Guide to the papers of Henry Roth (1906-1995)
undated, 1918-2010
P-702

Originally processed by Michelle R. Sampson in 2001. Accretion processed by Caroline Gabrielli in 2015.

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Roth, Henry, 1906-1995
Title: Henry Roth Papers
Dates: undated, 1918-2010
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 It is comprised of extensive correspondence, journals and notebooks of his writing, and published and unpublished manuscripts of his work.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: 46.95 linear feet (99 manuscript boxes; 1 oversized box)
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.

The 1960s 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. Also included are manuscripts for An American Type, published posthumously in 2010. 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, Norman Mailer, 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); Henry Roth Papers; P-702; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Processing Information

In 2015, the Henry Roth Estate added several boxes of materials to the collection from the offices of Lawrence Fox, Mr. Roth’s literary lawyer. These boxes were processed by Caroline Gabrielli and added to the collection, and placed into the collection to fit intellectually where original materials in the collection resided. Box and folder numbers for materials related to the accretion are followed by a letter. For example the manuscripts of the posthumously published novel, An American Type, can be found in boxes 20a and 20b, Series III: Manuscripts by Roth. Also included from the accretion are books from Henry Roth’s library that are either inscribed to Henry Roth or include notes by Henry Roth. These can be found in boxes 62a, 62b, and 62c of Series VIII: Books.

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Container List

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

Click the box in the request column to open the form that allows you to request a box for onsite viewing in the reading room at the Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

 

