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Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney papers, 1851-1975, bulk 1888-1942

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Series 7: Writings , 1974, 1889-1942
10 Linear feet
Boxes 17-26

This series consists of extensive drafts, handwritten and typed manuscripts, and various copies of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's writings, which include novels, plays, stories, as well as some autobiographical and early writings, notes and writings on art, and published writings. As a whole, these writings document what was an important means of creative expression for Whitney, one which she pursued from her earliest childhood until her death, and what was her principle creative activity in the last years of her life.
  • 7.1: Novels, circa 1901-1931
  • 7.2: Plays, circa 1933-1942
  • 7.3: Stories, circa 1910-1942, 1974
  • 7.4: Journals and Notebooks, circa 1901-1940
  • 7.5: Unidentified Drafts and Fragments, 1910-1930s
  • 7.6: Other Writings, 1889-1940
  • 7.7: Writings by Others, circa 1918
Writings are typically arranged in alphabetical order according to title and are arranged as seven subseries.
Writings are partially scanned; duplicates and extensive edited versions of manuscripts have not been scanned.
7.1: Novels, circa 1901-1931
This subseries consists of drafts, manuscripts, and fragments of various novels written by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, one of which - Walking the Dusk - was published under the pseudonym L. J. Webb in 1932. The bulk of the subseries consists of early drafts of an untitled novel that begins "The Maison Feodor was..." Also included is a novel written under the pseudonym Phyllis Lane.
Some related material may be found amongst the unidentified drafts and fragments subseries.
Description Container
As Seen Through a Glass Darkly, Drafts, 1902
Notes and Outlines, circa 1902
17
6
Chapters 1-4, circa 1902
17
7
Chapters 5-6, circa 1902
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8
Chapters 7-8, circa 1902
17
9
Chapters 9-10, circa 1902
17
10
Chapters 11-12, circa 1902
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11
Chapters 13-14, circa 1902
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12
Chapter 16, circa 1902
17
13
Chapters 17-18, circa 1902
17
14
Chapters 19-20, circa 1902
17
15
Chapter 21, circa 1902
17
16
Chapters 25-26, circa 1902
17
17
Chapters 27-28, circa 1902
17
18
Chapters 29-30, circa 1902
17
19-20
As Through a Glass Darkly (incomplete), undated
17
21
Diana Opens the Door by Phyllis Lane (pseudonym of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney), circa 1931
17
22-24
Drafts and Fragments, Miscellaneous, circa 1900
17
25-28
Drafts and Fragments, Miscellaneous, circa 1900
18
1-2
Maude - A Novel, circa 1901
18
3
Their Emancipation - A Novel, undated
18
4
Unidentified Manuscripts, undated
18
5-7
Untitled ("The Maison Feodor was...")
Manuscript, Chapters 1-5, undated
18
8
Manuscript, Chapters 6-9, undated
18
9
Manuscript, Chapters 10-13, undated
18
10
Manuscript, Chapters 14-16, undated
18
11
Manuscript, Chapters 17-20, undated
18
12
Manuscript, Chapters 21-15, undated
18
13
Draft
Chapters 1-4, undated
18
14
Chapters 5-14, undated
18
15
Chapters 15-20, undated
18
16
Chapters 21-25, undated
18
17
Early Drafts
Chapter 1, undated
18
18-20
Chapter 2, undated
18
21-22
Chapter 3, undated
18
23-24
Chapter 4, undated
18
25
Chapter 5, undated
19
1
Chapter 6, undated
19
2
Chapter 7, undated
19
3
Chapter 8, undated
19
4-5
Chapter 9, undated
19
6-7
Chapter 10, undated
19
8-9
Chapter 11, undated
19
10-12
Chapter 12, undated
19
13-14
Chapter 13, undated
19
15-16
Chapter 14, undated
19
17
Chapter 15, undated
19
18
Chapter 16, undated
19
19-22
Chapter 17, undated
19
23-24
Chapter 18, undated
19
25
Chapter 19, undated
19
26-27
Chapter 20, undated
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1
Chapter 21, undated
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2
Chapter 22, undated
20
3-4
Chapter 23, undated
20
5
Chapter 24, undated
20
6-7
Chapter 25, undated
20
8-10
Chapter 26, undated
20
11
Miscellaneous, undated
20
12-13
Walking the Dusk
Drafts
Chapters 1-4, circa 1931
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14
Chapters 5-16, circa 1931
20
15-16
Chapters 5-20, circa 1931
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17-18
Chapters 21-32, circa 1931
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19-21
Miscellaneous, circa 1931
20
22-24
Proofs, circa 1931
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25
The Wedge of Light
Draft, undated
20
26
Outline and Notes, undated
20
27
White Voices, 1911
20
28
7.2: Plays, 1933-1942
This subseries consists of drafts and manuscripts of various plays written by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The most notable of these is The Hand, which began as a story (also called "The Scar" and "The Usurper") in the early 1930s; she first attempted to make the story into a play in the mid-1930s and eventually collaborated with Ronald Bodley on it beginning in 1941. Also included is one which may or may not have been written by Whitney, which is noted in the title of the folder in the list below.
