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Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers, 1913-2005
33 boxes (11 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 250

Abstract:
English professor, translator, and author. The bulk of the Curtiss papers focus on her writing career including correspondence with publishers and researchers, research material, artwork, and edited typescripts. Other materials include an oral history, photographs, diaries, and extensive correspondence with many eminent figures from the literary world as well as Smith College associates, friends and family members. Correspondents include Dean Acheson, Jacques Barzun, Jill Ker Conway, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, William Allen Neilson, Orson Welles, and Rebecca West.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions: researchers must obtain permission from the Morrow family to examine the Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Constance Morrow Morgan correspondence. The John Houseman correspondence is photocopies of letters that are part of the John Houseman Papers in the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles. For copies and information about copyright, please contact UCLA.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Mina Curtiss with the following exception of Lynne Robbins has retained literary rights to "Slices of Life." Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Mina Curtiss at Chapelbrook, Ashfield, Massachusetts, n.d.

Mina Curtiss at Chapelbrook, Ashfield, Massachusetts, n.d.

Mina Kirstein Curtiss was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 13, 1896 to Louis Kirstein, an optician, and Rose Stein. She had two younger brothers, Lincoln Kirstein, founder and general director of the New York City Ballet, and George Kirstein, publisher of the Liberal Weekly. The family moved to Rochester, NY in 1901 and remained there until 1912, when they returned to Boston and Louis Kirstein became a partner in Filene's Department Store. Curtiss was schooled at home by a governess until 1912, when she was sent to Northampton, Massachusetts to attend Miss Capen's School. She graduated from Smith College in 1918 and went on to earn an MA in English from Columbia University in 1920.

Prior to attending Columbia, Curtiss worked as a research clerk for Military Intelligence in Washington, D.C., from 1918 to 1920. She lived at the headquarters of the National Woman Suffrage Association where she became friends with Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt. Curtiss married Henry Tomlinson Curtiss in 1926 only to be devastated by his untimely death a year later, in 1927. In 1933 she published The Midst of Life, a book that took the form of a series of letters to her dead husband. From 1922 to 1934 and again from 1940 to 1942, Curtiss was a beloved and highly regarded professor of English at Smith College, returning in 1976, at the age of 81, as Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature to teach a course on writing biography. From 1935 to 1939, she worked with Orson Welles and John Houseman in researching and writing scripts for the Mercury Theatre of the Air. In 1942, she created a program for the Des Moines Register and Tribune radio station, based on soldiers' letters home. This evolved into a book, Letters Home, edited by Curtiss and published in 1944. In 1942 Curtiss also joined the Office of War Information and, with Houseman, developed a short wave radio program for the BBC entitled "Answering You," in which celebrities responded to questions submitted by BBC listeners.

Rather than return to teaching when World War II ended, Curtiss opted to pursue a career in writing, authoring books, journal articles, and book reviews for national and international audiences. She was also fluent in French, and translated and edited works by several noted Frenchmen, including Edgar Degas, Philip Halevy, Marcel Proust, and Alexis Leger (also known as Saint-John Perse). She once said in an interview, "I fall in love with whatever I'm working on," and this passion, combined with a rigorous intellect, made her a tireless, tenacious, and meticulous researcher. Having read Proust and translated his letters for publication in the United States (The Letters of Marcel Proust, 1949), Curtiss was inspired to go to Paris to seek out Proust's family and friends still living, and to unearth more of his correspondence. This research led to publication in 1978 of Other People's Letters: A Memoir and to an interest in the composer Georges Bizet, which Curtiss pursued with characteristic vigor.

Following publication of Other People's Letters: A Memoir in 1978, Curtiss continued to write. She submitted several manuscripts for publication ("Winter Letters," a sequel to Midst of Life; "The Past and I" and "Slices of Life," sequential autobiographies; and "Plato: Archbishop of Moscow," a biographical sketch that evolved from researching A Forgotten Empress: Anna Ivanovich and Her Era, 1730-1740), and to her disappointment all were rejected. Despite a severe heart condition that left her bedridden for the last several years of her life, with the help of her secretary Curtiss continued to edit and modify the manuscripts in hopes that they would eventually go to press.

In addition to teaching and pursuing a career in writing, Curtiss was generous to causes in which she believed, to the extent that her finances allowed. In 1964, she donated most of the land that comprised Chapelbrook, her farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts, to the Trustees of Reservations, before selling the house and remaining acreage privately. She also founded the Chapelbrook Foundation the purpose of which was to provide funding to writers over the age of forty, to enable them to complete works in progress that might otherwise have gone unfinished. Curtiss also donated manuscript material to libraries and repositories, and works of art to museums.

In 1984, Smith College alumnae Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her sister, Constance Morrow Morgan, organized a campaign among Curtiss's former students to raise funds for a tribute to her. The response was overwhelming and led to establishment of the Mina Curtiss Fund, thanks to which a vase of fresh flowers, replaced on a regular basis in perpetuity, graces the Browsing Room in the William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College. Curtiss herself was an avid gardener and, not long before she died, suggested that the tribute take this form.

