||The papers of Robert Rubens consist of handwritten and typed manuscripts, loose notes
and notebooks, printed materials, galley proofs, correspondence, clippings, and
photographs. The papers are organized in two series: I Works, 1952-1990, nd (6
boxes); and II. Other Papers, 1964-1987, nd (1 box). All materials are in English
and are generally in good condition.
Series I. Works, 1952-1990, nd
||The Works series is divided into two subseries: A. Fiction and B. Non-fiction.
The Fiction subseries contains the bulk of the materials in Rubens' papers and
includes working notebooks, loose notes, and handwritten and typed manuscripts
for five of his six published novels: The Cosway
Miniature (1980), A Night at the
Odeon (1981), Artist Unknown (1985),
A Shadow between Us (1987), and North of the Park (1990). Material for his first
published novel, The Operator (1964), consists
only of dust jackets and a preliminary leaf. Rubens' first published short
story, "Two Weeks beyond Shoreditch" (1963), is
documented only with photocopies of two published versions. Also represented
eight other works of varying lengths and two complete but unidentified pieces.
||The Non-fiction subseries consists primarily of drafts and proofs of articles and
book reviews, many of which were published in Contemporary Review and PEN
Broadsheet (later PEN Magazine). Also
present are materials relating to My Life in
Ballet (1968), an autobiography of the Russian dancer and choreographer
Leonide Massine. Rubens collaborated with Massine on the book, and the materials
are especially revealing of Rubens' preliminary research. Included are journal
entries of Rubens' stay at Massine's home in Naples, Italy, in 1965; letters
between Massine and Rubens giving details of Massine's life; and ballet
programs, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to Massine's work. The
manuscript for the autobiography is represented by a handwritten draft of only
one chapter, although related notes are located in Series II. Other Papers under
the heading "Notes and Notebooks." Of particular note in the Massine material
a 1960 choreography script for his Comedia Umana,
and Massine's 1952 synopsis and notes for the ballet Donald of the Burthens. These are also the earliest dated materials
in Rubens' papers, with the majority of items dating from the mid 1960s to the
||Materials are arranged alphabetically in both subseries. Handwritten notes and
manuscripts drafts similar to those in the Works series are also found with the
notes and notebooks located in Series II.
Series II. Other Papers, 1964-1987, nd
||The majority of Series II is comprised of five notebooks containing handwritten
outlines, drafts, and notes related to various Rubens works. Included are
materials for unidentified and unpublished pieces. Each notebook is undated and
contains writings for more than one work. Several works, such as My Life in Ballet, are represented in more than one
||Also in the series are incoming and a few outgoing letters, mostly related to
Ruben's literary works and dating from 1965 to 1987. Rubens' correspondence with
Leonide Massine is located in the Works series under My
Life in Ballet. Correspondence and other materials related to
Rubens' involvement with PEN is filed in Series II under the PEN heading.
Arrangement in the series is alphabetical by subject heading.