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Marian Cox Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 750

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, photographs, scrapbooks, personal papers, printed material, and realia relating to the life and work of Marian Cox, spanning the years 1882 to 1972, with the bulk of the materials dating between 1907 and 1963. Papers include correspondence relating chiefly to social engagements, writings by Cox (drafts and printed versions), auction catalogs from Cox's homes in New York and Connecticut, and books inscribed to Cox by their authors. Scrapbooks contain biographical information on Cox as well as clippings of articles written by and about Cox. Photographs include portraits of Cox, her friends, and her homes. Objects include shoes and dresses worn by Cox.


  • 1882-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1907 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Marian Cox 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

Gift of Marian Cox, 1963, and of Donald Somers, 1972.


Organized into three series: I. Papers, 1907-1964. II. Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1910-1972. III. Objects, 1882-1920.


3.08 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Marian Cox (b. 1882)

Born Mabel Marian Metcalfe in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1882, Marian Cox was the author of several books of fiction, non-fiction, and essays, including Crowds and the Veiled Woman ( New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1910). She was a regular contributor to The Forum and other magazines. Her autobiography, The Sphinx Wore an Orchid, was published in 1967 (New York: Vintage Press).

Marian Metcalfe married Dr. John Watson Cox at the age of 16. She lived with her husband at the Murray Hill Mansion on 5th Avenue in New York, and Stonecrest Domain in Ridgefield, Connecticut, until his death in 1928. In 1934 she auctioned off both homes and their furnishings. Marian Cox was remarried in 1943 to Captain James Fay Logan, whose duty in the Maritime Service led him to the North and South Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat ZA MS 382.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and collection-level description, in 2013.

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, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Guide to the Marian Cox Papers
By Andrea Benefiel and Lisa Conathan
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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