Guide to the Papers of Henry Roth (1906-1995),
undated, 1918-2000
P-702

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Roth, Henry, 1906-1995
Title: Papers of Henry Roth
Dates: undated, 1918-2000
Abstract: This collection contains personal papers of the writer Henry Roth. It is comprised of extensive correspondence, journals and notebooks of his writing, and published and unpublished manuscripts of his work. There are also papers concerning Roth's interests in Israel, Judaism, and Leftist politics, publications by and about him, and volumes of his works. In addition, the papers also include a postcard and art print collection, photographs, biographical material, and a list of monographs once housed in Roth’s personal library.
Languages: This collection is in English, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, and Yiddish.
Quantity: 41.95 linear feet
Accession number: P-702
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
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Biographical Note
photo of Henry and Muriel Roth

Henry Roth with Muriel, 1985

Henry Roth was born February 8, 1906 in Tyszmenicz, Galitzia (now the Ukraine). He immigrated with his mother Leah (Farb) to the United States in 1908; Roth’s father, Herman, had arrived in New York City in 1907 and had found work and a home for his family. The Roths lived for a short time in Brownsville before moving in 1910, with Henry's newly born sister Rose (later Broder), to the Lower East Side, then a predominantly Jewish neighborhood. For the next few years, before relocating to Harlem in 1914, young Henry soaked in the sights and sounds of an immigrant culture that would eventually be immortalized in his first novel, Call it Sleep. While still a child, Roth identified himself as a rebel by declaring his atheist beliefs at the age of fourteen. Later in his life he would embrace and discard the Communist Party, become involved in political events and causes, rediscover Judaism, and reveal family shames and secrets cloaked in fiction in the Mercy of a Rude Stream series. But in 1934, at the mere age of twenty-eight, Roth accomplished what some critics call his greatest achievement—he wrote a decidedly sensual novel describing the experiences of a newly arrived immigrant child—Call it Sleep.

In 1924, Roth graduated from De Witt Clinton High School and enrolled in the City College of New York with hopes of becoming a biology teacher. His journals reveal that he won a scholarship to Cornell but “lacked the enterprise to go.” 1 It was at City College that he first encountered literature professor and poet Eda Lou Walton, whom he met through a mutual friend. A professor at New York University and more than a decade older than Roth, Walton captivated the young man and soon the two were living together. She supported Roth both emotionally and financially while he completed his degree in 1928 and wrote Call it Sleep. She continued to do so for another decade until he met his future wife Muriel Parker, and ended his relationship with Walton; unfortunately the relationship ended on a sour note and tensions continued between the two until Walton's death.

Having joined the Communist Party after graduating college, Roth was disillusioned and disappointed when his comrades criticized his work for not being proletarian enough. Despite some favorable reviews of Call it Sleep, Roth continued to write, but virtually abandoned his aspirations to be an author. During the summer of 1938, he met Muriel, a composer, at Yaddo Artists’ Colony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. They married on October 7, 1939, and Henry began building a resume filled with odd jobs. In the 1940s, he became a precision metal grinder in both New York and New England. Next, he moved to Montville, Maine with his wife and their two sons, Jeremy and Hugh, and began working as an orderly in the Augusta State Hospital—a psychiatric institution—for the next four years. Later he established a waterfowl farming business and tutored Latin and math, lifelong passions, on the side. It was Muriel who supported the family through teaching in a nearby elementary school. Roth’s short stories, such as “Broker” and “Somebody Always Grabs the Purple,” continued to appear in prominent magazines such as The New Yorker. But in the 1940s, despite glowing remarks about his novel in progress, If We Had Bacon, whose opening chapters had been accepted by Scribner’s and printed in Signatures, Roth burned nearly all of his journals and manuscripts in a storm of discontent and discouragement. He proceeded to publish a few short stories in the coming years, but remained successful in dissuading himself of his own writing capabilities.

The1960s brought great change to Roth’s personal life. He grudgingly relinquished his self-imposed anonymity when Call it Sleep was rediscovered and hailed as “The Great American Novel” by literary critics. He also discarded his long-held Communist ideals and rediscovered his allegiance to Judaism during the Arab Israeli War. And while he had never ceased to write, he began to commit himself more seriously to the art when he accepted the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in 1968 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Henry and Muriel Roth moved into the Frieda Lawrence ranch in Taos, New Mexico and the sleeping author awakened. The Roths remained in New Mexico for the remainder of their lives, living in spartan, but comfortable conditions. Roth began to publish short stories and memoirs such as “Itinerant Ithican” and “Kaddish” more frequently. His manuscripts and journals from the 1970s and 1980s indicate the seedlings of the various volumes of Mercy of a Rude Stream and the as yet unpublished Maine Sampler.

The 1970s also saw Roth embracing Zionism and traveling to Israel. His topical files and journals indicate a growing interest in the state of Israel and the Zionist cause. In one such entry, Roth writes, “…the [Six Day] war completed his liberation from the Soviet mystique [and] …since moving away from the East Side and its homogeneity…spun a…fresh strand…of affinity…with his people.” 2 He began writing more in his journals about racial tensions both in his neighborhood of Albuquerque and the world at large. Furthermore, the correspondence series contains drafts of letters to President Jimmy Carter as well as an exchange of letters between Roth and Black Panther and ardent Zionist Eldridge Cleaver that documents Roth’s growing concern for political issues.

The once reclusive author also began to grant more and more interviews—especially after he gained world renown with Italy’s 1985 Premio Nonnino prize for Mario Materassi’s translation of Call it Sleep. There is a great deal of correspondence between Roth and Materassi that documents not only their working relationship, but also the father-son relationship which eventually blossomed from it. Roth spent most of his life trying to recapture the inspiration and state of mind that resulted in his first novel, but many of his journal entries ruminate on the writer’s block and depression that plagued him for much of his life. Several of the journal entries throughout the years focus on the same event or chain of events, as if by constantly recreating them he could finally reach a catharsis. Roth addresses these issues and many more in his 1987 monograph Shifting Landscape, which contains both essays and short stories.

Indeed Roth did recreate, to an extent, the inspiration that resulted in his first novel. The first two volumes of the Mercy of a Rude Stream series ( A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park and A Diving Rock on the Hudson), as largely autobiographical as Call it Sleep, received mixed reviews from critics surprised to discover its author was still alive. The series caused many readers to reread Sleep—or read it for the first time—and to write the author about the effect his work had on their lives. It also prompted old acquaintances from his Lower East Side days to write him and reminisce. Several of these letters exist in the correspondence series and serve as a touching monument to Roth’s legacy.

