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Lewis Mumford supplementary collection

Ms. Coll. 1350

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990
Title:
Lewis Mumford supplementary collection
Date [inclusive]:
1926-1978
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1350
Extent:
0.4 linear foot (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Lewis Mumford (1895–1990) was one of the foremost American intellectuals of the twentieth century. This collection consists of material by or about Lewis Mumford which was purchased to supplement the Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2.
Cite as:
Lewis Mumford supplementary collection, Ms. Coll. 1350, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Lewis Mumford (1895–1990) was one of the foremost American intellectuals of the twentieth century. He has described himself as a "generalist," and in his distinguished career as a writer he has covered a vast territory with both depth and insight. Believing that knowledge had become too fragmentary in the modern age, he sought to build bridges across academic disciplines and to synthesize information from various specialties. Mumford's audience was the educated layman, and in his numerous writings, which included over two dozen books and nearly one thousand articles and book reviews, he challenged his public to think in new ways. As a critic of American literature, art, and architecture, Mumford informed his readership about new developments in Europe, while at the same time he uncovered buried riches from the nation's past. The city in all of its historical, sociological, and technological aspects occupied a special place in his vision of man's past and future potential. While he is primarily remembered for his writings in these areas, the extraordinary catholicity of Mumford's intellectual interests also included the history of religious and philosophical thought, the pre- and post-World War II political scene, and the state of American education.

For a more detailed biographical note on Lewis Mumford, please see the finding aid for the Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material by or about Lewis Mumford which was purchased to supplement the Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2. As such, this collection is diverse and varied. Researchers should use this collection in conjunction with other collections containing Mumford materials at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2018 April 2

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

This collection is made up of many purchases.

Box 1, Folders 1-14 were purchased from Howard S. Mott, Inc. in 2002. The seller's description of each item is contained within the folder.

Box 1, Folder 15, sold by Paper Books, 2016

Box 1, Folder 16, sold by David J. Holmes, Autographs, 2015

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Bibliographies
  • Correspondence
  • Writings (documents)

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Collection Inventory

I. Correspondence.

Box Folder

Pearce, Charles A. ("Cap"), letters from Lewis Mumford (six) and letters to and from Harold G. Rugg, Assistant Librarian at Dartmouth College Library (two), 1931-1940.

1 1

Sherman, Paul, letter forwarding a letter of introduction written by Lewis Mumford, relating to Sherman's research for Mumford's biography, 1964 March.

1 2

Springarn, Amy, letters from Lewis Mumford (includes a 1945 lecture by Joel Springarn, husband of Amy Springarn), 32 letters, 1945, 1964-1978.

1 3-7

Young, Art, letter from Lewis Mumford referring to an upcoming lecture on capitalism, 1939 August 13.

1 16

II. Writings by Mumford.

Box Folder

"American Culture: The Future," corrected typescript, circa 1940.

1 8

"The Birth of Order," typed manuscript for a newspaper article, 1931 February 8.

1 9

"The Coming Collapse of Transportation," corrected typescript, printed for Curtis Brown, Ltd., 1971 September 23.

1 15

"Corruption of Liberalism," three corrected drafts, circa 1940.

1 10

"Lewis Mumford Bibliography," typescript and selected articles and poems, 1926-1940.

1 11

"The Skyline," three typescript drafts and notes and sketches, circa 1940.

1 12

"Thomas Beer, Aristocrat of Letters," corrected typescript, 1940 April 20-21.

1 13

Western World, typed prospectus for, circa 1941.

1 14