Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956

A Finding Aid to the Mary Fanton Roberts Papers, 1880-1956 , in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Corley

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Biographical Information

Mary Fanton Roberts was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1864. When she was a young girl her family moved to Deadwood, in the Montana territory, where her father had mining prospects. When she was old enough, she and her sister were sent back to New York to attend the Albany Female Academy. After finishing school, Roberts pursued journalism and became a staff writer for four years for the Herald Tribune, the Journal, and the Sun in New York. During her long career she was editor of Demorest Magazine, editor-in-chief of New Idea Woman's Magazine, managing editor of The Craftsman, and creator and editor of The Touchstone Magazine and Decorative Arts magazine. Her longest period at one publication was seventeen years as editor of Arts and Decoration. She often wrote articles on the topic of decorative arts and home decorating, and published two books, Inside 100 Homes, and 101 Ideas for Successful Interiors.

In 1906 she married William Carman Roberts, writer and editor of Literary Digest for thirty years. They lived in Manhattan and Waterford, Connecticut.

Roberts was very involved in the artistic, theatrical, and literary circles in New York City, and met and became friends with many young avant garde American artists, including Robert Henri and John Sloan. Through her husband she met many writers and poets, including Theodore Dreiser and Bliss Carman. Roberts was active in organizations such as the Women's City Club, Pen and Brush, and the MacDowell Society and also attended countless art openings, theater performances, and other social events. As an avid supporter of modern dance, she became friends with many performers, including Isadora Duncan and Angna Enters. After her husband's death in 1941, Roberts moved to the Chelsea Hotel, where she lived for the rest of her life. She maintained lifelong relationships with a wide circle of friends and continued to correspond with them and attend social events until her death in 1956 at the age of 92.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of art writer and editor Mary Fanton Roberts measure 3.8 linear feet and are dated 1880 to 1956. The collection is comprised mainly of correspondence with family members, artists, dancers, actors, writers, musicians, and visual and performing arts organizations. Also found are scattered biographical materials, writings, printed material, photographs and artwork.

The collection contains a small amount of biographical material about Mary Fanton Roberts and her husband, William Carman Roberts, including his journal of a vacation with Ernest Thompson Seton and his wife. Personal Correspondence is with her husband and sister Belle Fanton, and with friends. Business and political correspondence documents her career as a magazine editor and writer, her participation in political organizations and events, her participation in radio talks, and her correspondence regarding war issues.

Art correspondence/subject files include correspondence with and collected materials on artists, photographers, art patrons, critics, and wives of artists, as well as arts organizations, museums, and schools. Correspondence of note is with George Gray Barnard, Gutzon Borglum, Ben Ali Haggin, Leon Kroll, Frederic Remington, W. Goodridge Roberts, Nicholas Roerich, Pierre Troubetzkoy, illustrator Oliver Herford, John Butler Yeats, and Ashcan school artists Robert Henri, John Sloan, and William Glackens, as well as many others. Dance and theatre correspondence/subject files include correspondence with actors, dancers, playwrights, patrons, organizations and theatres. Correspondence of note in this series is with Charles "Orlando" Coburn, Eva Le Gallienne, Angna Enters, and the "Duncan Dancers." Literary and music orrespondence/subject files include correspondence with authors, poets, critics, singers, publishers, and musicians, such as Bliss Carman, Yvette Guilbert, and Lloyd Osbourne. Additional material found in these subject files, other than letters, includes invitations, photographs, calling cards, artwork, news clippings, and printed material.

Writings by Roberts include an autobiographical essay about her youth and early career, guest lists and notes concerning hosted events, and typescripts of poems by her niece Dorothy Gostwick Roberts. Printed material is comprised of art exhibition catalogs, published articles and trade bulletins written by Roberts, and newsclippings. Photographs are of Roberts, her family, friends, and places she lived, and include autographed portraits given to her, primarily from actors and actresses. Also found are photographs taken by Nickolas Muray of art models. Scattered artwork in this collection includes several small drawings by unidentified artists, as well as a pencil portrait of Roberts by John Butler Yeats.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged into 11 series:

For the most part, the arrangement of the papers established for initial microfilming has been maintained. Researchers will find it useful to browse all of the correspondence/subject files for relevant content as there is overlap between the Subject/Correspondence Files.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:


  • Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946


  • Ashcan school of art
  • Editors -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Art critics -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Authors -- New York (State) -- New York

Types of Materials:

  • Works of art
  • Photographs


  • Roberts, William C.
  • Fanton, Belle
  • Barnard, George Grey, 1863-1938
  • Borglum, Gutzon, 1867-1941
  • Haggin, Ben Ali, 1882-1951
  • Kroll, Leon, 1884-1974
  • Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
  • Rerikh, Nikolai Konstantinovich, 1874-1947
  • Troubetzkoy, Pierre, 1864-1936
  • Herford, Oliver, 1863-1935
  • Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922
  • Henri, Robert, 1865-1929
  • Sloan, John, 1871-1951
  • Glackens, William J., 1870-1938
  • Coburn, Charles Douville
  • Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-
  • Enters, Angna, 1907-
  • Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929
  • Guilbert, Yvette, 1865-1944
  • Osbourne, Lloyd, 1868-1947
  • Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965
  • Roberts, Goodridge, 1904-
  • Roberts, Dorothy, 1906-


The collection was donated in 1957 by Phoebe DuBois and Violet Organ.

How the Collection was Processed

The collection was arranged upon accessioning and microfilmed on reels D161-D164. A finding aid to the microfilm was prepared by Erin Corley in 2006 and the microfilm was digitized in 2007 as part of the Terra Foundation for American Art Digitization Grant.

How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

The microfilm of this collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website. Use of material not microfilmed or digitized requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Mary Fanton Roberts papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

The microfilm of this collection was digitized in 2007 and is available via the Archives of American Art's website.

How to Cite this Collection

Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1912-1941, undated
(Box 1; 2 folders)

This series contains biographical material about Mary Fanton Roberts, including the wedding announcement for her marriage to William Carman Roberts and a questionnaire and published entry about her career in Who's Who in the East. Also contained in this series is biographical material about William Carman Roberts, including a Naturalization Alien Registration Form, personal correspondence, notes, and a journal kept while he and Mary were on a trip to the Adirondacks with their friend Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts of America, and his wife Grace.

Reel Frames
D161 1-8 Mary Fanton Roberts Biographical Material,
1906, 1940-1941
D161 254-335 William C. Roberts Biographical Material, 1912-1939, undated

Series 2: Personal Correspondence, 1902-1951, undated
(Box 1; 7 folders)

Personal correspondence includes letters between Mary Fanton Roberts and her husband "Billy" during periods of travel, and letters between Mary and her sister Belle Fanton. Also found is correspondence regarding Roberts' club activities, including P. E. N. (An International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists), the Drama Society, and various women's clubs. Miscellaneous personal correspondence includes letters and brief notes from friends and acquaintances, many expressing thanks, replying to her invitations to visit, and condolences on the death of her husband. This series also includes two valentines to Mary from her husband. Items are arranged chronologically within each folder.

Reel Frames
D161 62-172 Correspondence with William C. Roberts (1 of 2), 1904-1929, 1937-1940, undated
D161 173-253 Correspondence with William C. Roberts (2 of 2), 1904-1929, 1937-1940, undated
D161 336-356 Correspondence with Belle Fanton, 1902-1941, undated
D161 513-595 Club Activities, 1916-1941, undated
D161 357-410 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence, A-H, 1903-1948, undated
D161 411-460 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence, K-Z,
1902-1951, undated
Box Folder
1 9 Valentine Cards, 1921, undated

Series 3: Business and Political Correspondence, 1903-1959, undated
(Box 1; 6 folders)

This series contains correspondence related to Mary Fanton Roberts' work and political activities, including correspondence regarding her writing and editorial work. Correspondence related to her political activities includes numerous invitations to political and war-time events, as well as letters from political and civic organizations of which she was a member, including the Women's Committee of One Hundred for Non-Partisan City Government and the Academy of Political Science. This series also contains correspondence regarding Roberts' participation in several radio talks discussing home decoration and her professional editorial work.