Description Container
The Amazing Adventure of Mathilda Brown (by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney?), Synopsis, undated
20
29
The Hand
Early Versions of Story, circa 1933
20
30-32
Act I, circa 1941
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1-2
Act II, circa 1941
21
3
Act III, circa 1941
21
4
Critique, 1941
21
5
Early Drafts, circa 1933-1942
21
6-9
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
10
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
11
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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12
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
13
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
14
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
15
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
16
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
21
17
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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18
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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19
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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20
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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21
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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23
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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24
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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1
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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2
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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3
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
22
4
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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5
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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6
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
22
7
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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8
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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9
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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10
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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11
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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12
Drafts and Copies of Typed Manuscripts, circa 1933-1942
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13
Miscellaneous, undated
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14
Untitled, Act II, circa 1934
22
15
7.3: Stories, 1974, circa 1910-1942
This subseries consists of drafts and manuscripts of stories by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, many of which were written as part of a professional writing course at Columbia University taught by Helen Hull in the early-1940s and including one written under the pseudonym Phyllis Lane. Also found are critiques by Hull of some of the stories, and certain stories that may or may not have been written by Whitney, which are noted in the title of the folders in the list below.
Description Container
"The Class of 1908", circa 1940
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16
"Cloudy and Colder", circa 1940
22
17
"Crossed Rails", circa 1940
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18
"Crossed Rails", circa 1940
22
19
"Detour", circa 1940
22
20
Drafts, Various, undated
22
21
"Feet That Make No Sound", circa 1940
22
22
"Forgive Me", 1930s
22
23
Fragments, circa 1941
22
24
"The Ghost Writer", circa 1940
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25
"Growing Pains", circa 1940
22
26
"The Hand", circa 1940
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27
"The Human Hat", 1930s
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28
"Jeeps May Surprise You" (by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney?), undated
22
29
"Julia and Her Ghost,", circa 1940
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30
"Kitty's Annabel", circa 1930s
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31
"Machine", 1929
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32
"Making Mother Happy", 1930s
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33
Miscellaneous, 1930s
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34
"Misfit Mary", undated
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35
"Mr. Drummond's Client", circa 1940
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36
"Mr. Simon's Importance", 1930s
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37
"Olive Oil from Palestine" (by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney?), undated
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38
"Restless Past", circa 1940
23
1
"Sam Goes On", undated
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2
"Sawdust and Sunshine", 1930s
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3
"A Star Beyond", undated
23
4
Stories for Gallishaw Course (?), circa 1933
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5-6
Story Ideas (?), undated
23
7
"A Thousand Trails", undated
23
8
"Three Brothers and a Madonna", circa 1940
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9
"Three Brothers and a Madonna", circa 1940
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10
"Triple Life", circa 1940
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11
Untitled
("I had just come back from Paris..."), undated
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12
("It was a hot Tuesday morning..."), undated
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13
("Miss Crawford's house was..."), undated
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14
("Mr. Caruso's latest song intermingled..."), undated
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15
("The pale saffron towers..."), circa 1910
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16
("Tony was going...") (by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney?), undated
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17
("It was a little after..."), 1930s
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18
Synopsis ("An imaginary island in the Mediterranean..."), undated
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19
"The Useless Memorial", undated
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20
"White Voices" by Phyllis Lane (pseudonym of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney), 1911, 1974
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21
7.4: Journals and Notebooks, circa 1901-1940
This subseries consists of journals and notebooks containing Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's handwritten drafts of stories and autobiographical and other writings, including two stories written under the pseudonym Jane Philliper. Writings in this subseries are often related to (possibly being early drafts of) those found in other subseries.
