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Abstract

The papers of a distinguished American literary figure. Reznikoff was a prolific writer of poetry, prose, essays, and chronicler of Judaism and the American Jewish experience. He worked both as an editor and contributing author on The Menorah Journal and Family Chronicle, and was in close association with such noted writers as Ezra Pound, George Oppen, and William Carlos Williams. The correspondence, which provides documentation of the literary community of 40s, 50s, and 60s America, as well as providing insights into Reznikoff's personal life, includes letters from Robert Creeley, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, John Perlman, Willilam Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included are the various exchanges between Reznikoff and his numerous publishers. The bulk of the collection consists of Reznikoff's writings, ranging from original source materials up to finished typescripts, and includes thousands of pages of revisions. Most of the materials in the collection date from the 1940's to the early 1970's. The 1989 addition to the Reznikoff papers consists primarily of letters written by Reznikoff to his wife Marie Syrkin between 1928 and 1939. Also included are Reznikoff's letter of will to his wife dated 1961; letters of condolence to Marie following the poet's death in 1976; and several miscellaneous correspondences. In addition, Reznikoff's personal copies (with annotations) of eight of his published works have been included. The 1991 addition to the Reznikoff papers contains personal letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin written in 1930 before their marriage; financial records which detail Reznikoff's activities between 1947 and 1976; and miscellaneous memorabilia.

Biography

Charles Reznikoff's long and productive life began 31 August 1894 in Brooklyn, New York. His parents, Nathan Reznikoff and Sarah Yetta Wolvovsky Reznikoff, were Russian Jews who had recently immigrated to the United States. Reznikoff's family moved throughout the city, and the anti Semitism which Charles often encountered had a lasting effect on his work. When he was twelve Reznikoff's family moved to a section of Brooklyn that was isolated from the Jewish community; Reznikoff once described it as a place where "the hatred for Israel smoldered." He later wrote that he would have to rush home from high school in order to avoid the taunts of children leaving their grade school.

Despite his self consciousness and feelings of insecurity, Reznikoff was an excellent student. He finished grammar school three years ahead of the rest of his class and graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn in 1909 at the age of fifteen. By the time he was sixteen Reznikoff was already certain that he wanted to become a writer. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but soon found that journalists' priorities were different than his -- they were more interested in news than in writing, while it was the writing itself that Reznikoff cared about.

Reznikoff left the University of Missouri after one year and returned to New York. He first worked at his parents' hat manufacturing business. Ten in 1912 he entered New York University's Law School. In 1915 he graduated second in his class, and the next year at the age of twenty two was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. Although his training as a lawyer proved to be a long lasting influence on his poetry, Reznikoff actually practiced for a very brief period. He once said "I wanted to use whatever mental energy I had for my writing."

Reznikoff's first book of poetry, Rhythms, was published in 1918. It was a small volume that he printed on a press he had installed in the basement of his parents' home. After 1918 he held a number of jobs in order to support himself, but from this time on found ways to devote the majority of his time to writing. In 1919 he privately printed Rhythms II; then in 1920 Samuel Roth published Poems the first of his works to be published commercially. During the 1920's Reznikoff's reputation slowly grew, and he was able to publish some of his work in magazines; he also wrote four plays during that decade.

In 1930 Reznikoff married Marie Syrkin, who later became a distinguished professor at Brandeis University. Although his work still failed to make a commercial impact, Reznikoff continued to gain attention in the 1930's. Along with Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, and Carl Rakosi, he became known as one of the principal proponents of the Objectivist group of poets. The poets formed the Objectivist Press, with whom Reznikoff published three of his works.

During the late thirties Reznikoff worked as a screen writer in Hollywood. When he returned from the West Coast he again took up his life of free lance writing. Marie Reznikoff has written that she and Charles grew estranged during the forties; when she was hired by the English department at Brandeis University, her husband stayed in Manhattan, and the Reznikoffs usually spent only holidays and weekends together. Charles supported himself by working on a number of projects, many of which dealt with the place of the Jewish community in America.

Reznikoff did not publish any poetry from 1941 through 1959, when Inscriptions: 1944 1956 appeared. Three years later, New Directions published By the Waters of Manhattan: Selected Verse, and in 1965 New Directions published Testimony, which, along with Holocaust, has been called one of Reznikoff's two major works. Marie Syrkin retired in 1966, and the Reznikoffs moved into a luxurious Manhattan apartment. Reznikoff continued to write through these years; the final work to be published during his lifetime was Holocaust. He died on 22 January 1976 after suffering a heart attack the previous day.

