Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Intercultural Publications mss., 1952-1956, are the papers of the publishing project Intercultural Publications, a subsidiary of the Ford Foundation, headed by New Directions publisher, James Laughlin, 1914-1997. The collection includes financial papers pertaining to Intercultural Publications; administrative papers, including corporation files, Ford Foundation documents, dockets, personnel files, and James Laughlin's correspondence files; miscellaneous files including copyright files, project suggestions, commission reports, conference files, publicity and advertising files. Personnel connected with the project included poets Hayden Carruth, 1921- , as projects administrator from 1952-1953, and part-time administrator in 1954; Edouard Roditi, 1910-1992, as supervisor of translators, translations editor for Perspectives, USA, and later as a free-lance contributor; and Delmore Schwartz, 1913-1966, as an editor and contributor.

Also included are files pertaining to the publication Perspectives USA, a literary-cultural magazine designed to teach Europeans about American culture. Special sections published on the cultures of India, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, the Arab World, and Greece appeared in the Atlantic Monthly . In addition to the Perspectives USA and Atlantic Monthly publications files, the collection also includes material concerning the Magazines Abroad project, the Indian Southern Languages Book Trust, and the publications UNESCO Magazine, Diogenes and Kultura. Original artwork, color transparencies, proofs, photographs and record albums complete the collection.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Financial; II. Administrative; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Publications. An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. 1981

Collection size: 76,000 items

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