Series I: Correspondence, undated, circa 1925-2010

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 Request
1 1 A undated, 1961-1995 request_box
1 2 Adams, Stephen from Henry Roth 1987 request_box
1 3 Alexander, Edward from Henry Roth 1978 request_box
1 4 Altenbernd, Lynn undated, 1986-1994 request_box
1 5 Arion Press 1994 -1995 request_box
1 6 Avon Books 1964-1986 request_box
1 7 B undated, 1964-1995 request_box
1 8 Bader, Dorothy and Charles undated, 1981, 1990-1994 request_box
1 9 Barnini, Edward 1965-1971 request_box
1 10 Belitt, Ben circa 1930, 1938, 1987 request_box
1 11 Bell, Don undated, 1965-1969, 1987, 1990 request_box
1 12 Berger, Yves from Henry Roth 1968 request_box
1 13 Berman, Jimmy circa 1989-1990 request_box
1 14 Bernard Grasset Publishers 1968 request_box
1 15 de Basio, Giordano undated, 1984, 1990 request_box
1 16 Biernoff undated, 1991-1995 request_box
1 17 Bookey, Ted and Eve undated, 1964 request_box
1 18 Bookey, Ted and Eve: from Henry Roth undated, 1964 request_box
1 19 Broder, Rose undated, circa 1960-1995 request_box
1 20 Broder, Rose: from Henry Roth undated, 1964, 1968 request_box
1 21 Bronsen, David 1967-1972 request_box
1 22 Bronsen, David: from Henry Roth 1968 request_box
1 23 Brown Agency (Russell F.) 1969, 1972 request_box
1 24 Brown, General 1974 request_box
1 25 Burke, Kenneth from Henry Roth 1989 request_box
1 26 Burnshaw, Stanley 1982-1992 request_box
1 27 Burnshaw, Stanley: from Henry Roth 1982 request_box
1 28 C undated, 1964-1995 request_box
1 29 Carter, President Jimmy from Henry Roth undated, 1978 request_box
1 30 City College of New York 1965-circa 1980 request_box
1 31 Cleaver, Eldridge 1976 request_box
1 32 Cleaver, Eldridge: from Henry Roth 1976 request_box
1 33 Commentary 1965-1984 request_box
1 34 Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East circa 1970-1971 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
2 1 Cressman, Luther 1963, 1970-1978 request_box
2 2 Cressman, Luther 1979-1994 request_box
2 3 Cressman, Luther: from Henry Roth 1934, 1971-1978 request_box
2 4 D undated, 1965-1995 request_box
2 5 Daleski, Bill 1978-1979 request_box
2 6 Daleski, Bill: from Henry Roth 1978 request_box
2 7 Dickstein, Morris 1987-1988 request_box
2 8 Domenici, (Senator) 1978 request_box
2 9 E 1965-1995 request_box
2 10 Fan Mail undated, 1959-1969 request_box
2 11 Fan Mail circa 1970-1989 request_box
2 12 Fan Mail 1993-1995 request_box
2 13 F undated, 1962-1994 request_box
2 14 Farb, Morris and Ida c1960-1962, 1975 request_box
2 15 Farb, Ida from Henry Roth 1979 request_box
2 16 Farb, Morris from Sam Farb c1960s request_box
2 17 Farb, Sam 1970 request_box
2 18 Field, Mildred and George undated, 1968-1995 request_box
2 19 Fox, Larry undated, 1985-2010 request_box
2 19a Fox, Larry - Contracts 2009-2010 request_box
2 19b Fox, Larry and William Davidson on Roth 2009 request_box
2 20 Fox, Larry: from Henry Roth undated, 1939, 1992-1994 request_box
2 21 Franzen, Byron 1968-circa 1969 request_box
2 22 Franzen, Byron: from Henry Roth 1968 request_box
2 23 Freedman, Bill 1972-1980 request_box
2 24 Friedman, John 1975-1978 request_box
2 25 G undated, 1964-1994 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
3 1a Gamzue, Boris 1970-1977 request_box
3 1b Gamzue, Boris 1981-1990 request_box
3 1c Gamzue, Boris from Henry Roth circa 1970-1991 request_box
3 2 Geismar, Maxwell from Henry Roth 1964-1965 request_box
3 3 Gentry, Bruce (“Billy”) circa 1965-1988 request_box
3 4 Gillman, Richard 1984-1995 request_box
3 5 Gillman, Richard: from Henry Roth 1984, 1988 request_box
3 6 Goldsmith, Margie 1983-1986 request_box
3 7 Gotleib, Howard undated, 1964-1983 request_box
3 8 Gotleib, Howard: from Henry Roth 1974 request_box
3 9 Greenhood, David (“Clink”) circa 1965-1974 request_box
3 10 Greenhood, David and Adolph Anderson in re Roth 1966-1967, 1987 request_box
3 11 Greenhood, David and Sue Henig in re Roth 1964-1976, 1988 request_box
3 12 Greenhood, David from Henry Roth undated, 1952, 1965-1967 request_box
3 13 Greenstone, Maryann circa 1969-c1971 request_box
3 14 H undated, 1963-1995 request_box
3 15 Hageman, Florence undated, 1990 request_box
3 16 Halban, Peter from Henry Roth 1979 request_box
3 17 Hamilton, James 1969-1992 request_box
3 18 Hebrew Union College 1994 request_box
3 19 Henig, Sue undated, 1965-1974, 1978 request_box
3 20 Herzog, Chaim 1973-1975, 1980 request_box
3 21 Herzog, Chaim: from Henry Roth 1973 request_box
3 22 Hill, Christopher from Henry Roth 1989 request_box
3 23 Hollander, Herbert 1964-1966 request_box
3 24 Hood, Frances undated, 1990 request_box
3 25 Hopson, Julie 1989-1990 request_box
3 26 Horch Associates (Franz J.) 1964-1968 request_box
3 27 Horch Associates (Franz J.) 1969-1970, 1975 request_box
3 28 Horowitz, Mervin 1988-1990 request_box
3 29 Howard, Jane circa 1960, 1965 request_box
3 30 Howard, Jane: from Henry Roth 1964 request_box
3 31 Howe, Irving 1965-1979 request_box
3 32 Howe, Irving: from Henry Roth 1965 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
4 1 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie 1959-1981 request_box
4 2 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie: from Henry Roth 1927-1977 request_box
4 3 Hurlinger, Iven and Fannie: from Eda Lou Walton circa 1930-1932 request_box
4 4 Husband, Anna undated, 1995 request_box
4 5 I 1966-1995 request_box
4 6 J 1972-1989 request_box
4 7 Jewish Community Council of Albuquerque circa 1973 request_box
4 8 Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque 1987-1989 request_box
4 9 Jewish Publication Society undated, 1986-1990 request_box
4 10 Jones Davis, Georgia undated, 1984, circa 1990 request_box
4 11 Jones Davis, Georgia: from Henry Roth 1989 request_box
4 12 K undated, 1960-1995 request_box
4 13 Kahana, Tamara 1964-1980 request_box
4 14 Kahana, Tamara 1977-1978 request_box
4 15 Kamber, Gerald undated, 1968-1978 request_box
4 16 Kanter and Everage, P.A. 1975, 1987-1990 request_box
4 17 Kerell, Walter 1994 request_box
4 18 Keyes, Tom 1990 request_box
4 19 Kingisberg, Lillian Quat 1965-1983 request_box
4 20 Kisch, Alice and Suzy 1980-1995 request_box
4 21 Kleederman, Frances 1971-1977 request_box
4 22 Klinger family undated, 1981-1995 request_box
4 23 Kubik, Maraline 1994 request_box
4 24 L undated, 1964-1995 request_box
4 25 Lataster, Petra 1994-1995 request_box
4 26 Ledbetter, Kenneth 1965-1966 request_box
4 27 Lesser, Wayne undated, 1975 request_box
4 28 Linea d’Ombra 1984-1985 request_box
4 29 Lujan, Representative Manuel from Henry Roth undated request_box
4 30 Lyons, Bonnie and Grant undated, 1972-1990 request_box
4 31 Lyons, Bonnie and Grant: from Henry Roth 1975-1979 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
5 1a M undated request_box
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5 1b M undated, circa 1960-1995 request_box
5 1c Mailer, Norman 1984 request_box
5 2 Makowsky, Irit Manskleid 1978, 1980 request_box
5 3 Makowsky, Irit Manskleid: from Henry Roth 1978-1979 request_box
5 4 Mandel, Dave undated, circa 1960-c1972 request_box
5 5 Mandel, Dave: from Henry Roth 1964 request_box
5 6 Markle, Melanie undated, 1993-1995 request_box
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5 7 Marquez, Maria Teresa and Antonio undated, 1978-1990 request_box
5 8 Marquez, Maria Teresa and Antonio: from Henry Roth 1979 request_box
5 9 Materassi, Mario 1961-1985 request_box
5 10 Materassi, Mario 1986-1993 request_box
5 11 Materassi, Mario: from Henry Roth 1964-1993 request_box
5 12 Mayer, Peter circa 1960-1991 request_box
5 13 Meyer, Marian from Henry Roth 1974 request_box
5 14 Midstream 1962-1976 request_box
5 15 Miles, Valerie 1995 request_box
5 16 Mills, Elisabeth and John undated, 1973, 1990 request_box
5 17 Mills, John and Suzanne undated, circa 1980-1995 request_box
5 18 Montemarano, Dan 1993-1995 request_box
5 19 Montesi, Ennio 1990-1995 request_box
5 20 Morse, Kent circa 1964-1980 request_box
5 21 Muchwitsch, William 1967 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
6 1 N circa 1965-1995 request_box
6 2 National Institute of Arts and Letters 1965 request_box
6 3 National Public Radio 1980-1981 request_box
6 4 Nelson, Kenneth from Henry Roth 1965 request_box
6 5 Newman, Sadie Ruth 1994-1995 request_box
6 6 New Mexico, University of 1967-1994 request_box
6 7 New Orleans Review 1977 request_box
6 8 New York Times, 1971-1974 request_box
6 9 New Yorker 1966, 1993 request_box
6 10 Nohl, Andreas 1987-1995 request_box
6 11 Nohl, Andreas: from Henry Roth 1987 request_box
6 12 O 1964-1981 request_box
6 13 Opperman, Joseph and Helen 1988-1995 request_box
6 14 Orion House 1994 request_box
6 15 P undated, 1966-1994 request_box
6 16 Parker, Doris, Kent, and Margaret 1963-1986, 1993 request_box
6 17 Parker, Richard from Henry Roth 1977 request_box
6 18 Paul Richards Autographs 1965 request_box
6 19 Perry, Gene and Lena undated,1965-1970, 1995 request_box
6 20 undated, 1961-1962 request_box
6 21 Pollard, Jim 1963-1978, 1989 request_box
6 22 Pomerantz, Eddie 1963-1964, 1971 request_box
6 23 Portnow, Solomon and Evelyn 1964-1979 request_box
6 24 Portnow, Solomon and Evelyn: from Henry Roth 1964, 1967 request_box
6 25 Pulliam, Richard 1964 request_box
6 26 Q 1981 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
7 1 R undated, 1965-1994 request_box
7 2 Ribalow, Harold 1959-1964 request_box
7 3 Ribalow, Harold 1965-1978, 1995 request_box
7 4 Ribalow, Harold: from Henry Roth 1964-1965 request_box
7 5 Richman, Martin 1986-1994 request_box
7 6 Roberts, Barbara undated, 1974, 1994 request_box
7 7 Robson, Ernest circa 1967 request_box
7 8 Rodney, Janet 1989-1992 request_box
7 9 Romero, Stella undated, 1992-1993 request_box
7 10 Rose, Herman and Elia 1973, 1975 request_box
7 11 Roseman, William and Harriet 1963-1967 request_box
7 12 Roth Family (extended) undated, 1961, 1965, 1994 request_box
7 13 Roth, Cecil 1966 request_box
7 14 Roth, Mrs. Herman from Hugh Roth circa 1964 request_box
7 15 Roth, Herman undated, 1957-1966 request_box
7 16 Roth, Herman 1966-1971 request_box
7 17 Roth, Herman:from Henry and Muriel Roth 1964-1969 request_box
7 18 Roth, Herman: from various 1968, 1970 request_box
7 19 Roth, Hugh and family undated, 1962-1995 request_box
7 20 Roth, Hugh and family: from Henry Roth 1965, 1968 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
8 1 Roth, Jeb and family undated, 1975-1995 request_box
8 2 Roth, Jeb and family: from Henry Roth undated, 1964-1965 request_box
8 3 Roth, Muriel undated, 1978-1990 request_box
8 4 Roth, Muriel: from Henry Roth 1978 request_box
8 5 S undated, circa 1960-1995 request_box
8 6 Samet, Tom from Henry Roth 1974, 1976 request_box
8 7 Savage, John 1973 request_box
8 8 Schippers, Jaap 1968 request_box
8 9 Solomon, Sidney and Shirley undated, 1983, 1994-1995 request_box
8 10 Spector, Barbara from Henry Roth 1987 request_box
8 11 Steele, Felicia Jean 1991-1995 request_box
8 12 Steele, Felicia Jean: from Henry Roth 1995 request_box
8 13 Sutin, Judge Lewis R. 1991-c1992 request_box
8 14 Syrkin, Marie 1976-1988 request_box
8 15 Syrkin, Marie: from Henry Roth 1977-1981 request_box
8 16 T undated, 1965-1994 request_box
8 17 Targ, Roslyn and Bill undated, 1969-1995 request_box
8 17a Targ, Roslyn and Bill: "Call It Sleep" Publishing Rights undated, 1960-1990 request_box
8 18 Targ, Roslyn and Bill: from Henry Roth undated, 1965-1968, 1975-1994 request_box
8 19 Thomas, George B. 1961-1979 request_box
8 20 Thomas, George B.: from Henry Roth undated, 1965, 1979 request_box
8 21 Thompson, Phyllis undated, 1988, 1990 request_box
8 22 U 1980, 1995 request_box
8 23 V 1965-1988 request_box
8 24 Van Veen, Stuyvesant and Felicia undated, 1970-1988 request_box
8 25 Van Veen, Stuyvesant from Eda Lou Walton undated, 1931-circa 1933 request_box
8 26 W undated, 1962-1995 request_box
8 27 Wacks, Jerry 1986-1990 request_box
8 28 Walden, Daniel from Henry Roth 1979 request_box
8 29 Walker, Muriel 1991-1992 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
9 1 Walton, Eda Lou undated, 1934-circa 1938 request_box
9 2 Walton, Eda Lou: from Henry Roth undated, 1936-circa 1938 request_box
9 3 Walton, Eda Lou: from “Frank” 1934 request_box
9 4 from Lester Winter undated request_box
9 5 Walton, Eda Lou: from Lester Winter circa 1925-circa 1934 request_box
9 6 Weil, Robert undated, 1992-1993 request_box
9 7 White (O’Connel), Barbara undated, 1962, circa 1967 request_box
9 8 Wilson, (Judge) from Henry Roth 1976 request_box
9 9 Wirth Nesher, Hana undated, 1991-1992 request_box
9 10 X, Y, Z 1966-1995 request_box
9 11-12 Unidentified undated request_box
9 13 Unidentified 1931, 1965-1993 request_box
9 14 Unidentified 1994-1995 request_box
9 15 Unidentified and Miscellaneous from Henry Roth undated, 1954-1966 request_box
9 16 Unidentified and Miscellaneous from Henry Roth 1966-1990, 1995 request_box
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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 Request
10 1 Accounts 1952 request_box
10 2-3 Accounts 1958 request_box
10 4 Accounts 1966-1968 request_box
10 5 Accounts circa 1983-circa 1989 request_box
10 6 Address Book circa 1980s request_box
10 7 Address Book circa 1986 request_box
10 8-9 Augusta State Hospital circa 1949 request_box
10 10-11 Augusta State Hospital circa 1950 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
Calendars [oversized] 1957 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
10 12 Calendars 1974-1979 request_box
10 13 Calendars 1980-1983 request_box
10 14 Calendars 1984-1987 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
Calendars [oversized] 1987-1988 request_box
Calendars [oversized] 1990, 1993 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
10 15 Calendars 1994 request_box
10 16 Donation Book 1987-1990 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
11 1 Engagement Calendars 1970-1971 request_box
11 2 Engagement Calendars 1979 request_box
11 3 Engagement Calendars 1990-1991 request_box
11 4-5 Engagement Calendars 1991 request_box
11 6 Greek Primer undated request_box
11 7 Green “Idea Book” circa 1925-1975 request_box
11 8 Hebrew Primers 1978 request_box
11 9 Hebrew Primers circa 1980 request_box
11 10 Order Book circa 1957 request_box
11 11 Ordering of Manuscript Sections circa 1980 request_box
11 12 Muriel Roth’s Notes August 1977-September 1977 request_box
11 13 Miscellaneous Notes undated request_box
11 14 Miscellaneous Notes 1957 request_box
11 15 Miscellaneous Notes 1959 request_box
11 16-17 Miscellaneous Notes circa 1964 request_box
11 18 Miscellaneous Notes 1964-1965 request_box
11 19 Miscellaneous Notes 1974 request_box
11 20 Miscellaneous Notes 1975 request_box
11 21 Miscellaneous Notes 1993 request_box

