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Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers, 1883-1985

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1916-1960
5 folders
Box 1

This series includes a personal narrative, notes on family history, newspaper clippings related to family, legal and financial records, and Wilna Hervey's notes on artwork.
Description Container Select
Personal Narrative, 1916
not specified
1
Notes on Family, after 1955
not specified
2
Legal and Financial Records, circa 1927-1960
not specified
3
Notes on Artwork, 1960
not specified
4
Clippings and Printed Material, circa 1931-1945
not specified
5

Series 2: Correspondence , 1890-1985
3.8 Linear Feet
Box 1-10, OV 13

Correspondence is mostly personal letters and covers subjects such as personal matters, updates on the lives of Woodstock residents, and the careers of artist friends. Early correspondence highlights Wilna Hervey's film career and travels. Other than the letters written by Nan Mason to Wilna Hervey, there are very few letters in this series written by either Hervey or Mason.
Notable correspondents include artists and friends Albert Heckman, Georgina Klitgaard, Manuel Komroff, Leon Kroll, Doris Lee, Fred Dana Marsh, Henry Lee McFee, William Pachner, Caroline and Paul Rohland, Andrée Ruellan, Eugene Speicher, and Dorothy Varian. There are over 250 letters from Elsie Speicher, wife of portrait artist Eugene Speicher. The bulk of Elsie Speicher's correspondence is from the months of November - March; between April to October each year the Speichers were usually in Woodstock with Hervey and Mason. Speicher occasionally sends correspondence from friends in common, notably Louise Lindin, Daphne Mattson, Caroline Rohland, Jean Rosen, and Andrée Ruellan.
Early correspondence from Karin Whiteley concerns a project to publish Hervey's memoirs (which were never published). Whiteley's correspondence also includes numerous enclosed newspaper clippings regarding Dan Mason's acting career. Additional correspondence from Karin Whiteley regarding the memoirs is located in Series 3: Memoir Book Production, 1883-1959. Other items of interest in this series includes a letter from Robert Pollack (1918) that includes a Smileage Book (movie coupons from the Military Entertainment Service), a New York City subway ticket, and caricatures drawn by Wilna Hervey, illustrated letters by cartoonist John Striebel, and occasional snapshots of artists and friends. Correspondence to Dan Mason from Hervey and Nan Mason has been separated and is filed with the other personal files of Dan Mason in Series 6, 1919-1928.
This series also includes correspondence that was neither written by Hervey or Mason, nor sent to them. It may be that the letters were sent to Hervey and Mason as enclosures in other correspondence. Such correspondence is arranged at the end of this series as Miscellaneous Collected Correspondence.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the correspondent's last name and then chronologically within folders; undated letters are located at the end of the folder. Correspondents with fewer than five letters are filed by last name in folders labeled alphabetically. Letters from unidentified correspondents are filed at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
A-B, 1922-1976
1
6
Booth, Jean Bellows, 1945-1978
1
7
C, 1928-1975
(2 folders)
1
8-9
Cannon, Eleanor Rixson, 1950-1954
1
10
Cator, Bruce, 1948-1959
1
11
Cator, Eleanor, circa 1924
1
12
Clark, Susan, 1960-1966
1
13
D-F, 1939-1975
2
1
Eddy, Ruth, 1934-1959
2
2
G, 1933-1968
2
3
H, 1926-1975
2
4
Heckman, Albert and Florence, 1949-1964
2
5
Hervey, Anna, 1908-1922
(3 folders)
2
6-8
Hervey, W.R., 1913-1925
2
9
Hervey, Wilna, circa 1919-1961
(includes draft letters)
2
10
Hitzig, William M., 1940-1972
3
1
Holt, Percy W., 1923-1930, 1953
3
2
I-K, 1921-1974
3
3
Komroff, Odette and Manuel, 1945-1978
3
4
L, 1923-1970
3
5
Lindin, Louise (Mrs. Carl Lindin), 1936-1968
(2 folders)
3
6-7
M, circa 1924-circa 1972
3
8
Marsh, Fred Dana, 1948-1952
(includes pen sketches)
3
9
Mason, Dan, 1921, 1923
3
10
Mason, Dan, 1924
3
11
Mason, Dan, 1925
(includes newspaper clippings; oversized material housed in OV 13)
4
1
Mason, Dan, 1926
4
2
Mason, Dan, 1927
4
3
Mason, Dan, 1928-1929
4
4
Mason, Nan, 1919-1921
(2 folders; includes pen sketches)
4
5-6
Mattson, Henry and Daphne, 1931-1959
(includes color pencil drawing)
4
7
McFee, Aileen (Mrs. Henry Lee McFee), circa 1928-1936
4
8
Mearns, Hughes and Fagley, 1942, circa 1952-1960
4
9
N-P, 1918-1934
4
10
Pachner, Lorraine "Zombie" (Mrs. William Pachner), 1949-1978
4
11
Pachner, William, circa 1950-1975
5
1
Petersham, Maud and Miska, circa 1930s-1959
5
2
Pollock, Muriel "Mollie" (Donaldson), circa 1916-1959
(2 folders)
5
3-4
R, 1920-before 1959
5
5
Rheinish, Arthur, 1920-1921
5
6
Rohland, Caroline Speare, 1926-1933
(includes pencil sketch)
5
7
Rohland, Caroline Speare, 1934-1940
(includes two negatives)
5
8
Rohland, Caroline Speare, 1942-1951
(includes two photographs of Paul Rohland)
5
9
Rohland, Caroline Speare, 1952-1960, undated
5
10
Rosen, Jean (Mrs. Charles Rosen), 1936-circa 1961
6
1
Ruellan, Andrée (Mrs. John Taylor), 1943-1977
(2 folders)
6
2-3
S, 1922-1970
(2 folders; includes illustrated letter by John Streibel)
6
4-5
Smith, Georgine Wetherell, 1951-1953
6
6
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1926-1935
6
7
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1936
6
8
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1938-1940
6
9
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1941
6
10
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1942
(2 folders)
7
1-2
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1943
(4 folders)
7
3-6
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1944
(3 folders)
7
7-9
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1945
(4 folders)
8
1-4
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1946
8
5
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1947-1948
8
6
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1949
8
7
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1950
8
8
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1951
9
1
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1952
9
2
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1953-1954
9
3
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), 1955-1959
9
4
Speicher, Elsie (Mrs. Eugene Speicher), circa 1926-1959
9
5
Speicher, Eugene, 1935-1961
9
6
Striebel, Fritzi (Mrs. John Striebel), 1946-1978
(2 folders)
9
7-8
T-Z, 1924-1978
10
1
Varian, Dorothy, 1954-1977
10
2
Whiteley, Karin, 1945-1981
(2 folders)
10
3-4
Identified by First Name, A-J, circa 1923-1971
10
5
Identified by First Name, M-Z, circa 1916-1972
10
6
Unidentified Sender, circa 1926-1962
10
7
Miscellaneous Collected Correspondence, 1890-1985
10
8

