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Raymond Federman Papers

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Material Toward Books

Professional Projects

Teaching

Samuel Beckett Research Material

Personal Papers

Works by Others

Ephemera

Audiovisual

Printed Material

Born Digital Material (Electronic Records)



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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materials relating to his critical work on Samuel Beckett, short stories, poems, essays, extensive correspondence, unpublished works, reel-to-reel audio recordings, student dissertations and teaching materials, clippings and other ephemera, photographs, and born digital materials.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


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[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],
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Series 9: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Ephemera consists of brochures, announcements, and clippings. Arranged chronologically by Brochures and Announcements featuring Federman, Brochures and Announcements not featuring Federman, Clippings featuring Federman, and Clippings not featuring Federman. Also includes business cards and stationery.
Sub-Series 9.1: Brochures and AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Arranged chronologically
Box 255Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Brochures and Announcements featuring Raymond Federman, No dateAdd to your cart.
Box 256Add to your cart.
Folder 1-20: Brochures and Announcements featuring Raymond Federman, No date; 1963-1986Add to your cart.
Box 257Add to your cart.
Folder 1-17: Brochures and Announcements featuring Raymond Federman, 1989-2005Add to your cart.
Oversized poster for Transes, 1989 located in Box 265
Box 258Add to your cart.
Folder 1-4: Brochures and Announcements featuring Raymond Federman, 2006-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 5-19: Brochures and Announcements not featuring Raymond Federman, No date; 1953-1973Add to your cart.
Box 259Add to your cart.
Folder 1-29: Brochures and Announcements not featuring Raymond Federman, 1974-2006Add to your cart.
Box 260Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: Brochures and Announcements not featuring Raymond Federman, 2007-2008Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9.2: Business CardsAdd to your cart.
Box 260Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Consists of various business cards retained by FedermanAdd to your cart.
10 items. Also includes a small grouping of clippings, notes, envelopes and business cards originally arranged by Federman (21 items)
Sub-Series 9.3: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Arranged chronologically
Box 260Add to your cart.
Folder 4-34: Clippings featuring Federman, No date; 1960-1998Add to your cart.
Box 261Add to your cart.
Folder 1-11: Clippings featuring Federman, 1999-2010Add to your cart.
Folder 12-18: Clippings not featuring Federman, No date; 1956-1966Add to your cart.
Box 262Add to your cart.
Folder 1-35: Clippings not featuring Federman, 1967-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Clippings not featuring FedermanAdd to your cart.
Clippings originally arranged by Federman
Sub-Series 9.4: StationeryAdd to your cart.
Box 262Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Blank Fiction Collective and Raymond Federman letterhead, envelope, and postcardAdd to your cart.
5 items
Folder 38: Letter stencilsAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Postcards (blank)Add to your cart.
9 items
Sub-Series 9.5: Clippings ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Box 262Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Clippings scrapbook of Federman reviews for Double or Nothing, Amer Eldorado, and Take It or Leave ItAdd to your cart.

10 pages. Requires preservation.

Located in Box 265


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[Series 8: Works by Others],
[Series 9: Ephemera],
[Series 10: Audiovisual],
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