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MC 00218 Guide to the Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers, 1967 - 1998

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers are organized into three series: Writings, Research and Teaching, Professional Correspondence, and Personal Files.
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This series contains Lawrence Rudner's professional writings, including his manuscripts for novels, short stories, poems, book reviews and non-fiction articles, as well as his notes for speeches, conferences, and programs. The series also contains copies of "Memory's Tailor", edited by John Kessel and Susan Ketchin after Rudner's death, in various stages of publication. For both of Rudner's novels, there are both completed drafts and separate individual sections for which the chronological order could not be determined. Therefore, individual sections are placed sequentially with the completed draft following. Book reviews and publication information for Rudner's published novels are included in this series with the publication to which they refer. Correspondence relating to Rudner's writings is also included in this series. Non-fiction articles on Robert Capa and Edward R. Murrow that contain extensive research are included in the Research subseries of the Research and Teaching series.
Novels
"The Magic We Do Here"
[Box 1, Folder 1] Notes, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 2] Short Story, "Yakov," from "The Magic We Do Here" (originally titled "The Photographer"), [no date]
[Box 11] Novel-The Magic We Do Here
Draft Copy
[Box 1, Folder 3] Chapter 2, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 4] Chapter 3, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 5] Chapter 4, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 6] Chapter 5, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 7] Chapter 11, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 8] Chapter 14, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 9] Miscellaneous Pages, [no date]
Complete Manuscript
[Box 1, Folder 10] Prologue, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 11] Chapter 1, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 12] Chapters 2-13, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 13] Chapters 14-21, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 14] Chapters 22-25, [no date]
[Box 1, Folder 15] Contract, 1986-1987
[Box 1, Folder 16] Promotional Materials, [no date], 1988
[Box 1, Folder 17] Book Reviews, [no date], 1988
"Memory's Tailor"
[Box 2, Folder 18] Chapter 1, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 1] Part 2, Chapters 1-9, [no date]
Complete Manuscript, with Notations
[Box 2, Folder 2] Part 1, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 3] Part 2, Chapters 1-7, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 4] Part 2, Chapters 8-End, [no date]
Complete Manuscript
[Box 2, Folder 5] Title Page and Part 1, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 6] Part 2, Chapters 1-8, [no date]
[Box 2, Folder 7] Part 2, Chapters 9-End, [no date]
Complete Manuscript, with edits by John Kessel and Susan Ketchin
[Box 3, Folder 1] Part 1, Chapters 1-9, [no date]
[Box 3, Folder 2] Part 1, Chapter 10 and Part 2, Chapters 1-5, [no date]
[Box 3, Folder 3] Part 2, Chapters 6-12, [no date]
[Box 3, Folder 4] Manuscript, Final Edited Copy, Part 1 and Part 2, Chapters 1-3, February 2, 1998
[Box 3, Folder 5] Manuscript, Final Edited Copy, Part 2, Chapters 4-Afterword, February 2, 1998
[Box 3, Folder 6] Proof Copy, April 2, 1998
