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August 2002 Acquisition, circa 1900-circa 1990

Call Number: GEN MSS 844

Scope and Contents

Correspondence consists mostly of incoming letters from members of Bergery's social circle, with concentrations of letters from Alice De Lamar, Alain de La Falaise, Marie Laure, and Nini von Papen. Also present are letters from her sisters, Anne Jones Fuller and Jean Jones Jackson, as well as other friends from her early life in the United States. Some letters are accompanied by photographs or clippings. Circa 1 linear foot of unsorted and unidentified correspondence likely includes additional letters from individually-listed correspondents.

Autograph manuscript diaries contain detailed entries about Bergery's social life, travel, and interests in fashion, art and politics. The diaries contain extensive clippings, correspondence, and other material affixed to pages or laid in. Laid-in material has been removed and refoldered separately following each diary. Other writings, autograph manuscript and typescript, include a memoir of a trip to French Equatorial Africa with Gaston Bergery, circa 1936, memoir of an undated visit to the United States, and other autobiographical fragments. Also present are clippings of articles written by Bergery for Vogue, 1950s-1970s.

Printed material consists mostly of clippings relating to Bergery's interests in fashion, art, and politics. Also present are clippings of British and French newspaper articles about Bettina and Gaston Bergery, 1930s-1940s, criticizing their conduct during World War II, some with autograph manuscript annotations by Bettina Bergery. Other materials include clippings about fashion designer Loulou de La Falaise, and a partly disassembled scrapbook of clippings about fashion designer Alix Grès, with a small amount of related photographs and drawings. Additional clippings are present in the Correspondence and Diaries subseries.

Personal papers include address and appointment books; passports and other identification papers; and biographical information, obituaries, and papers relating to the deaths of Bettina and Gaston Bergery.

Photographs are mostly images of Bettina Bergery, dating from childhood through the end of her life, including Shaw Jones family photographs, images of Bergery wearing clothes designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, and images of Bergery with friends. Photographs of Bettina and Gaston Bergery include images of travel in French Equatorial Africa, circa 1936, and photograph albums from Gaston Bergery's diplomatic posts in the Soviet Union and Turkey, 1940s. Many photographs document Bettina Bergery's social circle, with a concentration of images of Alain de La Falaise and other members of the La Falaise family. Additional photographs are present in the Correspondence subseries.


  • circa 1900-circa 1990


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

In French and English.

Physical Description

23.76 linear feet (63 boxes) + 1 art

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

70-71 (Record album storage): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary M. Thacher, 2002.


Organized into nine subseries: Correspondence, Diaries, Other Writings by Bettina Bergery, Writings by Others, Printed Material, Personal Papers, Photographs, Visual Materials, and Objects.

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