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Weiss, Renée Karol.
Renée Weiss Papers
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes and 2.42 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001898 to B-001900


Consists of professional and personal correspondence, travel diaries and related ephemera, notebooks, writings, and files relating to the Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL) of editor and writer Renée Karol Weiss (1923-2021). Some materials relate specifically to Renée's husband, poet and professor Theodore Weiss (1916-2003).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

The collection consists of various personal and professional papers of editor and writer Renée Karol Weiss (1923-2021). Materials include incoming correspondence to Renée and her husband Theodore Weiss (1916-2003), as well as an almost daily run of love letters from Theodore to Renée from 1939 to 1941 that the couple published in The Always Present Present (2003). Other materials include travel diaries and related ephemera, notebooks, writings, and a few files of primarily correspondence relating to the Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL).

Some of the correspondence and writings relate specifically to Theodore Weiss. Most of the original folder titles, when descriptions did exist, were maintained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Weiss, Renée Karol.

Renée Karol Weiss (1923-2021) was an editor, writer, musician, and dancer. Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Abraham S. Karol and Elizabeth (Levitt) Karol, Weiss graduated from Bard College in 1951. She studied dance and violin, and was a member of multiple orchestras and music ensembles. Renée and her husband, poet and professor Theodore Weiss (1916-2003), edited the literary magazine, Quarterly Review of Literature (QRL), for nearly sixty years from 1944 to 1999. In their last years together, Renée and Theodore wrote poems together. The final QRL publication, The Always Present Present, (2003) was a collection of their jointly written poems, love letters from Theodore to Renée, and a biography of the magazine.

Collection History


Gift of Theresa Roth Schaff, niece and executor of Renée Weiss, in April 2021 (AM 2022-009).


No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in May 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in May 2022.

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:

Renée Weiss Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes B-001898 to B-001900