Selected Bibliography:

Rhythms (1918), Poems (1920), Uriel Acosta: A Play and a Fourth Group of Verse (1921), Chatterton, the Black Death, and Meriwether Lewis: Three Plays (1922), Coral, and Captive Israel: Two Plays (1923), Nine Plays, Five Groups of Verse (1927), By the Waters of Manhattan (1930), Jerusalem the Golden, Testimony, In Memoriam: 1933 (1934), Early History of a Sewing Machine Operator, Separate Way (1936), Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down (1941), The Lionhearted (1944), The Jews of Charleston (1950), Inscriptions: 1944-1956 (1959), By the Waters of Manhattan: Selected Verse (1962), Family Chronicle (1963), Testimony: The United States 1885-1890: Recitative (1965), Testimony: The Unites States (1891-1900): Recitative (1968), By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees (1969), By the Well of Living and Seeing: New & Selected Poems, 1918-1973 (1974), Holocaust (1975), Poems 1918-1936: Volume I of the Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff (1976), Poems 1937-1975: Volume II of the Complete Poems of Charles Reznikoff, The Manner "Music" (1977).

Scope and Content of Collection

Accession Processed in 1977

The Reznikoff collection is arranged in six series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) REVIEWS, 4) PERSONAL ARTIFACTS, 5) MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS, and 6) WORKS BY AND ABOUT REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series fills five archives boxes and includes letters from such celebrated literary figures as Robert Creeley, David Ignatow, Denise Levertov, George Oppen, John Perlman, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Also included are the various exchanges between Reznikoff and his numerous publishers. These are revealing of the untiring energy with which Reznikoff pursued the publication of his works -- in both Europe and America -- and include a surprising amount of rejection letters! The correspondence section is in alphabetical order, with each particular correspondent assigned one file.

SERIES 2: WRITINGS

The WRITINGS series is broken into eight subsets: "books," "the idea file," "lectures and readings," " Menorah Journal materials," "miscellaneous notes," "notes on composition theory," "poetry," and "miscellaneous writings. The "books" section includes original drafts, typescripts, manuscripts, carbons, hand-written notes, paste-ups, and reviews; organized according to the title of each book, with the books listed alphabetically. The "books" subset comprises 12 archive boxes, more than half the entire Reznikoff collection. The "idea file" subset was organized by Reznikoff. It is a collection of short sketches, observations, verse fragments, and "situations"; organized alphabetically, with an index. The "lectures and readings" subset consists of drafts of public readings of both prose and verse. The " Menorah Journal materials" subset consists of eight short stories written for MJ, as well as an article on MJ written by Reznikoff for Midstream. The "miscellaneous notes" subset is made up of character sketches and other random notes concerning possible subjects for later works. The "notes on composition theory" subset contains notes on some aspects of writing dialogue, the use of rhythm, and the problem of writing history. The "poetry" subset includes finished works, with some corrections, from 1973 - 1975. The "miscellaneous writings" subset includes random unfinished notes for prose and verse from as early as the 1930s. Included in the "Miscellaneous Writings" section are materials concerning Julius Rosenmann, an old man Reznikoff met while walking in New York. Rosenmann provided Reznikoff with much material for writing, along with a $10,000 legacy.

SERIES 3: REVIEWS

The REVIEWS series contains only those reviews not previously listed under their respective titles in the Writings series. Thus all reviews pertaining to Holocaust are listed under Holocaust in the Writings section.

SERIES 4: PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

The PERSONAL ARTIFACTS series contains mailing lists, address books, Reznikoff's law school notes, photos, and other personal ephemera.

SERIES 5: MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS

MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS includes writings by Nathan and Sarah Reznikoff, both of whose memoirs were used by Charles as the basis of later writings. The original manuscript of Sarah Reznikoff's autobiography is in an extremely fragile condition, and photocopies on acid-free paper have been made for preservation purposes.

SERIES 6: MATERIALS RELATING TO RESNIKOFF'S FRIENDS

MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS include materials by George Oppen and Marie Syrkin (Reznikoff's wife), as well as reviews of other poets' works.

The Charles Reznikoff papers provide a fascinating look into the life and writings of an important American author. Perhaps the most useful aspect of the collection is its opening-up for review the very processes by which Reznikoff wrote and re-wrote, for we can here follow his thoughts from early notes and rough drafts up through his multiple revisions. The insights provided by the materials, coupled with the wealth of biographical information contained in the collection, offer the reader a rich source of information on the personal life and aesthetic praxes of this remarkable author.

