Typescript and printout drafts, correspondence, research materials and notes,
editorial, records, audio recordings, books, magazines, journals, and newspaper
clippings document the life and work of Barbara Probst Solomon from 1948 to 2012.
The five series are arranged by size: I. Correspondence, 1948-2012; II. Writings,
1958-2011; III. Subject and Name Files, 1943-2012; IV. Periodicals, 1949-2005;
Series I. Correspondence, spans eleven boxes and constitutes the bulk of the archive.
The series is arranged chronologically from 1948 to 2012. Correspondents of note
include Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, José María
Álvarez, Paco Benet, Juan Benet, Norman Birnbaum, Darío
Fernández Flórez, Herbert Gold, Juan Goytisolo, Rita Hinden,
Norman Mailer, Frederick Manfred, Mildred Marmur, Cynthia Ozick, William Philips,
Driss Rekab, Anatole Shub, Clancy Sigal, and Ricardo Muñoz Suay.
Series II. Writings, is divided into two subseries: A. Short works and B. Long works.
The Series spans five boxes and documents Solomon’s literary activities from
1958-2011. Subseries A. Short works, includes late and or final typescript and
printout drafts of articles submitted for publication, spanning 1983-2011. The
subseries is arranged alphabetically by the title of the publication. Subseries
Long works comprises correspondence and press clippings for Arriving Where We Started (1972), The Beat of
Life (1960), Los felices cuarenta (1978),
Short Flights (1983), and Operation Ogro (1975), correspondence and a typescript draft for
unrealized novel Jake and Sally: A Chicago Love Story
(1975), and a typescript draft and press clippings for Smart
Hearts in the City (1992). The subseries is arranged alphabetically by
Series III. Subject and Name Files documents Solomon's research interests through
press clippings, correspondence, programs, drafts, photocopy and original articles
torn from publications, notes and other assorted materials. Topics include Francoist
Spain, Vichy France, Nazi war criminals, with particular emphasis on the Klaus
Barbie trial, Norman Mailer, Juan Benet, and Josep Pallach. The series also includes
several drafts of articles and correspondence with Juan Goytisolo. The series
arranged alphabetically by subject.
The last two series, Series IV. Periodicals and Series V. Clippings, document
Solomon’s literary activities as a journalist and an essayist from 1949 to 2011.
Series IV. Periodicals, includes complete magazines and journals in which Solomon
published. Particularly well represented is the Spanish political magazine Cambio 16 for which she has been a longtime
correspondent. The Series is arranged alphabetically by periodical title. Series
Clippings includes articles, interviews, and essays by (and occasionally about)
Solomon in the form of clippings and photocopies with occasional drafts. The series
is arranged chronologically.