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VAN DOREN, CARL (1885-1950)

American historian, Professor at Columbia (1911-34), and literary editor of The Nation (1919-22) and Century (1922-25).

  • The Manuscripts Division holds the Carl Van Doren papers, 1900-1950 (C0072), which illustrate the literary career of Van Doren in typescripts, some with author's corrections, and research notes for his biography of Benjamin Franklin (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in American biography), and in typescripts for some of his short stories, articles, lectures, poetry, and radio programs ("Words at War") based on his material. In addition, there are 35 volumes of notebooks and diaries (1901-1950) and 17 boxes of correspondence.

  • 193 editions of his works are in the Library of which 130 are in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex). Many are from Van Doren's personal library. The Van Doren material occupies the Richardson call numbers from Ex 3971.375.1945 to Ex 3971.375.988.

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