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Raja Rao:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Rao, Raja, 1908-2006
Title: Raja Rao Papers
Dates: 1956-2006
Extent: 41 records storage cartons, 6 document boxes (43.52 linear feet), and 12 electronic files (1.5 MB)
Abstract: The professional papers of Raja Rao, essayist, novelist, and professor of philosophy. Materials include drafts of novels and non-fiction works, essays, correspondence, and articles written by others.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-3382
Language: English and French
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days’ notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: To request access to electronic files, please email Reference.
Restrictions on Use: Certain restrictions apply to the use of electronic files. Researchers must agree to the Materials Use Policy for Electronic Files before accessing them. Original computer disks and forensic disk images are restricted. Copying electronic files, including screenshots and printouts, is not permitted.

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Gift, 2015 (15-12-008-G); Gift, 2016 (16-04-019-G)
Processed by: Elizabeth Preston and Stephen Cooper, 2016 Born digital materials processed, arranged, and described by Chance Adams and Brenna Edwards, 2015-2022.

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of professional materials relating to Raja Rao’s writing career and his career as a professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. After his death and in the process of boxing his papers, Rao’s estate created detailed descriptions of much of the material; these descriptions are located in their corresponding boxes. The collection is roughly organized into four series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Professional Papers; Series III. Works; and Series IV. Works by Others. Series I contains both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Series II is made up of class notes, books read and annotated by Rao, and student papers. Access to student papers is restricted. Series III contains of drafts of novels, monographs, essays, speeches, and interviews. Many of the drafts have extensive annotations by Rao. Series IV contains published and unpublished articles and papers by others. Rao divided the articles into papers from the West and papers from India. Also included here are articles written by others about Rao.
Note: This collection has not been fully processed and Ransom Center staff have relied on the descriptions prepared by Rao’s estate that accompany the material. The descriptions are included in the boxes to which they correspond. Not all boxes have such descriptions. Loose items were foldered during initial processing, but not organized, and the collection as a whole remains largely in the order in which it arrived at the Ransom Center.

Related Material

Additional Raja Rao materials at the Ransom Center are located in the Raja Rao Collection.

Separated Material

A typewriter and a bed desk, both used by Rao, were transferred to the Ransom Center’s Personal Effects collection.

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