Robert Payne Collection
Manuscript Collection 293
Subgroup I. Writings
Series 1. Manuscripts
Includes articles and reviews, discards, drafts, final manuscripts, illustrations,
production materials (for plays, for example), proofs and galleys, proposals,
outlines, synopses, research notes, cards, clippings, and notebooks.
Series 2. Forewords, Introductions, Reviews, and Series Editing
Includes materials written, edited, and contributed by Robert Payne, as
well as letters to the editor commenting on reviews written by Robert
Series 3. Magazine Articles
Includes published articles and publications by Robert Payne.
Series 4. Research Materials
Includes notes, notebooks, and related materials used research and writing.
Series 5. Reviews
Published reviews of works by Robert Payne.
Series 6. Manuscript Fragments
Series 7. Published Poems
Subgroup II. Correspondence
Series 1. Literary Correspondence by Title
Correspondence with publishers, agents, producers, managers, and others
about published and unpublished manuscripts, works, and proposals. Arranged
Series 2. Literary Correspondence by Publisher
Correspondence with publishers about published and unpublished manuscripts,
other works and proposals, when the title or work is unclear from the
text of the letter. Arranged by name of publishers.
Series 3. Other Correspondence
Correspondence with friends, acquaintances, fans, including literary matters,
social engagements, and personal correspondence. In addition to letters
from the named persons, folders may also include letters from Robert Payne
to that person.
A. Literary and Personal Correspondence by Name
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name.
B. Miscellaneous Correspondence
The Miscellaneous Correspondence contains individual letters from acquaintances
and associates. Correspondents are not listed individually. Arranged alphabetically
by correspondent's last name. Includes a few letters addressed to Sheila
L. Payne regarding Robert Payne.
C. Apartment Correspondence
Memoranda and correspondence regarding Mr. Payne's apartment on Central
Park West in New York City.
D.Miscellaneous letters to others
Not listed individually.
Series 4. Family Correspondence
Letters to and from relatives, including literary correspondence between
Robert Payne and his parents and his brother Alan. Also includes genealogical
and general family correspondence.
The letters between Robert Payne and his parents provide personal knowledge
and insight into world conditions from Robert Payne's perspective of travels
in Europe, Singpore, China, and the United States. Biographical information
as well as personal opinions about famous people are noted in these letters.
The letters also provide insight into his method of gathering information
and style of writings preparatory to writing his books. Stephen Payne's
letters reflect his roles as a friend, editor, literary agent, critic,
A. Robert Payne's letters to his parents, 1934-1972
B. Stephen Payne's letters to Robert Payne, 1947-1972
C. Mireille Payne's letters to Robert Payne
D. Correspondence with other relatives
Subgroup III. PEN American Center and Columbia University Translation Center
Series 1. Correspondence
Series 2. Organizational Materials
Series 3. Translation Committee Materials and Translated Material
Subgroup IV. Biography
Awards, calendars, diplomas, passports, wills, materials about Robert
Subgroup V. Family
Family personal papers, diaries, appointment books, and photographs relating
to Stephen and Mireille (Dorey) Payne, Martha Dorey, and Anthony Payne.
Subgroup VI. Audio-Visual Materials
Series 1. Photographs
A. Illustrations for books
B. Personal and family
Series 2. Audiotapes and Film
Reel-to-reel audio tapes; cassette tapes, microfilm, long playing audio
discs, 8 mm and 16 mm film, and slides.
Subgroup VII. Artifacts and Memorabilia
Subgroup VIII. Manuscripts by Other Authors
Series 1. Novels, Plays, Poems, and Other Creative Works of Art Intended
Series 2. Diaries, Notes, and Other Creative Materials not Intended for