Mina Kirstein Curtiss died in Connecticut on October 31, 1985.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers consist of 11 linear feet and date from 1913 to 1986. Types of material include biographical information, including an oral history; personal and professional correspondence; photographs; journals and diaries; financial records; clippings; and typescripts of writings. The papers are arranged in six series: Biographical Material, Photographs, Correspondence, Teaching, Writings and Subject Files.

The bulk of the papers dates from 1933 to 1985 and focuses on Curtiss's writing career. It includes correspondence with publishers and researchers, research material, artwork, royalty statements, and typescripts. The typescripts are edited in Curtiss's hand and provide insight into her creative and analytical processes. Correspondence is also extensive and reflects the many friendships Curtiss developed while teaching, and in researching and writing her various books and attempting to see them through to publication. Many of the correspondents are people of note. The correspondence also well illustrates Curtiss's analytical approach to her topics of research.

Although the diaries and journals in this collection are limited in scope, they do reveal something of their author's passionate nature and discerning intellect, as well as some of her struggles and disappointments.

The photographs are also of interest, offering a glimpse into Curtiss's childhood and early family life, as well as life at Chapelbrook, the Curtiss home in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

The financial records document the acquisition of art and antiques, and the necessity for Curtiss to sell certain pieces later in her life, when she faced financial difficulties. They are also evidence of Curtiss's generosity in donating books, manuscript material and artwork to appropriate institutions when she was financially secure.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection, with the following exceptions: researchers must obtain permission from the Morrow family to examine the Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Constance Morrow Morgan correspondence. The John Houseman correspondence is photocopies of letters that are part of the John Houseman Papers in the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles. For copies and information about copyright, please contact UCLA.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Mina Curtiss with the following exception of Lynne Robbins has retained literary rights to "Slices of Life." Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Alternative Formats Available

The previous owner of the collection prepared a microfilm edition of biographical clippings and correspondence that replicates approximately two-thirds of the collection. It is available through interlibrary loan and is accessible through an index of events and proper names.

History of the Collection

The Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1986 by Kirstein's brothers, Lincoln and George Kirstein. Sallie Gottfried gave additional material in 1987, as did Lynne Robbins, co-executor of Mina Curtiss' estate, in 1988. In 1999, former student Delia Marshall donated a series of letters by Curtiss, spanning the years 1976 to 1985.

Custodial history:

The John Houseman correspondence is photocopies of letters that are part of the John Houseman Papers in the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2000.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1918-1986)
3 linear feet.

This series provides an overview of Mina Kirstein Curtiss's private life and includes legal documents, an oral history, and photographs. The series also contains two bound volumes of poetry, some of which is in Curtiss's hand and the rest in another, unidentified hand. There is also correspondence pertaining to the Mina K.Curtiss Fund at Smith College, established in 1984. The financial information is extensive and includes tax returns; bills of sale, receipts, and appraisals for art and antiques; and records of donations made to various museums and libraries. Also included is a set of Curtiss's daily appointment calendars, spanning the years 1936 to 1985; the year 1939 is missing. There are also magazine articles, correspondence, drawings, legal documents, and printed matter relating to various properties Curtiss owned during her life, most of which concern Chapelbrook in Ashfield, Massachusetts. The Chapelbrook photograph albums are filed in this series because they are germane to to that particular property and because many of the photographs depict life there before Mina Stein Kirstein married Henry Tomlinson Curtiss in 1926.




This series consists of photo albums and single images of Mina Curtiss and her family; there are also several photographs of Henry Tomlinson Curtiss. Although most of the images are undated and the people in them are unidentified, they well illustrate certain aspects of Curtiss's family life and leisure activities.

(1913-85)
1.75 linear feet.

This series is divided into four subseries: Family, Friends and acquaintances, Legal and financial, and Miscellaneous. In the Family subseries, letters to "Goosie" and "Pettikins" probably refer to Lincoln and George Kirstein, respectively. The bulk of the series consists of Friends and acquaintances and includes letters from many eminent figures from the literary world. Letters to family and to Smith College President William Allan Neilson are especially revealing of Curtiss's thoughts and feelings as she grappled with personal problems. Legal and financial correspondence is comprised of letters between Curtiss and the prominent Boston firms that represented her legal and fiscal interests. Since Curtiss traveled extensively, whenever practicable on incoming correspondence her whereabouts have been noted in pencil above the greeting. (See also The Tin Box Collection: Letters of Roger Sessions and His Friends, Sarah Chapin, Ed., 1992).

(1920-77)
.25 linear feet.

This series contains material relating to Mina K. Curtiss's years of teaching English at Smith College, and includes a grade book, lecture notes, and letters from students.

(1917-85)
5.5 linear feet.

