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Collection Number: 04012

Collection Title: Jackson Mathews Papers, 1927-1975.

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Size 13.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4900 items)
Abstract Jackson Mathews was an editor, teacher, poet, and translator. He taught at Harvard and Princeton universities and the universities of Georgia, Oregon, and Washington. He was an editor for Bollingen Foundation publications and worked with numerous American poets. He was general editor of the 15-volume "Complete Works of Paul Valery." Correspondence, writings, pictures, and other materials, chiefly 1945-1974, relating to Jackson Mathews. Correspondence concerns academic matters at the universities where he taught; scholarly matters, especially translations of French literature; the work of the Bollingen Foundation; and the National Translation Center. Correspondents include Robert Fitzgerald (1910- ), Theodore Roethke, (1908-1963), Allen Tate (1899- ), Carolyn Kizer, W.H. Auden (1907-1973), Yves Bonnefoy (1923- ), Robert Lowell (1917-1977), Rene Char (1907- ), and William Carlos Williams (1883- 1963). Also included are materials relating to translations of the works of Paul Valery(1871-1945), Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), Rene Char, and Saint-John Perse (1887-1975.
Creator Mathews, Jackson, 1907-1978.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Materials in OP-4012/5 may not be published in any form before 10 September 2025. Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Jackson Mathews Papers #4012, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Geoffrey Steele, Inc., of Lumberville, Pennsylvania, in November 1976. (Related publications were acquired at the same time by the Rare Books Collection and the Library's main collection.)
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Jackson Mathews, poet and scholar, was born 18 October 1907 in Griffin, Georgia, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Mathews. He earned both his B.A. (1928, Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. (1930) degrees from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1947. Mathews was married to fellow scholar Marthiel Duke Mathews, who collaborated with him on several translations.

A field officer with the Office of Strategic Services, 1943-1945, Mathews won the Bronze Star. After World War II, he joined the United States Foreign Service and held the post of vice-consul for cultural affairs in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mathews's teaching career spanned three decades, including posts at Harvard and Princeton universities and at the Universities of Georgia and Oregon. His longest tenure was at the University of Washington, 1949-1955, where he established the Department of Comparative Literature. Mathews served as an editor for Bollingen Foundation publications, starting in 1953. In 1957, he accepted the position of vice-president with the Foundation. In both of these roles, he was highly influential, especially among modern poets. His extensive list of correspondents includes Allen Tate, W.H. Auden, Theodore Roethke, Robert Lowell, Carolyn Kizer, and William Carlos Williams.

Much of Mathews's work involved French and Belgian literature, with the group of writers called "des Symbolists" a special interest. He translated the works of Baudelaire, Gide, Perse, Char, and Yves Bonnefoy. The work of Paul Valerywas his primary interest. Mathews served as general editor of the Bollingen Foundation's 15-volume Complete Works of Paul Valery. In this capacity, he coordinated the work of many prominent translators and also prepared many of the notes and glosses for the volumes. For his own translation of Monsieur Teste, one of the volumes in the series, he won the National Book Award in 1974.

Mathews's life was punctuated with honors, among them a Fulbright Fellowship (1951), a Bollingen Foundation Fellowship (1955-1957), and the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded in 1974 by the French government in recognition of Mathews's promotion of French literature. He also served as first executive committee chair for the National Translation Center (1965).

Forced into retirement around 1973 by the onset of a severe neurological disorder, Mathews died 15 December 1978.

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This collection was acquired as part of a larger collection purchased from Geoffrey Steele, Inc., of Lumberville, Pennsylvania, in November 1976. The books included in this purchase were chiefly incorporated into the general collection in the main library. Some books, however, became part of the Rare Books Collection.

The collection is divided into eight series, reflecting Mathews's various activities and maintaining the original order of the papers as received. General correspondence consists of two subseries: one contains original letters and the other photocopies of correspondence in the Library of Congress's collection of Bollingen Foundation papers. There is little substantive difference between the two subseries, and both should be checked for letters to and from specific individuals. These subseries are both arranged chronologically, but only the original letters have been indexed for important correspondents.

