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   Alvin and Heidi Toffler Papers, 1955-1984

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Alvin and Heidi Toffler Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078547 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Toffler, Alvin.
Title:Alvin and Heidi Toffler Papers, 1955-1984
Physical description:ca. 117,000 items (263 boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Language(s):In English
Access: Restricted materials are closed except by written permission until the death of the last surviving of Alvin Toffler (1928-2016), Heidi Toffler, and their daughter Karen Toffler. This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 9 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, telephone logs, lecture/administrative files, manuscripts, research files, personal papers, reviews, press clippings, tearsheets, and memorabilia relating to the many projects Toffler and his wife worked on from 1950 to 1985. The collection is divided into closed and open series. Closed files include all correspondence; telephone logs; administrative files pertaining to lectures, contracts, and business memos; and personal papers. Open files consist of clippings, notes, manuscripts, publishers' "dead matter," tearsheets of articles and books, press clippings, interviews, and galleys. The correspondence includes letters from a great variety of people, such as Betty Friedan, Jonas Salk, Newt Gingrich, Ed Koch, and many other politicians and celebrities. There are research files for virtually every project that Toffler was involved with, including his books "Future Shock" and "The Third Wave." The press clippings files are extensive and range from research topics to reviews, and cover countries from Australia to Switzerland. Lecture files also from Toffler's television/video production compnay, Triwave Productions, Inc., which include scripts, contracts, and materials relating to all stages of production. The many manuscripts, proofs, and galleys are in various stages of revision and include Toffler's extensive corrections and notes.

Series I: Correspondence

Boxes 1-83 are RESTRICTED . See description sheet for conditions.

Subseries I.1: Chronological

Subseries I.2: Alphabetical

Subseries I.3: Foreign

Subseries I.4: Vox Pop

Series II: Appointment Calendars

Series III: Phone Messages

Series IV: Office Files

Subseries IV.1: General

Subseries IV.2: Projects

Series V: Administrative Files

Some include correspondence

Subseries V.1: General

Subseries V.2: Lecture Files

Lecture files are chronological. General files (such as Lecture expenses) begin each annual sequence

Subseries V.3: General (cont.)

Series VI: Office Files

Boxes 84-263 are UNRESTRICTED

Subseries VI.1: General

Subseries VI.2: Projects

Series VII: Book Files

These include Bound volumes, Proofs, Galleys, Manuscripts, Drafts, Files, Clippings, Notes, and Miscellaneous materials.

Subseries VII.1: The Adaptive Corporation 1985

Subseries VII.2: The Culture Consumers 1964

Subseries VII.3: The EcoSpasm Report 1975

Subseries VII.4: Future Shock 1970

Subseries VII.5: The Futurists 1972

Edited by Toffler

Subseries VII.6: Learning for Tomorrow 1974

Edited by Toffler

Subseries VII.7: The Money Managers

Subseries VII.8: Previews and Premises 1982

Subseries VII.9: The Schoolhouse in the City 1968

Edited by Toffler

Subseries VII.10: Social Dynamics and the Bell System 1972

Subseries VII.11: The Third Wave 1980

Series VIII: Tri-wave Productions

Series IX: Clippings and Magazines

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

Restricted materials are closed except by written permission until the death of the last surviving of Alvin Toffler (1928-2016), Heidi Toffler, and their daughter Karen Toffler.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Alvin and Heidi Toffler Papers, Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed 06/20/88

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-03-31 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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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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CorrespondencePortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Authors, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Civilization, Modern--1950-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Friedan, Betty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gingrich, Newt.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Koch, Ed.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Social change.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Social history--1945-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Alvin (1928-2016) and Heidi Toffler, authors and futurists.

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