Robert Payne Collection
Series Outline and Descriptions
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 Payne.
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and unpublished manuscripts, works, and proposals.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 by title.
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Correspondence with publishers about published and unpublished manuscripts, other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.
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. 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
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, and supporter.
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 Payne.
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 for Publication
Series 2. Diaries, Notes, and Other Creative Materials Not Intended for Publication