Henry Roth died October 13, 1995 at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the age of 89. His wife Muriel preceded him in death in 1990. The Henry Roth Papers document the lifetime of one man, but as friend Ted Bookey cynically writes, Like it or not, ‘enry, you are going to be a remembered episode in American and world literature. How interesting it will be to see your anonymity grow…. Imagine the crap, the falsifying, deluging crap, that’s going to be written about you by industrious Ph.D.’s [sic] and tender-loving critics;...think of the bull market for Roth’s discarded [sic] shoes and socks and the relics that will be sold. On a thousand typewriters the myths are raining. 3

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Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Henry Roth Papers document the author’s personal and professional life from the 1960s until his death in 1995. The papers encompass a wide range of material, including hundreds of fan letters; correspondence with Roth family members and significant figures in Roth’s life; a large number of journals and notebooks containing rough drafts of Roth’s work as well as his inmost thoughts; unpublished and published manuscripts by Roth; topical items documenting Roth’s interests in Israel, Judaism, and Leftist politics; publications by and about Roth; and books of various editions of his works. The papers also include a postcard and art print collection, photographs, biographical material, and a list of monographs once housed in Roth’s personal library. The bulk of the Roth’s manuscripts contained in this collection pertain to the Mercy of a Rude Stream series, but also consists of many short stories and a manuscript by Herman Roth, Henry’s father. Manuscripts relevant to Call it Sleep are located at the New York Public Library. Listed among the correspondents are President Jimmy Carter, Eldridge Cleaver, Luther Cressman, David Greenhood, Chaim Herzog, Mario Materassi, Harold Ribalow, Bill and Roslyn Targ, Stuyvesant Van Veen, and Eda Lou Walton.

The original order and folder titles were retained wherever possible.

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Arrangement

Most series are arranged alphabetically. Exceptions are Subseries B in Series II, which is arranged chronologically, and Series VIII, which is arranged by title.

See individual series descriptions for further information on arrangement.

The collection is arranged in eight series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011.

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Related Material

Related materials can be found in the Henry Roth Collection of the American Jewish Historical Society. Other Henry Roth manuscripts can be found at Boston University’s Mugar Library and the New York Public Library.

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Provenance

The Henry Roth Papers are on deposit at the Society from the Henry Roth Literary Trust.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Papers of Henry Roth; P-702; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Correspondence, undated, circa 1925-1995

4.5 linear feet
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Series I includes Roth’s alphabetical files and includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Researchers should note that while Roth mostly maintained an alphabetical system for his letters, for a short time he utilized a separate “fan mail” section. Therefore, one should search for correspondence both in the alphabetical files as well as within the “fan mail” series. “Fan mail” is organized alphabetically and likewise appears alphabetically within the Correspondence series. Names of particular interest to researchers within the series include President Jimmy Carter (Box 1, folder 29), political activist and author Eldridge Cleaver (Box 1, folders 31-32), childhood friend and first husband of Margaret Mead, Luther Cressman (Box 2, folders 1-3), friend David Greenhood (Box 3, folders 9-12), Zionist Chaim Herzog (Box 3, folders 20-21), Italian editor Mario Materassi (Box 5, folders 9-11), literary promoter and critic Harold Ribalow (Box 7, folders 2-4), literary agents Bill and Roslyn Targ, New York City painter and muralist, Stuyvesant Van Veen (Box 8, folders 24-25), poet and muse Eda Lou Walton (Box 9, folders 1-5), and letters to and from Roth family members (Box 7, folders 12-20 and Box 8, folders 1-4).

