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Series VIII. Writings: Uncompleted Book Projects

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Mumford worked on numerous writing projects during his career that never came to fruition. These typescripts, carbons, notes, and research materials reflect the diversity of his literary pursuits. In some of these unfinished projects, Mumford's intentions were not clear, and they have been identified as best as was possible. The series includes work from the 1920s through the last working materials left on his desk. The beginnings for revisions of a number of published works can also be found here.

Mumford attempted several times to compile a monograph of autobiographical materials and miscellany, none of which was ever completed. Some of these files contain the only copies of early writings by Mumford, and they should not be overlooked by any serious researcher. These files have been left intact, because they represent Mumford's most recent use of the items which they contain.

Container Container Contents
166 7869-7871 Writing project identified only as "Housing" (1924)
various ts. sections and ms. notes
166 7872 Unwritten book entitled "Experience and Culture in England" (ca. 1929)
ms. notes
166 7873-7875 Unwritten revision of Herman Melville (1929 and after)
notes
166 7876-7877 Unwritten revision of Herman Melville (1929 and after)
research materials
166 7878-7884 Writing project titled "Memories and Anticipations" (1930)
draft chapters
166 7885 Collection of essays identified only as "Houses, Machines, Cities" (1931)
draft introduction
167 7886-7889 Unwritten revision of Technics and Civilization (1934 and after)
notes
167 7890-7892 Unwritten revision of Technics and Civilization (1934 and after)
ts. fragments and research materials
167 7893 Unwritten pamphlet entitled "Reflections on Modern Architecture" (1939)
notes
167 7894 "Notes for a book never written" (1939)
167 7895-7897 Unwritten revision of The Culture of Cities (?) (1938 and after)
draft fragments and chapters
167 7898 Unwritten, untitled book project which developed from The Conduct of Life (1950?)
sample draft chapter
167 7899 Uncompleted, untitled autobiographical work (1957)
draft Chapter 12, "The Barbarian Eruption"
168 7900 Unwritten revision of The Transformations of Man (n.d.)
research materials
169 7901 Unwritten revision of The City in History (?) (n.d.)
research materials
170 7902-7912 Writing project identified only as "Art, Culture, Technics" (1970s)
research and source materials
171 7913-7919 Research materials (most 1970s)
original folders marked"…re Technics and Civilization "
172 7920-7930 Uncompleted second volume of Interpretations and Forecasts (post-1973)
materials for possible inclusion
172 7931-7932 Uncompleted, untitled volume of miscellany (mid-1970s)
materials for possible inclusion
173 7933-7935 Uncompleted second volume of Findings and Keepings (post-1975)
materials for possible inclusion
173 7936 Uncompleted second volume of autobiography
notes and source materials
173 7937-7944 Unidentified volume of autobiography or miscellany
materials for possible inclusion
174 7945-7956 Unidentified volume of autobiography or miscellany
materials for possible inclusion
174 7957 Unidentified volume of autobiography or miscellany
"rejected notes"
175 7958 Unidentified volume of autobiography or miscellany
"rejected notes"
175 7959-7960 Unidentified autobiographical project 1920-1930
used notes and other materials
175 7961 Unidentified autobiographical project: to 1920
used notes
175 7962-7966 Unidentified autobiographical project
Random Notes, all periods
175 7967 Unidentified autobiographical project
"Clippings-(1938-46)-for war chapters"
175 7968-7970 Unidentified autobiographical project
"discarded notes"
175 7971-7975 Unidentified autobiographical project/s
source materials and draft fragments (some items appear to have been used for more than one project)
176 7976-7980 Last materials left on Mumford's desk (mid-1980s)
notes for (1.) book on evolution, language and human purpose; and (2.) book or article on Walter Curt Behrendt (mixed as they arrived at Penn)
177 7981-7987 Mumford's last research materials (mid-1980s), probably for book on evolution, language, and human purpose

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