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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Gordon Conway, 1891-1984

Series II. Tommie Conway (Mrs. Jack Conway), 1892-1957

Series III. Raye Virginia Allen, 1864-1986

Restricted material

Oversize materials

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Gordon Conway:

An Inventory of Her Papers at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Conway, Gordon, 1894-1956
Title: Gordon Conway Papers
Dates: 1864-1986
Abstract: The Gordon Conway Papers, 1864-1986, document the personal and professional activities of Gordon Conway, American fashion illustrator and costume designer, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1910s to the 1930s. The papers also contain materials that belonged to Conway’s mother, Tommie Conway, and Raye Virginia Allen, who wrote a biography of Conway, Gordon Conway: Fashioning a New Woman.
Call Number: Performing Arts Collection PA-00019
Extent: 39 document boxes, 19 oversize boxes (osb) (27.51 linear feet), 7 oversize folders (osf)
Language: English, French, and German
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Gordon Conway was born in Cleburne, Texas, in December 1894, the daughter of Jack Conway, who had served as mayor of Cleburne, and Tommie Conway. She was raised in Dallas and attended the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. After her graduation in 1912, Conway enrolled at finishing schools in Lausanne, Switzerland and Rome, and travelled around Europe. After seeing some of Conway’s impromptu sketches at a London dinner party, an acquaintance recommended her to Heyworth Campbell, art editor for Condé Nast’s publications. Conway returned to the United States and met with Campbell in New York in 1916, and within a year he was publishing her illustrations in Vogue and Vanity Fair. From 1918 to 1920, Conway was a regular contributor to Vanity Fair, and occasional contributor to Harper’s Bazaar and commercial advertisers. Among her early successes was a 1918 illustration intended for Vanity Fair, "The Red Cross Girl," that was reproduced and sold as a poster. In 1920, she married Blake Ozias, a sales representative for the Delage touring car, and moved to Europe, where she maintained apartments in London and Paris.

In the 1920s, Conway continued to illustrate for fashion magazines, primarily Eve and The Tatler in England and the Italian periodical La Donna, while simultaneously taking her career in a new direction as a theatrical designer. She began by designing posters and billboard art for theatrical productions in New York and London such as Oh, Lady! Lady! (1918) and Pins and Needles (1922), then moved on to designing costumes for musical revues such as the Midnight Follies at Club Daunou, Paris (1924) and the Frivolities at New Princes’ Theatre, London (1924). Conway designed costumes for numerous plays on the London stage, many featuring her friend, actress Dorothy Dickson, including Patricia (1925) and Peggy Ann (1927).

By the late 1920s, Conway had divorced Blake Ozias and transitioned from theatrical costume design to designing for the new medium of talking pictures. Beginning with Confetti (1927), Conway designed costumes for twenty-four British films, including High Treason (1929) and Rome Express (1932). In 1933, Conway was appointed chief costume designer for Gaumont-British Studios, but retired the following year and returned to the United States to take possession of Mt. Scion, the eighteenth century Virginia estate that was originally the home of Nelly Conway, mother of President James Madison. She continued to work sporadically through the late 1930s on magazine illustrations and advertisements, but focused primarily on restoring the architecture and interiors of her estate. Conway lived at Mt. Scion with her mother, Tommie Conway, until her death from cancer in 1956.

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Scope and Contents

The Gordon Conway Papers, 1864-1986, document the personal and professional activities of Gordon Conway, American fashion illustrator and costume designer, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1910s to the 1930s. Personal and business correspondence, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums, clippings, and programs illuminate Conway’s frequent travels and her career in Paris, New York, and London; production materials including photographs, programs, and clippings record Conway’s design work for theater and film. The papers also contain materials that belonged to Conway’s mother, Tommie Conway, and Raye Virginia Allen, who wrote a biography of Conway, Gordon Conway: Fashioning a New Woman.

The papers are arranged in three series. Series I. Gordon Conway, 1891-1984, is divided into five subseries, beginning with Subseries A. Production Materials, 1918-1984. This subseries is comprised of photographs, programs, clippings, and posters related to theatrical and film productions that Conway contributed to in the form of advertising or costume designs. Materials are arranged alphabetically by production title. Subseries B. Correspondence, 1912-1956, includes personal letters from Conway’s friends and admirers, such as the artist Porter Woodruff and the playwright Guy Bolton, as well as business correspondence with Conway’s employers, including Condé Nast art director Heyworth Campbell and Vanity Fair editor Frank Crowninshield. Also in this subseries are some of Conway’s original designs for Christmas and New Year’s cards, and a woodblock used to print cards. Subseries C. Address Books, Calendars, Diaries, Notebooks, and Scrapbooks, 1894-1964, contains a large number of diaries recording Conway’s social and business appointments from the 1910s to the 1930s, address books listing her contacts in New York, London, and Paris, notebooks with lists of expenses and work projects, and scrapbooks of her school days and professional activities. Photographs of Conway, her family and friends, photographic postcards, and photograph albums make up Subseries D. Photographs and Postcards, 1891-1953. This subseries includes several photographs of stage actress Dorothy Dickson, and photographs of Conway’s other friends including writer Guy Bolton and the heiresses Dore and Rita Gulbenkian. Subseries E. Clippings, Notes, and Printed Materials, 1904-1953, contains clippings about Conway, handwritten notes, and printed materials, such as programs, playbills, and posters.

Series II. Tommie Conway (Mrs. Jack Conway), 1892-1957, is a small series comprised of materials originating from Gordon Conway’s mother, Tommie Conway, also known as Mrs. Jack Conway. Subseries A contains correspondence sent to Tommie Conway, most of it associated with the death and funeral of Gordon Conway in 1956. Tommie Conway’s diaries and address books are filed in Subseries B, along with several scrapbooks and diaries created by Ollie-wood J. Leake, Tommie Conway’s niece. Some of these scrapbooks contain clippings about Gordon Conway and other Conway family members. Subseries C. contains clippings and other printed materials collected by Tommie Conway.

Series III. Raye Virginia Allen, 1864-1986, primarily contains Allen’s research materials on Gordon Conway and materials associated with the exhibit That Red Head Gal: Fashions and Designs of Gordon Conway, 1916-1936, which opened at The Octagon House in Washington, D.C. and travelled to several other museums in 1980-1981. Subseries A. Research Materials, 1925-1986, undated, includes notes, clippings, drafts of articles about Conway, and printed materials related to Conway and her family. Subseries B. Exhibit Materials, 1978-1981 contains clippings, notes, correspondence, programs, invitations, exhibit preparation documents, and posters. Subseries C. Personal Papers, 1864-1985 contains clippings, notes, correspondence, and printed materials not connected with Conway or the Conway exhibit. Included in this subseries is an original letter dating from the Civil War (November 30, 1864) written by "S. Fitzhugh." Its relevance to other materials in the collection is unknown. Series III contains a few pieces of original correspondence sent to either Gordon or Tommie Conway which were not removed in order to preserve the original order of the materials; these items are noted in the folder descriptions and the Index of Correspondents.

Access Notes

Two billboard posters for the plays Oh, Lady! Lady! and Rock-a-Bye Baby are restricted from access due to their fragile condition.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Two posters are restricted due to their fragile condition, and will not be paged.

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Index Terms

People
Conway, Gordon, 1894-1956.
Conway, Tommie.
Allen, Raye Virginia.
Subjects
Fashion illustrators--United States--Biography.
Fashion illustrators--United States--Exhibitions.
Costume--Exhibitions.
Costume designers--United States--Biography.
Document Types
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Film stills.
Photographs.
Posters.
Programs.
Scripts.
Scrapbooks.

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Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center’s Gordon Conway Design Collection contains Conway’s original illustrations and artworks, and the Costumes and Personal Effects Collection contains reproductions of costumes designed by Conway as well as personal items that belonged to Conway. Also at the Harry Ransom Center, the W. H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection contains two original costume designs by Conway for the film High Treason, and the B. J. Simmons & Co. Costume Design Records contain several of Conway’s designs for British theater and films.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift, 1991 (G9170)

Processed by:

Ancelyn Krivak, 2013

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Sources:

Information in the biographical sketch is derived from the exhibition booklet "That Red Head Gal: Fashions and Designs of Gordon Conway 1916-1936," edited by David Schaff in 1980, and from other materials in the Gordon Conway Papers.

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Container List

 

Series I. Gordon Conway, 1891-1984

Subseries A. Production Materials, 1918-1984
Theatrical productions
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54.4 Charivaria, Liverpool Empire and Kings Theatre, Southsea (1929), programs, undated
Charlot's Masquerade, Cambridge Theatre, London (1930)
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25.6 Program, undated
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54.5 Clippings, 1930
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54.6 Information Please, Selwyn Theatre, New York (1918), program, 1918
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57 Oh, Lady! Lady!, Princess Theatre, New York (1918), billboard poster (Restricted due to fragile condition—do not page.)
Midnight Follies, Club Daunou, Paris (1924)
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25.7-8 Photographs of designs and production photographs, undated
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25.9 Program and clipping, undated
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53.5 Program covers, undated
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55.3 Program cover mounted on mat board, undated
New Princes' Frivolities, New Princes’ Theatre, London (1924-1925)
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25.10 Clippings, 1924
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54.7 Program, 1925
Patricia, His Majesty’s Theatre, London and Palace Theatre, Manchester (1924)
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25.11 Photograph of poster, 1984
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25.12 Newspaper clipping, undated
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25.13 Programs, undated
Peggy Ann, Daly's Theatre, London and King’s Theatre, Southsea (1927)
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25.14 Newspaper clippings, 1927
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25.15 Programs, undated
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54.8 Clippings, 1927
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osf 2-3 Pins and Needles, Royalty Theatre, London (1922), posters, undated
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58 Rock-a-Bye Baby, Astor Theatre, New York (1918), billboard poster (Restricted due to fragile condition—do not page.)
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25.16 Sally (theater and date unknown), magazine clipping, undated
Their Wife, Little Theatre, London (1927)
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25.17, 54.9 Clippings, 1927
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54.10 Program, undated
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25.18 Tip Toes, Winter Garden Theatre, London (1926), clippings and program, 1926
Why Not Tonight?, Palace Theatre, London (1934)
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25.19-20 Clippings, 1934
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25.21 Programs, 1934
Wonder Bar, Savoy Theatre, London (1930)
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25.22 Programs, undated
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54.11 Clippings, 1930
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25.23 Miscellaneous photographs and slides, 1920-1921, undated
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25.24 Publicity photographs of unidentified actress, undated
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25.25 Miscellaneous theater programs, 1919-1930, undated
Film productions
After the Ball (1932)
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25.26 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
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25.27 Magazine clipping, 1932
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53.6 Still mounted on mat board, undated
Britannia of Billingsgate (1933)
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25.28 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
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54.12 Program, 1933
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56.2 Program, undated
Container
25.30 Channel Crossing (1933), publicity photographs and stills, undated
Confetti (1928), program and clippings, undated
Container
25.31 Stills, undated
Container
25.32 Program and clippings, undated
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53.7 Stills mounted on mat board, 1927
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26.1 The Constant Nymph (1933), publicity photographs, undated
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26.2 A Cuckoo in the Nest (1933), publicity photographs and stills, undated
Container
26.3 Faithful Hearts (1932), stills, undated
Falling For You (1933)
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26.4 Stills, undated
Container
26.5 Program, undated
The Fire Raisers (1933)
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26.6 Stills, undated
Container
53.8 Still mounted on mat board, undated
Friday the Thirteenth (1933)
Container
26.7 Stills, undated
Container
54.13 Clippings, 1933
The Frightened Lady (alternate titles The Case of the Frightened Lady and Criminal at Large) (1932)
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25.29 Screenplay by Edgar Wallace, undated
Container
55.4 Program, 1932
Container
54.14 The Ghoul (1933), program, 1933
The Good Companions (1933)
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26.8-9 Greeting cards and stills, 1932, undated
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26.10 Program, command performance for King George V and Queen Mary at the New Victoria Theatre, 28th February, 1933
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54.15 Clippings, 1933
High Treason (1929)
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26.11 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
Container
26.12 Newspaper clippings, 1929
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53.9 Clippings and program sheets, 1929, undated
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53.10 Photographs and clippings mounted on mat board, undated
It's A Boy (1933)
Container
26.13 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
Container
54.16 Program, 1933
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26.14 Jack Ahoy (1934), publicity photographs, undated
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55.5 Jack’s the Boy (alternate title Night and Day) (1932), program, undated
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27.4-7 Just Smith (alternate title Never Come Back) (1933), publicity photographs and stills, undated
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55.6 Love on Wheels (1932), clipping and program, 1932
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26.15 The Lucky Number (1932), still, undated
The Man from Toronto (1933)
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26.16 Stills, undated
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26.17 Newspaper clipping, undated
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53.6 Still mounted on mat board, undated
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54.17 Program, 1932
Marry Me (1932)
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26.18 Stills, undated
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54.18 Program, 1932
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55.7 Michael and Mary (1931), program, 1931
The Midshipmaid (alternate title Midshipmaid Gob) (1932)
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26.19 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
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26.20 Program, undated
The Murder Party (1935)
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27.1-2 Publicity photographs, undated
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27.3 Script (missing cover and first two pages), undated
Container
27.8 Orders is Orders (1934), publicity photographs and stills, undated
Red Ensign (alternate title Strike!) (1934)
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27.9 Stills, undated
Container
53.8 Still mounted on mat board, undated
The Return of the Rat (1929)
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27.10 Stills, undated
Container
54.19 Clippings, 1929
Rome Express (1932)
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27.11 Stills, undated
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53.11 Stills mounted on mat board, 1932
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54.20 Program, 1932
Soldiers of the King (alternate title The Woman in Command) (1933)
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27.12 Stills, undated
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55.8 Programs, 1933
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54.21 Sunshine Susie (alternate title The Office Girl) (1931), program, 1931
There Goes the Bride (1932)
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54.22 Clippings, 1932
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54.23 Program, 1932
Waltz Time (1933)
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27.13-14 Stills and publicity photographs, undated
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27.15 Program, undated
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53.12 Stills, undated
White Face (alternate title Edgar Wallace’s White Face the Fiend) (1932)
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27.16 Publicity photographs and stills, undated
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27.17 Screenplay by Edgar Wallace, undated
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55.9 Clipping and program, 1932
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27.18 Gaumont-British Studios publicity "yearbook," 1932
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27.19 Gaumont Pictures contract with Conway, 31 May 1933
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27.20 Clipping from The Picturegoer, April 1928
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27.21 Clipping from Film Weekly, 16 June 1933
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54.24 "Dressing The Talkies," article by Conway in The Film Weekly, 2 September 1929
Subseries B. Correspondence, 1912-1956
Correspondent name files
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1.24 Agar, Estella, 1938-1939
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5.6-7 Antill, Joan, 1941-1950
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2.13 Appleton, Robert, 1929-1937
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3.8 Athos, Percy, 1923-1925
