Dorothy Norman papers
Scope and Contents
The collection does not contain original photographs by Dorothy Norman or Alfred Stieglitz, or materials related to her writings on Jawaharlal Nehru.
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
December 2016 Acquisition: gift of Nancy Lasalle, 2016.
141.07 Linear Feet (182 boxes)
Language of Materials
Dorothy Norman (1905-1997)
In 1927 Dorothy Norman met the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) at his exhibition venue The Intimate Gallery, and for the next twenty years she was mentored by him, and he encouraged her interest in making photographs. In turn, she became his assistant, fundraiser, and financial manager of his final exhibition gallery, An American Place, which operated at 509 Madison Avenue from 1929 to 1950. Also interested in literature, Norman founded and edited a journal, Twice A Year: a Book of Literature, the Arts, and Civil Liberties, which she published from 1938 to 1946. In addition to her weekly column in the New York Post (1942-1949), she wrote, edited, published, or contributed to several publications on Stieglitz, the painter John Marin, and Indian statesmen she knew and admired, including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Her autobiography, Encounters: a Memoir, was published in 1987. Dorothy Norman died in East Hampton, New York, on April 12, 1997.
The finding aid for this collection was compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2013-2014. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.
This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. With the exception of the letters in Group I, material received from Dorothy Norman between 1967 and 1990 was merged together and organized as a whole in Group II; additions received after 1990 are described separately in the contents list below. Descriptive information is drawn in large part 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. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This collection includes materials previously identified by multiple call numbers: Za Norman, Uncat Za MS Norman, Uncat Za File 80, Uncat Za File 101, Uncat Za MS 323, Uncat Za MS 219, Uncat Za MS 541.
- American Place (Gallery)
- American literature -- 20th century
- Audiocassettes -- United States -- 20th Century
- Audiovisual materials -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Beecher, John, 1904-1980
- Borgese, Giuseppe Antonio, 1882-1952
- Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1977
- Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. (Ananda Kentish), 1877-1947
- Editors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Editors -- United States -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Enters, Angna, 1897-1989
- Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984
- Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997
- Graves, Morris, 1910-2001
- Lescaze, Mary Hughes, 1901-1983
- Lescaze, William, 1896-1969
- Marin, John, 1870-1953
- Meyer, Agnes E., 1887-1970
- Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
- Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990
- Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977
- Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997
- Norman, Edward A., 1900-
- Rosenfeld, Paul, 1890-1946
- Ross, Cary
- Scrapbooks -- United States -- 20th Century
- Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
- Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946
- Strand, Paul, 1890-1976
- Sykes, Gerald, 1903-
- Tape recorders -- United States -- 20th Century
- Twice a Year Press
- Twice a year
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
- Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965
- Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
- Guide to the Dorothy Norman Papers
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- May 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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