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Robert Littell papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 400

Scope and Contents

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 Littell (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.


  • 1901-1963


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


6.5 linear feet (7 containers) : 4 record storage boxes, 1 manuscript box, 2 oversize flat boxes

Language of Materials



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.


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

Other Finding Aids

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.

Processing Information

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.

Guide to the Robert Littell Papers
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Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA