Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers 1967-1998

Creator
Rudner, Lawrence Sheldon, 1947-1995
Size
5.5 linear feet
Location

off-site

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Call number
MC 00218

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers, dating from 1967 to 1998, contain records relating to the research, teaching, and writings of Lawrence Rudner, a professor in the North Carolina State University English Department. The Papers also contain a small number of records describing Rudner's personal life. The Papers include manuscripts, correspondence, notes, newspaper articles, publications, and photographs.

Biographical/historical note

Lawrence Sheldon Rudner was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 7, 1947. He attended Mumford High School in Detroit. During the 1960s, Rudner studied at the London School of Economics, receiving a diploma in philosophy in 1967. He also attended Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor's degree in history and social science in 1968; a master's degree in history in 1971; a master's degree in communications and journalism in 1972; and a doctorate in English and American Studies in 1977. During the Vietnam War, Rudner was a member of the anti-war organization Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

From 1975-1976, Rudner taught English courses at Western Michigan University and from 1976-1978, at Lakeland College in Wisconsin. Rudner began teaching in the English department at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor in 1978. He became an associate professor in 1985 and a full professor in 1992. Rudner taught courses at North Carolina State in journalism, American literature, world literature, and occasionally creative writing. The focus of his academic career, however, was the Holocaust, about which he researched, taught, and wrote. He created a course in the English department at North Carolina State entitled "Literature of the Holocaust" (later, "The Holocaust in Literature"), which continued to be taught after his death. In 1988, Rudner published his first novel, The Magic We Do Here, which won the 1988 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. According to Rudner, this novel was an attempt to fight the passing of memory about the Holocaust. Rudner also published several short stories and non-fiction articles relating to the Holocaust. His second and final novel, Memory's Tailor, was published posthumously in 1998 after being edited by colleague John Kessel and editor Susan Ketchin.

During the 1980s, Rudner spent many of his summers in Poland and Czechoslovakia as an American Studies Fellowship lecturer. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship for 1986-1987 and spent that time at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland teaching courses on American literature and a seminar on Isaac Bashevis Singer. Also during the 1980s, Rudner and colleague Sandy Kessler taught a humanities course entitled "Survival and Growth Under Adverse Conditions" to long-term inmates of Raleigh's Central Prison.

In 1969, Rudner married his wife Lauren, with whom he had two children, Joshua and Elizabeth. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1994, stopped teaching after the spring semester of that year, and died on May 5, 1995 at the age of 48.

Scope/content

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers mainly comprise documentation of Rudner's career as a writer and as a professor at North Carolina State University. It includes manuscripts of his novels, short stories, speeches, and non-fiction articles; reviews of his books; research files on the Holocaust and other topics; information on courses Rudner taught at North Carolina State and elsewhere; applications for grants; and correspondence. A small portion of the collection - comprising photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, and biographical information - documents Rudner's personal life.

Physical description

11 archival storage boxes

Arrangement

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers are organized into three series: Writings, Research and Teaching, Professional Correspondence, and Personal Files.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers, MC 00218, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers were a gift of Lauren Rudner, February 9, 1995; John Kessel, 1998; Lars Osberg, November 8, 2002; and Ruth B. Hutchinson, May 6, 2003.

The Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers were a gift of Lauren Rudner, February 9, 1995; John Kessel, 1998; Lars Osberg, November 8, 2002; and Ruth B. Hutchinson, May 6, 2003.

The collection is organized into four principal series:

Writings 1971-1998
Size: 2 linear feet

This series contains Lawrence Rudner's professional writings, including his manuscripts for novels, short stories, poems, book reviews and non-fiction articles, as well as his notes for speeches, conferences, and programs. The series also contains copies of Memory's Tailor, edited by John Kessel and Susan Ketchin after Rudner's death, in various stages of publication. For both of Rudner's novels, there are both completed drafts and separate individual sections for which the chronological order could not be determined. Therefore, individual sections are placed sequentially with the completed draft following. Book reviews and publication information for Rudner's published novels are included in this series with the publication to which they refer. Correspondence relating to Rudner's writings is also included in this series. Non-fiction articles on Robert Capa and Edward R. Murrow that contain extensive research are included in the Research subseries of the Research and Teaching series.