Subseries B: Journals, 1925-1992

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13 7 1959 request_box
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13 9 circa 1961-1962 request_box
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20 15 circa September 1980-circa February 1988 request_box
20 16 March 1981-March 1984 request_box
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20 18-19 circa May 1983 request_box
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21 14 circa February 1992-circa September 1992 request_box
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Series III: Manuscripts by Roth, undated, 1925-2010

18.75 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.

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21a 1 An American Type (copy edited) c. 2010 request_box
21a 2 An American Type (galley, 1st pass) 2010 request_box
21a 3 An American Type (galley, 2nd pass) 2010 request_box
21a 4 An American Type (galley, 3rd pass) 2010 request_box
21a 5 An American Type (galley) 2010 request_box
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21b 1 An American Type (un-edited) 2009 request_box
21b 2 An American Type (afterword) W. Davidson 2009 request_box
21b 3 An American Type (W. Davidson edits) 2008 request_box
21b 4 An American Type: Part I (W. Davidson edits) 2008 request_box
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22 1 Journal Entry Lists / Summaries 1960, 1962, 1990, 1993 request_box
22 2 Poetry undated request_box
22 3 “Things to Check” List 1993 request_box
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 request_box
22 5 “Antica Fiamma” undated, 1985 request_box
22 6 “The Cage” undated request_box
22 7 Call it Sleep-Proposed Corrections 1987 request_box
22 8 “The Ceremony" undated request_box
22 9 “The Ceremony” circa 1964 request_box
22 10 “Dear NBR” 1978 request_box
22 11 “The Doors” circa 1973 request_box
22 12 “Drive to Norridgewock” undated request_box
22 13 “Drive to Norridgewock” 1961 request_box
22 14 “Excerpt: Journal I” 1956 request_box
22 15 “The Extra Hands” undated, 1973 request_box
22 16 “Final Dwarf” 1964-1969 request_box
22 16a “Homage: A Set Piece” undated, 1994 request_box
22 17 “In 17F” circa 1973 request_box
22 18 “Interstice” 1973 request_box
22 19 Interview by M. Goldsmith and related materials 1983 request_box
22 19a Interview by R. Weil: Transcribed from Video Recording 1994 request_box
22 20 “Irish Stew with Matza Balls, (a sequence from Mercy of a Rude Stream, a work in progress) undated request_box
22 21 “Irish Stew with Matza Balls, (a sequence from Mercy of a Rude Stream, a work in progress) circa 1939 request_box
22 22 “Itinerant Ithacan” and related materials 1977 request_box
22 23 “Jeremiad for Minimalists” 1988, 1989 request_box
22 24 “Kadish” undated request_box
22 25 “Kestrel Shopping Trip with Pop” circa 1973 request_box
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23 1 “Last Respects” undated request_box
23 2 “Last Respects” 1985 request_box
23 3 “The Lavender” 1925 request_box
23 4 “Lawrence” 1948 request_box
23 5 “Letter to Iven” undated, 1965, c1974 request_box
23 5a “Life Close to Ninety” 1995 request_box
23 6-7 Maine Sampler undated request_box
23 8 Maine Sampler : maine.1-maine.8 undated request_box
23 9 Maine Sampler : maine.9-maine.27 undated request_box
23 10 Maine Sampler : maine.28-maine.44 undated request_box
23 11 Maine Sampler : maine.45-maine.50, maineapp undated request_box
23 12 Maine Sampler : lawrnc, maine.51a-b, maine.53 undated request_box
23 13 Maine Sampler : peter.1, stathos.1a-stathos.4 undated request_box
23 14 Maine Sampler : newman-newman.2 undated request_box
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24 1 “Manoel” undated request_box
24 1a “Manuel” undated request_box
24 2 “Math Pool” circa 1970 request_box
24 3 “Melange Gamma” circa 1975 request_box
24 4-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream: (fragment) undated request_box
24 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream: “Eight” undated request_box
24 6a Mercy of a Rude Stream: “Mitzvah Nine, Ten” undated request_box
24 6b Mercy of a Rude Stream: “Weekends, Part I and Part II” undated request_box
24 7-9 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I (unedited) undated request_box
24 9a Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I undated request_box
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25 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: “At Times in Flight,” p. 5A-5G undated request_box
25 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: Excerpts, p.1-27 undated request_box
25 3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: 1st Copy, p. 1-32 undated request_box
25 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: IIA, IIB, IIC undated request_box
25 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 1-47 undated request_box
25 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 1-62 undated request_box
25 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 89-200 undated request_box
25 8 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 201-316 undated request_box
25 9 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 316-407 undated request_box
25 10 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Batch II: p. 419-492 undated request_box
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26 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: 1928-1932 A undated request_box
26 3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: 1928-1932 B undated request_box
26 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book II: Section III undated request_box
26 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited) undated request_box
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27 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited) undated request_box
27 1a Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (fragments) undated request_box
27 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited), Section I 1993 request_box
27 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (unedited), Section II 1993 request_box
27 4a Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: Section I undated request_box
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27a 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section I undated request_box
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27b 1-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section I undated request_box
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28 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section I 1993 request_box
28 3-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section II 1993 request_box
28 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section III 1993 request_box
28 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section IV 1993 request_box
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29 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section IV 1993 request_box
29 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Section V 1993 request_box
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80 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Outline between 1995 and 2000 request_box
80 6-8 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Deleted pages between 1995 and 2000 request_box
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81 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 1 between 1995 and 2000 request_box
81 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 2 between 1995 and 2000 request_box
81 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 3 between 1995 and 2000 request_box
81 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream 2: Adapted version: Section 4 between 1995 and 2000 request_box
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30 1-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: (edited) 1994 request_box
30 6-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: Galleys 1994 request_box
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31 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume II: Galleys 1994 request_box
31 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Book III (1934-1938), undated request_box
31 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 1) undated request_box
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31a 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Unidentified Volume (version 3) undated request_box
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31b 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Unidentified Volume (version 4) undated request_box
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31c 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Unidentified Volume undated request_box
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32 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 1) undated request_box
32 2-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 2) undated request_box
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33 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited-version 2) undated request_box
33 2-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Jane Sections) undated request_box
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34 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Names Changed, Jane Sections Omitted) undated request_box
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69 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (excised Jane/Boris passages) undated request_box
69 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: 2 (material cut) undated request_box
69 3-8 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (working copy with edits) undated request_box
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70 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (unedited, early draft) 1994 request_box
70 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original draft, pre-edited) 1995 request_box
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71 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original draft, pre-edited) 1995 request_box
71 4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (material cut) 1995 request_box
71 5-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Felicia’s first edited copy) 1995 request_box
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72 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (Felicia’s first edited copy) 1995 request_box
72 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (edits before re-typing by Felicia) 1995 request_box
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73 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (edits before re-typing by Felicia) 1995 request_box
73 2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: 2 (miscellaneous) 1995 request_box
73 3-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original edited mss, prior to c. editing) 1995 request_box
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74 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (original edited mss, prior to c. editing) 1995 request_box
74 2-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (prior to copy-editing) 1995 request_box
74 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (prior to copy-editing) 1996 request_box
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75 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (final version copy-edited) 1996 request_box
75 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (galley) 1996 request_box
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76 1-3 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III: (second pass galley) 1996 request_box
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35 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III/IV (unedited) undated request_box
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36 1-6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume III/IV (unedited) undated request_box
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37 1 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: Excerpt undated request_box
37 2-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (unedited) undated request_box
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76 4-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (before editing) 1994 request_box
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77 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (before editing) 1994 request_box
77 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (first version) 1997 request_box
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78 1-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (first version with edits) 1997? request_box
78 5-7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (transmitted manuscript) 1997? request_box
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79 1-5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (original copy of editing) 1997? request_box
79 6 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final section appended as beginning) 1997? request_box
79 7 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final version, copy-edited) 1997? request_box
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80 1-2 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (final version, copy-edited) 1997? request_box
80 3-4 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume IV: (fist pass galley) 1997 request_box
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37 5 Mercy of a Rude Stream, Volume VI: (unedited) undated request_box
37 6 “The Mobile” undated, 1968 request_box
37 6a “Oedipus, Meet Orestes: Three Sketches in Dialogue” undated request_box
37 7 “Mobile Home” (from English for Foreigners) undated, circa 1968 request_box
37 8 “My Darling Surveyor!” undated request_box
37 9 “New England Sampler” (fragment) undated, circa 1960-1967 request_box
37 10 “Norma” undated request_box
37 11 “One Room School” 1947 request_box
37 11a “Overture to the Mad Maxim” 1973 request_box
37 11b “Paradise Lost, For Good” undated request_box
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38 1 “P+T Yuletide” (from Mercy of a Rude Stream) undated. 1981, 1985 request_box
38 2 “Piano Movers” 1990 request_box
38 3 “Position Paper on Israel” undated request_box
38 4 “The Prisoners” circa 1954-1955 request_box
38 5 “The Prisoners” circa 1958 request_box
38 6 “Question Marx” undated request_box
38 7 “Random Weaver” circa 1974 request_box
38 8 “Schoolhouse Recollections / Livingston” circa 1947 request_box
38 9 “Segments” 1978 request_box
38 10 “Skit with Many Voices (mani, money, mene)” circa 1973 request_box
38 11 Speech at Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM 1994 request_box
38 12 Speech for Premio Nonino Award (Italy) 1987 request_box
38 12a "The Surveyor" (title page) undated request_box
38 13 “Tel Aviv Re-Play” undated, 1980 request_box
38 14 “The Total Hip” 1979 request_box
38 15 “Village” circa 1963 request_box
38 16 “Village Voices” circa 1963 request_box
38 17 “The Weed” circa 1947 request_box
38 18 “WPA Idyl / A Day in the Life of Ira Stigman” undated, 1985 request_box
38 19 “The Wrong Place” circa 1978 request_box
38 20 Various: “Dr. Newman,” “Dialogue with V,” “Dolly,” “Artifact &,” “Sundry Notes,” “Reflections on E.L.,” “V. NYC” undated request_box
38 21 “Summer Car Barn,” “Last Respects,” “Notes on L.C. and M.M.,” and related materials 1979-1980 request_box
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38a 1-2 Shifting Landscape (galley) 1987 request_box
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39 1 Unidentified in re Maine, Jeb, and Mario Materassi c1963-1964 request_box
39 2-3 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop, 1962-1968 request_box
39 4 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop 1963, 1968 request_box
39 5 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop 1964-c1969 request_box
39 6-7 Unidentified in re Maine and Pop c1964-1973 request_box
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40 1-2 Unidentified in re Plays/Scenes 1972 request_box
40 3-4 Unidentified in re Pop 1963 request_box
40 5-6 Unidentified in re Spain and Mexico 1965 request_box
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40a 1-5 Unidentified Draft undated request_box
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40b 1-5 Unidentified Draft undated request_box
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40c 1-6 Unidentified Draft undated request_box
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41 1 Unidentified Fragment undated request_box
41 2-3 Unidentified undated request_box
41 4 undated, 1938 request_box
41 4a 1939 request_box
41 5 undated, circa 1939, circa 1980s request_box
41 6 undated, circa 1960-1965 request_box
41 7 circa 1963 request_box
41 8 circa 1970 request_box
41 9 circa 1972-1973 request_box
41 10 circa 1973 request_box
41 11 circa 1974 request_box
41 12 circa 1975 request_box
41 13 circa 1976 request_box
41 13a 1981 request_box
41 14 Manuscript by Herman Roth: “Sin of Divorce” (Yiddish) circa 1939-1940 request_box
41 15 Manuscript by Herman Roth: “Sin of Divorce” (Translation) circa 1989 request_box
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Series IV: Publications by Roth, undated, 1925-2011

