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The Encounter magazine collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, and correspondence. The material is mostly sorted into files, many of which are arranged chronologically; often folders will contain a mix of different kinds of documents. Overall the material dates from the 1960s to 1988.
Manuscripts (and proofs) in the collection primarily consist of pieces written for the magazine, including unpublished pieces. These items date from May 1960 to June 1986. Some manuscripts dating from 1973-1974 are not present in the papers.
Printed material consists of files of clippings from various international papers from the 1960s and 1970s. Publications include Die Zeit, Die Welt, The Guardian, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, The New York Times, and others.
Correspondence in the collection includes files of letters regarding manuscripts submitted, from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. Notable correspondents include William F. Buckley, Jr., Simon Wiesenthal, Norman Podhoretz, Helmut Schmidt, and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. There is also a section of correspondence from the 1970s dealing with Encounter’s financial difficulties and Melvin Lasky’s fund-raising efforts. Correspondence files related to the magazine’s 25th anniversary issue and party include telegrams from Tom Wolfe, Robert Lowell, John Hollander, and John Kenneth Galbraith. Correspondence from 1953, used as part of the 25th anniversary, includes letters from Aldous Huxley, Lionel Trilling, Kenneth Tynan, and Leonard Woolf. Also present is a file of correspondence from 1953 congratulating the editors on the inaugural issue of Encounter. Other correspondence from that early period includes letters from Leslie Fiedler, Nathan Glazer, Wyndham Lewis, Albert Camus, and T. S. Eliot writing on the death of Dylan Thomas. In addition, there are files of general business correspondence, with letters and memos from Stephen Spender, Melvin Lasky, and various secretaries. Other notable correspondents include Arnold Toynbee, Tom Stoppard, William Shannon, Simon Schama, Diana Trilling, and Terence De Vere White.