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Series 4: Notes and Writings, circa 1912-1997
5.5 linear feet
Box 11-16, 27

The series is arranged as 5 subseries:
4.1: Drafts of Published Monographs, circa 1930-1996
4.2: Short Stories and Essays, circa 1912-1995
4.3: Writing Journals, 1961-1991
4.4: Notes and Notebooks, circa 1943-1986
4.5: Notes and Writings by Others, circa 1915-1990
4.1:Drafts of Published Monographs, circa 1930-1996
This subseries includes both drafts of Wood's monographs and correspondence related to their publication. Drafts include:
I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood
,
Angel Who Wore Black Tights
,
Pinching Spaniards
,
33rd Wife of the Maharajah
, and
Kissed Again: Part of the Bargain
.
Wood enjoyed writing in the evening and often rewrote drafts with only subtle changes between versions. Although she rarely dated her drafts, numbers have been added when it was possible to determine version sequence. Edited versions have also been identified.
Also included in this subseries is correspondence with publishers, editors, and friends. Much of the material centers on the logistics of publication, but there are also letters to friends describing the status of her writing or relaying stories that she intended to include in a particular publication. The letters reveal the personal satisfaction that Wood took from her writing.
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I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood
Complete Draft - pgs. 1-60, circa 1975-1985
11
59
Complete Draft - pgs. 61-116, circa 1975-1985
11
60
Complete Draft - pgs. 117-153, circa 1975-1985
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61
Complete Draft - pgs. 154-194, circa 1975-1985
11
62
Complete Draft - pgs. 195-231, circa 1975-1985
11
63
Edited Incomplete Draft - pgs. 1-50, circa 1980
11
64
Edited Incomplete Draft - pgs. 51-105, circa 1980
11
65
Edited Incomplete Draft, 1980
11
66
Edited Incomplete Draft, 1981
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67
Edited Incomplete Draft (Second Version), circa 1980s
11
68
Edited Incomplete Draft (Third Version), circa 1980s
11
69
Edited Incomplete Draft (Fourth Version - pgs. 4-60), circa 1980s
12
1
Edited Incomplete Draft (Fourth Version - pgs. 61-117), circa 1980s
12
2
Copies of Original Drawings for Book, circa 1980s
12
3-5
Notes on Photographs and Illustrations for Book, circa 1975-1985
12
6
Excerpts from Older Version, circa 1975-1985
12
7
Short Summary, circa 1985
12
8
Copy of Complete Draft - part 1, circa 1975-1985
12
9-11
Copy of Complete Draft - part 2, circa 1975-1985
12
12-14
Copy of Complete Draft - part 3, circa 1975-1985
12
15-17
Copy of Complete Draft (Second Version) - part 1, circa 1975-1985
12
18-20
Copy of Complete Draft (Second Version) - part 2, circa 1975-1985
12
21-24
Galley Proof - pgs. 1-146, 1985
12
25-26
Passages about Krishnamurti, circa 1980-1987
12
27
Correspondence, 1982, 1984
12
28
Correspondence, January-June 1985
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29
Correspondence, July 1985-June 1986
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30
Correspondence, July 1986-June 1987
12
31
Angel Who Wore Black Tights
Original Draft, circa 1930
12
32
Edited Complete Draft, circa 1930
12
33
Complete Draft with Original Illustrations, circa 1932
13
1
Edited Draft with Hand-colored Copies of Illustrations - pgs. 1-75, circa 1980
13
2-3
Copies of Original Illustrations, circa 1930s
13
4
Excerpts, circa 1935
13
5
Copy of Draft, circa 1944
(draft entitled
Come to Europe, Helen
)
13
6-8
Correspondence, 1981-1982
13
9-10
Pinching Spaniards
Letters to Steve Hoag, 1956
13
11-12
Draft with Original Illustrations - pgs. 1-105, circa 1980-1987
13
13-16
Edited Draft with Footnotes - pgs. 1-124, circa 1980-1987
13
17-19
Hand-colored Copies of Illustrations, circa 1980-1987
13
20
Copies of Edited Draft with Footnotes - pgs. 1-105, circa 1986
13
21-23
Copies of Draft with Hand-colored Copies of Illustrations - pgs. 1-105, circa 1980-1987
13
24-25
Copies of Illustrations, circa 1980-1987
13
26-27
33rd Wife of a Maharajah
First Complete Draft, circa 1962
13
28
Early Complete Draft - pgs. 1-129, circa 1963
13
29-30
Handwritten Draft - pgs. 1-73, circa 1960s
13
31-32
Draft with Illustrations - Part 1, circa 1971-1972
13
33-34
Draft with Illustrations - Part 2, circa 1971-1972
13
35-37
Edited Draft - Parts 1-2, circa 1971-1990
13
38-40
Copies of Edited Draft - Parts 1-2, circa 1971-1990
14
1-4
Correspondence, 1962-1964
14
5
Correspondence, 1968-1970
14
6-7
Correspondence, 1971, 1976
14
8
Correspondence, 1989-1990
14
9
Correspondence, 1991-1994
14
10
Correspondence about U.S. Edition, 1993-1996
14
11
Agreement with Publisher, 1990
14
12
Copies of Photographs and Drawings Suggested for Book, circa 1990
14
13
Copies of Drawings for Book, circa 1970-1990
14
14-15
Notes from 1966 Trip to India and Used for Book, circa 1966
14
16
Captions for Drawings and Photographs, circa 1970-1985
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17
Notes, circa 1992
14
18
Kissed Again: Part of the Bargain
Final Draft with Illustrations, 1995
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19
Edited Draft, 1995
14
20
Handwritten Drafts (4 copies), 1995
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21
Correspondence, 1995-1996
14
22
4.2:Short Stories and Essays, circa 1912-1995
This subseries contains many of the stories Wood wrote throughout her life regarding her Theosophist philosophy, ideas about art, travels, experiences, friendships, and relationships with lovers.
