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Lionel Trilling Seminars records, 1932-2001, bulk Bulk Dates: 1976-1998

Summary Information

Abstract

Manuscripts, recordings and administrative files related to the Lionel Trilling Seminars which were established as a memorial to Professor Lionel Trilling in 1976.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1257
Bib ID 6915518 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Lionel Trilling seminars
Title Lionel Trilling Seminars records, 1932-2001, bulk Bulk Dates: 1976-1998
Physical Description 6.67 linear feet (4 document boxes and 4 record cartons)
Language(s) English
Access

This collection is located on-site.

The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series. Series I. Lecture Manuscripts, 1976-1999 Series II. Administrative Files, 1932-1998 [Bulk Dates: 1976-1997] Series III. Recordings, 1979-2001

Description

Summary

Manuscripts and recordings of lectures on the subjects of literature, art, politics, psychoanalysis, philosophy, linguistics and education presented at the Lionel Trilling Seminars, 1976-2001. The speakers have included major scholars such as historians Jacques Barzun, Edmund S. Morgan, and C. Vann Woodward; literary critics Frank Kermode and Richard Ellman; and philosophers Arthur C. Danto and Sir Isaiah Berlin. The collection also contains administrative files which include correspondence with participants, event arrangements, programs, text of lectures, meeting minutes and guest lists.

  • Series I: Lecture Transcripts

    This series consists of the texts of lectures delivered by various scholars as part of the Lionel Trilling Seminars. The speakers have included major scholars such as historians Jacques Barzun, Edmund S. Morgan, and C. Vann Woodward; literary critics Frank Kermode and Richard Ellman; and philosophers Arthur C. Danto and Sir Isaiah Berlin. In some cases only the title page of a lecture is in a listed folder with a note that the manuscript was to be delivered at a later date. The manuscripts are arranged chronologically and, where noted, discussants for particular lectures are listed. This series consists of the initial accession of lecture manuscripts which is why there will be some duplication of lecture manuscripts in Series II: Administrative Files.

  • Series II: Administrative Files, 1932-1998 [Bulk: 1976-1997]

    This series consists of files maintained by the office staff responsible for arranging the annual Lionel Trilling Seminars. Materials consist of correspondence with speakers and participants, mailing lists, guest lists, meeting minutes, event programs, transcripts of lectures, event flyers, comments by discussants on specific lectures, correspondence concerning event arrangements, newspaper clippings, seating charts and curriculum vitae of participants. The material dated prior to 1976 consists exclusively of compiled lists of classes and students taught by Lionel Trilling during his academic career at Columbia University. The files in this series are mostly arranged chronologically. Some manuscripts listed in Series I can also be found in this series.

  • Series III: Recordings

    This series consists of 112 audio cassettes and 1 VHS tape of Lionel Trilling Seminars dating from 1979 to 2001. Many of these recordings have a corresponding manuscript text in the files, but in some cases there is only a recording of a lecture and no paper transcript. Where there are duplicate copies of recordings, it is noted.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

No photocopying of the lecture manuscripts is permitted. No duplication of the audiocassettes without permission.

Single photocopies of materials, other than the lecture transcripts, 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); Lionel Trilling Seminars Records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by RBML staff in the 1990s and the 2016 addition was processed by Andrew Benally (GS 2021) and Jocelyn Wilk in January 2019. Finding aid written by Jocelyn Wilk in February 2019.

Revision Description

2019-02-15 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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Genre/Form

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Audio cassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Danto, Arthur C., 1924-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morgan, Edmund S (Edmund Sears), 1916-2013 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Philosophy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Politics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seminars Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Diana Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodward, C. Vann (Comer Vann), 1908-1999 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim, 1932-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

The Lionel Trilling Seminars are a series of seminars delivered each academic year on areas of study ranging from literature and society, art and politics, psychoanalysis and culture, to education. Each seminar features a prominent scholar in a given field delivering a talk and two respondents. The seminars were established in 1976 in memory of Professor Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), one of Columbia's most celebrated faculty members, author and critic, to encourage intellectual speculation by bringing together major speakers and an "enlightened general audience" in order to stimulate discussion from within as well as without the speaker's own discipline. Lectures are on areas of study in which Trilling was active. Originally the series consisted of three seminars a year, but has since been reduced to two, one each semester. The seminars have been sponsored at various times by Columbia College, the Heyman Center, and supported by gifts from Prof. William Theodore de Bary and his wife, Daniel and Joanna Rose, and William H. and Weslie R. Janeway.