Manuscript/Archive , Print in English

Sidney Offit papers : 1932-2002

  • 21 record center boxes, 16 document boxes, 6 flat boxes, (17 linear ft.)
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    Ms. 395 c. 1
    Multiple Items
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  • Offit papers
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  • Announcements.
  • Autographs.
  • Clippings.
  • Invitations.
  • Letters.
  • Periodicals.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Student works.
  • Theater programs.
  • The papers of Sidney Offit describe his successful career as writer, teacher, and active participant in the literary and civic life of New York City. The collection spans the years 1928-1997 and includes photographs, momentos from his early life in Baltimore, drafts and published pieces, minutes, agendas, notes, and correspondence related to writers' groups, course materials, and video tapes of political television debates. The collection has been artificially arranged into 9 series: 1. Writings; 2. Course Material; 3. Correspondence; 4. PEN; 5. Authors Guild; 6. George Polk Awards; 7. Television Commentary; 8. Personal; and 9. Student Drafts.
  • Series 1: Writings forms the largest part of the collection and includes drafts, revisions, corrections, publicity, reviews, and notes from Offit's published volume, "Memoir of the Bookie's Son" (1995). Of interest too are examples of Offit's short stories published in the "Saturday Evening Post," "Famous Western, ", and "Ellery Queen's Magazine."
  • Series 2: Correspondence contains letters from friends, fellow authors, and former students. In the series are letters, clippings, reviews, removed from books in Offit's personal library and signed by the authors.
  • Series 4: PEN (American Center); Series 5: Authors Guild; and Series 6: George Polk Awards contain agendas, minutes, correspondence, programs from the writers groups and from Offit's appointment as curator of the prestigious journalism award.
  • Series 7: Television Commentary contains video tapes, correspondence, and schedules related to a series of television debates between Offit and Martin Abend televised in New York City, 1975-1985. The ideologically opposed pair debated social, political, and economic issues of the day. In Series 8: Personal are scrapbooks, civic commendations, photographs, family correspondence, and reviews of his published works. The last series in the collection, Series 9: Student Drafts contains manuscripts from students and writer friends who requested editorial comment.
  • Series 10 and 11 contain added material that desribe Mr. Offit's recent work.
Other information
  • The manuscripts and letters related to Sidney Offit's books for young readers are part of the Archives of the Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN 55455.
  • Cite as: Sidney Offit Papers Ms. 395, Special Collections, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University.
  • Finding aids note: Unpublished register available in the repository. Also available electronically.
  • Ownership history: Provenance: The papers were a gift to the University from Sidney Offit, February 1998.
  • Ownership history: Provenance: The papers were a gift to the University from Sidney Offit, 1998-2002.
  • Restrictions: Permisssion to publish material from this collection must be requested in writing from the Manuscripts Librarian, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218.
  • Historical information: Biographical Note: Sidney Offit is an American author and professor of creative writing. He is curator of the distinguished George Polk Journalism awards, is an active member of writers' groups, and has been engaged as a television commentator in New York City. Offit was born in Baltimore, MD Oct. 13, 1928. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1950 and soon after began his literary career as an editorial assistant for publishing houses in New York. Offit's early novels for younger readers include "Soupbone" (1962), "Topsy Turvy" (1965), and "The Adventures of Homer Fink" (1966). He has been a member of the NYU faculty since 1964 and has been a lecturer in creative writing at the New School for Social Research since 1965. He has been an editor of "Intellectul Digest" (1970-1974) and "Politics Today" (1978-1980) and is a member of and has served on the executive boards of PEN (American Center) and The Authors Guild. Offit is the author of the critically acclaimed, "Memoir of a Bookie's Son" (1995). He is married to the author and psychiatrist, Avodah Kamito Offit, and they reside in New York City.
  • Organization and arrangement of materials: Organized into eleven series: Writings, 1940-1997. II. Course Materials, 1975-1997. III. Correspondence, 1950-1997. IV. PEN, 1969-1997. V. Authors Guild, 1969-1997. VI. George Polk Awards, 1977-1997. VII. Television Commentary, 1979-1984. VIII. Personal, 1932-1997. IX. Student Drafts. X. and XI. Added material.
Identifying numbers
  • OCLC: 122560581
  • OCLC: 122560581