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Lily Emmet Cushing papers, 1929-1972

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1953-1967
(Box 1; 14 folders)

Biographical material consists primarily of address books and address lists. There are also photocopies of Cushing's marriage license with Alston Boyd, miscellaneous resumés, and a certificate of participation in the Art in Embassies program.
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Photocopies of Marriage License; Miscellaneous Resumés, 1953-1967, undated
1
1
Certificate of Participation in Art in the Embassies Program, undated
1
2
Address Books, undated
1
3
Cushing's Old List of Addresses, undated
(4 folders)
1
4-7
Cushing's Revised List of Addresses, 1964
(4 folders)
1
8-11
Miscellaneous Address Lists, 1961-1967, undated
(3 folders)
1
12-14

Series 2: Letters , 1929-1972
(Box 1-2, OV 7; 1.4 linear feet)

Scattered letters received by Cushing are primarily from friends including Alfred M. Frankfurter, Katharine Graham, and Nancy Kefauver. Ten letters each received from Walt Kuhn and French playwright Henri Bernstein encourage Cushing in her work and activities. There are single letters from Joseph Alsop, José Ferrer, Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, Tex McCrary, and Arthur Schlesinger. There is also a file of letters concerning the Chinese Women's Anti-Aggression League that benefited the charitable and social welfare organizations of the Chinese Navy
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Unsigned Letters, undated
(2 folders)
1
15-16
Letters from Correspondents with Unknown Surnames, undated
(4 folders)
1
17-20
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "A" - "B,", undated
1
21
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "C,", undated
(6 folders)
1
22-27
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "D" - "E,", undated
1
28
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "F,", undated
1
29
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "G,", undated
1
30
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "H,", undated
1
31
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "I" - "J,", undated
1
32
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "K,", undated
(2 folders)
1
33-34
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "L,", undated
(3 folders)
1
35-37
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "M" - "O,", undated
1
38
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "P" - "R,", undated
1
39
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "S,", undated
1
40
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "T,", undated
1
41
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "W,", undated
1
42
Letters from Correspondents with Surnames "Y,"
1
43
Letters, 1941
1
44
Letters, 1942
1
45
Letters, 1943
1
46
Letters, 1945
(3 folders)
1
47-49
Letters, 1948-1955
1
50
Letters, 1956
1
51
Letters, 1957
(3 folders)(Oversized Material Housed in OV 7)
1
52-55
Letters, 1958
1
56
Letters
(3 folders)
1
57-59
Letters, 1960
(8 folders)
1
60-67
Letters, 1961
(10 folders)
2
1-10
Letters, 1962
(5 folders)
2
11-15
Letters, 1963
2
16
Letters, 1964
(3 folders)
2
17-19
Letters, 1964
2
17-19
Letters, 1965
(5 folders)
2
20-24
Letters, 1966
2
25
Letters, 1967
2
26
Letters, 1968
(3 folders)
2
27-29
Letters, 1969-1972
2
30
Letters from Walt Kuhn, 1929-1943
2
31
Letters from Henri Bernstein, 1945, undated
(2 folders)
2
32-33
Letters Concerning the Chinese Women's Anti-Aggression League, 1959-1960
2
34-39
An Oversized Blueprint and Schematic Design for the Decoration of Ship Cabins, 1957,
from Box 1, Folder 55
OV 7

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1934-1969
(Box 2-3, 6; 0.8 linear feet)