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5.13 Babcock, Howard, 1939-1953
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2.11 Baker, Walter, 1915-1916
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5.21 Bhawan, Chandra, 1924
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1.9 Blanc, Giulio, 1913
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1.19 Bolton, Guy, 1920-1940
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5.4 Borah, Mary, 1941
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1.8 Buonajuti, Mario, 1913
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3.2 Campbell, Heyworth, 1915-1917
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3.7 Chase, Edna Woolman, 1938
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2.16-17 Clancy, Jay, 1916-1917
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2.18 Cohen, Peter, 1929
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2.2-4 Colonna, Don Fabrizio, 1914
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2.22 Conderman, Norman, 1928
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4.3-4.14 Conner, Brevard, 1919-1947
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1.13, 2.9 Conway, Tommie (Mrs. Jack), 1919
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3.5 Crowninshield, Frank, 1919-1920
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1.6 De Assumpcao, Luiz, 1914, undated
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5.2 Dierks, Julia, 1955
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5.17 Downe, Vera, 1953
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2.7-8 Duarte, Sylvio, 1914
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5.1 Elliot, Peggy, 1953-1955
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1.18 Farrell, Doddridge, 1916-1918
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1.21 Flippen, Emily G., 1917
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3.10 Fowell, Frank, 1928-1929
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5.20 Fox, Seymour, 1936
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2.21 "George," 1930
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5.8-9 Green, Colonel Winfred C., 1941-1948
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5.16 "Henry," 1933-1936
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2.12, 3.13-18 Holstius, Edward, 1930-1953, undated
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5.3 "Horace," 1925
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2.20 "Hugh," 1932
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3.1 Hutchinson, Peter, 1924-1930
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3.19-4.2 Jester, Levin, 1915-1916
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2.15 Johnson, Paul, 1917-1929
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6.1-6 Kahler, Wood, 1919-1955
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1.11-12 Matessian, Alec, 1914
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1.1-4 McCormick, Stanley, 1918
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5.14 Mayer, Ruth, 1947
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1.22 Mills, Carroll C., 1918
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1.23 "Mundo," 1930
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3.9 National City Company, 1922-1924
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1.5 Norbert, Pietro Viquer (?), 1917
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5.19 Nunnally, Major Claude A., 1943-1955
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1.7 "Omnibal" (?), 1914
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5.15 O'Neill, Peggy, 1921-1950
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1.20 Palmer, Chester, 1918
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5.18 Palmer, Mrs. Cyrus (Chanté), 1953
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5.5 Paul, Virginia, 1923
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3.11 Periodici Mondadori, 1924-1925
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2.1 "René," undated
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1.10 Ruspoli, Costantino, undated
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3.4 Sell, Henry Blackman, 1922
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1.15-17 Tenison, J. C., 1917-1918
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3.6 Titheradge, Dion, 1924-1925
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2.10 Townsend, Alice, 1937
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2.14 Vars, Addison, 1927
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3.3 Wayburn, Ned, 1921-1936
Container
2.19 Woodruff, Porter, 1921
Other Correspondence
Business correspondence
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5.22-24 1914-1947
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3.12 1919-1952
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2.23-26 Calling cards, undated
Christmas cards
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6.15 1912
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6.16 1917-1918
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6.17 1926
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6.18 1929
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6.19 1931
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6.20 1935
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6.21 1936
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6.22 1937
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6.7-12, 6.23 1938
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6.24 1939
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7.1-17 Undated
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6.26-29 Blank, undated
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54.1 Ferraro, Filippo (received), 1928-1930
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6.25 Christmas letter, 1952
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5.10-11 Correspondence to Mt. Scion, 1936-1955
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2.5-6 Letters, New York City, 1916-1920
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4.16-18 Letters sent to Virginia, 1931-1956
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6.14 Party invitation, 1920
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5.25-28 Preserving Mt. Scion, 1941
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1.25, 4.15, 5.12 Telegrams, 1905-1951, undated
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6.13 Cards and items, 1918, undated
Container
1.14 Correspondents, 1913-1924, undated
Cards Designed by Conway
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7.18 Christmas cards, 1920-1954, undated
Container
54.2 Christmas card designed for Robert Appleton, 1927-1928
Container
7.19 Greeting cards designed for Robert Appleton, 1926-1927
Container
7.20 Happy New Year cards, 1928
Container
8.1 Original printing block, Christmas card designs, 1954-1955
Subseries C. Address Books, Calendars, Diaries, Notebooks, and Scrapbooks, 1894-1964
Address and telephone books
Container
13.8 Address book containing alphabetical list of books and authors, undated
Container
12.6 Blue, undated
Container
12.8 Blue, with pages inserted, undated
Container
13.3 Brown leather, dated 16 December, 1910
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13.1 Brown leather, small, undated
Container
13.2 Burgundy leather, undated
Container
13.6 Burgundy leather, with list of sketches and European addresses, undated
Container
12.7 Fabric cover, "Maurice Ariel" Paris, undated
Container
12.10 Green suede, undated
Container
13.5 Notebook with list of names and addresses, undated
Container
39.2 Set of three address books in slipcase, initials "G. C. O.," navy leather, undated
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13.4 Telephone book, slim, blue, undated
Container
12.9 Telephone book, slim, blue, contains no numbers, only list of names, undated
Desk calendars
Container
13.9 1919
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13.10 1925
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13.11 1926
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13.12 Week-by-week, "The Virginia Calendar," bound, 1941
Diaries
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8.2 1907-1908
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8.3 1908-1911
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8.4 1910
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8.5 1911
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8.6 1912-1916
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9.1 1917
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9.2 1918
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9.3 1919
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9.4 1920-1924
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9.5 1925
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9.6 1926
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10.1 1927
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10.2 1928
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10.3 1929
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10.4 1930
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10.5 Tortoiseshell pocket diary, address, and daily schedule, 1931
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11.1 "Pahco Diary," miscellaneous notes, 1931
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11.2 Red diary, 1 January-31 December, 1931
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11.3 Red society diary, 1 January-27 May, 11-26 December, 1932
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11.4 Taupe leather pocket diary - London, appointments, 17 December 1931-6 January 1933
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11.5 1933
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11.6 1934
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11.7 1935
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11.8 1936
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11.9 1937
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12.1 1938
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12.2 1939
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12.3 1940
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12.4 1941
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12.5 1942
Notebooks
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14.4 Business diary, 1922-1935