[Box 3, Folder 7] Uncorrected Proof, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 1] Publisher's Sample, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 2] Published Copy, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 3] Publication Catalog, University Press of Mississippi, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 4] Book Review, "Publisher's Weekly", August 17, 1998
[Box 4, Folder 5] North Carolina State University Library Book Reading and Exhibition, 1998
Short Stories
[Box 4, Folder 6] "The Book of Dreams," [no date]
[Box 4, Folder 7] "Broth. Light," [no date]
[Box 4, Folder 8] "The First Poem of David Adelmov,", [no date], 1981-1983
[Box 4, Folder 9] "The Great Bocci Ball Tournament of 1967," [no date]
[Box 4, Folder 10] "An Incident at the Border: Spring 1904,", [no date], 1983
[Box 4, Folder 11] "Papa's Dream,", [no date], 1982-1983
[Box 4, Folder 12] "Sabbath Break,", [no date], 1980
[Box 4, Folder 13] "Supper Time at the Light of God Mission,", November 1971
[Box 4, Folder 14] "The Woman Who Loved Kresge's" [first three pages; author uncertain], January 10, 1976
[Box 4, Folder 15] List of Submissions, [no date]
[Box 4, Folder 16] Story Ideas, [no date], 1983
Non-Fiction
[Box 4, Folder 17] Articles and Publications, [no date], 1983
[Box 4, Folder 18] Book Reviews, [no date], 1981
[Box 5, Folder 1] Film Reviews, [no date], 1979-1980
Speeches and Lectures
[Box 5, Folder 2] Jews in Hitler's Mental World, [no date]
[Box 5, Folder 3] The Literature of the Holocaust, [no date]
[Box 5, Folder 4] Popular Culture Meeting Presentation, 1978
[Box 5, Folder 5] Witness and Survival, [no date]
[Box 5, Folder 6] "Writing Stimulus to Creativity," Panel at Meredith College, September 24, 1982
[Box 5, Folder 7] Miscellaneous, [no date], 1982-1991
[Box 5, Folder 8] Poems, [no date], 1975, 1977
[Box 5, Folder 9] Journal Entries, 1984
The Research and Teaching series includes material related to Rudner's academic work. It is divided into two subseries, Research and Teaching. The Research subseries contains Rudner's grant applications and his reference files for subjects he researched. It also contains a small amount of material relating to trips that Rudner took to Poland and Russia in order to do research. Correspondence from these trips is included in this series. [Note: a syllabus for a Holocaust seminar in London is included in the Trips subseries though it is uncertain whether Rudner participated in the seminar.] The Teaching subseries includes information regarding courses taught by Rudner at North Carolina State, in Poland, and at Central Prison. The Teaching subseries is arranged, within each institution, alphabetically by department name. Within departments, files are arranged numerically. Unidentified courses are placed at the end of the subseries or at the end of the institution's sub-subseries if the institution could be determined.
Research
Reference Files
[Box 5, Folder 10] American Jews
[Box 5, Folder 11] Anderman, Janusz
[Box 5, Folder 12] Anti-Semitism [File 1 of 2]
[Box 5, Folder 13] Anti-Semitism [File 2 of 2]
[Box 5, Folder 14] Anti-Semitism in Poland
[Box 5, Folder 15] Anti-Semitism Literature
[Box 5, Folder 16] Bosnia/Sarajevo
[Box 5, Folder 17] Capa, Robert, Article and Research
[Box 5, Folder 18] "The Deer Hunter"
[Box 5, Folder 19] Farina, Richard
[Box 5, Folder 20] Film
[Box 5, Folder 21] Frank, Anne
[Box 5, Folder 22] Fritz, Stephen
[Box 5, Folder 23] Gordimer, Nadine [File 1 of 2]
[Box 5, Folder 24] Gordimer, Nadine [File 1 of 2]
[Box 5, Folder 25] Gould, Stephen
[Box 5, Folder 26] Graham, Melissa
[Box 5, Folder 27] Grossman, M.
[Box 5, Folder 28] Grynzspan, H.
[Box 5, Folder 29] Hallie, Philip
Holocaust
[Box 5, Folder 30] American Jews
[Box 6, Folder 1] Articles [File 1 of 4]
[Box 6, Folder 2] Articles [File 2 of 4]
