MS Am 2109
Manning, Robert, 1919-. Robert Manning papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
© 2001 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
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Call No.: MS Am 2109
Manning, Robert, 1919-.
Title: Robert Manning papers,
68 boxes and 1 portfolio box (22 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, other compositions, and notes by Robert Manning, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs,
1962-1964, and editor of the Atlantic, 1964-1980.
Processed by: J. F. Coakley
*2000M-36, and *2001M-43. Gift of Robert Manning, 1200 Washington St., apt.
507, Boston MA 02118; received 1997-2002.
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Robert Manning Papers (MS Am 2109). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The journalist Robert Manning (1919- ) began his
career on the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press; then after military service was a correspondent for the United Press (1944-1949), and Time magazine
(1948-1958). He was chief of the London bureau of Time, Life and Fortune from 1958 to 1960. He was then Assistant Secretary of
State for Public Affairs from 1962 to 1964. He left this office to become Executive Editor of the Atlantic monthly in 1964, and succeeded Edward Weeks as Editor-in-Chief in
In 1980 Manning was dismissed by the new owner of the Atlantic Monthly
Company. The sale of the company gave rise to a long-running lawsuit finally settled in court in
1987. By that time Manning had joined, and left, the Boston Publishing Company, which
produced the series of books The Vietnam Experience.
active in a number of cultural and political organizations at various times, including such diverse
ones as the Boston Ballet, Experiment in International Living, Massachusetts Democratic
Advisory Council, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the Salk Institute; as well as several
clubs in Boston and New York. He has been a prolific speaker and occasionally a broadcaster.
Robert Manning's autobiography is "The swamp root chronicle" (1992).
The papers are organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- A. Correspondence by Manning by subject: organizations with which he was associated
- B. By subject: trips, engagements, publications and other incidents
- C. Other correspondence
- II. Compositions by Robert Manning
- A. Speeches
- B. Broadcasts, interviews, and discussions
- C. Dispatches, articles, and books
- D. Other compositions by Manning
- III. Compositions by others
- A. Copies and proofs of articles written for the Atlantic
- B. Other compositions edited or published by Manning
- IV. Notes and other material
- V. Biographical material
II. Compositions by Robert Manning.
III. Compositions by others.
B. Other compositions edited or published by Manning.
The Atlantic Bulletin, farewell edition
: Tss and layout, 1967.
A collection of tributes to Charles W.
Morton by Edward Weeks,
Oscar Handlin, and Edwin
O'Connor. One typescript is marked for setting, the other, retyped from it, is
entitled "In fond remembrance of CWM". With a copy of the Atlantic
Bulletin dated 1951.
Ball, George W.
The discipline of power : partial galley proofs with Ms annotations (photocopies),
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy,
One gift only: a memory of John F. Kennedy composed of words he
loved and some he spoke : Ts (photocopy), [ca. 1964].
typescript contains texts for inclusion in the book; with Ms annotations by Jacqueline Kennedy,
and a contents page in her hand (all photocopies).
Items 598-606 are
copy for, and drafts of, this proposed book. The above title is only found in item 606. The
chronological arrangement of these items is not certain.
Slate, John H.
"Funny pieces" : Tss, 1966.
Typescripts of essays considered for a
collection, but never published. With the Atlantic readers' comments on cover
sheets. The essays are entitled "De hospitalibus excelsior,"
"The annual Annual Report report (1965 formbook),"
"What Price Waterhouse?,". With four further essays, "The warning impulse timing and computing haversack (TWITCH),"
"A new system
for the classification of matter,"
"An interview concerning 5 little known facts," and "Vote for the party game of your choice."
V. Biographical material.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1930-1949
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1961.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1962.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1963.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1964.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1965.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1967-1969.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1970-1974.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1975-1979.
Clippings about Robert Manning, 1980-1988.
List of friends' names and addresses, 1969.