Few letters are purely social in nature, as Mathews made little distinction in his correspondence between his private and professional lives. Of particular interest is the ongoing struggle described in letters exchanged between University of Washington English Department chair Robert Heilmand and Mathews, beginning in 1949. Extensive correspondence with poets Allen Tate and Yves Bonnefoy is included, as is correspondence with prominent translators like Robert Fitzgerald.

Series relating to Mathews's major interests follow the general correspondence. The series on Char, Perse, and Valeryare especially rich in photographs. The Valery series contains extensive name and subject indexes to the Cahiers. Included in Other Materials Series are Mathews's short, but descriptive, 1944 journal from war-torn London and several informal photographs of Allen Tate, his wives, and his children.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence.

Correspondence is divided into two subseries: General Correspondence and Bollingen Foundation Correspondence. General Correspondence consists of original letters, while Bollingen Foundation Correspondence consists chiefly of photocopies of letters in the Library of Congress's Bollingen Foundation Collection. Although General Correspondence has a wider scope in terms of subjects and correspondents, there is much overlap between the two. A thorough investigation of any phase of Mathews's activities requires a look at both subseries.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated.

About 1500 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence with academic colleagues and those involved in translation activities. There is little of a personal nature, except for those letters documenting the development of Mathews's career. While translation is an important topic in these letters, many of which are to and from prominent translators such as Robert Fitzgerald, the bulk of the material on translation projects is to be found in Bollingen Foundation Correspondence and in other series.

Early correspondence reflects Mathews's interest in Belgian literature and his efforts to promote the publication in the United States of French writers' works in translation.

Starting with Mathews's move to the University of Washington in 1949 and continuing through 1971, he and Robert Heilman, chair of the English department, corresponded extensively on a wide variety of subjects. Most interesting is detailed documentation of Heilman's struggle to keep the department on an even keel in light of the erratic behavior of poet Theodore Roethke, who was on the faculty. Heilman's letters throughout 1956 and 1957 and those of 2 and 21 January, 27 February, and 6 May 1959 and 20 September 1960 are particularly informative on the Roethke issue. Letters of [1] and 14 August and 1 December 1963 reflect on Roethke's death. Although no Roethke correspondence is present in the original, some photocopies can be found in the Bollingen Foundation Correspondence. Correspondence with Roethke's wife, Beatrice, concentrates on her life after his death. Roethke is also mentioned in letters from other significant correspondents, including Carolyn Kizer and Allen Tate.

Mathews's departure from the University of Washington in 1955 prompted interesting correspondence about university politics in the McCarthy era. After spending considerable time abroad, Mathews assumed his full-time position at the Bollingen Foundation in 1959, and his correspondence reflects this change, much of it concentrating on Foundation work. Correspondence with poet Richard Hugo begins in this period (1959) as does that with French poet Yves Bonnefoy (1960).

Much of the later correspondence concerns various honors bestowed upon Mathews. In 1973, it becomes clear that Mathews is seriously ill. Over the next two years, letters diminish considerably in number and are increasingly directed to or written by Mathews's wife Marthiel.

Folder 1

1938-1945 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1946 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1947 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 3

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Folder 5

1948 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 4-5

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Folder 7

1949 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 6-7

Folder 8

1950 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1951 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1952-1953 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1954-1955 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1956 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1957 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1958 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1959 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 15

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Folder 17

1960 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 16-17

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Folder 19

1961 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 18-19

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Folder 21

1962 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 20-21

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Folder 24

1963 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 22-24

Folder 25-27

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Folder 27

1964 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 25-27

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Folder 29

1965 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 28-29

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Folder 31

1966 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 30-31

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Folder 33

1967 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 32-33

Folder 34

1968 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

1969 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 35-36

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Folder 38

1970 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 37-38

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Folder 40

1971 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 39-40

Folder 41

1972 #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

1973-1975, undated #04012, Subseries: "1.1. General Correspondence, 1938-1975 and undated." Folder 42

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969.

