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Guide to the William Zinsser Papers
ca. 1946-1998
 MSS 031

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Collection processed by Katherine Harris, June-November 1998

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zinsser, William, 1922-2015
Title: William Zinsser Papers
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1946-1998
Abstract: William Zinsser's papers include correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, reviews and teaching materials relating to his career as a writer, editor, and educator.
Quantity: 12.25 Linear Feet in 11 record cartons, 1 half manuscript box and 1 oversize flat box.
Quantity: 1 Cassettes 1 audiocassette
Quantity: 1 electronic discs (cd-rom) 1 IBM display write disk
Quantity: 10 sound discs (cd)
Call Phrase: MSS 031

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Biographical Note

1922-1943 Born in New York City, 1922. Princeton University, class of 1944.
1943-1945 Enlisted in the U.S. Army (North Africa and Italy).
1946-1959 New York Herald Tribune:
Feature writer, 1947-1948
Drama editor (in charge of Sunday section of theater, movies, music, dance, art, etc.) 1949-1954
Chief movie critic, 1955-1958
Editorial writer, 1958-1959
1959-1972 Free-lance writer of magazine articles, books and other projects.
Columnist for Look, 1967
Columnist for Life, 1968-1972
1970-1979 Yale University.
Teacher of nonfiction writing, 1970-1979
Editor, Yale Alumni Magazine, 1970-1977
Master of Branford College, 1973-1979
1977 Columnist for the New York Times, Home Section, March-September.
1979-1987 Book-of-the-Month Club.
Executive Editor in charge of in-house publications. Also responsible for the club’s educational and public service activities (public lectures, exhibits, etc.).
1976 Lecturer, teacher and consultant on writing to colleges, schools, school systems, newspapers, magazines, businesses, etc.
1987 Free-lance writer of magazines and books. Fifteen books published altogether.
1988-present Teacher of writing at the New School.

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Scope and Content Note

William Zinsser's papers include correspondence, manuscripts, scrapbooks, reviews and teaching materials relating to his career as a writer, editor, and educator. Also included is an audio tape of On Writing Well read by William Zinsser (Nov. 21, 1990). Important correspondents in the General Letters (Series 1A) include: Kurt Vonnegut, Fred Hargadon, Michael Norman, Richard Wald, Pierre Leval. Also note Pat C. Hoy II’s review of  Inventing the Truth (Series 2D).

SERIES DESCRIPTION

SERIES I: LETTERS

This series contains letters to and from William Zinsser on a range of subjects. Some responses are attached to the original letters. William Zinsser's original chronological grouping was retained except for letters from frequent correspondents, which are grouped together.

  • Subseries A contains general letters (1980-1998) to and from William Zinsser arranged chronologically. These letters are about general subject matter. Letters to and from frequent correspondents are arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's last name.
  • Subseries B contains letters to and from William Zinsser about his articles. The folders are labeled by subject, but they are arranged chronologically following the development of his career.
  • Subseries C contains letters to and from William Zinsser about his book, On Writing Well (and its subsequent editions). This series is arranged chronologically according to the book's original publication and the subsequent five editions.
  • Subseries D contains letters to and from William Zinsser about his other books and is arranged chronologically according to each book's publication.
  • Subseries E contains letters to and from William Zinsser about the Fales Library party at New York University held for his donation of his papers, as well as NY Times article regarding that event.

SERIES II: WORKS BY WILLIAM ZINSSER

This series contains works published by William Zinsser, as well as press reviews and comments regarding his works.

  • Subseries A contains manuscripts of books authored by Williams Zinsser and is arranged alphabetically by title. See especially the manuscripts of the fifth and sixth editions of On Writing Well for documentation of William Zinsser's editing techniques.
  • Subseries B contains articles authored by William Zinsser and various assorted writing projects (some unfinished and/or unpublished). This subseries includes the original text (written by Zinsser) from the Book-of-the-Month Club 60th Anniversary Exhibit, New York Public Library. This subseries is arranged by genre (articles, book reviews, travel profiles, television scripts, etc.) and then arranged chronologically.
  • Subseries C contains six scrapbooks of original articles written by William Zinsser for the New York Herald Tribune between 1946-1959. One scrapbook (1948-1949), due to its large size, is on top of Box 6.
  • Subseries D contains reviews and press comments about William Zinsser's published books. This subseries is restricted to commentary on books written by William Zinsser and books edited by William Zinsser. Within each genre, this subseries is arranged chronologically.
  • Subseries E contains lyrics written by Zinsser.