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 A undated, 1961-1995
1 2 Adams, Stephen from Henry Roth 1987
1 3 Alexander, Edward from Henry Roth 1978
1 4 Altenbernd, Lynn undated, 1986-1994
1 5 Arion Press 1994 -1995
1 6 Avon Books 1964-1986
1 7 B undated, 1964-1995
1 8 Bader, Dorothy and Charles undated, 1981, 1990-1994
1 9 Barnini, Edward 1965-1971
1 10 Belitt, Ben circa 1930, 1938, 1987
1 11 Bell, Don undated, 1965-1969, 1987, 1990
1 12 Berger, Yves from Henry Roth 1968
1 13 Berman, Jimmy circa 1989-1990
1 14 Bernard Grasset Publishers 1968
1 15 de Basio, Giordano undated, 1984, 1990
1 16 Biernoff undated, 1991-1995
1 17 Bookey, Ted and Eve undated, 1964
1 18 Bookey, Ted and Eve: from Henry Roth undated, 1964
1 19 Broder, Rose undated, circa 1960-1995
1 20 Broder, Rose: from Henry Roth undated, 1964, 1968
1 21 Bronsen, David 1967-1972
1 22 Bronsen, David: from Henry Roth 1968
1 23 Brown Agency (Russell F.) 1969, 1972
1 24 Brown, General 1974
1 25 Burke, Kenneth from Henry Roth 1989
1 26 Burnshaw, Stanley 1982-1992
1 27 Burnshaw, Stanley: from Henry Roth 1982
1 28 C undated, 1964-1995
1 29 Carter, President Jimmy from Henry Roth undated, 1978
1 30 City College of New York 1965-circa 1980
1 31 Cleaver, Eldridge 1976
1 32 Cleaver, Eldridge: from Henry Roth 1976
1 33 Commentary 1965-1984
1 34 Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East circa 1970-1971
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Cressman, Luther 1963, 1970-1978
2 2 Cressman, Luther 1979-1994
2 3 Cressman, Luther: from Henry Roth 1934, 1971-1978
2 4 D undated, 1965-1995
2 5 Daleski, Bill 1978-1979
2 6 Daleski, Bill: from Henry Roth 1978
2 7 Dickstein, Morris 1987-1988
2 8 Domenici, (Senator) 1978
2 9 E 1965-1995
2 10 Fan Mail undated, 1959-1969
2 11 Fan Mail circa 1970-1989
2 12 Fan Mail 1993-1995
2 13 F undated, 1962-1994
2 14 Farb, Morris and Ida c1960-1962, 1975
2 15 Farb, Ida from Henry Roth 1979
2 16 Farb, Morris from Sam Farb c1960s
2 17 Farb, Sam 1970
2 18 Field, Mildred and George undated, 1968-1995
2 19 Fox, Larry undated
2 20 Fox, Larry: from Henry Roth 1992
2 21 Franzen, Byron 1968-circa 1969
2 22 Franzen, Byron: from Henry Roth 1968
2 23 Freedman, Bill 1972-1980
2 24 Friedman, John 1975-1978
2 25 G undated, 1964-1994
2 26 Gamzue, Boris 1970-1977
2 27 Gamzue, Boris 1981-1990
Box Folder Title Date
3 1 Gamzue, Boris from Henry Roth circa 1970-1991
3 2 Geismar, Maxwell from Henry Roth 1964-1965
3 3 Gentry, Bruce (“Billy”) circa 1965-1988
3 4 Gillman, Richard 1984-1995
3 5 Gillman, Richard: from Henry Roth 1984, 1988
3 6 Goldsmith, Margie 1983-1986
3 7 Gotleib, Howard undated, 1964-1983
3 8 Gotleib, Howard: from Henry Roth 1974
3 9 Greenhood, David (“Clink”) circa 1965-1974
3 10 Greenhood, David and Adolph Anderson in re Roth 1966-1967, 1987
3 11 Greenhood, David and Sue Henig in re Roth 1964-1976, 1988
3 12 Greenhood, David from Henry Roth undated, 1952, 1965-1967
3 13 Greenstone, Maryann circa 1969-c1971
3 14 H undated, 1963-1995
3 15 Hageman, Florence undated, 1990
3 16 Halban, Peter from Henry Roth 1979
3 17 Hamilton, James 1969-1992
3 18 Hebrew Union College 1994
3 19 Henig, Sue undated, 1965-1974, 1978
3 20 Herzog, Chaim 1973-1975, 1980
3 21 Herzog, Chaim: from Henry Roth 1973
3 22 Hill, Christopher from Henry Roth 1989
3 23 Hollander, Herbert 1964-1966
3 24 Hood, Frances undated, 1990
3 25 Hopson, Julie 1989-1990
3 26 Horch Associates (Franz J.) 1964-1968
3 27 Horch Associates (Franz J.) 1969-1970, 1975
3 28 Horowitz, Mervin 1988-1990
3 29 Howard, Jane circa 1960, 1965
3 30 Howard, Jane: from Henry Roth 1964
3 31 Howe, Irving 1965-1979
3 32 Howe, Irving: from Henry Roth 1965
Box Folder Title Date
4 1 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie 1959-1981
4 2 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie: from Henry Roth 1927-1977
4 3 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie: from Eda Lou Walton circa 1930-1932
4 4 Husband, Anna undated, 1995
4 5 I 1966-1995
4 6 J 1972-1989
4 7 Jewish Community Council of Albuquerque circa 1973
4 8 Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque 1987-1989
4 9 Jewish Publication Society undated, 1986-1990
4 10 Jones Davis, Georgia undated, 1984, circa 1990
4 11 Jones Davis, Georgia: from Henry Roth 1989
4 12 K undated, 1960-1995
4 13 Kahana, Tamara 1964-1980
4 14 Kahana, Tamara 1977-1978
4 15 Kamber, Gerald undated, 1968-1978
4 16 Kanter and Everage, P.A. 1975, 1987-1990
4 17 Kerell, Walter 1994
4 18 Keyes, Tom 1990
4 19 Kingisberg, Lillian Quat 1965-1983
4 20 Kisch, Alice and Suzy 1980-1995
4 21 Kleederman, Frances 1971-1977
4 22 Klinger family undated, 1981-1995
4 23 Kubik, Maraline 1994
4 24 L undated, 1964-1995
4 25 Lataster, Petra 1994-1995
4 26 Ledbetter, Kenneth 1965-1966
4 27 Lesser, Wayne undated, 1975
4 28 Linea d’Ombra 1984-1985
4 29 Lujan, Representative Manuel from Henry Roth undated
4 30 Lyons, Bonnie and Grant undated, 1972-1990
4 31 Lyons, Bonnie and Grant: from Henry Roth 1975-1979
Box Folder Title Date
5 1a M undated
    (CLOSED)  
5 1b M undated, circa 1960-1995
5 2 Makowsky, Irit Manskleid 1978, 1980
5 3 Makowsky, Irit Manskleid: from Henry Roth 1978-1979
5 4 Mandel, Dave undated, circa 1960-c1972
5 5 Mandel, Dave: from Henry Roth 1964
5 6 Markle, Melanie undated, 1993-1995
    (CLOSED)  
5 7 Marquez, Maria Teresa and Antonio undated, 1978-1990
5 8 Marquez, Maria Teresa and Antonio: from Henry Roth 1979
5 9 Materassi, Mario 1961-1985
5 10 Materassi, Mario 1986-1993
5 11 Materassi, Mario: from Henry Roth 1964-1993
5 12 Mayer, Peter circa 1960-1991
5 13 Meyer, Marian from Henry Roth 1974
5 14 Midstream 1962-1976
5 15 Miles, Valerie 1995
5 16 Mills, Elisabeth and John undated, 1973, 1990
5 17 Mills, John and Suzanne undated, circa 1980-1995
5 18 Montemarano, Dan 1993-1995
5 19 Montesi, Ennio 1990-1995
5 20 Morse, Kent circa 1964-1980
5 21 Muchwitsch, William 1967
Box Folder Title Date
6 1 N circa 1965-1995
6 2 National Institute of Arts and Letters 1965
6 3 National Public Radio 1980-1981
6 4 Nelson, Kenneth from Henry Roth 1965
6 5 Newman, Sadie Ruth 1994-1995
6 6 New Mexico, University of 1967-1994
6 7 New Orleans Review 1977
6 8 New York Times, 1971-1974
6 9 New Yorker 1966, 1993
6 10 Nohl, Andreas 1987-1995
6 11 Nohl, Andreas: from Henry Roth 1987
6 12 O 1964-1981
6 13 Opperman, Joseph and Helen 1988-1995
6 14 Orion House 1994
6 15 P undated, 1966-1994
6 16 Parker, Doris, Kent, and Margaret 1963-1986, 1993
6 17 Parker, Richard from Henry Roth 1977
6 18 Paul Richards Autographs 1965
6 19 Perry, Gene and Lena undated,1965-1970, 1995
6 20 undated, 1961-1962
6 21 Pollard, Jim 1963-1978, 1989
6 22 Pomerantz, Eddie 1963-1964, 1971
6 23 Portnow, Solomon and Evelyn 1964-1979
6 24 Portnow, Solomon and Evelyn: from Henry Roth 1964, 1967
6 25 Pulliam, Richard 1964
6 26 Q 1981
Box Folder Title Date
7 1 R undated, 1965-1994
7 2 Ribalow, Harold 1959-1964
7 3 Ribalow, Harold 1965-1978, 1995
7 4 Ribalow, Harold: from Henry Roth 1964-1965
7 5 Richman, Martin 1986-1994
7 6 Roberts, Barbara undated, 1974, 1994
7 7 Robson, Ernest circa 1967
7 8 Rodney, Janet 1989-1992
7 9 Romero, Stella undated, 1992-1993
7 10 Rose, Herman and Elia 1973, 1975
7 11 Roseman, William and Harriet 1963-1967
7 12 Roth Family (extended) undated, 1961, 1965, 1994
7 13 Roth, Cecil 1966
7 14 Roth, Mrs. Herman from Hugh Roth circa 1964
7 15 Roth, Herman undated, 1957-1966
7 16 Roth, Herman 1966-1971
7 17 Roth, Herman:from Henry and Muriel Roth 1964-1969
7 18 Roth, Herman: from various 1968, 1970
7 19 Roth, Hugh and family undated, 1962-1995
7 20 Roth, Hugh and family: from Henry Roth 1965, 1968
Box Folder Title Date
8 1 Roth, Jeb and family undated, 1975-1995
8 2 Roth, Jeb and family: from Henry Roth undated, 1964-1965
8 3 Roth, Muriel undated, 1978-1990
8 4 Roth, Muriel: from Henry Roth 1978
8 5 S undated, circa 1960-1995
8 6 Samet, Tom from Henry Roth 1974, 1976
8 7 Savage, John 1973
8 8 Schippers, Jaap 1968
8 9 Solomon, Sidney and Shirley undated, 1983, 1994-1995
8 10 Spector, Barbara from Henry Roth 1987
8 11 Steele, Felicia Jean 1991-1995
8 12 Steele, Felicia Jean: from Henry Roth 1995
8 13 Sutin, Judge Lewis R. 1991-c1992
8 14 Syrkin, Marie 1976-1988
8 15 Syrkin, Marie: from Henry Roth 1977-1981
8 16 T undated, 1965-1994
8 17 Targ, Roslyn and Bill undated, 1969-1995
8 18 Targ, Roslyn and Bill: from Henry Roth 1968, 1977-1984
8 19 Thomas, George B. 1961-1979
8 20 Thomas, George B.: from Henry Roth undated, 1965, 1979
8 21 Thompson, Phyllis undated, 1988, 1990
8 22 U 1980, 1995
8 23 V 1965-1988
8 24 Van Veen, Stuyvesant and Felicia undated, 1970-1988
8 25 Van Veen, Stuyvesant from Eda Lou Walton undated, 1931-circa 1933
8 26 W undated, 1962-1995
8 27 Wacks, Jerry 1986-1990
8 28 Walden, Daniel from Henry Roth 1979
8 29 Walker, Muriel 1991-1992
Box Folder Title Date
9 1 Walton, Eda Lou undated, 1934-circa 1938
9 2 Walton, Eda Lou: from Henry Roth undated, 1936-circa 1938
9 3 Walton, Eda Lou: from “Frank” 1934
9 4 from Lester Winter undated
9 5 Walton, Eda Lou: from Lester Winter circa 1925-circa 1934
9 6 Weil, Robert undated, 1992-1993
9 7 White (O’Connel), Barbara undated, 1962, circa 1967
9 8 Wilson, (Judge) from Henry Roth 1976
9 9 Wirth Nesher, Hana undated, 1991-1992
9 10 X, Y, Z 1966-1995
9 11-12 Unidentified undated
9 13 Unidentified 1931, 1965-1993
9 14 Unidentified 1994-1995
9 15 Unidentified and Miscellaneous from Henry Roth undated, 1954-1966
9 16 Unidentified and Miscellaneous from Henry Roth 1966-1990, 1995
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Series II: Journals and Notebooks, undated, circa 1925-1992

