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Frances Mossiker papers, 1957-1971
2.292 linear feet (6 containers)
Collection number: SSC.MS.00109

Abstract:
Frances Mossiker was a novelist. Papers include correspondence; writings; photographs and illustrations for her books; notes for broadcasts and speeches; awards; newspaper clippings; reviews; and publicity.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

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Biographical / Historical

Frances (Fanny) Sanger Mossiker was born on 9 April 1906. She was a non-graduating member of Smith College, Class of 1927, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year. She also studied at Barnard and the Sorbonne. She married Dallas businessman Jacob Mossiker in 1926 and settled with him in Texas. Mossiker had a life-long interest in 17th and 18th century France and wrote several biographies and works of historical fiction with that as the backdrop: The Queen's Necklace (1961), Napoleon and Josephine: A Biography of a Marriage (1964), The Affair of the Poisons (1969), More Than a Queen (1971), and Madame de Sevigne (1983). In 1961, she won two awards for The Queen's Necklace: the Carr Collins Award for best non-fiction book by a Texas author, and an award from Theta Sigma Phi, the National Fraternity for Women in Journalism. She won the Carr Collins Award again in 1964 for Napoleon and Josephine. She also published several translations. Frances Mossiker died on 9 May 1985.

Scope and Contents

The Frances Mossiker papers consist of correspondence 1961-71; writings, 1961-83; undated photographs of Mossiker; photographic reproductions of paintings, for use in her books; notes for broadcasts and speeches, 1961-62; awards, 1961; newspaper clippings, 1960-69; reviews, 1961; and publicity, 1961-65.


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

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Restrictions on use:

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Preferred Citation

Frances Mossiker papers, Sophia Smith Collection, SSC-MS-00109, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.

History of the Collection

Source unknown.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

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

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English
Other Finding Aids

OCLC Number: 51656781

Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Affair of the Poisons - hardcover copy and corrections to galley proof
1969

Box 1
Affair of the Poisons - typescripts


Box 2
Affair of the Poisons - typescripts


Box 3
Affair of the Poisons - typescript


Box 4
The Queen's Necklace - bibliography
1961

Box 4
Paperback copies - Affair of the Poisons and Napoleon and Josephine: A Biography of a Marriage
1964

Box 4
Correspondence, including from Jessica Mitford, Dore Schary, and Vita Sackville-West
1961-1971

Box 5
Clippings, press releases and publicity, reviews, notes for broadcasts and speeches, and awards
1960-1969

Box 6
On the shelf: hardcover copies of Affair of the Poisons and Napoleon and Josephine: A Biography of a Marriage


Box 6

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Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources
  • France--Court and courtiers
  • France--History--17th century--Fiction
  • France--History--18th century--Fiction
  • Mossiker, Frances
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--Sources
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources

Genre terms
  • Manuscripts
  • Proofs
  • Publicity
  • Radio scripts
  • Reviews
  • Speeches
  • clippings
  • correspondence
  • memorabilia
  • photographs


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