Marguerite Tjader Harris Papers

With the backing of Theodore Dreiser, Mrs. Harris founded and edited Direction (1937-1945), a magazine devoted to new and significant writers and artists. Among the editorial files and correspondence are typescripts by Erskine Caldwell, John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes, Sherwood Anderson, and others. The papers also include the manuscripts of Mrs. Harris's own books and related correspondence.
ca. 1930-1968
2.50 linear feet

FOLDER LISTING

Box: 1 Folder: 1 "Borealis" - Correspondence and related materials
Date span: 1931, June 10 - 1934, July 12; Undated
Description: Contains 3 ALS & 2 TLS from John C. Powys; Harry A. Bull (Associate Editor of "Town & Country"); & Kathryn Bourne (of "Harper's Bazaar") regarding her novel, "Borealis". Also includes invitation to meet the author; sketch of the novel; & dustjacket.

Box: 1 Folder: 2 "Borealis: Sketch for a Novel" - Original Manuscript
Date span: 1929
Description: Contains a 177-page typed original manuscript, indexed into 7 parts, of Marguerite Tjader Harris' novel, "Borealis", with holograph corrections, notations, and additions, as well as a fragment of a manila envelope from Horace Liveright Publishers.

Box: 1 Folder: 3 "Borealis: Sketch for a Novel" - Carbon Manuscript
Date span: 1929
Description: Contains a 215-page typed carbon manuscript of Marguerite Tjader Harris' novel, "Borealis", with some holograph corrections.

Box: 1 Folder: 4 "Borealis: Sketch for a Novel" - Carbon Manuscript
Date span: 1930
Description: Contains a 230-page typed carbon manuscript of Marguerite Tjader Harris' novel, "Borealis", with some holograph corrections, as well as a fragment of a folder marked "Borealis carbon".

Box: 1 Folder: 5 "Borealis: Sketch for a Novel" - Carbon Manuscript
Date span: 1930
Description: Contains a 230-page typed carbon manuscript of Marguerite Tjader Harris' (pseudonym, "Greta Carl") novel, "Borealis", with holograph corrections and notations, as well as a fragment of a folder marked "Borealis".

Box: 1 Folder: 6 "Borealis: Sketch for a Novel" - Carbon Manuscript
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 211-page typed carbon manuscript of Marguerite Tjader Harris' novel, "Borealis", with extensive holograph corrections, notations, and additions.

Box: 2 Folder: 1 "Direction" Magazine - Material re its founding
Date span: 1937, March 17 - 1973, February 10
Description: Contains (2) 6-page typed mansucripts of "Report on the 5th National Congress of the 'Amis del'Union Sovietique'" by M. Tjader Harris, 1937; the first "dummy" for the magazine, 1937; and a 1973 clipping from "The New York Times Book Review" section.

Box: 2 Folder: 2 "Direction" Magazine - Original copy of May Issue
Date span: 1939, March 18 - June
Description: Contains the original 53-page copy of the 1939 May issue with holograph notations, corrections, & additions; a special issue re the American Writers' Congress, 1939; & correspondence from Frederick E. Menaker, Hazel Lafarge, & Nicholas Wirth; w/reprint.
Box: 2 Folder: 3 "Direction" Magazine - Material for new writer contest
Date span: [1939]
Description: Contains layout of an issue of "Direction" with M. Tjader Harris' holograph notations, corrections, and additions concerning materials on the magazine's new writers contest for that period.

Box: 2 Folder: 4 "Direction" Magazine - Talks and Broadcast script
Date span: 1944, July 12 and July 24
Description: Contains (1) 7-page radio script of Nancy Craig interview, "Woman of Tomorrow" program, w/correspondence; (2) 6-page typed mss of "Documentary Writing"; (1) 3-page typed ms w/holograph notations re War Industries workers; & (1) 4-page ms on blood bank.

Box: 2 Folder: 5 "Direction" Magazine - Authors' typed Manuscripts
Date span: [1941] See February and Summer Issues, 1941
Description: Contains 10 white envelopes of typed manuscripts, as well as 3 loose manuscripts, of writers who published in "Direction" and are arranged alphabetically. See item list below.

Box: 2 Folder: 6 "Direction" Magazine - Writers' Correspondence, A to L
Date span: 1938, April 7 - 1946, October 17; Undated
Description: Contains authors' correspondence regarding the magazine and arranged alphabetically, (A to L). See item list below.

Box: 2 Folder: 7 "Direction" Magazine - Writers' Correspondence, M to Z
Date span: 1944, February 12 - 1946, October 17; Undated
Description: Contains authors' correspondence regarding the magazine and arranged alphabetically, (M to Z). See item list below.

Box: 2 Folder: 8 "Direction" Magazine - Subscriber Correspondence
Date span: 1940 - 1969, December 30
Description: Contains correspondence from subscribers such as: John G. Lorenz; artist Maurice Becker; Agnes de Lima; The League for Mutual Aid; Office of War Information; & State Department, International Broadcasting Division. Includes magazine's 1st stationary.

Box: 2 Folder: 9 "Direction" Magazine - Copyright Material
Date span: 1938, January - May, 1944
Description: Contains correspondence and certificates of copyright registration for the magazine, "Direction."

Box: 2 Folder: 10 "Direction" Magazine - Financial
Date span: 1938, January 13 - 1946, October 31
Description: Contains correspondence; Connecticut tax returns and assessments; and business expenditure listings for "Direction" Magazine. Arranged chronologically.

