Guide to the Alfred Borrello Papers 1946-1988
Cage 593

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Borrello, Alfred
Title
Alfred Borrello Papers
ID
Cage 593
Date [inclusive]
1946-1988
Extent
1100.0 items.
General Physical Description note
5.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Chiefly notes and drafts used for a literary biography of British-American novelist Gabriel Fielding (Alan Barnsley), along with scattered notes on modern literature.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 593, Alfred Borrello Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Alfred Borrello was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931. He received his B.A. in English at St. John's University in 1952 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. After earning his M.A. at New York University in 1956, Borrello returned to St. John's where he graduated with a Ph.D. in English in 1965.

Borello's teaching career began at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, New Jersey. He was chairman of both the English department and the division of Liberal Arts at Mercer from 1967-1969. In 1969 Borrello moved to the Kingsborough College of the City University of New York as an associate professor of English.

Borrello's published works center around a small group of English novelists and poets. In 1969 he published " A Concordance of the Poetry in English of Gerard Manley Hopkins" with Scarecrow Press. They also published his dictionary on E.M. Forster a few years later. He wrote on the lives and literary accomplishments of such authors as  H.G. Wells,   Gabriel Fielding,  Evelyn Waugh and  Graham Greene and for years he was associate editor of the  Evelyn Waugh Newsletter. The research for Borrello's book on Gabriel Fielding brought him into close contact with Fielding and his family; the friendship, begun in 1967, grew into a long and affectionate relationship. Much of the correspondence between Borrello and the Fielding family was a lively dialog concerning the theological and moral aspects of Catholicism, a religion they shared. Borrello's passion for opera and the theatre is evidenced in the correspondence as well; there are hundreds of theatre programs and playbills in this collection dating from 1946.

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Arrangement note

The contents of the collection are arranged into five series: Correspondence; Gabriel Fielding Manuscripts and Typescripts; Alfred Borrello Manuscripts and Typescripts; Theatre and Opera Programs and Playbills; and Ephemera, News Clippings and Oversize items. Following the first two folders labeled "General Correspondence," the Correspondence series is alphabetically arranged by folder title; Thereunder each folder is arranged chronologically. Series two and three contain the writings of Fielding and Borrello arranged alphabetically by folder title. The playbills and programs in the fourth series are arranged chronologically by year. The contents of the fifth series, Ephemera, are arranged according to size of item. Some interesting items include: Thank You letter signed by Nelson A. Rockefeller, Dec. 17, 1970; Note from  Lillian Hellman, signed Nov. 22, 1974; Letter from  William Carlos Williams, Feb. 20, 1952; 1976 Playbill "  A Musical Jubilee" autographed by  Lillian Gish; 1976 Playbill "Paul Robeson" autographed by  James Earl Jones; Letters from  Muriel Spark,  e e cummings,  Anthony Powell , Horace Gregory (mainly copies dated 1952 and 1969); Fielding's "  Maude in the Bodkin's Eye"; "  Shine on the Rain" script by Traynor and Borrello, and a  portrait of  Gabriel Fielding.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1992

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Alfred Borrello donated the contents of this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in January of1988 (MS88-01).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Borrello, Alfred. --Archives
  • Fielding, Gabriel

Subject(s)

  • Literature
  • Performing Arts

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence 

Box-folder

General Correspondence Received, 1958-1980 

1 / 1

General Correspondence Sent, 1968-1980 

1 / 2

Burgess, Anthony, 1968 

1 / 3

Concordance (re: Hopkins, Gerald Manely), recd. 1968-1970 

1 / 4

Concordance, sent, 1968-1970 

1 / 5

Gabriel Fielding Corr. with Publishers, 1956-1963 

1 / 6

Corr. From Fielding and Family, 1967-1986 

1 / 7

Corr. To Fielding and family, 1967-1980 

1 / 8

E.M. Forster Dictionary, 1969-1972 

2 / 9

Gardner, Erle Stanley (copies), 1968 

2 / 10

Fielding Book, Corr. Received, 1967-1974 

2 / 11

Fielding Book, Corr. Sent, 1967-1971 

2 / 12

Southern Illinois University Press, Received 

2 / 13

Southern Illinois University Press, sent 

2 / 14

Miriam Kessler Taura, 1977-1978 

2 / 15

Evelyn Waugh Family & Newsletter 

2 / 16

Writers (Marianne Moore, ee cummings, Horace Gregory...), 1952, 1969 

2 / 17

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Series 2: Gabriel Fielding Manuscripts and Typescripts 