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14.3 Expense and income records, 1917-1920
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14.1 Inventory and personal accounts, 1921-1922
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14.2 Lists and inventories, 1934-1942
Scrapbooks
Container
41 National Cathedral School scrapbook, 1910-1911
Scrapbook of magazine illustrations and other clippings (disbound)
Container
43.1-5 1913-1921
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44.1-6 1921-1927
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42 Scrapbook of reviews and movies (includes programs, clippings, and photographs of Conway’s designs), 1924-1934
Other Bound Volumes
Container
33.2 The Bride's Book (mostly blank), 1910
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13.7 Code book, black, contains costume lists and war codes, undated
Container
33.1 Conway's baby book, 1894-1895
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33.3 Guest book, 1906-1948
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33.4 Mt. Scion guest book, 1937-1964
Subseries D. Photographic Material, 1891-1953
Photograph albums
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36.2 Early 1900s
Virginia Hot Springs
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35.3 1907-1909
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36.1 1908-1909
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35.1 1909-1910
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45 1910-1912
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47 "Switzerland 1912"
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34.3 1912-1913
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34.2 "Goings on at Villa Claire 1912-1913"
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34.4 Luiz de Assumpcao, 1912-1916
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46 1913-1915
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34.1 1915-1921
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48 "Gordon and Blake at Bushey Grange 1922-1925"
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37.1 Late 1920s-1930s
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49 1937-1938
Container
35.2 "Dallas House," undated
Photographic Negatives and Prints
Photographs of Conway
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21.9-11, 23.1, 50.1-3, 51.4 Conway, 1918-1925, undated
Conway and friends
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22.19-26 Early 1900s
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23.2-12 1908, undated
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18.10-19.12 1908-1942, undated
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21.21-25 1912-1916
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17.2-7 1920-1928
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16.19-17.1 1937, undated
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18.1-6 1941-1950, undated
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21.15 In costume, undated
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20.1-4 Europe, 1930-1940, undated
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22.9-18 Virginia, 1938-1952, undated
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21.16-18 Conway and miscellaneous photos, 1922-1925, undated
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21.8, 51.2 Conway and Tommie Conway, undated
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21.12 Conway, Blake Ozias, and Porter Woodruff (includes photographs of sketches by Porter Woodruff), 1924, undated
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20.9-16, 52.2-5 Conway, family and friends, 1897-1941, undated
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21.27 Conway in Lausanne, 1912, undated
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18.7-9 Conway in youth and family, 1910-1941, undated
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21.7 Conway, Tommie Conway, and friends, 1913-1930, undated
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21.26 Conway, Tommie Conway, and miscellaneous photographs, undated
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53.4 Full face headshot of Conway, undated
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16.14 Negative of Conway in youth with man and girl, undated
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51.1 Conway inscribed "For Mother with all my love, Gordon, " 1921
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53.2 Conway inscribed "To Uncle Fritz…, " 1918
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51.3 Photographs and clipping of the "Five to Eleven" party, 1932
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53.1 Conway at work mounted on mat board, undated
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53.3 Three black and white photographs mounted on mat board, 1920-1924
Photographs of family and friends
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16.15-18 Barthe, Annibal, Paris, 1914
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21.5 Borah, William, undated
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51.5 Children, 1934, undated
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20.5-8 Mrs. Tommie Conway, family and friends, 1908, undated
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22.1 De Assumpcao, Luiz, 1912-1916
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23.13, 52.1 Dickson, Dorothy, undated
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21.20, 22.4-8 Family and friends, 1908-1921, undated
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21.1-2, 21.13, 51.8-9 Friends, 1914-1928, undated
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22.3 Gulbenkian, Dore and Rita, 1925-1937, undated
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21.6 "Keneth," 1927, undated
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21.3 Male friends, 1919-1930, undated
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21.4 "Maurice," 1919
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55.1 Men, undated
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55.2 Men and women, undated
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51.10 Simmons, Philip, undated
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51.6-7 Women, 1921, undated
Other photographs
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52.6 Conway homes, undated
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21.19 Photographs of personal artwork, 1922, undated
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22.2, 23.14 Prints and negatives of Mt. Scion, 1938-circa 1950s, undated
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50.4 Blue leather folder (contained photographs of Conway), undated
Photographic Postcards
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14.5-9 Algeria and Tunisia (sketches by Ed. M. Sandoz), undated
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16.10-11 Biarritz postcard booklet, undated
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14.10-15.3 European, 1914, undated
Container
16.9 Havana, Cuba postcard booklet, 1953
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16.12-13 Les Chateaux de la Loire postcard booklet, undated
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15.4-16.8 Ste. Anne de Beaupre postcard booklet, undated
Subseries E. Clippings, Notes, and Printed Materials, 1904-1953
Clippings
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25.3 The Bystander magazine (contains photograph of Conway), August 1930
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24.11 Clippings about Dorothy Hyson's wedding, May 22, 1935
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24.17-18 Clippings collected by Gordon and Tommie Conway, 1904-1967, undated
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24.16 Clippings file with one newspaper clipping, circa 1940s
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56.1 Early newspaper clippings, 1914-1924
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24.7-9 Early newspaper clippings, programs, notes, and sketches, 1917, undated
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24.13-14 Early newspaper and magazine clippings about Conway, 1914-1930, undated
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54.25 The Illustrated London News, Christmas 1936
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24.10 Miscellaneous clippings from Dallas newspapers (not referencing Gordon Conway), 1913, undated
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24.12 Vanity Fair contributors clipping, paragraph (about Conway?) missing, undated
Notes
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25.1 Christmas checklist, undated
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24.23 List of films and revues contributed to by Conway, undated
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25.2 Lists and personal notes, undated
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24.22 Notes and lists, undated
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24.21 Notes and poems, undated
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24.20 Personal notes, lists, and draft of letter, undated
Printed Materials
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24.19 Great Fosters hotel guide and Galerie Colonna catalog, 1914, undated
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24.6 Page from unidentified fashion program, 1920
Piggie by Eleanor Gates (1919)
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54.3 Book jacket
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25.5 Original story outline
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25.4 Page proofs of Conway’s illustrations
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24.4 Playbills, sketches, riding club party invitation designed by Conway, and correspondence, 1910-1939, undated
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osf 1 Poster for "Two-Step Abend" at Café am See, 5 August 1913
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24.5 Program, Spring Carnival of Fashion, 1917
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24.3 Programs, catalogues and booklets, including June 1953 issue of The Spur with cover illustration of Mt. Scion by Conway, and 1914 catalog of fine art prints reproduced by Blake Ozias, 1909-1953
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24.1 That Red Head Gal (1923), sheet music photocopy, 1949
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24.2 Wickham Court Hotel tourist booklet, undated

