 Folder 8 Eliot, T.S., 1921, 1945, 1921, 1945


Box 36 Folder 9 Elliott, John Tiffany, 1953-1958


Box 36 Folder 10 Embry, Jacqueline, 1921


Box 36 Folder 11 Erskine, John, 1917-1920


Box 36 Folder 12 Fletcher, Frances, 1925, Undated, 1925, Undated


Box 36 Folder 13 Fletcher, John Gould, 1917


Box 36 Folder 14 Ford, Ford Madox, 1922


Box 36 Folder 15 A Golden Treasury of the World's Wit and Wisdom, 1936, 1966-1967, 1936, 1966-1967


Box 36 Folder 16 Hartman, Gustave, 1964-1967


Box 36 Folder 17 H.D. (Hilda Aldington), 1918-1919


Box 36 Folder 18 Housand, Charles E--Fellow Inmate, 1958


Box 36 Folder 19 Jennings, Leslie N., 1917-1918


Box 36 Folder 20 Kiki-- The Education of a French Model, 1950-1957, 1969-1970, 1950-1957, 1969-1970


Box 36 Folder 21 Kin, David George, 1949-1953


Box 36 Folder 22 Kugel, James L., 1970-1971


Box 36 Folder 23 Kugel, John Hans, 1967


Box 36 Folder 24 Lowell, Amy, 1917-1919


Box 36 Folder 25 The Man Who Killed Kitchener , 1932-1933


Box 36 Folder 26 McKay, Claude, 1941 (Includes Contract), 1941


Box 36 Folder 27 My Sister and I, 1952-1958, Undated, 1952-1958, Undated


Box 36 Folder 28 Oppenheim, James, 1916-1917


Box 36 Folder 29 Plotkin, David G., 1941-1942


Box 36 Folder 30 Post, Samuel H. Award Books, 1965-1966


Box 36 Folder 31 Pound, Ezra, 1921, 1925, 1921, 1925


Prison Letters


Box 36 Folder 32 Roth, Adelaide Kugel, 1956-1960


Box 36 Folder 33 Roth Family, 1928-1930



Box 37 Folder 1 Roth, Joseph, 1958-1959


Box 37 Folder 2 Roth, Pauline, 1936-1939


Box 37 Folder 3 to 6 Roth, Pauline Roth, 1956-1960


Box 37 Folder 7 Roth, Peggy, 1958, 1960, 1958, 1960


Box 37 Folder 8 Reiser, Oliver P., 1945-1946


Box 37 Folder 9 Roth, Adelaide, 1960s, Undated, 1960s, Undated


Box 37 Folder 10 Roth, Joseph, 1909-1919


Box 37 Folder 11 Roth, Pauline, 1960


Box 37 Folder 12 Roth, Robert, 1942, Undated, 1942, Undated


Box 37 Folder 13 Ryan, William, 1973-1975


Box 37 Folder 14 Samuel, Maurice, 1915-1919



Box 38 Folder 1 to 2 Seven Sirens Press and Other Imprints , 1950s-1970s


Box 38 Folder 3 Sinclair, Upton, 1942


Box 38 Folder 4 Symons, Arthur, 1921-1926


Box 38 Folder 5 Tannenbaum, Frank, 1916-1917, 1945, 1916-1917, 1945


Box 38 Folder 6 Teasdale Filsinger, Sara, 1917-1919


Box 38 Folder 9 Untermeyer, Louis, 1917, 1921, 1917, 1921


Box 38 Folder 10 Vogel, Jesse--Regarding The Education of a French Model,, 1968


Box 38 Folder 11 Waggish Tales, 1933, 1943, Undated, 1933, 1943, Undated


Box 38 Folder 12 Weaver, Harriet Shaw, 1922


Box 38 Folder 13 Whol, M., 1963 (found in copy of Jews Must Live, 1963


Box 38 Folder 14 Wood, Clement, 1921-1922


Box 38 Folder 15 Woodberry, George Edward, 1917-1918


Box 38 Folder 16 Zangwill, Israel, 1920-1925


III.2. Subseries: Adelaide Kugel Roth, 1974-1993

Included here are Adelaide Roth's many communications with various archives and libraries regarding Samuel Roth. The letters often include photocopies, clippings, and notes. Most of the material here was arranged by Adelaide Roth herself and every effort was made to maintain her arrangement.


