Contents and Arrangement

Marie Rodell Correspondence, 1963

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence of Gisèle Freund (1908-2000) with her New York-based literary agents, Marie Rodell (1912-1975), Frances Collin, and Joan Daves (1919-1997). Correspondence dates from 1959 through the mid-1980s, though primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, and largely pertains to the English translations of books Freund published during that time, and to a lesser extent, to exhibitions, the reuse of her photographs in other publications, and personal matters. Books represented in the correspondence include James Joyce in Paris: The Final Years (Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965); Le Monde et ma caméra (Éditions Denoël, 1970), published in English as The World and My Camera by Dial Press in 1974; and Photographie et société (Éditions du Seuil, 1974), published in English as Photography and Society by David R. Godine in 1980.

Correspondence files are grouped by literary agent and include letters from Freund to her literary agents on both professional and personal topics; file copies of outgoing letters from her literary agents to Freund; and correspondence of Freund or her literary agents with others involved in the publication of her photography and writings, including David Godine, Laurence Pollinger, Paul Fritz, Deborah Rogers, and others. Earlier correspondence pertains to Freund's relationship with the literary agency Marie Rodell and Joan Daves, Inc., which later became the Marie Rodell-Frances Collin literary agency, while Daves started her own agency. The majority of the correspondence in this collection is with Rodell, but the bulk of correspondence after 1975 is with Collin, who became Freund's primary agent at the firm after Rodell died. While the Daves files are sparser, periodic correspondence reflects that Freund also continued her working relationship with Daves through the 1980s.

While much of the correspondence pertains to publishing and other professional matters, Freund's letters to her literary agents---particularly her letters to Marie Rodell---are frequently intimate and very detailed, spanning various personal subjects and reflections on her life. Letters contain references to Freund's photography, her various political exiles, as well as to prominent artists, writers, and intellectuals, including James Joyce, Miguel Angel Asturias, Man Ray, Colette Audry, André Malraux, Thornton Wilder, Vladimir Nabokov, Henri Michaux, Kingsley Amis, Arthur Koestler, Marcel Marceau, Samuel Beckett, Herman Hesse, William Styron, and many others. Most of the letters from Freund are either typed or handwritten in English on Freund's Paris letterhead, though a significant number of letters in the collection are also in French, and several are in German. There are also some related materials, both interfiled with the correspondence and filed separately, which include publishing agreements, photograph lists, exhibition and printing information, and publicity materials, as well as several corrected chapter drafts of Photography and Society.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2016 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Credit this material:

Marie Rodell Correspondence; Gisèle Freund Correspondence, C1541, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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