Scope and Contents
- 1796 - 1985
- Majority of material found within 1912 - 1968
Conditions Governing Access
Box 80 (audiotape reels): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Material within this collection has been organized roughly by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time, and reflecting previous arrangement and description by the library. Researchers should note that material within each acquisition or group of acquisitions overlaps with/or relates to material found in other groups. For instance, correspondence and writings can be found in all groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section. Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
45 Linear Feet (121 boxes)
Language of Materials
Nathan, Robert (1894-1985)
After his first marriage to Dorothy Michaels ended in 1922, Nathan married six more times: to Nancy Wilson, 1930-1936; to Lucy Lee Hall Skelding, 1936-1939; to Janet Bingham, 1940; to Clara May Burns, 1951; to Shirley Keeland, 1955-1969; and to the actress Anna Lee, 1970 until his death. He had one child, Joan Nathan Bergstrom, from his first marriage.
Large portions of this collection acquired through circa 1985 were processed and cataloged according to the standards at that time, and classed as Za Nathan and Uncat Za Nathan. Material acquired from other sources was classed together with material acquired directly from Robert Nathan and his family; in most cases the provenance is noted within the folders. Material acquired from sources other than the family after circa 1985 was cataloged separately. In 2011, a finding aid was created from the existing folder titles and from catalog cards for the writings in the earlier accessions. For later accessions, material received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization; these acquisitions are listed in this finding aid but have not been merged and organized as a whole with the earlier accessions. Each acquisition (or group of acquisitions) is described separately in the contents list below, identified by the dates of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing between 1964 and 2012. This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Former call numbers: ZA Nathan, Uncat ZA Nathan, Uncat ZA MS 344, Uncat ZA MS 141, Uncat ZA MS 161, Uncat ZA MS 162, Uncat ZA MS 163, Uncat ZA MS 169, Uncat ZA MS 179, Uncat ZA MS 332, Uncat ZA MS 345, ZA N195 +1, ZA N195 +2, Uncat ZA File 108.
- American literature -- 20th Century
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943
- Bitker, Marjorie
- Drawings (visual works)
- Feis, Herbert, 1893-1972
- Kubie, Lawrence S. (Lawrence Schlesinger), 1896-1973
- Laurence, Dan H.
- Nathan, Robert, 1894-1985
- Photographic prints
- Sandor, Marian Nathan Kraus
- Screenwriters -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Guide to the Robert Nathan Papers
- Under Revision
- by Ellen Doon and Clayton McGahee
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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