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Beatrice Wood papers, 1894-1998, bulk 1930-1990

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1910-1998
7.7 linear feet
Box 1-8

This series consists of Wood's incoming and outgoing correspondence. Wood often compiled transcripts and excerpts from letters of significance to her and these are found in separate folders in each of the subseries listed below. Researchers should note that the last folders in each subseries contain transcripts and excerpts from letters that were particularly significant to Wood.
Although the majority of the material is arranged chronologically, correspondence from several of her more frequent correspondents are arranged as separate subseries. The series is arranged into 7 subseries:
2.1: Chronological General Correspondence, 1910-1998
2.2: Louise and Walter Arensberg, 1930-1954
2.3: Jack and Rhea Case, 1939-1979
2.4: Marcel and Teeny Duchamp, 1930-1964
2.5: Francis Naumann, 1976-1998
2.6: Ranjan (Transcripts), 1962-1963
2.7: Henri-Pierre and Denise Roche, 1917-1975
2.1:Chronological General Correspondence, 1910-1998
This subseries contains both personal and professional correspondence from the early years of Wood's career as an actress and artist until the end of her life. Included in this series are letters to and from friends, family, clients, other artists, gallery owners, museums, and editors. An an avid writer, Wood maintained lifelong relationships through her letters. Correspondents include John Estenza, Anna Bing Arnold, Ruth Maitland, Ruth Dayan, Reginald Pole, Anais Nin, Dorothy Liebes, Rue McClanahan, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, Rupert Pole, Esther Rosencrantz, Michael Weightman-Smith, and Geesche Ninke. Wood also formed many personal and professional relationships with individuals she met during her three trips to India in 1961, 1966, and 1971. Among these correspondents are Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, N. Suri Ram, P. K. Vyas, Srimali Rukmini Devi, and N. Kumar Das.
Several art museums are represented in this subseries, including DeYoung Memorial Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Pasadena Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Art, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
See index for List of Correspondents in Series 2.1
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Chronological, 1910, 1917
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Chronological, 1923-1924, 1926-1927, 1929
(contains illustrated letters)
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Chronological, 1930-1931
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Chronological, 1932
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Chronological, 1933
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Chronological, 1934
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Chronological, 1935
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Chronological, January-May 1936
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Chronological, June-September 1936
(contains illustrated letters)
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32
Chronological, October-December 1936
1
33
Chronological, January-May 1937
1
34
Chronological, June-December 1937
1
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Chronological, January-June 1938
1
36
Chronological, July-December 1938
1
37
Chronological, January-May 1939
1
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Chronological, June-December 1939
1
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Chronological, January-June 1940
1
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Chronological, July-December 1940
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Chronological, January-June 1941
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Chronological, July-December 1941
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Chronological, 1942
1
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Chronological, January-June 1943
1
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Chronological, July-December 1943
1
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Chronological, January-May 1944
1
47
Chronological, June-August 1944
1
48
Chronological, September-December 1944
1
49
Chronological, January-May 1945
1
50
Chronological, June-December 1945
1
51
Chronological, January-June 1946
1
52
Chronological, July-September 1946
1
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Chronological, October-December 1946
1
54
Chronological, January-April 1947
1
55
Chronological, May-July 1947
1
56
Chronological, August-December 1947
1
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Chronological, January-July 1948
1
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Chronological, August-December 1948
1
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Chronological, January-June 1949
1
60
Chronological, July-December 1949
1
61
Chronological, January-April 1950
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Chronological, May-September 1950
1
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Chronological, October-December 1950
1
64
Chronological, January-May 1951
1
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Chronological, June-September 1951
1
66
Chronological, October-December 1951
1
67
Chronological, January-April 1952
2
1
Chronological, May-August 1952
2
2
Chronological, September-December 1952
2
3
Chronological, January-March 1953
2
4
Chronological, April-September 1953