Accession Processed in 1990

The accession to the papers of Charles Reznikoff processed in 1990 is comprised of two archives boxes and contains two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) AUTHOR'S COLLECTION.

In the CORRESPONDENCE series, there are two folders of letters written by the poet to his wife between 1928 and 1939; an informal letter of will dated 1961; several letters written to Marie following Reznikoff's death in 1969; and a few miscellaneous correspondences.

The AUTHOR'S COLLECTION series includes the author's annotated copies of the following published works: Five Groups of Verse (1927); Going To And Fro And Walking Up And Down (1941); By The Waters of Manhattan (1962); Testimony: The United States (1885-1890) (1965); "JOB" in Chelsea 24/25 (October, 1968); Testimony: The United States(1891-1900) (1968); By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees (1969); and By the Well of Living and Seeing: New and Selected Poems (1974). These items were acquired along with the original collection of Reznikoff's papers, but they were previously shelved in the Archive for New Poetry's "Author Collection."

Accession Processed in 1991

The accession to the Charles Reznikoff Papers processed in 1991 contains a significant collection of letters from Charles to his future wife, Marie Syrkin; financial records; and memorabilia. The materials are organized into four series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS; 3) FINANCIAL RECORDS; and 4) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The most important element in the CORRESPONDENCE series is the strikingly personal collection of love letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin, written before their marriage in 1930. The letters are undated.

SERIES 2: CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS

The CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS series contains various personal documents including Reznikoff's high school diploma and his law degree.

SERIES 3: FINANCIAL RECORDS

In the FINANCIAL RECORDS series, a record of Reznikoff's activities between 1947 and 1976 can be traced through entries in income and expense journals and notebooks. Reznikoff meticulously noted all his expenses including income derived from poetry readings.

SERIES 4: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Finally, the MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS contain a photograph of Reznikoff, two poems by the poet, and Al Lewin memorabilia.