1.16 linear feet
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 Request
42 1 “At Times in Flight—A Parable,” Commentary 1959 request_box
42 2 “Broker,” New Yorker 1939 request_box
42 2a “Das Dach,” Die 70 Jahre, Kiwi Lesebuch 1970 request_box
42 3 “The Dun Dakotas,” Commentary 1960 request_box
42 4 “Final Dwarf,” Atlantic 1969 request_box
42 4a “First Years in Maine,” Fiction 2011 request_box
42 4b “Freight,” The New Yorker 2006 request_box
42 4c “God the Novelist,” The New Yorker 2006 request_box
42 5 “If We Had Bacon,” Signatures 1936 request_box
42 5a “The Interlocuter,” Who's Writing This, The Ecco Press 1995 request_box
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42a 1 “Itinerant Ithican,” New America 1977 request_box
42a 2 “Kaddish,” Midstream 1977 request_box
42a 3 “The Lavender” 1925 request_box
42a 4 “Lynn Riggs and the Individual,” Folk-Say 1930 request_box
42a 5 “Mama, Did You Ever See Anyone Dead,” WFMT Perspective 1962 request_box
42a 6 “Many Mansions,” Coronet 1940 request_box
42a 7 “Mercy of a Rude Stream—Memoir,” Commentary 1984 request_box
42a 8 “On Being Blocked and Other Literary Matters: An Interview,” Commentary 1977 request_box
42a 9 “Petey and Yotsee and Mario,” New Yorker 1956 request_box
42a 10 “The Prisoners,” Lingua e Letteratura 1987 request_box
42a 11 “Prologue im Himmel,” Shenandoah 1973 request_box
42a 12 “La Prima Candela per Muriel,” Panorama 1990 request_box
42a 13 “Railing Against Joyce,” The Three Penny Review 1995 request_box
42a 14 “Somebody Always Grabs the Purple,” New Yorker 1940 request_box
42a 15 “Spain, 1965,” Albuquerque Link 1978 request_box
42a 16 “Squib,” Albuquerque Link 1975 request_box
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42b 1 “Lo Stivale,” Italia Oggi 1987 request_box
42b 2 “The Surveyor,” New Yorker 1966 request_box
42b 3 “The Vanished Bus Line,” Blue Mesa Review 1993 request_box
42b 4 “Weekends in New York—A Memoir,” Commentary 1984 request_box
42b 5 “Where My Sympathy Lies,” New Masses 1937 request_box
42b 6 “Weihnachten in Chochinchina,” Das Kiwi Winter-Lesenbusch, Verlag Kiepenhauer 1988 request_box
42b 7 “A Writer’s Dilemma,” Parallel circa 1966 request_box
42b 8 “The Wrong Place,” New Orleans Review undated request_box
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Series V: Manuscripts on Roth, undated, 1966-2004

