Mabel Dodge Luhan papers, 1859-1961, bulk 1913-1951 69.24 Linear Feet
Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962
The Luhan papers consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, scrapbooks and personal papers documenting the life and work of Mabel Dodge Luhan.Series I, Correspondence, consists chiefly of incoming letters from family, friends, fans and publishers. Luhan's activities and relationships in New York and New Mexico, with artists, writers, labor leaders and Native American Indians, are well documented. Correspondents include John Evans, John Collier, Gertrude and Leo Stein, Hutchins Hapgood, Neith Boyce, Maurice Sterne, Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, Robert Edmond Jones, D.H. and Frieda Lawrence, Dorothy Brett and Georgia O'Keeffe. The one significant group of outgoing letters is to psychoanalyst Smith Ely Jelliffe.Series II, Writings, contains a variety of writings: articles, essays, short stories, novels, poetry, reviews, book-length autobiographical and non-fictional work, and writings of others. There are drafts of Lorenzo in Taos, three of the four published volumes of Intimate Memories, and several unpublished autobiographical writings.Series III, Photographs, consists of portraits and snapshots of people and places, including Mabel Dodge and Tony Luhan, family, friends, Native American Indians, and Luhan's homes in Florence and Taos. There are photographs by James Edward Abbe, Ansel Adams, Laura Gilpin, Ernest Knee, Edward Weston and others.Series IV, Scrapbooks, consists of seventeen scrapbooks containing clippings and letters devoted to Luhan's published books and to subjects of interest to her. Clippings on subjects deal with modern art and literature, the 1913 Armory Show, Luhan's salon, labor issues, D.H. Lawrence, Native American Indians and Taos. Clippings include articles by Luhan and friends.Series V, Personal Papers, is organized into ten subseries: Artwork, Clippings, Diaries, Financial and Legal Records, Invitations and Announcements, John Evans Papers, Medical Records, Postcards, Printed Ephemera and Other. The Artwork subseries includes work by D.H. Lawrence, Maurice Sterne and Marsden Hartley. Series VI, Subject Files, consists chiefly of clippings on friends and family.