6 linear feet
Arrangement:

Series II contains 2 subseries: Subseries A: Notebooks and Subseries B: Journals. Subseries A contains the notebooks that include account and address books, language primers, and calendars and is arranged alphabetically by type of notebook. Subseries B constitutes the journals and is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

This series encompasses rough drafts of Roth’s work, as well as everyday musings throughout much of his life. It is important to note that Roth often begins writing in his journals in the first person, but progresses into the third person (referring to himself as R or HR) so that reading the journals is comparable to reading a narrative. Most individuals in his journals are also referred to by their initials. Researchers will note the number of journals covering the early years of Roth’s life is small in comparison to the middle and latter sections of the author’s life; indeed the 1940s are not documented at all. Roth also appeared to have kept many journals at the same time so there is overlap within much of the series. Furthermore, the author wrote most of his rough drafts and dialogue within his journals, so researchers should consult both the Journals and Notebooks series and the Manuscripts by Roth series when researching Roth’s writings. All ring binders and the like have been removed from the materials in the series for preservation reasons. Journals and notebooks have been numbered to facilitate original order. Some journals exist only as photocopies since Roth willed the originals to family and friends.

Subseries A: Notebooks, 1925-1993

Box Folder Title Date
10 1 Accounts 1952
10 2-3 Accounts 1958
10 4 Accounts 1966-1968
10 5 Accounts circa 1983-circa 1989
10 6 Address Book circa 1980s
10 7 Address Book circa 1986
10 8-9 Augusta State Hospital circa 1949
10 10-11 Augusta State Hospital circa 1950
Box Folder Title Date
Calendars [oversized] 1957
Box Folder Title Date
10 12 Calendars 1974-1979
10 13 Calendars 1980-1983
10 14 Calendars 1984-1987
Box Folder Title Date
Calendars [oversized] 1987-1988
Calendars [oversized] 1990, 1993
Box Folder Title Date
10 15 Calendars 1994
10 16 Donation Book 1987-1990
Box Folder Title Date
11 1 Engagement Calendars 1970-1971
11 2 Engagement Calendars 1979
11 3 Engagement Calendars 1990-1991
11 4-5 Engagement Calendars 1991
11 6 Greek Primer undated
11 7 Green “Idea Book” circa 1925-1975
11 8 Hebrew Primers 1978
11 9 Hebrew Primers circa 1980
11 10 Order Book circa 1957
11 11 Ordering of Manuscript Sections circa 1980
11 12 Muriel Roth’s Notes August 1977-September 1977
11 13 Miscellaneous Notes undated
11 14 Miscellaneous Notes 1957
11 15 Miscellaneous Notes 1959
11 16-17 Miscellaneous Notes circa 1964
11 18 Miscellaneous Notes 1964-1965
11 19 Miscellaneous Notes 1974
11 20 Miscellaneous Notes 1975
11 21 Miscellaneous Notes 1993