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 Request
43 1 Call it Sleep: A Screenplay by J. Stein 1972 request_box
43 2 Call it Sleep: A Screenplay by A. Tobias 1994 request_box
43 3 Call it Sleep: The Fully Creative Participant” by L. Miller undated request_box
43 4 “Education and Revelation in Two Modern Bildungsromans” by D. Hellerstein 1976 request_box
43 5 “Fugue in Fiction Form: A Musical Study…” by A. McVoy 1995 request_box
43 6-7 “Henry Roth: A Critical Study” by B. Lyons 1973 request_box
43 8 “Henry Roth: His Works and His Life” by M. Frank 1982 request_box
43 9 “Henry Roth and Ben Shahn: A Comparative Study” by S. Babcock 1967 request_box
43 10 “Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep: The Revival of a Proletarian Novel” by K. Ledbetter 1966 request_box
43 11 “Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep: The Rhythm of Opposition” by C. Roth 1970 request_box
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44 1 “Henry Roth Publica Une Anticipo de su Libro Postumo…” by A. Armada 1993 request_box
44 2 Interview (unidentified) undated request_box
44 3 Introductions in Six Sections to Call it Sleep by M. Lechner 1977 request_box
44 4 Introduction to Call it Sleep (edited) by A. Kazin 1991 request_box
44 5 “The ‘Jewishness’ of Jewish American Literature” by I. Manskleid-Makowsky 1978 request_box
44 6 “Landscape, Silence, and Revelation: Modes of Symbolic Acculturation…” by J. Berman 1990 request_box
44 7 “The Literary Reputations of Henry Roth” by J. Hopson 1990 request_box
44 8 “The ‘Noisiest Novel Ever Written’: The Soundscape of Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep (unidentified) circa 1987 request_box
44 8a Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth, by S. Kellman (Introduction, Chapters 15 and 16) 2004 request_box
44 9-10 “A Study of Language in Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep…” by Frances Kleederman 1974 request_box
44 11 “Tribute to Henry Roth: Congregation Albert, Albuquerque, NM” by Larry Fox 1994 request_box
44 12 “Yiddish in Call it Sleep” by F. Kleederman undated request_box
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Series VI: Publications on Roth, undated, 1935-2005

