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Isa Glenn and Bayard Schindel papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 309

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Isa Glenn and her son, Bayard Schindel, in the course of their literary activities. Material includes typescripts of writings by Glenn and Schindel; correspondence with writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, friends, and family; material relating to Colonel S. J. B. Schindel's military career and to Glenn's travels to the Phillipines and South America; photographs of Schindel likely dating from his time at the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau; and other papers. The bulk of the material relates to Glenn, and sheds light on the trajectory of her literary career and her relationships with other writers in New York during the 1920s and 1930s.

Dates

  • 1898-1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Isa Glenn and Bayard Schindel Papers 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 E. Wharton & Co. on the Adele Gutman Nathan Theatrical Collection Fund, 2009.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into two series: I. Isa Glenn Papers, 1898-1936. II. Bayard Schindel Papers, 1924-1932.

Extent

5 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.glenn

Overview

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Isa Glenn and her son, Bayard Schindel, in the course of their literary activities. Material includes typescripts of writings by Glenn and Schindel; correspondence with writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, friends, and family; material relating to Colonel S. J. B. Schindel's military career and to Glenn's travels to the Phillipines and South America; photographs of Schindel likely dating from his time at the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau; and other papers. The bulk of the material relates to Glenn, and sheds light on the trajectory of her literary career and her relationships with other writers in New York during the 1920s and 1930s.

Isa Glenn (1874-1951)

Isa Glenn was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where her father, John Thomas Glenn, was mayor for a time. She was a cousin of James McNeill Whistler, and briefly studied art with him in Paris in the late 1890s. In 1903, she married Colonel S. J. Bayard Schindel, and traveled with him to the Philippine Islands, South America, and the South Seas. They had a son, John Bayard Schindel, who was born in 1908.

Upon her husband's death in 1921, Glenn embarked on her literary career. She is the author of several novels, including Heat (1926), Little Pitchers (1927), Southern Charm (1928), Transport (1929), A Short History of Julia (1930), East of Eden (1932), Mr. Darlington's Dangerous Age (1933), and The Little Candle's Beam (1935). Glenn moved in the literary circles of New York during the 1920s and 1930s, and associated with Carl Van Vechten, Ellen Glasgow, Joseph Hergesheimer, Isabel Paterson, Frances Patterson, and Emily Clark. An interest in the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff led her to befriend A. R. Orage.

Glenn died in 1951, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetary with her husband.

Bayard Schindel (1908-?)

Bayard Schindel was the son of Isa Glenn and S. J. Bayard Schindel. He studied for a time at Gurdjieff's Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in France, and is the author of The Golden Pilgrimage (1929). He served as a second lieutenant in the Army during the Second World War.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection arrived at the library in a more or less processed state: all material had been rehoused in acid-free folders, organized, and described in a folder-level inventory. Library staff rehoused the folders in acid-free boxes and created a finding aid based on the folder-level inventory and other information supplied with by the dealer. Folder titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders.
Title
Guide to the Isa Glenn and Bayard Schindel Papers
Author
by Jennifer Meehan
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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New Haven, CT 06511

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Access Information

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