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Anna Catherine Bahlmann papers relating to Edith Wharton

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 361

Scope and Contents

The papers feature correspondence and personal papers relating chiefly to author Edith Wharton, including over 130 letters to Bahlmann from Wharton, dating from her employment with the Wharton family in 1874, as Edith's German language tutor, to 1915. The letters document a significant, long-standing relationship and shed light on Wharton's personal and literary affairs. In addition to the Wharton correspondence, there are single and small groups of letters between Bahlmann and family members, friends, and acquaintances, including William Morton Fullerton and Henry James, and a small number of third-party letters. Bahlmann's personal papers include legal and financial documents, notebooks, and writings, as well as material relating to Edith Wharton. Other materials relating directly to Wharton include clippings, documents on her efforts during the war, a pressed lily, photographs, postcards, and a small sachet. Photographs consist of studio portraits of people and images of Wharton's residences. There are photographs of Wharton, dating from 1900 to 1905, family, and friends, including Mary Cadwalader Jones and Pauline Robinson. Wharton residences include "Reef Point" in Bar Harbour, Maine, 884 Park Avenue in New York, and the estate ("The Mount") in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • 1874 - 1917

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English; some materials in French and German.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted Fragile papers in Box 9 may be consulted only with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Conditions Governing Use

The Anna Catherine Bahlmann Papers Relating to Edith Wharton 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 Christie's, 2009.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1874-1917. II. Personal Papers, 1875-1916.

Associated Materials

See also Edith Wharton Collection (YCAL MSS 42).

Extent

4.05 Linear Feet ((9 boxes) + 1 broadside folder.)

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.bahlmann

Overview

The papers feature correspondence and personal effects relating to author Edith Wharton, including over 130 letters to Bahlmann from Wharton, dating from Bahlmann's employment to the Wharton family in 1874, as Edith's German language tutor, to 1915. The letters document a significant, long-standing relationship and shed light on Wharton's personal and literary affairs. In addition to the Wharton correspondence, there are single and small groups of letters between Bahlmann and family members, friends, and acquaintances, including William Morton Fullerton and Henry James, and a small number of third-party letters. Bahlmann's personal effects include legal and financial documents, notebooks, and writings, as well as material relating to Wharton. Other materials relating most directly to Wharton include clippings, documents on her work during the war, photographs, and postcards. Photographs consist of studio portraits of people and images of Wharton's residences. There are photographs of Wharton, Bahlmann family members, and friends, including Mary Cadwalader Jones. Wharton residences include "Reef Point" in Bar Harbour, Maine and the estate ("The Mount") in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Anna Catherine Bahlmann (1849-1916) & Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Anna Catherine Bahlmann was employed as Edith Wharton's German language tutor in 1874 and later served as her governess, secretary, and literary assistant.

Edith Wharton was a major American literary figure in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and, though she is best known as a novelist and short-story writer, she also wrote poetry and non-fictional works on interior and landscape design. Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, awarded in 1921 for her novel The Age of Innocence (1920). In addition to critical and bibliographic scholarship on Wharton, summary information is available in the standard print and online resources.
Title
Guide to the Anna Catherine Bahlmann Papers Relating to Edith Wharton
Author
by Michael L. Forstrom
Date
February 23, 2010
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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