Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: P.E.N. American Center, 1969-1994

11 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of general material (arranged alphabetically), reflecting Keeley's term as President (1992 to 1993), but also covering the years of his membership (1970s to the 1990s). Included are biographies of staff and the executive board; financial material (annual budgets, account statements, etc.); Freedom to Write Bulletins (January 1986 through January/February 1994—some issues are missing); annual reports of the Freedom to Write Committee; notes, by-laws, and correspondence of the Friends of P.E.N. American Center Foundation, Inc.; P.E.N. galas; information and related correspondence (organized chronologically) on immigrant writers; minutes of various committees; memos; P.E.N. newsletters from October 1978 to October 1993 (some issues are missing); information on various programs, such as the Syndicated Fiction Project; the Translation Panel; a translation survey; and the Writers in Prison Committee Newsletter, report, and case list.

The P.E.N. material also consists of (specifically) meetings of the Executive Board (arranged chronologically), which includes correspondence, meeting agendas, memos, and other pertinent material, such as Xeroxes of articles and newspaper clippings; and material pertaining to P.E.N.'s international congresses (chronologically arranged, covering the years 1986 through 1993); and printed matter.

Additional P.E.N. American Center materials acquired after 1995 can be found in Series 10 and 11.


This series is arranged into four subseries: General Material, Executive Board Meetings, International Congress, and Printed Matter.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The first part of the collection was processed by Jennifer Bowden and Paul Koepp in 1996. Finding Aid written by Jennifer Bowden and Paul Koepp in 1996. Series 11 was processed and added to the Finding Aid by Kelly Bolding in 2015, with assistance from Fiona Bell '18, Isabella Litke (GS), and Sophia Alvarez '18. Due to the complexity and size of later accessions, materials received after the original accession were arranged by accession in Series 10 and 11. New materials received and they were processed and arranged by accession in Series 12, and were added to the Finding Aid by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2018-2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

Credit this material:

Series 4: P.E.N. American Center; Edmund Keeley Papers, C0763, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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