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Bernardine Szold-Fritz correspondence

Call Number: YCAL MSS 544

Scope and Contents

The Bernardine Szold-Fritz Correspondence contains letters to Szold-Fritz from well-known cultural figures from the Twentieth century. There are letters from writers and publishers, artists and photographers, actors and filmmakers, musicians and performers, diplomats and public officials, and others. Correspondents include: Harold Acton, Joseph Cotton, George and Marius de Zayas, Lotte Errell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Éva Gauthier, Rosamond Gilder, Peggy Guggenheim, John Huston, David Lilienthal, Alice Rahon, Eric Maria Remarque, Chard Powers Smith, Joseph von Sternberg, Szeming Sze, Pavel Tchelitchew, Carl Van Vechten, Beatrice Wanger (Nadja), Glenway Wescott, Rebecca West, and Monroe Wheeler. Correspondence dates from 1917 to 1973, and appears to be particularly rich for the period from the 1920s through 1940s. Some files contain enclosures such as photographs, clippings, and printed ephemera.

Chiefly in English, with some material in French.


  • circa 1917-1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Bernardine Szold-Fritz Correspondence 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

Gift of Bernardine Szold-Fritz, 1974.


Arranged alphabetically by last name.


2.09 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The collection contains correspondence to Bernardine Szold-Fritz from well-known cultural figures from the 20th century.

Bernardine Szold-Fritz (1896-1982)

Bernardine Szold-Fritz, née Bernardine Sholes, was born August 14, 1896 in Peoria, Illinois. She established the International Art Theater in Shanghai, China and was a Paris correspondent for the The New Yorker before establishing herself as a hostess in Hollywood. She married multiple times, including marriages to Otto K. Liveright on November 6, 1922 and Chester Fritz on June 18, 1929. Bernardine Szold-Fritz died February 15, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.

Processing Information

The collection received preliminary processing in the 1970s. The list below was created in the 1980s by graduate students, who transcribed folder headings, under the direction of the curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature.

Formerly classed as Za Szold-Fritz.

Guide to the Bernardine Szold-Fritz Correspondence
by Beinecke staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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