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Caresse Crosby papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Caresse Crosby: Author and Artist

Caresse Crosby: Publisher and Patron

Caresse Crosby: Activist

Caresse Crosby: Printed Materials, Including Audio-Visual

Correspondence, unless otherwise noted

Harry Crosby Physical Objects

Photocopies of newspaper clippings

Proposed Black Sun Press Catalogue and Bibliography

Artwork

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Harry Crosby Scrapbooks

Oversized Material Drawer #15

Galley proofs of Transition

Page proof of Black Sun Press bookplate

Miscellaneous Portfolio leaves and related material

Credo: The Castle of Roccasinibalda

Page proofs of Bibliography of the Black Sun Press by Minkoff

French Communist party posters

"La Panorama Paris S'amuse"

Miscellaneous printed ephemera related to the Vatican and Pope Pius XII

Scrapbook of newsclippings related to Caresse Crosby's Washington galleries

Scrapbook of Caresse Crosby's political material

"World Citizen Passport cards of associates, 1606-20th Street, D.C., 1948-"


Caresse Crosby papers, 1912-1970 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Caresse Crosby papers, 1912-1970Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 140

Primary Creator: Crosby, Caresse (1891-1970)

Extent: 74.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Organized into five series: (1) Writing and artwork, (2) Publishing, (3) Political activism, (4) Miscellaneous, (5) Correspondence.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1963. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Black Sun Press., Crane, Hart, 1899-1932., Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Forms of Material: Artifacts., Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence, Correspondence., Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970. - Manuscripts, Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929. - Correspondence, Diaries., Fiction, Lawrence, D. H.  (David Herbert), 1885-1930. - Correspondence, Ledgers (account books), Photographs, Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972. - Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Sound recordings, Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Caresse Crosby Collection represents the largest extant body of Caresse and Harry Crosby's efforts in prose and poetry, printing and publishing, as well as their personal correspondence and assorted memorabilia. Of special interest is material of 20th century authors, such as a bound volume of letters to Harry and Caresse Crosby from D. H. Lawrence, galley proofs of The Bridge by Hart Crane, an extensive body of correspondence from both Kay Boyle and Ezra Pound, and artwork by Henry Miller.

This collection contains all titles published by the Black Sun Press, early Black Sun Press announcements,  news clippings, free-standing volumes, photographs and Caresse Crosby's literary manuscripts,  poems, short stories and plays, Caresse Crosby's art work as well as early typescripts of The Passionate Years, and its unpublished sequel, Who in the World.

The remainder of the collection consists of packages containing scrapbooks and miscellany, oversize materials that include a great deal of original artwork, Caresse Crosby's appointment calendars, inventories of the Crosby library, address books, miscellaneous documents, and several films.  Political materials date from 1948 to her death in 1970.

Biographical Note

Caresse Crosby was born Mary Phelps Jacob on April 30, 1891 in New Rochelle, New York, daughter of a prominent New England family. After a brief marriage to Richard Rogers Peabody, she married Harry Crosby in 1922 and soon after moved to France. In April, 1927, they founded a publishing company soon to become The Black Sun Press. The publications included a Hindu Love Book, The Fall of the House of Usher, and letters by Harry's cousin, Henry James, to Walter Berry. Other contributors to the Black Sun Press included D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, Rene Crevel, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound among others. Caresse wrote a book of poetry, Crosses of Gold, which they also published. In 1928, Harry met Josephine Noyes Rotch with whom he had an ongoing affair. On December 10, 1929, in an apparent suicide pact, Harry and Josephine were found dead in a hotel room. After Harry Crosby's suicide, Caresse kept the Black Sun Press going. She also established, with Jacques Porel, a side venture, Crosby Continental Editions, that published paperback books by Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and Dorothy Parker, among others. Ahead of her time, her paperback books did not sell well, and the press closed in 1933. The Black Sun Press, however, continued publishing into the 1950s. In 1936 Caresse and her new husband Selbert Saffold moved to Bowling Green, Virginia where she kept company with Salvador Dali, Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin. By 1941, having divorced Saffold, Caresse moved to Washington D.C., where she opened the city's only modern art gallery. She also started Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly, a magazine that sought to continue her work with young and avant-garde writers and artists. She published six editions before she ran out of funds and sponsors. This was her last major publishing effort. She became politically active and founded the organizations Women Against War and Citizens of the World, which embraced the concept of a "world community" which other activists like Buckminster Fuller also supported. In 1953, Caresse published her autobiography, The Passionate Years. She died in relative obscurity from complications from pneumonia in Rome on January 24, 1970, aged 78.