SERIES III: BIOGRAPHICAL

This series contains articles written about William Zinsser's life, accomplishments, and writings. This series contains only one folder.

SERIES IV: TEACHING, LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

This series contains lecture notes, invitations to speak, workshop information, teaching notes, letters from former writing students and papers regarding the genesis of Zinsser's academic career.

  • Subseries A contains lecture notes, letters, and articles from his academic teaching at Yale University (1971-1978), his editorship at Yale Alumni Magazine (1970-1977), his Mastership at Branford College (1973-1979), and his teaching at The Fieldston School (1998). The letters from former writing students, which were solicited by Mark Singer in honor of  On Writing Well's 6th edition, are also included. This subseries is arranged chronologically.
  • Subseries B contains lecture notes, workshop requests, and articles from William Zinsser's talks and workshops given 1976-1998 throughout the United States on writing. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading then chronologically within each subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into 4 series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Letters
  2. Series II: Works By William Zinsser
  3. Series III: Biographical
  4. Series IV: Teaching, Lectures & Workshops

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wald, Richard
  • Vonnegut, Kurt
  • Norman, Michael
  • Leval, Pierre N. (Pierre Nelson), 1936-
  • Hargadon, Fred

Document Type

  • Scrapbooks.
  • Correspondence.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • Yale University
  • New York Herald Tribune (Firm)
  • Fieldstone School
  • Branford College
  • Book-of-the-Month Club

Subject Topics

  • United States |v Biography.
  • Biography as a literary form.
  • Journalism.
  • English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching.
  • Autobiography -- Authorship.
  • English language -- Rhetoric.
  • Prose literature -- Technique.
  • Exposition (Rhetoric)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The William Zinsser Papers were a gift of William Zinsser in June 1998 in conjunction with the publication of the 6th edition of On Writing Well. Included in William Zinsser’s gift to Fales Library was a collection of the books that he authored and edited. The accession number associated with these materials is 1998.031.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); William Zinsser Papers; MSS 31; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.

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Separated Material

The following collection of books authored and edited by William Zinsser were donated with his papers. These items were separated into the Fales American Collection and have been individually cataloged. Records for the items can be located in Bobcat.

American places : a writer's pilgrimage to 15 of this country's most visited and cherished sites / William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1992.

American places : a writer's pilgrimage to 15 of this country's most visited and cherished sites / William Zinsser, 1st Harper Perennial ed., New York : Harper Perennial, 1993, c1992.

Annual report of the National Refractory & Brake Company [by William Zinsser. Drawings by James Stevenson, [New York, Harper & Row, 1969]

Any old place with you / Zinsser, William Knowlton, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1957.

The city dwellers / Zinsser, William Knowlton, [1st ed.], New York, Harper & Row [1962]

Easy to remember : the great American songwriters and their songs / William Zinsser, Jaffrey, N.H. : David R. Godine, 2001, c2000.

Extraordinary lives : the art and craft of American biography / Robert A. Caro ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, New York : American Heritage ; Boston : Distributed by Houghton Mifflin, 1986.

Extraordinary lives : the art and craft of American biography / Robert A. Caro ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1988]

A family of readers : an informal portrait of the Book-of-the-Month Club and its members on the occasion of its 60th anniversary / William Zinsser, New York : Book-of-the-Month Club, 1986.

Going on faith : writing as a spiritual quest / edited and with an introduction by William Zinsser ; [contributors], Diane Ackerman ... [et al.]., New York : Marlowe & Co. : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [1999]

The haircurl papers and other searches for the lost individual / Zinsser, William Knowlton, 1st ed., New York, Harper & Row, 1964.

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir / Russell Baker ... [et al.] ; edited with a memoir and an introduction by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1987.

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir / Russell Baker ... [et al.] ; edited with a memoir and an introduction by William Zinsser, New York: Book-of-the-Month-Club 1987.

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir / Russell Baker ... [et al.] ; edited with an introduction by William Zinsser, Rev. and expanded 2nd ed., Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1995.

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir / Russell Baker ... [et al.] ; edited with an introduction by William Zinsser, Rev. and expanded ed., 1st Mariner books ed., Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.

Look, Ma, I am kool! and other casuals / compiled and edited by Burton Bernstein, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, c1977.

The lunacy boom [by] William Zinsser, [1st ed.], New York, Harper & Row [1970]

Mitchell & Ruff : an American profile in jazz / William Zinsser ; foreword by Albert Murray, 1st Paul Dry Books ed., Philadelphia : Paul Dry Books, 2000.

