Inventory of the Sacvan Bercovitch Papers, 1940-2011
Collection contains research notes, manuscripts on paper and floppy diskettes, and some correspondence relating to the serial Cambridge History of American Literature, of which Bercovitch is general editor. Research notes chiefly relate to Bercovitch's work on colonial American literature and religion, particularly on the Puritans in New England. Also includes drafts with corrections of A Cultural Model of Literary Studies, and Literary Context, both by Bercovitch. Another set of files consists of writings by others, curriculum vitae, and more correspondence pertaining to the Cambridge serial. Some correspondence and articles date from the 1940s and 1950s and were written by Bryna Bercovitch in Yiddish; English translations included. Part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for Literary Historiography.
- Sacvan Bercovitch Papers, 1940-2011
- Bercovitch, Sacvan
- 35.0 Linear Feet, 25,576 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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- Sacvan Bercovitch Papers, 1940s-1999
- Addition (2001-0091), 1995-2001
- Addition (2001-0211), 1991-2001
- Addition (2002-0097), 2001-2002
- Addition (2002-0255), 2001-2002
- Addition (2003-0276), 2001-2003
- Addition (2004-0093), 2003-2004
- Addition (2005-0074), 1983-2005
- Addition (2006-0057), 2000-2006
- Additions (2008-0103 and 2009-0145), 1973-2009
- Accession (2010-0036)
- Accession (2011-0082) 1956-2010 and undated
- Accession (2011-1008)
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Research notes, manuscripts on paper and floppy diskettes, and some correspondence relating to the serial Cambridge History of American Literature, of which Bercovitch is general editor. Research notes chiefly relate to Bercovitch's work on colonial American literature and religion, particularly on the Puritans in New England. Also includes drafts with corrections of A Cultural Model of Literary Studies, and Literary Context, both by Bercovitch. Another set of files consists of writings by others, curriculum vitae, and more correspondence pertaining to the Cambridge serial. Some correspondence and articles date from the 1940s and 1950s and were written by Bryna Bercovitch in Yiddish; English translations included. Some later correspondence is comprised of email printed out. There is also material documenting his work as an English professor at Harvard, such as student correspondence and papers.
Addition (01-091) (1700 items, dated 1995-2001) contains primarily e-mail correspondence with colleagues and students. Also includes teaching materials, a 1996 lecture on John Winthrop, and translations of writings (1943-1950) in Yiddish by Bryna Bercovitch.
Addition (01-211) (1500 items, 1.2 linear feet; dated 1991-2001 and n.d.) consists primarily of email correspondence with colleagues and students (1995-2001). Also includes drafts of writings sent to Bercovitch (1991-1999 and n.d.) and materials relating to a public television series concerning American literature.
Addition (02-097) (375 items, .6 linear feet; dated 2001-2002) consists of professional and personal correspondence, primarily printed email.
Addition (02-255) (1200 items, 1.2 lin. ft.; dated 2001-2002) contains primarily email correspondence with colleagues, friends, and former students. Also includes publication drafts (n.d.) by Bercovitch, particularly proofs of Deadpan Huck, which was published in the Kenyon Review, and information about Bercovitch's retirement at the end of 2001.
Addition (03-276) (2175 items, 3.4 lin. ft.; dated 2001-2003) consists primarily of printouts of email correspondence with colleagues, friends, and former students.
Addition (04-093) (1500 items, 2.4 lin. ft.; dated 2003-2004) contains primarily printouts of email correspondence with colleagues and friends regarding American literature, Yiddish literature, and other topics.
Addition (05-074) (4276 items, 7.2 lin. ft.; dated 1983-2005) comprises primarily personal and professional email correspondence (2001-2005); research notes; other correspondence; and teaching materials from courses taught in the 1980s.
Addition (06-057) (1,875 items, 3.0 lin. ft.; dated 2000-2006) consists primarily of printouts of email correspondence with colleagues, friends, and former students.
Additions (08-103 and 09-145) (7200 items; 9.6 lin. ft.; dated 1973-2009) includes printouts of email correspondence (both professional, personal, and class-related); research/lecture notecards on various books and authors; course packets with articles and readings on Puritans, Jewish-American literature, and general American literature; reviews of some of Bercovitch's books; materials from the publication of The Art of Sylvia Ary; and miscellaneous teaching materials and articles.
Although this addition has not been processed, materials have been arranged into loose series: Correspondence, Book reviews, Materials from The Art of Sylvia Ary, Teaching materials, and Research/Lecture notes. Correspondence consists almost entirely of email printouts, and various folders have been marked as professional or personal when assigned as such by Bercovitch. The addition originally contained 7 CDs and 1 floppy disk from The Art of Sylvia Ary; these materials have been copied to Duke's electronic records server, and the disks have been transferred to the custody of the Electronic Records Archivist.
Correspondence, lectures, and lecture notes about various English literature authors.
Series consists of three subseries. The Books Subseries includes fourteen published works with Bercovitch's notations in the margins. Correspondence Subseries consists of one folder with letters ranging from 2002 to 2010. The bulk of the letter are from past students. The Printed Material Subseries holds two articles; one from 1967 entitled Teenager's resentment dissolves in foster home and an article published in the New York Times on March 28, 2010 titled Mad As Hell. And...
Subseries consists of 14 books with Bercovitch's annotations.
Series includes class and lecture notes on a wide range of American authors and novels, as well as a small amount of material related to Bercovitch's writings, including Game of Chess and American Jeremiad. The lecture notes have been arranged alphabetically using Bercovitch's original naming scheme.
[Electronic records have been migrated to a library server. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]
Sacvan Bercovitch is a literary scholar and professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University.
- Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography
- American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
- Puritans--New England
- American literature--History and criticism
- Religion and literature--United States
- New England--Intellectual life
- Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
- Bercovitch, Sacvan--Cultural model of literary studies
- Bercovitch, Sacvan--Literary context
[Identification of item], Sacvan Bercovitch Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The collection was given as a gift by Sacvan Bercovitch during the date span 1993-2011.
Processed by Paula Jeannet and T. Walker Robinson
Completed August 26, 1997
Encoded by Lisa Stark
This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.
Finding aid updated by Meghan Lyon, 2009-2012, to include subsequent additions.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2001-0091, 2001-0211, 2002-0097, 2002-0255, 2003-0276, 2004-0093, 2005-0074, 2006-0057, 2008-0103, 2009-0145, 2010-0036, 2011-0082, 2011-1008