2
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Chronological, October-December 1953
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6
Chronological, January-February 1954
2
7
Chronological, March-May 1954
2
8
Chronological, June-September 1954
2
9
Chronological, October-December 1954
2
10
Chronological, January-March 1955
2
11
Chronological, April-June 1955
2
12
Chronological, July-September 1955
2
13
Chronological, October-December 1955
2
14
Chronological, January-May 1956
2
15
Chronological, June 1956
2
16
Chronological, July, 1956
2
17-18
Chronological, August, 1956
2
19-20
Chronological, September 1956
2
21
Chronological, October-December 1956
2
22
Chronological, January-April 1957
2
23
Chronological, May-August 1957
2
24
Chronological, September-October 1957
2
25
Chronological, November 1957
2
26
Chronological, December 1957
2
27
Chronological, January-February 1958
2
28
Chronological, March 1958
2
29
Chronological, April-May 1958
2
30
Chronological, June-July 1958
2
31
Chronological, August 1958
2
32
Chronological, September-October 1958
2
33
Chronological, November-December 1958
2
34
Chronological, January 1959
2
35
Chronological, February 1959
2
36
Chronological, March 1959
2
37
Chronological, April-May 1959
2
38
Chronological, June 1959
2
39
Chronological, July-August 1959
2
40
Chronological, September 1959
2
41
Chronological, October 1959
2
42
Chronological, November 1959
2
43
Chronological, December 1959
2
44
Chronological, January 1960
3
1
Chronological, February 1960
3
2
Chronological, March 1960
3
3
Chronological, April 1960
3
4
Chronological, May-June 1960
3
5
Chronological, July-August 1960
3
6
Chronological, September-October 1960
3
7
Chronological, November 1960
3
8
Chronological, December 1960
3
9
Chronological, January-February 1961
3
10
Chronological, March-April 1961
3
11
Chronological, May-July 1961
3
12
Chronological, August 1961
3
13
Chronological, September 1961
3
14
Chronological, October-December 1961
3
15
Chronological, January 1962
3
16
Chronological, February-March 1962
3
17
Chronological, April 1962
3
18
Chronological, May 1962
3
19
Chronological, June 1962
3
20
Chronological, July-August 1962
3
21
Chronological, September-October 1962
3
22
Chronological, November 1962
3
23
Chronological, December 1962
3
24
Chronological, January 1963
3
25
Chronological, February 1963
3
26
Chronological, March 1963
3
27
Chronological, April-May 1963
3
28
Chronological, June-July 1963
3
29
Chronological, August-September 1963
3
30
Chronological, October-December 1963
3
31
Chronological, January 1964
3
32
Chronological, February 1964
3
33
Chronological, March-April 1964
3
34
Chronological, May-June 1964
3
35
Chronological, July 1964
3
36
Chronological, August 1964
3
37
Chronological, September 1964
3
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Chronological, October 1964
3
39
Chronological, November 1964
3
40
Chronological, December 1964
3
41
Chronological, January 1965
3
42
Chronological, February 1965
3
43
Chronological, March 1965
3
44
Chronological, April, 1965
3
45-46
Chronological, May 1965
3
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Chronological, June 1965
3
48
Chronological, July 1965
3
49
Chronological, August 1965
3
50
Chronological, September, 1965
3
51-52
Chronological, October 1965
3
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Chronological, November-December 1965
3
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Chronological, January-March 1966
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Chronological, April-June 1966
3
56
Chronological, July-August 1966
3
57
Chronological, September 1966
3
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Chronological, October 1966
3
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Chronological, November-December 1966
3
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Chronological, January 1967
4
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Chronological, February 1967
4
2
Chronological, March-April 1967
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3
Chronological, May 1967
4
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Chronological, June, 1967
4
5-6
Chronological, July-September 1967
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Chronological, October-December 1967
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8
Chronological, January-March 1968
4
9
Chronological, April 1968
4
10
Chronological, May-July 1968
4
11
Chronological, August-September 1968
4
12
Chronological, October-December 1968
4
13
Chronological, January-March 1969
4
14
Chronological, April-May 1969
4
15
Chronological, June-August 1969
4
16
Chronological, September-November 1969
4
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Chronological, December 1969
4
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Chronological, January 1970
4
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Chronological, February 1970
4
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Chronological, March 1970
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Chronological, April 1970
4
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Chronological, May 1970
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Chronological, June 1970
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Chronological, July-September 1970
4
25
Chronological, October 1970
4
26
Chronological, November-December 1970
4
27
Chronological, January 1971
4
28
Chronological, February-March 1971
4
29
Chronological, April 1971
4
30
