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Esther McCoy papers, 1876-1990, bulk, 1938-1989

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2.2: Personal Correspondence , 1908-1989

This subseries contains personal correspondence between McCoy and her friends, lovers, and colleagues. The letters concern McCoy's personal and love relationships, her views on politics, culture, and the literary world, and her struggles as a writer.
Correspondence between McCoy and lovers, including Geoffrey Eaton, John Mitchell, John Vick, Albert Robert (also known as "Timmie"), and her husband, Berkeley Tobey, is especially well represented. Much of the extensive correspondence between McCoy and Albert Robert is undated. A few letters between McCoy and her lovers include photographs.
There is also significant correspondence with fellow writers, including Theodore Dreiser, Ray Bradbury, Millen Brand, John Collier, John Cowper Powys, and historian Lewis Mumford. Correspondence with Ray Bradbury includes discussions of theater, art and architecture. Letters from Helen Dreiser include Dreiser's opinions on manuscripts written by McCoy. Theodore Dreiser's letters provide insight into the research assignments McCoy carried out for Dreiser and his opinions of her writing. The letters include the typescript of a poem, possibly written by Dreiser. William A. Swanberg, who wrote a book on Dreiser, sought McCoy's opinions and impressions of the author, and their correspondence includes many observations and theories concerning Dreiser's personal life. Also of note is extensive correspondence between McCoy and her close friend Katheryn (Kay) Metz.
Folders are arranged alphabetically; within folders, material is chronological.
This subseries has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Babb, Dorothy, 1951, 1954
2
17
Bradbury, Ray, 1958-1989
2
18
Brand, Millen and Helen, 1948-1951, 1958
2
19
Collier, John and Harriet, circa 1953-1978
2
20-21
Darrow, Clarence, to Geoffrey Eaton, February 23, 1928
2
22
Dreiser, Helen, circa 1939-1955
2
23
Dreiser, Theodore, circa 1924-1943
2
24-28
Dreiser, Theodore, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1938
2
29
Dreiser, Vera, 1952
2
30
Durden, Jim, 1951-1985
2
31
Eaton, Geoffrey, 1926-1929
2
32-37
Eaton, Geoffrey, Undated Letters, circa 1926-1929
2
38-39
Evans, Jean, 1941-1979
2
40-41
Grainger, Boyne (Bonnie), 1931-1950s
2
42
Grotz, Dorothy, Paul and Stefan, circa 1958-1989
2
43
Hanson, Ruth, circa 1967-1989
2
44-45
Hunt, Nolya, circa 1923-1951
(includes photographs, possibly of Hunt, and illustrated letters)
2
46-48
Kahn, Gordon, circa 1951-1953
2
49-51
Kuifer, John, circa 1924-1925
2
52
Lee, Cora Vernon, Regarding Lee's Estate, 1952-1953
2
53
Metz, Kathryn (Kay), 1951, 1961-1989
(includes an original print by Metz)
3
1-8
Mitchell, John, 1928-1933
3
9-11
Mitchell, John, Undated Letters, circa 1928-1933
3
12-14
Mitchell, John, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1929-1932
3
15
Mumford, Lewis, 1953-1963, 1974
3
16
Powys, John Cowper, 1934, 1948
3
17
Read, Allan, 1928, 1935-1938, circa 1952
3
18
Robert, Albert, circa 1925, 1932-1934
3
19-21
Robert, Albert, circa 1935
3
22-26
Robert, Albert, 1936-1942
3
27-32
Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
3
33-48
Robert, Albert, Undated Letters, circa 1932-1942
4
1-6
Robert, Albert, Photographs found with Letters to Esther McCoy, circa 1930s
4
7
Robert, Albert, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1930-1940
4
8
Spence, Andy and Sique, 1977-1989
4
9
Swanberg, William A., 1962-1965
4
10
Tobey, Berkeley, circa 1944-1959
4
11-14
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1908-1909
4
15
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1922-1940
4
16-19
Tobey, Berkeley, Personal and Business Correspondence, 1941-1952
4
20-23
University of Pennsylvania (regarding her donation of Dreiser's letters), 1950-1951
4
24
Van der Velde, Edward, 1928
4
25
Vick, John, 1923
4
26
Vick, John, 1924
4
27-31
Vick, John, 1925-1927
(includes photographs of Vick)
4
32-35
Vick, John, Undated Letters, circa 1923-1927
4
36
Weigel, Henrietta, 1955
4
37

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