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Louise Varèse Papers, 1910-1983
15 boxes (10 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 167

Abstract:
Biographer and translator. Personal and professional correspondence; photographs; writings; published and unpublished translations of reviews, manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material; research notes; and memorabilia. Material related to Edgard Varèse includes research notes, proofs, manuscripts, and reviews for the Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary; and programs and memorabilia related to his work. Notable correspondents include Edgard Varèse, Jacques Barzun, and Anais Nin.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to cite the papers for quotations or for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith collection. The copyright owner for the Varèse Papers is unknown. Diane Bouchard owns copyright to letters and photographs by her father, Thomas Bouchard. Copyright to materials authored by other persons 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. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Louise Varèse was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1890, daughter of John Lindsay McCutcheon and Mary Louise Taylor. She attended Smith College (class of 1912), leaving in the fall of 1911 to marry Allen Norton. A son, Michael, was born in 1912. She was separated from Norton in 1916, and they were divorced in 1920. In 1922 she married composer Edgard Varèse, throughout her life she translated works of French authors and poets into English, including Rimbaud, Proust, Sartre, Stendahl, and Simenon, among many others and was awarded Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France in 1969. She also wrote articles, stories, and poems. Following the death of Edgard Varèse in 1965, she published Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary, Volume I, 1893-1928 in 1972. Volume 2 was in progress when she died July 1, 1989.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Louise Varèse Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, writings, printed materials, research notes, and memorabilia. There is a large amount of correspondence, both personal and professional. It includes correspondence with her friend Maryette Charlton (1971-83), to Edgard Varèse (n.d.), from her son Michael Norton and daughter Sylvia (1930-74), regarding the death of Edgard Varèse (1965), and with various well known art and literary people including Jacques Barzun (1965-73) and Anais Nin (1963-71). There is also professional correspondence regarding music, museums, publishing, and Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary. Also contained in the papers is material related to Louise Varèse's published and unpublished translations: reviews, manuscripts, correspondence, and printed materials. There is also material related to Edgard Varèse; research notes, proofs, manuscripts for both Volume 1 and 2 of Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary, as well as reviews of Volume 1; and programs and memorabilia related to his work. Maryette Charlton collected and added much of the material related to Varèse, including two tape recordings, photographs, biographical chronologies, and memorabilia.


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.

Restrictions on use:

Permission to cite the papers for quotations or for publication beyond "fair use" must be obtained from the Sophia Smith collection. The copyright owner for the Varèse Papers is unknown. Diane Bouchard owns copyright to letters and photographs by her father, Thomas Bouchard. Copyright to materials authored by other persons 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. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

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

The Louise Varèse Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Louise Varèse Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1975 to 1987 by Louise Varèse and Maryette Charlton.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jesse Kline, 2012.


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

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS



Genealogy


Box 1: folder 1
L.V. Notes kept by Maryette about L.V. - biographical


Box 1: folder 2
List of names with person's relation to Edgar Varèse taken from Varése, by Louise Varèse, New York, WW Norton
1972

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs



1913-1970s

Box 1: folder 4-10
Family


Box 1: folder 11
LV with Jeanne de Lanux and photo by Esta V.


Box 1: folder 12
Edgar Varèse


Box 1: folder 13
Allen Norton (1st husband)


Box 1: folder 14
Miscellaneous


Box 1: folder 15
Cartoon of LV by Edgard V


Box 1: folder 16
Poem "To Louise Varese" by Mungo Park(?)
1902

Box 1: folder 17
Red Book - diary


Box 1: folder 18
Notebook [LV]


Box 1: folder 19
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE



From Louise Varèse



B


Box 2: folder 1
Cavallo, Diana
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Charlton, Mayette
1971-74

Box 2: folder 3
Lieberman, Mr.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
Vivier, Odile
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Miscellaneous