1.66 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 Request
45 1 Alumni Association of the City College of New York 1965 request_box
45 1a "Against the Current,"The Washington Post 1998 request_box
45 2 American Academy of Arts and Letters—Proceedings 1965-1966 request_box
45 3 Arion Press—Publicity Announcement 1995 request_box
45 4 “Arrivals in the ABC Berg Collection, 1973-1975” 1973-1975 request_box
45 4a “A Sister's Angry Letter Unravels Roth Incest Tale,” The New York Observer 1998 request_box
45 4b “Breaking the Silence,” The Jewish Week 1994 request_box
45 5 “Call it Friendship,” Firsts 1991 request_box
45 5a “Il Caso Henry Roth,” Lingua e Letteratura 1983 request_box
45 5b “Call it Sleep di Henry Roth: Tradizioni Antiche e Nuove Idealogie," Instituto Universitario Orientale Naopli 1988 request_box
45 6 “Chiamalo Risveglio,” Panorama 1994 request_box
45 7 “Contemporary American Fiction…,” Wisconsin Studies 1961 request_box
45 7a “The Education of Henry Roth,” New England Review 2005 request_box
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45a 1 “A Conversation with Henry Roth,” The Literary Review 1975 request_box
45a 2 “Distanz de Erinnerung,” Neue Zercher Zeitung 1995 request_box
45a 3 “The Ghetto Revisited: Call it Sleep by Henry Roth,” Studies in Bibliography and Booklore 1970 request_box
45a 4 “Il Grande Romanzo di Henry Roth: Call it Sleep,” Il Ponte 1962 request_box
45a 5 “Henry Roth, Chiamalo Sonno…,” Lingua e Letteratura 1987 request_box
45a 6 “Henry Roth: Discovering a Place to Stand,” Jewish Book World 1988 request_box
45a 7 “Henry Roth: The Man and His Work,” Cooper Square Publishers 1976 request_box
45a 8 “Henry Roth in Jerusalem: An Interview” The Literary Review 1975 request_box
45a 8 “Henry Roth’s Neglected Masterpiece,” Commentary 1960 request_box
45a 10 Henry Roth Nenne es Schlaf undated request_box
45a 11 "Henry Roth's Call it Sleep: 1934-1979," Studies in American Jewish Literature 1979 request_box
45a 12 “Una Lettera di Henry Roth,” Il Faraone 1984 request_box
45a 13 “I Miei Cinquant’anni di Solitudine,” Europeo 1987 request_box
45a 14 “Interview,” Commentary 1977 request_box
45a 15 “The Most Neglected Books…,” American Scholar 1956 request_box
45a 16 “Perspectives,” City College Alumnus 1965 request_box
45a 17 “Photo Contest Winners,” New Mexico Alumnus 1975 request_box
45a 18 “Portrait of the Artist as a Troubled Man,” The New York Times Book Review 2005 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
45b 1 “Prisoners of Culture,” Moment 1978 request_box
45b 2 Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth,by S. Kellman. Norton. 2005 request_box
45b 3 “Rothiana: Henry Roth nella critica italiana,” vol. 1, Giuntina 1985 request_box
45b 4 “Roth, Quello Buono,” Panorama 1956 request_box
45b 5 “Roth Writes Again,” Jewish Monthly 1988 request_box
45b 6 “Lo Scrittore Prepostumo,” Etruria Oggi 1990 request_box
45b 7 “The Sixty Year Itch,” Vanity Fair 1994 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
46 1 “Tales of an Ill-fated Writing Career,” Insight 1988 request_box
46 2 “Two Neglected American Novelists,” London Magazine 1962 request_box
46 2a “The Unquiet Past of Henry Roth,” Tribune 1995 request_box
46 2b “Visita a Henry Roth,” Il Ponte 1964 request_box
46 3 “Winter Paperbacks,” Bestsellers 1965 request_box
46 4 Miscellaneous undated, 1935 request_box
46 5 Miscellaneous 1959-1969 request_box
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Miscellaneous [oversized] 1964-1965, 1969 request_box
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46 6 Miscellaneous 1970-1987 request_box
46 7 Miscellaneous 1988-1994 request_box
46 8 Miscellaneous 1994-1995 request_box
46 9 Miscellaneous in Dutch 1990, 1993 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
Miscellaneous in Dutch [oversized] 1994-1995 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
46 10 Miscellaneous in French undated, 1968-1995 request_box
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Miscellaneous in French [oversized] 1994-1995 request_box
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46 11 Miscellaneous in Hebrew undated, 1964-1977 request_box
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Miscellaneous in Hebrew [oversized] 1994 request_box
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46 12 Miscellaneous in Italian undated, 1965-1966, 1983-1990 request_box
46 13 Miscellaneous in Spanish 1992 request_box
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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 Request
47 1 American Literature and Authors undated, 1961-1987 request_box
47 2 Art (Prints) undated request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
Art (Prints) [oversized] undated request_box
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47 3 Augusta State Hospital undated request_box
47 4 Biographical Information undated, 1932-1994 request_box
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Biographical Information [oversized] 1965 request_box
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47 5 Birds 1952, 1963 request_box
47 6 “Blacks” undated, 1975-1976, 1982 request_box
47 7 Boston University—Roth Collection Inventory 1977 request_box
47 8 Chanukah Family Almanac 1975 request_box
47 9 Contracts (Literary) 1960-1964, 1993 request_box
47 9a Events 1995-1997 request_box
47 9b Greenwood, Clarence David 1983 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
Drawings of Roth [oversized] 1971 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
47 10 Haggadahs undated, 1974-1979 request_box
47 11 Haggadahs 1980-1983 request_box
47 12 Haggadahs 1986-1989 request_box
47 13 Hebrew Pocket Phrase Books 1959, 1969 request_box
47 14 Hebrew Song Book 1935 request_box
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48 1 Israel undated, 1972-1988 request_box
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Israel [oversized] 1973 request_box
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48 2 “Italian Memos”—Nonino Prize undated, circa 1986-1994 request_box
48 3 “Italian Memos”—Nonino Prize 1987 request_box
48 4 Joyce, James undated, 1981-1988 request_box
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Joyce, James [oversized] 1981 request_box
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48 5 Latin American Jews 1963-1968 request_box
48 6 Marxist Study Courses circa 1930s request_box
48 7 Negatives (Photographic) circa 1986, circa 1994 request_box
48 8 New Masses Editorials 1935 request_box
48 9 Newspaper Clippings (Miscellaneous) undated, 1927, 1963-1994 request_box
48 10 New York Jews 1975 request_box
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49 1 Photographs undated, circa 1918-1976 request_box
49 2 Photographs 1982-1995 request_box
49 3 Political Pamphlets 1938-1940 request_box
49 4 Political Pamphlets 1941-1943 request_box
49 5 Political Pamphlets 1953 request_box
49 6-7 Postcard Collection: Art circa 1980 request_box
49 8 Postcard Collection: England circa 1980s request_box
49 9 Postcard Collection: Firenze circa 1980s request_box
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50 1 Postcard Collection: Israel circa 1980s request_box
50 2 Postcard Collection: Mexico circa 1980s request_box
50 3 Postcard Collection: United States circa 1980s request_box
50 4 Postcard Collection: Miscellaneous circa 1980s request_box
50 5 Property 1946-1992 request_box
50 6 Readings in Easy Hebrew 1970-1973 request_box
50 7 Seville 1965-1966 request_box
50 8 Shabbat Shalom 1978 request_box
50 9 Walton, Eda Lou undated, circa 1973-1974, 1986 request_box
50 10 Waterfowl Farming undated, 1952-1963 request_box
50 10a Will (Restricted) undated request_box
50 11 Yaddo Artists’ Retreat undated, 1984-1993 request_box
50 12 Miscellaneous undated, 1957-1995 request_box
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Miscellaneous[oversized] undated, 1985 request_box
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Series VIII: Books, 1960-2010

