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Bessie (Elizabeth F.) Breuer papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers

Correspondence

Writings by Bessie Breuer

Writings by Others

Photographs

Henry Varnum Poor


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Collection Overview

Title: Bessie (Elizabeth F.) Breuer papers, 1926-1972Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 203

Primary Creator: Breuer, Bessie, (b. 1893)

Extent: 24.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in six series: (1) Personal papers, (2) Correspondence, (3) Writings by Bessie Breuer, (4) Writing by others, (5) Photographs, (6) Henry Varnum Poor.

Subjects: Bergman, Ingrid, 1915-1982, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992, Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893, Dewey, Evelyn, 1889-, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980, Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970., Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.

Forms of Material: Bergman, Ingrid, 1915-1982 - Correspondence, Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992 - Correspondence, Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893 - Correspondence, Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893 - Manuscripts, Correspondence., Dewey, John, 1859-1952 - Correspondence, Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970 - Correspondence, Harris, Julie. - Correspondence, Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961. - Correspondence, Houseman, John - Correspondence, Kazan, Elia - Correspondence, Manuscripts for publication., McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967. - Correspondence, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Correspondence, Photographs, Screenplays., Sketches., Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968. - Correspondence, Toomer, Marjorie - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the collection consists of letters to Bessie (Elizabeth F.) Breuer and manuscripts by her, with manuscripts for her last novel, Take Care of My Roses, making up the bulk of the manuscript portion of the collection.

Of note in the collection are letters from Ingrid Bergman, Kay Boyle, John Dewey, John Dos Passos, Julie Harris, Ernest Hemingway, John Houseman, Elia Kazan, Carson McCullers, Henry Miller, John Steinbeck, and Marjorie Toomer.  The collection also contains notes for essays by Breuer on Henry Miller, Ingrid Bergman, Evelyn Dewey, and John Steinbeck, as well as a typed manuscript of 30 Stories by Kay Boyle and two typed manuscripts of the screenplay for Hilda Crane. The collection also contains numerous sketches by Breuer's artist husband, Henry Varnum Poor.

Biographical Note

Bessie Breuer nee Freedman was born October 19, 1893 in Cleveland, Ohio to Samuel and Julia Freedman.  After graduating from the Missouri State University School of Journalism, she worked, first, as a reporter for the St. Louis Times, then as an editor for the New York Tribune.    She left that position to become the national director of magazine publicity for the American Red Cross at the end of World War I, and subsequently joined the staff of the Ladies Home Journal.  In 1925 she married her third husband, the painter Henry Varnum Poor.  Part of the expatriate movement, Breuer moved to France and began writing fiction under the encouragement of Kay Boyle and others.  After successfully publishing a few short stories, she published her first novel, Memory of Love, in 1934.  Between 1934 and 1961, Bessie Breuer published four novels, one collection of short stories, and a play, Sundown Beach, which was produced by Elia Kazan in 1948.