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Series II. Tommie Conway (Mrs. Jack Conway), 1892-1957

Subseries A. Correspondence, 1941-1957
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28.1 Acknowledgement of sympathy cards (box of cards with envelopes), undated
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28.11 Babcock, Howard and Gladys, 1956-1957
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28.12 Borah, Mrs. W. E., 1956
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28.2-3 Cards from flowers sent to Gordon Conway funeral, 1956
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28.18-29.2 Christmas cards, 1956
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28.13 Green, Winfred Charles, 1956
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29.3 Miscellaneous cards, printed materials and photograph, 1941-1957, undated
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28.14 Palmer, Mrs. Cyrus ("Chanté"), 1956
General correspondence
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28.15 1956
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28.16 1956-1957
General correspondence, including some with Gordon Conway
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28.17 1932-1953, undated
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28.4-10 1951-1957
Subseries B. Address books, Diaries, and Scrapbooks, 1917-1940
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39.2 Set of three address books in slipcase, initials "T. J. C.," brown leather, undated
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29.5 "Day by day" diary, 1917
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29.6 "Daily reminder" diary inscribed to Tommy Conway by Blake Ozias, 1920-1921
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37.2 Scrapbook compiled by Ollie-wood J. Leake (Tommie Conway’s niece), 1926-1940
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38.1 "Plays and Players" diary of Ollie-wood J. Leake, 1938
"Theatre Record and Scrap Book" of Ollie-wood J. Leake
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38.2 1932
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39.1 1923-1931
Subseries C. Clippings and Printed Materials, 1892-1956
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30.1 Bank notes and receipts, 1892-1893
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30.2 Clippings of Gordon Conway obituaries, postcards, and funeral program, undated
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30.3 Greeting cards, postcards, calling cards, and clippings, 1905-1922, undated
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30.4 Menus, 1915, undated
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30.5 The Spur magazine, Fredericksburg, Virginia (contains Gordon Conway obituary), July 1956

