Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Roger Asselineau Walt Whitman Collection:

1855-2001



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Asselineau, Roger
Title Inventory of the Roger Asselineau Walt Whitman Collection
Dates 1855-2001
Abstract This collection consists primarily of the collected writings of Walt Whitman by Roger Asselineau, assorted manuscripts, programs, newspaper clippings, and monographs. Over 900 monographs are included as part of this collection, cataloged separately in the Library of Congress classification and housed in the repository stacks as part of the Lit/Whitman collection. Integral parts of this collection include a manuscript titled Walt Whitman on Burns & a Portrait Gallery of Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman's handwritten critique on the works of various writers, and the monographs portraying the first editions of Walt Whitman's work, particularly Leaves of Grass.
Identification Lit/Whitman MSS 00144
Extent 3 linear ft.
Language English
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Biographical Note

Himself a poet and translator of World War I British poets' works, Roger Asselineau (1915-2002) led the scholarly world for decades as a champion of scholarly work about the 19th century American poet, Walt Whitman. Asselineau's interest in American poetry is reputed to have been inspired by his experiences with the French Resistance during World War I, aiding American airmen to escape from occupied France. Asselineau himself only escaped being executed by the Nazis for his work in the French Resistance forces by the American invasion of Paris. Asselineau's life-long appreciation and admiration of American poets' advocation of beliefs in liberty and individuality may have developed during this time.

Asselineau published his first book of poems, Traduit de Moi-Même under the name Robert Maurice in 1949, but other volumes of his mostly free-verse poetry was subsequently published under his own name. As a poet he had a particularly sensitive ear for the difficulties and complexities, often not at first apparent, in translating Walt Whitman's poetry.

Asselineau was active in Whitman scholarship on up until his death 8 July 2002 in Paris, France. Asselineau's own major work about Whitman was a critical biography, begun as his dissertation at the Sorbonne, L'évolution de Walt Whitman aprés la premiére édition des Feuilles d'herbe, first published in Paris by Didier in 1954, then in a two-volume English translation, The Evolution of Walt Whitman ( Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1960-62), and finally in a slightly expanded edition, again titled The Evolution of Walt Whitman, with a foreword by Ed Folsom, by the University of Iowa Press in 1999.

Asselineau was an original member of the Advisory Editorial Board for The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman, which was organized in 1955 to oversee the publication of an authoritative edition of all of Whitman's writings. Long a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, Asselineau attended many conferences and was active in bringing Leaves of Grass to world attention, particularly encouraging translators to send him new editions of the poem. Asselineau was also active on the editorial board of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and wrote many reviews of scholarly works for several journals.

Asselineau was a close friend as well as fellow Whitman scholar to Gay Wilson Allen, and became friend and mentor to all of the major Whitman scholars, biographers, and translators of the twentieth century.

Asselineau was also a noted scholar of the American 19th century poet Edgar Allan Poe, and published many articles and books on other American literary figures including Washington Irving, Crèvecoeur, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, and Tennessee Williams. Many of Asselineau's reviews appeared in the journal Etudes Anglaises.

In 1987 Asselineau was made an Honorary Member of the Modern Language Association of America, an honor proposed by Whitman scholar, Jerome Loving, in association with Daniel Hoffman.

Asselineau's wife was named Paule and he had a daughter named Claire.


Scope and Content Note

The Roger Asselineau Walt Whitman Collection (1855-2001) consists, aside from the group of 900 or so monographs collected by Asselineau, chiefly of correspondence, accompanied by handwritten drafts of reviews written in ink of pencil by Asselineau on slips of paper, apparent placed in the relevant book on his shelf as a file. The correspondence and draft of reviews are often associated with clippings, photographs or snapshots, offprints, programs, newsletters and a few postcards.

Most of these manuscript materials were found in the process of cataloging the monograph collection, apparently filed by Asselineau in volumes of his monograph collection, usually related to the author of the book into which he inserted the materials over a period of years. A title page of the relevant book into which the manuscript materials were found inserted is now clipped to the materials in the collection folder, and the call number of the book written on the photocopied title page in pencil. Also present are musical scores of adaptations of Whitman's poetry, and quite a few copies of the Walt Whitman Circle quarterly newsletter, published by composer and Whitman enthusiast, Robert Strassburg.

Series 1. Correspondence (1896-2001), is arranged alphabetically by the correspondents' last names. Notable correspondents include Gay Wilson Allen, V. K. Chari, Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom, Donald D. Kummings, Jerome Loving, Robert Strassburg, and Leandro Wolfson,

Series 2. Manuscript book (undated), consists of a bound manuscript book, titled Walt Whitman on Burns & a Portrait Gallery of Walt Whitman. The book measures 21 cm. by 13 cm. and is bound in green half-calf with marbled boards. According to a letter pasted into the book, it was apparently purchased by Roger Asselineau 20 Aug. 1942 from Alfred F. Goldsmith of New York, N.Y. Twenty-seven leaves of the manuscript book are filled with mostly photographic portraits of Walt Whitman, a few obviously cut from published works, and one leaf containing a section from a page of handwritten ms. in pencil and ink, labeled "Rough draft of a page in 'Robert Burns as poet and person' in November Boughs (p. 61)." Twenty other leaves of the book are left blank.

Series 3. Programs, offprints, and newspaper clippings collected by Asselineau. Contains manuscripts with commentary and suggestions (1856-2000), programs, announcements and catalogs (1963-2000), and clippings collected (1962-1992) regarding the life of Walt Whitman, his writings, collections, and offprints.

Series 4. Monographs collected by Asselineau, contains over 900 monographs, cataloged separately in the Library of Congress classification and housed in the repository stacks as part of the Lit/Whitman collection. These monographs include first editions of Walt Whitman's works, particularly Leaves of Grass, many translations of the poem into an incredible variety of languages, biographies and other scholarly works. The breadth of Asselineau's scholarly activity and acquaintance is well represented by the amount of correspondence and other memorabilia which was found inserted into these volumes.


 

Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1. Correspondence.
Series 2. Manuscript book, undated.
Series 3. Programs, offprints, and clippings.
Series 4. Monographs collected by Asselineau.

Restrictions

Access

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Names
Allen, Gay Wilson, 1903- --Correspondence.
Asselineau, Roger--Correspondence.
Loving, Jerome, 1941- -- Correspondence.
Strassburg, Robert--Correspondence.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Criticism and interpretation.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Translations.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Musical settings.
Organizations
Walt Whitman Circle.
Subjects
American poetry--19th century
Biographers.
Titles
L'évolution de Walt Whitman aprés la premiére édition des Feuilles d'herbe.
The evolution of Walt Whitman.
Leaves of grass.
Walt Whitman quarterly review.

Separated Material

Items separated include over 900 monographs by or about the 19th century American poet, Walt Whitman, collected by Roger Asselineau. All of these monographs are cataloged separately using Library of Congress classification, and housed in the repository stacks as part of the Lit/Whitman collection. These items may be retrieved by conducting a search in the Texas A & M University Library's online public access catalog under: "Roger Asselineau Whitman Collection". This monograph collection is rich in first editions of Whitman's long-evolving poetic work, titled Leaves of Grass, translations of Whitman's prose and poetry published in many languages, as well as biographies and other scholarly works.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

Processed by Aletha Andrew in September 2003


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1. Correspondence, 1896-2001