Box 2: folder 9
To Louise Varèse



A


Box 3: folder 1
Alcaraz, Jose Antonio


Box 3: folder 2
Alcopley, Nina and Una Dora


Box 3: folder 3
Aldan, Daisy


Box 3: folder 4
Aimengaud, Marie Elizabeth


Box 3: folder 5
B


Box 3: folder 6
Beach, Sylvia


Box 3: folder 7
Barzun, Jacques


Box 3: folder 8
Block, David


Box 3: folder 8a
Bouchard, Diane and Thomas


Box 3: folder 9
Boulez, Pierre


Box 3: folder 10
C


Box 3: folder 11
Calder, Sandy


Box 3: folder 12
Cavallo, Diana


Box 3: folder 13
Charbonnier, Georges


Box 3: folder 14
Charlton, Maryette-
1971-74

Box 3: folder 15-17
Claude, Albert (Nobel prize for The Cell)


Box 3: folder 18
D


Box 3: folder 19
Dombek, Blanche


Box 3: folder 20
Dorbon, Lucien - Fr. Dere


Box 3: folder 21
Duchamp, Marcel and Teeny


Box 3: folder 22
Duenas, Ricardo T.


Box 3: folder 23
E


Box 3: folder 24
Elman, Richard


Box 3: folder 25
F


Box 3: folder 26
Felton, James


Box 3: folder 27
Ficke, Arthur Davison


Box 3: folder 28
G


Box 4: folder 1
Garland-Soundings, Peter


Box 4: folder 2
Geist, Stanley


Box 4: folder 3
Gibbs, Margaret


Box 4: folder 4
Gilder, Rodman


Box 4: folder 5
Gordon, Witold


Box 4: folder 6
Green, Hannah


Box 4: folder 7
Guerard, Albert J.


Box 4: folder 8
H


Box 4: folder 9
Henderson, Carol


Box 4: folder 10
Hirbour-Coron, Lucie


Box 4: folder 11
Ito, Migo


Box 4: folder 12
J


Box 4: folder 13
olivet, H & A


Box 4: folder 14
K


Box 4: folder 15
Kerr, Harrison


Box 4: folder 16
Kiesler, Lillian


Box 4: folder 17
Kolb, Barbara


Box 4: folder 18
Kousseritsky, Olga - Mme. Serge Kousseitsky


Box 4: folder 19
L


Box 4: folder 20
Ladany, Dr. Imre


Box 4: folder 21
Lederman, Minna


Box 4: folder 22
de Lanux, Jeanne and Eyre


Box 4: folder 23
Levin, Harry


Box 4: folder 24
Lewis, Francis


Box 4: folder 25
Lucius, Florence


Box 4: folder 26
M


Box 4: folder 27
McMillan, Ann


Box 4: folder 28
Masters, Edgar Lee


Box 4: folder 29
MIRO


Box 4: folder 30
Miscellaneous items received in correspondence


Box 4: folder 31
N


Box 4: folder 32
Nin, Anais


Box 4: folder 33
Norton, Michael


Box 4: folder 34
Ouellette, Fernand


Box 4: folder 35
P


Box 4: folder 36
Padma


Box 4: folder 37
Parks, Anna


Box 4: folder 38
Pierce, Ellen and John


Box 4: folder 39
Puccinelli, Raymond


Box 4: folder 40
R


Box 4: folder 41
Rathsman, Siri


Box 4: folder 42
Robert, Olga


Box 4: folder 43
S


Box 5: folder 1
Sanouillet, Michael


Box 5: folder 1a
Shearer, John


Box 5: folder 2
T


Box 5: folder 3
Tabatoni, Pierre - Ambassade de France


Box 5: folder 4
Thompson, Virgin


Box 5: folder 5
Tully, Alice


Box 5: folder 6
U


Box 5: folder 7
Varèse-Mulder, Claude


Box 5: folder 8
Vivier, Odile


Box 5: folder 9
W


Box 5: folder 10
Watts, Chi and Schuyler


Box 5: folder 11
Wergel, Henriette


Box 5: folder 12
Weinberg, Diane Cavalle


Box 5: folder 13
We Chung, Chou


Box 5: folder 14
Winslow, Kirk


Box 5: folder 15
Yates, Peter


Box 5: folder 16
Z


Box 5: folder 17
Unidentified


Box 5: folder 18
To LV following death of Edgard



Telegrams / Cables


Box 6: folder 1
Publishers


Box 6: folder 2
Universities


Box 6: folder 3
MacDowell Colony and American Academy of Poets


Box 6: folder 4
Composers' organizations, Will Shuster, Museum of Irish Art


Box 6: folder 5
Bank of NY, US, and French governments


Box 6: folder 6
A - C


Box 6: folder 7
D - K


Box 6: folder 8
L - M


Box 6: folder 9
N - R


Box 6: folder 10
S - V


Box 6: folder 11
W - Z


Box 6: folder 12
Unidentified


Box 6: folder 13
Re: Music, museums, publishing, translations, and Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary



Authors



Fowlie, Wallace
1945-52

Box 7: folder 1
Grace, Julien
1947

Box 7: folder 1
Leger, Alexis (St John Perse)
1941-56

Box 7: folder 3
Michaeux, Henri
1957-63

Box 7: folder 4
Poets, Miscellaneous


Box 7: folder 5
Simeon, Georges


Box 7: folder 6
Banks and USIA


Box 7: folder 7
Museums



Arts Council of Great Britain


Box 7: folder 8
Haifa, Music Museum and Library


Box 7: folder 9
Musee National D"Art Moderne


Box 7: folder 10
Museum of Modern Art


Box 7: folder 11
Philadelphia Museum of Art


Box 7: folder 12
Music



Arts Council of Great Britain


Box 7: folder 13
Columbia University Department of Music


Box 7: folder 14
Bartok Archivuum


Box 7: folder 15
Communications industries


Box 7: folder 16
Eastman School of Music


Box 7: folder 17
Ensemble Instrumental de Musique Contemp de Paris


Box 7: folder 18
La Foundation Maeght


Box 7: folder 19
May Fest


Box 7: folder 20
Miscellaneous


Box 7: folder 21
The National Theatre


Box 7: folder 22
New York Philharmonic


Box 7: folder 23
Semaines Musicales International


Box 7: folder 24
Utah Symphony Orchestra


Box 7: folder 25
Universities - Miscellaneous


Box 7: folder 26
Publishers



The Bollingen Series


Box 7: folder 26
C.F. Peters Corp.


Box 7: folder 27
City Lights Books


Box 7: folder 28
McGraw Hill Book Co.


Box 7: folder 29
Miscellaneous


Box 7: folder 30
New Directions


Box 7: folder 31
New Directions - Contracts


Box 7: folder 32
New Directions - Royalty Stets.


Box 7: folder 33
W.W. Norton & CO., LND.


Box 7: folder 34
Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary - Miscellaneous correspondence to LV


Box 7: folder 35
SERIES III. WRITINGS



List of translations


Box 8: folder 1
Early notes/clippings


Box 8: folder 2
"The Blind Man" and "Buddha of the Bathroom"


Box 8: folder 3
Limerick about Varèse in Santa Fe


Box 8: folder 4
"The Little Wax Candle"


Box 8: folder 5
"Marcel Duchamp at Play"
1972

Box 8: folder 6
"The Poetic Art of Photography"


Box 8: folder 7
"Pony House" and drawing for Edgard


Box 8: folder 8
Translations



Author, Looten, Michaux


Box 8: folder 9
With the French Author, Sokolova, Nadia


Box 8: folder 10
Miscellaneous - other manuscripts


Box 8: folder 11
Poetry


Box 8: folder 12
"Marie the Virgin and the Virgins" Antibes
1927

Box 8: folder 13
"Miserable Miracle"


Box 8: folder 14
"Slaughter of the Innocents"


Box 8: folder 15
"Together Still", Michaux
1948

Box 8: folder 16
Translator's note to Perse's "Eloques and Other Poems"
1956

Box 8: folder 17
For Nancy Reid program(soprano)
1947

Box 8: folder 18
Unidentified


Box 8: folder 19
Translations known to exist but have not been found


Box 8: folder 20
Unpublished


Box 8: folder 21
Unidentified - "The Chess Game"
1916

Box 8: folder 22
Unidentified - "Liminana" Poems
1925

Box 8: folder 23
Unidentified - "The One All Alone"
1927-8

Box 8: folder 24
Unidentified - Stories


Box 8: folder 25
Reviews of Translations



"Paris Spleen," Baudelaire


Box 8: folder 26
"Joy," George Bernanos


Box 8: folder 27
"Castle of Argol," Gracq, Julien


Box 8: folder 28
"Parenthesis," Jacques Lemarchand


Box 8: folder 29
"Le Miserable Miracle," Michaux, H.


