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Caresse Crosby photograph collection

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Biographical Note

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Caresse Crosby

Friends

Harry Crosby

Oversized Photographs

Scrapbooks


Caresse Crosby photograph collection, 1890-1969 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Caresse Crosby photograph collection, 1890-1969Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 2/1/PH 49

Primary Creator: Crosby, Caresse (1891-1970)

Extent: 11.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: Organized into three series: (1) Caresse Crosby, (2) Friends of Caresse Crosby, and (3) Harry Crosby

Subjects: Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970., Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929., World War, 1914-1918

Forms of Material: Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970. - Photographs, Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929. - Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Caresse Crosby photograph collection comprises photographs in her personal collection at the time of her death and complements the Caresse Crosby papers, MSS 140. The collection includes images of Caresse Crosby throughout her life, her husband Harry Crosby and other family members, notable writers and artists and other friends and acquaintences, homes and travel, artwork and other illustrative material used in her publishing activities, and World War I photographs and other personal images of Harry Crosby. Crosby's connections with the literary and artistic elite beginning in the 1920s were extensive and the collection includes images of Kay Boyle, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jean Cocteau, Hart Crane, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Ezra Pound, Sam Rosenberg, Angelos Sikelianos, and William Sykes among others. The bulk of the photographs are available online at the URL below.

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

Crosby, Caresse, 1892-1970.
Crosby, Harry, 1898-1929.
World War, 1914-1918

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 oversized; 13 scrapbooks

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.

Related Materials: Caresse Crosby papers, MSS 140. For more information please see http://archives.lib.siu.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=2127.

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

Other Note: Images from the Caresse Crosby photograph collection are available online at the other URL below.

Other URL: http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm4/index_sic_scrcgen.php?CISOROOT=/sic_scrcgen


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Caresse Crosby],
[Series 2: Friends],
[Series 3: Harry Crosby],
[Series 4: Oversized Photographs],
[Series 5: Scrapbooks],
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Series 4: Oversized PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Oversized box
Folder 1: Oversized Portrait of Harry CrosbyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Portrait of Bill SykesAdd to your cart.
Oversized, bordered portrait of Bill Sykes
Folder 3: Photograph of Drawing by Jean Cocteau, 1922Add to your cart.
Drawing of a sleeping man by Jean Cocteau.
Folder 4: X-rays of Caresse CrosbyAdd to your cart.
X-rays of Caresse Crosby's torso.
Folder 5: Henri Manuel Portraits of the Crosby's and their Home.Add to your cart.

Oversized, photographs mounted on embossed paper including Harry and Caresse Crosby in his study, Harry and Caresse with May den Engelsen.

Photographs taken by Henri Manuel.

Folder 6: Interiors at 19 Rue de Lille, 1927-1928Add to your cart.

Photographs of the bedroom.

Oversized, bordered photograph of the bathroom, a sitting room, and a studio.

Folder 7: Bronze Relief of Harry CrosbyAdd to your cart.
Oversized, bordered photogravures of reliefs of Harry Crosby made and signed by Caresse.
Folder 8: Photogravure of Harry Crosby and Plane Shortly Before his Death, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Two Photographs of Drawings of Reclining Nudes, circa 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Prints of Henri Cartier-Bresson Photographs, circa 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photograph of Drawing by Sam RosenbergAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Photographic Copy of Letters from Louis XIV and XVIAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Portfolio VI, 1947Add to your cart.

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