Subseries B: Journals, 1925-1992

Box Folder Title Date
12 1 Journals May 1925, October 1927
12 2 1937-1939
12 3 April 1937-June 1937
12 4 October 1938
12 5 October 1938-cMarch 1939
12 6 February 1939
12 7 February 1939
12 8-10 April 1939-October 1939
Box Folder Title Date
13 1 Journals 1951-1952
13 2 March 1956
13 3 February 1957-March 1957
13 4 March 1957
13 5 March 1957-July 1957
13 6 January 1958-November 1958
13 7 1959
13 8 (“black leather notebooks”) March 1960-March 1962
13 9 circa 1961-1962
    (“black leather notebooks”)  
13 10 (“black leather notebooks”) April 1962-March 1963
13 11 September 1963
Box Folder Title Date
14 1 Journals October 1964
14 2 November 1964
14 3 February 1965-September 1965
14 4 circa June 1965-circa October 1965
14 5 circa November 1965-September 1966
14 6 (“black leather notebooks”) 1966-circa 1972
14 7 circa September 1966-circa July 1967
14 8 circa November 1966-circa January 1969
14 9 July 1967-August 1967
14 10 August 1967
14 11 August 1967-October 1967
14 12 October 1967-November 1967
Box Folder Title Date
15 1 Journals November 1967
15 2 November 1967-December 1967
15 3 December 1967
15 4 December 1967-January 1968
15 5 January 1968-February 1968
15 6 February 1968
15 7 February 1968-March 1968
15 8 March 1968-April 1968
15 9 April 1968-May 1968
15 10 June 1968
15 11 June 1968-July 1968
15 12 July 1968
15 13 July 1968-September 1968
15 14 September 1968-October 1968
Box Folder Title Date
16 1 Journals October 1968-November 1968
16 2 November 1968-December 1968
16 3-4 December 1968-February 1969
16 5 February 1969-March 1969
16 6 March 1969-April 1969
16 7 April 1969-cMay 1969
16 8 May 1969-circa July 1969
16 9 July 1969-September 1969
16 10 September 1969-November 1969
16 11 September 1969-March 1970
16 12 November 1969-January 1970
16 13 1970
Box Folder Title Date
17 1 Journals circa 1970-c1974
17 2 circa February 1970-circa August 1970
17 3 March 1970-May 1970
17 4 circa May 1970
17 5 January 1971-March 1972
17 6 February 1971-May 1971
17 7 May 1971-July 1971
17 8 June 1971
17 9-10 July 1971-November 1971
17 11 1972
Box Folder Title Date
18 1 Journals February 1972-circa March 1972
18 2 circa April 1972-circa November 1973
18 3-4 circa August 1973-circa October 1973
18 5 circa 1973-circa 1975
18 6 circa 1974-circa 1979
18 7 circa January 1974-February 1974
18 8 circa April 1974-circa December 1974
18 9 December 1974-April 1975
18 10 circa February 1975-circa May 1976
18 11 April 1975-January 1976
Box Folder Title Date
19 1 Journals May 1976
19 2 May 1976-June 1976
19 3 May 1976-January 1977
19 4 circa May 1976-circa April 1977
19 5 circa November 1976-circa November 1977
19 6 January 1977-August 1977
19 7 circa February 1977-circa October 1977
19 8 July 1977-November 1977
19 9 July 1977-August 1977
19 10 August 1977-September 1977
19 11 November 1977-January 1978
19 12 January 1978
19 13 circa January 1978-April 1978
19 14 February 1978-circa July 1978
Box Folder Title Date
20 1 Journals March 1978-May 1978
20 2 May 1978-October 1978
20 3 August 1978-September 1978
20 4 circa September 1978-circa February 1979
20 5 circa October 1978-circa September 1979
20 6 November 1978-December 1978
20 7 1979
20 8 January 1979
20 9 March 1979-April 1979
20 10 June 1979-August 1979
20 11 August 1979-circa September 1979
20 12 October 1979-circa September 1980
20 13 April 1980, October 1980
20 14 circa September 1980-circa September 1981
20 15 circa September 1980-circa February 1988
20 16 March 1981-March 1984
20 17 circa 1982-circa 1985
20 18-19 circa May 1983
Box Folder Title Date
21 1 Journals April 1984-January 1987
21 2 January 1985-March 1985
21 3 circa June 1986
21 4 February 1987-March 1988
21 5 circa September 1987-circa July 1988
21 6 March 1988-April 1989
21 7 May 1988-circa October 1989
21 8 circa August 1988-circa March 1989
21 9 August 1989-May 1990
21 10 circa October 1989-circa March 1991
21 11 February 1990
21 12 May 1990-February 1991
21 13 circa 1991-circa 1992
21 14 circa February 1992-circa September 1992
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Series III: Manuscripts by Roth, undated, 1925-2000

16.75 linear feet
Arrangement:

In order to increase access to the materials in this series, the majority of drafts was separated into alphabetical order with copies of the actual folders included so that Roth’s numbering system could be reconstructed if the need arose.

Scope and Content:

Series III contains unpublished materials as well as the rough drafts to materials that appeared in print. Roth often kept drafts of his works in numbered folders. The numbering system did not correspond to any alphabetical or chronological organizational scheme.The particular strength of the series is the amount of material devoted to the first four volumes of Mercy of a Rude Stream, (A Star Shines Over Mt. Morris Park, A Diving Rock on the Hudson, From Bondage, and Requiem for Harlem), but many short stories are also well represented. Notably absent are materials on Call it Sleep, which can be found at the New York Public Library. The end of the series consists of those materials that could not easily be separated or that were unidentifiable. Of great interest is a Yiddish play by Herman Roth, Henry’s father. The play, Sin of Divorce, appears to have been translated into English by Henry Roth.