This series consists of diaries and journals; draft manuscripts and typescripts; research materials; artwork for illustrating Curtiss's books; book reviews, both by Curtiss and by others about her books; journal articles; fan mail, and correspondence with publishers, literary agents, and research associates. A significant amount of material in this series relates to unpublished works. Some of the artwork filed under "Manet Caricatures: Olympia" was not actually used in the published version of that article, which appeared in the Massachusetts Review in 1966. It is unknown whether Curtiss decided against using this material in the "Olympia" article, or if she intended all along to use it in subsequent vignettes or in the proposed book on Manet caricatures. Since Curtiss filed this artwork with illustrations that were used in the "Olympia" article, it has been retained there.

Material pertaining to The Midst of Life contains an untitled essay that Curtiss had identified as "background material--Midst of Life;" the essay has therefore been filed with other papers having to do with The Midst of Life. "Winter Letters," which never reached publication, was the sequel to The Midst of Life.

"Slices of Life" is a sequel to the "Past and I." Both are autobiographies, neither of which was ever published. The manuscript "Platon: Archbishop of Moscow" was originally part of "Slices of Life," but Curtiss separated it and submitted it for publication, also unsuccessfully, as a separate manuscript; the "Platon" material is therefore filed immediately after the "Slices of Life" typescript.

Much of the correspondence between Curtiss and Liliane Yacoel Ziegel, Curtiss's Parisian research associate, is in French, particularly that pertaining to Letters of Marcel Proust and Bizet and His World.

Correspondence with publishers and literary agents comprises a separate subseries due to its broad and varied content, particularly the letters between Curtiss and Al Hart of the Fox Chase Agency.

Research material for Letters Home consists of typescripts of letters soldiers wrote either to their hometown newspapers or to their families. Material pertaining to the radio program, "What's YOUR Idea," and to a column in Cosmopolitan called "Letters Home," both of which evolved from the huge success of Letters Home, is filed with other documents relating to the book.

(1937-72)
.25 linear feet.

This series consists of translations of essays and a bibliography by Saint-John Perse, as well as clippings about him; and clippings about the murder of Elliot Speer, Headmaster of the Mount Hermon School for Boys, which occurred in September 1934.




Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Biographical statements, Smith College transcript, and obituaries,
1918, 1985

Box 1: folder 1
Birth and marriage certificates, passports, employment documents, clippings, and cemetery permits,
1921-83, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Wills,
1979-84, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Bequests,
1986

Box 1: folder 4
Mina K. Curtiss Fund at Smith College



Note:
General correspondence and lists of donors,
1984-85

Box 1: folder 5
Vase design, correspondence, receipts, and drawings,
1985

Box 1: folder 6
Letters of thanks by Mina K. Curtiss,
1985

Box 1: folder 7
Responses to letters of thanks,
1985

Box 1: folder 8
Condolences,
1985-86

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence re: estate of Mina K. Curtiss,
1985-86

Box 1: folder 10
Oral history transcript,
1971

Box 1: folder 11
Address books,
circa 1985

Box 1: folder 12
French Legion of Honor award (includes medal),
1960

Box 1: folder 13
Partnership agreement, The Nation,
1963-64

Box 1: folder 14
Antiques, art, and furnishings



Correspondence,
1969

Box 1: folder 15
Receipts and bills of sale,
1954-82, n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Appraisals,
1965-1980, n.d.

Box 1: folder 17
Correspondence about Manet painting,
1974-82

Box 1: folder 18
Photographs and negatives of unidentified paintings,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Notes on library of Mina K. Curtiss,
n.d.

Box 1: folder 20
List of books owned by Mina K. Curtiss (?) (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 1: folder 21
Books of poetry,
1922, n.d.

Box 2: folder 1-2
Poems found folded in books of poetry,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Financial records



Tax returns,
1939-43

Box 3: folder 1-5
Social Security summary,
1977

Box 3: folder 6
List of income sources,
1973

Box 3: folder 7
Account sheets for household staff,
1982-83

Box 3: folder 8
Donations and gifts



Fondation St. John Perse: correspondence,
1975-85

Box 3: folder 9
Pierpont Morgan Library: correspondence,
1968-84

Box 3: folder 10
New York Public Library: correspondence,
1964-84

Box 3: folder 11-13
Sigmund Freud Archives: correspondence,
1962-73

Box 3: folder 14
Smith College



William Allen Neilson Library



Correspondence, receipts, and reports,
1974-75

Box 3: folder 15
Museum of Art



Correspondence, receipts, and reports,
1968-85, n.d.

Box 3: folder 16
Estate of Mina K. Curtiss: correspondence,
1986

Box 3: folder 17
Rare Book Room: correspondence and inventories,
1975-85

Box 3: folder 18
College Archives and Sophia Smith Collection



Margaret Storrs Grierson: correspondence,
1947-64

Box 3: folder 19
College Archives: correspondence and inventories,
1983-84

Box 3: folder 20
Sophia Smith Collection: correspondence re: estate of Mina K. Curtiss,
1986

Box 3: folder 21
Other institutions: correspondence and inventories,
1944-83

Box 3: folder 22
Calendars



1936-38, 1940-52

Box 4: folder 1-16
1953-71

Box 5: folder 1-19
1972-85

Box 6: folder 1-15
Residences



Chapelbrook, Ashfield, Massachusetts



Photograph albums,
1917-29, n.d.

