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Elizabeth Jenks Clark Collection of Margaret Anderson

Call Number: YCAL MSS 265
Scope and Contents
The Elizabeth Jenks Clark Collection of Margaret Anderson contains correspondence, writings, photographs, sound recordings, and other papers of writer and editor Margaret Anderson. The material documents Anderson's life, work, and personal relationships with many noted writers, poets, artists, photographers and performers of the twentieth century, in particular her romantic relationships with co-editor and writer Jane Heap, writer Solita Solano and close friendship with sculptor Elizabeth Jenks Clark. The papers span the entirety of Anderson's life, though the bulk of them document her personal and professional life after the Little Review. The papers are a unique resource on Anderson's personal life in France, including her friendship and studies with George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff and participation in The Rope. A portion of the papers also document publishing the Little Review and provide context for Anderson's role as founder and editor of the magazine.

Correspondence, writings and photographs comprise the bulk of the papers. Personal correspondence illuminates Anderson's close friendships, romantic relationships and professional pursuits. Letters between Anderson and her friends, namely Clark, Solano, Jane Heap, Dorothy Caruso, Georgette Leblanc, Janet Flanner, and Kathryn Hulme, reveal not only the deep love and friendship among the women but also capture the experience of their lesbian relationships through the middle of the twentieth century. Correspondence regarding Anderson's writings reveal her creative process and the criticism that she sought and rejected from her friends, including publisher Coburn Britton. Correspondence is throughout the first and second series.

Anderson's writings include drafts for books and other writings and are heavily annotated, often including notes by Anderson and Solano, who acted as editor for much of her work. Photographs include portraits that appeared in the Little Review and snapshots of friends and family. Writings by others include poems by Solita Solano and Georgette Leblanc and a collection of humorous drawings by Leblanc. Also included is a draft of Anderson and Solano's English translation of Leblanc's memoir Souvenirs: My Life with Maeterlinck . Sound recordings include interviews with Anderson's family and friends. Anderson's personal papers and Mathilda Hill's research material on Anderson make up the smallest portion of the papers. Mathilda Hills's holograph notes describing Anderson's papers can be found throughout the collection.
Language of Materials
Materials in English and French.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Boxes 23-24 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

‡3 Boxes 30 and 32: ‡a Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult Access Services. Preservation photocopies and photographic prints for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
Conditions Governing Use
The Elizabeth Jenks Clark Collection of Margaret Anderson is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Mathilda M. Hills on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 2004. Gift of Mathilda M. Hills, 2004 and 2006.
The Elizabeth Jenks Clark Collection of Margaret Anderson is organized into seven series: General Correspondence, Writings, Writings of Others, Photographs, Sound Recordings, Personal Papers, and Mathilda Hills Papers.
1914 - 1998
Majority of material found within 1945 - 1973
17.31 Linear Feet ((31 boxes) )
Related Names
Anderson, Margaret C., 1886-1973
Clark, Elizabeth Jenks
Hills, Mathilda M.
Solano, Solita, 1888-1975
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