4.25 archival boxes

Novels
"The Magic We Do Here"
Notes, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 1
Short Story,"Yakov," from"The Magic We Do Here" (originally titled"The Photographer"), [no date]
Box 1, Folder 2
Novel-The Magic We Do Here 1988
Box 11, Folder 29
Draft Copy
Chapter 2, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 3
Chapter 3, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 4
Chapter 4, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 5
Chapter 5, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 6
Chapter 11, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 7
Chapter 14, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 8
Miscellaneous Pages, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 9
Complete Manuscript
Prologue, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 10
Chapter 1, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 11
Chapters 2-13, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 12
Chapters 14-21, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 13
Chapters 22-25, [no date]
Box 1, Folder 14
Contract 1986-1987
Box 1, Folder 15
Promotional Materials, [no date] 1988
Box 1, Folder 16
Book Reviews, [no date] 1988
Box 1, Folder 17
"Memory's Tailor"
Chapter 1, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 18
Part 2, Chapters 1-9, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 1
Complete Manuscript, with Notations
Part 1, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 2
Part 2, Chapters 1-7, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 3
Part 2, Chapters 8-End, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 4
Complete Manuscript
Title Page and Part 1, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 5
Part 2, Chapters 1-8, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 6
Part 2, Chapters 9-End, [no date]
Box 2, Folder 7
Complete Manuscript, with edits by John Kessel and Susan Ketchin
Part 1, Chapters 1-9, [no date]
Box 3, Folder 1
Part 1, Chapter 10 and Part 2, Chapters 1-5, [no date]
Box 3, Folder 2
Part 2, Chapters 6-12, [no date]
Box 3, Folder 3
Manuscript, Final Edited Copy, Part 1 and Part 2, Chapters 1-3 February 2, 1998
Box 3, Folder 4
Manuscript, Final Edited Copy, Part 2, Chapters 4-Afterword February 2, 1998
Box 3, Folder 5
Proof Copy April 2, 1998
Box 3, Folder 6
Uncorrected Proof 1998
Box 3, Folder 7
Publisher's Sample 1998
Box 4, Folder 1
Published Copy 1998
Box 4, Folder 2
Publication Catalog, University Press of Mississippi 1998
Box 4, Folder 3
Book Review,"Publisher's Weekly" August 17, 1998
Box 4, Folder 4
North Carolina State University Library Book Reading and Exhibition 1998
Box 4, Folder 5
Short Stories
"The Book of Dreams," [no date]
Box 4, Folder 6
"Broth. Light," [no date]
Box 4, Folder 7
"The First Poem of David Adelmov,", [no date] 1981-1983
Box 4, Folder 8
"The Great Bocci Ball Tournament of 1967," [no date]
Box 4, Folder 9
"An Incident at the Border: Spring 1904,", [no date] 1983
Box 4, Folder 10
"Papa's Dream,", [no date] 1982-1983
Box 4, Folder 11
"Sabbath Break,", [no date] 1980
Box 4, Folder 12
"Supper Time at the Light of God Mission," November 1971
Box 4, Folder 13
"The Woman Who Loved Kresge's" [first three pages; author uncertain] January 10, 1976
Box 4, Folder 14
List of Submissions, [no date]
Box 4, Folder 15
Story Ideas, [no date] 1983
Box 4, Folder 16
Non-Fiction
Articles and Publications, [no date] 1983
Box 4, Folder 17
Book Reviews, [no date] 1981
Box 4, Folder 18
Film Reviews, [no date] 1979-1980
Box 5, Folder 1
Speeches and Lectures
Jews in Hitler's Mental World, [no date]
Box 5, Folder 2
The Literature of the Holocaust, [no date]
Box 5, Folder 3
Popular Culture Meeting Presentation 1978
Box 5, Folder 4
Witness and Survival, [no date]
Box 5, Folder 5
"Writing Stimulus to Creativity," Panel at Meredith College September 24, 1982
Box 5, Folder 6
Miscellaneous, [no date] 1982-1991
Box 5, Folder 7
Poems, [no date] 1975, 1977
Box 5, Folder 8
Journal Entries 1984
Box 5, Folder 9
Research and Teaching 1976-1994
Size: 3.25 linear feet