Reel Frames
D161 637-663 Magazine Work Correspondence, 1903-1934
D161 461-487 Miscellaneous Business Correspondence, 1903-1943, undated
D161 970-1000 Political Correspondence, 1911-1927
D161 1001-1035 Political Correspondence, 1928-1948, undated
Reel Frames
D162 1-14 Radio Broadcasts Correspondence, 1925-1926, 1936-1937, 1959
Reel Frames
D161 1036-1064 War Issues Correspondence, 1916-1918, 1941, 1944

Series 4: Art Correspondence/Subject Files, 1898-1956, undated
(Box 1-2; 0.8 linear feet)

This series documents Mary Fanton Roberts' art-related activities and memberships, as well as friendships with painters, sculptors, photographers, art patrons, art critics, and wives of artists. Folders may contain a variety of material on the subject, including letters, invitations, photographs, artwork, programs, catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material. Topics included in the correspondence range from invitations to art events, thanks for publishing articles in her magazines, accounts of travels abroad, and other general news.

Roberts was friends with many prominent artists from the early twentieth century and a small amount of their correspondence is found here, including Ashcan school artists Robert Henri, John Sloan, George Bellows, and William Glackens. Other correspondence of note is with sculptors George Gray Barnard, Gutzon Borglum, painters Ben Ali Haggin, Leon Kroll, W. Goodridge Roberts, Nicholas Roerich, and Pierre Troubetzkoy, as well as illustrator Oliver Herford. Much of the correspondence is also with the artists' wives. Additional significant correspondence is with Belle da Costa Greene, librarian for J. P. Morgan, and art writer Edward Alden Jewell. Items of note in this series include illustrated cards and letters from Edward Caswell, F. Luis Mora, and Ethel Myers, photographs of Frederic Remington and Bessie Potter Vonnoh, eleven small watercolor American Indian scenes by Edwin Deming, three etchings by John Sloan, and an essay by Gustav Stickley (located in The Craftsman folder). Within each folder, correspondence is arranged before other materials. Additional invitations to art related events can be found in series 7, General Correspondence.

