Lewis Mumford supplementary collection
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Lewis Mumford (1895–1990) was one of the foremost American intellectuals of the twentieth century. He has described himself as a "generalist," and in his distinguished career as a writer he has covered a vast territory with both depth and insight. Believing that knowledge had become too fragmentary in the modern age, he sought to build bridges across academic disciplines and to synthesize information from various specialties. Mumford's audience was the educated layman, and in his numerous writings, which included over two dozen books and nearly one thousand articles and book reviews, he challenged his public to think in new ways. As a critic of American literature, art, and architecture, Mumford informed his readership about new developments in Europe, while at the same time he uncovered buried riches from the nation's past. The city in all of its historical, sociological, and technological aspects occupied a special place in his vision of man's past and future potential. While he is primarily remembered for his writings in these areas, the extraordinary catholicity of Mumford's intellectual interests also included the history of religious and philosophical thought, the pre- and post-World War II political scene, and the state of American education.
For a more detailed biographical note on Lewis Mumford, please see the finding aid for the Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2.
This collection consists of material by or about Lewis Mumford which was purchased to supplement the Lewis Mumford papers, circa 1905-1987, Ms. Coll. 2. As such, this collection is diverse and varied. Researchers should use this collection in conjunction with other collections containing Mumford materials at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.
This collection is made up of many purchases.
Box 1, Folders 1-14 were purchased from Howard S. Mott, Inc. in 2002. The seller's description of each item is contained within the folder.
Box 1, Folder 15, sold by Paper Books, 2016
Box 1, Folder 16, sold by David J. Holmes, Autographs, 2015
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Date
- 2018 April 2
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.