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Raymond Federman Papers


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Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010 | MS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Raymond Federman Papers, 1941-2010Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1941-2010

ID: MS/MS/ms044

Primary Creator: Federman, Raymond, 1928-2009

Extent: 266.0 Boxes

Languages: English, Croatian, German, Finnish, Slovenian, French, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Raymond Federman Collection includes extensive draft and proof materials toward Federman's books including Double or Nothing, Amer Eldorado, Aunt Rachel's Fur, and Shhh. Also, materials relating to his critical work on Samuel Beckett, short stories, poems, essays, extensive correspondence, unpublished works, reel-to-reel audio recordings, student dissertations and teaching materials, clippings and other ephemera, photographs, and born digital materials.

Collection Historical Note

Raymond Federman (May 15, 1928 – October 6, 2009) was a French–American novelist and academic, known also for poetry, essays, translations, and criticism. He was a writer in the experimental style, one that sought to deconstruct traditional prose. This type of writing is quite prevalent in his book Double or Nothing, in which the linear narrative of the story has been broken down and restructured so as to be nearly incoherent. Words are also often arranged on pages to resemble images or to suggest repetitious themes.

Federman was born in Montrouge, France, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1947. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea and Japan from 1951 to 1954, he studied at Columbia University under the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1957. He did his graduate studies at U.C.L.A., receiving his M.A. in 1958, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 1963, with his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett.

He taught in the French Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1964, and in the French Department at The State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1973, and as a fiction writer in the English Department at SUNY-Buffalo from 1973 to 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 1990, and in 1992, appointed to the Melodia E. Jones Chair of Literature, where he served until retiring in July 1999. In 2000, he was appointed as Distinguished Emeritus Professor.

Federman died of cancer at the age of 81 and in May 2010, his final new English novel, SHHH: The Story of a Childhood, was released by Starcherone Press.

Administrative Information

Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more details.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Technical Access Note: The library cannot provide access to all born-digital materials due to lack of required hardware/software. Requests for born-digtial material may require advanced notice. Please contact Special Collections for more details.

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 2096. Purchased from Raymond Federman, 1997

Accession number 2013.033. Purchased from Lame Duck Books, November 13, 2013

Accession number MSS2017-028. Purchase from Erica Federman, September 11, 2017

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

Finding Aid Revision History: Edited on 8/15/2018 by Elizabeth Winter under the supervision of Robert Manley

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],

Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research MaterialAdd to your cart.
Consists of research material collection by Federman concerning Samuel Beckett. Additional Beckett materials can also be located throughout the collection.
Box 219Add to your cart.
Folder 1-4: Articles and papersAdd to your cart.
Consists of various photocopies, tear sheets, clippings, and essays concerning Samuel Beckett. Additional materials related to Beckett may also be located throughout the collection.
Folder 5: Beckett: Mercier and Camier by Charles KranceAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 27 pages
Folder 6: Cap au PireAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 29 pages
Folder 7: Chronologies and bibliographiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: EleutheriaAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 133 pages. In French
Folder 9: FilmAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 16 pages
Folder 10: Fragment de ThéâtreAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 24 pages
Folder 11: George Chambers and Raymond Federman on Samuel Beckett's Musical GeometryAdd to your cart.
Typescript and autograph, 37 pages. Includes email correspondence
Box 220Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Miscellaneous research materialsAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, work by others, etc. Housed together by Federman.
Folder 3: MolloyAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 48 pages
Folder 4: 150 Samuel Beckett CitationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Photocopies of Samuel Beckett correspondenceAdd to your cart.
22 pages. Copies from an unidentified book
Folder 6: Photocopies of Samuel Beckett poemsAdd to your cart.
Includes correspondence
Folder 7: Ping/BingAdd to your cart.
Typescript and typescript [photocopy], 77 pages
Folder 8: Poems about Samuel BeckettAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 35 pages
Folder 9: Un Siecle d'Ecrivains, Samuel Beckett, 1996Add to your cart.
Directed and presented by Bernard Rapp. Typescript [printout], 56 pages, written by Valérie Lumbroso
Folder 10: Reference notesAdd to your cart.
Autograph, 68 pages
Folder 11: What Is the WordAdd to your cart.
Typescript,1 page
Box 221Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Worstward HoAdd to your cart.
Typescript, 242 pages. Includes correspondence

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Material Toward Books],
[Series 4: Professional Projects],
[Series 5: Teaching],
[Series 6: Samuel Beckett Research Material],
[Series 7: Personal Papers],
[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
[Series 11: Printed Material],
[Series 12: Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)],

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