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CORRESPONDENCE

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1 1 Academy of American Poets. 7 ALs, 22 TLs, 4 D; 8 Rc.
1 2 American Jewish History Center. 10 TLs, 8 D; 8 Rc.
1 3 American Poetry Review. 1 TLs; 2 Rc.
1 4 Anonymous. 8 ALs; 2 Rc.
1 5 Auster, Paul. 2 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc.
1 6 Axelrod, Susan. 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 4 Rc.
1 7 A (misc.) 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 4 Rc.
1 8 Barnes, Djuna. 1 TLs, 1 D.
Berg, Stephen.
See Box 18, Folder 3.
1 9 Berkson, Bill. 3 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
1 10 Buck, Fred ( Bezoar Magazine). 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
1 11 Business. 1 AL, 4 TLs; 7 Rc.
1 12 Business (cont.) 33 D.
1 13 B (misc.) 4 ALs, 1 TLs; 5 Rc.
1 14 Caplan, Ron. 3 TLs, 1 D; 1 Rc.
1 15 Carruth, Hayden. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 1 D; 6 Rc.
1 16 Chapman, Abraham. 3 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc.
1 17 Clark, Tom. 1 Rc.
1 18 Commentary Magazine. 1 ALs, 8 TLs; 3 Rc.
1 19 Cook, Albert. 5 TLs; 4 Rc.
1 20 Cooney, Seamus. 4 ALs, 14 TLs, 4 D; 14 Rc.
1 21 Corman, Cid. 4 TLs, 2 PP; 1 Rc; see also 19.1/2/3.
Creeley, Robert.
See Box 19, Folders 1-3.
1 22 Crozier, Andrew. 4 ALs, 8 TLs, 4 D; 15 Rc.
1 23 Cuddihy, Michael. 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
1 24 C (misc.) 6 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 Rc.
1 25-27 Degnan, June Oppen. 13 ALs, 3 TL, 50 TLs, 32 D, 1 AR, 36 Rc.
1 28 Deemer, Bill. 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 MS; 1 Rc.
2 1 Dembo, L.S. 3 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 2 D (misc.) 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 3 Enslin, Theodore. 2 TLs; 1 Rc.
2 4 Enters, Angna. 1 TLs, 3 D; 1 Rc.
Erlich, J. W.
See Academy of American Poets.
2 5 Evanier, David. 8 TLs, 1 D; 7 Rc.
2 6 E (misc.) 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 7 Fagin, Larry. 1 ALs.
2 8 Falk, Marcia. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc.
2 9 Faucherau, Serge. 3 ALs, 1 TL; 3 Rc.
2 10 Finley, Ian Hamilton. 1 ALs; 2 Rc.
2 11 F (misc.) 2 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 12 Gitin, David and Marcia. 2 ALs.
2 13 Gotham Book Mart. 12 TLs, 13 D; 3 Rc.
2 14 Guedalla, Roger. 5 TLs; 4 Rc.
2 15 G (misc.) 7 ALs, 5 TLs; 9 Rc.
2 16 Halper, Albers and Lorna. 4 ALs, 2 TLs; 1 Rc.
2 17 Halpern, Daniel. 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 18 Harper's Magazine. 4 TLs; 7 Rc.
Correspondence concerning Joseph Auslander's plagiarism of CR's "Rashi."
2 19 Hays, H. R. 1 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 20 Heilman, Robert. 5 TLs, 3 Rc.
2 21 Hindus, Milton. 11 TLs; 2 MS; 7 Rc.
Correspondence includes unpublished articles by CR on Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky.
2 22 Hoffman, Stanton. 5 TLs; 2 E; 3 Rc.
2 23 Hoberger, Eric. 2 TLs, 2 Rc.
2 24 H (misc.) 5 ALs, 16 TLs; 1 MS; 8 Rc.
2 25 Ignatow, David. 1 ALs, 6 TLs; 1 MS; 1 AR, 3 Rc.
2 26 Ishilf, Joseph. 1 ALs.
2 27 I (misc.) 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
2 28 Jewish Frontier. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc.
2 29 Jewish Magazines. 2 ALs, 7 TLs, 1 D; 6 Rc.
2 30 Jewish Organizations. 2 ALs, 56 TLs, 11 D; 25 Rc.
2 31 J (misc.) 1 ALs, 3 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 32 Katz, Steve. 1 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc.
2 33 Kesslar, Milton. 2 ALs, 1 TLs; 3 Rc.