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Series III. Raye Virginia Allen, 1864-1986

Subseries A. Research Materials, 1925-1986, undated
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30.15 Articles on Mr. Fing, Conway's cat, 1986
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30.23 Clippings about Conway, 1925-1937, undated
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30.11 Clippings about the Gulbenkian family (friends of Conway), 1952-1956, undated
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30.13 Clippings and cards of Conway's work, undated
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30.16 Conwy Castle, Wales, brochures and postcards, 1961-1977, undated
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30.24 Correspondence with Museum of American Illustration, 1984
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30.19 Drafts of article on Mt. Scion and Gordon Conway by Ralph C. Meima, undated
"Fashions and Designs of Gordon Conway, 1916-1936" (article, 1985)
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30.20 Typescript draft with handwritten annotations, 1985
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30.21-22 Photocopies, 1985
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56.3 Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star article about Conway exhibit, 20 April 1968
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30.7 Genealogical sketch of the Conway family, compiled by the Media Research Bureau, Washington, D.C., undated
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30.14 List of books owned by Conway, undated
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30.10 Mt. Scion picture and information, undated
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30.18, 56.4 Museum of Modern Art British Film series members calendar (with still photograph from Sunshine Susie, 1931), 1984
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30.12 Names and addresses and Conway's friends, undated
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30.17 Notes and lists concerning Conway's work, undated
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30.9 Notes on Conway's work, undated
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30.8 Programs, postcards, notes, and labels (includes postcard sent to Tommie Conway), undated
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30.6 Programs, sketches, cards, and clippings (includes some clippings on Gordon Conway and cards sent to Tommie Conway), undated
Subseries B. Exhibit Materials, 1978-1981
Articles about the exhibit
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30.31 Newspaper clipping from The Charlotte Observer, 17 January, 1981
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56.10-11 Dallas Morning News article on Conway exhibit, 3 August 1980
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30.26 Newspaper clipping from The Dallas Morning News, 11 August, 1980
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31.12 Horizon magazine (contains advertisement for Philip Morris sponsorship of Conway exhibit), July 1980
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31.14 Photocopies of Conway's work reprinted in History News, June 1980
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30.25 Article from The Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), 17 January, 1981
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31.1 Newspaper clippings and press release from The Landmark (Statesville, North Carolina), 17 January 1981
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30.28 Advertisement from The Los Angeles Times, 12 March 1981
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31.4-5, 15-17 Modern Maturity magazine (contains article on Conway exhibit), August-September 1981
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31.9 Ms. magazine (contains article on Conway exhibit), October 1980
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31.10 Newsweek magazine (contains advertisement for Philip Morris sponsorship of Conway exhibit), 26 May 1980
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31.6-7, 11 Time magazine (contains reprint of Philip Morris advertisement for 1980-1981 exhibit), 23 December 1985
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31.8 Vogue magazine (contains advertisement for Philip Morris sponsorship of Conway exhibit), June 1980
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30.29 Newspaper clippings from The Washington Post, 2 March and 18 May, 1980
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56.5-8 Washington Post article on Conway exhibit, 18 May 1980
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56.9 Washington Post article on Conway exhibit, 1 June 1980
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30.30 Newspaper clipping from The Washington Star, 1 May, 1980
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30.27, 31.2 Newspaper clippings about Conway and Conway exhibit, 1927-1980
Other exhibit materials
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31.19 Clippings, correspondence, and lists related to Conway exhibit, 1980
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32.5 Correspondence and lists pertaining to exhibit, 1980
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31.22 Correspondence, notes, programs, and invitations, 1980-1981
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osf 4 Exhibit board with publicity materials, undated
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31.21 Exhibit booklet, "That Red Head Gal" by David Schaff, 1980
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31.3 Exhibit memorabilia, including napkins, flyers, and programs, 1980-1981
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osf 5-6 Exhibit posters, 1980-1981
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32.10 Exhibit publicity photographs of Conway's work, 1980
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31.13 Exhibit shipping correspondence and documents, 1981
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osf 7 Exhibit text on mylar, undated
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32.8 Guest list for Historical Society event, undated
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31.20 Guest lists and guest descriptions for exhibit opening, undated
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40 Index cards with descriptions of exhibit items, undated
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32.4 Invitation list to gala dinner, undated
Lists of materials used in exhibit
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32.3 1981
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32.9 Undated
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32.7 Loan agreement and inventory list for Neiman Marcus, undated
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32.6 Loan agreements for Conway exhibit, 1978-1980
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32.1 Name cards for Conway exhibit, undated
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31.18 Programs, invitations, and notes, 1980, undated
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32.2 Thank-you notes from Conway exhibit, 1980
Subseries C. Personal Papers, 1864-1985
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32.13 American Association of Museums annual meeting program, 1984
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32.20 "Can Money and Time Make California a Great Art Center?," article from The New York Times, Sunday, 29 July 1984
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32.12 Civil War letter written by "S. Fitzhugh," dated November 30, 1864
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32.16-18 Clippings from catalogs, undated
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54.28 Collectors’ Mart magazine, January-February 1985
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32.19 Correspondence with the Allens, 1971-1985
The Illustrated London News
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54.26 Christmas 1968
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54.27 Christmas 1969
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32.14 Letters (contains letter to Conway regarding heraldry), 1934, undated
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32.15 Notes and letters (contains correspondence with Tommie Conway), 1958, undated
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56.12-13 Newspaper articles, 1978-1983
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32.11 Printed materials not related to Gordon Conway, 1971-1988, undated

