F. O. Matthiessen papers
Scope and Contents
Conditions Governing Access
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
23.76 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
Language of Materials
F. O. Matthiessen, 1902-1950
Matthiessen's life partner was the painter Russell Cheney and the couple shared a cottage in Kittery, Maine. Matthiessen kept his personal life quite private and wished for most of his colleagues to not know he was gay. His friends, however, maintained close relationships with him and Cheney throughout their years together. Cheney died in 1945 of mesenteric thrombosis and Matthiessen never recovered from his death. He committed suicide by jumping from a window in 1950.
This collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition in 1967, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1991, and 1995. Further organization, rehousing and/or description was carried out in 2011. This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Za Matthiessen; Uncat ZA MS Matthiessen; Uncat ZA MS 206; Uncat ZA File 257; Uncat ZA MS 331; Uncat ZA MS 353; Uncat ZA MS 354; Uncat ZA MS 444. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial and subsequent processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the F. O. Matthiessen Papers
- by Molly Wheeler
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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