On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : Harper & Row, c1976.

On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 2nd. ed., New York : Harper and Row, c1980.

On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 3rd ed., rev. and enlarged, New York : Harper & Row, c1985.

On writing well : an informal guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 4th ed., rev., updated, and expanded, New York, N.Y. : Harper Perennial, c1990.

On writing well : the classic guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 6th ed., rev. and updated, New York : Harper Perennial, c1998.

On writing well [sound recording] / William Zinsser, Abridged, New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1998.

On writing well : the classic guide to writing nonfiction / William Zinsser, 25th anniversary ed., 6th ed. rev. and updated., 1st Harper Resource Quill ed., New York : Quill, 2001.

The paradise bit, a novel / [by] William K. Zinsser., [1st ed.], Boston : Little, Brown, [1967]

Paths of resistance : the art and craft of the political novel / Isabel Allende ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1989.

Pop goes America / Zinsser, William Knowlton, [1st ed.], New York, Harper & Row [1966]

Search & research; the collections and uses of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street / Zinsser, William Knowlton, New York, New York Public Library, 1961.

Seen any good movies lately? / Zinsser, William Knowlton, [1st ed.], Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1958.

Speaking of journalism : 12 writers and editors talk about their work / William Zinsser, and Jennifer Allen ... [et al.]., 1st ed., New York : HarperCollins, 1994.

Speaking of journalism : 12 writers and editors talk about their work / William Zinsser ; and Jennifer Allen ... [et al.]., 1st Harper Perennial ed., New York : Harper Perennial, 1995.

Spiritual quests : the art and craft of religious writing / Mary Gordon ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

Spring training / William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : Harper & Row, c1989.

Spring training / William Zinsser ; introduction by Daniel Okrent, 1st Prentice Hall Press ed., New York : Prentice Hall Press, [1990]

They went : the art and craft of travel writing / Ian Frazier ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1991.

Weekend guests; from "we're so glad you could come" to "we're so sorry you have to go," and vice-versa / Zinsser, William Knowlton, [1st ed.], New York, Harper & Row [1963]

Willie and Dwike : an American profile / by William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : Harper & Row, c1984.

Worlds of childhood : the art and craft of writing for children / Jean Fritz ... [et al.] ; edited by William Zinsser, Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1990.

Writing to learn / William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : Harper & Row, c1988.

Writing with a word processor / William Zinsser, 1st ed., New York : Harper & Row, c1983.

The Writer Who Stayed. Philadelphia: Paul Dry Books, 2012.

Writing Places: The Life Journey of a Writer and Teacher. New York: Harper Collins, 2009.

American Places: updated and expanded by the author. The Akadine Press, 2002.

Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past. New York: Marlowe & Company, 2004.

Processing Information

In 2017 the following accretions were integrated into the collection.

Accretion 2005, containing letters, articles, biographical information, and documents on talks and workshops, was integrated into Series I, II, III, and IV, respectively. The accession number associated with these materials is 2005.031.

Accretion 2010, containing letters, articles, and manuscripts, was integrated into Series I and II. The accession number associated with these materials is 2010.031.

Accretion 2012 consists of letters and was integrated into Series I. The accession number associated with these materials is 2012.031.

Accretion 2013 includes letters, integrated into Series I, and printouts of the blog "Zinsser on Friday," published in 2012 as The Writer Who Stayed. These printouts have been integrated into Series II. The accession number associated with these materials is 2013.031.