About 1200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Photocopies and second carbon copies of correspondence found in the Library of Congress's Bollingen Foundation Collection. Many of the subjects addressed in General Correspondence are present in these letters. The concentration, however, is on Bollingen project-related work. It is chiefly concerned with work on the Valery volumes, but also contains material on planned Proust editions and other projects.

Correspondence with many prominent writers and translators is found among these letters, including W.H. Auden, Malcolm Crowley, Marianne Moore, John Crowe Ransom, Roger Shattuck, and Allen Tate (1968 especially), and members of Paul Valery's family. Since originals of this material are housed and catalogued at another repository, no index has been provided to these copies.

Folder 43

1949-1951 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 43

Folder 44

1952 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 44

Folder 45

1953 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 45

Folder 46

1954 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 46

Folder 47

1955 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 47

Folder 48

1956 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 48

Folder 49

1957 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 49

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Folder 51

1958 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 50-51

Folder 52

1959 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 52

Folder 53

1960 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 53

Folder 54

1961 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 54

Folder 55

1962 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 55

Folder 56

1963 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 56

Folder 57

1964 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 57

Folder 58

1965 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

1966 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 59-60

Folder 61

1967 #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 61

Folder 62

1968-1969, undated #04012, Subseries: "1.2. Bollingen Foundation Correspondence, 1949-1969." Folder 62

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Chiefly correspondence relating to the English translation of Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal, edited by Mathews and his wife Marthiel. Also included are Mathews's typed and holograph notes, biographical notes on translators, financial Papers, publication announcements, and clippings.

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About 450 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence between Jackson and Marthiel Mathews and James Laughlin and Robert MacGregor of the publishing firm New Directions, and with translators of various poems from Fleurs du Mal ( Flowers of Evil).

Notable correspondents include Roy Campbell, Robert Fitzgerald, Stanley Kunitz, Robert Lowell, Eric Partridge, Karl Shapiro, and Richard Wilbur.

Folder 63-70

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Folder 70

Correspondence, 1950-1975, and undated #04012, Subseries: "2.1. Correspondence, 1950-1975, and undated." Folder 63-70

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About 50 items

Arrangement: alphabetical by name of translator.

Holograph versions, typed carbon copies, and pages from journals containing translations of various poems from Fleurs du Mal, including twelve by Mathews.

Folder 71

Translations #04012, Subseries: "2.2. Translations." Folder 71

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About 10 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Financial papers relating to Flowers of Evil, including agreement between the Mathewses and New Directions; original, carbon copy, and photocopied royalty statements; and a shipping invoice.

Folder 72

Financial Papers, 1954-1964 #04012, Subseries: "2.3. Financial Papers, 1954-1964." Folder 72

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1953 and undated.

About 100 items

Arrangement: alphabetical by type.

Bibliographies of Baudelaire; typed and holograph notes by Jackson Mathews; typed carbon copies of prefaces and forewords; notes on translators and translations; publication announcements for the first and revised editions of Flowers of Evil; and clippings of reviews.

Folder 73

Bibliographies of Baudelaire and lists of English translations #04012, Subseries: "2.4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1953 and undated." Folder 73

Biographical notes on translators #04012, Subseries: "2.4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1953 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

Clippings and publication announcements #04012, Subseries: "2.4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1953 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

Notes #04012, Subseries: "2.4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1953 and undated." Folder 75

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Correspondence, writings (many in Char's hand), clippings, and other items relating to translations of Char's work, especially the preparation of Hypnos Waking, translated by Mathews, William Carlos Williams, Richard Wilbur, and others, and published by Random House in 1956.

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About 200 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence relating to Mathews's work with Char. There are thirty-six autograph letters from Char for the years 1952 through 1957, with an additional sixteen undated letters. There is also considerable correspondence with Princess Marguerite Caetani, literary patron and publisher of the review Botteghe Oscure.

Folder 76-80

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Folder 80

Correspondence #04012, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1952-1958 and undated." Folder 76-80

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Folder 80

1952-1958 and undated #04012, Subseries: "3.1. Correspondence, 1952-1958 and undated." Folder 76-80

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Writings by Char.

