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Nora Lourie Percival Papers, 1932-2011, bulk 1934-1938

Summary Information

Abstract

A collection of correspondence between Nora Lourie Percival (BC '36) and her first husband, Herman Gund (CC '34 and Journalism MA '35) as well as copies of Columbia and Barnard College literary publications to which they both contributed.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0213
Bib ID 12264294 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Percival, Nora, 1914- ; Columbia University
Title Nora Lourie Percival Papers, 1932-2011, bulk 1934-1938
Physical Description 1.46 linear feet (3 document boxes and one half-size document box)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series.

Description

Summary

Nora Lourie was born in Russia on October 14, 1914. In 1922, she immigrated to America and grew up in New York City. Nora attended Barnard College, graduating in 1936. It was during her college years that she met her first love, Herman Gund, who received his B.A. from Columbia College in 1934 and his M.A. degree from the Graduate School of Journalism in 1935. They married in 1936 after Nora graduated college. Nora and Herman were front and center for Columbia's literary renaissance during the 1930s. Under the guidance of John Erskine, Mark Van Doren and other faculty members, Herman spearheaded the rejuvenation of the literary and debate group Philolexian Society (he was president in 1934-5), the Boar's Head Poetry competition, and the resulting printed poetry collections; while Nora started the Barnard Literary Club. As Herman and Nora fell in love, they became the nucleus around which the Columbia and Barnard literary groups crystallized and grew. They influenced and encouraged Robert Giroux, John Berryman, Herman Wouk, Thomas Merton, John Treville Latouche, Ad Reinhardt, and other artistic and literary giants on campus at that time - as well as influencing the next generation of Columbia literati, including Robert Lax and Ralph de Toledano. Herman died of leukemia in 1939, six months before their son was born. A collection of his poems"Out of Time", with a foreword by Mark Van Doren, was published posthumously in 1980. Nora married her second husband Jim Percival in 1943 with whom she had four daughters. Jim Percival died in 1984. Nora Lourie Percival currently lives in Carolina High Country near two of her daughters and is the proud grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of three.

  • Series I: Correspondence, 1934-1938

    Letters between Herman Gund, CC '34 and Nora Lourie, BC '36 written between 1934 and 1939. Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

  • Series II: Publications, 1932-2011

    This series contains copies of Columbia periodicals from the 1930s, many of which contain poems written by Herman Gund and/or Nora Lourie Percival as well as by other notables of that era. Titles include Varsity, Columbia Review, Jester, and The Barnard Quarterly. In addition to the 1930s periodicals this series contains copies of three memoirs written by Nora Lourie Percival and a book of poems written by Herman Gund which was published posthumously.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on site.

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); Nora Lourie Percival Papers; Box and Folder; Columbia University; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers accessioned PTL 7/1/2015.

Papers processed Emily Felsen (BC 2018) 6/30/2016.

Finding aid written Jocelyn K. Wilk 12/6/2016.

Revision Description

2016-12-14 xml document instance created by Christopher M. Laico.

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

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Barnard College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia College (Columbia University) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gund, Herman, -1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Percival, Nora, 1914- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Nora Lourie was born in Russia on October 14, 1914. In 1922, she immigrated to America and grew up in New York City. Nora attended Barnard College, graduating in 1936. It was during her college years that she met her first love, Herman Gund, who received his B.A. from Columbia College in 1934 and his M.A. degree from the Graduate School of Journalism in 1935. They married in 1936 after Nora graduated college.

Nora and Herman were front and center for Columbia's literary renaissance during the 1930s. Under the guidance of John Erskine, Mark Van Doren and other faculty members, Herman spearheaded the rejuvenation of the literary and debate group Philolexian Society (he was president in 1934-5), the Boar's Head Poetry competition, and the resulting printed poetry collections; while Nora started the Barnard Literary Club. As Herman and Nora fell in love, they became the nucleus around which the Columbia and Barnard literary groups crystallized and grew. They influenced and encouraged Robert Giroux, John Berryman, Herman Wouk, Thomas Merton, John Treville Latouche, Ad Reinhardt, and other artistic and literary giants on campus at that time - as well as influencing the next generation of Columbia literati, including Robert Lax and Ralph de Toledano. Nora and Herman played this role during the dark days of the depression, as they were struggling to balance academics, their literary lives, and their budding romance - while worrying about having enough to eat.

Herman died of leukemia in 1939, six months before their son was born. A collection of his poems, "Out of Time", with a foreword by Mark Van Doren, was published posthumously in 1980.

Nora married her second husband Jim Percival in 1943 with whom she had four daughters. Jim Percival died in 1984. Nora Lourie Percival currently lives in Carolina High Country near two of her daughters and is the proud grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of three.