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Guide to the Norman Waddell papers, 1986-2008

Summary

Author, translator, and teacher Norman Waddell was born in Washington, D.C. in 1940, and he moved to Japan in 1965. He is an emeritus professor at Otani University in Kyoto, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Literature (LittD) and where he taught for more than thirty years. He has translated works by notable Zen figures such as Suzuki D.T. (Daisetz Teitarō), Dōgen Kigen, Bankei Yōtaku, and Hakuin Ekaku. Waddell's papers include correspondence from: Zen teacher Robert Aitken, who was a co-founder of the Diamond Sangha in Honolulu; artist Frederick Franck; and scholar and translator Burton Watson.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11760
Title
Norman Waddell papers
Date
1986-2008
Creator
Waddell, Norman
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence from: Zen teacher Robert Aitken, who was a co-founder of the Diamond Sangha in Honolulu; artist Frederick Franck; and scholar and translator Burton Watson. Much of the correspondence concerns writing, editing, publishing, and translating works about Zen Buddhism. Frederick Franck includes sketches on many of his letters; there are also few "Shoestring" newsletters from Pacem-in-Terris, the sculpture garden in Warwick, NY created by Frederick and Claske Franck.

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Arrangement

Correspondence arranged alphabetically.

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Collection is open for research.

The Burton Watson letters are closed to research until July 29, 2025.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Norman Waddell Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Aitken, Robert, 1988-2007
(3 folders)

Concerning writing, editing, and publishing, as well as news about Aitken's Diamond Sangha in Hawaii, family, and health.

Box 1
Franck, Frederick, 1986-2004
(2 folders)

Concerning exhibitions, travel, writing, and Buddhism. Frank includes sketches with many of his letters. There are a few "Shoestring" newsletters from Pacem-in-Terris, the sculpture garden created by Frederick and Claske Franck.

Box 1
Watson, Burton, 1987-2008
(2 folders)

Mostly concerning his work translating Chinese and Japanese writings into English.

The Burton Watson letters are closed to research until July 29, 2025.

Box 2
 

Historical Note

Author, translator, and teacher Norman Waddell was born in Washington, D.C. in 1940, and he moved to Japan in 1965. He is an emeritus professor at Otani University in Kyoto, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Literature (LittD) and where he taught for more than thirty years. He has translated works by notable Zen figures such as Suzuki D.T. (Daisetz Teitarō), Dōgen Kigen, Bankei Yōtaku, and Hakuin Ekak

Related Material

The Norman Waddell papers were originally part of the Reginald Horace Blyth papers, 1948-1970 and undated. https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/blythrh/

Researchers may also be interested in the Philip Kapleau papers, 1912-2004. https://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/findingaids/kapleauphilip/


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Provenance

The Norman Waddell papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Laurin Penland, July, 2019

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2019-0082.