Reel Frames
D162 677-686 Alexander, Elizabeth (Mrs. John W.), 1911-1941, undated
D162 687-694 American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1928-1945
D162 695-701 American-Sweden News Exchange, 1930
D162 702-707 Architectural League of New York, 1908-1917
D162 708-712 Armory Show (International Exhibition of Modern Art), 1913
D162 713-723 Associated American Artists, circa 1940
D162 724-747 Barnard, George Gray & Edna, 1908-1938
D162 748-764 Bellows, George, 1910-1951, undated
D162 765-797 Borglum, Gutzon & Mary, 1908-1914, undated
D162 798-803 Borglum, Emma Vignal (Mrs. Solon H.), 1909-1916, undated
D162 804-805 Bossom, Alfred & Emily, 1929, undated
D162 806-812 Bracken, Clio (Mrs. William B.), 1900, 1919-1921, undated
D162 813-817 Brooklyn Museum, 1918-1944, undated
D162 818-819 Caffin, Charles, 1911
D162 820-823 Calder, A. Stirling, 1917, 1927
D162 824-830 Caparn, Harold & Rhys, 1937-1944, undated
D162 831-834 Carnegie Institute, 1908-1920
D162 835 Caswell, Edward, 1956
D162 836-847 Chambers, Robert W., Mary, & Elise, 1915-1916, undated
D162 848-849 Chanler, Robert W., 1927-1930
D162 850-852 Connecticut College Library, 1945
D162 853-854 Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1919, 1929, undated
D162 855-857 Cortissoz, Royal, 1942-1943
D162 858-867 The Craftsman, 1915-1916, undated
D162 868 Cram, Ralph Adams, 1923
D162 869-879 Crowninshield, Frank, 1922-1948
D162 880-890 Davey, Randall, 1925-1930, undated
D162 891-894 De Casseres, Benjamin, 1929, undated
D162 895-912 Deming, Edwin W. & Therese O., 1910-1940, undated
D162 913 Dielman, Mr. & Mrs. Frederick, circa 1906
D162 914-917 Dougherty, Paul, 1910-1919, 1940
D162 918-919 French, Daniel Chester, 1917
D162 920-925 Fromkes, Eva Maurice, 1933, undated
D162 926-939 Garden Club of America, 1928-1929, undated
D162 940-947 Genthe, Arnold, 1936, 1943, undated
D162 948-951 Gilbert, C. Allan, 1915
D162 952-1043 Glackens, William, Edith, and Ira, 1909-1947, undated
D162 1042-1072 Greene, Belle da Costa, 1910-1916, 1948, undated
D162 1073-1125 Haggin, Ben Ali, Lee W., and Bonnie, 1909-1932, undated
D162 1126-1133 Hale, Gardner, 1922-1931, undated
D162 1134 Hassam, Child, circa 1917
D162 1135-1205 Henri, Robert, 1908-1939, undated
D162 1206-1231 Herford, Oliver & Peggy, 1915-1947, undated
D162 1232 Herter, Mr. & Mrs. Albert, undated
D162 1233-1241 Higgins, Eugene, 1907-1930
D162 1242 Independent Artists Exhibition, 1910
D162 1243-1305 Jewell, Edward Alden, 1936-1945, undated
D162 1306-1309 Jones, Robert Edmond, 1916, undated
D162 1310-1311 Judd, Joseph A., 1934
D162 1312-1330 Kroll, Leon, 1926-1944
D162 1331-1332 Lamb, Charles R., 1908, 1910