[Box 6, Folder 3] Articles [File 3 of 4]
[Box 6, Folder 4] Articles [File 4 of 4]
[Box 6, Folder 5] Audio-visual Materials [File 1 of 2]
[Box 6, Folder 6] Audio-visual Materials [File 2 of 2]
[Box 6, Folder 7] Auschwitz
[Box 6, Folder 8] Bibliography
[Box 6, Folder 9] Books [File 1 of 2]
[Box 6, Folder 10] Books [File 2 of 2]
[Box 6, Folder 11] Camp Liberation
[Box 6, Folder 12] Chronology
[Box 6, Folder 13] Conferences and Talks
[Box 6, Folder 14] Fiction
[Box 6, Folder 1] Final Solution
[Box 7, Folder 2] Oral Histories
[Box 7, Folder 3] Poetry
[Box 7, Folder 4] Photography
[Box 7, Folder 5] Poland
[Flat Folder 1, Box 7, Folder 6] Poster Exhibit
[Box 7, Folder 7] Publications
[Box 7, Folder 8] Revisionism
[Box 7, Folder 9] Survivors
[Box 7, Folder 10] Teaching [File 1 of 3]
[Box 7, Folder 11] Teaching [File 2 of 3]
[Box 7, Folder 12] Teaching [File 3 of 3]
[Box 7, Folder 13] Television Series
[Box 7, Folder 14] Trials
[Box 7, Folder 15] Writing
[Box 7, Folder 16] Human Rights
[Box 7, Folder 17] Jewish Culture
[Box 7, Folder 18] Jutra, Claude
[Box 7, Folder 19] Kiefer, Anselm
[Box 7, Folder 20] Kielce
[Box 7, Folder 21] Kijowski, Andrzej
[Box 7, Folder 22] Kishinev
[Box 7, Folder 23] Klarsfeld, Beate
[Box 7, Folder 24] Kosinski, Jerzy
[Box 7, Folder 25] Kubrick, Stanley
[Box 7, Folder 26] Kundera, Milan
[Box 7, Folder 27] Langer Speech
[Box 7, Folder 28] Levi, Primo
[Box 7, Folder 29] Macbeth
[Box 8, Folder 1] Márquez, Gabriel Garcia
[Box 8, Folder 2] Maus
[Box 8, Folder 3] Mengele, Josef
[Box 8, Folder 4] Milosz
[Box 8, Folder 5] Murrow, Edward R., Article drafts and research [File 1 of 2]
[Box 8, Folder 6] Murrow, Edward R., Article drafts and research [File 2 of 2]
[Box 8, Folder 7] Nazi Propaganda
[Box 8, Folder 8] Neo-Nazis
[Box 8, Folder 9] Osbourne, John
[Box 8, Folder 10] Ozick, Cynthia
[Box 8, Folder 11] Palestinians
[Box 8, Folder 12] Podhoretz, Norman
[Box 8, Folder 13] Poland
[Box 8, Folder 14] Renoir, Jean
[Box 8, Folder 15] Rushdie, Salman
[Box 8, Folder 16] Singer, Isaac Bashevis
[Box 8, Folder 17] Smith, W. Eugene
[Box 8, Folder 18] Steinbeck, John
[Box 8, Folder 19] von Sternberg, Josef
[Box 8, Folder 20] Styron, William
[Box 8, Folder 21] Television History
[Box 8, Folder 22] Torture Victims
[Box 8, Folder 23] Welles, Orson
[Box 8, Folder 24] Whitman, Walt
[Box 9, Folder 1] Wiesel, Elie
[Box 9, Folder 2] Wiesenthal, Simon
[Box 9, Folder 3] Zygielbojm, Zygmunt
Grant Applications
[Box 9, Folder 4] Mellon Fellowship, 1980
[Box 9, Folder 5] National Endowment for the Arts, 1984-1990
[Box 9, Folder 6] National Endowment for the Humanities, 1982-1983
[Box 9, Folder 7] North Carolina Arts Council, 1988
[Box 9, Folder 8] United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 1985
Trips
[Box 9, Folder 9] "The Mark of the Beast," Winternational 1981 Syllabus, 1981
[Box 9, Folder 10] Brochures and Pamphlets, [no date], [File 1 of 2]
[Box 9, Folder 11] Brochures and Pamphlets, [no date], [File 2 of 2]
Teaching
North Carolina State University
English
[Box 9, Folder 12] 208, Studies in Fiction, [no date], 1983-1984, 1991
[Box 9, Folder 13] 215, Principles of News and Article Writing, [no date], 1983-1985
[Box 9, Folder 14] 223, Contemporary World Literature I, [no date], 1992
[Box 9, Folder 15] 246, Literature of the Holocaust, [no date], 1994
[Box 9, Folder 16] 265, Survey of American Literature I, Summer 1982
[Box 9, Folder 17] 266, Survey of American Literature II/American Literature II, [no date], 1979-1994
[Box 9, Folder 18] 298, The Literature of Journalism, [no date], 1979
298H, Literature of the Holocaust
[Box 9, Folder 19] [File 1 of 5], 1982, [no date]
[Box 9, Folder 20] [File 2 of 5], 1982-1992, [no date]
[Box 9, Folder 21] [File 3 of 5], [no date]