Series 3: Memoir Book Production , 1883-1959
0.4 Linear Feet
Box 11, OV 13

Wilna Hervey intended to publish memoirs of her days involved in The Toonerville Trolley films. Included in this series are handwritten memoirs chronicling her years prior to and during the 1920s (many of the handwritten memoirs have been typed by Karin Whiteley and are also located in this series).
This series also includes research materials such as typed synopses of two Toonerville Trolley scripts copied from the files of Fontaine Fox, correspondence with sketches from Fontaine Fox to Dan Mason, "The Little Folks Paper," published in 1891, playbills, writings and notes from unidentified sources, an indenture of deed, a deed of trust by Thomas Vincent Cator, newspaper clippings and advertisements. Within the series is one oversized drawing from an unidentified artist, undated.
The majority of the correspondence is to Hervey from Karin Whiteley (additional correspondence from Karin Whiteley regarding the memoir is located in Series 2: Correspondence, 1890-1985). Correspondence also includes Hervey's contract with The Paul Gerson Pictures Corporation dated 1922, and typed and handwritten writings by Dan Mason.
Items are arranged in original order.
Description Container Select
Memoir Writings by Wilna Hervey, circa 1956-1957
(3 folders)
11
1-3
Research Materials, 1883-circa 1976
(2 folders)
11
4-5
Correspondence, 1956-1959
(2 folders)
11
6-7
Artwork by Unidentified Artist, undated
(Oversized material housed in OV 13)
11
8

Series 4: Artwork , 1961, undated
2 folders
Box 11, OV 13

This series includes three small watercolor sketches by unidentified artist, and a print by Edward Chavez.
Description Container Select
Watercolor sketches by unknown artist, undated
(3 sketches)
11
9
Print by Edward Chavez, 1961
(Oversized, housed in OV 13)
11
10

Series 5: Photographs , circa 1915-1982
5 folders
Box 12

Photographs in this series are mostly snapshots of friends and family, life in Woodstock, New York and Anna Maria, Florida. Black and white snapshots contain photos of unidentified costumed people at an outdoor party, Wilna Hervey gardening, Elsie and Eugene Speicher, Charles Rosen, Nan Mason and Wilna Hervey in Italy in 1926, and of a home in a forested setting. Color snapshots are of gardens, beach scenes, and unidentified women. Negatives were originally found in an un-postmarked envelope with a return address labeled "Betzwood Film Co." and include six negatives of people on a boat, including Wilna Hervey and Dan Mason. Twenty-one negatives appear to be from a camera shoot for the Toonerville Trolley films. In several of the negatives Wilna Hervey is dressed as The Powerful Katrinka, and in one negative Dan Mason is The Skipper.
Description Container Select
Black and White Snapshots, circa 1915 - 1960
12
1
Color Snapshots, circa 1950-1982
12
2
Negatives, circa 1920-1921
(2 folders)
12
3-4
Negatives from Georgina Klitgaard, 1933
12
5

Series 6: Personal Files of Dan Mason , 1919-1928
0.4 Linear Feet
Box 12

The personal files of Dan Mason include correspondence to Mason, Mason's own handwritten and typed memoirs, newspaper clippings, and financial records mostly related to the death of his wife, Millicent Mason in 1919. The bulk of the correspondence is written by Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, and chronicles their trip to Europe and North Africa in 1926-1927, as well as their close relationship with Dan Mason. Correspondence also includes a few family snapshots.
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Memoirs, financial records, and newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Correspondence from Nan Mason, 1926
(2 folders)
12
6-7
Correspondence from Nan Mason, 1927 January
12
8
Correspondence from Nan Mason, 1927 February-1928
12
9
Correspondence from Wilna Hervey, 1926-1927
12
10
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1922-1927
12
11
Envelopes, 1924-1928
12
12
Memoirs, circa 1920s
(3 folders)
12
13-15
Financial Records, 1919-1927
12
16
Newspaper Clippings, circa 1924-1926
12
17

Make a Request

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