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1/1 Adams, R.P., 7 Jan. 1956
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1/2 Albright, Alan, 19 Jan. 1995 and undated
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1/3 Allen, Gay Wilson, [1946?]-19 Nov. 2001 and undated
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1/4 Alves, Teresa F.A. and Teresa Cid, 20-23 June 2000
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1/5 Asselineau, Roger (Evolution of Walt Whitman), 18 April 1961-26 May 2001 and undated
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1/6 Athenot, Eric, 13 Mar. 2002 and undated
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1/7 Banerlein, Mark, [1991?]
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1/8 Bayley, John, 26 May 1984 and undated
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1/9 Bellot, Marc (Whitman Conference), 19 Dec. 1993 and undated
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1/10 Benito Cardenal, Luis C., 3-18 Feb. 1977 and undated
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1/11 Black, Stephen A., 3 May 1976 and undated
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1/12 Blodgett, Harold W., 10 Nov. 1953-9 Jan. 1976 and undated
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1/13 Bluestein, Gene, 28 Feb. 1973-7 July 1980
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1/14 Bode, Carl, [1959]-20 Mar. 1961
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1/15 Boor, Jan, 15 Mar. 1969-25 May 1976 and undated
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1/16 Borges, Jorge-Luis, [1969-1978?]
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1/17 Bosquet, Alain, 2001 and undated
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1/18 Briggo, Arthur E., [1952?] and undated
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1/19 Byers, Thomas, [1989]
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1/20 Callow, Philip, [1990s]
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1/21 Camboni, Maria, 21 Nov. 1994-13 Aug. 1995 and undated
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1/22 Chandler Press (Chandler Facsimile Series in American Literature), 6 Aug. 1968-1 Oct. 1971
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1/23 Chari, V. K., 24 Dec. 1973-14 May 1974 and undated
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1/24 Chukouskii, Kornei, 4 May 1975 and undated
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1/25 Copans, Simon, 1968-3 May 1979
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1/26 Coustillas, Pierre, 26 June 1991
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1/27 Corona, Mario, 18 Oct. 1994-31 Oct. 1996 and undated
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1/28 De Vrieo, Peter, 9 May 1976
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1/29 Erkkila, Betsy, 6 Nov. 1980-8 July 1986 and undated
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1/30 Etudes Anglaises, 1992-26 Jan. 1993 and undated
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1/31 Evans, James and Elizabeth Evans (By The Way Books), 23 Oct.-17 Nov. 1929
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1/32 Feinberg, Charles E., 2 May-16 July 1961 and undated
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1/33 Freeth, Mariolina Meliado, 15 March 1963
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1/34 Folsom, Ed., 20 Jan. 1994-[1998] and undated
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1/35 Fone, Byrne R. S., [1992] and undated
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1/36 Freedman, Florence Bernstein, [1985]-10 May 1988 and undated
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1/37 Frenz, Horst, 1951 and undated
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2/1 Giantvalley, Scott, 11 Jan. 1982-27 Aug. 1983 and undated
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2/2 Gilkey, Robert, [1962?]
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2/3 Giorcelli, Cristina (Letterature D'America), 20 March 1988 and undated
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2/4 Golden, Arthur, 1961-27 Feb. 1974 and undated
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2/5 Greenspan, Egra, 23 Apr. 1992 and undated
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2/6 Grier, Edward F., [1956?]-17 May 2000 and undated
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2/7 Grippin, Charles S., 11 July 1973-[1976?]
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2/8 Grunzweig, Walter, 28 May 1995 and undated
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2/9 Guillen, Jorge, 1993-12 Jan. 1996
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2/10 Hindus, Milton, 3 July-20 Aug. 1984 and undated
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2/11 Hollander, John, 2 Nov. 1993 and undated
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2/12 Hollis, Carroll, 16 Mar. 1960 and undated
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2/13 Ishill, Joseph (Oriole Press), 31 Aug. 1958-26 Sept. 1961
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2/14 James, William, 15 Feb. 1979
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2/15 Jeffares, A. Norman, 30 May 1967 and undated
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2/15a Kneller, John and Sherry., 1981-2000.