Box: 2 Folder: 11 "Direction" Magazine - Extra Issues & Miscellaneous
Date span: 1938, Summer - 1957, Fall
Description: Contains 3 issues of "Direction" (March 1939, February-March 1942, & Winter, 1942); copy of "The Bulletin of the League of American Writers" (1938); 2 gallery opening invitationals; & an invitation to "The Highlander Seminar on the South Thinking Ahead."

Box: 3 Folder: 1 "Mother Elisabeth" - Typed manuscript carbon - Part I
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 183-page typed carbon manuscript, Part I, of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph corrections and notations.

Box: 3 Folder: 2 "Mother Elisabeth" - Typed carbon manuscript - Part II
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 148-page typed carbon manuscript, Part II (p. 184 - 332), of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph corrections and notations.

Box: 3 Folder: 3 "Mother Elisabeth" - Typed carbon manuscript - Part I
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 173-page typed carbon manuscript, Part I, of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph corrections and notations.

Box: 3 Folder: 4 "Mother Elisabeth" - Typed carbon manuscript - Part II
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 170-page typed carbon manuscript, Part II (p. 174 - Bibliography), of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph notations and corrections.

Box: 3 Folder: 5 "Mother Elisabeth" - Working copy w/deletions - Part I
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 136-page typed working copy, Part I (p. 5 - 140a), of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph deletions, notations, and corrections.

Box: 3 Folder: 6 "Mother Elisabeth" - Working copy w/deletions - Part II
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 181-page typed working copy, Part II (p. 140e - 319), of "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph deletions, corrections, and notations.

Box: 4 Folder: 1 "Mother Elisabeth" - Original Copy, Second Version - I
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 325-page typed original copy, second version, as well as discarded pages, of "Mother Elisabeth" with some holograph notations and corrections.

Box: 4 Folder: 2 "Mother Elisabeth" - Discarded pages
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains typed carbon discards with some holograph notations and corrections.

Box: 4 Folder: 3 "Mother Elisabeth" - Extracts from Various Versions
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains typed carbon extracts from various versions of tha manuscript for "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph notations, corrections, and addditions.

Box: 4 Folder: 4 "Mother Elisabeth" - Extracts of various sections
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains typed carbon extracts of various sections of the manuscript for "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph corrections and notations.

Box: 4 Folder: 5 "Mother Elisabeth" - Extracts of Manuscript
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains typed extracts of the Manuscript for "Mother Elisabeth" with holograph notations and corrections.

Box: 4 Folder: 6 "Mother Elisabeth" - Correspondence
Date span: 1955, January 23 - 1970, February 25; Undated
Description: Contains correspondence to M. Tjader Harris regarding her book "Mother Elisabeth", the founding, and the early years of the Order from some of the following: Mother Elisabeth, O.SS.S.; Gabriel Bouscaren; and various nuns of the Order.

Box: 4 Folder: 7 "Mother Elisabeth" - Background material
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains background material for Tjader's book on Mother Elisabeth & the early days of the Order, which includes manuscripts; extracts from M. Riccarda's notebook; photocopies of early letters & documents; as well as comments & materials by Oskar Eklund.

Box: 4 Folder: 8 "Mother Elisabeth" - Related Material - St. Ansgar's
Date span: 1951, June - 1976, December
Description: Contains 4 issues of "The Bulletin of St. Ansgar's Scandinavian Catholic League of New York", which contain articles on Mother Elisabeth & the Order. The Sept., 1952 & June, 1953 issues contain related materials on the Rev. John La Farge, S.J.

Box: 5 Folder: 1 Correspondence - Personal - (A to Z)
Date span: 1915, August 12 - 1945, September 11; Undated
Description: Contains personal correspondence from the following: E. Inlen (from Zermatt); "Henri" (?) (with the "Institut Pedalogique du Bas-Rhin"); "Nino" (?) (from Geneva); her father, explorer Richard Tjader; and some illegible correspondents as well.

Box: 5 Folder: 2 "The V Book" - Typed Manuscript - Ist Part
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a 29-page typed carbon manuscript of "The V Book" (alternate title, "The Writing on the Wall") with holograph notations, corrections, and additions. Also includes various manuscript draft versions of this Ist part.

Box: 5 Folder: 3 "The V Book" - Typed manuscript - IInd Part
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains various typed manuscript portions of "The V Book" with holograph notations, corrections, and additions. Also includes typed manuscript of a "V" radio program.

Box: 5 Folder: 4 Articles on Russia - Manuscript and notes
Date span: 1958, July-August - 1961
Description: Contains various typed manuscripts and copies of manuscripts regarding M. Tjader Harris trip to Russia with holograph notations, corrections, and additions.

Box: 5 Folder: 5 Articles - Printed
Date span: 1925, August - 1976, December
Description: Contains articles by Marguerite Tjader Harris, which appeared in the following: "International Studio" (on the artist, Federico Beltran-Masses); "St. Ansgar's Bulletin" (on Mother Elisabeth's American roots); & "Diakonia" (on Helen Iswolsky).

Box: 5 Folder: 6 Newsclippings
Date span: 1931, May 2 - 1931, June 31
Description: Contains newsclippings regarding Marguerite Tjader Harris as well as reviews of her book, "Borealis".

Box: 5 Folder: 7 Photographs
Date span: Undated
Description: Contains a photograph of Theodore Dreiser's death mask.


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