Box Folder Title Date
22 1 Journal Entry Lists / Summaries 1960, 1962, 1990, 1993
22 2 Poetry undated
22 3 “Things to Check” List 1993
22 4 “An Address on the Genesis and Vicissitudes of the Author’s Novel, Chains Like Morning Dew (from English for Foreigners)” and related materials 1976
22 5 “Antica Fiamma” undated
22 6 “The Cage” undated
22 7 Call it Sleep-Proposed Corrections 1987
22 8 “The Ceremony" undated
22 9 “The Ceremony” circa 1964
22 10 “Dear NBR” 1978
22 11 “The Doors” circa 1973
22 12 “Drive to Norridgewock” undated
22 13 “Drive to Norridgewock” 1961
22 14 “Excerpt: Journal I” 1956
22 15 “The Extra Hands” undated
22 16 “Final Dwarf” 1964-1969
22 17 “In 17F” circa 1973
22 18 “Interstice” 1973
22 19 Interview by M. Goldsmith and related materials 1983
22 20 “Irish Stew with Matza Balls, (a sequence from Mercy of a Rude Stream, a work in progress) undated
22 21 “Irish Stew with Matza Balls, (a sequence from Mercy of a Rude Stream, a work in progress) circa 1939
22 22 “Itinerant Ithacan” and related materials 1977
22 23 “Jeremiad for Minimalists” 1989
22 24 “Kadish” undated
22 25 “Kestrel Shopping Trip with Pop” circa 1973
Box Folder Title Date
23 1 “Last Respects” undated
23 2 “Last Respects” 1985
23 3 “The Lavender” 1925
23 4 “Lawrence” 1948
23 5 “Letter to Iven” undated, 1965, c1974
23 6-7 Maine Sampler undated
23 8 Maine Sampler : maine.1-maine.8 undated
23 9 Maine Sampler : maine.9-maine.27 undated
23 10 Maine Sampler : maine.28-maine.44 undated
23 11 Maine Sampler : maine.45-maine.50, maineapp undated
23 12 Maine Sampler : lawrnc, maine.51a-b, maine.53 undated
23 13 Maine Sampler : peter.1, stathos.1a-stathos.4 undated
23 14 Maine Sampler : newman-newman.2 undated
Box Folder Title Date
24 1 “Manoel” undated
24 2 “Math Pool” circa 1970
24 3 “Melange Gamma” circa 1975
24 4-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream: (fragment) undated
24 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream: “Mitzvah Nine, Ten” undated
24 7-9 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I (unedited) undated
Box Folder Title Date
25 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: “At Times in Flight,” p. 5A-5G undated
25 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: Excerpts, p.1-27 undated
25 3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: 1st Copy, p. 1-32 undated
25 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: IIA, IIB, IIC undated
25 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 1-47 undated
25 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 1-62 undated
25 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 89-200 undated
25 8 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 201-316 undated
25 9 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 316-407 undated
25 10 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 419-492 undated
Box Folder Title Date
26 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: 1928-1932 A undated
26 3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: 1928-1932 B undated
26 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: Section III undated
26 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited) undated
Box Folder Title Date
27 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited) undated
27 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited), Section I 1993
27 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited), Section II 1993
Box Folder Title Date
28 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section I 1993
28 3-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section II 1993
28 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section III 1993
28 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section IV 1993
Box Folder Title Date
29 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section IV 1993
29 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section V 1993
Box Folder Title Date
80 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Outline between 1995 and 2000
80 6-8 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Deleted pages between 1995 and 2000
Box Folder Title Date
81 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 1 between 1995 and 2000
81 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 2 between 1995 and 2000
81 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 3 between 1995 and 2000
81 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 4 between 1995 and 2000
Box Folder Title Date
82 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 4 between 1995 and 2000
Box Folder Title Date
30 1-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (edited) 1994
30 6-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: Galleys 1994
Box Folder Title Date
31 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: Galleys 1994
31 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book III (1934-1938), undated
31 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 1) undated
Box Folder Title Date
32 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 1) undated
32 2-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 2) undated
Box Folder Title Date
33 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 2) undated
33 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Jane Sections) undated
Box Folder Title Date
34 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Names Changed, Jane Sections Omitted) undated
Box Folder Title Date
69 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (excised Jane/Boris passages) undated
69 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: 2 (material cut) undated
69 3-8 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (working copy with edits) undated
Box Folder Title Date
70 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited, early draft) 1994
70 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original draft, pre-edited) 1995
Box Folder Title Date
71 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original draft, pre-edited) 1995
71 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (material cut) 1995
71 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Felicia’s first edited copy) 1995
Box Folder Title Date
72 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Felicia’s first edited copy) 1995
72 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (edits before re-typing by Felicia) 1995
Box Folder Title Date
73 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (edits before re-typing by Felicia) 1995
73 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: 2 (miscellaneous) 1995
73 3-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original edited mss, prior to c. editing) 1995
Box Folder Title Date
74 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original edited mss, prior to c. editing) 1995
74 2-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (prior to copy-editing) 1995
74 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (prior to copy-editing) 1996
Box Folder Title Date
75 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (final version copy-edited) 1996
75 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (galley) 1996
Box Folder Title Date
76 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (second pass galley) 1996
Box Folder Title Date
35 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III/IV (unedited) undated
Box Folder Title Date
36 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III/IV (unedited) undated
Box Folder Title Date
37 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: Excerpt undated
37 2-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (unedited) undated
Box Folder Title Date
76 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (before editing) 1994
Box Folder Title Date
77 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (before editing) 1994
77 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (first version) 1997
Box Folder Title Date
78 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (first version with edits) 1997?
78 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (transmitted manuscript) 1997?
Box Folder Title Date
79 1-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (original copy of editing) 1997?
79 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final section appended as beginning) 1997?
79 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final version, copy-edited) 1997?
Box Folder Title Date
80 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final version, copy-edited) 1997?
80 3-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (fist pass galley) 1997
Box Folder Title Date
37 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume VI: (unedited) undated
37 6 “The Mobile” undated, 1968
37 7 “Mobile Home” (from English for Foreigners) undated, circa 1968
37 8 “My Darling Surveyor!” undated
37 9 “New England Sampler” (fragment) undated, circa 1960-1965
37 10 “Norma” undated
37 11 “One Room School” 1947
Box Folder Title Date
38 1 “P+T Yuletide” (from Mercy of a Rude Stream) undated
38 2 “Piano Movers” 1990
38 3 “Position Paper on Israel” undated
38 4 “The Prisoners” circa 1954-1955
38 5 “The Prisoners” circa 1958
38 6 “Question Marx” undated
38 7 “Random Weaver” circa 1974
38 8 “Schoolhouse Recollections / Livingston” circa 1947
38 9 “Segments” 1978
38 10 “Skit with Many Voices (mani, money, mene)” circa 1973
38 11 Speech at Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM 1994
38 12 Speech for Premio Nonino Award (Italy) 1987
38 13 “Tel Aviv Re-Play” undated
38 14 “The Total Hip” 1979
38 15 “Village” circa 1963
38 16 “Village Voices” circa 1963
38 17 “The Weed” circa 1947
38 18 “WPA Idyl / A Day in the Life of Ira Stigman” undated, 1985
38 19 “The Wrong Place” circa 1978
38 20 Various: “Dr. Newman,” “Dialogue with V,” “Dolly,” “Artifact &,” “Sundry Notes,” “Reflections on E.L.,” “V. NYC” undated
38 21 “Summer Car Barn,” “Last Respects,” “Notes on L.C. and M.M.,” and related materials 1979-1980
Box Folder Title Date
39 1 Unidentified in re Maine, Jeb, and Mario Materassi c1963-1964
39 2-3 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop, 1962-1968
39 4 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop 1963, 1968
39 5 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop 1964-c1969
39 6-7 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop c1964-1973
Box Folder Title Date
40 1-2 Unidentified in re Plays/Scenes 1972
40 3-4 Unidentified in re Pop 1963
40 5-6 Unidentified in re Spain and Mexico 1965
Box Folder Title Date
41 1 Unidentified Fragment undated
41 2-3 Unidentified undated
41 4 undated, 1938
41 5 undated, circa 1939, circa 1980s
41 6 undated, circa 1960-1965
41 7 circa 1963
41 8 circa 1970
41 9 circa 1972-1973
41 10 circa 1973
41 11 circa 1974
41 12 circa 1975
41 13 circa 1976
41 14 Manuscript by Herman Roth: “Sin of Divorce” (Yiddish) circa 1939-1940
41 15 Manuscript by Herman Roth: “Sin of Divorce” (Translation) circa 1989
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Series IV: Publications by Roth, undated, 1925-1990

0.5 linear foot
Arrangement:

The series is arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Content:

Series IV is a smaller series and includes both photocopies and the original publications in which Roth’s works appeared. Original publications were kept in their entirety when possible in order to establish context. The large majority of the items are short stories that Roth wrote and published while he lived in New England. Included is the short story, “If We Had Bacon,” which Roth had hoped to make into his second novel; the short story, “Mercy of a Rude Stream—A Memoir” that Roth expanded into many novels; and some autobiographical articles all of which appeared in publications such as Commentary, The New Yorker, and New Masses. Please note that only short stories and articles are included in this series. For monographs, see Series VII: Books.