Short Stories 

Box-folder

" After the Parrot" 

2 / 18

" Figs in Spring" 

2 / 19

" Maude in the Bodkin's Eye" 

2 / 20
Box-folder

Speech: Delivered Bryan Hall, WSU, 1966 

2 / 21

Speech: Copy of Fielding's talk on " Greenbloom" 

2 / 22

Transcript: Interview with Fielding, 1968 

2 / 23

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Series 3: Alfred Borrello Manuscripts and Typescripts 

Box-folder

Dissertation: " H.G. Wells' Art of the Novel", 1965 

2 / 24

Draft of Fielding Book 

Box-folder

incomplete 

2 / 25

Intro. & Ch.2, 1969 

3 / 26

Preface & Notes 

3 / 27

Longhand Draft, Notes on " The Birthday King" chapter. 

3 / 28

Draft, Chapter Notes, Chronology, Bibliography. 

3 / 29

Incomplete Early Draft 

3 / 30

Drafts, Intro., " A Type of Mourning" Chapter. 

3 / 31

Drafts, Ch. 1 "In the Beginning" 

3 / 32

Drafts, Notes, Intro., Ch.1 (1967) 

3 / 33

1st draft, Notes, Ch.4, "Through Streets Broad and Narrow" 

3 / 34

Longhand first draft, Notes, Ch.6, "Gentlemen in Their Season" 

3 / 35
Box-folder

Gabriel Fielding, Copy #1 

3 / 36

H.G. Wells: Author in Agony (incomplete, on copy paper) 

3 / 37

H.G. Wells: Author in Agony (partial typed draft) 

3 / 38

H.G. Wells: Author in Agony (editor's copy, complete) 

3 / 39

H.G. Wells: Author as Teacher (partial draft) 

4 / 40

H.G. Wells (partial draft) 

4 / 41

H.G. Wells (published bibliography, 1968 photocopy) 

4 / 42

Notes: 

Box-folder

" Brotherly Love", Fielding Book 

4 / 43

" Eight Days," Fielding Book 

4 / 44

Publicity, Agents, Personal Notes on Fielding 

4 / 45

Background, titles, Fielding Book 

4 / 46
Box-folder

Play: " Michelangelo's Models," by Robert Patrick, 1980 

4 / 47

Screen Play: " Nieman-Marcus American Express Holiday Gift Giving Survey" (complete script & drafts), 1988 

4 / 48

Script: " Shine on the Rain," by P. Traynor and A. Borrello 

4 / 49

Short Story: " Going Downtown on the Number 3 Bus," by Irene K Danial, early draft. Edited by A. Borrello 

4 / 50

Personal Papers 

4 / 51

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Series 4: Theatre and Opera Playbills & Programs 

Box

 1946-1970 

5

 1971-1978 

6

 1978-1982 

7

 1982-1988 

8

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Series 5: Ephemera, News Clippings and Oversize Items 

Box-folder

Miscellaneous Items (award, theatre tickets, 1968 color photo of Fieldings, Metropolitan Opera Libretto Translation ca. 1950) 

9 / 52

Letter from William Carlos Williams to A. Borrello. Laminated original written on menu. Feb. 20, 1952. 

9 / 53

Newspaper Article. New York Times Review of Books on E.M. Forster. 1970 

9 / 54

Articles: Literary Reviews, Critiques and interviews w/ G. Fielding, includes New York Times Saturday Review article by Fielding. 

9 / 55

Literary Descriptions: Birthday King, Brotherly Love, In the Time of Green Bloom, Through Streets Broad and Narrow. Source unknown. 

9 / 56

Fielding, Gabriel Portrait: print of pencil sketch signed by Fielding to A. Borrello. 

9 / 56

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