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Guide to the Victor S. Navasky Papers TAM 594

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Mary Corcoran, Heather Mulliner, and Giana Ricci

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 25, 2018
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to include 2016 accession. Edited by Heather Mulliner to include 2017 accession  , November 2016 , April 2017

Container List

Series III: Monocle and Monocle Books, 1957-2002

Scope and Content Note

This series has as its focus the Monocle, a magazine of satire and social criticism that Navasky and several friends founded and published while they were at Yale Law School and for some time after. In addition to correspondence and other relevant material, there are articles about  Monocle and a number of full issues.

Monocle struggled financially and, in an attempt to keep the magazine going, the group initiated a related enterprise –  Monocle books (which they called Pentacle Books). Their plan was to come up with ideas for books that didn't require authors; find trade-book publishers who were willing to pay for and publish them; hire researchers to do the work; and then use the profits to keep  Monocle afloat and pay themselves. The book packaging effort produced more than thirty books. Many of these books are included in the series, along with background material. Among these, in Box 18, Folder 23, is their single bestseller –  Report from Iron Mountain: On the Possibility and Desirability of Peace. Published in 1967 by Dial Press, it purported to be the suppressed work of a small government group whose outrageous conclusions were presented in bureaucratic prose with lots of actual footnotes. It was such a successful satirical spoof that some groups, particularly conspiracy theorists, continue to reject the numerous admissions and explanations of its authors and contend that it is the work of an actual secret government panel. In his book,  A Matter of Opinion, Navasky provides the full story of what the  Guinness Book of World Records calls the "Most Successful Literary Hoax."

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Articles about Monocle
1958-1960
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Articles about Monocle
1961-1965, 2002, undated
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Freedom of Information Act: Correspondence and released documents (includes Monocle that was subject of one document)
1964, 1988
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Glatzer, Robert
1964-1967, undated
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Kitman, Marvin
1969, 1971-1972, 1975
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Monocle: Correspondence (includes copy of letter written to Alger Hiss)
1964-1971, 1988, 1998-2002
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Monocle: General (includes initial plans and descriptions)
1957-1966, 1985, 1988
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 1 Number 2
1957-1958
Box: 17 Folder : 9 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 2 Number 1
1958
Box: 17 Folder : 10 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 2 Number 2
1958-1959
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 3 Number 1
1959
Box: 17 Folder : 12 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 3 Number 2
1959-1960
Box: 17 Folder : 13 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 4 Number 1
1960
Box: 17 Folder : 14 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 4 Number 2
1961
Box: 17 Folder : 15 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 5 Number 1
1962
Box: 17 Folder : 16 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 5 Number 1 (duplicates)
1962
Box: 17 Folder : 17 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 5 Number 2
1963
Box: 17 Folder : 18 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 5 Number 3
1963-1964
Box: 17 Folder : 19 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 5 Number 4
1964
Box: 17 Folder : 20 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 6 Number 1
1964
Box: 17 Folder : 21 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 6 Number 2
1964
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 6 Number 3
1964
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Monocle: Full issues - Volume 6 Number 4, Special Issue - Vietnam Speak-Out (includes related materials)
1965-1967
Box: 18 Folder : 3 The Pentacle Press
1973, 1983, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Pentacle Press: Correspondence
1970-1973, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Publications: Animal Ranch, The Great American Fable
1966
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Publications: "Bantam #1 Copy"
undated
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Publications: Barbed Wires
1965, 1966
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Publications: The Bobby Baker Story
1966-1967, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Publications: The Camp Followers' Guide
1965, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 10 Publications: Coward's Almanac
1969, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 11 Publications: Great Advertising Campaigns
1967-1969, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 12 Publications: The Illustrated Gift Edition of the Communist Manifesto
1967-1968
Box: 18 Folder : 13 Publications: Language in America
1969
Box: 18 Folder : 14 Publications: Married Priests and Nuns, research
1968-1969
Box: 18 Folder : 15 Publications: The Monocle Peep Show
1964-1965
Box: 18 Folder : 16 Publications: The Naked Emperor (International Treasury of Political Satire)
1964-1967, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 17 Publications: The Naked Emperor (International Treasury of Political Satire)
1966-1969
Box: 18 Folder : 18 Publications: The Outsider's Newsletter
1962-1964
Box: 18 Folder : 19 Publications: Prospectus: The War in Vietnam
1970
Box: 18 Folder : 20 Publications: The Psychiatrist's Wife's Guide to Housekeeping
1969
Box: 18 Folder : 21 Publications: The Red Chinese Air Force Exercise, Diet and Sex Book
1967-1968, undated
Box: 18 Folder : 22 Publications: The Red Chinese Air Force Exercise, Diet and Sex Book: Correspondence
1966-1969
Box: 18 Folder : 23 Publications: Report from Iron Mountain
1996, 1999
Box: 18 Folder : 24 Publications: What Are Your Rights?
1969
Box: 18 Folder : 25 Publications: What Every Nice Boy Used to Know About Sex
1965-1968
Box: 18 Folder : 26 Publications: The World and the 20s
1972-1973
Box: 110 Monocole: Magazine Issues and Correspondence
1957-1966

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