Description Container
Autobiographical Writings, undated
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22
"The Bridge of Light" (7 vols.), undated
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23-26
"A Foreign Enterprise - A Novel", undated
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27
"Intermediate", undated
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28
"Love's Philosophy", circa 1906
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29
"Mr. Jinks, the Detective" by Jane Philliper (pseudonym of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney), undated
24
1
"Rosalind - A Story," Vols. I and II, undated
24
2
"Sawdust and Sunshine", undated
24
3
"A Simple Tale", undated
24
4
"Spy Story", 1918
24
5
Story and Poetry Book by Jane Philliper, 1885-1886
24
6
Synopsis of a Novel, undated
24
7
Synopsis of Play about Hero, 1925
24
8
"The Tomb Under the Arc de Triumphe" (play), circa 1940
24
9
"Travels in Foreign Countries and in the Mind", circa 1901
24
10-11
Unidentified Writings, undated
24
12
Untitled Novel, 1901
24
13
Untitled Play, undated
24
14
Untitled Stories, undated
24
15
"White Voices", 1911
24
16
7.5: Unidentified Drafts and Fragments, 1910s-1930s
This subseries consists of drafts and fragments of unidentified writings by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, which may or may not relate to writings in other subseries.
Description Container
Unidentified Drafts and Fragments, 1910s-1930s
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17-21
Unidentified Drafts and Fragments, 1910s-1930s
25
1-18
7.6: Other Writings, 1889-1940
This subseries consists of writings by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney apart from her more creative writing, including autobiographical and early writings, an essay on the problems of reconstruction in France after the First World War, limericks and poems, notebooks on art and history, her published writings on art (including an article entitled "The 'Useless' Memorial" and a series of articles entitled "The End of America's Apprenticeship in Art" which appeared in Arts and Decoration in 1920), writings on art, and other miscellaneous writings.
Description Container
Autobiographical Writings, "My History", undated
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1
Autobiographical Writings, Various, undated
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2
Early Writings, "A Scene on a Train", 1889 August
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3
Early Writings, 1889 November
26
4
Early Writings, undated
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5-6
"General Problems of Reconstruction in France", circa 1915-1916
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7
Limericks and Poems, undated
26
8
Miscellaneous Writings and Sketches, undated
26
9
Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1909-1935
26
10-11
Miscellaneous Writings, 1910-1940
26
12-13
Notebooks, Notes on Art, undated
26
14
Notebooks, Notes on Egypt, undated
26
15
Notebooks, Notes on European History, undated
26
16
Notebooks, Notes on Italian Art, undated
26
17
Published Writings, 1920
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18
Writings on Art, circa 1930s
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19
Writings on Art, undated
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20
Writings on Whitney Studio, undated
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21
7.7: Writings by Others, circa 1918
This subseries consists of writings by others, including the galley proof of a memoir by Julien H. Bryan about his time as an ambulance driver during the First World War (published by The Macmillan Company in 1918), a story by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's collaborator, Ronald Bodley, and stories possibly by other students in the writing course with Whitney. Also found is a signed copy of Between Sittings: An Informal Autobiography of Jo Davidson, in which a signed 1936 watercolor by Davidson is enclosed.
Description Container
Ambulance 464 by Julien H. Bryan, circa 1918
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22
"The Arrow" by Ronald Bodley, undated
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23
Between Sittings: An Informal Autobiography of Jo Davidson (The Dial Press: New York, 1951), 1936, 1951
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24
"Episode No. 1 - Greece" by Joseph Linden Smith (?), undated
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25
"The Proof of the Evolution of Man From Apes" by Harry Storm, undated
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26
"Radiant Fatherhood" by Lincoln Steffens, undated
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27

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