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Melvin M. Tumin Papers

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Tumin, Melvin M. (Melvin Marvin), 1919-1994

Melvin Tumin was a professor of sociology and anthropology at Princeton University. Before coming to Princeton in 1947, Tumin served as director of the Mayor's Commission on Race Relations in Detroit. Noted for his research on segregation and desegregation, he was also one of the first to speak up against what Philip Roth, then a writer-in-residence at Princeton, called "blatant patterns of discrimination against Jews" in the university's student clubs. Tumin retired from Princeton in 1989.

This collection consists of correspondence, articles, papers, and book reviews by Melvin Tumin. Included are typed and handwritten letters, typescripts, offprints, journals, and programs, among others. Also included are research notes, photographs, and a draft of Tumin's dissertation, "San Luis Jilotepeque: A Study in Social Relations" (Ph.D. thesis, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 1944) as well as a draft of Tumin's last, unpublished book, "Freedom, Fairness and Wealth." The collection is especially notable for Tumin's correspondence with writers Saul Bellow, Iris Murdoch, and Philip Roth.

Gift of Sylvia Tumin in 2011 (AM2011-72, 2011-102). Transferred from Mudd.

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This collection was processed by Regine Heberlein in 2011. Finding aid written by Regine Heberlein in 2011.

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Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2011
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Contents

Consists of Tumin's correspondence with literary authors and colleagues. Also included is correspondence from researchers concerning access to Tumin's papers, some of it addressed to his wife Sylvia Yarost Tumin after his death.

Physical Description

1 box

Bellow, Saul, 1942-2005. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Chatwin, Bruce, 1979. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Kaplan, Herb and Celia, 1942-1943. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lederberg, Joshua, 1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Murdoch, Iris, 1981. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Roth, Philip, 1967-1994. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Shapiro, Harold T, 1989. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Researchers' Correspondence with Sylvia Tumin, 2007. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Includes conference programs, typescripts, offprints, and journal and magazine articles of Tumin's papers and speeches. Of particular interest are research materials for Tumin's 1944 dissertation, "San Luis Jilotepeque: A Study in Social Relations," in particular photographs documenting the ladino and Pokomám Maya population of San Luis Jilotepeque in Eastern Guatemala.

Physical Description

5 boxes

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2 boxes

Articles and Conferences, 1945-1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Articles and Conferences, 1951-1958. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Articles and Conferences, 1962-1968. 5 folders.
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5 folders

Articles and Conferences, 1970-1978. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Articles and Conferences, 1988. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Book Reviews, 1948-1962. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Freedom, Fairness and Wealth Book Draft, undated. 12 folders.
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12 folders

"San Luis Jilotepeque: A Study in Social Relations" (Dissertation) Drafts and Research Notes, 1942-1967. 11 folders.
Physical Description

11 folders

"San Luis Jilotepeque: A Study in Social Relations" (Dissertation) Research Photographs, 1942-1967. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Includes approximately one hundred black-and-white photographs and negatives documenting the ladino and Pokomám Maya population of San Luis Jilotepeque in Eastern Guatemala.

Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any explicit arrangement scheme.

Scope and Contents

Consists of a privately printed genealogy of the Warburg family and one folder of clippings relating to Saul Bellow.

Physical Description

1 box

Naomi Savage Photograph of Melvin Tumin, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Philip Roth Galley Xerox, Operation Shylock, 1993. 8 folders.
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8 folders

Saul Bellow Clippings, 1944-1976. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Warburg Family Genealogy, 1978. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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