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Intercultural Publications mss., 1952-1956

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Intercultural Publications, Inc.

Intercultural Publications mss., 1952-1956

Collection No.
LMC 2177

ca. 76,000 items

Materials are in English.

The Intercultural Publications mss., 1952-1956, are the papers of the publishing project Intercultural Publications, a subsidiary of the Ford Foundation, headed by New Directions publisher, James Laughlin, 1914-1997.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Intercultural Publications, founded in 1950 by James Laughlin, was the publisher of Perspectives USA, a quarterly journal of American arts and letters which circulated in Europe.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Financial; II. Administrative; III. Miscellaneous; IV. Publications.

Scope and Content Note

The Intercultural Publications mss., 1952-1956, are the papers of the publishing project Intercultural Publications, a subsidiary of the Ford Foundation, headed by New Directions publisher, James Laughlin, 1914-1997. The collection includes financial papers pertaining to Intercultural Publications; administrative papers, including corporation files, Ford Foundation documents, dockets, personnel files, and James Laughlin's correspondence files; miscellaneous files including copyright files, project suggestions, commission reports, conference files, publicity and advertising files. Personnel connected with the project included poets Hayden Carruth, 1921- , as projects administrator from 1952-1953, and part-time administrator in 1954; Edouard Roditi, 1910-1992, as supervisor of translators, translations editor for Perspectives, USA, and later as a free-lance contributor; and Delmore Schwartz, 1913-1966, as an editor and contributor.

Also included are files pertaining to the publication Perspectives USA, a literary-cultural magazine designed to teach Europeans about American culture. Special sections published on the cultures of India, Burma, Indonesia, Japan, the Arab World, and Greece appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. In addition to the Perspectives USA and Atlantic Monthly publications files, the collection also includes material concerning the Magazines Abroad project, the Indian Southern Languages Book Trust, and the publications UNESCO Magazine, Diogenes and Kultura. Original artwork, color transparencies, proofs, photographs and record albums complete the collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1981
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Intercultural Publications mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Boxes


I. Financial

Includes vouchers; receipts; check copies; invoices.

Series: Box 29 II. Administrative

Includes correspondence and other materials concerning Ford Foundation and funds.

Boxes 30-32 Includes corporation files; dockets; minutes; tax exemptions; contract files, personnel files; certificate of incorporation

Boxes 33-34 James Laughlin's correspondence files

Series: Box 35 III. Miscellaneous

Includes questionnaires; Rockefeller Foundation files; minutes; communist propaganda; Mid-west Music Foundation file; essays; International Conference on Asian Problems file

Box 36 Includes copyright file; project suggestions; editorial ideas; publicity file; promotion material

Box 37 Includes correspondence, press releases and other materials concerning European Committee for Cultural Freedom; National Committee for Adequate Overseas Information program; Cox Commission: Congressional investigation, 1952; Reece Commission, 1954; American Book Publishers Council; American Commission for Cultural Freedom; Asia Foundation.

Box 38 Accounting, business, administrative, and advertising files for Intercultural Publications Inc.; business, distribution, and exchange files for the publication Perspectives.

Series: IV. Publications

Boxes 39-56 Perspectives files [other countries]

Box 57 Atlantic supplement; miscellaneous Intercultural Publications Inc. files

Boxes 58-67 Perspectives USA

Boxes 68-69 Indian Southern Languages Book Trust

Box 70 Diogenes; Dutch anthology; Portuguese anthology; Kultura

Boxes 71-72 Magazines Abroad project

Boxes 73-76 Art, music, and theatre projects; original art; color transparencies; photographs; proofs

Oversize 1 Record albums. 36 recordings of spoken word performances and author readings

Oversize 2 and 3 Original art; photographs; proofs; scrapbook