2 34 Kherdian, David. 1 ALs, 1 TLs; 3 Rc.
2 35 Kosakoff, Reuven. 2 ALs.
2 36 K (misc.) 1 ALs, 13 TLs; 2 Rc.
2 37 Laughlin, James. 3 ALs, 6 TLs, 2 D; 5 Rc.
2 38 Levendosky, Charles. 2 TLs; 1 Rc.
3 1 Levertov, Denise. 2 ALs.
3 2 Libraries. 99 D.
3 3 Lopate, Phillip. 2 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc.
3 4 Lowenfels, Walter. 3 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc.
3 5 Luce, Gay. 1 TLs.
3 6 L (misc.) 5 ALs, 10 TLs, 3 D; 10 Rc.
3 7 Magazines (misc.) 5 ALs, 10 TLs, 3 D; 10 Rc.
3 8 Malanga, Gerard. 5 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc.
3 9 Marshall, James. 6 TLs; 4 Rc.
3 10 Martin, John (Black Sparrow Press). 33 TLs, 11 D.
3 11 Martin, John. 1 AR, 25 Rc.
3 12 Meltzer, David. 4 TLs; 3 Rc.
3 13 Menorah Journal by Marie Syrkin. 6 TLsc; 16 Rc; 1 ALs.
3 14 Midstream. 7 TLs, 1 D; 1 MS; 3 Rc.
3 15 Montgomery, Stuart and Deirdere (Fulcrum Press). 7 TLs, 5 D; 1 AR, 6 Rc.
3 16 Museum of Modern Art (Lita Hornick). 2 TLs, 1 D.
3 17 M (misc.) 1 ALs, 7 TLs; 7 Rc.
3 18 National Institute of Arts and Letters. 5 TLs, 3 D, 3 Rc.
3 19 National Poetry Festival, Allendale, Mich. 1 ALs, 7 TLs, 4 D; 7 Rc.
3 20-21 New Directions. 2 ALs, 26 TLs, 34 D; 1 AR, 16 Rc.
3 22 New York University Law School. 2 TLs.
4 1 Niedecker, Lorine. 2 TLs; 2 MS.
4 2 N (misc.) 3 ALs, 6 TLs, 2 D; 5 Rc.
4 3 Objectivist Press. 1 D.
4 4 Oppen, George and Mary. 7 ALs, 3 TL, 10 TLs, 4 D; 4 Rc.
4 5 O (misc.) 2 ALs, 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
4 6 Padgett, Ron. 5 ALs, 5 TLs, 3 D; 5 Rc.
4 7 Perlman, John. 2 TLs; 1 MS; 1 Rc.
4 8 Pickard, Tom. 1 ALs.
4 9 Poetry Conference, Readings. 1 ALs, 1 TL, 9 TLs, 4 D; 3 Rc.
4 10 Publishers. 3 ALs, 1 TL, 35 TLs.
4 11 Publishers (cont.) 9 D; 24 Rc.
4 12 P (misc.) 2 ALs, 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
4 13 Rokosi, Carl. 2 ALs, 3 TLs; 1 Rc.
4 14 Reznikoff, Charles (family papers). 2 D.
4 15-16 Reznikoff, Charles. 5 ALs, 15 TLs, 5 MS.
Letters of condolence and tributes sent to Marie Syrkin on CR's death.
4 17 Riley, Peter. 2 TLs; 2 Rc.
4 18 Rosenblum, Martin J. 4 TLs; 1 Rc.
4 19 Rosenmann, Julius.
4 20 Ross, James. 1 TLs.
4 21 Rudolf, Anthony. 1 ALs, 3 TLs, 3 D; 2 Rc.
4 22 R (misc.) 7 ALs, 15 TLs, 4 D; 9 Rc.
4 23 Samperi, Frank. 2 ALs; 1 Rc.
4 24 San Francisco State Poetry Center. 4 TLs, 3 D; 7 Rc.
4 25 Savitt, Lynne. 1 ALs; 1 Rc.
4 26 Schneider, Duane. 5 TLs, 8 D; 4 Rc.
4 27 Seed, John. 6 ALs, 1 TLs, 2 D; 12 MS; 5 Rc.
4 28 Shapiro, Harvey. 1 TLs; 2 Rc.
4 29 Snow, C.P. 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
See also 19.1/2/3.
4 30 Spann, Marcella. 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
4 31 Syrkin, Marie. 11 ALs, 5 D; 2 Rc.
4 32 S (misc.) 9 ALs, 13 TLs, 1 TL; 10 Rc.
5 1 Tarn, Nathaniel. 1 ALs.
5 2 Tobias, Thoma. 1 ALs, 5 TLs; 3 Rc.
5 3 Tucker, Harvey. 1 TLs, 1 Rc.
5 4 T (misc.) 3 TLs, 1 D; 1 Rc.
5 5 U (misc.) 1 TL, 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
5 6 V (misc.) 1 TLs.
5 7 Waldman, Anne. 2 TLs, 1 D; 2 Rc.
Warshow, Robert.
See Box 18, Folder 18.
5 8 WBAI Radio. 1 ALs, 5 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc.
5 9 Weil, James. 5 TLs, 1 D; 5 Rc.
5 10 Weinberger, Eliot. 1 ALs, 5 TLs, 1 D; 4 Rc.
5 11 Williams, Gil. 4 TLs, 4 D; 1 Rc.
5 12 Williams, Jonathan. 1 TL, 1 TLs; 1 Rc.
5 13 Williams, William Carlos. 1 ALs, 1 TLs, 1 D.
5 14 W (misc.) 3 ALs, 8 TLs, 2 D; 1 AR, 7 Rc.
5 15 YMHA. 6 TLs, 2 D; 2 Rc.
5 16 Y (misc.) 1 ALs.
5 17 Zukofsky, Louis and Celia. 3 ALs, 3 D; 1 Rc.
5 18 Zychlinska, Rajzel. 6 ALs, 3 D; 7 MS.
5 19 Z (misc.) 2 TLs, 1 D.