Box 38 Folder 17 General, 1974-1984


Box 38 Folder 18 "FBI - FOIA,", 1981


Box 38 Folder 19 Gertzman, Jay, 1985-1993


Box 38 Folder 20 Legman, Gershon, 1980-1993


Box 38 Folder 21 Pauline Roth's Death, 1977


Box 38 Folder 22 "Personal Letters", 1976-1993 (1 of 2 Folders), 1976-1993



Box 39 Folder 1 "Personal Letters", 1976-1993 (1 of 2 Folders), 1976-1993


Box 39 Folder 2 "Plain Brown Correspondence,", 1973-1993


Box 39 Folder 3 Publishers and Agents, 1982-1992


Box 39 Folder 4 Samuel Roth's Death, 1974

Series IV: Publishing, 1919-1974

This series contains a plethora of ads, mail order forms, promotional prototypes, and other ephemera including realia such as printing blocks and original artwork. Official documentation related to Roth's publishing business such as book contracts, receipts, and permissions to do business, along with sample stories from Roth's American Aphrodite: A Quarterly for the Fancy-Free can also be found here.


IV.1. Subseries: Promotional Materials, 1919-1960s

Arranged alphabetically by book or magazine title when promoting a specific publication, or by slogan when promoting the press's products at large, this sub-series consists of materials used for promoting and advertising the books published by Roth's various imprints. The bulk of the materials are advertisement proofs, created during the years following World War II, but also included here are mail-order forms, negatives, photographs, and even printing blocks. There are a few clippings of book reviews, or receipts for ad payments, or ad drafts. Some of these proofs are oversized. As with previous series, folders created and arranged by Roth were kept intact and their original titles are in quotation marks. A few of the latter folders include correspondence and discarded advertising prototypes.


General



Box 48 Folder 2 Designs and Lettering, 1950s



Box 39 Folder 5 Erotic Titles, Undated


Box 39 Folder 6 Negatives, Undated


Box 39 Folder 7 Order Forms and Promos, 1940s-1960s, Undated, 1940s-1960s, Undated



Box 48 Folder 3 Various Titles--Promotions, Undated



Box 39 Folder 8 "Ads,", 1950s-1960s


American Aphrodite


Box 39 Folder 9 General, 1950s-1960s


Box 39 Folder 10 "Aphrodite Material,", Undated


Box 39 Folder 11 Art, Undated


Box 39 Folder 12 Cover Negative and Photo, Undated


Box 39 Folder 13 Nudes, 1950s



Box 48 Folder 4 Oversize, 1950s



Box 39 Folder 14 Bumarap , Undated



Box 48 Folder 5 Bumarap , 1940s-1950s



Box 39 Folder 15 The Crippled Giant , 1950



Box 53 Folder 3 The Crippled Giant , 1950



Box 39 Folder 16 Diaitis: Cancer Prevention and Cure , 1960s



Box 53 Folder 17 Drink and Stay Sober and Skin-Edge Razors, 1950s



Box 48 Folder 6 Drink and Stay Sober , Undated



Box 39 Folder 18 The Education of a French Model , 1950s



Box 53 Folder 4 The Education of a French Model , Undated



Box 39 Folder 19 Everybody's Pleasure, Undated



Box 48 Folder 7 Everybody's Pleasure, 1960s



Box 53 Folder 5 Fantazius Mallare , Undated



Box 39 Folder 20 Forlorn Sunset , Undated



Box 48 Folder 8 Golden Treasury of the World's Wit and Wisdom, , Undated



Box 40 Folder 1 Good Times , 1950s-1960s


Box 40 Folder 2 I Was Hitler's Doctor , 1940s-1950s



Box 53 Folder 6 I Was Hitler's Doctor , 1940s



Box 48 Folder 9 I was Hitler's Doctor , 1940s-1950s



Box 53 Folder 7 Julius Caesar , Undated



Box 40 Folder 3 Jews Must Live for Christmas Gifts, 1964 (found in re-edition of Jews Must Live), 1964


