Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Correspondence, 1943-2013

19 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series, which comprises the majority of the collection, consists of Joseph Frank's personal and professional correspondence with various writers, academics, poets, friends, and family members from the 1940s through the early 2000s but primarily from the 1950s through the 1980s. Most correspondence is incoming, though occasional files also contain outgoing correspondence from Joseph Frank and his wife, Marguerite Straus Frank. A small group of family correspondence between members of Frank's family is also included following the alphabetical correspondence, including condolence letters addressed to Marguerite Straus Frank following Joseph Frank's death. Of note is a significant group of letters to Joseph Frank from poet Elizabeth Bishop from the 1950s and early 1960s describing her writing and her experiences while living in Brazil with her partner Lota de Macedo Soares. Correspondence files from poets Yves Bonnefoy and Allen Tate are also sizable. While most of Frank's correspondence is in English, a significant amount is also in French, with smaller quantities in German and Russian.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, followed by correspondence from unidentified senders and a small file group of family correspondence. Additional correspondence received after 2017 is arranged by accession at the end of the series.

Collection History


Nothing was removed from the collection during 2015-2019 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in December 2015-January 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in January 2016 and updated in April 2016, May 2017, and May 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The 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: Correspondence; Joseph Frank Correspondence, C1515, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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