Personal business records include lists of art work and purchasers, price lists, benefits reports from the will of Alexander Cochrane, stock reports, mortgage loan records, banking records, income tax records, insurance records, framing and shipping invoices, and receipts for art supplies, household and landscaping work, automobile repairs, and travel to Greece, Rhodes, Italy, Mallorca, and Mexico. Financial material concerning the Maynard Walker Gallery includes letters discussing sales, invoices, and a ledger listing sales of art work by various artists including Lily Cushing Emmet, John Edward Heliker, Walt Kuhn, Doris Lee, Frank Mechau, Dudley Morris, Andree Ruellan, Lee Townsend, and J. Alden Weir.
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Invoices and Letters from the Maynard Walker Gallery, 1954-1967, undated
(12 folders)
2
40-51
Lists of Art Work and Purchasers, 1957-1969
(2 folders)
2
52-53
Art Work Price Lists, 1963-1969
(3 folders)
2
54-56
Benefits Reports from the Will of Alexander Cochrane, 1961-1965
(3 folders)
2
57-59
Stock Reports, 1954-1967
(4 folders)
2
60-63
Mortgage Loan Records, 1949-1959
2
64
Banking Records, 1956-1964
(4 folders)
2
65-68
Income Tax Records, 1956-1965
(2 folders)
2
69-70
Insurance Records, 1955-1964
(4 folders)
2
71-74
Framing and Shipping Invoices, 1963-1968
2
75
Gou Shipping Company Invoices, 1965
2
76
Household Receipts, 1959-1966, undated
(5 folders)
3
1-5
Receipts for Landscaping, 1964-1968
3
6
Receipts for Art Supplies, 1960-1967, undated
3
7
Automobile Receipts, 1960-1966
(2 folders)
3
8-9
Receipts from Travel to Greece and Rhodes, 1960-1961
(2 folders)
3
10-11
Receipts for Travel to Italy, 1961
3
12
Receipts for Travel to Mallorca (Spain), 1961-1967
3
13
Receipts for Travel to Mexico, 1961-1968
3
14
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1956-1968, undated
(2 folders)
3
15-16
Oversized Maynard Walker Gallery Ledger Listing Sales of Art Work by Various Artists including Cushing, 1934-1957
6
1

Series 4: Notes and Writings , 1955-1969
(Box 3; 23 folders)

Notes and Writings consist of notebooks containing annotations on miscellaneous topics including household items, painting, plants, and recipes. Miscellaneous notes concern art work, fabric, and furnishings. Typescripts by others concern the genealogy of the Clark family.
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Notebook Containing Annotations in Chinese, undated
3
17
Notebook Concerning Miscellaneous Topics, undated
3
18
Notebook "Some of Bertha's Recipes,", undated
3
19
Notebook "Recipes and Nostrums,", 1955-1966, undated
(3 folders)
3
20-22
Notebook: "Want Lists, E. M. Club Tayloring, and San Francisco House,", 1958-1966
3
23
Notebook Containing Annotations in Greek, 1960-1961
3
24
Notebook Concerning Household Items and Notes on Painting, 1960-1961
(5 folders)
3
25-29
Notebook: "Stowage,", 1961
3
30
Notebook: "Correspondence from S. F.,", 1965-1966
3
31
Notebook: "Plant Book - 2 Belmont, S.F.,", 1966
3
32
Notebook Concerning Miscellaneous Topics, 1969, undated
3
33
Miscellaneous Notes on Art Work, 1961, undated
3
34
Miscellaneous Notes on Fabric and Furnishings, undated
3
35
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
3
36
Notes and Writings by Others: "Notes by Al,", undated
3
37
Notes and Writings by Others: Typescript "Genealogy of Winifred Stockbridge Bartlett Clark,", undated
3
38
Notes and Writings by Others: Typescript: "Three with a History" by Winifred Shaw-Clark, undated
3
39

Series 5: Art Work , circa 1940
(Box 3, 6; 3 folders)

Art work consists of a schematic drawing with annotations concerning a painting of flowers, three small oil paintings on masonite depicting portraits of girls and a scene at the beach, and a commercial printing block of a design by Walt Kuhn.
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Small Oil Paintings on Masonite, undated
(2 folders)
3
40-41
Commercial Printing Block with Design by Walt Kuhn, undated
3
42
Oversized Schematic Drawing of Flowers in a Vase, undated
6
2

Series 6: Printed Material , 1930-1968
(Box 3, 6; 30 folders)