D162 1333-1334 Lane, John, undated
D162 1335-1337 Lavery, Sir John, circa 1924, 1930, undated
D162 1338-1340 Lawton, Mary, undated
D162 1341 Levy, Florence, 1919
D162 1342-1349 Lie, Jonas, 1938, 1940
D162 1355 Low, Will H., 1916
D162 1356-1361 Lynch, George, 1924-1925, undated
D162 1362-1365 Lyons, Edward, 1946, 1947, undated
D162 1366-1425 MacDowell Club, NYC, 1910-1928, undated
Reel Frames
D163 1-14 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1910-1928
D163 15-20 Mora, F. Luis, 1940, undated
D163 21-36 Museum of Modern Art, 1930-1944, undated
D163 37-44 Myers, Jerome & Ethel, 1940, undated
D163 45-50 New Society of Artists, 1925-1926, undated
D163 51-62 New York School of Applied Design for Women, 1916-1940
D163 77-80 Pen & Brush, 1916, undated
D163 81-99 Pennell, Joseph, 1915-1922
D163 100-106 Perrine, Van Dearing, 1918, 1923, undated
D163 107-112 Preston, James, 1938, 1943, undated
D163 113 Pyle, Howard, 1907
D163 114-122 Remington, Frederic, 1898, 1900, undated
D163 123-145 Roberts, W. Goodridge, 1929-1941, undated
D163 146-148 Rockefeller, Mrs. John D., Jr. (Abby), 1931, undated
D163 149-178 Roerich, Nicholas, 1921-1930
D163 179-183 Roorbach, Eloise, 1912, 1920, 1924
D163 184 Saint-Gaudens, Augustus, 1905
D163 185-190 Shinn, Everett, 1908, 1911, 1953
D163 191-235 Sloan, John, 1909-1952
D163 236-239 Smith, Pamela C., 1907, undated
D163 240-245 Speicher, Eugene, circa 1925-1930
D163 246-254 Stieglitz, Alfred, 1909, 1933, 1947
D163 255-258 Sterner, Marie (Mrs. Albert), undated
D163 259-263 Taft, Lorado, 1906, 1908, 1915
D163 264-268 Tarbell, Ida M., 1917
D163 269-277 Thomas, Joseph B., 1925-1941, undated
D163 278-288 The Touchstone Magazine, 1917-1921
D163 289-333 Troubetzkoy, Pierre & Amelie, 1902-1936, undated
D163 334-335 Ver Beck, W. Francis, 1933, undated
D163 336-339 Vonnoh, Robert W. & Bessie Potter, 1913, undated
D163 340 Walker, Horatio, 1919
D163 341-347 Whitney Museum of American Art, 1931-1939
D163 348-352 Wiborg, Mary Hoyt, 1925-1927
D163 353-355 Wildenstein & Co., 1927, 1939, undated
D163 356-362 Wright, Russel & Mary, undated
D163 363-373 Yeats, John Butler, 1915-1922, 1940-1941, undated
D163 374-406 Unidentified Letters, 1906-1945, undated

Series 5: Dance and Theatre Correspondence/Subject Files, 1902-1953, undated
(Box 2-3; 0.8 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence with actors, dancers, playwrights, theatre patrons, dance and theatre organizations and clubs, and individual theatres, as well as related materials collected by Roberts. Folders may contain a variety of material, including letters, invitations, photographs, programs and event booklets, news clippings, and other printed material.