WRITINGS

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By the Waters of Manhattan.
5 20-22 Corrected proofs - Includes New Directions Volume.
6 1 Script for dramatic reading. Performed by the Sharon Temple Players, Temple Israel; Sharon, Mass.
Reviews.
6 2 General.
6 3 1962 - 1963.
6 4 Ca. late 1960s & early 1970s.
By the Well of Living and Seeing.
6 5 Ts of early draft, with corrections. Sections titled: A) "Notes for an Autobiography", B) "Notes for a Commonplace Book", C) " Family Chronicle: Notes for an Autobiography".
6 6-8 Corrected 1968 TS.
6 9-11 Carbon TS with extensive revisions.
6 12 TS and paste-ups with corrections. Note from C.R. to publisher entitled "Printing Guide," concerning type, spacing, paper, etc.
6 13 TS of selected verse with heavy corrections.
7 1 Page paste-ups, version with corrections, 1972 - 1972.
7 2 Omitted materials - Omitted from 1969 and 1974 versions.
7 3 "Notes for an Autobiography" - Prose TS with corrections of material that later appeared in BTWoLAS. Also find paste-ups with corrections of "From a Notebook," material that appeared in BTWoLAS and was published separately in Midstream, Winter 1968.
7 4 Reviews.
Holocaust.
7 5 Early draft with corrections.
7 6 Early drafts - Incomplete TS, complete TS marked "second draft" with corrections.
7 7 TS marked "third revision" - Also carbon with corrections and paste-ups.
7 8 TS marked "third revision" and arranged as script for dramatic reading.
7 9 TS marked "fourth revision" - Also carbon of letter sent to John Martin of Black Sparrow Press concerning proofs.
8 1-2 Xeroxed transcripts of Nazi War Trials, the basis for Holocaust.
8 3 Notes and news clippings with an "Introductory Note" by C.R. Also Night Words; a Midrash on the Holocaust by David Ruskies.
8 4 Miscellaneous TS and MS notes. Includes preface to a reading of Holocaust.
8 5 Verse fragments (carbon) and handwritten notes on chapter organization.
8 6 Reviews.
Jews of Babylonia.
8 7 Early drafts, 1969 - 1969.
8 8 Completed Portuguese translation by Maximo Siminovich, published in Mundo Israelita, Buenos Aires.
Manner Music.
8 9-10 Early drafts.
8 11 Reviews.
9 1-2 Nine Plays - "Uriel Acosta," paste-ups with corrections, 1961.
Persons and Places.
9 3 TS with corrections, 1974 - 1974.
9 4 Carbon TS with corrections, 1974 - 1974.
9 5-7 Rejoice Young Man - Original typescript.
Testimony: The United States, 1885-1915.
Testimony: The United States, 1885-1890.
10 1 TS with preface and corrections.
10 2 Unmarked carbon of final TS.
10 3 Final printing version, corrections.
10 4 Proof sheets, with corrections.
10 5 Carbon of title page with notes on page and separate note on "the right of privacy".
10 6 Outline of sections and lists of characters.
10 7 Reviews from 60s and early 70s.
Testimony: The United States, 1891-1895.
10 8-9 First TS with corrections.
11 1-2 Carbon of first TS, corrections.
11 3 Carbon - Marked "as submitted to New Directions and afterwards revised".
11 4 Carbon of TS, sent to New Directions, with corrections.
Early TS draft, with source materials.
11 5 "South" section.
11 6-7 "West" section.
12 1-2 "North" section.
12 3 Revision of "South" section.
Testimony: The United States, 1896-1900.
12 4 First draft - Handwritten outline, with xerox of original source materials.
12 5 Cover, with markings.
12 6-11 Original MS. 1891-1895 and 1896-1900 were originally conceived as separate books, this is the first attempt at merger, with corrections.
13 1-6 Carbon TS.
13 7 Final copy for private printing.
Testimony: The United States, 1901-1905.
13 8-11 Source materials from law journals, with notes.
14 1-2 TS with numerous corrections.
14 3-8 Carbon of original TS. First assimilation of materials from 1901-1905 and 1906-1910.
Testimony: The United States, 1901-1910.
14 9-14 Original MS with corrections, with some carbon and TS pages.
15 1-7 Carbon of original sent to England for Ferry Press edition (1968) with paste-ups and corrections, pages 1-236.
16 1-3 Carbon of original sent to England for Ferry Press edition (1968) with paste-ups and corrections, pages 238-308.
16 4-16 Carbons and discards, items with corrections.
Testimony: The United States, 1911-1915.
17 1 Source materials from law journals.
17 2 TS with corrections and additional law journal notes.
17 3 Early drafts and source materials.
17 4 Copy sent to Stephen Berg of American Poetry Review, letter enclosed.

Idea File

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17 5 Idea File - index.
17 6 Idea File - a.
17 7 Idea File - b.
17 8 Idea File - c.
17 9 Idea File - f.
17 10 Idea File - j.
17 11 Idea File - k.
17 12 Idea File - m.
17 13 Idea File - p.
17 14 Idea File - r.
17 15 Idea File - s.
17 16 Idea File - t.
17 17 Idea File - w.

Lectures and Readings

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American Jewish Historical Society.
18 1 Introduction to lecture titled "The Jews in American and English Poetry", 1965 - 1965.
18 2-5 Xeroxes and paste-ups of poems organized with notes as materials for lecture series.
18 6 "Introductions," file compiled by C.R. including introductions for readings.
18 7 Sparrow Lecture Series - TS of lecture given as part of series and carbon copy of speech for series.