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs for Cushing, programs, brochures concerning tiger balm, crafts in Mexico, and miscellaneous travel. Picture postcards are of Native Americans, and of scenes in the United States, Europe, and Mexico.
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Clippings, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
3
43
Clippings, 1930-1944
3
44
Clippings, 1945
3
45
Clippings, 1946-1947
3
46
Clippings, 1948-1949
3
47
Clippings, 1952-1955
3
48
Clippings, 1957
3
49
Clippings, 1959
3
50
Clippings, 1960
(2 folders)(Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
3
51-52
Clippings, 1961
3
53
Clippings, 1962-1968
3
54
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, undated
3
55
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1947-1948
3
56
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1960
3
57
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1961
3
58
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1964
3
59
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs for Others, 1966-1967
3
60
Programs, 1959-1960, undated
3
61
Brochures Concerning Crafts of Mexico, undated
3
62
Travel Brochures, 1961
3
63
Miscellaneous Brochures, 1959, undated
(Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
3
64
Picture Postcards of California, Nevada, and Hawaii, undated
3
65
Picture Postcards of Miscellaneous Sites in the United States, undated
3
66
Picture Postcards of Miscellaneous Sites in Europe, undated
3
67
Picture Postcards of Miscellaneous Sites in Mexico, undated
3
68
Picture Postcards of Native Americans, undated
3
69
Fishers Island Telephone Directory, 1964-1965
3
70
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1955-1966, undated
3
71
Three Oversized Chinese Newspapers, undated,
(from Box 3, folder 43)
6
3
Two Oversized Newspaper Clippings, 1960,
(from Box 3, Folder 51)
6
3
Oversized Brochure for Tiger Balm, undated,
(from Box 3, Folder 64)
6
3

Series 7: Photographs , 1940-1968
(Box 3-6 linear feet)

Photographs are of Cushing, her daughters, her third husband Capt. Alston Boyd, friends and colleagues including Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek visiting an exhibition by Cushing, Cushing's homes in San Francisco and Fishers Island, travel scenes, miscellaneous plants, and of art work. There is also a photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
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Photographs of Lily Cushing, 1947-1966, undated
(2 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
3
72-73
Photographs of Lily Cushing and Capt. Alston Boyd, 1953-1960
3
74
Photographs of Capt. Alston Boyd, 1959, undated
(3 folders)
3
75-77
Photographs of Cushing and Family Members, 1940-1960, undated
(3 folders; Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
3
78
Photographs of Cushing with Friends and Colleagues, undated
(2 folders)
4
1-2
Photographs of Cushing at Unidentified Events, undated
4
3
Photographs of Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek at an Exhibition of Cushing's Art Work, undated
4
4
Photographs of Miscellaneous Friends, undated
4
5
Photographs of Unidentified Houses, undated
(4 folders)(Oversized Material Housed in Box 6)
4
6-9
Photographs of the San Francisco House, undated
4
10
Photographs of Fishers Island, 1968
(2 folders)
4
11-12
Photographs of Mellons' Garden, 1968
4
13
Photographs of Mexico and California, undated
4
14
Miscellaneous Travel Photographs, 1954-1962, undated
(3 folders)
4
15-17
Photographs of Miscellaneous Plants, 1967-1968, undated
(2 folders)
4
18-19
Photographs of Art Work: Female Figures, undated
(9 folders)
4
20-28
Photographs of Art Work: Views of New Orleans, undated
4
29
Photographs of Art Work: Views of New York, undated
(2 folders)
4
30-31
Photographs of Art Work: "Rome Morning,", undated
4
32
Photographs of Art Work: Views of Rhodes, undated
(4 folders)
4
33-36
Photographs of Art Work: Views of Taiwan, undated
(3 folders)
5
1-3
Photographs of Art Work: Miscellaneous Towns and Buildings, undated
(2 folders)
5
4-5
Photographs of Art Work: Tropical Scenes, undated
5
6
Photographs of Art Work: Forests and Parks, undated
(2 folders)
5
7-8
Photographs of Art Work: Flowers in Vases, undated
(2 folders)
5
9-10
Photographs of Art Work: Miscellaneous Plants, undated
(2 folders)
5
11-12
Photographs of Art Work: "Hat Rack,", undated
5
13
Oversized Photograph of Lily Cushing, circa 1960,
(from Box 3, Folder 72)
6
4
Three Oversized Photographs of Cushing and her Daughters, circa 1960,
(from Box 3, Folder 79)
6
4
Oversized Aerial Photograph of Houses, undated,
(from Box 4, Folder 7)
6
4

Make a Request

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