Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: QRL Issue Files, 1943-1999

27 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of the almost complete files (1943-1999) of manuscripts submitted to the QRL for publication with the exception of a few issues from 1944, 1945, 1974-1977, and 1981 (see the Box/Folder listing for Boxes 1-26 for the specific issues not present in the collection). The majority of the issue files (Volumes I-XXXVIII) contain original typescripts for the poetry, short stories, articles, and reviews that were published. Only some of the typescripts are signed or include autograph corrections by the author, while others include editorial corrections. Some files also contain galley proofs in various forms. The box housing the David Schubert issue files (Volume XXIV, 1983) contains correspondence from Schubert, his friends, wife, and others who contributed material to the publication of this special volume. The box containing the QRL's 50 th Anniversary issue manuscripts (Volume XXXII-III, 1993; specifically Folder 4 in Box 22) includes cover letters from the contributing authors. In addition, a small amount of author correspondence associated with the submitted manuscripts remains in the issue files. However, the bulk of the QRL correspondence is contained in Series 2. Please refer to the Author?Issue Index for an alphabetical listing of all the authors published in the QRL from 1943-1999, and the volumes in which they appeared. Photocopies of the table of contents page for each QRL issue (Volumes I to XXXVIII), as well as photocopies of indexes (where found) for Volumes I-XXII, are available in the Department's collection files for public reference.


Arranged chronologically by issue number.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Barbara Volz performed the preliminary processing of the collection, while Sylvia Yu completed its organization and wrote the finding aid. Matthew Fisher compiled and wordprocessed the QRL Author Index and Box/Folder listing.

Finding aid updated by Faith Charlton in 2022, including title change, collection description, and the addition of Renée Weiss as collection creator to elucidate her role per reparative description work.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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 1: QRL Issue Files; Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL) Records, C0862, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Weiss, Theodore, "QRL: Biography of a Little Magazine," in Princeton University Library Chronicle, Volume LXI, Number 2 (Winter 2000), pp. 217-232.