The Research and Teaching series includes material related to Rudner's academic work. It is divided into two subseries, Research and Teaching. The Research subseries contains Rudner's grant applications and his reference files for subjects he researched. It also contains a small amount of material relating to trips that Rudner took to Poland and Russia in order to do research. Correspondence from these trips is included in this series. [Note: a syllabus for a Holocaust seminar in London is included in the Trips subseries though it is uncertain whether Rudner participated in the seminar.] The Teaching subseries includes information regarding courses taught by Rudner at North Carolina State, in Poland, and at Central Prison. The Teaching subseries is arranged, within each institution, alphabetically by department name. Within departments, files are arranged numerically. Unidentified courses are placed at the end of the subseries or at the end of the institution's sub-subseries if the institution could be determined.

6.5 archival boxes

Research
Reference Files
American Jews
Box 5, Folder 10
Anderman, Janusz
Box 5, Folder 11
Anti-Semitism [File 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 12
Anti-Semitism [File 2 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 13
Anti-Semitism in Poland
Box 5, Folder 14
Anti-Semitism Literature
Box 5, Folder 15
Bosnia/Sarajevo
Box 5, Folder 16
Capa, Robert, Article and Research
Box 5, Folder 17
"The Deer Hunter"
Box 5, Folder 18
Farina, Richard
Box 5, Folder 19
Film
Box 5, Folder 20
Frank, Anne
Box 5, Folder 21
Fritz, Stephen
Box 5, Folder 22
Gordimer, Nadine [File 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 23
Gordimer, Nadine [File 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 24
Gould, Stephen
Box 5, Folder 25
Graham, Melissa
Box 5, Folder 26
Grossman, M.
Box 5, Folder 27
Grynzspan, H.
Box 5, Folder 28
Hallie, Philip
Box 5, Folder 29
Holocaust
American Jews
Box 5, Folder 30
Articles [File 1 of 4]
Box 6, Folder 1
Articles [File 2 of 4]
Box 6, Folder 2
Articles [File 3 of 4]
Box 6, Folder 3
Articles [File 4 of 4]
Box 6, Folder 4
Audio-visual Materials [File 1 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 5
Audio-visual Materials [File 2 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 6
Auschwitz
Box 6, Folder 7
Bibliography
Box 6, Folder 8
Books [File 1 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 9
Books [File 2 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 10
Camp Liberation
Box 6, Folder 11
Chronology
Box 6, Folder 12
Conferences and Talks
Box 6, Folder 13
Fiction
Box 6, Folder 14
Final Solution
Box 6, Folder 1
Oral Histories
Box 7, Folder 2
Poetry
Box 7, Folder 3
Photography
Box 7, Folder 4
Poland
Box 7, Folder 5
Poster Exhibit
Flat folder 1; Box 7, Folder 6
Publications
Box 7, Folder 7
Revisionism
Box 7, Folder 8
Survivors
Box 7, Folder 9
Teaching [File 1 of 3]
Box 7, Folder 10
Teaching [File 2 of 3]
Box 7, Folder 11
Teaching [File 3 of 3]
Box 7, Folder 12
Television Series
Box 7, Folder 13
Trials
Box 7, Folder 14
Writing
Box 7, Folder 15
Human Rights
Box 7, Folder 16
Jewish Culture
Box 7, Folder 17
Jutra, Claude
Box 7, Folder 18
Kiefer, Anselm
Box 7, Folder 19
Kielce
Box 7, Folder 20
Kijowski, Andrzej
Box 7, Folder 21
Kishinev
Box 7, Folder 22
Klarsfeld, Beate
Box 7, Folder 23
Kosinski, Jerzy
Box 7, Folder 24
Kubrick, Stanley
Box 7, Folder 25
Kundera, Milan
Box 7, Folder 26
Langer Speech
Box 7, Folder 27
Levi, Primo
Box 7, Folder 28
Macbeth
Box 7, Folder 29
Márquez, Gabriel Garcia
Box 8, Folder 1
Maus
Box 8, Folder 2
Mengele, Josef
Box 8, Folder 3
Milosz
Box 8, Folder 4
Murrow, Edward R., Article drafts and research [File 1 of 2]
Box 8, Folder 5
Murrow, Edward R., Article drafts and research [File 2 of 2]
Box 8, Folder 6
Nazi Propaganda
Box 8, Folder 7
Neo-Nazis
Box 8, Folder 8
Osbourne, John
Box 8, Folder 9
Ozick, Cynthia
Box 8, Folder 10
Palestinians
Box 8, Folder 11
Podhoretz, Norman
Box 8, Folder 12
Poland
Box 8, Folder 13
Renoir, Jean
Box 8, Folder 14
Rushdie, Salman
Box 8, Folder 15
