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Guide to The Tony Judt Collection MC 233

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2641

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Collection processed by Katie Ehrlich.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 04, 2015
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection contains research, notes, correspondence, and other material related to Tony Judt's work as a professor, essayist and historian. The collection spans the start of his career in 1976, to his death in 2010, with heavy focus on the 1990s and 2000s.

Nearly half of the collection consists of research material and notes for Judt's books, namely Postwar. There is little material related to his personal life. Approximately one-quarter is research and notes for articles published in periodicals such as  The New York Review of Books and  Times Literary Supplement. The correspondence in the collection mostly comes from readers and colleagues, often commenting on his work.

Judt's teaching files are also represented and contain syllabi, reading lists and lecture notes. There are also administrative files from Judt's tenure as director of the Remarque Institute, but those are subject to a 20-year restriction period.

See notes at the series level for additional details.


This collection is separated into 10 series, loosely arranged by Judt's type of work. Several series are further divided because of the manner in which the material was originally filed or because of their breadth. See series and subseries notes for further explication.


  1. Books
  2. Articles/Essays
  3. Subject Files
  4. Teaching Files
  5. Lectures/Conferences/Addresses
  6. Administrative Files
  7. Correspondence
  8. Press, Interviews
  9. Multimedia
  10. Bibliography File