Box 8: folder 30
St. John Perse


Box 8: folder 31
"Pleasures and Regrets," Proust


Box 8: folder 32
Rimbaud, Arthur


Box 8: folder 33
Sartre, Jean Paul


Box 8: folder 34
Simenon, George


Box 8: folder 35
"Lucien Leuwen," Stendhal


Box 8: folder 36
New Yorker, "Musical Events - Sound and Spaces"


Box 8: folder 37
Corrected manuscripts



Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary, Vol. 1. Part 1. Early Years
1883-1915

Box 9: folder 1
Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary: Entire manuscript of Vol. 1 only


Box 9: folder 2
Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary, Vol. I



Proofs


Box 10: folder 1
Notes - Vol. II


Box 10: folder 2
Incomplete segment of Vol. II - Back to NY
1933-1937

Box 10: folder 3
Reviews - Varèse; A Looking-Glass Diary


Box 10: folder 4
Recording, exhibition, awards, medals, organizations



Transcribed tape - Varèse and Alcopley, Leonardo
1963

Box 11: folder 1
Application for Guggenheim


Box 11: folder 2
Denyse Clairouin Award


Box 11: folder 3
D'officier Dans l'ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres
1957-1968

Box 11: folder 4
Organizations - P.E.N.


Box 11: folder 5
Organizations - The MacDowell Company


Box 11: folder 6
Duchamp, Marcel - Exhibition of his work - Museum of Modern Art


Box 11: folder 7
Programs



To Paris for "Hommages a Varèse"
1973

Box 12: folder 1
For Edgard Varèse's work performed
1972

Box 12: folder 2
For Edgard Varèse's work performed
1973-74

Box 12: folder 3
Attended by Louise Varèse


Box 12: folder 4
SERIES IV. MEMORABILIA



Louise Varèse's clippings, poems etc collected by her


Box 13: folder 1
Contents list contributed to SSC compiled by Maryette Charlton


Box 13: folder 2
Miscellaneous - cutout


Box 13: folder 3
Flores, Angel - Assignment of copyright


Box 13: folder 4
Menu signed by friends


Box 13: folder 5
Negatives of photographs of LV for Claude Varèse
1972

Box 13: folder 6
Photos of LV by Esta Varèse
1920, 1921 [or 22]

Box 13: folder 7
Edgard Varèse's monogram for LV


Box 13: folder 8
Reception - list of invites - Le Conseiller Culturel


Box 13: folder 9
Rogue II - October


Box 13: folder 10
Rogue II - December


Box 13: folder 11
Souvenir from Igor Kio Mocow Circus


Box 13: folder 12
SERIES V. BOOKS



Baudelaire, Charles, Paris Spleen, New Directions, NY (2 copies)
1970


Bernanos, Georges, Joy, Pantheon Books, NY
1946


Bernstein, Joseph M., ed., Baudelaire Rimbaud Verlaine - Selected Verse and Prose Poems, Citadel Press, NY
1947


Breton, Andre, Silence is Golden, Soundings(2 copies)
1973


Brown, Everett, Harrison, Masterworks of World Literature, Third Edition Volume II Shakespeare-Sartre, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Inc.
1970


Fernandez, Ronald, Social Psychology Through Literature, John Wiley and Sons, NY
1972


Geist, Stanley, ed., French Stories and Tales, Alfred A. Knopf, NY
1954


Gracq, Julien, The Castle of Argol, Direction, Norfolk, CT
1951


Gracq, Julien, The Castle of Argol, Peter Owen Limited,London
1951


Gracq, Julien, Au Chateau d'Argol, Jose Corti, Paris



Kulik, William T. and Omans, Glen A., Faces of Authority, Scott, Foresman, and Company, Glenview, IL
1972


Lipking, Lawrence I. and Litz, A. Walton, ed.