Bibliography

Zinsser, William. American Places: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to 15 of This Country’s Most Visited and Cherished Sites. HarperCollins: New York, 1992. Zinsser, William. American Places: A Writer’s Pilgrimage to 15 of This Country’s Most Visited  and Cherished Sites. HarperPerennial: New York, 1993. Zinsser, William. Annual Reprot [sic] of the National Refractory & Brake Company. Illus. James Stevenson. Harper & Row: New York, 1969.Zinsser, William. Any Old Place With You. Illus. Robt Day. Simon and Schuster: New York, 1957Zinsser, William. "A Connoisseur’s Guide to H2O." "Jury Duty." "Peabody’s Complaint." Look, Ma, I am Kool! And Other Casuals. Ed. Burton Bernstein. Prentice-Hall, Inc.: Englewood Cliffs, 1977. 221-235. Zinsser, William. Ed. Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986.Zinsser, William. Ed. Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography. Boston:Houghton Mifflin Company, (1988).Zinsser, William. A Family of Readers: An Informal Portrait of The Book-of-the-Month Club and  Its Members on the Occasion of its 60th Anniversary. Book-of-the-Month Club: New York, 1986.Zinsser, William. The Haircurl Papers & Other Searches for the Lost Individual. Harper & Row: New York, 1964.Zinsser, William. Ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987.Zinsser, William. Ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Rev. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1995.Zinsser, William. ed. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Rev. intro. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998.Zinsser, William. "[1930's]." Five Boyhoods: Howard Lindsay, Harry Golden, Walt Kelly,  William K. Zinsser, and John Updike. Ed. Martin Levin. Doubleday & Company, Inc.: New York, 1962. 117-154. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Harper & Row: New York, 1976. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 2nd ed. Harper & Row: NewYork, 1980. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 3rd ed., rev. and enlarged. Harper & Row: New York, 1985. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 3rd ed. [Chinese] Harper & Row: New York, 1985. The Rock House Publishers: Hong Kong, 1985. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 4th ed., rev., updated, and exp. HarperPerennial: New York, 1990. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Audio recording of 4th ed. [HarperCollins Publishers: New York, 1991.] Harper Audio: New York, Nov. 21, 1990. Zinsser, William. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. 6th ed., rev. and updated. HarperPerennial: New York, 1998. Zinsser, William. ed. Paths of Resistance: The Art and Craft of the Political Novel. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989.Zinsser, William. Search & Research: The Collections and Uses of the New York Public Library at  Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. Illus. Tom Funk. The New York Public Library: New York, 1961.Zinsser, William. Seen Any Good Movies Lately? Or, The Education of a Movie Critic. Illus. Robert Day. Doubleday & Company, Inc.: New York, 1958.Zinsser, William. Speaking of Journalism: 12 Writers and Editors Talk About Their Work. HarperCollins: New York, 1994. Zinsser, William. Speaking of Journalism: 12 Writers and Editors Talk About Their Work. HarperPerennial: New York, 1995. Zinsser, William. Ed. Spiritual Quests: The Art and Craft of Religious Writing. Boston: Houghton MifflinCompany, 1988. Zinsser, William. Spring Training. Harper & Row: New York, 1989. Re-print. Prentice Hall Press, 1990.Zinsser, William. Ed. They Went: The Art and Craft of Travel Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1991.Zinsser, William. ed. Worlds of Childhood: The Art and Craft of Writing for Children. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.Zinsser, William. Ordbehandlaren Och Jag. [  Writing with a World [sic] Processor. (Swedish)] 1983. Berghs Förlag Ab; Malmö, 1984.

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Container List

Series I: Letters

Subseries A, General letters (1980-2011)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 General letters: Miscellaneous personal letters
ca.1950-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 2 General letters
1977-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 3 General letters
1988-1989
Box: 1 Folder : 4 General letters (1 of 2)
1990-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 5 General letters (2 of 2)
1990-1991
Box: 1 Folder : 6 General letters (1 of 2)
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 7 General letters (2 of 2)
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 8 General letters (1 of 2)
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 9 General letters (2 of 2)
1994-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 10 General letters
1996
Box: 1 Folder : 11 General letters
1997
Box: 1 Folder : 11a. General letters
1998-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Berryhill, Michael
1986-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Crowther, Prudence
1983-1985
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Fenton, Patrick
1988-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Franklin, Thomas
1985-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Robertson-Lorant, Laurie
1986-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 17 McKain, David
1991-1994
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Mills, Jim
1989-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Morelli, Mark
1989-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Murray, Marian
1992-1995
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Roberts, Dale
1996-1998
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Rosenberg, John
1984-1997
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Thomas, Elizabeth (Susie)
1987-1989
Box: 11 Folder : 3 General letters (1 of 2)
2000
Box: 11 Folder : 4 General letters (2 of 2)
2000
Box: 11 Folder : 7-11 General letters, 5 folders
2001-2005
Box: 11 Folder : 14-23 General letters, 10 folders
2004-2008
Box: 12 Folder : 1, 3-9 General letters, 8 folders
1993-2011