Box 40 Folder 4 Living Dolls , Undated



Box 48 Folder 10 Living Dolls , 1950s



Box 40 Folder 5 My Friend Yeshea , 1960s



Box 48 Folder 11 My Friend Yeshea , Undated



Box 40 Folder 6 My Life with Jesus --Promotional Drafts,, Undated


Box 40 Folder 7 My Sister and I , 1950s



Box 53 Folder 8 My Sister and I , 1950s



Box 48 Folder 12 My Sister and I , 1950s



Box 53 Folder 9 The Natural History of David Zorn , Undated



Box 48 Folder 13 The Nude in the French Theatre , Undated



Box 53 Folder 10 Papier-mâché plate of "Unusual Classics,", 1953


Box 53 Folder 11 Parisian Nights , Undated



Box 40 Folder 8 Parisian Nights , Undated


Box 40 Folder 9 The Peephole of the Present , 1940s



Box 48 Folder 13 The Peep-Hole of the Present , 1940s



Box 40 Folder 10 Picasso for Children , 1962



Box 48 Folder 14 Picasso for Children , 1960s



Box 40 Folder 11 Poetry Book Shop and The Lyric, 1919-1920



Box 53 Folder 12 Sex Can Be Fun As Well as Useful & Educational, , 1960s



Box 40 Folder 12 The Sexual Conduct of Men & Women , 1950s


Box 40 Folder 13 Shopping for Life & Pleasure, 1961, Undated, 1961, Undated



Box 48 Folder 15 Shopping for Life & Pleasure, Undated



Box 40 Folder 14 Skin-Edge Micro-Blades, Undated


Box 40 Folder 15 Tina and Jimmy Learn How They Were Born, 1948-1949, Undated, 1948-1949, Undated



Box 48 Folder 16 Tina & Jimmy Learn How They Were Born , 1960s



Box 40 Folder 16 Unusual Books, 1950s, Undated, 1950s, Undated



Box 51 Folder 2 Unusual Books --Printing Block, Undated



Box 40 Folder 17 Violations of the Child Marilyn Monroe , 1960s



Box 48 Folder 17 Yankee Trader , Undated



Box 53 Folder 13 You Scratch My Back , Undated



Box 41 IV.2. Subseries: Business Files and Materials, 1930-1974

This subseries contains mostly book contracts, with some receipts, business certificates, financial documents, copyright registrations, and newspaper clippings regarding books published by various Roth imprints. In rare cases, some correspondence accompanies the book contract. In addition, photographs, printing blocks, and documents related to Roth's publishing endeavors can be found here. The material is arranged alphabetically.


Box 41 Folder 1 to 4 Address Books, 1930s-1950s


Box 41 Folder 5 "After Two Years of Retirement,", Undated


Box 41 Folder 6 "Bibliography of E. Phillips Oppenheim,", 1966



Box 48 Folder 18 Book Jacket Design-- This Northern Country , 1940s



Box 41 Folder 7 "Book Leads Inc"--Ledger, 1948-1949


Box 41 Folder 8 Business Certificates, 1941-1966


Box 41 Folder 9 "Business for Sale,", 1958



Box 42 Folder 1 Certificates of Dissolution, 1947-1950


Clippings


Box 42 Folder 2 Editions of Thunder: The White Man's Viewpoint, 1964-1966 (Includes Ads for Jews Must Live)