Box Folder Title Date
42 1 “At Times in Flight—A Parable,” Commentary 1959
42 2 “Broker,” New Yorker 1939
42 3 “The Dun Dakotas,” Commentary 1960
42 4 “Final Dwarf,” Atlantic 1969
42 5 “If We Had Bacon,” Signatures 1936
42 6 “Itinerant Ithican,” New America 1977
42 7 “Kaddish,” Midstream 1977
42 8 “The Lavender” 1925
42 9 “Lynn Riggs and the Individual,” Folk-Say 1930
42 10 “Mama, Did You Ever See Anyone Dead,” WFMT Perspective 1962
42 11 “Many Mansions,” Coronet 1940
42 12 “Mercy of a Rude Stream—Memoir,” Commentary 1984
42 13 “On Being Blocked and Other Literary Matters: An Interview,” Commentary 1977
42 14 “Petey and Yotsee and Mario,” New Yorker 1956
42 15 “La Prima Candela per Muriel,” Panorama 1990
42 16 “Somebody Always Grabs the Purple,” New Yorker 1940
42 17 “Spain, 1965,” Albuquerque Link 1978
42 18 “Squib,” Albuquerque Link 1975
42 19 “Lo Stivale,” Italia Oggi 1987
42 20 “The Surveyor,” New Yorker 1966
42 21 “Weekends in New York—A Memoir,” Commentary 1984
42 22 “Where My Sympathy Lies,” New Masses 1937
42 23 “A Writer’s Dilemma,” Parallel circa 1966
42 24 “The Wrong Place,” New Orleans Review undated
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Series V: Manuscripts on Roth, undated, 1966-1995

1 linear foot
Arrangement:

Material is arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of unpublished materials about Roth and his work that were sent to him, often in response to assistance Roth had given their authors. The overwhelming majority of manuscripts address Roth and his novel, Call it Sleep. Researchers should note that often correspondence between the authors and Roth could be found in Series I: Correspondence. Of particular interest are two different screenplays of Call it Sleep.

Box Folder Title Date
43 1 Call it Sleep: A Screenplay by J. Stein 1972
43 2 Call it Sleep: A Screenplay by A. Tobias 1994
43 3 Call it Sleep: The Fully Creative Participant” by L. Miller undated
43 4 “Education and Revelation in Two Modern Bildungsromans” by D. Hellerstein 1976
43 5 “Fugue in Fiction Form: A Musical Study…” by A. McVoy 1995
43 6-7 “Henry Roth: A Critical Study” by B. Lyons 1973
43 8 “Henry Roth: His Works and His Life” by M. Frank 1982
43 9 “Henry Roth and Ben Shahn: A Comparative Study” by S. Babcock 1967
43 10 “Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep: The Revival of a Proletarian Novel” by K. Ledbetter 1966
43 11 “Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep: The Rhythm of Opposition” by C. Roth 1970
Box Folder Title Date
44 1 “Henry Roth Publica Une Anticipo de su Libro Postumo…” by A. Armada 1993
44 2 Interview (unidentified) undated
44 3 Introductions in Six Sections to Call it Sleep by M. Lechner 1977
44 4 Introduction to Call it Sleep (edited) by A. Kazin 1991
44 5 “The ‘Jewishness’ of Jewish American Literature” by I. Manskleid-Makowsky 1978
44 6 “Landscape, Silence, and Revelation: Modes of Symbolic Acculturation…” by J. Berman 1990
44 7 “The Literary Reputations of Henry Roth” by J. Hopson 1990
44 8 “The ‘Noisiest Novel Ever Written’: The Soundscape of Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep (unidentified) circa 1987
44 9-10 “A Study of Language in Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep…” by Frances Kleederman 1974
44 11 “Tribute to Henry Roth: Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM” by Larry Fox 1994
44 12 “Yiddish in Call it Sleep” by F. Kleederman undated
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Series VI: Publications on Roth, undated, 1935-1956-1995

1 linear foot
Arrangement:

The publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Scope and Content:

Series VI constitutes articles and publicity announcements that appeared about Roth or his work. Roth kept anything in which he or his work was mentioned and many of these items can be found in the “Miscellaneous” folders in several languages. The majority of the “Miscellaneous” items have been photocopies since the original newspaper print was beginning to deteriorate. The remaining folders include entire publications with articles concerning Roth.

Box Folder Title Date
45 1 Alumni Association of the City College of New York 1965
45 2 American Academy of Arts and Letters—Proceedings 1965-1966
45 3 Arion Press—Publicity Announcement 1995
45 4 “Arrivals in the ABC Berg Collection, 1973-1975” 1973-1975
45 5 “Call it Friendship,” Firsts 1991
45 6 “Chiamalo Risveglio,” Panorama 1994
45 7 “Contemporary American Fiction…,” Wisconsin Studies 1961
45 8 “The Ghetto Revisited: Call it Sleep by Henry Roth,” Studies in Bibliography and Booklore 1970
45 9 “Henry Roth, Chiamalo Sonno…,” Lingua e Letteratura 1987
45 10 “Henry Roth: Discovering a Place to Stand,” Jewish Book World 1988
45 11 “Henry Roth’s Neglected Masterpiece,” Commentary 1960
45 12 Henry Roth Nenne es Schlaf undated
45 13 “Una Lettera di Henry Roth,” Il Faraone 1984
45 14 “I Miei Cinquant’anni di Solitudine,” Europeo 1987
45 15 “Interview,” Commentary 1977
45 16 “The Most Neglected Books…,” American Scholar 1956
45 17 “Perspectives,” City College Alumnus 1965
45 18 “Photo Contest Winners,” New Mexico Alumnus 1975
45 19 “Prisoners of Culture,” Moment 1978
45 20 “Roth, Quello Buono,” Panorama 1956
45 21 “Roth Writes Again,” Jewish Monthly 1988
45 22 “Lo Scrittore Prepostumo,” Etruria Oggi 1990
45 23 “The Sixty Year Itch,” Vanity Fair 1994
Box Folder Title Date
46 1 “Tales of an Ill-fated Writing Career,” Insight 1988
46 2 “Two Neglected American Novelists,” London Magazine 1962
46 3 “Winter Paperbacks,” Bestsellers 1965
46 4 Miscellaneous undated, 1935
46 5 Miscellaneous 1959-1969
Box Folder Title Date
Miscellaneous [oversized] 1964-1965, 1969
Box Folder Title Date
46 6 Miscellaneous 1970-1987
46 7 Miscellaneous 1988-1994
46 8 Miscellaneous 1994-1995
46 9 Miscellaneous in Dutch 1990, 1993
Box Folder Title Date
Miscellaneous in Dutch [oversized] 1994-1995
Box Folder Title Date
46 10 Miscellaneous in French undated, 1968-1995
Box Folder Title Date
Miscellaneous in French [oversized] 1994-1995
Box Folder Title Date
46 11 Miscellaneous in Hebrew undated, 1964-1977
Box Folder Title Date
Miscellaneous in Hebrew [oversized] 1994
Box Folder Title Date
46 12 Miscellaneous in Italian undated, 1965-1966, 1983-1990
46 13 Miscellaneous in Spanish 1992
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Series VII: Topical, undated, 1918-1995

3.7 linear feet
Arrangement:

Topics are arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

Series VII consists of miscellaneous items that Roth collected and/or saved. Included in the series are files on Israel which reflect his growing interest in world affairs; political pamphlets, which indicate his one-time involvement with leftist politics; his postcard and art print collections; ephemera from his visit to Italy to accept the Nonnino Prize; several photographs of Roth and family friends; and biographical information. Photographs have been photocopied and removed from their original home in order to be housed together; photocopies have replaced the photographs so that context is not lost.