Modern Literary CriticismAthenum, NY, 1972
1900-1970,


Michaux, Henri, Miserable Miracle, City Lights Book, San Francisco
1963


Michaux, Henri, Nous Deux Encore, J. Lambert and Company, Paris
1948


Mickiewicz, Adam, The Great Improvisation, Voyages, NY
1956


Mills, Clark., ed., Adam Michiewicz - Selected Poems, The Noonday Press, Inc., NY(2 copies)
1956


Perse, St. John, Collected Poems, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ
1971


Perse, St. John, Eloges and Other Poems, W.W. Norton and Company, NY
1956


Perse, St. John, Exile and Other Poems, Pantheon Books, NY
1956


Proust, Marcel, Pleasures and Regrets, Crown Publishers, NY
1944


Rimbaud, Arthur, Illuminations, New Directions, NYcopies
1947, 2


Rimbaud, Arthur, Illuminations, revised edition, New Directions, NY (2 copies)
1957


Rimbaud, Arthur, A Season in Hell, New Directions, Norfolk, CT
1952


Rimbaud, Arthur, A Season in Hell and The Drunken Boat, New Directions, NY
1961


Sartre, Jean-Paul, The Chips Are Down, Lear, , NY
1948


Scheaffer, Louis, O'Neill Son and Artist, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston
1973


Scheaffer, Louis, O'Neill Son and Playwright, Little, Brown, and Company, Boston
1968


Simenon, Georges, Act of Passion, Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., London
1953


Simenon, Georges, The Girl in His Past, Prentice-Hall, Inc., NY
1952


Simenon, Georges, The Heart of a Man, Prentice-Hall, Inc., NY
1951


Simenon, Georges, Maigret, Lognon et Les Gangsters , Presses do la Cite, Paris
1952


Simenon, Georges, Satan's Children, Prentice-Hall, Inc., NY
1953


Simenon, Georges, The Snow Was Black, Prentice-Hall, Inc., NY
1950


Stendhal, The Green Huntsman, New Directions, NY
1950


Stendhal, The Telegraph, New Directions, NY
1950


Valery, Paul, Selected Writings, New Directions, Binghamton, NY
1950


Varèse, Louise, Varèse, Davis-Poynter, Great Britain
1972


Varèse, Louise, Varèse, W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., NY(2 copies)
1972


SERIES VI. PERIODICALS [on shelf]



Arts News Annual, XXVI
1957


The Chimera, Vol. II, No. 4 (2 copies)
1944


The Chimera, Vol. IV, No. 2 (2 copies)
1946


Evergreen Review ed. by Allen, Donald, and Rosset, Vol. I, No. 1, Grove Press, NY
1957


The Paris Review, Paris
1957


The Polish Review, Vol. I, No. 2-3
1956


Quarterly Review of Literature ed. by Paul Valery, Vol. III, New Haven (2 copies)



Retort ed. by Holley R. Cantine, Jr., Vol. II, No. 2
1944


ADDITIONS (unprocessed)



R. KIVE; Presented 8/8/87
1987


Chronology



Allen Norton



The New Yorker (3)
May 13, 1974


Louise Varèse Birthday Celebrations



Correspondence: Louise Varèse



Certificate of Naturalization
1927


Correspondence from Louise Varèse to Edgard Varèse, etc.



Correspondence to Louise Varèse
pre-1975


Correspondence to Louise Varèse
1975


Correspondence to Louise Varèse
1976-77


Correspondence from Louise Varèse to Maryette Charlton )
1975-


Correspondence to Maryette Charlton from Sylvia Gillis
1985- ?


Reviews of A Looking Glass Diary, Vol. I



Rough drafts of Louise Varèse for article "Marcel Duchamp at Play"
1975


Two tape recordings of Louise Varèse by Maryette Charlton made on using MC's Nagra, 2/1/72
1972


Louise Varèse "Likes"



R. KIVE; Presented 8/8/87
1987


Posters, reviews, relating to "A Varèse Celebration"
1883-1983


Louise Varèse activities, relating to Edgard Varèse, concerts, et al.



Photographs of Louise Varèse by Brassai, et al (some with negatives, inter. negatives, labeled)



Photograph of Allen Norton with negatives



Maryette Charlton's Photographs + negatives, color slides



OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Newspaper clipping of Louise Varese's obituary
1989


Newspaper article featuring Edgard Varese and three other composers



Advertisements for "A Varese Celebration - December 1, 1983" and "A Night of Music"
1983, n.d.



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Subjects
  • Barzun, Jacques, 1907- --Correspondence
  • Musicians--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977--Correspondence
  • Translators--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965
  • Varèse, Louise, 1890-
  • Women authors, American--20th century--Biography--Sources


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