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Series I: Correspondence, 1921-1989

Call Number: GEN MSS 732, Series I

Scope and Contents

Series I, Correspondence, consists chiefly of incoming letters to Jared French. Letters from individuals and cultural institutions document French's personal and professional affairs, with significant representation from members of the literary and artistic communities in New York during the middle part of the twentieth century. Correspondents include his wife Margaret French, members of the French family, Paul Cadmus, Jack Dunphy, E. M. Forster, Edward Hopper, Lincoln Kirstein, George Platt Lynes, Dan Maloney, Marianne Moore, Bernard Perlin, Jerome Robbins, George Tooker, Carl Van Vechten, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, and Donald Windham. There are also numerous folders of business correspondence from museums and galleries.

There are scattered letters from French to others, including copies of letters from French to his father, Henry, as well as four folders of letters from Margaret French to their friend Roberto Giannotta. Outgoing letters are identified in folder notes.


  • 1921-1989


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Box 10: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.


1.46 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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