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Dorothy Liebes papers, circa 1850-1973, bulk 1922-1970

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Series 4: Writings , 1920-circa 1971
1.05 Linear feet
Boxes 4-5

This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 4.1: Writings by Dorothy Liebes, 1920-circa 1971
  • 4.2: Writings by Others, 1940-1970
The bulk of this series has been digitized. Items not digitized include duplicates and the full text of some printed material, for which only covers and relevant pages have been digitized.
4.1: Writings by Dorothy Liebes, 1920-circa 1971
This subseries includes notes, drafts, and manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and short writings; notes, drafts and the manuscript for an unpublished autobiography; and an outline, notes and partial draft of an unpublished book, with the working title "Design and Weave" which Liebes worked on intermittently from the 1950s on.
Drafts of the autobiography are an illuminating source of information about Liebes's artistic and professional development, and the degree to which individuals she worked with impacted her career. Liebes credits Frank Lloyd Wright, Samuel Marx, Rebecca Dunphy, William Pahlmann, and many others, with helping to advance her career and her artistic vision and the manuscript includes notable memoir writings on Frank Lloyd Wright and other. The autobiography was written with the assistance of Relman Morin, and notes include records of interviews Morin conducted with her as they worked together on the manuscript.
Also found here are drafts, text, photos, and bibliographical material for an Encyclopedia Britannica entry on tapestry which Liebes was commissioned to revise in 1959, as well as correspondence and printed material related to research she conducted while working on the project.
Four folders of typescripts of Liebes's speeches provide summaries of her evolving ideas about color, textiles, and design. Speeches include those given at industry events, award acceptance ceremonies, professional design association events, educational events, and more.
One group of notes on index cards includes photos, sketches, and notes on textiles and fabric designs in various geographic and cultural regions; other cards appear to contain primarily notes for lectures, and writings on fabric and textile designs, methodologies, and related subjects. The first two folders contain sets of cards that appear to be related and sequential, but the bulk of the cards were not in a discernible overall order, and have been left in the order in which they were found to preserve any context between adjacent cards.
A student paper written by Liebes in 1920 is in the form of a notebook with handwritten notes, sketches, and samples of techniques.
Description Container
Articles and Short Writings, 1946-1965
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5
Articles and Short Writings, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Articles, Published Copies, circa 1943, 1965
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7
Autobiography Manuscript, Chapters 1-5, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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8
Autobiography Manuscript, Chapters 6-8, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Manuscript, Chapters 9-12, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Manuscript, Chapters 13-15, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Manuscript and Notes, Duplicates, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Outline, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Outlines and Notes, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Outlines and Notes, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
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Autobiography Outlines and Notes, circa 1950s-circa 1960s
Includes section on Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Bibliographies, Unidentified, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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"Design and Weave" (Unpublished Book), 1950s-1960s
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Drafts, circa 1959
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Drafts, circa 1959
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Drafts, circa 1959
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Drafts, Fragments, circa 1959
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, France, circa 1948-circa 1958
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, France and Italy, circa 1959
Includes photos of Jean Lurcat weavers in studio
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Other Related Material, circa 1950s
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, Scandinavia
Includes letters from Scandinavian tapestry artist Dora Jung.
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, United Kingdom, circa 1956-1960
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Encyclopedia Britannica Entry on Tapestry, United States, circa 1950s
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Lists, Miscellaneous, undated
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Notes and Fragments, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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Notes and Memos, circa 1930-circa 1971
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Notes in Index Card File, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, by Geographic Region, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes in Index Card File, by Geographic Region, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
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5
Notes on Women Architects, circa 1960
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Speeches, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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Speeches, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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Speeches, circa 1942-circa 1955
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Speeches, 1961-1965
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Speeches/Panels, Fragments, circa 1940s-circa 1960s
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Student Notes, 1921-1922
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Student Paper (probably) by Dorothy K. Wright, "Modern Materials" (with samples), 1920
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4.2: Writings by Others, 1940-1970
This subseries includes seven articles about Liebes, written primarily as publicity for companies she worked for; speeches about Liebes by Charles Daly, Edward Wormley and others; articles on various topics by people such as Edith Grimm, Vesta Schaffer and Iovanna Lloyd Wright; and speeches on subjects such as home design and furnishings to the National Home Fashions League, and to the American Institute of Interior Designers, by L. R. Blackhurst, Jr. (of DuPont), W. G. Constable, Sarah Tomerlin Lee (of House Beautiful magazine), Boris Kroll, Pat Elliot, and David L.Yunich. Also found is the transcript of a discussion about a Liebes exhibition of at the City Art Museum, St. Louis, featured in a program presented by the museum in cooperation with KFUO.
Description Container
Articles about Dorothy Liebes, undated
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Articles about Dorothy Liebes, 1945, 1952
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Articles, Reports, Speeches about Various Subjects, undated, 1945
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Discussion about Liebes Exhibition at City Art Museum, St. Louis, Transcript, 1944
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Poem by Jack James, undated
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Speeches about Liebes, 1969-1970, undated
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Speeches about Other Subjects, circa 1947-circa 1969
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20

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