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Elizabeth McCausland papers, 1838-1995, bulk 1920-1960

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1923-1960
2.9 Linear feet
Boxes 2-5

Series consists primarily of McCausland's professional and, to a lesser extent, personal correspondence, which includes general, artist, and some family correspondence. Correspondence typically consists of letters to and copies of letters from McCausland, along with enclosures (such as clippings and other printed material; contracts, agreements, and other business and financial papers; and proposals and manuscripts) and related material (such as notes, illustrations, and writings). Correspondents include artists, art organizations, museums, curators, editors, publishers, scholars, research institutions, her agent (Mary Squire Abbot), friends, and her mother, Belle Noble McCausland. Correspondence largely documents McCausland's various professional activities as an art critic, art historian, and freelance writer, and her relationships with various figures of the art and publishing worlds before, during, and immediately after the Second World War.
General correspondence relates to articles and reviews that McCausland wrote for the Springfield Republican; to freelance articles she wrote over the years for various publications, including ones for Parnassus, The New Republic, and Magazine of Art, as well as yearly articles for various encyclopedias (such as Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Americana, and Collier Encyclopedia); and to various book projects, including Changing New York (1939), Careers in the Arts (1950), and ones on the artists E. L. Henry, George Inness, and Alfred H. Maurer. General correspondence also relates to her teaching job at Sarah Lawrence College and other courses taught; to various editing projects, including photo-editing Carl Sandburg's Poems of the Midwest and the planned book Art and Advertising; her work as a research consultant on the American Processional exhibition and book, and on other exhibitions; and her involvement in various art and social organization, as well as her participation in various conferences. General correspondence largely documents McCausland's tireless efforts to drum up work, and to fund (through various grants and fellowships) and carry out her many research and writing projects.
Correspondence from particular artists, including Arthur Dove, Louis Eilshemius, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Alfred Stieglitz, was maintained by McCausland in files separate from general correspondence. Artist correspondence documents her relationships with these artists - particularly well-documented are her relationships with Dove and Stieglitz - and the artists' reactions to her reviews of their shows. Files of artist correspondence also include some of McCausland's own notes on her feelings about or relationship with particular artists.
Family correspondence consists almost entirely of letters and copies of letters from McCausland to her mother, Belle Noble McCausland. These seem to have originated from the scrapbook kept by McCausland's mother which can be found amongst personal papers.
General correspondence is arranged in rough chronological order. Within individual yearly files, McCausland often grouped together letters to and from a particular correspondent; this existing organization has for the most part been maintained. Selected artist correspondence and family correspondence are arranged in files at the end of the series. Correspondence can also be found amongst research and writing files.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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General Correspondence, 1923-1927
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26
General Correspondence, 1928-1929
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27
General Correspondence, 1930-1932
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28
General Correspondence, 1933
2
29
General Correspondence, 1934
2
30
General Correspondence, 1935-1936
2
31
General Correspondence, 1937
2
32
General Correspondence, 1938
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33
General Correspondence, 1939 January-August
2
34
General Correspondence, 1939 August-December
2
35
General Correspondence, 1940 January-April
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36
General Correspondence, 1940 April-May
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37
General Correspondence, 1940 May-October
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38
General Correspondence, 1940 October-December
2
39
General Correspondence, 1941 January-May
2
40
General Correspondence, 1941 June-December
2
41
General Correspondence, 1942
2
42
General Correspondence, 1942
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43
General Correspondence, 1942
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44
General Correspondence, 1942
2
45
General Correspondence, 1942
2
46
General Correspondence, 1943 January-March
3
1
General Correspondence, 1943 March-April
3
2
General Correspondence, 1943 May-August
3
3
General Correspondence, 1943 August-October
3
4
General Correspondence, 1943 October-December
3
5
General Correspondence, 1944 January-February
3
6
General Correspondence, 1944 March
3
7
General Correspondence, 1944 April-June
3
8
General Correspondence, 1944 July-September
3
9
General Correspondence, 1944 October-November
3
10
General Correspondence, 1944 November-December
3
11
General Correspondence, 1945 January-March
3
12
General Correspondence, 1945 March-May
3
13
General Correspondence, 1945 June-July
3
14
General Correspondence, 1945 July-August
3
15
General Correspondence, 1945 August-September
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16
General Correspondence, 1945 September-October
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17
General Correspondence, 1945 October-November