Subseries B, Regarding articles

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Letters: from Prominent People: S.J. Perelman, Harold Arlen, Chic Young, Spike Milligan, (1 of 2)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Letters: from Prominent People: Goodman Ace, Richard Rodgers, Peter Sellers, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Bissell, Joshua Logan, Edward Streeter, Woody Allen, Gore Vidal, Richard Brooks, Virgil Thomson, Robert Osborn, (2 of 2)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 25a. Letters: Early Education articles
1947
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Letters: Movie Reviews, at The Herald Tribune (1 of 2)
1955-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Letters: Movie Reviews, at The Herald Tribune (2 of 2)
1955-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Letters: Movie Review, A Farewell to Arms, at  The Herald Tribune
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Letters: Movie Reviews, from Hollywood stars, writers, directors, producers, etc.
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Letters: Retirement from Movie Reviews
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Letters: General Op-Ed pieces, The Herald Tribune
1958-1959
Box: 1 Folder : 31a. Letters: Individual articles in 1960's and 1970's
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Letters: Various columns in Look
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Letters: "The Right to Fail," Look, Oct. 17
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Letters: "College Pressures," Country Journal Magazine
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Letters: Various columns in Life
1968-1972
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Letters: "The Pitfalls of Pop's Pompous Pop-Offs," Life
1967
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Letters: "The Memoir Bore," Life, Aug. 23
1968
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Letters: Various articles in New York Times, Home Section
1977
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Letters: "Why Johnny's Teachers Can't Write," New York Times Magazine, Nov. 12
1978
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Letters: "Pearl Harbor: The Way It Was at Princeton," New York Times Magazine, Dec. 1981
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Letters: "9 Tin Men . . .," New York Times, April 6
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Letters: "A Travel Nut's Library," New York Times Book Review, Aug. 26
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Letters: "Strangers on the Phone Share Only Yesterdays," New York Times, Feb. 21
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Letters: "Shanghai Blues," The New Yorker
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Letters: "Resonance," The New Yorker, April 23
1984
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Letters: A Family of Readers, Book-of-the-Month Club
1986
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Letters: "News from Timbuktu," Cond  é   Nast Traveler, Oct.1988
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Letters: "From Natchez to Mobile," American Scholar
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 48a. Letters: "A Christmas Memoir," Town and Country, Dec. 1999
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 48b. Letters: "Tour de Force," Town and Country, Apr. 1999
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Letters: "Field of Tin," The Atlantic, July/August 2001
2001
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Letters: " The Daily Miracle," American Scholar, Dec. 2007
2008

Subseries C, Regarding On Writing Well

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 49 Letters: On Writing Well, (1 of 2)
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 50 Letters: On Writing Well, 1976 (2 of 2)
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 51 Letters: On Writing Well (1 of 3)
1977-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 52 Letters: On Writing Well (2 of 3)
1977-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 53 Letters: On Writing Well (3 of 3)
1977-1982
Box: 2 Folder : 54 Letters: On Writing Well (1 of 3)
1983-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 55 Letters: On Writing Well (2 of 3)
1983-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 56 Letters: On Writing Well (3 of 3)
1983-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 57 Letters: On Writing Well (1 of 3)
1990-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 58 Letters: On Writing Well (2 of 3)
1990-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 59 Letters: On Writing Well (3 of 3)
1990-1994
Box: 2 Folder : 60 Letters: On Writing Well (1 of 3)
1995-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 61 Letters: On Writing Well (2 of 3)
1995-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 62 Letters: On Writing Well (3 of 3)
1995-1998
Box: 2 Folder : 62a Letters: On Writing Well
1998-2000

Subseries D, Regarding his other books

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 63 Letters: Any Old Place With You (Simon and Schuster, 1957)
1957
Box: 2 Folder : 63a. Letters: Seen Any Good Movies Lately? (Doubleday, 1958)
1958
Box: 2 Folder : 64 Letters: The City Dwellers (Harper , 1962)
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 64a. Letters: Five Boyhoods (Doubleday , 1962)
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 64b. Letters: Weekend Guests (Harper , 1963)
1963
Box: 2 Folder : 65 Letters: The Haircurl Papers (Harper , 1964)
1964
Box: 2 Folder : 65a. Letters: Pop Goes America (Harper , 1966)
1966
Box: 2 Folder : 65b. Letters: The Paradise Bit (Little, Brown & Co. , 1967)
1967
Box: 2 Folder : 65c. Letters: The Lunacy Boom (Harper , 1970)
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 66 Letters: Writing With a Word Processor (Harper , 1983) (1 of 3)
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 67 Letters: Writing With a Word Processor (Harper , 1983) (2 of 3)
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 68 Letters: Writing With a Word Processor (Harper , 1983) (3 of 3)
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 69 Letters: Willie & Dwike (Harper , 1984) (1 of 3)
1984
Box: 2 Folder : 70 Letters: Willie & Dwike (Harper , 1984) (2 of 3)
1984
Box: 2 Folder : 71 Letters: Willie & Dwike (Harper , 1984) (3 of 3)
1984
Box: 2 Folder : 72 Letters: Writing to Learn (Harper , 1988) (1 of 3)
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 73 Letters: Writing to Learn (Harper , 1988) (2 of 3)
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 74 Letters: Writing to Learn (Harper , 1988) (3 of 3)
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 75 Letters: Spring Training (Harper , 1989)
1989
Box: 2 Folder : 76 Letters: American Places (HarperCollins , 1992)
1992
Box: 2 Folder : 77 Letters: Speaking of Journalism (HarperCollins , 1994)
1994
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Letters: Easy to Remember (Godine, 2001), early reactions and advice
1996-2000
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Letters: Easy to Remember (Godine, 2001)
2000-2001
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Letters: Conversations, piano/saxophone CD
2001
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Letters: Writing About Your Life (Marlowe, 2004)
2004-2006
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Letters: What's the Point, CD
2004

Subseries E, Regarding the Fales Library party at New York University

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 78 Letters: Regarding Fales Library event at NYU and NY Times article
undated

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Series II: Works by William Zinsser

Subseries A, Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 American Places, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-7
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 2 American Places, corrected manuscript, Chps. 8-16 and "Acknowledgments"
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Any Old Place With You, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-4
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Box: 3 Folder : 4 Any Old Place With You, corrected manuscript, Chps. 5-6
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Box: 3 Folder : 5 Any Old Place With You, corrected manuscript, Chps. 7-9
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Box: 3 Folder : 6 The City Dwellers, corrected manuscript
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Box: 3 Folder : 6a. Easy to Remember, corrected manuscript
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Box: 3 Folder : 6b. Easy to Remember, author's correction on first proof
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Box: 3 Folder : 6c. Easy to Remember, uncorrected proofs
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Box: 3 Folder : 7 The Haircurl Papers, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-6
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Box: 3 Folder : 8 The Haircurl Papers, corrected manuscript, Chps. 7-14
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Box: 3 Folder : 9 The Haircurl Papers, corrected manuscript, Chps. 15-20
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Box: 3 Folder : 9a. How to Write a Memoir, audio tape
1999
Box: 3 Folder : 10 The Lunacy Boom, corrected manuscript (1 of 2)
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Box: 3 Folder : 11 The Lunacy Boom, corrected manuscript (2 of 2)
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Box: 3 Folder : 11a. Mitchell and Ruff, author's correction (first published as  Willie and Dwike)
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Box: 3 Folder : 12 On Writing Well (1st ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-12
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Box: 3 Folder : 13 On Writing Well (1st ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 13-17 and "Sources"
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Box: 3 Folder : 14 On Writing Well (2nd ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-11
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Box: 3 Folder : 15 On Writing Well (2nd ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 12-18 and "Bibliography"
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Box: 3 Folder : 16 On Writing Well (5th ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-13
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Box: 3 Folder : 17 On Writing Well (5th edition), corrected manuscript, Chps.14-22
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Box: 3 Folder : 18 On Writing Well (6th edition), revision of 5th ed. ms, Chps. 1-17
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Box: 3A Folder : 19 On Writing Well (6th ed.), revision of 5th ed. ms, Chps. 18-24 and "Sources"
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Box: 3A Folder : 20 On Writing Well (6th ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-14
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Box: 3A Folder : 21 On Writing Well (6th ed.), corrected manuscript, Chps. 15-24
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Box: 3A Folder : 22 The Paradise Bit, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-6
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Box: 3A Folder : 23 The Paradise Bit, corrected manuscript, Chps. 7-11
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Box: 3A Folder : 24 The Paradise Bit, corrected manuscript, Chps. 12-16
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Box: 4 Folder : 25 The Paradise Bit, corrected manuscript, Chps. 17-20
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Box: 4 Folder : 26 Pop Goes America, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-6
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Box: 4 Folder : 27 Pop Goes America, corrected manuscript, Chps. 7-11
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Box: 4 Folder : 28 Pop Goes America, corrected manuscript, Chps. 12-17
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Box: 4 Folder : 29 The Road to Timbuktu (unpublished), corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-6
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Box: 4 Folder : 30 The Road to Timbuktu (unpublished), corrected manuscript, Chps. 7-13 and "Epilogue"
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Box: 4 Folder : 31 Seen Any Good Movies Lately?, corrected manuscript
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Box: 4 Folder : 32 Spring Training, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-8
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Box: 4 Folder : 33 Spring Training, corrected manuscript, Chps. 9-19, "Epilogue" and "Sources"
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Box: 4 Folder : 34 Weekend Guests, corrected manuscript
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Box: 4 Folder : 35 Willie & Dwike, corrected manuscript, Chps. 1-5
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Box: 4 Folder : 36 Willie & Dwike, corrected manuscript, Chps. 6-7
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Box: 4 Folder : 37 Willie & Dwike, manuscript, 2 IBM DisplayWrite disks
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Box: 4 Folder : 38 Writing With a Word Processor, corrected manuscript
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Box: 12 Folder : 10 Writing About Your Life, final manuscript
2004
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Writing Places, final manuscript
2008-10-01
Box: 13 Writing Places, 4 CD set
2009
Box: 12 Folder : 14-16 Zinsser on Friday, manuscript from blog, 3 folders
2010-2011
Box: 13 On Writing Well and How to Write a Memoir, 3 CD set
2003

