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Harold Rosenberg papers, 1923-1984

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Rosenberg (Harold) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Harold Rosenberg Papers present a comprehensive view of Rosenberg's professional life from the early 1930s until his death in 1978, with the greatest portion of material from the 1960s and '70s. Correspondence offers a history of the issues and debates that concerned New York intellectuals who published and edited influential journals such as Dissent, Commentary, Partisan Review, and Art News. The manuscripts show the range of topics Rosenberg's thoughtful writings encompassed in the little magazines that embraced him for three decades, writings on politics, literature, art, art education, and philosophy. They also show the maturation of his style as a reviewer for The New Yorker. Interviews and teaching files give a glimpse of Rosenberg as a dynamic and spontaneous speaker, a dimension of him that the audiotape also preserves. The relatively small amount of personal material, such as family correspondence, journals and photographs, evoke the climate of his personal life, while clippings and printed matter chronicle the social and intellectual era in which Rosenberg lived and worked.

Arrangement note

The papers are arranged in seven series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1932-1984
Series II. Manuscripts, 1929-1978
Series III. Clippings, serials and printed matter, 1925-1981
Series IV. Personal, 1923-1978
Series V. Manuscripts by others, 1953-1978
Series VI. Photographs and Artwork, 1942-1977
Series VII. Audiotape, undated

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