Subject/Index Terms

Bergman, Ingrid, 1915-1982
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
Breuer, Bessie, b. 1893
Dewey, Evelyn, 1889-
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970.
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Accruals: Additions 2017, 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.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Bessie Breuer papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Personal Papers],
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[Series 3: Writings by Bessie Breuer],
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Series 3: Writings by Bessie BreuerAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The ActressAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, 1957-1961 [See also correspondence from Emily Jennison, Norman Lloyd, Joan Chandler, Cheryl Crawford, R. Sterling Mueller, Elia Kazan, Carol Chaurekerlin, Mariline, Jean, Clifford, Julian
Folder 6: The Bracelet of Wavia LeaAdd to your cart.
Contract for publication 1947
Folder 7: The DaughterAdd to your cart.
Correspondence, 1938-1965, undated
Folder 8: The Golden Mask {Bride House]-playscriptAdd to your cart.
Drafts, fragments, undated
Folder 9: The Golden Mask {Bride House]-playscriptAdd to your cart.
Drafts, fragments, undated
Folder 10: The Golden Mask {Bride House]-playscriptAdd to your cart.
Drafts, fragments, undated
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Golden Mask [Bride House]Add to your cart.
Drafts, fragments, undated
Folder 2: The Golden Mask [Bride House]Add to your cart.
Drafts, fragments, undated
Folder 3: Memoirs (Version I) - MAB notes, RomeAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Memoirs (Version I) Notes on people, pages 1-13Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Memoirs (Version I) "Notes and Miscellaneous"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Memoirs (Version I) I-1 to I-11 "Childhood"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Memoirs (Version I) I-1 to I-22, "We were looking..."Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Memoirs (Version I) II-1 to II-35 "Go to Paris..."Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Memoirs (Version I) III-1 to III-18 "Kaleidoscope"Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Memoirs (Version I) III-1 to III-11, "The City of St. Louis..."Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Memoirs (Version I) IV-1 to IV-8, “(Liberal Club and Barney…”Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Memoirs (Version I) V-1 to V-12, “I did not come to Henry…”Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Memoirs (Version I) VI-1 to VI-24, “When I became Sunday editor…”Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Memoirs (Version I) VII-1 to VII-20, “When did we come to New York - …”Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Memoirs (Version I) VIII-1 to VIII-12, “While working at Tribune…”Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Memoirs (Version I) IX-1 to IX-24, “I came into Henry’s house…”Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Memoirs (Version I) X-1 to X-6, “Just as Burgess Meredith…”Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Memoirs (Version II) I-1 to I-28, “I suppose because my whole family was…”Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Memoirs (Version II) II-1 to II-37, “ That whole year I was sending…”Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Memoirs (Version II) III-1 to III-7, “We met often at dinners…”Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Memoirs (Version II) IV-1 to IV-8, Max Anderson’s wife Mab…”Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Memoirs (Version II) V-1 to V-36, “In those days…”Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Memoirs (Version III) IV-1 to IV-29, “For several years…”Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Memoirs (Version III) V-1 to V-13, “Yesterday I got a letter…”Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Memoirs (Version III) VI-1 to VI-36, “We first met George Davis…”Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Memoirs (Version III) VII-1 to VII-11, "I received a letter from Kay,"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Memoirs (Version III) VIII-1 to VIII-18, "Henry Had Gone West..."Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Memoirs (Version III) IX-1 to IX-17, "What am I going to do about it?"Add to your cart.
Folder 4: FragmentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Memory of Love [See also correspondence from Harrison Smith, Sonya Leirera Hovey, Manuel]Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "My Kitchen"Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sundown Beach, notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sundown Beach, correspondence, 1962-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Take Care of My Roses, contracts, newspaper reviews, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Take Care of My Roses, notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Take Care of My Roses, draft, 1960Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Take Care of My Roses, Second copy, 1961, JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Take Care of My Roses "Novel II - Notes"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Take Care of My Roses Fragments, discardsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Take Care of My Roses Draft with revisionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Take Care of My Roses Corrected Draft IAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Take Care of My Roses Corrected Draft IIAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Take Care of My Roses" First copy of completed second half"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Take Care of My Roses Gallies -- Author's first proofAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Take Care of My Roses Review copy (bound)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: mailing wrapperAdd to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Tony's Yard"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Untitled manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
composition notebooks
Folder 3: Untitled manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
composition notebooks
Folder 4: Untitled manuscriptsAdd to your cart.
composition notebooks
Folder 5: "British Navy/Alaska"Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Ingrid Bergman/Evelyn Dewey"Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Our First Time in Paris"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Steinbeck/Anderson/Burgess"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Wedding"Add to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Memoirs, Notebook 1Add to your cart.
Original for Box 11, Folder 7
Item 2: Memoirs, Notebook 2Add to your cart.
Original of Box 11, Folder 8
Item 3: Memoirs, Notebook 3Add to your cart.
Original of Box 11, Folder 9
Item 4: Memoirs, Notebook 4Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 13
Item 5: Memoirs, Notebook 5Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 14
Item 6: Memoirs, Notebook 6Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 15
Item 7: Memoirs, Notebook 7Add to your cart.
Original of Box 13, Folder 1
Item 8: Memoirs, Notebook 8Add to your cart.
Original of Box 13, Folder 2
Item 9: Memoirs, Notebook 9Add to your cart.
Original of Box 11, Folder 6
Item 10: Memoirs, Notebook 10Add to your cart.
Item 11: Memoirs, Notebook 11Add to your cart.
Original of Box 11, Folder 10
Item 12: Memoirs, Notebook 12Add to your cart.
Item 13: Memoirs, Notebook 13Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 1
Item 14: Memoirs, Notebook 14Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 2
Item 15: Memoirs, Notebook 15Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 3
Item 16: Memoirs, Notebook 16Add to your cart.
Item 17: Memoirs, Notebook 17Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 4
Item 18: Memoirs, Notebook 18Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 5
Item 19: Memoirs, Notebook 19Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 6
Item 20: Memoirs, Notebook 20Add to your cart.
Original of Box 12, Folder 7
Item 21: Memoirs, Notebook 21Add to your cart.
Possibly original of Box 11, Folder 4
Item 22: Memoirs, Notebook 22Add to your cart.
Original of Box 13, Folder 3
Item 23: Memoirs, Notebook 23Add to your cart.
Original of Box 11, Folder 5

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