About 10 items

Poems by Char, one in English prose translation, all but one in Char's hand. Also included is a printed appreciation by Char of artist Victor Brauner.

Folder 81

Writings by Char #04012, Subseries: "3.2. Writings by Char." Folder 81

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Miscellaneous.

5 items

A contract, list of offprints, royalty statements, clippings, and documentation by Mathews of 1957 feud with Char.

Folder 82

Miscellaneous #04012, Subseries: "3.3. Miscellaneous." Folder 82

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Modern Language Association. Center for Editions of American Authors, 1962-1965.

25 items

Correspondence and other material relating to efforts to fund new editions of the works of great American writers. The project, called "American Classics" by the Bollingen Foundation, was to be handled in conjunction with the MLA's newly formed Center for Editions of American Authors. The MLA eventually proposed that the Ford Foundation fund the production of standard editions of eight writers.

Folder 83-84

Folder 83

Folder 84

Modern Language Association. Center for Editions of American Authors, 1962-1965 #04012, Series: "4. Modern Language Association. Center for Editions of American Authors, 1962-1965." Folder 83-84

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Correspondence, proposals, and minutes relating to the National Translation Center, established with funding from the Ford Foundation at the University of Texas in 1965, with Mathews as its first executive committee chair and John Dimoff as director.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.1. Correspondence, 1953-1968 and undated.

About 110 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence regarding funding, staffing, and projects of the National Translation Center. Of particular interest are two letters from W.H. Auden: 28 September 1964 (photocopy), in which he speaks of the special qualifications needed by translators; and 30 May 1965 (holograph), in which he addresses policies for paying translators.

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Folder 87

Correspondence, 1953-1968 and undated #04012, Subseries: "5.1. Correspondence, 1953-1968 and undated." Folder 85-87

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5 items

Proposals to the University of Texas at Austin and to the Ford Foundation for establishment of the National Translation Center.

Folder 88

Proposals, 1964-1966 #04012, Subseries: "5.2. Proposals, 1964-1966." Folder 88

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 5.3. Minutes and Reports, 1965-1967 and undated.

8 items

Executive committee minutes and committee and director's reports.

Folder 89

Minutes and Reports, 1965-1967 and undated #04012, Subseries: "5.3. Minutes and Reports, 1965-1967 and undated." Folder 89

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. St. John Perse.

Correspondence, book manuscript by Mathews, and photographs relating to French poet St. John Perse, living in seclusion in Washington, D.C. St. John Perse was the nom de plume of Alexis St. Leger Leger; he is often referred to as Leger in these papers.

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About 25 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters relating to translations of Perse's work that Robert Fitzgerald was making with Mathews as editor. Autograph letters of Perse appear on 19 February and 13 April 1959. A copy of Fitzgerald's translation of Birds is attached to Mathews's letter of 3 October 1963. Also included are two letters from poet Katherine Garrison Chapin (Mrs. Francis Biddle).

Folder 90

Correspondence, 1959-1968 #04012, Subseries: "6.1. Correspondence, 1959-1968." Folder 90

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 6.2. Writings by Mathews.

1 item

Holograph draft of Mathews's St. John Perse: Living Man, Poet of Movement.

Folder 91-93

Folder 91

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Folder 93

Writings by Mathews #04012, Subseries: "6.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 91-93

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Paul Valery.

Correspondence, writings, clippings, notes and indexes, and collected material including pictures, photographs, and sound recordings, relating to French writer Paul Valery. The bulk of Mathews's career was spent in translating and studying the work of this author. Note that card files 1-5 in Subseries 7.4 provide name and subject access to Valery's Cahiers.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.1. Correspondence, 1947, 1954-1974 and undated.

