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John E. Hart Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hart, John E.
Title: John E. Hart Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1939-1993
Quantity: .5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, writings and memorabilia of American literary scholar John E. Hart.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Spanning 1939 to 1993, the John E. Hart Papers comprises correspondence, writings and memorabilia of the American literary scholar who taught for 28 years at Albion College. While pursuing advanced degrees (M.A. '40, Ph.D. '54) at Syracuse University, Hart was a student of professor of English Leonard Brown, an innovator in the application of Freudian and Marxian principles to literary critical theory. Reflecting not only Hart's relationships with publishers and authors, the collection also illuminates academic teaching at Syracuse University during the turbulent period just before the Second World War.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arranged alphabetically, the Correspondence-Subject Files includes incoming letters, manuscripts and printed material. Correspondence includes that of editors (James Laughlin, Charles A. Pearce, John Crowe Ransom, Alan Swallow, Theodore Weiss, Edmund Wilson); novelists (Cole Atwood, Eudora Welty); and poets (Tom Dryce, Carol Ely Harper) associated with with Experiment, one of the many small literary quarterlies which flourished between the post-War period and the mid-sixties. Letters and manuscripts from former fellow Syracuse University student Karl Korstad document the changing academic climate between the 1930s and the McCarthy era.

Five notebooks from his course work with Leonard Brown constitute the bulk of Hart's Writings.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Issues of Experiment are among the Library's cataloged rare book collections.

Additional material relating to Leonard Brown may be found among the Library's collection of his Papers.

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Subject Headings


Hart, John E.

Corporate Bodies

Syracuse University.


American literature -- 20th century.
Literature -- History and criticism.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John E. Hart Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: KM
Date: Feb 1998
Revision history: 7 Nov 2005 - EAD file created (MRR); 13 Nov 2017 - additions (MS)

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Correspondence-subject files
Box 1 Aldridge, John W. 1972, 1975
Box 1 re: Appel, Benjamin 1985, 1990
See also Folsom, Franklin.
Box 1 Appel, Willa 1986
Box 1 Atwood, Cole 1961
Box 1 Brown, Leonard 1941
Box 1 Dryce, Tom 1950
Box 1 Embler, Weller 1948 - "What Every Engineer Should Know"; offprint, inscribed
Box 1 Experiment 1949-1950, undated
Box 1 Folsom, Franklin 1972-1977, 1986 - includes photocopies of letters of Ben Appel
Box 1 Harper, Carol Ely 1949, 1957-1958, undated
Box 1 Indiana University Writers' Conference 1948
Box 1 The Kenyon Review 1948-1950
Korstad, Karl 1991-1992
Box 1 "The Attacks on 'Multiculturalism' are Political: Part of the Drive for Continued American Hegemony" - manuscript
Box 1 "Black and White Together: Organizing in the South with the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (FTA-CIO) 1946-1952" - manuscript
Box 1 "The Functional Approach" - ms.
Box 1 "Syracuse 1937-1942" - manuscript, drafts
Box 1 "Syracuse 1942 -- Denou[e]ment: Six Letters from Leonard Brown" - manuscript
Box 1 Laughlin, James 1942-1947, undated
Box 1 The New Yorker 1942, 1944
Box 1 Odenwaldschule 1950-1952
Box 1 Pearce, Charles A. 1942
Box 1 Quarterly Review of Literature 1947
Box 1 Ransom, John Crowe 1948, 1950
Box 1 Rejection letters 1942, 1946, 1948, undated
Box 1 Shapiro, Karl Jay 1949
Box 1 Swallow, Alan 1946-1964, undated
Box 1 Syracuse University 1938, 1950
Box 1 University of Cambridge 1950-1951
Box 1 University of Cincinnati 1946
Box 1 Weiss, Theodore Russell 1947
Box 1 Welty, Eudora 1943
Box 1 Wilson, Edmund 1944
Box 1 "Albert Halper's World of the Thirties," Twentieth Century Literature Jan 1964 - with pen and ink revisions
Box 1 "The Red Badge of Courage as Mythical Symbol," University of Kansas City Review summer 1953
Box 1 Literary Criticism course with Leonard Brown 1940, 1949 (2 volumes)
Box 1 Main Currents in American Literature course with Leonard Brown 1939
Box 1 Main Currents in Modern Literature course with Leonard Brown undated (2 folders)
Box 2 Modern Literature course with Leonard Brown 1941
Box 2 Renaissance Studies course with Leonard Brown 1939-1940 (2 folders)
Box 2 "Summer course with Leonard Brown, Malcolm Cowley, Kenneth Burke" undated
Box 2 Clippings 1993 - Albion College retirement honors, with program
Box 2 Clippings, Albion Reporter 1990
Box 2 McGraw-Hill Sound Seminars catalog undated
Printed material
Box 2 Experiment spring, summer 1949
Box 2 Mark Twain Journal summer 1959, spring 1964, winter 1972
Box 2 Tabard spring 1949, autumn 1949, undated
Box 2 Miscellaneous

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