Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Julian Huxley and Anita Loos correspondence, 1960-1966 MS 082



creator Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975
creator Loos, Anita, 1893-1981
Title: Julian Huxley and Anita Loos correspondence
Dates: 1960-1966
Abstract Correspondence between biologist Julian Huxley to Anita Loos, American screenwriter, playwright, and author. Many of these are great in length and most with remarkable content, evidencing the intimacy of Huxley and Loos.
Identification: MS 082
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical note

Julian Sorell Huxley (June 22, 1887 - February 14, 1975) was a lecturer in Zoology at Oxford (1910-1912), Research Associate and later Assistant Professor of Biology at Rice Institute (1913-1916), and fought in World War I before returning to Oxford in 1919, where he conducted the famous axolotl experiments and participated in the university's expedition to Spitsbergen. He became Professor of Zoology at King's College, University of London in 1925, but resigned his position in 1927 to collaborate on what would become The Science of Life with H.G. Wells. He was Fullerian Professor of Physiology in the Royal Institution (1927-1929) while working with Wells, however after 1929 he held no academic position. For ten years he was a private person working to advance his ideas about the biological sciences not as a researcher nor as a teacher, but as a writer on scientific developments and their relationship to contemporary social issues.

From 1935-1942 he served as Secretary of the Zoological Society of London, allowing him to encourage solid research on animal behavior while introducing innovative methods for implementing his vision of the zoo as an educational institution. He continued his work as a writer and lecturer and was known throughout war-time Britain for his participation as a panel member of the BBC Brains Trust program. After World War II he helped form Unesco, serving as the organization’s first Director-General (1946-1948). Here he set out a program cosmopolitan in vision, one concerned with mankind in relationship with nature and with its past, one in which art and science were equally valued. He also began to articulate fully the concerns which would occupy the later years of his life: the relation of overpopulation to poverty and ignorance, the necessity for the conservation of wilderness and wildlife, and the importance of the renunciation of parochial views on religion and politics. The remainder of his life was spent traveling, lecturing and writing in support of the causes to which he was devoted. Throughout his long career, he contributed significantly to the fields of ethology, ecology and cancer research, and acted as a powerful proponent of neo-Darwinism.

Anita Loos (April 26 1888 - August 18, 1981) was an American screenwriter, playwright, and author. She is best known for her novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."


Scope and Contents note

Group of ten letters, dated 1960-1966, written by Julian Huxley to Anita Loos, all with excellent content and many quite lengthy. He writes about himself, his brother Aldous Huxley, and about Anita Loos' plays and work.

There is also a long letter written by Juliette Huxley to Anita Loos, and another letter by Julian to a Mrs. A. Sullivan, about Pasternak.


Restrictions

Access restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Julian Huxley - Anita Loos Correspondence must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.


Index Terms

Genres
letters (correspondence)

Related Archival Materials note

MS. 50 Julian Sorell Huxley papers, 1899-1980

MS. 55 Letters to Kenneth Clark from Julian Huxley, 1935-1975

MS. 56 Solly Zuckerman Correspondence with Julian Huxley, 1931-1967

MS. 57 Julian Huxley Letter to G. W. N. Eggers, June 20, 1916

MS. 58 Julian Huxley Letter to Dr. Dyke, December 8, 1914

MS. 472 Julian Huxley Letter to Clinton George Evelyn Dawkins


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Julian Huxley - Anita Loos Correspondence, 1960-1966, MS 082, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition note

These items were purchased September 22, 2008.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos June 5, 1966
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos 1966
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos June 30, 1966
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos November 30, 1965
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos August 12, 1944
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos February 11, 1964
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos June 17, 1964
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos, Postcard, January 14, 1969
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos January 23, 1964
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Mrs. A. Sullivan October 11, 1960
1 Correspondence between Julian Huxley and Anita Loos April 6, 1961
1 Correspondence between Juliette Huxley and Anita Loos