Scope and arrangement
The Ted Solotaroff Papers contain professional and personal correspondence, drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, and galleys of his writings, typescripts of other authors, family correspondence and memorabilia, and other material. The collection documents Solotaroff's career from his college essays, written in the 1950s, through his later writings in the 1990s and 2000s.
Most of Solotaroff's professional career is documented in this collection, from his college essays, his first published reviews and essays on American Jewish writers and writing for a living, his articles on the publishing culture in America, to his memoirs. The correspondence chronicles Solotaroff's fifty year friendship with Philip Roth, his influence on young writers including Tom Robbins and Ian McEwan, and his professional career as an editor at Harper & Row. Also included in this collection are Solotaroff's unpublished short fiction and novel, his unfinished thesis on Henry James' The Bostonians, and condolence letters to Solotaroff at the demise of American Review.
The Ted Solotaroff papers are arranged in five series:
- 1958-2008, n.d.12.5 boxes
The correspondence series is divided into three subseries: correspondence highlights, general correspondence, and subject correspondence. The correspondence highlights subseries contains correspondence with notable writers and editors including Russell Banks, Hayden Carruth, Raymond Carver, George Dennison, E. L. Doctorow, Ian McEwan, Sue Miller, Cynthia Ozick, Tom Robbins, and Philip Roth. Solotaroff maintained most of his correspondence in chronological order by year and alphabetical order within that. Some correspondence was arranged by subject, mainly about his writings, but some pertains to grant applications for himself and others, lectures and courses he taught, fan letters he received, and other topics.
- 1931-1933, 1960, 1966-1988, 1992, 1996-1998, n.d.1.25 boxes
This series contains family correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, research materials used by Solotaroff in his first memoir, Truth Comes in Blows, and writings by his sons and brother.
- 1952, 1966-1968, 1978-1982, 1988, 1991, 2003, n.d.0.5 box
This series contains Solotaroff's notebooks, which contain diary entries and drafts and notes for articles. The diary portions contain entries about Solotaroff's daily life, interactions with his family, his relationships with women, and other topics.
- 1949-2006, n.d.9.75 boxes
This series contains drafts, typescripts, and galleys of Solotaroff's writings and typescripts and other copies of works by other authors. The series is divided into articles, books, and essays; fiction; poetry; reviews; speeches by Solotaroff; and writings by other people. This series contains Solotaroff's unfinished thesis on The Bostonians by Henry James, his college essays, drafts and typescripts of most of his published pieces, short fiction, and an unpublished novel by Solotaroff. These files also contain correspondence about Solotaroff's work, including responses by friends and colleagues, contracts, and other professional correspondence.
- 1970?, 1979, 1990?, 2003, n.d.2 folders
This series contains Solotaroff's bibliographies, curricula vitae, and the Lucille J. Medwick Memorial Award he received from PEN in 1979.