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Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers, 1892-1993
162 boxes (81 linear ft.)
Collection number: 682

Abstract:
Author; Poet; Aviator. Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, writings, photographs, memorabila, scrapbooks, and printed materials. The writings series includes notes, manuscript drafts, galley proofs, published works, correspondence, reviews, clippings, and other materials collected by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Charles Lindbergh, family members, and editors during the composition of AML's works, especially North to the Orient, Gift from the Sea, Dearly Beloved, Earth Shine, and the five volume collection of her letters and diaries. Files on Gift from the Sea include hundreds of letters from readers, mostly women. These letters provide an interesting look at American attitudes toward life and work in the 1950s. Notable correspondents include her husband Charles A. Lindbergh; mother Elizabeth Cutter Morrow; sisters Elisabeth Morrow Morgan and Constance Morrow Morgan; Margaret "Monte" Millar, Ruth Oliff Thomas, Sue Beck Vaillant, and Lucia Valentine.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to researchers according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Lindbergh estate retains copyright to unpublished works by Morrow/Lindbergh family members. 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

Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh was born in Englewood, New Jersey on 22 June 1906, the daughter of ambassador and politician Dwight Morrow and author and Smith College president Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. From 1924-1928 Anne studied literature at Smith College, where she graduated in 1928 with a bachelor's degree in English. In May 1929, after a brief courting period, Anne married Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr. (1902-1974). Anne had met Lindbergh in Mexico in 1927, while her father was serving as ambassador. With Charles, she had six children: Charles Augustus (1930-1932), Jon (1932-), Land (1937-), Anne (1940-1993), Scott (1942-), and Reeve (1945-).

Anne Morrow Lindbergh and son Charles, May 27, 1931

Anne Morrow Lindbergh and son Charles, May 27, 1931

In March 1932 Anne's first child, Charles, who was twenty months old, was kidnapped from the Lindberghs' Englewood home. The press dubbed the kidnapping the "Crime of the Century." In May 1932 after a three month search, Charles was found dead in a shallow grave only a few miles from the Lindbergh estate. In 1936 Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant, convicted criminal, and World War I veteran, was executed by the state of New Jersey for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby. In December 1936 the Lindbergh's fled America for England to escape harassment by the press and the general public. In April 1939, with war looming in Europe, the Lindberghs returned home to the United States.

In 1934 Anne published her first book, North to the Orient, based on her flights to China and Japan with Charles in 1931. In 1938, she published her second book, The Listen! The Wind, inspired by her visit to Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands, near the coast of Africa. In 1940 she published her most controversial work, Wave of the Future, which critics - in light of Charles' involvement with the America First movement and the Lindberghs' visits to Germany to meet with high ranking Nazi officials - considered pro-fascist. Despite such criticism, Anne kept writing, publishing the novel The Steep Ascent in 1944, a thinly-veiled fictitious account of a woman aviator flying with her husband over Europe. In 1955 Anne published her classic work and bestseller Gift from the Sea, which called for women and mothers to seek moments of peace, solitude, and introspection amid the busy realties of modern life.

In addition to her novels and other creative writing, Anne published a significant amount of poetry, including her collection The Unicorn (1956). In 1962 she published the novel Dearly Beloved, concerning the troubles involved in love, relationships, and married life. Later, she published a compendium of essays for Life magazine, issued as Earth Shine. In the 1970s Harcourt Brace publishers, with the help of Anne and Charles, issued volumes containing excerpts from Anne's correspondence and diaries: Bring Me a Unicorn (1971); Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead (1973); Locked Rooms and Open Doors (1974); The Flower and the Nettle (1976); and War Within and Without (1980). Anne lived in Maui with Charles until his death in August 1974 and later moved to Connecticut. Anne Morrow Lindbergh died in 2001.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers consist of 81 linear feet of material (162 boxes), with the majority of the papers concerning Anne's life and career from the late-1920s to the 1970s.

This collection is organized into six series:

Abbreviations used in the collection: AML (Anne Morrow Lindbergh); CAL (Charles Augustus Lindbergh), ECM (Elizabeth Cutter Morrow); ELLL (Elizabeth Lodge Land Lindbergh); CCM (Constance Cutter Morgan); and EMM (Elisabeth Morrow Morgan)


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

The papers are open to researchers according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The Lindbergh estate retains copyright to unpublished works by Morrow/Lindbergh family members. 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:

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Papers were originally part of the much larger and unprocessed Morrow Family Papers housed in the Sophia Smith Collection, which were first donated to the college in 1955. In her will, Anne stipulated that her papers be restricted until ten years after her death.

Processing Information

Processed by Colin Woodward, 2011


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
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Northampton, MA 01063

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Language
English and French
Bibliography

Those interested in the life of Anne and Charles Lindbergh should consult Dorothy Hermann, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: A Gift for Life (New York, 1993), A. Scott Berg, Lindbergh (New York, 1998), and Susan Hertog, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life (New York, 1999).