About 250 items

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence relating to the Bollingen Foundation's Collected Works of Paul Valery. This material is similar to that in Series 1, but was maintained separately by Mathews and is more concerned with the production of the Works than with the contents. Also included is correspondence about the acquisition in 1956 by the Bollingen Foundation of the "Valeryanum," a collection of Valery's works assembled by Valery's close friend Julien P. Monod. The collection was donated to the Bibliotheque Litteraire Jacques Doucet of the University of Paris, 5 June 1962. Much of the correspondence in the above categories consists of photocopies of letters in the Library of Congress's Bollingen Foundation Collection. Other material in this series includes correspondence between Mathews and members of the Valery family and between Mathews and Mathilde Pomes, the owner of another large collection of Valery's works. Note that the letter of Vera Lindsay (27 November 1959) describes the BBC recordings found in Subseries 7.5.4.2.

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Folder 97

Correspondence, 1947, 1954-1974 and undated #04012, Subseries: "7.1. Correspondence, 1947, 1954-1974 and undated." Folder 94-97

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.2. Writings by Mathews.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Writings on Valery or translations of his work by Mathews.

Folder 98

"Amphion" (translation) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 98

"The Analects" (W.H. Auden's introduction to Mathews'translation) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 98

"The Angel" (translation) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 98

Biography (items for Valery biography #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 98

Folder 99

Cahiers, subjects in Letter to Arts: Reply to Donald Sutherland's article on Valery #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 99

Folder 100

Monsieur Teste Book Jacket Blurb #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 100

Monsieur Teste Preface #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 100

Monsieur Teste Original and Translation #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 100

Monsieur Teste"A Walk with Monsieur Teste" (translation of fragments) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 100

Folder 101

National Book Award "Note on Valery" #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 101

Folder 102-103

Folder 102

Folder 103

"Paul Valery As Himself" (8 versions) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 102-103

Folder 104

"The Poetics of Paul Valery" #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 104

"Prose Poems by Paul Valery" (review) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 104

"Trois Essais sur Paul Valery" (review) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 104

Folder 105

"Valery Anthology" (tentative list of contents) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 105

"Valery on History and Politics" #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 105

Folder 106-108

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Folder 107

Folder 108

What Can A Man?...Re-Presentation of Paul Valery's Poetics (proposed book) #04012, Subseries: "7.2. Writings by Mathews." Folder 106-108

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.3. Clippings.

13 items.

Clippings relating to the Bollingen Foundation's Complete Works of Paul Valery.

Folder 109

Clippings #04012, Subseries: "7.3. Clippings." Folder 109

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.4. Notes and Indexes.

16 items

Notes and indexes, including volumes and card files, relating to Mathews's research on Valery. Mathews's titles have been maintained.

Folder 110

Volume 1 Notes on Cours Poetique, Volume I, 1952 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 2 Notes on Cours Poetique, Volume II, 1952 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 3 Notes on Cours Poetique, Volume III, 1952 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 4 Notes on Cours Poetique, 1956-1957 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 5 Notes on works of Paul Valery in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Volume I, 1957 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 6 Bibliotheque Nationale, Volume II #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Volume 7 Paris Journal, January 1957 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 1 Cahiers, Name Index, A-E #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 2 Cahiers, Name Index, F-M #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 3 Cahiers, Name Index, N-Z #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 4 Cahiers, Subject Index, A-I #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 5 Cahiers, Subject Index, J-Z #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 6 Chronology of Valery, 1871-1934 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 7 Chronology of Valery, 1935-1945 #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 8 Notes (on Valery) Itemized #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

Card File 9 Works (of Valery) Itemized #04012, Subseries: "7.4. Notes and Indexes." Folder 110

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.5. Collected Material.

Material collected by Mathews in the course of his work on Paul Valery.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.5.2. Writings by Valery.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of printed material) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." OP-4012/1

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) December 1937 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) January 1938 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) February 1938 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) March 1938 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) December 1938 - March 1939 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) June 1942 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) March - May 1943 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) January 1945 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) February 1945 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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Cours de Poetique (photocopies of typescript with Mathews' annotations) March 1945 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 124-135

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"Essai de l'Enseignement de la Production de l'Esprit" (photocopies of typescript) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 136

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Extracts from Valery's work (unknown person's holograph and typewritten) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 137

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"Leonard de Vinci," 2 versions (photocopies of typescript) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 138

