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Romaine Brooks papers, 1910-1973

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Information , circa 1967-1968
2 Folders
Box 1

This series contains chronologies and a recorded interview.
This series has been partially scanned.
Description Container Select
Chronologies, circa 1967
1
1
Interview of Brooks, circa 1968
1
2

Series 2: Personal Business Records , 1967
1 Folder
Box 1

This series contains one receipt for an item purchased by Brooks.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Receipt, 1967
1
3

Series 3: Correspondence , 1924-1969, bulk 1950-1969
0.9 Linear feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is scattered and the bulk of it dates from 1950-1969. Notable correspondents include Harold Acten, Laura Barney, Yvon Bizardel, Adelyn Breeskin, Jean-Pierre Castelnau, Louis Gauthier-Villars, Janine Lahovary, Edouard MacAvoy, Nicky Mariano, Donald McClelland, Charles de Noailles, David Scott, Alan Searle, and Uberto Strozzi. Letters from Breeskin, Scott, and McClelland concern Brooks's relationship with the National Collection of Fine Arts. Also found is a small amount of Natalie Barney's personal correspondence dating from 1924-1968.
This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Illegible letters and Natalie Barney's correspondence are arranged chronologically.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Acton, Harold, 1960-1962
1
4
Acton, Hortense, 1960-circa 1962
1
5
Barney, Laura (Dreyfus), 1955-1966
1
6
Berthe, Mme., 1965-1968
1
7
Bizardel, Yvon, 1963-1965
1
8
Bizardel, Yvon, 1966
1
9
Bizardel, Yvon, 1967-1969
1
10
Bizardel, Yvon, circa 1960s
1
11
Breeskin, Adelyn D., 1968
1
12
Canart (?), Louise, 1956
1
13
Cassou (?), Jean, 1968
1
14
Castelnau, Jean-Pierre, 1967
1
15
Cholon, Jean, 1965
1
16
DesGruezes, Michel, 1966-1967
1
17
Ellas (?), 1957
1
18
Gailly de Tourines, Jean, 1966-1969
1
19
Gallup, Donald, 1965
1
20
Gaubier-Viginen, Louis, 1964-1968
1
21
Gugenot, Pierre, 1960
1
22
Hennessy, Aileen, circa 1950
1
23
Huisman, Ph., 1956-1958
1
24
Lahouary, Mme. Nicholas (Janine), 1956-1967
1
25
Lot, Guruaime, 1962
1
26
Luciano, Josephine, 1957-1958
1
27
MacAvoy, Edouard, 1957-1963
2
1
MacAvoy, Edouard, 1964-1966
2
2
MacAvoy, Edouard, 1967-1969
2
3
MacAvoy, Edouard, circa 1960s
2
4
Marino, Nicky, 1964-1968
2
5
McClelland, Donald R., 1964
2
6
de Noailles, Charles, 1957-1958
2
7
Olds, Alys, circa 1960
2
8
Rosenberg, Paul, 1954-1955
2
9
Scott, David W., 1966-1968
2
10
Searle, Alan, 1958
2
11
Strozzi, Uberto, 1951-1955
2
12
Strozzi, Uberto, 1956-1959
2
13
Strozzi, Uberto, 1960-1965
2
14
Strozzi, Uberto, 1966-1967
2
15
Strozzi, Uberto, circa 1950s-1960s
2
16
Strozzi, Uberto, 1951-1967
Envelopes
2
17
Taurines, J., 1964-1968
2
18
Winwar, Frances, 1955-1956
2
19
Wunder, Richard P., 1967-1968
2
20
Miscellaneous, undated, 1940-1968
unsigned, illegible
3
1
Natalie Barney's Correspondence, 1955-1968, 1924-1925
3
2

Series 4: Writings and Notes , circa 1930s-1959
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 3-4

