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Hildreth Meière papers, 1901-2011, bulk 1911-1960

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Series 2: Correspondence , 1901-2011, bulk 1916-1961
3 Linear feet
Boxes 1-4, RD 19

Correspondence includes three groups of correspondence: personal, travel, and business. In addition to letters to and from Hildreth Meière, each group of correspondence also has a set of indexes, summaries, and/or transcripts prepared by Louise Meière Dunn. Some of the indexes, summaries and transcripts are digital. The indexes to the personal correspondence are particularly detailed, with many letters partially or fully transcribed.
Personal correspondence is between Hildreth Meière and family members and close friends, and is arranged by correspondent name. Hildreth Meière's letters to family written between 1906 and 1924 are arranged at the beginning of the series, along with their detailed indexes. Letters from Meière's mother, Marie "Min" Hildreth Meière (MHM) from 1916 to 1924, and two letters from her father, Ernest Meière follow. A single letter from HM to her classmates dated 1911 is followed by extensive letters to friend Katherine Harvey, which are heavily illustrated by Meière, including a lengthy scroll on Japanese rice paper containing an illustrated letter. Correspondence is also found with Louise Harmon, her sister Lloyd in California in the 1940s, and an extensive set of letters from Meière to her daughter Louise, from 1940 to 1961. Additional personal correspondents include Nancy Basinger, Ethel Howe, Narcissa Thorne, and Clare Winthrop. Original documents are often annotated with circled numbers written in pencil which correspond to the numbers in the index. These numbers begin a new sequence for each year.
Travel correspondence is also personal in nature, and is largely comprised of letters to family from Hildreth Meière while traveling abroad. Most files contain a listing of their contents prepared by the donor. One 1934 letter from Munich describes Adolf Hitler's appearance at a performance Meière attended in Oberammergau, Bavaria, and includes a complete transcript.
Business correspondence contains letters to and from Meière regarding lectures, commissions, professional organizations, schools, competitions, and projects. Correspondence is with architects, designers, fabricators, potential clients, and teachers. Where a correspondent is associated with a particular project, that project is noted in parentheses. A subject index to the business correspondence prepared by Louise Meière Dunn is found at the beginning of the grouping. Subjects include correspondence regarding schools, newspapers and periodicals, Architects, World's fair, Commissions, and Ships.
Personal correspondence is arranged by correspondent. Travel correspondence is arranged chronologically. Business correspondence is arranged by correspondent, or in some cases, by project. Where indexes, summaries, or transcripts exist, they are arranged immediately before the materials to which they refer. There is significant crossover between personal and travel correspondence, but they are arranged separately to facilitate use of the prepared indexes. Additional correspondence concerning the Spanish civil war relief effort and organizing activities during WWII is found in series 4, Civilian War Relief Records.
Description Container Select
Personal Correspondence
Hildreth Meière's Letters to Family (1916-1924)
Indexer's Notes, 2001, 1993-1995
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32
Index, Glossary, and Chronology, 1994-1995
1
33
Index (1916-1918), 1993-1995
1
34
Index (1919-1922), 1993-1995
1
35
Index (1923), 1993-1995
1
36
Index (1924), 1993-1995
1
37
Letters, 1901-1916
Not indexed
1
38
Letters, 1916 January-February
1
39
Letters, 1916 March-May
1
40
Letters, 1916 May-June
1
41
Letters, 1916 June-July
1
42
Letters, 1916 July-September
1
43
Letters, 1916 September-November
1
44
Letters, 1916 November-December
1
45
Letters, 1916 December
1
46
Letters, 1917 January-February
1
47
Letters, 1917 March-September
1
48
Letters, 1917 September-December
1
49
Letters, 1918 January-February
1
50
Letters, 1918 March-May
1
51
Letters, 1918 May-July
1
52
Letters, 1918 July-November
1
53
Letters, 1919 March-July
1
54
Letters, 1919 July-December
1
55
Letters, 1920 January-February
1
56
Letters, 1920 February-May
1
57
Letters, 1920 October-December
1
58
Letters, 1921 January-December
1
59
Letters, 1922 January-April
Contains un-indexed letter
1