Box 7
Publications



House Beautiful,
1924

Box 8: folder 1
House and Garden,
1925, 1946

Box 8
Management plans,
1977, n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Correspondence,
1979-85

Box 8: folder 3
Elevation and brochure,
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Inventories,
1924, n.d.

Box 8: folder 5
A Climber's Guide to Chapel Falls,
circa 1979

Box 8: folder 6
Brochures, Trustees of Reservations,
1981, n.d.

Box 8: folder 7
Bethel and Weston, Connecticut houses: descriptive brochure, Certificates of Title, Mortgage Deed, correspondence, photograph, and financial information,
1963-78, n.d.

Box 8
SERIES II. PHOTOGRAPHS



Mina Curtiss, alone and with family and friends,
n.d.

Box 9: folder 1
Henry T. Curtiss, Smith College, and miscellaneous,
1916-18

Box 9: folder 2
Photograph album,
n.d.

Box 10
SERIES III. CORRESPONDENCE



Family



Louis Kirstein,
1913-37, n.d.

Box 11: folder 1
Rose Stein Kirstein,
1942-52

Box 11: folder 2-3
George Kirstein ("Pettikins?") and Lincoln Kirstein ("Goosie?"),
1947-49, 1971

Box 11: folder 4
Friends and acquaintances



A,
1978

Box 11: folder 5
Acheson, Dean and Alice,
1928-85

Box 11: folder 6
Adams, Thomas B.,
1967-84

Box 11: folder 7
Adams, William H.,
1985

Box 11: folder 8
Auchincloss, Louis,
1978

Box 11: folder 9
B,
1930-78

Box 11: folder 10
Barzun, Jacques,
1951-57

Box 11: folder 11
Bradley, Jenny,
1947-78

Box 11: folder 12
C,
1978-84

Box 11: folder 13
Cain, Julien,
1959-61

Box 11: folder 14
Conway, Jill Ker,
1975-85

Box 11: folder 15
D,
1965, 1982

Box 11: folder 16
E,
1985

Box 11: folder 17
Einstein, Albert,
1946-47

Box 11: folder 18
F,
1982-84, n.d.

Box 11: folder 19
Fardig, Elenor,
1958-69, n.d.

Box 11: folder 20
Fistere, Isobel,
1978-83, n.d.

Box 11: folder 21
Frankfurter, Felix,
1943-44, n.d.

Box 11: folder 22
G,
1967, 1978

Box 11: folder 23
Garnett, David,
1947

Box 11: folder 24
Gottfried, Sallie,
1982-85

Box 11: folder 25
Grant, Duncan (photocopies),
1923-25

Box 11: folder 26
Green, Dorothy,
1947-60

Box 11: folder 27
Guerin, Jacques,
1947-49

Box 11: folder 28
H,
1979

Box 12: folder 1
Halevy, Daniel,
1954-58, n.d.

Box 12: folder 2
Houseman, John,

[primarily photocopies of correspondence in the John Houseman Papers, Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Library, University of California, Los Angeles]

1936-54

Box 12: folder 3
Johnson, Hugh,
1942-44

Box 12: folder 4
K,
1926, 1976, n.d.

Box 12: folder 5
Kolb, Philip,
1947-78

Box 12: folder 6
Krauss, Henry,
1968-69

Box 12: folder 7
Laski, Frida,
1919-22

Box 12: folder 8-10
Laski, Harold,
1922

Box 12: folder 11
L'Engle, Madeleine,
1980

Box 12: folder 12
Levin, Harry,
1946-59, n.d.

Box 12: folder 13
Levy, Harriet,
1941

Box 12: folder 14
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow and other members of Morrow and Lindbergh families



Note:
Anne Morrow Lindbergh to Mina Curtiss,
1929-85, n.d.

Box 13: folder 1-8
Mina Curtiss to Anne Morrow Lindbergh (photocopies),
1940

Box 13: folder 9
Typescript by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and related letter from Mina Curtiss,
n.d.

Box 13: folder 10
Constance Morrow Morgan,
1930-78, n.d.

Box 13: folder 11
Anne Spencer Lindbergh,
1960

Box 13: folder 12
Reeve Lindbergh Brown,
1983

Box 13: folder 13
Mina Kirstein Curtiss Fund at Smith College



Executive correspondence,
1984, n.d.

Box 13: folder 14
General correspondence, A-Z,
1984

Box 13: folder 15-18
Linscott, Robert (?),
1947

Box 14: folder 1
M,
1930-85, n.d.