[Box 10, Folder 1] [File 4 of 5], 1990, [no date]
[Box 10, Folder 2] Course Packet, [File 5 of 5], 1990
[Box 10, Folder 3] 315, Advanced News and Article Writing, Fall 1980, Spring 1991
[Box 10, Folder 4] 323A, Creative Writing: Fiction, [no date]
[Box 10, Folder 5] 346, Literature of the Western World, [no date], Fall 1988
[Box 10, Folder 6] 347, Unknown Course [contains Holocaust teaching guides], [no date]
[Box 10, Folder 7] 375, Film as a Literary Medium, 1979-1988
[Box 10, Folder 8] 399, Contemporary Literature II, [no date], 1989, 1993
[Box 10, Folder 9] Department Programs, [no date], Spring 1985
Humanities and Social Sciences, General
[Box 10, Folder 10] 292, Aspects of the Human Condition, [no date], 1981-1985
[Box 10, Folder 11] 300, International Studies: Contemporary Eastern Europe, [no date], 1981-1983
[Box 10, Folder 12] 398S, Literature of the Holocaust, [no date], 1992
[Box 10, Folder 13] Master of Arts in Liberal Studies 601, The Holocaust Experience, [no date], 1990-1992
[Box 10, Folder 14] University 295, The Holocaust, [no date], 1984-1985
[Box 10, Folder 15] World War I in Literature, with Tom Lisk, 1977
[Box 10, Folder 16] Western Michigan University, English 210, Film Interpretation, Winter 1976
Lakeland College
[Box 10, Folder 17] General Studies 125, The Nazi Holocaust: The Price of Survival, [no date] [File 1 of 2], 1978
[Box 10, Folder 18] General Studies 125, The Nazi Holocaust: The Price of Survival, [no date] [File 2 of 2], 1978
[Box 11, Folder 1] Journalism 212, Feature Writing, [no date], Fall 1977
[Box 11, Folder 2] Journalism 300, The New Journalism, Spring 1978
[Box 11, Folder 3] Meredith College, Basic Journalism, Fall 1985
Poland
[Box 11, Folder 4] [no date] [File 1 of 3]
[Box 11, Folder 5] [no date] [File 2 of 3]
[Box 11, Folder 6] [no date] [File 3 of 3]
[Box 11, Folder 7] Central Prison, [no date] [File 1 of 2], 1982-1983
[Box 11, Folder 8] Central Prison, [no date] [File 2 of 2], 1982-1983
Unidentified Courses
[Box 11, Folder 9] Charles Dickens Seminar, [no date], 1981
[Box 11, Folder 10] Film History, [no date]
[Box 11, Folder 11] Holocaust, [no date]
[Box 11, Folder 12] Journalism, [no date] [File 1 of 2]
[Box 11, Folder 13] Journalism, [no date] [File 2 of 2]
[Box 11, Folder 14] New Journalism, [no date]
The Professional Correspondence series, a very small portion of the collection, contains Rudner's correspondence from his academic career, including course development, letters of recommendation, publication proposals, and research. It is divided into three files: Publications, Holocaust Courses, and General. Each file is organized chronologically with dateless correspondence at the end of the file.
[Box 11, Folder 15] Publications, [no date], 1983-1993
[Box 11, Folder 16] Holocaust Courses, [no date], 1977-1994
[Box 11, Folder 17] General, [no date], 1974-1991
This series contains a small amount of material relating to Rudner's personal life. It includes several curricula vitae, photographs of Rudner and other subjects, newspaper articles about Rudner, and personal correspondence.
[Box 11, Folder 18] Articles about Rudner, [no date], 1981-1988
[Box 11, Folder 27] Articles about Rudner, 1988
[Box 11, Folder 19] Correspondence, to Ruth Hutchinson, 1985-1989
[Box 11, Folder 28] Correspondence, to Ruth, 1987
[Box 11, Folder 20] Correspondence, to Lars Osberg [File 1 of 2], 1967-1978
[Box 11, Folder 21] Correspondence, to Lars Osberg, [no date] [File 2 of 2]
[Box 11, Folder 22] Curricula Vitae, [no date]
Photographs
[Box 11, Folder 23] Mason, Bobbie Ann, [no date]
[Box 11, Folder 24] Rudner, Lawrence Sheldon, [no date]
[Box 11, Folder 25] Singer, Isaac Bashevis, [no date]
[Box 11, Folder 26] Unknown Subjects, [no date]

