Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of letters, manuscripts, diaries, notebooks, teaching and student records, financial records, scrapbooks and printed material pertaining to Lieberman's activities as a poet, writer and teacher.
The letters received (circa 1910-1970) series contain letters from readers of his works, from teachers and colleagues expressing admiration and congratulation, and from editors and publishers requesting permission to reprint his poems. The arrangement is in part chronological, and in part subject order. The writings include scripts of published poems (1912-1968), unpublished poems, a play, and a few articles and short stories. Following the writings are 12 notebooks containing notes and ideas for poems and a few poems in draft form. There are 60 pocket sized diaries (1909-1915, 1921-1969) containing mainly brief jottings of social and professional engagements, although after 1953 the diaries are more narrative in form. The miscellaneous file contains memorabilia (photographs, printed ephemera, a few letters from students, awards, licenses) of his teaching career, his papers as a student at elementary school (1892-1898), high school and college, and papers relating to his membership in clubs. Financial records include vouchers recording payment for mss. sold and 15 manuscript record books giving the title of the ms., place and date of publication, and the amount received. There are also a few memorandum books (1937-1966) containing personal accounts. Printed material consists of clippings (mounted & loose) of his published poems (1952-1969), his "Topics of the Times" columns in the New York Times, copies of his books, of anthologies, and of periodicals containing his poems. There are 22 scrapbook volumes of clippings of his poems, short stories, articles on the Lower East Side, the Jew in America, and Americanization, and reviews of his books (with a few letters mounted in the 1950s vols.). The Oversize materials contain photographs (single & group), a phonograph recording of EL reading his poems, and academic diplomas.