Scope and Contents
Manuscripts, printed works, correspondence, and professional papers of the writer James Rorty. The Writings series includes Rorty's typescript and manuscript essays on social issues, civil rights, and political activism, two of his poems, and printed works. The Correspondence series includes three typed letters between Rorty's wife Winifred Rorty and Matthew Josephson; letters between Rorty and Jerré E. Tanner regarding Tanner's setting of Rorty's poem "A Spring Garland" to music, as well as the original sheet music; and one typed letter from Rorty to Ruth Aley and one typed letter from Rorty to Tom Sloane. The Professional Papers include Rorty's curriculum vitae.
- 1941 - 1970
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The James Rorty Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of James Rorty.
Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1941-1965. II. Correspondence, 1965-1969. III. Professional Papers, 1970, undated.
0.91 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
Manuscripts, printed works, correspondence, and professional papers of the writer James Rorty. The Writings series includes Rorty's typescript and manuscript essays on social issues, civil rights, and political activism, two of his poems, and printed works. The Correspondence series includes three typed letters between Rorty's wife Winifred Rorty and Matthew Josephson; letters between Rorty and Jerré E. Tanner regarding Tanner's setting of Rorty's poem "A Spring Garland" for voice and piano, with autograph manuscript score; and one typed letter from Rorty to Ruth Aley and one typed letter from Rorty to Tom Sloane. The Professional Papers include Rorty's curriculum vitae.
James Rorty (1890-1973)
James Rorty (1890-1973), writer, journalist, poet, and father of philosopher Richard Rorty.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization in 2014. 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.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection includes materials previously identified by multiple call numbers: Uncat Za MS Rorty and Uncat Za File.
- Aley, Ruth
- American literature -- 20th century
- American poetry -- 20th Century
- Authors -- United States -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Civil Rights movements -- United States
- Josephson, Matthew, 1899-1978
- Journalists -- United States
- Journalists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Poets -- United States -- 20th century
- Poets, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Political activists -- United States
- Political activists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Rorty, James, 1890-1973
- Social movements -- United States
- Tanner, Jerré E.
- United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980
- Guide to the James Rorty Papers
- Under Revision
- by Alison Clemens
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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