Writings and notes includes seven handwritten journal notebooks that contain Romaine's thoughts, quotes from poetry and literature, references to museums and works of art throughout Europe, and drafts of letters. Also found is a manuscript of No Pleasant Memories, Brooks's autobiography, and of A War Interlude, a book she wrote describing her life in Italy during World War II.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Journal Notebook, 1954-1956
contains lists and Romaine's thoughts
3
3
Journal Notebook, 1958
contains thoughts and quotes
3
4
Journal Notebook, 1959
contains copies of letters
3
5
Journal Notebook, circa 1930s
contains references to museums and works of art throughout Europe; mythology writings
3
6
Journal Notebook, circa 1950s
contains thoughts and quotes
3
7
Journal Notebook, circa 1950s
contains letters to a professor concerning a book
3
8
Journal Notebook, circa 1950s
contains quotes from poetry and literature
3
9
Original Folder that Housed Journal Notebooks, circa 1950s
3
10
Manuscript, No Pleasant Memories, circa 1930s
3
11
Manuscript, No Pleasant Memories, circa 1930s
3
12
Manuscript, No Pleasant Memories, circa 1930s
4
1
Manuscript, A War Interlude, circa 1940s
4
2

Series 5: Printed Material , 1910-1973
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6

Printed material includes published works by Barney and Brooks, magazines and clippings concerning Brooks and her artwork, and exhibition catalogs from Brooks' solo shows. This series includes a copy of Natalie Barney's Poems and Poemes Autres Alliances, published in 1920, which includes a poem by Brooks. Also found is a large-format copy of Gabriele D'Anunzio's poem Sur Une Image de la France Croisse Piente Par Romaine Brooks. A copy of Life and Letters To-Day features an except from Brooks's autobiography. There is also a nameplate of Eyre de Lanux, one of Barney's lovers.
This series has been partially scanned. Only relevant pages of published materials have been scanned.
Description Container Select
Poems and Poemes Autres Alliances, by Natalie Barney, 1920
4
3
Sur Une Image de la France Croisee Piente Par Romaine Brooks, by Gabriele d' Anunzio, circa 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 6
4
4
L'Art et Les Artistes, 1923 May
4
5
International Studio, 1926 February
4
6
Life and Letters To-Day, 1938 Summer
4
7
Bizarre, 1968 March
4
8
Exhibition Catalogs
Tableaux par Romaine Brooks, 1910 May
4
9
Romain Brooks Solo Shows, 1926-1971
5
1
Romaine Brooks Solo Shows, Duplicates, 1926-1971
5
2
Other Artists, 1973
5
3
Clippings, 1925-1968
5
4
Eyre (Elizabeth) de Lanux Nameplate, circa 1950
5
5
Oversized Work by Gabriele D'Anunzio, circa 1914
Oversized material scanned with Box 4, F4
6
1

Series 6: Scrapbook , 1910-1931
1 Folder
Box 6

This series consists of one scrapbook containing news clippings concerning Romaine Brooks's artwork and exhibitions dating from 1910-1931. Many of the clippings are in French.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1910-1931
6
3

Series 7: Photographs , circa 1910-1970s
0.3 Linear feet
Boxes 5-6, OV 7-8

Photographs are of Brooks, of Brooks in her studio with artworks, prints of photos of Brooks's family, and photographs of works of art. Notable photographs include portraits of Brooks by Carl Van Vecten and Perou and a photo of Brooks's portrait of John Cocteau hanging in The Louvre.
The bulk of this series has been scanned. Photographs of works of art and duplicates have not been scanned.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Romaine Brooks, circa 1930s-1970s
Includes photos by Carl Van Vecten and Perou. Oversized material housed in Box 6 and OV 8
5
6
Family Portraits, circa 1910
prints from 1874 photographs
5
7
Photographs of Works of Art by Romaine Brooks, In Situ, circa 1920
Portrait of John Cocteau hanging in Pavillon de Marsan, Louvre
5
8
Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1920s
Oversized material housed in OV7
5
9
Photographs of Works of Art, 1920
Oversized material housed in OV7
5
10
Duplicates, circa 1970s
5
11
Oversized Photographs of Romaine Brooks with her Artwork, circa 1950s
Oversized material scanned with Box 5, F6
6
2
Oversized Photographs of Works of Art, circa 1920s
Oversized material from Box 5, F9-10
OV 7
Oversized Portrait of Brooks by Van Vecten, circa 1935
Oversized material scanned with Box 5, F6
OV 8

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