Subject/Index Terms

Black Sun Press.
Crane, Hart, 1899-1932.
Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additions 1970, 1984 and 2018

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Related Materials: Caresse Crosby photograph collection, PH 49. For more information please see http://archives.lib.siu.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=3177.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Caresse Crosby Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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[Series 1: Caresse Crosby: Author and Artist],
[Series 2: Caresse Crosby: Publisher and Patron],
[Series 3: Caresse Crosby: Activist],
[Series 4: Caresse Crosby: Printed Materials, Including Audio-Visual],
[Series 5: Correspondence, unless otherwise noted],
[Series 6: Harry Crosby Physical Objects],
[Series 7: Photocopies of newspaper clippings],
[Series 8: Proposed Black Sun Press Catalogue and Bibliography],
[Series 9: Artwork],
[Item 1: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 2: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 3: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 4: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 5: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 6: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 7: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 8: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 9: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 10: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 11: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 12: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 15: Oversized Material Drawer #15],
[Item 16: Galley proofs of Transition],
[Item 17: Page proof of Black Sun Press bookplate],
[Item 18: Miscellaneous Portfolio leaves and related material],
[Item 19: Credo: The Castle of Roccasinibalda],
[Item 20: Page proofs of Bibliography of the Black Sun Press by Minkoff],
[Item 21: French Communist party posters],
[Package 4: "La Panorama Paris S'amuse"],
[Item 22: Miscellaneous printed ephemera related to the Vatican and Pope Pius XII],
[Package 5: Scrapbook of newsclippings related to Caresse Crosby's Washington galleries],
[Package 6: Scrapbook of Caresse Crosby's political material],
[Package 7: "World Citizen Passport cards of associates, 1606-20th Street, D.C., 1948-"],
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Series 4: Caresse Crosby: Printed Materials, Including Audio-VisualAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Printed ephemera (see also oversize material)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Notebook with entries concerning RoccasinibaldaAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Poetry prize to be awarded at the castleAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Requests for aid or summer residence, 1959-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: [Guest book?]Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1946, 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 2: includes pages from a daybook, 1952-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1955, 1956, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1963, 1965, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 3: 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1969-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "List of Books, Library - Mrs. H. Crosby", 1930 AugustAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "List of Books, Library - Mrs. H. Crosby", 1930 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "List of Books, Library - Mrs. H. Crosby", 1930 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Liste des livres composant la bibliotheque de Monsieur Harry Crosby et Madame Caresse Crosby, Lequee a l'universite de Harvard"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Liste des ouvrages gardes. Appartenant a Madame Caresse Crosby"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Catalogue of books sent from Paris to Hampton Manor, Va."Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Catalogue of books sent from Paris to Hampton Manor, Va."Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Catalogue of books sent from Paris to Hampton Manor, Va."Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Catalogue of books sent from Paris to Hampton Manor, Va."Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous inventoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Notebook containing inventory of Crosby LibraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ledger containing inventory of Crosby LibraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Inventory list of materialsAdd to your cart.
Inventory list of materials included in Black Sun Press exhibit at Wellesley College and Black Mountain College
Folder 5: Various inventories of possessionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous listsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Printed Ephemera Relating to Harry Crosby (see also oversize material)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Legal mattersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Documents, passports, and identification cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous documents, including bra patentAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Printed memorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notebook with miscellaneous entries including quotations from D. H. Lawrence and Artists Delphic Fund notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Address booksAdd to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Address booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Calling cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Caresse Crosby medical recordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Caresse Crosby membership cardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Guest register from Caresse Crosby MemorialAdd to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: TapesAdd to your cart.
Interview with Caresse Crosby taped in Washington, Sept. 18, 1958
Folder 2: TapesAdd to your cart.
Unidentified music
Folder 3: FilmsAdd to your cart.
Unidentified 8 mm
Folder 4: FilmsAdd to your cart.

"World Citizen Information Center," 16mm

Caresse Crosby at Roccasinibalda, 16mm (removed to film storage area)


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Caresse Crosby: Author and Artist],
[Series 2: Caresse Crosby: Publisher and Patron],
[Series 3: Caresse Crosby: Activist],
[Series 4: Caresse Crosby: Printed Materials, Including Audio-Visual],
[Series 5: Correspondence, unless otherwise noted],
[Series 6: Harry Crosby Physical Objects],
[Series 7: Photocopies of newspaper clippings],
[Series 8: Proposed Black Sun Press Catalogue and Bibliography],
[Series 9: Artwork],
[Item 1: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 2: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 3: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 4: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 5: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 6: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 7: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 8: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 9: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 10: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 11: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 12: Harry Crosby Scrapbooks],
[Item 15: Oversized Material Drawer #15],
[Item 16: Galley proofs of Transition],
[Item 17: Page proof of Black Sun Press bookplate],
[Item 18: Miscellaneous Portfolio leaves and related material],
[Item 19: Credo: The Castle of Roccasinibalda],
[Item 20: Page proofs of Bibliography of the Black Sun Press by Minkoff],
[Item 21: French Communist party posters],
[Package 4: "La Panorama Paris S'amuse"],
[Item 22: Miscellaneous printed ephemera related to the Vatican and Pope Pius XII],
[Package 5: Scrapbook of newsclippings related to Caresse Crosby's Washington galleries],
[Package 6: Scrapbook of Caresse Crosby's political material],
[Package 7: "World Citizen Passport cards of associates, 1606-20th Street, D.C., 1948-"],
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