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   Mark Van Doren Papers , [ca. 1917]-1976.

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Mark Van Doren Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

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Bib ID:4079434 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972
Title:Mark Van Doren Papers , [ca. 1917]-1976.
Physical description:35 linear ft (ca. 10,370 items in 86 boxes; 3 card files;and 1 oversize folder).
Language(s):In English
Access: Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects. The following box is located off-site: 86. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in nine series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence and manuscripts of Van Doren, consisting of letters, poems, short stories, novels, plays, radio broadcast transcripts ("Invitation to Learning"), diaries, critical works, proofs, and printed works. Correspondents include Louise Bogan, Philip Booth, Babette Deutsch, Richard Eberhart, T.S. Eliot, John Gould Fletcher, Herbert Gorman, E.W. Howe, Robinson Jeffers, Archibald MacLeish, Louis MacNeice, Edgar Lee Masters, Lewis Mumford, Hyam Plutzik, Allen Tate, and Louis Zukovsky. Also, extensive correspondence with Robert Lax and Thomas Merton, as well as manuscripts by these two authors.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts

Series III: Poetry

Series IV: Arranged Correspondence

Series V: Arranged Correspondence

Series VI: Arranged Correspondence

Series VII: Correspondence re Mark Van Doren's Books, (Includes clippings, reviews and related materials.) List of titles

Series VIII: Arranged Correspondence

Series IX: Arranged Manuscripts

Series X: Printed Materials

Correspondence (Series 2)

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly or publication projects.

  The following box is located off-site: 86. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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Restrictions on Use

Readers must use microfilms and photocopies of materials specified above.

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

Mark Van Doren Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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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/--/1989 Christina Hilton Fenn

15 items added to Box 41, 42, & 85 Processed 06/21/1996 HR

3 letters to Grover Smith Cataloged 06/27/2000 HR

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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Anthologies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Audio tapes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Card files.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Diaries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fiction.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Galley proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion pictures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notebooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phonograph recordsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poems.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Proofs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Scripts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Short stories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Adler, Mortimer Jerome, 1902-2001.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Berryman, John, 1914-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bogan, Louise, 1897-1970.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Booth, Philip.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Caldwell, Robert N.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College teachers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Faculty.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Critics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Deutsch, Babette, 1895-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eberhart, Richard, 1904-2005.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Editors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fletcher, John Gould, 1886-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Gorman, Herbert Sherman, 1893-1954.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Howe, E. W. (Edgar Watson), 1853-1937.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lax, Robert.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
MacNeice, Louis, 1907-1963.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Plutzik, Hyam, 1911-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Poets.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Radio programs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tate, Allen, 1899-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Zukovsky, Louis.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Van Doren joined the Columbia faculty after earning his PhD in 1920; he was among the original band of young scholars who taught John Erskine's General Honors course. Over subsequent decades, Van Doren would open the world of ideas and poetry to Columbia students, among them alumni poets Louis Simpson, Richard Howard, John Hollander, John Berryman, Thomas Merton, and Allen Ginsberg. He guided the planning and helped launch of Humanities A in the Core Curriculum ("Lit Hum," a cornerstone of the Core to this day) and taught a section himself for 17 years, an experience about which he said in his autobiography "nothing I ever did with students was more fun." Among his writings are Collected Poems , which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939; American and British Literature since 1890 , with his brother, Carl Van Doren; critical studies of various authors, including John Dryden and Nathaniel Hawthorne; several anthologies, and The Noble Voice , a collection of essays. Upon his retirement from full-time teaching at Columbia in 1959, Van Doren told Newsweek: "I have always had the greatest respect for students. There is nothing I hate more than condescension--the attitude that they are inferior to you. I always assume they have good minds." He semi-retired in 1953, and gave up teaching altogether in 1959, following the scandal involving his son Charles and the fixing of the popular television program "Twenty One," dramatized in the 1994 film Quiz Show. Today the students of Columbia College honor great teachers with the Mark Van Doren Award.

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