Box 14: folder 2
Maloney, Daniel,
1977-78

Box 14: folder 3
Marshall, Delia,
1977-85

Box 14: folder 4
Martin-Chauffier, Louis,
1946-48

Box 14: folder 5
de Mornand, Louisa (includes fragments of writings),
1947

Box 14: folder 6
Mortimer, Raymond,
n.d.

Box 14
Mencken, H.L. (photocopies),
1936

Box 14: folder 7
Nathan, Robert,
1919-22, n.d.

Box 14: folder 8
Neilson, Elizabeth,
1939, 1949

Box 14: folder 9
Neilson, William Allan,
1919-45

Box 14: folder 10
Nicolson, Marjorie,
1950-53

Box 14: folder 11
Pope-Hennessey, John,
1962-79

Box 14: folder 12
Note:
Proust, Suzy Mante,
1947-48

Box 14: folder 13
R,
1942, 1975

Box 15: folder 1
Russian correspondents



Drapkina, Lucy,
1969-72, n.d.

Box 15: folder 2
Others,
1960-70, n.d.

Box 15: folder 3
S,
1939-84

Box 15: folder 4
Sibilat, Magda,
1938-52, n.d.


Magda Sibilat (written by Pauline Nisbet on behalf of Sibilat, who was gravely ill),
1949-50

Box 15: folder 5
Steegmuller, Francis,
1948-84, n.d.

Box 15: folder 6
Storm, Hans Otto,
1940-41

Box 15: folder 7
Correspondence about Hans Otto Storm,
1942, 1970-73

Box 15: folder 8
T,
1976

Box 15: folder 9
Una [?],
1972-78

Box 15: folder 10
Untermeyer, Louis,
1917-18

Box 15: folder 11
Vecchi, Floriano,
1971, n.d.

Box 15: folder 12
W,
1976-85

Box 15: folder 13
Welles, Orson,
n.d.

Box 15: folder 14
West, Rebeccca (includes photocopies and related correspondence),
1924-78

Box 15: folder 15
Wilmerding, Gay,
1978-79

Box 15: folder 16
Unidentified,
1981-85, n.d.

Box 15: folder 17
Stenographer's notebooks,
Jan 1978-Jul 1983

Box 15: folder 18-23
Aug 1983-Sep 1985

Box 16: folder 1-4
Legal and financial



Pullman, Comley, Bradley and Reeves,
1978

Box 16: folder 5
Ropes, Gray, Best, Coolidge and Rugg,
1952-60

Box 16: folder 6
Ropes and Gray,
1961-74

Box 16: folder 7
Miscellaneous: letter to the editor, The New Yorker,
1979

Box 16: folder 8
SERIES IV. TEACHING



Smith College



Grade book,
n.d.

Box 16: folder 9
Teaching notes,
1977

Box 16: folder 10
Correspondence from students,
1920s, 1977

Box 16: folder 11
Clipping,
Dec 1929

Box 16: folder 12
SERIES V. WRITINGS



Diaries



Journals,
1911, 1914, 1918-19

Box 17: folder 1-2
Journal from trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa,
1942

Box 17: folder 3-4
Radio programs



Mercury Theatre of the Air



"War of the Worlds," clippings,
1938

Box 18: folder 1
Unidentified list,
n.d.

Box 18: folder 2
Listen, Iowa's Own Newspaper of the Air



Correspondence,
1942

Box 18: folder 3
Character profiles,
1942

Box 18: folder 4
Scripts,
1942-43

Box 18: folder 5
Answering Australia, scripts:
1943

Box 18: folder 6
Answering You



Correspondence and listeners' surveys,
1943

Box 18: folder 7
Scripts, #1-#8, 12,
1943

Box 18: folder 8-9
Disc recordings,
circa 1942

Box 19
Note:
Published works



Lists of published works (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 20: folder 1
Statements of earnings from writings,
1965-71

Box 20: folder 2
Books



Bizet and His World,
1958


Royalty statements,
1961-77

Box 20: folder 3
Reviews,
1958-59, 1978

Box 20: folder 4
Research materials: from Genevieve Bizet Straus: correspondence, printed material, clippings, transcribed excerpts, legal documents, and school records,
circa 1883-1975

Box 20: folder 5-6
Records of royalties on works by Georges Bizet,
1939-43

Box 20: folder 7
List of documents about Georges Bizet held by Magda Sibilat,
n.d.

Box 20: folder 8
A Forgotten Empress: Anna Ivanovich and Her Era, 1730-1740,
1974


Correspondence and contract,
1967-74

Box 20: folder 9
Fan mail,
1974

Box 20: folder 10
Royalty statements,
1976-78

Box 20: folder 11
Reviews,
1974-75, n.d.

Box 20: folder 12
Research materials



Photographs,
n.d.

Box 20: folder 13
Note:
Catalogs,
1969, n.d.

