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Anne Morrow Lindbergh papers

Call Number: MS 829
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, writings, childhood, school and college materials, housekeeping and social records, reports, memoranda and correspondence from the many organizations in which Anne Morrow Lindbergh took an active interest. Also included is voluminous mail from members of her reading public and memorabilia, both objects sent by admirers and items collected by her on her travels. The death of Charles Lindbergh in 1974 is documented by mail from friends, members of the public and organizations. Anne Morrow Lindbergh's writings make up the largest part of the papers and include her diaries (1929-1972, 1982-1988), drafts of her books, working notebooks, speeches, articles and stories and published reviews of her work. Also in the papers are printed copies of her publications. Her personal correspondence with friends and family runs over many years. Correspondence with friends includes letters exchanged with Anne Carrel, Harry Guggenheim, Corliss Lamont, Harold and Nigel Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West, Igor Sikorsky, Truman and Katherine Smith, Helen and Kurt Wolff, Jean Stafford and Mary Ellen Chase. Her family correspondence contains letters exchanged by Anne Morrow Lindbergh and members of her immediate family as well as members of the Morrow, Lindbergh and Cutter families.

In the introduction to the first published volume of her diaries and letters, Bring Me a Unicorn, Anne Morrow Lindbergh noted that in the Morrow family “an experience was not finished, not truly experienced, unless written down or shared with another.” This passion for committing experiences and events to writing is one of the unifying forces in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s life. Her personal papers are a rarity for a contemporary individual, in that they provide almost complete documentation for the entirety of her life.

Through her papers Anne Morrow Lindbergh can be studied from a number of perspectives: as a writer (diarist, poet, essayist, and novelist); social critic; pioneer aviator; conservationist; and mother, housekeeper, and wife of one of the century’s most noted persons. Taken as a whole, the collection documents her continuing efforts at self realization.

Key to initials used by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, family, and friends in correspondence:

AML: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

ASL: Anne Spencer Lindbergh

C: Before 1929 Constance Cutter Morrow; after 1929 Charles Augustus Lindbergh

CAL: Charles Augustus Lindbergh

CC: and CMM: Constance Cutter Morrow

D and DD: Dana Atchley

DWM: Dwight Whitney Morrow

DWM, Jr.: Dwight Whitney Morrow, Jr.

ECM: Elizabeth Cutter Morrow (Mrs. Dwight Morrow)

ELLL: Evangeline Land Lodge Lindbergh

JML: Jon Morrow Lindbergh

K: Kay Smith, Katherine Sullivan, Kitty Taquey

LML: Land Morrow Lindbergh

MLM: Margot Loines Morrow

RML: Reeve Morrow Lindbergh

SML: Scott Morrow Lindbergh

Conditions Governing Access

Series II, box 67B, may only be used under the supervision of Public Services staff.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been assigned to Reeve Morrow Lindbergh by Anne Morrow Lindbergh for materials she authored or otherwise produced. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne M. Lindbergh and Charles A. Lindbergh, 1941-1988; gift of Reeve Lindbergh, 1998, 2003; gift of the Estate of Anne M. Lindbergh, 2001; gift of William A. Atchley, 2003; gift of Michiko Nakagawa, 2006.


Arranged in eleven series: I. Correspondence from friends and acquaintances, 1915-1973. II. Family correspondence and personal files, 1906-1974. III. Publishers' correspondence, 1930-1973. IV. General correspondence, 1916-1974. V. Correspondence from readers, 1934-1973. VI. Outgoing correspondence, 1920-1973. VII. Writings, 1919-1976. VIII. Housekeeping and social records, 1927-1974. IX. Institutions, committees, and clubs, 1934-1973. X. Childhood, school, and college, 1912-1928. XI. Memorabilia, 1920s-1970s; and subsequent additions.

Related Materials

Related materials: Charles Augustus Lindbergh Papers (MS 325); Lindbergh Picture Collection (MS 325B); and Lindbergh Gift Collection (325A).

Associated materials: Anne Morrow Lindbergh Papers, Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

164.75 Linear Feet ( (301 boxes))
Related Names
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow, 1906-2001
Language of Materials