James Rorty papers, 1915-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Rorty, James, 1890-1973
Title
James Rorty papers
Dates
1915-1972 (inclusive)
Quantity
10.0 linear feet, (9 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 769
Summary
James Rorty (1890-1973) was an American writer and poet who tackled subjects such as American industries, Joseph McCarthy, labor, medicine, nutrition, advertising, and Jim Crow. The collection (1915-1972) contains James Rorty's literary manuscripts, journals, correspondence, memoirs, and photographs as well as manuscripts and correspondence by Rorty's sisters, the writers Eva Beard and Marion Bullard.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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Languages
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 NoteReturn to Top

James Rorty (1890-1973) was born March 30, 1890, in Middletown, New York, the son of Octavia (Churchill) and Richard McKay Rorty. He was educated in Middletown schools and at Tufts College, where he received his Bachelor's in 1913. He did graduate work at New York University and The New School for Social Research.

During WWI he served as a stretcher bearer on the Argonne front, earning the Distinguished Service Cross, and shortly after returning from Europe he married Maria Ward Lambin. They were divorced in 1928, and he married Winifred Raushenbush, and together they had one son, Richard.

James Rorty's career as a journalist and poet spanned over sixty years. In the introductory chapter of his unpublished memoirs, he called himself "the last of the muckrakers," but enlarged on that image in a newspaper interview where he stated that his books against individual industries were only part of his overall work of combating social injustice in America. "My work has been all one book - prose, plays, and poetry - on American economy and culture," he is quoted as saying.

Rorty also worked as an editor, journalist, advertising copy writer, and consultant for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Series I: Correspondence is separated into outgoing and incoming sections. Outgoing correspondence is organized by date (1915-1972). Incoming correspondence is organized alphabetically by name or title. Incoming letters include fan letters and congratulatory letters regarding Rorty's poetry.

There is another section of incoming correspondence from family members.

Series II: Journals and notebooks contain literary notebooks with prose and poetry drafts and ideas, and day journals (1919-1920s; 1960s).

Series III: Manuscript material is organized by type: Book Length; Plays; Article Length; Book Reviews; Voice of America Files; Poetry; Poetry Collections; and miscellaneous chapters, fragments, and pages. Material within each section is organized alphabetically by title.

Voice of America material was written during Rorty's employment with the Ideological Advisory Unit, from 1951-1953.

Series IV: Tearsheets and Clippings contains articles about Rorty, articles written by Rorty; and possibly tearsheets and articles gathered by Rorty. Material is arranged by title of work.

Series V: Miscellaneous Items includes manuscripts by others, press clippings, reviews of Rorty's books, photographs, biographical outlines, contracts, and other financial records.

Series VI: The Papers of Eva Beard includes correspondence, manuscripts, tearsheets and clippings, household notes, copyright records, and biographical information.

Series VII: The papers of Marion Bullard includes manuscripts, original sketches, clippings, press, address books, and photographs.

The collection also includes publications by Rorty, and by others.

Photographs have been removed from their original placement in the collection, and are stored separately for preservation reasons, under the call number PH123.

The collection also includes an accession of 2005: 05.034.M which includes correspondence and literary manuscripts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Rorty papers, Ax 769, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Papers, 1915-1972Return to Top