Subseries B, Various writing projects

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Book reviews and articles about books/writers
1960-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Travel articles - places (1 of 2)
1952-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 41 Travel articles - places (2 of 2)
1952-1997
Box: 4 Folder : 42 Profiles - people (1 of 2)
1960-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Profiles - people (2 of 2)
1960-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Free-lance articles and assorted pieces (1 of 3)
1956-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Free-lance articles and assorted pieces (2 of 3)
1956-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Free-lance articles and assorted pieces (3 of 3)
1956-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 47 New York Herald Tribune articles (5) on Mau Mau War  New York Herald Tribune articles on the South Seas
1954 , 1956
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Horizon articles
1958-1967
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Saturday Evening Post articles
1962-1967
Box: 4 Folder : 50 Look columns
1967
Box: 4 Folder : 51 Life columns (1 of 2)
1968-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 52 Life columns (2 of 2)
1968-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 53 New York Times, Home Section columns
1977
Box: 4 Folder : 54 National Refractory & Brake Co. articles and Annual Reprot (sic)
1969-1972
Box: 4 Folder : 55 The Museum for Modern Art manuscript, unpublished article for Life
1962
Box: 4 Folder : 56 Herald Tribune Days manuscript, unpublished memoir
1972
Box: 5 Folder : 57 The Car Nut manuscript, unpublished children's book
1971-1973
Box: 5 Folder : 58 The Western as a Ritual Art Form of America, outline and notes for tv program
1957
Box: 5 Folder : 59 Sunday television scripts
1963-1964
Box: 5 Folder : 60 Humor in Public Television: Is There Any Hope? report
1969
Box: 5 Folder : 61 On Writing Well audio script, Nov. 1990
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Box: 5 Folder : 62 Introduction to Landmarks Exhibit, Municipal Arts Society, manuscript, June 1965
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Box: 5 Folder : 63 Pamphlets and letters, Book-of-the-Month Club, NY Public Library
1966-1997
Box: 5 Folder : 64 60th Anniversary Exhibit, Book-of-the-Month Club, NY Public Library (1 of 3)
1986
Box: 5 Folder : 65 60th Anniversary Exhibit, Book-of-the-Month Club, NY Public Library (2 of 3)
1986
Box: 5 Folder : 66 60th Anniversary Exhibit, Book-of-the-Month Club, NY Public Library (3 of 3)
1986
Box: 5 Folder : 66a. Tour de Force, Town and Country, Apr. 1999
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Box: 5 Folder : 66b. The Healing Moment, Princeton Alumni Weekly, May 19
1999
Box: 5 Folder : 66c. A Christmas Memoir, Town and Country, Dec. 1999
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Box: 5 Folder : 66d. Field of Tin, The Atlantic Monthly, July/Aug. 2001
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Box: 5 Folder : 66e. Conversations with Arnold Roth and Bill Zinsser, Audio CD
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Box: 12 Folder : 12-13 Articles, 2 folders
1999-2009
Box: 12 Folder : 17 Work as songwriter and musician
1999-2003
Box: 13 Conversations: Arnold Roth & Bill Zinsser
2001
Box: 13 What's the Point: A Musical Revue about a Summer Community, CD
2003

Subseries C, Scrapbooks

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Scrapbook: Education articles (mostly), New York Herald Tribune
1946-1947
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Scrapbook I: Movie reviews/columns, New York Herald Tribune
1954-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Scrapbook II: Movie reviews, New York Herald Tribune
1956-1957
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Scrapbook III: Movie reviews/editorials, New York Herald Tribune
1957-1958
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Scrapbook IV: Editorials/columns (article/subject list), New York Herald Tribune
1958-1959

