Guide to the Robert Littell Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Littell, Robert, 1896-1963
Title: Robert Littell papers
Dates: 1901-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (5 containers, 4 volumes)
Collection Number: Ax 400
Summary: Robert Littell (1896-1963) was a writer, editor and drama critic for major US magazines and newspapers. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, articles, books, and scrapbooks.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Robert Littell (1896-1963) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and educated at Harvard University. From 1922 to 1927 he was associate editor of the New Republic, and from 1927 to 1931 he worked as a drama critic for New York newspapers. From 1942 to 1961 he was associate, then senior editor of Reader's Digest.

Content Description

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, articles, books, and scrapbooks.

Correspondence is organized by subject and includes personal family letters from Robert Littell to his father, Philip Littell, and other family members (1909-1961), written from Harvard, with the Ambulance Corps, with the American Shipping Mission, with the American Commission to Negotiate Peace, with the American Relief Administration, with the Interchurch World Movement investigation of the steel strike in Pittsburgh, as associate editor of New Republic, and as associate and senior editor of Reader's Digest in Europe.

Also alvailable are letters of Anita Blaine Littell (Robert's wife) written from Europe to the Damrosch and Littell families (1949-1963), letters from Philip Littell to Robert and Anita Littel (1936-1940), letters from Mrs. Philip Littell (1933-1949), and letters to Robert Littell concerning the death of his father (1943).

Manuscripts are organized by title of work and may include outlines, drafts, editor and publisher correspondence, research, notes, revisions, and corrections.

The collection also contains books and other publications.

The scrapbooks contain manuscripts, correspondence, and published pieces of Littell's work.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Robert Littell papers, Ax 400, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Books and Articles, and Scrapbooks.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Additional Reference Guides :  

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Related Materials :  

Correspondence to/from Robert Littell can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: Philip Littell papers, Ax 782.


  • Subject Terms :
  • Editors--United States
  • Editors--United States--Correspondence
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Manuscripts for publication
    • Scrapbooks

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