Box 42 Folder 3 Fritz Duquesne, 1930s


Box 42 Folder 4 Marilyn Monroe, 1962


Box 42 Folder 5 My Uncle Benjamin , 1941


Box 42 Folder 6 Reviews of Bumarap and Halfway, 1947


Box 42 Folder 7 Reviews of Europe, 1920


Box 42 Folder 8 Reviews of Herbert Hoover Book, 1933


Box 42 Folder 9 Reviews of Songs Out of Season and Jews Must Live, , 1931-1934


Box 42 Folder 10 Reviews of Various Titles, 1952, 1970, 1972, 1952, 1970, 1972


Box 42 Folder 11 "What Jesus Really Looked Like," by Samuel Roth, 1955


Box 42 Folder 12 "The Colonial Press Diary,", 1957


Box 42 Folder 13 to 15 Contracts, 1930s-1950s


Copyright


Count Me Among the Missing , 1974


Inside Hitler--Letter of Authentication , 1966


My Friend Yeshea , 1962, 1967


My Sister and I , 1952


Box 42 Folder 21 Cover Design-- The Natural History of David Zorn,, Undated


Box 42 Folder 22 Dust Jacket-- A Journey With Love, Undated


Financial



Box 43 Folder 1 Advertising Payments, 1968


Box 43 Folder 3 Budget Notes, 1948, 1950s


Box 43 Folder 4 Ledger of Expenses, 1933


Receipts


Box 43 Folder 5 1946-1966


Box 43 Folder 6 Purchase Of Samuel Roth's Publishing Business, 1970


Box 43 Folder 7 Rental Agreement, 1957


Box 43 Folder 8 Royalty Statements, 1960, 1965, 1960, 1965


Seven Sirens Press


Box 43 Folder 9 to 11 Bank Statements, 1961-1970


Box 43 Folder 12 to 13 Bills, 1950s-1970s



Box 51 Folder 3 to 4 Checks, 1956-1970



Box 43 Folder 14 Ledger of Expenses, 1950s-1960s (Includes Clippings of Marilyn Monroe), 1950s-1960s


Box 43 Folder 15 Mutual Payroll Book, 1960s



Box 44 Folder 1 Taxes, 1960s


Box 44 Folder 3 Letterhead--Assorted, Undated


Box 44 Folder 4 List of Authors and Editors, Undated


Box 44 Folder 5 Loft Leases, 1942, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1942, 1961, 1965, 1967


Box 44 Folder 6 "Lord Alfred Douglas Materials," 1930s (Portraits and Correspondence), 1930s


Box 44 Folder 7 MS RECORDS Notebook, 1968 (with correspondence), 1968


Box 44 Folder 8 "Partial List of Good Times Writers and Artists,, Undated


Box 44 Folder 9 Permission to do Business as Philosophical Book Club,, 1945


Photographs and Negatives


Box 44 Folder 10 Baker, Denys Val, Undated


Box 44 Folder 11 Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1948


Box 44 Folder 12 Heatter, Basil, Undated


Box 44 Folder 13 John, Angelo P., Undated


Box 44 Folder 14 Monroe, Marilyn, 1950s-1960s


Box 44 Folder 15 Nietzsche, Elizabeth, Undated


Box 44 Folder 16 Reiser, Oliver, 1940s


Box 44 Folder 17 Roth, Samuel, 1940s (for Vanity Fair), 1940s


Box 44 Folder 18 Wagner, Cossima, Undated



Box 51 Folder 5 Printing Blocks, Undated


Box 51 Folder 6 Printing Blocks and Metal Plate of The World Sensorium,, Undated



Box 44 Folder 19 Record of Ads Placed, 1960s



Box 45 IV.3. Subseries: American Aphrodite, 1950s

This subseries contains stories and essays clipped from issues ofAmerican Aphrodite: A Quarterly for the Fancy Free.The material has been arranged alphabetically by title, with the name of the author, when known, indicated.


