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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1816

Sherry Mangan papers


Correspondence and compositions of journalist and poet Sherry Mangan as well as materials concerning The Fourth International and Time, Life, and Fortune magazines.


  • Creation: 1923-1961

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16 linear feet (32 boxes)

Correspondence of Sherry Mangan dating primarily from the 1940's and 1950's, including extensive files of carbon copies of his outgoing letters, together with manuscripts of stories, poems, and articles; and some correspondence and manuscripts of others. The collection includes separate files of Fourth International papers, 1939-1960, including correspondence, reports, notes, and twelve issues, 1944-1946, and Time-Life-Fortune papers, 1937-1956, including correspondence, newsletters, cables, and dispatches. Material on these two significant areas of Mangan's life can be found in his correspondence files as well. Among the correspondents who figure prominently in the collection are the composer Virgil Thomson, a lifelong friend of Mangan's; the publisher James Laughlin of New Directions, for whom Mangan did translation work; and Michel Pablo, leader of the Fourth International.

Biographical / Historical

Sherry Mangan (1904-1961) was a journalist, poet, translator, and Trotskyist. He was a foreign correspondent for Time, Life, and Fortune in Paris and Buenos Aires. He was active in the Fourth International. He wrote under his own name and under the following pseudonyms: John Niall,Sean Niall, Owen Pilar, Terence Phelan, Patrick O'Daniel, and Patrice.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Sherry Mangan
  2. II. Letters by Sherry Mangan
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions and other papers
  5. V. Fourth International: letters and papers
  6. VI. Time - Life - Fortune papers

Please note that item numbers 5 and 415 were inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*66M-184. Gift of Mr. George Palmer, 12 Concord Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1967 May 23.

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Mangan, Sherry, 1904-. Sherry Mangan papers: Guide.
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