Box 20: folder 14
Plates


Box 20
Note:
Letters Home,
1944


Correspondence,
1944-72

Box 21: folder 1
Research materials: typescripts of newspaper articles containing information about soldiers serving in World War II,
1942-43


Africa, Asia and Europe: Africa-Trinidad


Box 21: folder 2-13
United States:Alaska- Pennsylvania


Box 21: folder 14-18
Other,
1942-43, n.d.

Box 21: folder 19
Clippings,
1942-43

Box 21: folder 20
Reviews,
1944

Box 21: folder 21
Column in Cosmopolitan, "Letters Home"



Correspondence, galleys, clippings,
1944

Box 21: folder 22
Note:
Radio program: What's Your Idea?



Correspondence and typescript,
1944

Box 21: folder 23
Letters of Marcel Proust,
1949


Correspondence and copyright information,
1947-49, 1977

Box 22: folder 1
Fan mail,
1949-50

Box 22: folder 2
Royalty statements,
1967-78

Box 22: folder 3
Reviews from U.S. publications,
1949-50

Box 22: folder 4
Reviews from British publications,
1950-51

Box 22: folder 5
Research material



Letters from Proust to Nahamas (photocopies),
n.d.

Box 22: folder 6
Typescript, Proust and the Double 'I' of Two Characters by Andre du Bouchet,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 7
Photographs



Marcel Proust,
1890-1922

Box 22: folder 8
Marcel Proust with family and friends,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 9
Other people,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 10
Copy negatives,
n.d.

Box 22: folder 11-12
Related material,
1956, n.d.

Box 22: folder 13
The Midst of Life,
1933


Correspondence,
1933

Box 23: folder 1
Fan mail,
1928-53

Box 23: folder 2-5
Typescript,
n.d.

Box 23: folder 6-7
Serialized version, Atlantic Monthly,
Jan-Apr, 1933

Box 23: folder 8
Abridged version, Reader's Digest,
Feb 1938

Box 23: folder 9
Translation into French by Andre du Bouchet (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 23: folder 10
Press releases and reviews,
1933

Box 23: folder 11
Typescript, "background material,"
n.d.

Box 23: folder 12
Olive, Cypress and Palm: An Anthology of Love and Death,
1930


Correspondence and royalty statement,
1929-32

Box 24: folder 1
Reviews,
1930

Box 24: folder 2
Other People's Letters: A Memoir,
1978


Copy of reissued book,
2005

Box 24
Correspondence and contract,
1977-81

Box 24: folder 3
Fan mail,
1978-84

Box 24: folder 4-5
Royalty statements,
1978-84

Box 24: folder 6
Research materials,
n.d.

Box 24: folder 7
Typescript,
Jun 1977

Box 24: folder 8-10
Typescript,
n.d.

Box 24: folder 11-13
Typescript (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 25: folder 1
Photographs,
1890s, n.d.

Box 25: folder 2
Pre-publication correspondence and press releases,
1977-78

Box 25: folder 3
Reviews from U.S. publications,
1978

Box 25: folder 4
Reviews from British publications,
1978-79

Box 25: folder 5
Articles



Apollo



"Letters of Edouard Manet to His Wife During the Siege of Paris,": published version, Jun 1981
1870-71

Box 26: folder 1
Typescripts,
n.d.

Box 26: folder 2-3
Illustrations,
n.d.

Box 26: folder 4
Correspondence,
1980-81

Box 26: folder 5
Atlantic Monthly: "Harvard Calm and Henry Adams": published version and correspondence,
1920-21

Box 26: folder 6
Boston Herald: Series of articles on the trial of Francis A. Carroll and Paul Dwyer for the murder of Dr. and Mrs. James Littlefield in South Paris, Maine



Notes,
n.d.

Box 26: folder 7
Typescript,
n.d.

Box 26: folder 8
Clippings of articles by Mina Curtiss,
Aug 1938

Box 26: folder 9
Clippings of articles by Arthur Stratton and others,
1938-39

Box 26: folder 10-11
Correspondence,
1974

Box 26: folder 12
"A Mother's Career": clipping,
27 Aug 1939

Box 26: folder 12a
Center: "Roma: Bizet's 'Souvenirs of Italy'": published version,
Feb 1955

Box 26: folder 13
The Cornhill: "Celeste": published version and typescript,
Spring 1950, n.d.

Box 26: folder 14
German Encyclopedia of Music: "Georges Bizet": typescript,
ca. 1966

Box 26: folder 15
Harper's Bazaar: "Three Women": published version,
Apr 1938

Box 26: folder 16
High Fidelity: "The Ill-Starred Debut of the Girl From Arles": published version,
Sep 1958

Box 26: folder 17
History Today



Correspondence,
1968-78

Box 26: folder 18
Typescript, "The Empress Anna Ivanova's Ice Palace,
Jan 1973

Box 26: folder 19
The Hound and Horn: "No Boswell": typescript,
1931

Box 26: folder 20
Mademoiselle: Published version and correspondence,"The World We Wanted,"
Aug 1945

Box 26: folder 21
Massachusetts Review



"Chosen?"



