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Barbara Probst Solomon:

A Preliminary Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Solomon, Barbara Probst
Title: Barbara Probst Solomon Papers
Dates: 1948-2012 (bulk 1970-2010)
Extent: 33 document boxes, 1 oversize box (osb) (13.75 linear feet)
Abstract: The papers document all major writings by author, essayist, and journalist Barbara Probst Solomon and include notes, typescripts, background research, and publicity materials. Correspondence and materials relating to Francoist Spain are particularly well represented.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-5308
Language: English, French, Spanish
Access: Open for research

Acquisition: Purchase, 2006 (13-05-006-P)
Processed by: Micah Erwin, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

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; V. Clippings, 1950s-2011.
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 B. 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 title.
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 is 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 is 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 V. 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.

For additional Barbara Probst Solomon correspondence and related materials at the Harry Ransom Center, see manuscript holdings for Elizabeth Hardwick, Diane Johnson, Norman Mailer, Clancy Sigal, and Daniel Stern.
The Barbara Probst Solomon collection, 1979-2001, The Boston University Department of Special collections, includes manuscripts, printed material, and correspondence.
The Chandler Brossard Papers, 1951-2002, The Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center, includes correspondence from Barbara Probst Solomon.

Eleven books, consisting primarily of multiple unmarked copies of Solomon's novels, and seven periodicals were transferred to the Center's book collection.
100 audio cassettes, 50 recording discs, 1 CD ROM, and 1 audio reel were transferred to the Center's Sound Recordings Collection.


Aragón, Manuel Gutiérrez, 1942-
Alvarez, José María, 1942-
Benet, Paco
Benet, Juan
Birnbaum, Norman
Bouissef Rekab, Driss
Fernández Flórez, Darío
Gold, Herbert, 1924-
Goytisolo, Juan
Hinden, Rita
Mailer, Norman
Manfred, Frederick Feikema, 1912-1994
Marmur, Mildred
Ozick, Cynthia
Shub, Anatole
Sigal, Clancy
Suay, Ricardo Muñoz


Association Nationale Des Anciens Combattants De La Resistance
P.S.O.E. (Political party)
P.S.O.E. Council of International Advisers
Partido Comunista de España
PEN International
United Nations War Crimes Commission


Barbie, Klaus, 1913-1991.
France--History--German occupation, 1940-1945.
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961--criticism and interpretation.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945).
Mailer, Norman--criticism and interpretation.
Spain--Politics and government--1939-1975.
Spain, Politics and government--20th century.
Vichy (France).


New York (N.Y.)

Document Types

Printed ephemera.
Sound recordings.