Roberts was friends with many prominent performers from the early twentieth century and a small amount of their correspondence is found here. She wrote and published articles about dancers, actors, and other performers, but was also a great admirer and supporter of modern dance and theatre, participating in many organizations, including the Drama League of America in which she was a member of their Playgoing Committee of New York. Correspondence of note is with actors Charles "Orlando" Coburn, William Faversham, and Walter Hampden, actresses Eva Le Gallienne and Mary Shaw, playwrights Louis K. Anspacher, Cosmo Hamilton, and Percy MacKaye, dancer and artist Angna Enters, theatre patron Mrs. Samuel "Minnie" Untermyer, and Romola Nijinsky, wife of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Additional significant correspondence is with the "Duncan Dancers", students of Isadora Duncan, including Anna, Irma, Lisa, and others. There is also a small amount of correspondence with Isadora Duncan and her brother Augustin Duncan and his wife Margherita, as well as printed material documenting their careers as dancers and photographs of Isadora and Anna Duncan. Other items of note in this series include photographs of actress Maxine Elliott and dancer Doris Humphrey, and a small painted self-portrait of Angna Enters. Several folders of Miscellaneous Dance Files include correspondence and a large amount of printed material about individual dancers and performances.

Reel Frames
D164 258-261 Actor-Managers, Inc., 1927-1931, undated
D164 257 Actors' Fund Matinee Club, 1930
Reel Frames
D163 464-472 American Laboratory Theatre, 1925-1930
D163 473-478 Ames, Winthrop, 1910-1917
D163 479-481 Anderson, John Murray, 1920-1925
D163 482-496 Anspacher, Louis K. and Kathryn, 1916-1947
D163 497 Baker, George P., 1913
D163 498-501 Becque, Don Oscar & Elizabeth, 1945, undated
D163 502-508 Bernays, Edward L., 1915-1916, 1938
D163 509-516 Bowers, Edward J., 1915-1917, 1946, undated
D163 517-522 Castle, Irene, 1918, 1922, 1950, undated
D163 523-557 Coburn, Charles (Orlando) & Ivah (1 of 2), 1909-1944, undated
D163 558-608 Coburn, Charles (Orlando) & Ivah (2 of 2), 1909-1944, undated
D163 609 Collier, Constance, undated
Reel Frames
D164 301-303 The Country Playhouse, 1917
Reel Frames
D163 842-846 De Mille, Agnes & Anna G., 1935, 1942, undated
D163 847-862 Drama League of America (1 of 2), 1911-1919, undated
D163 863-938 Drama League of America (2 of 2), 1911-1919, undated
D163 939-945 Draper, Muriel, 1932-1941, undated
D163 1053-1076 Duncan, Augustin & Margherita, 1913-1943, undated
D163 946-985 Duncan Dancers (1 of 2), circa 1917-1950, undated
D163 986-1052 Duncan Dancers (2 of 2), circa 1917-1950, undated
D163 1077-1178 Duncan, Isadora, 1908-1949, undated
(2 folders)
D163 1179-1186 Elliott, Maxine, circa 1916-1920
Reel Frames
unfilmed Emery, Gilbert, circa 1922-1925
Reel Frames
D163 1187-1226 Enters, Angna, 1926-1949, undated
Reel Frames
D164 338-356 Episcopal Actor's Guild, 1947, 1953, undated
D164 357-361 Equity Players, Inc., 1924, undated
Reel Frames
D163 1227-1266 Faversham, William & Julie, 1902-1927, undated
D163 1267-1277 Garden, Mary, undated
D163 1278-1279 Guy, Edna, 1934, undated
D163 1280-1291 Hamilton, Cosmo & Julie, 1930, 1942, undated
D163 1292-1308 Hampden, Walter & Mabel, 1915-1944
D163 707-712 Humphrey, Doris, 1930, 1932, undated
Reel Frames
D164 1-3 Irving, Isabel, 1909
D164 4-5 Kahn, Otto H., 1926-1927
D164 6-10 Kirstein, Lincoln, 1940-1941, undated
D164 11-28 Le Gallienne, Eva, 1925-1941, undated
D164 29-63 Le Gallienne, Richard, Irma & Julie, 1904-1941, undated
D164 64-75 Loftus, Cecelia, circa 1913-1940
D164 76-77 Losch, Tilly, 1931, undated
D164 78-84 Lunt, Alfred, 1952, undated
D164 85-103 MacKaye, Percy, 1913-1917, 1945, 1949
D164 104-113 Morin, Pilar, 1910
D164 411-413 National Federation of Theatre Clubs, 1912
D164 414-416 Neighborhood Playhouse, 1915-1916, undated
D164 114-146 Nijinsky, Romola, 1916-1952
D164 147-150 Parker, Louise N., 1912
D164 151-152 The Players, 1913, 1923, 1924
D164 446-458 Provincetown Players, 1916-1927
D164 459-464 Punch & Judy Theatre, 1915
D164 153-159 Row, Arthur, 1949, undated
D164 160-170 Shaw, Mary, 1909-1916, undated
D164 171-177 Skinner, Cordelia & Otis, 1915, undated
D164 178-179 St. Denis, Ruth, 1945
D164 180-183 Terry, Ellen, 1911, 1916
D164 184-200 Theatre Guild, 1918-circa 1933
D164 230-256 Untermyer, Mrs. Samuel (Minnie), 1911-1923, undated
D164 486-488 Walker, Stuart, 1915, 1919, undated
D164 489-496 Washington Square Players, 1915, undated
Reel Frames
D163 772-790 Wigman, Mary, 1929-1931, undated
Reel Frames
D164 262-300 Miscellaneous, A-C, 1910-1945
D164 304-337 Miscellaneous, D, 1909-1937, undated
Reel Frames
D163 610-706 Miscellaneous, Dance Material (1 of 3), 1910-1950, undated
D163 713-771 Miscellaneous, Dance Material (2 of 3), 1910-1950, undated
D163 791-841 Miscellaneous, Dance Material (3 of 3), 1910-1950, undated
Reel Frames
D164 362-393 Miscellaneous, E-K, circa 1911-1938, undated
D164 394-410 Miscellaneous, L-M, 1915-1930, undated
D164 417-445 Miscellaneous, N-P, 1915-1936, undated
D164 465-485 Miscellaneous, R-T, 1916-1937, undated
D164 497-506 Miscellaneous, W-Z, 1916, undated

