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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Ioan P. Culianu Papers 1883-1991

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Culianu, Ioan P. Papers

Dates:

1883-1991

Size:

10 linear feet (20 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Ioan Petru Culianu (1950-1991), Romanian-born historian of religions, essayist and fiction writer, served on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Divinity School. Mentored by Mircea Eliade, Culianu specialized in the history of Renaissance magic and mysticism. Culianu was murdered in the University of Chicago's Swift Hall, a crime that remains unsolved. While material in this collection spans the years 1883-1991, the bulk of material dates from 1974-1991, and includes correspondence, notes, manuscripts and reprints of published writings.

Information on Use

Access

Series V: Restricted, contains a single file of class lists from 1990, listing student grades. This material is restricted until 2070.

The remainder of the collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Culianu, Ioan P. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Ioan Petru Culianu (1950-1991), historian of religions, essayist and fiction writer, served on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Divinity School. Mentored by Mircea Eliade, Culianu specialized in the history of Renaissance magic and mysticism.

Born in Iaşi, Romania, Culianu was educated at the University of Bucharest and in Italy. He eventually earned three doctoral degrees, including a Ph.D. from the University of Paris in 1987. He lived in France and the Netherlands before arriving at the University of Chicago as a visiting lecturer, and then became a professor in the Divinity School.

Culianu wrote proficiently in six languages. Among his works are Eros and Magic in the Renaissance; Expériences de l'extase: extase, ascension et récit visionnaire de l'hellénisme au Moyen Age; The Tree of Gnosis: Gnostic Mythology from Early Christianity to Modern Nihilism; and Out of the World: Otherwordly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein. Culianu also wrote fiction and essays, including political pieces opposing Romania's post-Revolution regime.

On May 21, 1991, Culianu was murdered in a restroom in the University of Chicago's Swift Hall. Neither the motive nor the killer's identity is known, though numerous theories have been advanced, many related to Culianu's criticism of Romanian politics.

Scope Note

This collection documents Culianu's activities as an historian of religions, including his relationships with colleagues and his mentor, Mircea Eliade. While material in this collection spans the years 1883-1991, the bulk of material dates from 1974-1991. This collection is organized into five series:

Series I: Correspondence, 1975-1991, includes primarily incoming correspondence, with a few copies of outgoing letters. Most of the correspondence is professional in nature, and most correspondents are Culianu's colleagues at universities in the United States and Europe. A small amount of administrative correspondence is also included. Reprints of writings by correspondents accompany many of the letters. Additional correspondence is found in Series II and IV.

Series II: Mircea Eliade, is a collection of material related to Culianu's mentor, a leading scholar of religious studies. Much of this material was compiled shortly after Eliade's death in 1986, and relates to Culianu's work as his literary executor. Material in this series spans the years 1971-1989, and includes drafts of writings about Eliade by Culianu and other colleagues; editorial and personal correspondence; reprints of Eliade's writings; and memorial material such as obituaries. Additional writings by Culianu and his colleagues, including some material related to Eliade, are found in Series III and IV.

Series III: Writings by Culianu, contains several files of manuscripts, drafts and notes; these files are organized chronologically. Also included in this series are a set of reprints of Italian-language writings, mostly book reviews, published from 1974-1986. Following are chronological files of reprints of writings published from 1980-1991. Additional writings by Culianu are found in Series II.

Series IV: Writings by Others, consists of colleagues' manuscripts sent to Culianu for review, organized alphabetically by author; two files of student papers; and a a large collection of reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, filed chronologically. Material in this series spans the years 1883-1991, with the bulk of material dating from 1974-1990. Additional writings by Eliade's colleagues are found in Series III.

Series V: Restricted, contains a single file of class lists from 1990, listing student grades.

While much of the material in this collection is in English, there are significant portions in Italian, Romanian, German, French, Dutch and Greek.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Eliade, Mircea. Papers

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Correspondence, 1975-1991

Box 1    Folder 1

Anati, E.

Box 1    Folder 2

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

Box 1    Folder 3

Belayche, Nicole

Box 1    Folder 4

Bianchi, Ugo

Box 1    Folder 5

Caprettini, Ave Appiano

Box 1    Folder 6

Casadio, Giovanni

Box 1    Folder 7

Chitimia, Silvia

Box 1    Folder 8

Conio, Caterina

Box 1    Folder 9

Cosi, D.M.

Box 1    Folder 10

Debus, Allen G.

Box 1    Folder 11

Duerr, Hans Peter

Box 1    Folder 12

Encyclopedia of Religion

Box 1    Folder 13

Gasparro, Giulia Sfameni

Box 1    Folder 14

Girardot, Norman

Box 1    Folder 15

Hani, Jean

Box 1    Folder 16

Idel, Moshe

Box 1    Folder 17

International Association for Coptic Studies

Box 1    Folder 18

Kippenberg, Hans G.

