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Edgar Zodiag Friedenberg papers

 Collection — Box: 1-10
Identifier: 17-F-396

Scope and Contents

The Friedenberg Papers consist largely of personal and professional correspondence and manuscripts of his books, articles, and book reviews.

The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1964 to 1969, but there is some earlier (1953-1963) and later (1970, 1973-1976) correspondence. Friedenberg carried on a dialogue in his letters with a number of his fellow critics about the problems of education and youth. Notable figures include Bennett Berger, Robert Coles, Jules Cohen, Paul Goodman, Maxine Greene, John Holt, Norman Podhoretz, David Riesman, Michael Rossman, and Frederick Wiseman. Friedenberg also corresponded with a number of lesser known figures, including teachers, high school and college students who had read and were influenced by his ideas. Some of the correspondence consists of invitations to address a variety of university, public education, church, and student groups.

The papers also include typescripts and galley proofs, with the author's corrections, of The Vanishing Adolescent (1959), Coming of Age in America (1965), The Dignity of Youth and Other Atavisms (1965), R.D. Laing (1973), and The Disposal of Liberty and Other Industrial Wastes (1976), as well as typescripts for articles and books reviews.

Friedenberg's early career, 1935-1945, is documented by correspondence, essays, and newspaper clippings pertaining primarily to his relations with his tutor, Dr. John B. Entriken, and his life at Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana. Other materials, 1963-1970, reflect his association with the State University of New York at Buffalo.


  • 1935-1976


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Edgar Zodiag Friedenberg Papers, 1935-1976, are open for research.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


Born March 18 in New York City
B.S., Centenary College of Louisiana
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Instructor to Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, Brooklyn College
Professor of Sociology, University of California at Davis
Professor of Sociology and Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
Leaves United States as a protest to Vietnam War
Professor, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, named emeritus professor in 1986
Named Professor Emeritus


3.75 Linear Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript boxes)


Collection of Edgar Zodiag Friedenberg, 1935-1976. Includes personal and professional correspondence and manuscripts of his articles, book reviews and books.


The collection is organized into twelve series:

I. Personal Memorabilia

II. Correspondence

III. Correspondence with Publishers

IV. Correspondence with Organizations

V.Correspondence regarding Speaking Engagements

VI. Correspondence regarding Reprint Rights

VII. State University of New York at Buffalo

VIII. Manuscripts of Articles and Lectures

IX. Manuscripts of Book Reviews

X. Published Reviews and Articles

XI. Published Reviews of Friedenberg's Books

XII. Manuscripts of Books

Series are arranged alphabetically, except Series V and VI which are arranged chronologically. Series IX is organized by date of publication.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo by Edgar Z. Friedenberg, 1968-1977; with additional materials added by Mrs. John B. Entriken, 1969, Warren Button, 1970 and 1972, and by Carol Burstein, 1974.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff in the 1970s.

Collection re-processed by Justin R. Dise, December, 2011.


Finding Aid for the Edgar Zodiag Friedenberg papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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