Series 6: Literary and Music Correspondence/Subject Files, 1900-1952, undated
(Box 3; 0.6 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence and other material documenting Mary Fanton Roberts' friendships with authors, poets, critics, publishers, singers, musicians, and colleagues. Found are letters, invitations, calling cards, programs, artwork, photographs, and news clippings. Topics of discussion include social invitations, poems and articles in the Craftsman or Touchstone Magazine, travel accounts, and general news. Correspondence of note is with poets Bliss Carman and Sir Charles G. D. Roberts, journalist Jacob Riis, theater patron Mrs. "Teuila" Salisbury Field, singers Yvette Guilbert and Marguerite Namara, author Kate Douglas Wiggin, author and "Rough Rider" Edwin Emerson, writer and entrepreneur Paris Singer, writers Ernest and Grace Seton, and author and good friend Lloyd Osbourne, stepson of Robert Louis Stevenson. Also found are photographs of authors Theodore Dreiser, Edwin Emerson, and Bliss Carman, handwritten poems by Theodore Goodridge Roberts, and a lithograph portrait of author John Masefield.

Reel Frames
D164 515 Atherton, Gertrude, 1912, undated
D164 516-531 Bambino, 1909-1921
D164 532-534 Bispham, David, 1909-1912
D164 535-536 Brooks, Van Wyck, 1910
D164 537-541 Burgess, Gelett, 1904, 1920, undated
D164 542-554 Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1905-1908, undated
D164 555 Bynner, Witter, undated
D164 556-662 Carman, Bliss, 1902-1933
(2 folders)
D164 663-672 Cobb, Irvin S., 1916, 1928, 1944, undated
D164 673-685 Comfort, Will Levington, 1914-1915
D164 686-690 Damrosch, Walter, 1950, undated
D164 691 Dawson, Coningsby, 1914
D164 692-693 Desti, Mary, 1925
D164 694-715 Dreiser, Theodore, 1934, 1940, undated
D164 716-718 Eastman, Max & Eliena, 1944-1945
D164 719-720 Ellis, Havelock, 1914
D164 721-761 Emerson, Edwin, 1902-1948, undated
D164 762-864 Field, Mrs. Edward Salisbury (Teuila), 1903-1949
D164 865-867 Gale, Zona, 1921
D164 868-871 Galsworthy, John, 1919
D164 872-880 Garland, Hamlin, 1915-1922, undated
D164 881-895 Guilbert, Yvette, 1916-1919, 1938
D164 896-904 Hoffenstein, Samuel & Edith, 1929-1932, 1947
D164 905-914 Hurst, Fannie, 1926-1937
D164 915 Kilmer, Joyce, 1915
D164 916 Khayat, Khalil, undated
Reel Frames
D162 1350-1354 Literary Digest, 1922, 1925, 1940, undated
Reel Frames
D164 917-918 McClure, S. S., 1915, 1949
D164 919-945 Mannes, Mrs. David (Clara), circa 1935-1949, undated
D164 946-947 Masefield, John, 1912, 1918
D164 948-952 Maxim, Hudson, 1903-1908
D164 953-966 Metropolitan Opera Association, 1916, 1933, 1943
D164 967-977 Namara, Marguerite, 1940-1944, undated
D164 978-1046 Pinchot, Gifford, 1908-1916
D164 1047-1063 Osbourne, Lloyd & Ethel, 1902-1947, undated
Reel Frames
D163 63-76 Oskison, Hildegarde Hawthorne, 1906-1929, 1952, undated
Reel Frames
D164 1064-1068 Riggs, Mrs. George C. (Kate Dougles Wiggin), 1912, undated
D164 1069-1071 Riis, Jacob, 1914
D164 1072-1136 Roberts, Sir Charles G. D., 1900-1943
Reel Frames
D161 928-962 Roberts, Theodore Goodridge, 1926-1939, undated
Reel Frames
D164 1137-1158 Seton, Ernest Thompson & Grace, 1902-1936, undated
D164 1159-1162 Sinclair, May, 1924, 1946
D164 1163-1222 Singer, Paris, 1916-1946, undated
D164 1223-1244 Stevenson, Mrs. Robert Louis, 1903-1951, undated
D164 1245 Stokowski, Leopold, 1916
D164 1246-1261 Strong, Austin & Mary, 1918-1952
D164 1262-1263 Teasdale, Sara, 1914
D164 201-229 Towne, Charles Hanson, 1909-1944, undated
D164 1264 Vorse, Mary Heaton, 1910
D164 1265-1272 West, Rebecca, 1923-1927, undated
D164 1273-1275 Widdemer, Margaret, 1913, 1938
D164 1276-1277 Wilcox, Ella Wheeler, 1909
D164 1278-1280 Wilkinson, Marguerite, 1928, undated
D164 1281-1284 Young, Stark, 1944
D164 1285-1296 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1901-1951

Series 7: General Correspondence, 1898-1946, undated
(Box 3-4; 0.4 linear feet)

General correspondence includes invitations, programs, calling cards, and thank you notes regarding general social and club events. Researchers should note that there is some overlap with the above series. Items are arranged alphabetically by person or organization.

Reel Frames
D162 96-145 A, 1912-1939, undated
D162 146-189 B, 1909-1940, undated
D162 190-222 C, 1909-1945, undated
D162 223-245 D-E, 1923-1940, undated
D162 246-290 F, 1906-1945, undated
D162 291-319 G, 1921-1943, undated
D162 320-368 H, 1919-1944, undated
D162 369-396 I-J-K, 1898-1941, undated
D162 397-410 L, 1906-1937, undated
D162 411-435 M, 1909-1938, undated
D162 436-494 N, 1908-1946, undated
D162 495-548 O-P, 1906-1945, undated
D162 549-574 R, 1902-1944, undated
D162 575-621 S-T, 1905-1940, undated
D162 622-637 U-V, 1912-1937, undated
D162 638-676 W-Z, 1903-1940, undated

Series 8: Writings, 1915-1926, 1952, undated
(Box 4; 3 folders)

Writings include a draft of an autobiographical essay written by Mary Fanton Roberts that was intended to become a published memoir. Also found in this series are guest lists and notes concerning events she was hosting as well as typescripts of several poems by Dorothy Gostwick Roberts, who wrote under the name Gostwick Roberts, and was a niece of William Carman Roberts. Items are arranged in chronological order within each folder.