9.0 linear feet

Accession 05.034.MReturn to Top

Photographs (PH123)Return to Top

1.0 linear feet
Rorty, James, 1890-1973
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
PH123_001: The Richard Blounts: "Dear Aunt Eva, here is the family, Pete 10, Steve 8, Anne 5 on Dec 22nd, Viola looking very prim, and me--the worry with the fringe on top, Berd." [Christmas card]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_002: [Close-up of Nancy and Malcolm, middle age]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_003: [Nancy and Malcolm, as wedding guests?]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_004: The Diamond, Donegal. Printed in Eire. R.3231. Valentine's [Central square in Irish village, 1940s, cars, trucks and carts.]
1.0 photographic print
3-3/8 x 5.5 inches
1940s
PH123_005: Marion [Young woman sitting on bench in house entryway, wearing long light skirt, dark sweater, and men's tie.]
1.0 photographic print
4-3/8 x 3-3/8 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_006: Leslie Anne Rorty, May 1959 [Blonde baby girl in sun dress, head and shoulders]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_007: Nancy, Bruce, Leslie Anne & Malcolm Rorty [Christmas card, family posed on stone wall at beach with large stone headland behind.]
1.0 photographic print
7 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_008: [Elderly gentleman, glasses, dark suit, seated in front of stone fireplace]
1.0 photographic print
4-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_009: Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bullard, taken in Bermuda in 1907 [Edwardian couple seated on bench in garden, two boys watching]
1.0 photographic print
4-1/2 x 3-3/4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_010: [Adult in garden party attire, outside white farm house]
1.0 photographic print
5-3/4 x 3-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_011: [Garden scene: iris foliage next to daisy plant]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 6 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_012: [Wedding party: Malcolm, Nancy and two other women. Interior, full length.]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_013: Bruce V. Rorty, May 1959 [Blonde toddler boy in sailor sweater, head and shoulders]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 4 inches
1959
PH123_014: [Three-quarter portrait of gentleman in dark suit, celluloid collar. Balding, handlebar mustache5-7/8x3]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_015: Pierre Very--author of mysteries, close friend of Georges Nuvand & Marion. "With love from Pete" [Portrait of middle-aged European man, dark hair, in suit. May be "Nuvard" or "Nuivand"]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_016: Tito and Patsy [Boy holding cat on lawn outside white farm house]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_017: [Malcolm? Aged gentleman with glass sitting in garden at night]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 7 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_018: Bruce Rorty 2-1/2 years [Blonde boy at beach, three-quarter]
1.0 photographic print
4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_019: [Three women picnicking, 1920-30s?]
1.0 photographic print
2-1/4 x 3-1/8 inches
1920s-30s
PH123_020: [Man in World War I uniform with woman in hat and overcoat, outside white farm house. 1920s?]
1.0 photographic print
3-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches
1920s?
PH123_021: 7 July 1957. Elizabeth Carruthers Dakin and Pamela. Nancy Carruthers Rorty and Bruce. [Christening scene: two women holding babies next to pastor at fount]
1.0 photographic print
3 x 4-3/8 inches
1957
PH123_022: Malcolm, Nancy & Bruce Rorty. [Back] 11212 Cynthia, Garden Grove, Calif. [1958-59? Christmas card, seated on beach]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_023: [Head and shoulders of man in suit, 1920s?, possibly Malcolm]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
1920s?
PH123_024: Seasons' Greetings! From the Rortys. Christmas, 1963 [Four children dressed in Japanese attire, with cat, outside a stucco house]
1.0 photographic print
4 x 5 inches
1936
PH123_025: [Interior of a studio in an Edwardian house?]
1.0 photographic print
3-3/8 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_026: Bruce Vail Rorty [Close-up pf smiling baby, about three months old]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 3-7/8 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_027: [Middle-aged woman seated in rocker in yard, 1920s? Same date and person as #28]
1.0 photographic print
5-5/8 x 3-1/2 inches
1920s?
PH123_028: [Middle-aged woman standing in garden, 1920s? Same date and person as #27]
1.0 photographic print
5-5/8 x 3-1/2 inches
1920s?
PH123_029: Brid & Eleanor [very hard to read] [Young girl and toddler seated in doorway, 1910-1920?]
1.0 photographic print
4-3/8 x 2-7/8 inches
1910-1920?
PH123_030: Leslie Anne & Bruce, Nov. '59 [Close-up of two blonde children at beach]
1.0 photographic print
4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_031: Leslie Anne Rorty, 1-1/2 years [Little girl at beach]
1.0 photographic print
4-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_032: B.V.R. [Bruce in crib]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_033: "I'm afraid it's hard to see in this photo, but Marion's painting is just behind Bruce's head." [Bruce in crib]
1.0 photographic print
4-1/2 x 3-12 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_034: "Cousin Pamela Dakin is on the left" [Baby Bruce and cousin in crib]
1.0 photographic print
3-5/8 x 4-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_035: "Pamela on the left" [Baby Bruce and cousin in crib]
1.0 photographic print
3-5/8 x 4-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_036: [Man with child piggyback, standing outdoors. Series with #36-41. 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
1890s?
PH123_037: [Man with child piggyback, standing outdoors. Series with #36-41. 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
1890s
PH123_038: [Woman standing and child seated. Series with #36-41. 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
1890s
PH123_039: Winifred & Mama in path to huckleberry swamp, July '96 [Woman and child seated outdoors. Series with #36-41.]
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_040: Winifred in barn door playing with kittens. June '96
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_041: Brown Station NJ [or NY]. In the barn, Carsons, July '96. Winifred
1.0 photographic print
5 x 5 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_042: Tante Schäfer & Winifred in the yard by the church at New York, 1896 [Series #42-44. Woman and child, June 1896, New York churchyard.]
1.0 photographic print
4-5/8 x 3-3/4 inches
1896
PH123_043: Winifred u. Tante "Schaefer" in Hof neben der Kirche im Juni 1896 [Series #42-44. Woman and child, June 1896, New York churchyard.]
1.0 photographic print
4-5/8 x 3-3/4 inches
1896
PH123_044: Tante Schaefer & Winifred [Series #42-44. Woman and child, June 1896, New York churchyard.]
1.0 photographic print
4-5/8 x 3-3/4 inches
1896
PH123_045: [Studio portrait, boy in sailor suit with cane, 1890s. Series #45-49]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches
1890s
PH123_046: [Studio portrait, boy in sailor suit with cane, 1890s. Series #45-49]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches
1890s
PH123_047: [Studio portrait, four children, 1890s. Series #45-49]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches
1890s
PH123_048: [Studio portrait, girl in middy dress, 1890s. Series #45-49]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches
1890s
PH123_049: [Studio portrait, girl in middy dress, 1890s. Series #45-49]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches
1880s
PH123_050: [Studio portrait, woman with two young children]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_051: Nancy Vail Carruthers, 25 Ranchera Rd., Kentfield Calif. April 1956. Mt. San Gorgonio (near Banning) in backgrtound [Woman seated in field of California poppies, mountains behind.]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 5 inches
1956
PH123_052: [Head and shoulders of woman, Edwardian or Victorian. Same as #52b]
1.0 photographic print
2-1/8 x 2-1/2 inches
not yet assigned
PH123_053: [Family portrait, nine people seated in garden, 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
5-1/2 x 6-3/8 inches
1890s?
PH123_054: H.E. Churchill, aged 80-1/2 years & grandson James Hancock Rorty, aged 3-1/2 years. [Imprinted by studio: Mills, Middletown, N.Y.] [1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
4-1/8 x 2-1/2 inches
1890s?
PH123_055: [Elderly woman in front of woodpile. 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
2-3/4 x 1-7/8 inches
1890s?
PH123_056: A picture from myself, worked 1945, a little German [?] girl [Head and shoulders of young woman]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
1945
PH123_057: [Three children in front of house, older girl and two young boys, 1890s?]
1.0 photographic print
2-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches
1890s?
PH123_058: Marion [Young woman seated on fence, with greyhound. 1900s?]
1.0 photographic print
3-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
1900s?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Poetry--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Rorty, James, 1890-1973--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Memoirs