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Title Edith Kern papers, 1941 - 2004
Catalog Number 06.4.001
Object Name Manuscript Collection
Donor Edith Kern Estate
Scope & Content This group consists of personal and scholarly materials stored with books belonging to humanities professor, author and scholar, Dr. Edith Kern (1912- 2005) in her New York City apartment.

The group contains monographs and serials authored and edited by Dr. Edith Kern. Dr. Kern's notes, especially reading notes, were retained. Ephemera items in the group include theatrical handbills and catalogs from art and historic exhibitions. There is a collection of reprints of scholarly articles. Some of the reprints are marked by Dr. Kern. Several reprints are presentation copies, signed to Dr. Kern by the author. The group contains art prints and art folios collected by Dr. Kern. Finally, there is a small assembly of Dr. Kern's personal correspondence that was found in and with her books.

The materials reflect Dr. Kern's work as a student of romance languages and leading scholar of comparative literature. A number of the materials concern Samuel Beckett,1906-1989, a focus of Dr. Kern's studies. Other materials relate to historic world art, world travel and Dr. Kern's reading interests, including books by Umberto Eco.

Box 1:

Book of children's poetry presented to Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, Va) graduating senior Edith Kern by Bridgewater College librarian Agnes Kline on April 9, 1941.

Calling cards and correspondence


Theatre and exhibit publications


Box 2:

Reprints of scholarly articles

Newspaper and serial clippings

Box 3:

Publications authored and edited by Edith Kern.

Box 4:

Art folios and oversized ephemera

Collection Alexander Mack Memorial Library Special Collections
Search Terms Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Eco, Umberto -- Criticism and interpretation.
People Kern, Edith, 1912-2005.
Subjects Kern, Edith, 1912-2005.
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989.