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"Art if a Personal Thing", circa 1960s
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23
"Beatrice Wood in the Orient: Incident at Banares", circa 1966
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24
"Birthday", 1927
14
25
"Blind Man", 1917
(copy of original)
14
26
"Books - An Essay", circa 1912
14
27
"Oh, Break My Heart" (2 drafts), circa 1960s
14
28
"Bruno: A Story of the Inquisition", circa 1960s
14
29-30
"Cat Who Had His Noes Out of Joint", 1946
14
31
"Color, Light, and Art", circa 1960s
14
32
Collection of Glazes and Notes from Glaze Journals, 1993-1997
14
33
Comments for the Medical Profession (5 drafts), 1995
14
34
"Creative Attitudes", 1940
14
35
"Door That Did Not Close", 1931
14
36
"Corridor E", 1933
14
37
"Empty Armchair" (3 drafts), circa 1933
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38
"Empty Armchair" (2 drafts), circa 1933
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39
"European Episode", 1931
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40
"Few Words from an American Potter", 1964
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41
"For Thee: Adventures of a Virgin", circa 1918
14
42
"From the Geisha With the Crimson Mouth", circa 1960s
(contains original watercolor sketches)
14
43
"Galka Scheyer" (3 drafts), circa 1960s
14
44
"Geisha", 1962-1963
14
45
"Hold Me Tight" - Prospectus (later called "No Longer Shy"), circa 1995
14
46
"Hold Me Tight" - Introduction and Ending (later called "No Longer Shy"), circa 1996
14
47
"Hold Me Tight" - Correspondence (later called "No Longer Shy"), 1995
14
48
"How
The Blindman
Did Not Get on the Newstands" (2 drafts), circa 1960s
14
49
Ideas for a Documentary on the India Trip (3 drafts), circa 1962
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50
"I Discover Mr. Fugi", 1966
14
51
"I Know How To Make an Invoice" (3 drafts), circa 1960s
(contains original sketches)
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52
"Joey Kimball's Dog Fred", circa 1960s
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53
"King and Three Lady Cats", circa 1960s
14
54
"Madame Lola's Pleasure Palace" - Final Draft with Drawings, 1993
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55
"Madame Lola's Pleasure Palace" (copies), 1993
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56
"Madame Lola's Pleasure Palace" Correspondence, 1995
14
57
"Marcel", 1987
14
58
"Mariage D'une Amie" in
Rogue
, 1916
(copy of original)
14
59
"Men in My Life" - Henri-Pierre Roche and Marcel Duchamp, circa 1994
(contains original sketches)
14
60
"Men in My Life" - Henri-Pierre Roche and Marcel Duchamp (copy), circa 1994
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61
"Men in My Life" - Henri-Pierre Roche (4 drafts), circa 1994
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62
"Men in My Life" - Marcel Duchamp (3 drafts), circa 1994
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63
"Men in My Life" - Marcel Duchamp (4 drafts), circa 1994
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1
"Men in My Life" - Marcel Duchamp (edited draft with copies of illustrations), circa 1994
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2
"Men in My Life" - Marcel Duchamp (3 drafts of last chapter), circa 1994
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3
"Men in My Life" - Reginald Poole (4 drafts), circa 1994
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4
"Men in My Life" - Steve Hoag (4 drafts), circa 1994
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5
"Men in My Life" - Others, including Ram Pravesh Singh (7 drafts), circa 1994
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6
"Men in My Life" - Correspondence, 1993-1996
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7
"Miss Wood for President", circa 1990
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8
"Monogamy - A Will-o-the-wisp", circa 1960s
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9
"My Kingdom for a Train" (5 drafts), circa 1990s
15
10
"Ode to Nepalnese Lovers", 1984
(contains original illustrations)
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11
"Of Attitude and Art", circa 1960s
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12
"Picasso Cat: The Cat Who Obtained Liberation", circa 1960s
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13
"Playing with Fire" (3 drafts), 1976, 1994
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14
"Reasonable and Unreasonable" (2 drafts), circa 1960s
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15
"Sad Tale of the Geisha Who Could Not Write Poetry" (3 drafts), circa 1978
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"Song of the Geisha", circa 1974
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17
"Spanish Professor", circa 1960s
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18
"Spiritual Aspecs of Falling in Love" in
The Young Theosophist
, 1927
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19
"Story of the Girl Who Did Not Want To Be Raped", 1939
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20
"Story of Venus and Wonderboy", circa 1960s
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21
"Talking Aloud", 1961
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22
"Thinking Aloud", 1961
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23-24
"To Celebrate the Ignoble Passage of Time", 1995
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25
"Toby and the Old Man", 1992
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26
"Torch in the Sky" - Early Draft, circa 1962
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27
"Torch in the Sky" - Final Draft, 1992
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28
"Torch in the Sky" - Correspondence, 1983-1992
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29
"Torch in the Sky" - Play Performed in Ojai, 1993
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30
"Touching Certain Things", circa 1960s
Oversized material housed in Box 27, F1
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"Trip for Four" - Handwritten Draft, 1993
(contains original illustrations)
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"Trip for Four" (5 drafts), 1993