Box Folder Title Date
47 1 American Literature and Authors undated, 1961-1987
47 2 Art (Prints) undated
Box Folder Title Date
Art (Prints) [oversized] undated
Box Folder Title Date
47 3 Augusta State Hospital undated
47 4 Biographical Information undated, 1932-1994
Box Folder Title Date
Biographical Information [oversized] 1965
Box Folder Title Date
47 5 Birds 1952, 1963
47 6 “Blacks” undated, 1975-1976, 1982
47 7 Boston University—Roth Collection Inventory 1977
47 8 Chanukah Family Almanac 1975
47 9 Contracts (Literary) 1960-1964, 1993
Box Folder Title Date
Drawings of Roth [oversized] 1971
Box Folder Title Date
47 10 Haggadahs undated, 1974-1979
47 11 Haggadahs 1980-1983
47 12 Haggadahs 1986-1989
47 13 Hebrew Pocket Phrase Books 1959, 1969
47 14 Hebrew Song Book 1935
Box Folder Title Date
48 1 Israel undated, 1972-1988
Box Folder Title Date
Israel [oversized] 1973
Box Folder Title Date
48 2 “Italian Memos”—Nonino Prize undated, circa 1986-1994
48 3 “Italian Memos”—Nonino Prize 1987
48 4 Joyce, James undated, 1981-1988
Box Folder Title Date
Joyce, James [oversized] 1981
Box Folder Title Date
48 5 Latin American Jews 1963-1968
48 6 Marxist Study Courses circa 1930s
48 7 Negatives (Photographic) circa 1986, circa 1994
48 8 New Masses Editorials 1935
48 9 Newspaper Clippings (Miscellaneous) undated, 1927, 1963-1994
48 10 New York Jews 1975
Box Folder Title Date
49 1 Photographs undated, circa 1918-1976
49 2 Photographs 1982-1995
49 3 Political Pamphlets 1938-1940
49 4 Political Pamphlets 1941-1943
49 5 Political Pamphlets 1953
49 6-7 Postcard Collection: Art circa 1980
49 8 Postcard Collection: England circa 1980s
49 9 Postcard Collection: Firenze circa 1980s
Box Folder Title Date
50 1 Postcard Collection: Israel circa 1980s
50 2 Postcard Collection: Mexico circa 1980s
50 3 Postcard Collection: United States circa 1980s
50 4 Postcard Collection: Miscellaneous circa 1980s
50 5 Property 1946-1992
50 6 Readings in Easy Hebrew 1970-1973
50 7 Seville 1965-1966
50 8 Shabbat Shalom 1978
50 9 Walton, Eda Lou undated, circa 1973-1974, 1986
50 10 Waterfowl Farming undated, 1952-1963
50 11 Yaddo Artists’ Retreat undated, 1984-1993
50 12 Miscellaneous undated, 1957-1995
Box Folder Title Date
Miscellaneous[oversized] undated, 1985
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Series VIII: Books, 1960-1985

8.5 linear feet
Arrangement:

The series begins with a list of monographs, and ends with Roth's personal reference volumes. Items are arranged by title; when titles are available in several languages, items are arranged alphabetically by language.

Scope and Content:

This series begins with a list of monographs once housed in Roth’s personal library. What follows are various editions of his works, many of which are inscribed. Of particular interest are the many foreign language editions of Call it Sleep. The series concludes with Roth’s personal reference collection. All of the reference works are inscribed, and many contain notes written by Roth. Also included is Muriel Roth’s Harvard Dictionary of Music that Roth kept in memory of his wife’s love for music.

Box Folder Title Date
51 List of Collection 1995
51 Call it Sleep: Michael Joseph Ltd. circa 1963
51 Call it Sleep: Avon Library 1968
51 Call it Sleep: (inscribed), Cooper Square 1970
Box Folder Title Date
52 Call it Sleep: Cooper Square 1976
52 Call it Sleep: Noonday Press 1992
52 Shifting Landscape: (uncorrected proof, inscribed), Jewish Publication Society 1987
Box Folder Title Date
53 Shifting Landscape: (inscribed), Jewish Publication Society 1987
53 Nature’s First Green: Targ Editions (inscribed) 1979
53 Nature’s First Green: Targ Editions 1979
53 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I, St. Martin’s Press, (leather bound, signed) 1994
Box Folder Title Date
54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume II, St. Martin’s Press 1995
54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume II, St. Martin’s Press (leather bound) 1995
54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume IV, St. Martin’s Press (paperback) 1998
Box Folder Title Date
55 Call it Sleep: in Dutch 1966
55 Call it Sleep: in Dutch 1989
55 Call it Sleep: in French 1968
Box Folder Title Date
56 Call it Sleep: in French (2 copies, 1 inscribed) 1968
56 Call it Sleep: in German 1970
Box Folder Title Date
57 Call it Sleep: in German (2 copies) 1972
57 Call it Sleep: in Hebrew 1984
Box Folder Title Date
58 Call it Sleep: in Hungarian (2 copies) 1989
58 Call it Sleep: in Italian (inscribed) 1964
Box Folder Title Date
59 Call it Sleep: in Italian (2 copies) 1986
59 Call it Sleep: in Italian 1987
Box Folder Title Date
60 Call it Sleep: in Polish 1975
60 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2 copies) 1990
60 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2nd printing) 1990
Box Folder Title Date
61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2nd printing) 1990
61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (3rd printing) 1990
61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (4th printing) 1991
Box Folder Title Date
62 Call it Sleep: in Swedish (2 copies) 1994
Box Folder Title Date
63 The Columbia Encyclopedia (inscribed) 1968
Box Folder Title Date
64 Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (inscribed) 1969
64 Webster’s New Dictionary of Synonyms (inscribed with notes) 1968
Box Folder Title Date
65 Cassell’s New Latin Dictionary (inscribed) 1960
65 Velazquez Spanish and English Dictionary (inscribed with notes) 1964
Box Folder Title Date
66 C.R.C. Standard Mathematical Tables (inscribed with notes) 1960
66 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (inscribed with notes) 1960
Box Folder Title Date
67 Physics for Students of Science and Engineering (inscribed with notes) 1962
67 Harvard Dictionary of Music (inscribed, owned by Muriel Roth) 1972
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Oversized Material, undated, 1957-1995

Box Folder Title Date
68 1 Calendars 1957
68 2 Calendars 1987-1988
68 3 Calendars 1990, 1993
68 4 Miscellaneous 1964-1965, 1969
68 5 Miscellaneous in Dutch 1994-1995
68 6 Miscellaneous in French 1994-1995
68 7 Miscellaneous in Hebrew 1994
68 8 Art (Prints) undated
68 9 Biographical Information 1965
68 10 Drawings of Roth 1971
68 11 Israel 1973
68 12 Joyce, James 1981
68 13 Miscellaneous undated, 1985
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