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Box 8, Folder 16
Smith, W. Eugene
Box 8, Folder 17
Steinbeck, John
Box 8, Folder 18
von Sternberg, Josef
Box 8, Folder 19
Styron, William
Box 8, Folder 20
Television History
Box 8, Folder 21
Torture Victims
Box 8, Folder 22
Welles, Orson
Box 8, Folder 23
Whitman, Walt
Box 8, Folder 24
Wiesel, Elie
Box 9, Folder 1
Wiesenthal, Simon
Box 9, Folder 2
Zygielbojm, Zygmunt
Box 9, Folder 3
Grant Applications
Mellon Fellowship 1980
Box 9, Folder 4
National Endowment for the Arts 1984-1990
Box 9, Folder 5
National Endowment for the Humanities 1982-1983
Box 9, Folder 6
North Carolina Arts Council 1988
Box 9, Folder 7
United States Holocaust Memorial Council 1985
Box 9, Folder 8
Trips
"The Mark of the Beast," Winternational 1981 Syllabus 1981
Box 9, Folder 9
Brochures and Pamphlets, [no date], [File 1 of 2]
Box 9, Folder 10
Brochures and Pamphlets, [no date], [File 2 of 2]
Box 9, Folder 11
Teaching
North Carolina State University
English
208, Studies in Fiction, [no date] 1983-1984, 1991
Box 9, Folder 12
215, Principles of News and Article Writing, [no date] 1983-1985
Box 9, Folder 13
223, Contemporary World Literature I, [no date] 1992
Box 9, Folder 14
246, Literature of the Holocaust, [no date] 1994
Box 9, Folder 15
265, Survey of American Literature I Summer 1982
Box 9, Folder 16
266, Survey of American Literature II/American Literature II, [no date] 1979-1994
Box 9, Folder 17
298, The Literature of Journalism, [no date] 1979
Box 9, Folder 18
298H, Literature of the Holocaust
[File 1 of 5] 1982, [no date]
Box 9, Folder 19
[File 2 of 5] 1982-1992, [no date]
Box 9, Folder 20
[File 3 of 5] [no date]
Box 9, Folder 21
[File 4 of 5] 1990, [no date]
Box 10, Folder 1
Course Packet, [File 5 of 5] 1990
Box 10, Folder 2
315, Advanced News and Article Writing Fall 1980, Spring 1991
Box 10, Folder 3
323A, Creative Writing: Fiction, [no date]
Box 10, Folder 4
346, Literature of the Western World, [no date] Fall 1988
Box 10, Folder 5
347, Unknown Course [contains Holocaust teaching guides], [no date]
Box 10, Folder 6
375, Film as a Literary Medium 1979-1988
Box 10, Folder 7
399, Contemporary Literature II, [no date] 1989, 1993
Box 10, Folder 8
Department Programs, [no date] Spring 1985
Box 10, Folder 9
Humanities and Social Sciences, General
292, Aspects of the Human Condition, [no date] 1981-1985
Box 10, Folder 10
300, International Studies: Contemporary Eastern Europe, [no date] 1981-1983
Box 10, Folder 11
398S, Literature of the Holocaust, [no date] 1992
Box 10, Folder 12
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies 601, The Holocaust Experience, [no date] 1990-1992
Box 10, Folder 13
University 295, The Holocaust, [no date] 1984-1985
Box 10, Folder 14
World War I in Literature, with Tom Lisk 1977
Box 10, Folder 15
Western Michigan University, English 210, Film Interpretation Winter 1976
Box 10, Folder 16
Lakeland College
General Studies 125, The Nazi Holocaust: The Price of Survival, [no date] [File 1 of 2] 1978
Box 10, Folder 17
General Studies 125, The Nazi Holocaust: The Price of Survival, [no date] [File 2 of 2] 1978
Box 10, Folder 18
Journalism 212, Feature Writing, [no date] Fall 1977
Box 11, Folder 1
Journalism 300, The New Journalism Spring 1978
Box 11, Folder 2
Meredith College, Basic Journalism Fall 1985
Box 11, Folder 3
Poland
[no date] [File 1 of 3]
Box 11, Folder 4
[no date] [File 2 of 3]
Box 11, Folder 5
[no date] [File 3 of 3]
Box 11, Folder 6
Central Prison, [no date] [File 1 of 2] 1982-1983
Box 11, Folder 7
Central Prison, [no date] [File 2 of 2] 1982-1983
Box 11, Folder 8
Unidentified Courses
Charles Dickens Seminar, [no date] 1981
Box 11, Folder 9
Film History, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 10
Holocaust, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 11
Journalism, [no date] [File 1 of 2]
Box 11, Folder 12
Journalism, [no date] [File 2 of 2]
Box 11, Folder 13
New Journalism, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 14
Professional Correspondence 1974-1994
Size: 0.125 linear feet