60
Letters, 1922 April-December
1
61
Letters, 1923 January-April
1
62
Letters, 1923 April-August
1
63
Letters, 1923 September-November
1
64
Letters, 1923 November-December
1
65
Letters, 1924 January-July
1
65
Personal Correspondence
Marie H. Meière (mother) Letters to Hildreth Meière (1916-1924)
Transcripts and Chronologies, Digital Documents, 2008-2010
0.005 Gigabytes
65 computer files
ER01
Letters, 1916 January-May
2
2
Letters, 1916 May-September
2
3
Letters, 1916 October-December
2
4
Letters, 1917
2
5
Letters, 1918 January-May
2
6
Letters, 1918 June-December
2
7
Letters, 1919 January-May
2
8
Letters, 1919 June-December
2
9
Letters, 1920 January-April
2
10
Letters, 1920 May-December
2
11
Letters, 1921 January-March
2
12
Letters, 1921 March -June
2
13
Letters, 1921 July-December
2
14
Letters, 1922 January-March
2
15
Letters, 1922 April-June
2
16
Letters, 1922 July-December
2
17
Letters, 1923 January-February
2
18
Letters, 1923 March-April
2
19
Letters, 1923 May-June
2
20
Letters, 1923 July-August
2
21
Letters, 1923 September-October
2
22
Letters, 1923 November-December
2
23
Letters, 1924 January-February
2
24
Letters, 1924 March
2
25
Letters, 1924 April
2
26
Letters, 1924 May
2
27
Letters, 1924 June-July
2
28
Ernst Meière (father) Letters to Hildreth Meière, 1931, circa 1924
2
29
Hildreth Meière Letter to Classmates, circa 1911
2
30
Hildreth Meière Letters to Katherine Harvey
Letters, circa 1910
2
31
Letters, 1910
Illustrated letters in sketchbook
2
32
Letters, 1911 September-October
2
33
Letters, 1911 November-December
2
34
Letters, 1912 January-February
2
35
Letters, 1912 March-April
2
36
Letters, 1912 May-June
2
37
Letters, 1913-1915
Includes illustrated letter written on scroll, circa 75 inches long.
Oversized illustrated letter housed in RD 18
2
38
Louise Harmon Letter to Marie H. Meière, 1920 April 14
2
39
Louise Harmon Letter to Hildreth Meière, 1938
2
40
Hildreth Meière Letters to Anne (Nancy) Basinger, circa 1946-1961
Includes letters of condolence from Basinger
2
41
Hildreth Meière Letters to Lloyd Meière Bowers (sister) and Other California Family, 1941-1942, 2011
Includes partial transcripts
2
42
Personal Correspondence
Lloyd Meière Bowers Letters to Hildreth Meière, 1940-1943
Includes born-digital records, see ER02
3
1-2
Lloyd Meière Bowers Letters to Hildreth Meière (circa 1940-1943), Digital Documents, 2011
0.014 Gigabytes
4 computer files
ER02
Hildreth Meière Letters to Louise Meière (daughter)
Letters, 1940-1944, 2011
Includes partial transcripts
3
3
Letters, 2011, 1940
Includes partial transcripts
3
4
Letters, 2011, 1941-1942
Includes partial transcripts
3
5
Letters, 2011, 1943
Includes partial transcripts
3
6
Letters, 2011, 1944
Includes partial transcripts
3
7
Letters, 1947 December, 2011
Includes partial transcripts
3
8
Partial Transcripts (1948), circa 2012
3
9
Letters, 1948 May-August
3
10
Letters, 1948 September-December
3
11
Partial Transcripts (1949), 2011
3
12
Letters, 1949 January-September
3
13
Letters, 1949 October-December
3
14
Partial Transcripts (1950-1951), 2011
3
15
Letters, 1950-1951
3
16
Partial Transcripts (1953), 2011
3
17
Letters, 1953
3
18
Partial Transcripts (1954), 2011
3
19
Letters, 1954
3
20
Partial Transcrpits (1955), circa 2011
3
21
Letters, 1955
3
22
Partial Transcripts (1956-1957), 2012
3
23
Letters, 1956-1957
Contains detailed itinerary for travel to Mexico
3
24
Partial Transcripts (1958), 2012
3
25
Letters, 1958
3
26
Partial Transcripts (1960-1961), 2011
3
27
Letters, 1960-1961
3
28
Letters of Condolence to Louise Meière Dunn, 1961
3
29
Letters to Hildreth Meière from Various Correspondents, circa 1929-1940
3
30
Ethel Howe Letters to Hildreth Meière, circa 1930-1931
3
31
Narcissa Thorne Letters to Hildreth Meière, 1991, 1933-1937
Includes clippings
3
32
Clare Winthrop Letter to Hildreth Meière, 1937
3
33
Scans and Partial Transcripts of Correspondence 1948-1959, Digital Documents, 2014
0.019 Gigabytes
15 computer files
ER03
Travel Correspondence
Hildreth Meière Letters from Paris, 1922
3
34
Hildreth Meière Correspondence with Spanish Relatives, 1925-1926
3
35
Hildreth Meière Letters from Italy, 1927
3
36
Hildreth Meière Letters from Scandinavia and Paris, 1932
3
37
Hildreth Meière Letters from Turkey, Yugoslavia, and Paris, 1933
3
38
Letters from Robert, Paris, 1932-1933
3
39
Hildreth Meière Letters from Germany, 1934
Includes a description of Meière's attendance at the Oberammergau passion play performance attended by Adolf Hitler in a letter of August 13, 1934, along with a transcription of the letter.