The Menorah Journal materials

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18 8-9 Short stories by C.R. for MJ, including: "Aprocrypha," offprint; "In the Country," offprint; "Meetings and Partings, Friends and Strangers," offprint; Murder will Out," TS; "Nudnik," offprint; "Passage after Arms," offprint; "The Snow on the Garage," TS; untitled story on David Franks, TS.
18 10 Article by C.R. on The Menorah Journal for Midstream, and Reviews of The Menorah Journal.
18 11 "Epitaph for a Jewish Magazine: Notes on The Menorah Journal," from Commentary, 1965 - 1965.

Notes, Miscellaneous

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18 12 Notes for a Diary, 1959 - 1959.
18 13 Notes on "Projects to Finish".
18 14 Notes by C.R. concerning himself, his writings, thoughts, etc.
18 15 Notes and source materials for article on Mayer Sulzherger.
18 16 Notes for prose on Salvador, and Bennetto and Major Noah.
18 17 Notes concerning the Jews of Cleveland - Includes letters sent to Sidney Vincent, a Cleveland Jew.
18 18 Notes and TS of historical prose fragments - Prose fragments on a newpaper reporter for the New York Herald in mid 1850s.
18 19 Notes and prose fragments, 1946 - 1946.
18 20 Notes for article on Karl Shapiro.
Notes on Composition Theory.
19 1 Articles from The Nation (1961), with passages underlined with regards to the problem of "writing history," and untitiled poem on the difference between writing prose and verse.
19 2 "The Method of Revision," file titled by C.R. with originals and xeroxes of both notes and newspaper clippings; underlined , with notes in margins.
19 3 "The Objectivist Press," notes by C.R.
19 4 "The secret of effective narrative verse," and "as to method".
19 5 "Studies in the Rhythm of Dialogue".
19 6 Cut out page from book (title?) with excerpts by C.R. on "writing biography".
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Collection of Poetry from 1973-1975.
19 7-8 Items with corrections.
19 9 With extensive corrections , including "Incident in Mexico" and "The Good Old Days".
19 10 Curse, poem with corrections.
19 11 Good Old Days: Recitative, Historical episodes in verse. Edited and sent to Stephen Berg of American Poetry Review, May 1975.
19 12 Recitative, carbon.
19 13 Rhythms III: Walking in New York. Marked "sent to Malanga," for inclusion in Autumn 1975 issue of Transatlantic Review, no. 52.

Miscellaneous Writings

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19 14 Character sketches in prose.
Charleston Jews.
19 15 Proposal for novel based on life of Frances Marion.
Notes on Charleston Jews.
19 16 Notes and prose drafts for early history Charleston Jews, also find New York City Public Library receipts for newspapers from the 1830's, presumably check-out by C.R. as source materials.
19 17 Notes from McCrady, book of history of South Carolina, with notes and prose fragments by C.R. drawn from the text.
19 18 Note on ironical close to Charlestown; 1780.
Charlestown: A Historical Novel.
19 19 Typescript.
The Palmetto Fly.
19 20 Notes and TS of 2nd version of novel's opening.
19 21 TS with extensive correction.
19 22 Speech, typescript. Titled "The Life and times of Early American Jews, 1645-1800, in Charleston, South Carolina, and in the Beginning of the Congregation Beth Elohim".
19 23 Current Prose 1954. File titled by C.R. containing notes for a novel on David Franks and Aaron Lopez, theme of American Jewry.
Encyclopedia Judaica materials.
19 24 MS of article on Irving Kauffman.
19 25 Collected articles.
19 26 First There is Need - Xerox with corrections; essay published by Black Sparrow Press as Sparrow 52.
19 27 Four Themes for a Novel.
File titled by figure from Elizabethan history and murder of Pesach Rubenstein, for more on C.R.'s writings on Rubenstein, see Pesach Rubenstein Materials
19 28 Imaginative Prose, ca. 1955.
File titled by C.R. with: notes and outlines for stories, two poems, and TS for Diaspora; 1st Century B.C.E.
Julius Rosenmann materials.
19 29 In Memoriam: Julius (Judah) Rosenmann (d.1961).
19 30 Prose concerning Julius Rosemann from diary entry, 1951 - 1951.
20 1 Man of Honour - Thoughts on Louis Marshal.
20 2-3 Manuscript of a Novel Never Completed. A folder labeled by C.R., containing short prose from late 1930s early 1940s and verse fragments from the same period.
20 4 Pesach Rubenstein materials. Notes and rough draft (ca. 1947-50) on the Pesach Rubenstein murder case, including xerox of pamphlet "Thrilling Mysteries of the Pesach Rubenstein Murder" (1876).
20 5 Story of Old Woman - Based on conversations with Julius Rosenmann, ca. 1951.
20 6 Tales of Benjamin III - TS and notes.
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20 7 Black Sparrow Press editions of C.R.'s work.
20 8 Family Chronicle, 1968.
20 9 Five Groups of Verse, 1927.
20 10 Nine Plays, 1927.
20 11 Poems, 1920.
20 12 Reading in Cleveland, 1969.
20 13 Inscriptions: 1944 - 1956, in Newleader.