The Professional Correspondence series, a very small portion of the collection, contains Rudner's correspondence from his academic career, including course development, letters of recommendation, publication proposals, and research. It is divided into three files: Publications, Holocaust Courses, and General. Each file is organized chronologically with dateless correspondence at the end of the file.

.25 archival boxes

Publications, [no date] 1983-1993
Box 11, Folder 15
Holocaust Courses, [no date] 1977-1994
Box 11, Folder 16
General, [no date] 1974-1991
Box 11, Folder 17
Personal Files 1967-1989
Size: 0.125 linear feet

This series contains a small amount of material relating to Rudner's personal life. It includes several curricula vitae, photographs of Rudner and other subjects, newspaper articles about Rudner, and personal correspondence.

.25 archival boxes

Articles about Rudner, [no date] 1981-1988
Box 11, Folder 18
Articles about Rudner 1988
Box 11, Folder 27
Correspondence, to Ruth Hutchinson 1985-1989
Box 11, Folder 19
Correspondence, to Ruth 1987
Box 11, Folder 28
Correspondence, to Lars Osberg [File 1 of 2] 1967-1978
Box 11, Folder 20
Correspondence, to Lars Osberg, [no date] [File 2 of 2]
Box 11, Folder 21
Curricula Vitae, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 22
Photographs
Mason, Bobbie Ann, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 23
Rudner, Lawrence Sheldon, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 24
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 25
Unknown Subjects, [no date]
Box 11, Folder 26

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lawrence Sheldon Rudner Papers, MC 00218, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.