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57-58 Restricted material

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40-58 Oversize materials

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 Index of Selected Correspondents 

  • Agar, Estella--1.24
  • Allen, Raye Virginia--30.24, 31.19, 31.22, 32.5, 32.14-15, 32.19
  • Antill, Joan--5.6-7
  • Appleton, Robert--2.13
  • Athos, Percy--3.8
  • Babcock, Gladys--28.11
  • Babcock, Howard--5.13, 28.11
  • Baker, Walter--2.11
  • Bhawan, Chandra--5.21
  • Blanc, Giulio--1.9
  • Bolton, Guy, 1884-1979--1.19
  • Borah, Mary--5.4, 28.12
  • Buonajuti, Mario--1.8
  • Campbell, Heyworth, 1886- --3.2
  • Chase, Edna Woolman, 1877- --3.7
  • Clancy, Jay--2.16-17
  • Cohen, Peter--2.18
  • Colonna, Don Fabrizio--2.2-4
  • Conderman, Norman--2.22
  • Conner, Brevard--4.3-14
  • Conway, Gordon, 1894-1956--1.1-6.25, 7.1-17, 28.4-10, 28.17, 32.14, 54.1
  • Conway, Tommie--1.13, 2.9, 28.1-29.3, 30.2-3, 30.6, 30.8, 32.15
  • Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947--3.5
  • De Assumpcao, Luiz--1.6
  • Dierks, Julia--5.2
  • Downe, Vera--5.17
  • Duarte, Sylvio--2.7-8
  • Elliott, Peggy--5.1
  • Farrell, Doddridge--1.18
  • Fitzhugh, S.--32.12
  • Flippen, Emily G.--1.21
  • Fowell, Frank--3.10
  • Fox, Seymour--5.20
  • Green, Colonel Winfred C.--5.8-9, 28.13
  • Holstius, Edward--2.12, 3.13-18
  • Hutchinson, Peter--3.1
  • Jester, Levin--3.19-4.2
  • Johnson, Paul--2.15
  • Kahler, Wood (Woodland), 1895- --6.1-6
  • Matessian, Alec--1.11-12
  • Mayer, Ruth--5.14
  • McCormick, Stanley--1.1-4
  • Mills, Carroll C.--1.22
  • National City Company--3.9
  • Norbert, Pietro Viquer (?)--1.5
  • Nunnally, Major Claude A.--5.19
  • O’Neill, Peggy--5.15
  • Palmer, Chester--1.20
  • Palmer, Mrs. Cyrus (Chanté)--5.18, 28.14
  • Paul, Virginia--5.5
  • Periodici Mondadori--3.11
  • Ruspoli, Costantino--1.10
  • Sell, Henry Blackman--3.4
  • Tenison, J. C.--1.15-17
  • Titheradge, Dion, 1889-1934--3.6
  • Townsend, Alice--2.10
  • Vars, Addison--2.14
  • Wayburn, Ned--3.3
  • Woodruff, Porter--2.19

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