Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 4D: Miscellaneous Programs and Events, 1926-2008

34 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries contains the annual event files of P.E.N. American Center as well as information on various defunct, one-time, or small-scale programs, including questionnaires, advocacy, book fairs, traveling exhibits, panels, radio programs, and readings. The annual files document all events organized by P.E.N., including program events, visits, benefits, parties, and readings. The subseries also includes files on the 1942 author questionnaire, which polled American and European writers on how P.E.N. could be useful during wartime, and 1986 P.E.N. Celebration, a series of eight Sunday evenings through the fall of 1985 at the Booth Theatre, New York held to raise money for the Congress the following January.


Arranged alphabetically.

Collection History


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:

Subseries 4D: Miscellaneous Programs and Events; P.E.N. American Center Records, C0760, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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