Correspondence,
1978-83

Box 26: folder 22
Published version and typescript,
Summer 1983, n.d.

Box 26: folder 23
Typescript,
n.d.

Box 26: folder 24
"Some American Negroes in 19th Century Russia,"



Published version,
Spring 1968

Box 26: folder 25
Typescripts, n.d


Box 26: folder 26-30
"Manet Caricatures: Olympia,"
1966


Correspondence,
1959-81

Box 27: folder 1
Published versions,
1966

Box 27: folder 2
Outline for proposed book,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 3
Typescript, L'Exposition d'Edouard Manet by G. Randon (incomplete?),
n.d.,

Box 27: folder 4
Art work,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 5-6
Musical Quarterly



"Unpublished Letters by Georges Bizet": published version,
Jul 1950

Box 27: folder 7
"Fromental Halevy": published version,
Apr 1953

Box 27: folder 8
"Gounod Before Faust": published version,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 9
The Nation



"Cocktails": published version,
Jan 1925

Box 27: folder 10
New York Times, Op-Ed



"Women's Wasting Lives": published version, correspondence, clippings,
May 1978

Box 27: folder 11
Seven Arts Chronicle: "One of the Little Foxes": published version, correspondence, draft and notes,
1917

Box 27: folder 12
Vogue



"A Letter at Last": published version,
Jan 1945

Box 27: folder 13
"The Midst of Life: The Curious Charm, The Free Satisfactions of Middle Age": published version,
Oct 1945

Box 27
Book reviews



The Atlantic Monthly,
1933

Box 27: folder 14
The Boston Herald,
1945

Box 27: folder 15
The Living Age,
1936-37

Box 27: folder 16
The Nation,
1925-70

Box 27: folder 17
Washington Post



Correspondence,
1980-81, n.d.

Box 27: folder 18
Published versions and typescripts,
1981-82

Box 27
Translations by Mina K. Curtiss



My Friend Degas by Daniel Halevy,
1964


Typescript,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 19
Research material, photographs, and reviews,
1963-66, n.d.

Box 27: folder 20
"Le Chat" by Jean-Louis Hue: draft,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 21
"Letters to an Amazon," author unknown: draft,
n.d.

Box 27: folder 22
Articles



Art News, Le Figaro Litteraire, and Vogue: "Chardin, or the Essence of Things" by Marcel Proust: (published versions in French and English, and typescript),
1964, n.d.

Box 27: folder 23
Mademoiselle: "Names and Places" by Marcel Proust:(published version in English),
Oct 1956

Box 27: folder 24
The Nation: "Love" by Tibor Dery: (published versions in French and English),
Feb 1967, n.d.

Box 27: folder 25
The Virginia Quarterly: "Letters From China" by Alexis Leger (Saint-John Perse)



Published version, Autumn
1973

Box 27: folder 26
Correspondence,
1973

Box 27: folder 27
Typescript and fragments,
1973, n.d.

Box 27: folder 28
Unpublished works



M.A. Thesis: "Henry Adams and Failure": typescript,
n.d.

Box 28: folder 1
Books



As For Man



Correspondence,
1934-36

Box 28: folder 2
Typescript,
circa 1935

Box 28: folder 3-5
The Past and I



Outline,
n.d.

Box 28: folder 6
Original typescript,
n.d.

Box 28: folder 7-8
Master typescript,
n.d.

Box 28: folder 9
Master typescript, carbon,
n.d.

Box 28: folder 10
Master typescript, second carbon (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 28: folder 11
Typescript (incomplete),
n.d.

Box 28: folder 12
Typescript, edited by George Kirstein (incomplete)
n.d.,

Box 28: folder 13
Slices of Life



Draft,
n.d.

Box 29: folder 1
Typescript,
n.d.

Box 29: folder 2-3
Research materials



Harriet Lane Levy, correspondence, clipping, and typescripts,
1974, n.d.

Box 29: folder 4-5
Platon



Original typescript,
n.d.

Box 29: folder 6
Original typescript, carbon,
n.d.

Box 29: folder 7
Revised typescript,
n.d.

Box 29: folder 8
Revised typescript (as orginally included in Slices of Life master typescript),
1985

Box 29: folder 9
Revised typescript (as orginally included in Slices of Life master typescript), photocopy,
1985

Box 29: folder 10
Revised typescript,
1985

Box 30: folder 1
Typescript, cut versions,
n.d.

Box 30: folder 2-3
Research notes,
n.d.

Box 30: folder 4-14
Winter Letters



Correspondence,
1979-81

Box 31: folder 1
Draft manuscript,
n.d.

Box 31: folder 2-3
Original typescript,
n.d.

Box 31: folder 4
Master typescript (incomplete?),
n.d.

