Contents and Arrangement

Series 4, Title Files, 1952-1978

74 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 4, Title Files, 1952-1978, includes correspondence, legal documents, index cards, catalogs, author fact sheets, and some graphic material concerning the translation of American works into foreign languages arranged alphabetically by author or title. There are seven different groups, each arranged alphabetically, in this series. The largest grouping is the files arranged by author followed by authors whose works were out of print. These files mainly contain correspondence with the publishers to secure translation rights. However, there is some correspondence with various authors. Humorous correspondence with poet Allen Ginsberg is found in the folder "Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry." Franklin wrote to Ginsberg asking for permission to publish Ginsberg's poem, "The Shrouded Stranger." Ginsberg took issue with the selection and wrote, "I can only conclude that the man who made the selection is either a complete idiot who prefers a rhymed academic style poem no matter what-and has gone through all my works like a haystack looking for this particular type of needle that rhymes."

Following the files arranged by author, are cancelled contracts, author fact sheets, title catalogs and cards, which are broken down by language, AID Rights Fund material and rights contracts.

Franklin was contracted to help administer the Rights Fund, which was developed by AID to encourage the translation and publication of certain American books by helping to defray the cost of translation rights. While Franklin provided a reasonable, workable formula for the purchase and transfer of rights for books requested, the program hoped to foster a direct dialogue between the American and cooperating publishers.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.


These papers were processed with the generous support of The National Historical Publication and Records Commission and The John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kristine Marconi in 1999-2001 with the assistance of Christine Kitto, Rosemary Switzer, Anneké Allen, Nicole Basta, Amy Bergbreiter, Everitt Clark, Priscilla Delgado, Patrick Gallagher, Antoine Grady, Hilary Matson, Nate Holland, Chris Hoyte, Rachel Koblic, Shantanu Mukherjee, Brooke Meserole, Stan Ruda, Noelia Sanz, Brian Schulz, Sid Smith, Laura Vanderkam, and Brian Weiss. Finding aid written by Kristine Marconi in 1999-2001.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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, Title Files; Franklin Book Programs Records, MC057, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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