Chronological, May 1971
4
31
Chronological, June-July 1971
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32
Chronological, August 1971
4
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Chronological, September 1971
4
34
Chronological, October 1971
4
35
Chronological, November 1971
4
36
Chronological, December 1971
4
37
Chronological, January 1972
4
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Chronological, February-April 1972
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39
Chronological, May 1972
4
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Chronological, June 1972
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Chronological, July 1972
4
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Chronological, August-December 1972
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Chronological, January-February 1973
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Chronological, March 1973
4
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Chronological, April 1973
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Chronological, May 1973
4
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Chronological, June 1973
4
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Chronological, July 1973
4
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Chronological, August 1973
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Chronological, September 1973
4
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Chronological, October 1973
4
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Chronological, November 1973
4
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Chronological, December 1973
4
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Chronological, January-February 1974
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55
Chronological, March 1974
4
56
Chronological, April 1974
4
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Chronological, May-July 1974
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Chronological, August 1974
4
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Chronological, September-December 1974
4
60
Chronological, 1975
4
61
Chronological, 1976
4
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Chronological, January-June 1977
5
1
Chronological, July-December 1977
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2
Chronological, January-June 1978
5
3
Chronological, July-December 1978
5
4
Chronological, January-June 1979
5
5
Chronological, July-December 1979
5
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Chronological, January-April 1980
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7
Chronological, May-August 1980
5
8
Chronological, September-December 1980
5
9
Chronological, January-February 1981
5
10
Chronological, March-April 1981
5
11
Chronological, May-July 1981
5
12
Chronological, August-October 1981
5
13
Chronological, November-December 1981
5
14
Chronological, January-March 1982
5
15
Chronological, April-May 1982
5
16
Chronological, June-August 1982
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17
Chronological, September-October 1982
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18
Chronological, November-December 1982
5
19
Chronological, January-February 1983
5
20
Chronological, March 1983
5
21
Chronological, April-May 1983
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22
Chronological, June-August 1983
5
23
Chronological, September 1983
5
24
Chronological, October 1983
5
25
Chronological, November 1983
5
26
Chronological, December 1983
5
27
Chronological, January-March 1984
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28
Chronological, April-June 1984
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29
Chronological, July-September 1984
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30
Chronological, October-December 1984
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31
Chronological, January-March 1985
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32
Chronological, April-June 1985
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Chronological, July-September 1985
5
34
Chronological, October 1985
5
35
Chronological, November-December 1985
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36
Chronological, January 1986
5
37
Chronological, February 1986
5
38
Chronological, March-April 1986
5
39
Chronological, May 1986
5
40
Chronological, June 1986
5
41
Chronological, July 1986
5
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Chronological, August-September 1986
5
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Chronological, October 1986
5
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Chronological, November 1986
5
45
Chronological, December 1986
5
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Chronological, January-February 1987
5
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Chronological, March 1987
5
48
Chronological, April 1987
5
49
Chronological, May 1987
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1
Chronological, June 1987
6
2
Chronological, July 1987
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3
Chronological, August 1987
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4
Chronological, September 1987
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5
Chronological, October 1987
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Chronological, November 1987
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Chronological, December 1987
6
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Chronological, January 1988