Creator

Rudner, Lawrence Sheldon, 1947-1995

Quantity

5.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

11 archival storage boxes

Location note

off-site

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers were a gift of Lauren Rudner, February 9, 1995; John Kessel, 1998; Lars Osberg, November 8, 2002; and Ruth B. Hutchinson, May 6, 2003.

Acquisitions Information

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers were a gift of Lauren Rudner, February 9, 1995; John Kessel, 1998; Lars Osberg, November 8, 2002; and Ruth B. Hutchinson, May 6, 2003.

Processing

Processed by: Caroline Weaver; machine-readable finding aid created by: Stephanie A. Horowitz

Scope and Content Note

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers mainly comprise documentation of Rudner's career as a writer and as a professor at North Carolina State University. It includes manuscripts of his novels, short stories, speeches, and non-fiction articles; reviews of his books; research files on the Holocaust and other topics; information on courses Rudner taught at North Carolina State and elsewhere; applications for grants; and correspondence. A small portion of the collection - comprising photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, and biographical information - documents Rudner's personal life.

Biographical Note

Lawrence Sheldon Rudner was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 7, 1947. He attended Mumford High School in Detroit. During the 1960s, Rudner studied at the London School of Economics, receiving a diploma in philosophy in 1967. He also attended Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in history and social science in 1968; a master's degree in history in 1971; a master's degree in communications and journalism in 1972; and a doctorate in English and American Studies in 1977. During the Vietnam War, Rudner was a member of the anti-war organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

From 1975-1976, Rudner taught English courses at Western Michigan University and from 1976-1978, at Lakeland College in Wisconsin. Rudner began teaching in the English department at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor in 1978. He became an associate professor in 1985 and a full professor in 1992. Rudner taught courses at North Carolina State in journalism, American literature, world literature, and occasionally creative writing. The focus of his academic career, however, was the Holocaust, about which he researched, taught, and wrote. He created a course in the English department at North Carolina State entitled " Literature of the Holocaust" (later, "The Holocaust in Literature"), which continued to be taught after his death. In 1988, Rudner published his first novel, "The Magic We Do Here", which won the 1988 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. According to Rudner, this novel was an attempt to fight the passing of memory about the Holocaust. Rudner also published several short stories and non-fiction articles relating to the Holocaust. His second and final novel, "Memory's Tailor", was published posthumously in 1998 after being edited by colleague John Kessel and editor Susan Ketchin.

During the 1980s, Rudner spent many of his summers in Poland and Czechoslovakia as an American Studies Fellowship lecturer. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship for 1986-1987 and spent that time at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland teaching courses on American literature and a seminar on Isaac Bashevis Singer. Also during the 1980s, Rudner and colleague Sandy Kessler taught a humanities course entitled "Survival and Growth Under Adverse Conditions" to long-term inmates of Raleigh's Central Prison.

In 1969, Rudner married his wife Lauren, with whom he had two children, Joshua and Elizabeth. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1994, stopped teaching after the spring semester of that year, and died on May 5, 1995 at the age of 48.

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