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   Francis Steegmuller Papers, 1877-2002

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Francis Steegmuller Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The research files, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, cassettes, and printed material of Francis Steegmuller.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079364 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Steegmuller, Francis, 1906-1994
Title:Francis Steegmuller Papers, 1877-2002
Physical description:69 linear feet (121 boxes, 2 tube boxs; 2 flat boxes)
Language(s):In English
Access: Boxes 1-23 and 2 flat boxes are on-site. Boxes 24-121 and tube box are located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least 2 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 18 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Letters from Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Edith Sitwell, Adlai Stevenson, and Jacques Lipschitz. Notes, correspondence, and research photocopies relating to Steegmuller's books, as well as manuscripts of the books, make up part a large part of the collection. Also, seven scrapbooks of clippings and books; manuscripts and proofs for his translation of Flaubert's Madama Bovary; and two solander cases containing 155 photographs, mounted and inscribed, taken by Steegmuller on his trips to France, 1948, 1950, Italy, 1950, and the Virgin Islands, 1949.

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Breunig Family

Series III: William Maxwell Files

Series IV: Muriel Spark Files

Series V: Patrick White Files

Series VI: Gustave Flaubert

Series VII: Jean Cocteau

Series VIII: Louise d'Épinay

Series IX: Guillaume Apollinaire

Series X: Isadora Duncan

Series XI: Guy de Maupassant

Series XII: Incident in Napels

Series XIII: Other Writings

Series XIV: Private Papers of Francis Steegmuller

Series XV: Contracts

Series XVI: Scrapbooks and Photographs

Series XVII: Audio Visual

Series XVIII: Printed & Posters

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

Boxes 1-23 and 2 flat boxes are on-site.

  Boxes 24-121 and tube box are located off-site. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least 2 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Preferred Citation

Francis Steegmuller Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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See also the Shirley Hazzard Papers

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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

Cataloged 09/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.

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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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Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scrapbooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Apollinaire, Guillaume, 1880-1918.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Flaubert, Gustave, 1821-1880.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
France--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
French literature--Translations into English.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Italy--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lipschitz, Jacques.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maugham, W. Somerset (William Somerset), 1874-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Maupassant, Guy de, 1850-1893.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sitwell, Edith, Dame, 1887-1964.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Translators.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Virgin Islands of the United States--Pictorial works.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Francis Steegmuller is best-known and respected for his scholarly work on Gustave Flaubert; Jean Cocteau; Louise d'Épinay, a Parisian intellectual and hostess, and the Abbe Ferdinando Galiani, a Neapolitan diplomat; Isadora Duncan; and Guy de Maupassant.

Steegmuller was a meticulous researcher and a talented and prolific writer. His papers attest to his in-depth research methods.

Steegmuller was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1906. He graduated from Columbia University in 1927. While at Columbia, Steegmuller became part of a group of young men who all went on to achieve academic and cultural distinction: Lionel Trilling, Clifton Fadiman, Jacques Barzun, Meyer Shapiro, Richard Snow, and Dwight Minor. He was the recipient of two National Book Awards: in 1971, for his biography of biography of Jean Cocteau, and in 1981 for his translation for the first volume of Flaubert's complete letters. In 1982, Steegmuller was awarded a gold medal in biography by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1982. He was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor.

His first wife was Beatrice Stein, a painter who was a pupil and friend of Jacques Villon. In 1982, Steegmuller donated a portrait of Beatrice Stein Steegmuller by Jacques Villon to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Beatrice Stein died in 1961. Steegmuller married the author Shirley Hazzard in 1963.

Francis Steegmuller died in Naples in 1994.

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