PERSONAL ARTIFACTS

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20 14 Address list.
20 15 Addresses, in composition book.
20 16 Addresses/mailing list for Family Chronicle.
20 17 Books to Read, list suggested by Kenneth Roxroth, and list compiled by C.R.
20 18 Brief biography of C.R.
20 19 Draft card and autographed copy of the U.S. Army's Infantry Drill Regulations.
20 20 Law school notes, 1912 - 1916.
20 21 Men of Achievement Award, 1973 - 1973.
20 22 Photos - George Oppen, Allen Ginsberg and others from the National Poetry Festival, Allendale, Michigan.
20 23 Xeroxes of biographical information on Reznikoff.
20 24 Things to do today - memo pad.

MATERIALS RELATING TO REZNIKOFF'S PARENTS

Nathan Reznikoff

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20 25 Letter to N.R., and prose by N.R.
Memoirs of Nathan Reznikoff.
20 26 Yiddish version.
20 27 Original version.
21 1 English translation - Formed basis of "Early History of a Sewing Machine Operator" (1936).

Sarah Reznikoff

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Autobiography.
21 2-3 Typescript & copies.
21 4-6 Manuscript.
21 7 Manuscript copy - Part I.
22 1-2 Manuscript copy - Part II-III.
22 3 Memoirs, the basis of "Early History of a Seamstress" -- MS. Bound composition book.

WRITINGS BY AND ABOUT REZNIKOFF'S FRIENDS

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22 4 Oppen, George, Discrete Series - TS of Oppen's first book.
Enclosed in boards and titled "1930's" on first page. "Zukofsky" is written on title page, with "George Oppen" written over it in C.R.'s handwriting. TS has numerous revisions and different arrangement than published version.
22 5 Syrkin, Marie, Gleanings - Review.
22 6 Reviews and newsclippings relating to other poets.

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CORRESPONDENCE

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23 1-2 Letters from Reznikoff to Marie Syrkin - Includes journal entries. AL, TL, typescript carbons, 1928 - 1961.
Letters to Marie Syrkin after Reznikoff's death.
23 3 From Black Sparrow Press, (TL), 1976.
23 4 Miscellaneous Correspondence, (TL).
23 5 Unidentified Correspondence, (TL), 1933 May 16.

AUTHOR'S COLLECTION

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23 6 Five Groups of Verse - Annotated copy (hard-bound book), 1927.
23 7 Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down - Annotated copy (hard-bound book), 1941.
24 1 By the Waters of Manhattan (soft-bound copy) - Copy has some missing sections and pages, 1962.
24 2 Testimony: The United States (1885-1890) (two paperback books) - Copy has missing pages, 1965.
24 3 JOB in Chelsea 24/25 - Annotated copy, 1968.
24 4 Testimony the United States (1891-1900) - Annotated copy (paperback book), 1968.
24 5 By the Well of Living and Seeing and The Fifth Book of the Maccabees - Annotated copies (3 paperback books), 1969.
24 6 By the Well of Living and Seeing: New and Selected Poems - Annotated copy with individual inserted notes (paperback book), 1974.

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CORRESPONDENCE

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25 1 Boni, Charles, 1930.
25 2-3 Syrkin, Marie, 1930.
25 4 Pool, David de Sola, 1953.

CERTIFICATES AND DIPLOMAS

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25 5 MC03705 Miscellaneous.

FINANCIAL RECORDS

Income and Expense Journals

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25 6 1947 - 1962.
25 7 1948 - 1962.
25 8 1965 - 1974.
25 9 1968 - 1975.

Expense Notebooks

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26 1 1975.
26 2 1976.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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26 3 Al Lewin memorabilia.
26 4 Photograph of Reznikoff.
26 5 Two poems by Reznikoff ("Sonnet I" and "Day by Day").


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