6
9
Chronological, February 1988
6
10
Chronological, March, 1988
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11-12
Chronological, April 1988
6
13
Chronological, May 1988
6
14
Chronological, June 1988
6
15
Chronological, July 1988
6
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Chronological, August 1988
6
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Chronological, September 1988
6
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Chronological, October 1988
6
19
Chronological, November 1988
6
20
Chronological, December 1988
6
21
Chronological, January, 1989
6
22-23
Chronological, February 1989
6
24
Chronological, March 1989
6
25
Chronological, April 1989
6
26
Chronological, May 1989
6
27
Chronological, June 1989
6
28
Chronological, July 1989
6
29
Chronological, August 1989
6
30
Chronological, September 1989
6
31
Chronological, October 1989
6
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Chronological, November 1989
6
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Chronological, December 1989
6
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Chronological, January 1990
6
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Chronological, February 1990
6
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Chronological, March 1990
6
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Chronological, April 1990
6
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Chronological, May 1990
6
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Chronological, June 1990
6
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Chronological, July 1990
6
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Chronological, August 1990
6
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Chronological, September 1990
6
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Chronological, October-November 1990
6
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Chronological, December 1990
6
45
Chronological, January, 1991
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1-2
Chronological, February, 1991
7
3-4
Chronological, March 1991
7
5
Chronological, April 1991
7
6
Chronological, May 1991
7
7
Chronological, June, 1991
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8-9
Chronological, July 1991
7
10
Chronological, August, 1991
7
11-12
Chronological, September, 1991
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13-14
Chronological, October, 1991
7
15-17
Chronological, November, 1991
7
18-19
Chronological, December, 1991
7
20-21
Chronological, January, 1992
7
22-23
Chronological, February, 1992
7
24-25
Chronological, March, 1992
7
26-28
Chronological, April, 1992
7
29-30
Chronological, May 1992
7
31
Chronological, June 1992
7
32
Chronological, July 1992
7
33
Chronological, August 1992
7
34
Chronological, September, 1992
7
35-36
Chronological, October, 1992
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37-38
Chronological, November, 1992
7
39-40
Chronological, December, 1992
7
41-43
Chronological, January 1993
7
44
Chronological, February 1993
7
45
Chronological, March, 1993
7
46-47
Chronological, April 1993
7
48
Chronological, 1994-1997
7
49
General Corrrespondence A-B, circa 1950s-1990s
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50
General Correspondence C-D, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence E-G, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence H, circa 1950s-1990s
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General Correspondence J-L, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence M-N, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence O-P, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence - Esther Rosencrantz, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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General Correspondence S, circa 1950s-1990s
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General Correspondence T-V, circa 1950s-1990s
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General Correspondence W-Z, circa 1950s-1990s
7
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First Names Only, circa 1950s-1990s
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Parts of Letters Without a Date or Name, circa 1960s-1980s
8
2
Transcripts and Excerpts of Correspondence with Beatrice Wood, 1952-1967
8
3
Transcripts and Excerpts of Correspondence with Beatrice Wood, 1967-1978
8
4
Excerpts of Correspondence between Beatrice Wood and Nell Ragan, 1971-1972
8
5
98th Birthday - Post Card Series, March 1991
8
6
98th Birthday - Post Card Series, March 1991
8
7
2.2:Louise and Walter Arensberg, 1930-1954
This subseries contains Wood's letters to the Arensbergs while they were all living in California. Of particular significance are the letters that Wood wrote to Lou Arensberg during Arensberg's last illness in 1953.
DescriptionContainer
Chronological, 1926, 1930
8
8
Chronological, 1943, 1949-1950
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9
Chronological, September 1953
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10
Chronological, October 1953
8
11
Chronological, November 1953
8
12
Chronological, December 1953-1954
8
13
Transcripts and Excerpts of Correspondence with the Arensbergs, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1949, 1953
8
14
2.3:Jack and Rhea Case, 1939-1995
This subseries documents Wood's decades-long friendship with Jack Case and his wife Rhea. Although many of the outgoing letters are copies, they all include drawings done by Wood.
