- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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Collection Description & Creator Information
Subdivided into the following record groups: Alphabetical Card File of Writers in Prison, Descriptions and Program Reports, Committee Meetings, Correspondence, Case Files by Country, Domestic Case Files, Helen Graves Daily Logs, and Posters and Publicity.
Researchers interested in P.E.N.'s involvement in international cases are advised that the country case files were transferred by P.E.N. in four chronologically overlapping alpha runs. Material transferred from P.E.N. after the transfer of the first run is integrated in this finding aid in the first alphabetical file run but may be shelved physically apart.
The domestic case files are arranged in two chronological runs, of which the first (ca. 1960-1980) is arranged alphabetically, whereas the second one (ca. 1980-1990) is not. In both cases, the order of the files at the time of their transfer has been retained.
Approximately 100 linear feet of material was separated in 2010, including duplicate material, clippings, general administrative and logistical files, general membership files, general reference files, publications (transferred to Firestone Library general collections) and extraneous material.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Jennifer Bowden with the assistance of Jennifer Watkins in 1994. Finding aid written by Jennifer Bowden with the assistance of Jennifer Watkins in 1994.
Reprocessed by Regine Heberlein in 2010.
Original audiovisual media were digitized in 2015-2017 as part of a grant-funded digitization project in collaboration with PEN America. Description of audiovisual materials was enhanced by Kelly Bolding in 2018, using description provided by PEN America.
In 2022, restrictions on the P.E.N. Writers' Fund files were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
Online access to most digitized audiovisual media in the collection is available through the PEN America Digital Archive site.
- Credit this material:
1979; P.E.N. American Center Records, C0760, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 28
- PEN America
Böll, Heinrich, 1917-1985.
Canby, Henry Seidel.
Carmer, Carl, 1893-1976
Fleming, Thomas J.
Flood, Charles Bracelen
Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933.
Halsband, Robert, 1914-1989
Isaacs, Julius, 1896-1979
Kleeman, Rita Halle, b. 1885
Komroff, Manuel, 1890-1974.
Kosiński, Jerzy 1933-1991
Melcher, Frederic Gershom, 1879-1963
Nathan, Robert Stuart.
Schoenberner, Franz, 1892-1970
Scott, Catherine Amy (Catherine Amy Dawson Scott).
Sontag, Susan, 1933-2004.
Tiger, Lionel, 1937-