3
40
Hildreth Meière Correspondence with Spanish Contacts, 1935-1939
3
41
Hildreth Meière Letters to Louise Harmon from Berlin, Poland, and Russia, 1936
Includes photographs
3
42
Letters to Hildreth Meière in Poland and Russia from Louise Harmon and Others , 1936
3
43
Hildreth Meière Letters to Malvina Hoffman from France , 1938
3
44
Letter from Jimmy Clarke to Hildreth Meière from Warsaw, Poland, 1939 January 29
3
45
Hildreth Meière Letter to Louise Meière from Guatemala and Mexico, 1946
3
46
Hildreth Meière Letters to Anne (Nancy) Basinger from South America, 1947
3
47
Hildreth Meière Letters to Anne (Nancy) Basinger from the U.K. and Scandinavia, 1951
3
48
Hildreth Meière Letters to Ellie from Uganda and Rome, 1953 March
3
49
Letters of Introduction for Hildreth Meière's Grand Tour, 1952
3
50
Business Correspondence
Subject Index to Business Correspondence, 1999-2000
3
51
A, 1933-1953
Includes letters from Berenice Abbott and Florence Allen.
3
52
Hartley Alexander, Scripps College, 1931-1940
Contains item list of letters
3
53
American Academy in Rome, Letters of Recommendation, 1920-1921
3
54
American Institute of Architects, 1955
3
55
Art Institute of Chicago, 1921-1922
3
56
Art Students League, 1912-1916
3
57
B, 1921-1944
3
58
Bruno de Paoli and Co. (Huntington Seminary), 1943
3
59
C, 1938-1940
3
60
The Center Theatre, circa 1939
3
61
Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (Mary Immaculate Seminary), 1938-1939
Also contains letters from R. Guastavino Company
3
62
Citizen's Committee for the Army and Navy, 1941-1944
See also series 4, Civilian War Service Records
3
63
G.H.A. Clowes (32nd General Hospital, Indianapolis), 1943
3
64
Committee for the Mass Meeting for America, 1939
Multiple correspondents. Includes a printed program and clippings.
3
65
Cram and Ferguson (St. John's Church, Boston), 1936, 1925-1926
3
66
Paul Phillippe Cret, 1935-1936
3
67
Business Correspondence
D, 1928-1940
4
1
The Decorator's Club, 1940
4
2
Baron Dervaux, 1937
4
3
E, 1938
4
4
John J. Early, 1936-1938
4
5
Helen Farnham (Illinois Bell Telephone Co.), 1938-1940
4
6
Lynn Faucett, 1937-1938
4
7
Fordham University Chapel, 1942
Multiple correspondents.
4
8
Fred Harvey Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, 1936-1937
Multiple correspondents.
4
9
Emily Genauer, circa 1940
4
10
Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, 2000, 1921-1924
Contains item list of letters.
4
11
H, 1926-1969
4
12
Inisfada, 1939
4
13
Klimo, 1939
4
14
Liturgical Arts Society, Inc., 1939
4
15
George Lovatt, 1936
4
16
M, 1936-1939
4
17
Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, 1940
4
18
M.I.T School of Architecture, 1934-1935
4
19
Hildreth Meière, 1932-1943
4
20
Francis A. Nelson (St. James Church, Upper Montclair, NJ), 1943
4
21
New York Times, 1940
Contains typescript of poem Meière had published in the newspaper.
4
22
Obrero Lans Museum, 1937
4
23
P-R, 1926-1939
Contains letter from Alfred E. Poor.
4
24
Rambusch Decorating Company, 1933-1950
4
25
Robert J. Reiley (Huntington Seminary), 1943, 1936
4
26
S-T, 1934-1957
4
27
Joseph Sanford Shanley (St. Charles Borromeo Church, Newark, NJ), 1936-1937
4
28
St. James Church (Montclair, NJ), 1943
See also Francis A. Nelson
4
29
Smythe, Urqhart, and Marckwald, Inc. (S.S. United States), 1950-1951, 1939
See also series 6, Printed Material
4
30
Lizzie Stuart, circa 1939-1940
4
31
U, 1943
4
32
United States Navy, 1940-1942
4
33
United States Treasury Department (Ed Rowan), 1935
4
34
United States Treasury Department (Inslee Hopper), 1936
4
35
F.R. Walker, 1936
4
36
Wilfred Edwarts Anthony et al (St. Paul's Church, New Haven, CT), 1927
4
37
Zantzinger and Borie, 1936
4
38
Oversized Illustrated Letter on Scroll From Box 2, Folder 38
RD 19

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