3
18
General Correspondence, 1945 November
3
19
General Correspondence, 1945 November-December
3
20
General Correspondence, 1945 December
3
21
General Correspondence, 1946 January
3
22
General Correspondence, 1946 February
3
23
General Correspondence, 1946 March
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24
General Correspondence, 1946 March
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25
General Correspondence, 1946 April
3
26
General Correspondence, 1946 April-May
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27
General Correspondence, 1946 May-June
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28
General Correspondence, 1946 June-July
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29
General Correspondence, 1946 July-August
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30
General Correspondence, 1946 September-November
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31
General Correspondence, 1946 November
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32
General Correspondence, 1946 November-December
3
33
General Correspondence, 1947 January
3
34
General Correspondence, 1947 January-February
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35
General Correspondence, 1947 March
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36
General Correspondence, 1947 April
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37
General Correspondence, 1947 May-June
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38
General Correspondence, 1947 July-August
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39
General Correspondence, 1947 August-October
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40
General Correspondence, 1947 November-December
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41
General Correspondence, 1948 January-April
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42
General Correspondence, 1948 April-July
3
43
General Correspondence, 1948 August-November
3
44
General Correspondence, 1948 November-December
3
45
General Correspondence, 1949 January-February
4
1
General Correspondence, 1949 May-June
4
2
General Correspondence, 1949 June-September
4
3
General Correspondence, 1949 August-September
4
4
General Correspondence, 1949 September-October
4
5
General Correspondence, 1949 November
4
6
General Correspondence, 1949 November-December
4
7
General Correspondence, 1950 January-February
4
8
General Correspondence, 1950 February-April
4
9
General Correspondence, 1950 April-May
4
10
General Correspondence, 1950 May-June
4
11
General Correspondence, 1950 May-July
4
12
General Correspondence, 1950 July
4
13
General Correspondence, 1950 August-September
4
14
General Correspondence, 1950 September-November
4
15
General Correspondence, 1950 November-December
4
16
General Correspondence, 1950 December
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17
General Correspondence, 1951 January
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18
General Correspondence, 1951 January
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19
General Correspondence, 1951 January-February
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20
General Correspondence, 1951 February
4
21
General Correspondence, 1951 March-April
4
22
General Correspondence, 1951 April-May
4
23
General Correspondence, 1951 June-July
4
24
General Correspondence, 1951 July-September
4
25
General Correspondence, 1951 August-October
4
26
General Correspondence, 1951 October-December
4
27
General Correspondence, 1952 January-February
4
28
General Correspondence, 1952 February-May
4
29
General Correspondence, 1952 May-June
4
30
General Correspondence, 1952 June-July
4
31
General Correspondence, 1952 July-December
4
32
General Correspondence, 1953 January-February
4
33
General Correspondence, 1953 February-April
4
34
General Correspondence, 1953 April-June
4
35
General Correspondence, 1953 July-October
4
36
General Correspondence, 1953 October-December
4
37
General Correspondence, 1954 January-March
4
38
General Correspondence, 1954 March-May
4
39
General Correspondence, 1954 May-November
4
40
General Correspondence, 1954 November-December
4
41
General Correspondence, 1955 January-March
5
1
General Correspondence, 1955 March-August
5
2
General Correspondence, 1955 August-September
5
3
General Correspondence, 1955 September-December
5
4
General Correspondence, 1956 January-June
5
5
General Correspondence, 1956 July-December
5
6
General Correspondence, 1957
5
7
General Correspondence, 1958
5
8
General Correspondence, 1959-1960
5
9
General Correspondence, circa 1923-1960
5
10
Artist Correspondence
Dove, Arthur, 1933-1934
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11
Dove, Arthur, 1934-1938
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12
Eilshemius, Louis, 1935-1937
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13
Enters, Angna, 1928-1935
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14
Hartley, Marsden, 1939
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15
O'Keeffe, Georgia, [1933]-1935
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16
Stieglitz, Alfred, 1931-1933
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Stieglitz, Alfred, 1933-1934
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Stieglitz, Alfred, 1934-1938
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Various, 1937-1943
Includes letters from Alexander Calder, Howard Cook, Alice Decker, Rockwell Kent, Fernando Puma, Moses Soyer, Sylvia Wald, and Art Young.
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Family Correspondence (Letters to Belle Noble McCausland), 1927
5
21
Family Correspondence (Letters to Belle Noble McCausland), 1928-1932
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22
Family Correspondence (Letters to Belle Noble McCausland), 1934-1935, 1943, 1948
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23

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