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2/16 Koltemenyek, Osszes, 1 March 1977 and undated
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2/17 Kummings, Donald D., 3 Nov. 1986-23 Sept. 1999
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2/18 Larson, Kerry C., [1988?]
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2/19 Leon, Philip W., 2 Feb. 1996 and undated
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2/20 Lorca, Federico Garcia, [1930s?]
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2/21 Loving, Jerome, 8 Sept. 1976-28 Jan. 2001
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2/22 Lowenfels, Walter, 13-29 Dec. 1970 and undated
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2/23 Lynch, Michael, 14 March 1986
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3/1 Martin, Robert K. 16 Oct. 1992 and undated
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3/2 Matkovic, Marijan 1992
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3/3 Matthiessen, F.O. [1941?]-5 Dec. 1980
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3/4 Mendelson, Moris [1954?]
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3/5 Metzgen, Charles R. [1961]-4 July 1962
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3/6 Mickle Street Review 3 Dec. 1987 and undated
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3/7 Miller, Edwin Haviland [1961]-23 Aug. 1977 and undated
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3/8 Miller, James E. Jr. 25 Aug. 1986-22 Aug. 1995
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3/9 Moore, Bill 8 Dec. 1984 and undated
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3/10 Myerson, Joel [1990's]
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3/11 Olivia, Jesus Sierra 1965-1996 and undated
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3/12 Padgett, Ron [1992?] and undated
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3/13 Papers on Language and Literature, Suppl. to Summer 1969
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3/14 Peltola, Nilo 18 Jan. 1978
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3/15 Pound, Louise [ 1949]-29 June 1958
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3/16 Price, Kenneth M. [30 May 1984]-8 Aug. 1990
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3/17 Reynolds, David S. 2 Jan. 1994-2 Sept. 1998
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4/1 Salska, Agnieszka [1985]
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4/2 Sarrailh, Michele [1988]-17 Oct. 1989
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4/3 Schmidgall, Gary [1997?]
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4/4 Sill, Geoffrey 8 Oct. 1992
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4/5 Smuts, Jan Christian 9 Nov. 1973 and undated
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4/6 Snodgrass, W.D. 1996
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4/7 Strassburg, Robert 24 Aug. 1987-29 Sept. 1998
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4/8 Strassburg, Robert 16 Oct. 1998-16 May 2002
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4/9 Svensson, K.A. 7-24 Nov. 1964
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4/10 Szuba, Andrezej 26 Feb.-18 May 1995
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4/11 Translations (Misc.) on Walt Whitman's Works [1955]-23 Nov. 1991 and undated
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4/12 Traubel, Horace 1896-20 Sept. 1996 and undated
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4/13 Vondrasek, Bets ("West Hills Review") 18 Jan. 1980 and undated
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4/14 Waggoner, Hyatt H. 12 Mar. 1968 and undated
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4/15 Walt Whitman on Charles Dickens 11 Aug. 1842-6 Dec. 1974 and undated
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4/16 "Walt Whitman Quarterly Review" Fall 2001
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4/17 Waskow, Howard J. [1966?]
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4/18 White, William 10 Aug. 1972-[1980?] and undated
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5/1 Whitman, Walt (Collected Writings of WW. the Journalism. vol.1:1834-1846) 21 Jan. 1997 and undated
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5/2 Whitman, Walt (Leaves of Grass) [1856-1992]
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5/3 Wolfson, Leandro 1 Sept. 1976-28 Feb. 1996 and undated
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5/4 Woodress, James 1 Sept. 1980-[1983?] and undated
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5/5 Zardoya, Concha [1946?-1967?]
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5/6 Zweig, Paul 2 Sept. 1984 and undated
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5/7 Correspondence, Misc. undated



 

Series 2. Manuscript book, undated.

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5/8 Manuscript book undated



 

Series 3. Programs, offprints, and clippings 1856-2000

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5/9 Programs, Announcements, and Catalogs 1963-2000
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5/10 Manuscripts and Commentary 1856-2000
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5/11 Clippings 1962-1992



 

Series 4. Monographs collected by Asselineau. ITEM SEPARATED held in Lit/Whitman collection.