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Letters (holographs) Postcard to Madame Vera Bour, signed Paul Valery/Ella [M?], 12 July 1938 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 139

Letters (holographs) Postcard to Madame V[era] Bour, signed M.B.V., 16 July 1938 #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 139

Letters (holographs) Letter to "Cher et grand ami," signed Paul Valery, Tuesday #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 139

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Letters and notes (photographs of holographs) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 140

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Letters, poems, etc. (typescripts) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 141

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"Memoires de Paul Valery ecrit par luimeme" (typescript) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." OP-4012/2-4

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Pozzi, Catherine, correspondence (photocopies of holographs) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." OP-4012/5

RESTRICTED: NOT TO BE PUBLISHED IN ANY FORM UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER 2025.

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Short writings (typescripts) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 142

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Short writings (printed) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 143

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Short writings (photocopies of printed items) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 144-145

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Various writings, including many journal and newspaper articles, assembled during the process of sorting Valery's writings for translation. Included are some articles that were not translated. #04012, Subseries: "7.5.2. Writings by Valery." Folder 146-162

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 7.5.3. Clippings about Paul Valery.

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An etching, photographs, audio tapes, and disks. Photographs are chiefly undated snapshots and studio prints of Paul Valery, his family, and places significant in his life.

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Etching of Paul Valery by Paul-Emile Becat, 1919 (print 4/25, signed by artist) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." OP-P-4012/24A

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Photographs of Paul Valery (numbers 33-35 are signed by Valery) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/24-35

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Valery with C.G. Jung, Kusnacht, 1932 (with negs.) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/36-37

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Madame Valery #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/38-41

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Madame Valery with Jackson Mathews #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/42-43

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Madame Valery with Madame Rouart (with neg.) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/44

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Madame Valery's home #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/45-46

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Sete (France) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/47-79

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Montpellier (France) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/80-107

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Nimes (France) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/108-112

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Rouen (France) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/113

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Authy (France) #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/114

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Julien Monod and Herbert Steiner #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/115

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Photographs of drawings by Paul Valery #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/116-138

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Photographs of Paul Valery sculpture at Musee de Sete #04012, Subseries: "7.5.4.1. Pictures." P-4012/139-144

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About 20 items

Chiefly clippings of reviews of La Wallonie and other Mathews publications.

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Clippings, 1947-1952 and undated #04012, Subseries: "8.1. Clippings, 1947-1952 and undated." Folder 166

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8 items

Miscellaneous notes relating to some of Mathews's projects.

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Notes #04012, Subseries: "8.2. Notes." Folder 167

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About 20 items

Several versions of Mathews's vita and newspaper clippings chiefly from Mathews's student days at the University of Alabama.

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Vita #04012, Subseries: "8.3. Personal Materials, 1927-1961 and undated." Folder 168

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Clippings #04012, Subseries: "8.3. Personal Materials, 1927-1961 and undated." Folder 169

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About 20 items

Reviews, poems, an essay on reading poetry, a bibliography of "Belgian little reviews and related works of the Symbolist Period," and a 24-page journal, (holograph) written by Mathews in London, 12-22 January 1944. The journal describes his wanderings in the city during air raids. Also included is the printed version of "Hymne Olympique," which Mathews translated in 1954 at the request of Prince Pierre of Monaco. Attached is the correspondence concerning this commission, including a signed congratulatory message from the Prince.

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Reviews #04012, Subseries: "8.4. Writings by Jackson Mathews." Folder 170

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Other Writings #04012, Subseries: "8.4. Writings by Jackson Mathews." Folder 171

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"Hymne Olympique" #04012, Subseries: "8.4. Writings by Jackson Mathews." OP-4012/6

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About 30 items

Includes typescripts of 22 Richard Hugo poems and "Winds and Dusts" by Henri Michaux. Also included are several unsigned poems and two bound volumes of typescripts in French. These volumes seem to be commentaries on an unidentified work.

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Writings by others #04012, Subseries: "8.5. Writings by Others." Folder 172-173

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