DescriptionContainer
Chronological, 1939, 1948, 1952-1960
8
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Chronological, 1961
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Chronological, 1962-1964
8
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Chronological, 1965-1967
8
18
Chronological, 1968-1971
8
19
Chronological, 1972-1979, 1995
8
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Transcripts of Correspondence with Jack and Rhea Case, 1956-1979
8
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2.4:Marcel and Teeny Duchamp, 1930-1989
Duchamp (also known as Totor) and Wood met in 1918. At some point they were lovers and they remained friends until his death in 1968. This subseries contains correspondence from the years when Wood lived in California and Duchamp was in New York and Europe. The letters from 1940-1942 contain references to the war and occupation of France by the Germans. The letters from Duchamp are written in French.
DescriptionContainer
Chronological, 1930-1964, 1988-1989
8
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Transcripts and Excerpts of Correspondence with Marcel and Teeny Duchamp, 1933-1969
8
23
2.5:Francis Naumann, 1976-1991
This subseries documents Wood's professional and personal relationship with Naumann. The met in 1976 when Naumann was working on his dissertation about the Arensbergs and it continued until Wood's death in 1997. Much of the correspondence focuses on Naumann's involvement in several publications by Wood, including her autobiography
I Shock Myself.
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Chronological, 1976
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Chronological, 1977
8
25
Chronological, January-May 1978
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26
Chronological, June-December 1978
8
27
Chronological, 1979
8
28
Chronological, January-May 1980
8
29
Chronological, June-December 1980
8
30
Chronological, January-May 1981
8
31
Chronological, June-December 1981
8
32
Chronological, January-June 1982
8
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Chronological, July-December 1982
8
34
Chronological, January-April 1983
8
35
Chronological, May-June 1983
8
36
Chronological, July-December 1983
8
37
Chronological, January-June 1984
8
38
Chronological, July-December 1984
8
39
Chronological, January-June 1985
8
40
Chronological, July-December 1985
8
41
Chronological, January-May 1986
8
42
Chronological, June-September 1986
8
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Chronological, October-December 1986
8
44
Chronological, January-June 1987
8
45
Chronological, July-December 1987
8
46
Chronological, January-May 1988
8
47
Chronological, June-December 1988
8
48
Chronological, 1989
8
49
Chronological, 1990
8
50
Chronological, 1991
8
51
2.6:Ranjan (Transcripts), 1962-1963
The subseries includes only transcripts of love letters Wood and Ranjan, whom she met in India in 1962. The two wrote to each other several times a month from January 1962 until he visited Wood in September 1963.
DescriptionContainer
Chronological, January-April 1962
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Chronological, April-May 1962
8
53
Chronological, June-August 1962
8
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Chronological, September-November 1962
8
55
Chronological, December 1962
8
56
Chronological, February-June 1963
8
57
Chronological, June-September 1963
8
58
2.7:Henri-Pierre and Denise Roche, 1917-1975
The majority of this subseries contains correspondence between Wood and the Roches from 1940 to 1952 and includes a few letters describing the effect of the war on Roche and his family. One particular letter discusses the German occupation of his house in Sevres and the safety of his Brancusis. From 1946 to 1951, Wood sent boxes of supplies, including clothing and food staples, to Roche in France. The letters describe these transactions and often contain brief lists of what the Roche family requested from Wood. Series 3: Personal Business Records contain the receipts from the shipment of these supplies. Many of the early letters from both Wood and Roche are in French.
DescriptionContainer
Chronological, 1917
8
59
Chronological, 1918, 1925, 1927, 1930, 1935-1938
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Chronological, 1940, 1944, 1946
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61
Chronological, January-July 1947
8
62
Chronological, August-December 1947
8
63
Chronological, January-July 1948
8
64
Chronological, August 1948-March 1949
8
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Chronological, April-December 1949
8
66
Chronological, 1950-1953
8
67
Chronological, 1955-1956
8
68
Chronological, 1957-1958
8
69
Chronological, 1959-1960, 1962, 1971, 1973, 1975
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Transcripts and Excerpts of Corrrespondence with Henri-Pierre and Denise Roche, 1937, 1940-1959
8
71

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