Scope and arrangement
This is a synthetic collection consisting of manuscripts and typescripts, correspondence, journals kept from 1933 to 1990, and portrait photographs. The manuscripts and typescripts include poems, drafts of novels, essays, short stories, and notes for work by the author, as well as excerpts from a transcript containing the testimony of Alfred Kazin and Malcolm Cowley in a case against Grove Press, Inc. The correspondence, dating from  to 1978 includes letters from the author to Herbert Gold, Harry Levin, Muriel Rukeyser, and Louis Untermeyer. Also present are letters relating to the author, dating from 1941 to 1980, between various correspondents, including Carson McCullers, Herbert Mitgang, John Dos Passos, and others. There are letters to Kazin from Hannah Arendt, Atlantic Monthly Press, Saul Bellow, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Burnshaw, Truman Capote, Peter Davison, Lucy Dawidowicz, David Leo Diamond, Leon Edel, George P. Elliott, James T. Farrell, William Faulkner, Robert Flint, Herbert Gold, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., Josephine Herbst, Edward Hoagland, Irving Howe, Randall Jarrell, Howard Jones, Jack Kerouac, Elinor Langer, Bernard Malamud, Francis O. Matthiessen, Carson McCullers, Herbert Mitgang, Lewis Mumford, Sylvia Plath, Laura Riding, Harold Rosenberg, Isaac Rosenfeld, Philip Roth, Upton Sinclair, Francis Steegmuller, John Updike, Mark Van Doren, John Wain, Eudora Welty, Edmund Wilson, Jose Yglesias, and others, dating from 1937 to 1990.
The Alfred Kazin collection of papers are arranged in four series: