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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 494

Roderick Nordell papers,

Clippings of articles by a long-time Christian Science Monitor critic and editor, Roderick Nordell, and programs from performances he attended, correspondence and other papers.

Dates

  • 1948-2000.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

All of this collection (except for item (72)) is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository and retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Extent

1 collection (17 linear feet (53 boxes))

The bulk of this collection consists of copies of Nordell's columns, editorials, and reviews in the Christian Science Monitor; and of programs for musical and theatrical performances he attended.

The small correspondence series reflects the variety of Nordell's journalistic work, including such diverse figures as Steve Allen, William F. Buckley, James Bryant Conant, Charlton Heston, Archibald MacLeish, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, and E.B. White.

The compositions series consists mostly of clippings from the Christian Science Monitor. It also includes a smaller quantity of research files, manuscripts, and typescripts for both published and unpublished writings, most notably his 1951 thesis, "The Dramatic Practice and Theory of Sean O'Casey."

Many of the programs appear to be from performances which Nordell reviewed in print, and are annotated with his notes on the performances. The bulk of the programs are from Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding area, but the series also includes numerous programs from New York City and some from Nordell's travels across the globe. The series also includes a smaller number of programs from exhibit openings, lectures, and other events.

The subject files series includes a set of papers read at the 1967 International Congress on Theatre Research; an audiocassette relating to a 1993 appearance by Quincy Jones at Harvard University; press releases, mostly dating from Nordell's term as Arts/Entertainment editor; and travel brochures and pamphlets.

The biographical miscellany series includes clippings, photographs, and programs relating to Nordell's career.

Biographical / Historical

Hans Roderick Nordell (1925-2017) was a journalist, author, and retired editor. He graduated from Harvard University in 1948, received a B Litt at the University of Dublin in 1951, and spent most of his career as a writer and editor at the Christian Science Monitor. He wrote on a wide variety of topics during his career at the Monitor, with a particular emphasis on theater, jazz, books, and travel, and also contributed numerous family and humorous pieces to the paper's editorial and Home Forum pages. He held the following positions with the Monitor : 1948-1950, New York correspondent; 1951-1955, Staff correspondent; 1956-1964, Book editor; 1966-1967, Assistant feature editor; 1971-1972, Arts/Entertainment editor; 1974-1977, Assistant chief editorial writer; 1983-1985, Home Forum editor; 1986-1987, Feature editor; 1988-1993, Executive editor, World Monitor (the Monitor's monthly magazine)

Nordell was a native of Minnesota, and a resident for many years of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He married Joan Projansky, and had three children.
1948-1950
New York correspondent
1951-1955
Staff correspondent
1956-1964
Book editor
1966-1967
Assistant feature editor
1971-1972
Arts/Entertainment editor
1974-1977
Assistant chief editorial writer
1983-1985
Home Forum editor
1986-1987
Feature editor
1988-1993
Executive editor, World Monitor (the Monitor's monthly magazine)

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions by Roderick Nordell
  3. ___A. Christian Science Monitor journalism
  4. ___B. Other journalism
  5. ___C. Unpublished compositions
  6. III. Programs
  7. IV. Subject files
  8. V. Biographical miscellany

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-77r. Gift of Roderick Nordell, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 2000 December.

General note

The majority of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler
Link to catalog
Title
Nordell, Roderick. Roderick Nordell papers, 1948-2000: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules
dacs
EAD ID
hou01934

Repository Details

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