Box 1    Folder 19

Lambardi, Noemi

Box 1    Folder 20

Lincoln, Bruce

Box 1    Folder 21

Loibl, Elizabeth

Box 1    Folder 22

Lungu, Alexandru

Box 1    Folder 23

McGinn, Bernard

Box 1    Folder 24

Meslin, Michel

Box 1    Folder 25

Metcalf, Franz Aubrey

Box 1    Folder 26

Momigliano, Arnoldo

Box 1    Folder 27

Nicolescu, M. Basarab

Box 1    Folder 28

Oisteanu, Andrei

Box 1    Folder 29

Os, H.W. van

Box 1    Folder 30

Quispel, Gilles

Box 1    Folder 31

Pezzali, Amalia

Box 1    Folder 32

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Box 1    Folder 33

Ronner, Didi

Box 1    Folder 34

Rusconi, Roberto

Box 1    Folder 35

Sabbatucci, Dario

Box 1    Folder 36

Scarpi, Paolo

Box 1    Folder 37

Segal, Alan F.

Box 1    Folder 38

Şişmanian, Ara Alexandra

Box 1    Folder 39

Stoichita, Victor

Box 1    Folder 40

Stroumsa, Gedaliahu G.

Box 1    Folder 41

Sullivan, Lawrence E.

Box 1    Folder 42

Tanase, V.

Box 1    Folder 43

Todericiu, D.

Box 1    Folder 44

Versnel, H.S.

Box 2   Folder 1-2

Unidentified

Series II: Mircea Eliade

Box 2   Folder 3-4

Drafts of writings by Culianu, circa 1981-1986

Box 2   Folder 5

Editorial and personal correspondence, 1986-1989

Box 2   Folder 6

Drafts of writings about Eliade, undated

Box 2   Folder 7

Reprints of writings by Eliade, 1971-1985

Box 2   Folder 8

Reprints and memorial material, 1977-1986

Box 3   Folder 1-3

Reprints, memorial material and correspondence, 1981-1987

Series III: Writings by Culianu

Box 3   Folder 4

Notes, 1976

Box 3   Folder 5-6

"Experiences de l'extase et symbols de l'ascension de l'Hellénisme à l'Islam," doctoral thesis, 1979-1980

Box 3   Folder 7

Notes and correspondence, circa 1982

Box 3   Folder 8

Notes, circa 1983

Box 4   Folder 1

Notebook, circa 1983

Box 4   Folder 2

Notes and photocopied texts, circa 1983

Box 4   Folder 3

Notebook and draft of review, circa 1985

Box 4   Folder 4

Notes, research material and fellowship application, circa 1985

Box 4   Folder 5

Notes, circa 1985-1990

Box 4   Folder 6

"Dr Mayow's Mousetrap," draft, 1986

Box 4   Folder 7

Drafts and lecture material, circa 1986

Box 4   Folder 8

"Against the Law," Nathaniel Colver Lecture, University of Chicago Divinity School, lecture notes and broadside, 1987

Box 4   Folder 9

"Enigma Crestinismului," manuscripts, undated

Box 4   Folder 10

Notes, undated

Box 4   Folder 11

Notebook, undated

Box 4   Folder 12

Reprints in Italian, 1974-1982

Box 5   Folder 1-3

Reprints in Italian, 1975-1986

Box 5   Folder 4-11

Reprints, 1980-1990

Box 6   Folder 1-11

Reprints, 1984-1991

Series IV: Writings by Others

Box 6   Folder 12

Faivre, Antoine, manuscript and correspondence, 1985

Box 6   Folder 13

Girardot, Norman J. "'Dissent from the Classical'": Mircea Eliade, the History of Religions, and the Study of Chinese Religions," manuscripts, undated

Box 6   Folder 14

Gruenwald, Ithamar, "Magic and Its Study as a Cultural Factor," manuscripts, undated

Box 7   Folder 1

Kétékou, S.C., "Le Developpement ou la Novelle Tour de Babel," manuscript, undated

Box 7   Folder 2

Kippenberg, hans G., proofs, undated

Box 7   Folder 3

Manolesco, Ionela, manuscripts, 1991

Box 7   Folder 4

McGinn, Bernard, "God as Eros: Reflections on Cosmic Love in the Christian Tradition," manuscript and correspondence, 1991

Box 7   Folder 5-8

Ricketts, Mac Linscott, "The Sacred Trickster of the North American Indians," manuscript, undated

Box 7   Folder 9

Tirosh-Rothschild, Hava manuscripts and correspondence, 1990

Box 7   Folder 10

Waida, Manabu, "The Religion of the Japanese," undated

Box 8   Folder 1

Witte, H.A., "Les religions de l'Afrique occidentale," manuscripts, 1987

Box 8   Folder 2

Unidentified author, "Korte Grammaticea van het Sahidische Koptisch," manuscript, undated

Box 8   Folder 3

Unidentified author, "Meso-American Religions: Cities and Symbols," manuscript, undated

Box 8   Folder 4-5

Student papers, 1988-1991

Box 8   Folder 6-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1883-1967

Box 9   Folder 1-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1968-1974

Box 10   Folder 1-6

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1975-1977

Box 11   Folder 1-6

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1977-1978

Box 12   Folder 1-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1979-1980

Box 13   Folder 1-6

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1980-1981

Box 14   Folder 1-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1982-1983

Box 15   Folder 1-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1983-1984

Box 16   Folder 1-6

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1985-1986

Box 17   Folder 1-8

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1987-1990

Box 18   Folder 1-6

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, 1988-1990

Box 19   Folder 1-7

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, undated

Box 20   Folder 1-5

Reprints, periodicals and photocopied texts, undated

Series V: Restricted

Box 20   Folder 6

Class lists, 1990