Reel Frames
D161 9-61 Biographical Essay, "Point of View" by Mary Fanton Roberts, 1952
D161 596-636 Guest Lists and Notes, 1915-1917, 1923-1924, undated
D161 913-927 Poetry by [Dorothy] Gostwick Roberts, 1924-1926, undated

Series 9: Printed Material, 1899, 1909-1947, undated
(Box 4-5; 0.3 linear feet)

Printed material documents Mary Fanton Roberts' writing career and social activities. Found here are various art exhibition catalogs, trade bulletins for the House and Garden magazine written by Roberts as the merchandise editor, magazines containing articles written by Roberts, news clippings, an article on Deadwood, Montana, blank postcards, and clippings of published poetry. Poetry is arranged alphabetically by author, all other items are arranged chronologically within each folder.

Reel Frames
D163 407-453 Art Exhibition Catalogs, 1910, 1922-1945, undated
Reel Frames
unfilmed Article, "Deadwood Gold", 1922
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D161 695-708 House and Garden Trade Bulletin, 1922-1923
D161 831-872 Magazine, The Arts, 1921
D161 709-721 Magazine, The Denishawn Magazine, 1925
D161 488-512 News Clippings, Biographical, 1909-1947, undated
D161 664-694 News Clippings, Published Writings (1 of 2), 1915-1937
D161 722-830 News Clippings, Published Writings (2 of 2), 1915-1937
D161 873-912 Poetry Clippings, A-P, 1899, 1910-1944, undated
D161 963-969 Poetry Clippings, S-Y, 1920-1922, undated
Reel Frames
unfilmed Postcards, undated

Series 10: Photographs, 1880-circa 1943, undated
(Box 5; 0.2 linear feet)

Photographs include personal photographs of Mary Fanton Roberts, her family, and friends as well as autographed portraits given to her. Photographs of actors and actresses include portraits of theater actresses such as Leslie Carter and Mildred McLeod as well as photographs of scenes from plays. Also found here are photographs of nude male models taken by photographer Nickolas Muray. Other items in this series include three framed portraits of Roberts's mother, Isabelle Annable Fanton, and several tintype portraits which include individuals and groups of young men and women. All are unidentified, but two of the young women often photographed may be Mary and her sister Belle. Miscellaneous photographs of people include portraits and snapshots of family and friends, many of them are unidentified and may be photographs of Roberts. One item of note is a photograph of the artist John Twachtman. Also in this series are photographs of various places, including the Roberts house in Waterford, Connecticut and stereo cards of street scenes in Deadwood, South Dakota, where Roberts lived for a period of time as a child. Researchers should note that series 4, 5, and 6 also contain photographs, filed with the appropriate person or subject heading.

Reel Frames
D164 507-514 Actors and Actresses, undated
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unfilmed Nude Male Models by Nickolas Muray, undated
unfilmed Portraits, Isabelle Agnes Annable Fanton (M. F. R.'s Mother), undated
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D162 15-16 Tintype Portraits (may include M. F. R.), 1881, undated
D162 17-30 Miscellaneous Photographs of People (1 of 4), 1880-1942, undated
D162 31-39 Miscellaneous Photographs of People (2 of 4), 1880-1942, undated
D162 40-46 Miscellaneous Photographs of People (3 of 4), 1880-1942, undated
D162 47-56 Miscellaneous Photographs of People (4 of 4), 1880-1942, undated
D162 57-95 Photographs of Places, 1909-1910, 1932, undated
Reel Frames
unfilmed House in Waterford, Connecticut (Copyprints), circa 1943
unfilmed Stereo Cards of Deadwood, South Dakota, undated

Series 11: Artwork, 1906, undated,
(Box 5; 3 folders)

Artwork includes a small pencil portrait of Mary Fanton Roberts by John Butler Yeats, and other small drawings of people and animals by unidentified artists. Also found are four hand colored book illustrations of unknown origin.

Box Folder
5 16 Drawing of Mary Fanton Roberts by John Butler Yeats, 1906
Reel Frames
D163 454-463 Drawings by Unidentified Artists, undated
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unfilmed Hand-colored Book Illustrations, undated