Box 31: folder 5
Miscellaneous manuscripts and typescripts



"Alamogordo Before the Bomb,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 6
"Another Day,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 7
"California Episode,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 8
"Campanula Pyramidalis,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 9
"The Desert" and "Desert Spring,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 10
"Exercise in Narcissim,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 11
"The Frontier, Bar,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 12
"Giants and Pygmies,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 13
"Lindbergh: A Personal Portrait,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 14
"Military Intelligence,Style," n.d.
1918

Box 31: folder 15
"A Monument,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 16
"My [illegible] and Hopes,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 17
"Natives,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 18
"New Mexico,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 19
"Period Piece,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 20
"These Moderns,"
n.d.

Box 31: folder 21
Untitled,
n.d.

Box 31: folder 22
Fragments,
n.d.

Box 31: folder 23
Correspondence with publishers and literary agents



Al Hart (Fox Chase Agency)



Re: Other People's Letters,
1974-84, n.d.

Box 32: folder 1
Re: Slices of Life,
1979-85

Box 32: folder 2
Eakins Press, Houghton Mifflin and Random House,
1978-81

Box 32: folder 3
Research



Correspondence with Liliane Yacoel Ziegel,
1947-73

Box 32: folder 4-9
Correspondence pertaining to Liliane Yacoel Ziegel,
1984-85

Box 32: folder 10
Unidentified research material,
n.d.

Box 32: folder 11
Writings by others



Lincoln Kirstein,
n.d.

Box 32: folder 12
Lewis, Nell Battle, "The Follies of 1918 or How Doth the Busy Bolshevik (An Agitation in Two Spasms)," typescript,
n.d.

Box 32: folder 13
Miscellaneous,
1937-77, n.d.

Box 32: folder 14
SERIES VI. SUBJECT FILES



Saint-John Perse (Alexis Leger)



Writings



"Narrow Are the Vessels,"
1937

Box 33: folder 1
"Seamarks,"
1937

Box 33: folder 2
"A Selection of Works for Understanding World Affairs Since 1914",
1943

Box 33: folder 3
Clippings,
1957-72

Box 33: folder 4
Murder cases: Elliott Speer murder, clippings,
1937

Box 33: folder 5
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



A Forgotten Empress: Anna Ivanovich and Her Era, 1730-1740, photographs, and plates


Flat file
Letters Home, column in Cosmopolitan, "Letters Home," galley


Flat file
Other People's Letters, review from Danbury New Times, containing photograph of Mina Curtiss
23 May 1978,

Flat file
Letters of Marcel Proust, fold-out with photographs and letter


Flat file
2 photographs of Proton,
n.d.

Flat file
Appendix
16" Disc Recordings



Answering Australia



# 5 (2 identical discs; 1 disc is broken):
30 Jan 1943


#? (1 disc):
26 April 1943


Answering You



Note:

Scripts to Answering You #s 4, 5 and possibly #2 are located in Box 17, Folder 8.

Note:

Script to Answering You #8 is located in Box 17 Folder 9

#2 (1 disc, Part 2; Part 1 is missing):
16 Nov 1943


#4 (1 broken disc, Part 2; Part 1 is missing):
10 Jan 1943


#5 (2 discs; Parts 1 & 3):
30 Jan 1943


#8 (1 disc, Part 2; Part 1 is missing):
21 Apr 1943


#9 (3 discs, Parts 1-3):
3 May 1943


#9 (1 disc, Part 2; Part 1 is missing):
4 May 1943



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Subjects
  • Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971--Correspondence
  • Auchincloss, Louis--Correspondence
  • Barzun, Jacques, 1907- --Correspondence
  • Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875
  • Conway, Jill K., 1934- --Correspondence
  • Curtiss family
  • Curtiss, Mina Kirstein, 1896-
  • Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965--Correspondence
  • French literature--Translations into English--Sources
  • Garnett, David, 1892- --Correspondence
  • Grant, Duncan, 1885-1978--Correspondence
  • Halevy, Daniel, 1872-1962--Correspondence
  • Houseman, John--Correspondence
  • Ivanovich, Anna
  • Kolb, Philip--Correspondence
  • Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950--Correspondence
  • Levin, Harry, 1912- --Correspondence
  • Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906- --Correspondence
  • Linscott, Robert Newton, 1886- --Correspondence
  • Manet, Edouard, 1832-1833
  • Mercury Theater of the Air--History--Sources
  • Neilson, William Allan, 1869-1946--Correspondence
  • Nicolson, Marjorie Hope, 1894- --Correspondence
  • Pope-Hennessy, John, Sir, 1834-1891--Correspondence
  • Proust, Marcel, 1871-1922
  • Radio broadcasting--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Saint-John Perse, 1887-1975
  • Smith College--Faculty--History--Sources
  • Smith College--Students--History--Sources
  • Steegmuller, Francis, 1906- --Correspondence
  • Storm, Hans Otto, 1895-1941--Correspondence
  • Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977--Correspondence
  • Welles, Orson, 1915- --Correspondence
  • West, Rebecca, Dame, 1892- --Correspondence
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Sources


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