Box 45 Folder 1 "The Amores of P. Ovidius Naso,", 1950s


Box 45 Folder 2 "The Duet," by H.E. Bates, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 3 "The Dutch Lover,", 1952


Box 45 Folder 4 "Forbidden Books,", 1950s


Box 45 Folder 5 "The Greater Omnibus of Private Books," by H.A. Manhood, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 6 "The Half 'n Half Woman,", 1950s


Box 45 Folder 7 The Horn Book by Gershon Legman, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 8 "The Kiss to the Leper," by François Mauriac, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 9 "Laughter in Hell" and Other Poems by George Sylvester Viereck, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 10 Lexicon of Love: A Guide to the Affections and Disaffections of Mankind, by Samuel Roth, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 11 "The Life and Death of St. Herbault" by Patrick Kirwan, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 12 "Maiden's Fury: A Short Novel on the Attempted Seduction of an Ugly Woman," by H.A. Manhood,, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 13 "Midnight… Place Pigalle" by Maurice Dekobra, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 14 "Mrs. Edmond's Life," by H.E. Bates, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 15 "The Odalisque," with "Was Shakespeare a Man or a Woman?" by Viereck,, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 16 "One of Norah's Early Days," by Rhys Davies, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 17 "A Passion Before Death," by James Hanley, and "The Penultimate Adventure" by Norman Davey,, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 18 "Restless Night…" and "The Anatomy of Female Itch,", 1951


Box 45 Folder 19 "Sexual Secrets of the Orient," 1950s.


Box 45 Folder 20 "The Strange Confession of Monsieur Mountcairn: A Practising Homosexual,", 1950s


Box 45 Folder 21 "Sun," Unexpurgated, by D.H. Lawrence, 1950s


Box 45 Folder 22 "The Twilight of the Nymphs" by Pierre Louÿs, 1951


Box 45 Folder 24 "The Wife of King Candaules," by Theophile Gautier, 1950s

Series V: Personal, 1915-1994

This small series comprises documents such as family photographs, financial materials including bank statements and tax-related documents, wills and testaments, funeral matters, and a framed print of Samuel Roth's village of birth in rural Poland.


General



Box 46 Folder 1 Adelaide Kugel Roth, 1943 1960s-1990s, Undated, 1943, 1960s-1990s, Undated


Box 46 Folder 2 Samuel Roth, 1970s, Undated, 1970s, Undated


Box 46 Folder 3 Calendar, 1963


Box 46 Folder 4 Children's Drawings, Undated


Box 46 Folder 5 Claim for Disability Benefits, 1960


Box 46 Folder 6 Clippings, 1950s-1970s


Box 46 Folder 7 Death Certificates, 1974-1977


Financial


Box 46 Folder 8 Banking, 1960s-1970, 1987, 1960s-1970, 1987


Box 46 Folder 9 Car Insurance, 1970


Box 46 Folder 10 Taxes, 1951-1970 (2 of 3 Folders), 1951-1970



Box 47 Folder 1 Taxes, 1951-1970 (1 of 3 Folders), 1951-1970


Box 47 Folder 2 to 3 Freedom of Information Act, FBI Files, Undated


Box 47 Folder 4 Health-Related, 1960s, Undated, 1960s, Undated



Item 1 "A Map of the Village of Nuszcze in the Province of Tarnopol Poland," 1952 (Framed Art), 1952



Box 47 Folder 5 Marriage Certificate--Samuel and Pauline Roth, 1985


Photographs


Box 47 Folder 6 "Pearl Gray,", 1922


Box 47 Folder 7 Picture-Postcards--Samuel Roth and Frank Tannenbaum, 1915


Box 47 Folder 8 Police Raid, 1955


Box 47 Folder 9 Roth Family, 1930s, Undated, 1930s, Undated


Box 47 Folder 10 Samuel Roth, 1955 (with note), 1955


Box 47 Folder 11 Samuel Roth and Poetry Book Shop, 1920s, 1940s, 1920s, 1940s


Box 47 Folder 12 Rent-related, 1950s-1960s


Scrapbooks



Box 53 Folder 14 Clippings--Mostly Nietzsche and Mitchell, 1940s-1950s


Box 53 Folder 15 to 16 Clippings--Reviews, Letters, 1930s-1950s


Wills



Box 47 Folder 13 Joseph Roth, 1933 (with note), 1933


Box 47 Folder 14 Pauline Roth, 1969-1970s


Box 47 Folder 15 Samuel and Pauline Roth, 1949-1969


Box 47 Folder 16 Samuel Roth, 1974

(with Death Certificate and Obituary)