Subseries D, Reviews and press comments

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 67 Reviews and Press: Inventing the Truth (editor, 1st ed.)
1985
Box: 7 Folder : 68 Reviews and Press: Inventing the Truth (editor, 2nd ed.)
1987
Box: 7 Folder : 69 Reviews and Press: Extraordinary Lives (editor)
1988
Box: 7 Folder : 70 Reviews and Press: Spiritual Quests (editor)
1988
Box: 7 Folder : 71 Reviews and Press: Paths of Resistance (editor)
1989
Box: 7 Folder : 72 Reviews and Press: Worlds of Childhood (editor)
1990
Box: 7 Folder : 73 Reviews and Press: They Went (editor)
1991
Box: 7 Folder : 74 Reviews and Press: Any Old Place With You
1957
Box: 7 Folder : 75 Reviews and Press: Seen Any Good Movies Lately?
1958
Box: 7 Folder : 76 Reviews and Press: The City Dwellers
1962
Box: 7 Folder : 77 Reviews and Press: Five Boyhoods
1962
Box: 7 Folder : 78 Reviews and Press: Weekend Guests
1963
Box: 7 Folder : 79 Reviews and Press: The Haircurl Papers
1964
Box: 7 Folder : 80 Reviews and Press: Pop Goes America
1966
Box: 7 Folder : 81 Reviews and Press: The Paradise Bit
1967
Box: 7 Folder : 82 Reviews and Press: Annual Reprot (sic)
1969
Box: 8 Folder : 83 Reviews and Press: The Lunacy Boom
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 84 Reviews and Press: On Writing Well (1st and 2nd eds.)
1976 , 1980
Box: 8 Folder : 85 Reviews and Press: On Writing Well (3rd, 4th, 5th eds.)
1985 , 1990 , 1995
Box: 8 Folder : 86 Reviews and Press: Writing With a Word Processor
1983
Box: 8 Folder : 87 Reviews and Press: Willie & Dwike
1984
Box: 8 Folder : 88 Reviews and Press: Writing to Learn
1988
Box: 8 Folder : 89 Reviews and Press: Spring Training
1989
Box: 8 Folder : 90 Reviews and Press: American Places
1992
Box: 8 Folder : 91 Reviews and Press: Speaking of Journalism
1994

Subseries E, Lyrics

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 92 Songs written by Zinsser
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Series III: Biographical

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Assorted awards, honors, biographical articles written about William Zinsser
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Box: 12 Folder : 18 Biographical information
2001-2004

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Series IV: Teaching, Lectures and Workshops

Subseries A, Lecture notes, letters, and articles at Yale University, Branford College, the Fieldston School

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Correspondence re job search for college teaching position
1967-1970
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Letters re Editorship at Yale Alumni Magazine
1970-1977
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Letters re Mastership at Branford College, Yale University
1973-1979
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Non-Fiction course, Yale University (1 of 2)
1971-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Non-Fiction course, Yale University (2 of 2)
1971-1975
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Humor Writing course, Yale University, Spring 1977-1978
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Box: 9 Folder : 7 Letters from former writing students, Yale University
ca.1972-1987
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Writing course, the Fieldston School
1988
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Letters from form Writing Students, Yale University - solicited by Mark Singer for On Writing Well 6th edition
1998

Subseries B Lecture notes, workshop requests, and articles regarding talks and workshops on writing

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Talks & Workshops (1 of 3)
1976-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Talks & Workshops (2 of 3)
1976-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Talks & Workshops (3 of 3)
1976-1980
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Talks & Workshops (1 of 3)
1981-1984
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Talks & Workshops (2 of 3)
1981-1984
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Talks & Workshops (3 of 3)
1981-1984
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Talks & Workshops (1 of 3)
1985-1987
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Talks & Workshops (2 of 3)
1985-1987
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Talks & Workshops (3 of 3)
1985-1987
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Talks & Workshops (1 of 3)
1988-1990
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Talks & Workshops (2 of 3)
1988-1990
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Talks & Workshops (3 of 3)
1988-1990
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Talks & Workshops (1 of 3)
1991-1998
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Talks & Workshops (2 of 3)
1991-1998
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Talks & Workshops (3 of 3)
1991-1998
Box: 12 Folder : 19 Talks & Workshops
1998-2004

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Oversize Series II, subseries C

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Scrapbook: Feature articles, New York Herald Tribune (oversize)
1948-1949

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