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33
"Trip for Four" - Final Draft, 1993
(contains original illustrations)
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34
"Tutti Frutti and India", circa 1972
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35-37
"Two Men and an Old Woman" (4 drafts), 1992
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38
"Two Potters in a Valley", circa 1960s
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39
"Visit to Brancusi" (3 drafts), 1956
(contains original illustration)
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40
"Visit to Brancusi" - Correspondence, 1992-1993
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41
"What Pace Modernism: Notes on the Development in Realms of Art", 1930
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42
"With Love to India", circa 1962
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43
"Without Walls" (3 drafts), circa 1960s
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44
Wood's Interest in Art, 1969
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45
Recollections about Duchamp and the Arensbergs, circa 1970s
15
46-47
Writings Without Titles, circa 1960s-1980s
15
48-49
Oversized Manuscript "Touching Certain Things", circa 1960s
Oversized material scanned with Box 15, F31
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1
4.3:Writing Journals, 1961-1991
This subseries contains writings that Wood maintained in periodic journals, which typically describe travel, dreams, and ideas about philosophy and art. In addition to Series 5: Diaries, Wood maintained writing journals of her travels to India in 1961, 1966, 1972 describing, in great detail, daily observations about life in India, including very specific descriptions of encounters with Indian colleagues, guides, and other artists.
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Travel Journal - India, October-December 1961
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50
Travel Journal - India, January-February 1962
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51
Travel Journal - India, February-May 1966
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52
Travel Journal - India (with illustrations), 1972
Oversized material housed in Box 27, F2
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53
Travel Journal - Europe, 1977
15
54
Dream Journal and Notes on Annie Besant's Writings, 1988
15
55
Impressions, 1990-1991
16
1
Poems Studied for Acting Lessons, circa 1913
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2
"Record of How My Aging Body is Behaving", circa 1995
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3
Oversized Travel Journal - India (with illustrations), 1972
Oversized material scanned with Box 15, F53
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4.4:Notes and Notebooks, circa 1943-1986
This subseries consists of unnumbered notebooks that annotate Wood's daily activities, meetings, finances, thoughts, and ideas about art projects and glazes. There are also lecture and teacher evaluation notes from the classes Wood taught at the local Happy Valley School in Ojai. The travel notes include information about expenses, in-country exhibitions, appointments, and travel routes. Diaries are arranged separately in Series 5.
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General Notes, circa 1943
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4
General Notes, 1944-1976
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5
General Notes, 1947
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6
General Notes, 1953-1976
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7
General Notes, 1974-1979
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8
Lecture Notes, circa 1962-1964
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9
Notes on Theosophism and Annie Besant's Writings, circa 1980
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10
Notes on Expenses, Addresses, Donations, and Recipes, circa 1979-1986
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11
Notes on India Expenses, Pottery, and Glaze Formulas, circa 1961-1962
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12
Notes on Theosophism and Glaze Formulas, circa 1985
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13
Notes on Student Evaluations, 1956-1960
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14
Summary Notes on India Trip, 1962
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15
Travel Notes - India, 1961-1962, 1966, 1971-1972
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16
Travel Notes, 1958, 1962
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4.5:Writings by Others, circa 1915-1990
This subseries contain writings by Wood's colleagues and friends, including several essays and biographies written about her. Also included are horoscope readings commissioned by Wood. Of particular interest is a typewritten, edited copy of Henri-Pierre Roche's unfinished 1957 manuscript entitled
Victor
, written in French.
DescriptionContainer
Address Delivered at the World Crafts Council in New York - Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, 1964
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18
"Beatrice Wood: A National Treasure" by Francis Naumann, 1990
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19
Essays and Biographies Written by Others about Beatrice Wood, circa 1950s-1980s
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20
"Gay Genius" by Texana Sipprell, 1960
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21
"Grow Up Again with Novacaine" by Jean Grandpiece, 1957
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22
"The Happy Valley Foundation" by Annie Besant, 1927
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23
Horoscope Readings, circa 1915-1969
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24-25
Poems about Wood's Dog, 1955
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26
"Victor" by Henri-Pierre Roche - pgs. 1-42, 1957
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"Victor" by Henri-Pierre Roche - pgs. 43-95, 1957
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Make a Request

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