9.5 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 a selection of reference books from Roth’s library. All 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 Request
51 List of Collection 1995 request_box
51 An American Type: eBook, Blackstone 2010 request_box
51 Call it Sleep: Michael Joseph Ltd. circa 1963 request_box
51 Call it Sleep: Avon Library 1968 request_box
51 Call it Sleep: (inscribed), Cooper Square 1970 request_box
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52 Call it Sleep: Cooper Square 1976 request_box
52 Call it Sleep: Noonday Press 1992 request_box
52 Shifting Landscape: (uncorrected proof, inscribed), Jewish Publication Society 1987 request_box
52 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume III, St. Martin’s Press 1996 request_box
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53 Shifting Landscape: (inscribed), Jewish Publication Society 1987 request_box
53 Nature’s First Green: Targ Editions (inscribed) 1979 request_box
53 Nature’s First Green: Targ Editions 1979 request_box
53 Mercy of a Rude Stream, (book covers) 1994-1995 request_box
53 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I, St. Martin’s Press, (leather bound, signed) 1994 request_box
53 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume I, in Hebrew, Kineret 1995 request_box
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54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume II, St. Martin’s Press 1995 request_box
54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume II, St. Martin’s Press (leather bound) 1995 request_box
54 Mercy of a Rude Stream: Volume IV, St. Martin’s Press (paperback) 1998 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
55 Call it Sleep: in Dutch 1966 request_box
55 Call it Sleep: in Dutch 1989 request_box
55 Call it Sleep: in French (2 copies) 1968 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
56 Call it Sleep: in French (2 copies, 1 inscribed) 1968 request_box
56 Call it Sleep: in German 1970 request_box
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57 Call it Sleep: in German (2 copies) 1972 request_box
57 Call it Sleep: in Hebrew 1984 request_box
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58 Call it Sleep: in Hungarian (2 copies) 1989 request_box
58 Call it Sleep: in Italian (inscribed) 1964 request_box
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59 Call it Sleep: in Italian (2 copies) 1986 request_box
59 Call it Sleep: in Italian 1987 request_box
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60 Call it Sleep: in Polish 1975 request_box
60 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2 copies) 1990 request_box
60 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2nd printing) 1990 request_box
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61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (2nd printing) 1990 request_box
61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (3rd printing) 1990 request_box
61 Call it Sleep: in Spanish (4th printing) 1991 request_box
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62 Call it Sleep: in Swedish (2 copies) 1994 request_box
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62a Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years, by Margaret Mead, William Morrow and Company (notes by Roth) 1972 request_box
62a Blessed in the Match; The Story of Jewish Resistance, by Marie Syrkin, The Jewish Publication Society of America (notes by Roth) 1976 request_box
62a The Burning Bush, by Aaron Kramer, Cornwall Books (inscribed, notes by Roth) 1983 request_box
62a The City Day: An Anthology of Recent American Poetry, by Eda Lou Walton, The Ronald Press Company (notes by Roth) 1929 request_box
62a Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Milton, The Modern Library (notes by Roth) 1942 request_box
62a Dubliners, by James Joyce, The Modern Library (notes by Roth) undated request_box
62a Don Quijote de la Mancha: Segundo Parte, by Miguel de Cervantes, Editorial Juventud (notes by Roth) 1969 request_box
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62b History and Destiny of the Jews, by Josef Kastein, Garden City Publishing Co., Inc.(notes by Roth) 1936 request_box
62b History of the Inquisitions, by Lea, Maximilliam (no book, only notes by Roth) 1961 request_box
62b Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankly, Simon and Schuster, Inc.(notes by Roth) 1976 request_box
62b Milton Handbook, by James Holly Hanford, F.S. Crofts and Co., (notes by Roth) 1946 request_box
62b Milton, by E.M.W. Tillyard, The Dial Press (notes by Roth) 1930 request_box
62b The Organization of Medieval Christianity, by Summerfield Baldwin, Henry Holt and Company (notes by Roth) 1929 request_box
62b Through the Gates of Tears, by Stephen Ely, Tabachinick(inscribed) undated request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
62c The Tragedy of the Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster, Washington Square Press (notes by Roth) 1959 request_box
62c With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, by Mary Catherine Bateson, William Morrow and Company (notes by Roth) 1984 request_box
62c World of Our Fathers, by Irving Howe, Harcourt (notes by Roth) 1976 request_box
62c The Writer on his Own, by David Greenwood, University of New Mexico Press (inscribed, notes by Roth) 1971 request_box
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63 The Columbia Encyclopedia (inscribed) 1968 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
64 Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (inscribed) 1969 request_box
64 Webster’s New Dictionary of Synonyms (inscribed with notes) 1968 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
65 Cassell’s New Latin Dictionary (inscribed) 1960 request_box
65 Velazquez Spanish and English Dictionary (inscribed with notes) 1964 request_box
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66 C.R.C. Standard Mathematical Tables (inscribed with notes) 1960 request_box
66 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (inscribed with notes) 1960 request_box
Box Folder Title Date Request
67 Physics for Students of Science and Engineering (inscribed with notes) 1962 request_box
67 Harvard Dictionary of Music (inscribed, owned by Muriel Roth) 1972 request_box
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Oversized Material, undated, 1957-1995

Box Folder Title Date Request
68 1 Calendars 1957 request_box
68 2 Calendars 1987-1988 request_box
68 3 Calendars 1990, 1993 request_box
68 4 Miscellaneous 1964-1965, 1969 request_box
68 5 Miscellaneous in Dutch 1994-1995 request_box
68 6 Miscellaneous in French 1994-1995 request_box
68 7 Miscellaneous in Hebrew 1994 request_box
68 8 Art (Prints) undated request_box
68 9 Biographical Information 1965 request_box
68 10 Drawings of Roth 1971 request_box
68 11 Israel 1973 request_box
68 12 Joyce, James 1981 request_box
68 13 Miscellaneous undated, 1985 request_box
68 14 Shifting Landscape (galley) 1987 request_box
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