Finding-Aid of the Fannie Hurst Papers (MSS058)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 1

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 2

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 3

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Descriptive Summary

CreatorFannie Hurst, 1889-1968.
TitleThe Fannie Hurst Papers.
Quantity: 260 items
Identification: MSS058

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Biographical Note

Fannie Hurst was an American novelist who was also very prominent in philanthropic and civic affairs. Raised in St. Louis, she received her B.A. from Washington University in 1909, and then went to New York to do graduate work at Columbia University. Hurst began writing short stories for popular magazines in 1914, and went on to produce many best-selling novels, the best known of which are Back Street (1931), and Imitation of Life (1933). Many of her novels were made into films, and she herself wrote 12 filmscripts, including “Humoresque” and “Symphony of Six Million.” Hurst was also a frequent contributor to magazines and regularly appeared on radio and television programs.

Hurst was an active philanthropist and leader in civic affairs. She served on many boards and committees, particularly during Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency. She was chairman of the National Housing Commission (1936-1937), a member of the National Committee to The Works Progress Administration (1940-1941), and, later, a delegate to the World Health Organization Assembly (1952). Upon Hurst's death a large part of her estate came in a bequest to Washington University, a portion of which was used to create the Hurst Professorship in the Department of English for visiting writers.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Hurst Papers consist of a small quantity of correspondence (most of it between Hurst and her school friend Lois Toensfeldt), the manuscript for her novel Quiet Street, some diary material, and a group of clippings and memorabilia. Special Collections also holds Hurst's personal collection of her published work which includes a complete set of first and variant editions, translations, and other copies of her books.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Source

Bequest of Fannie Hurst.

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff.

Accruals

Interfiled within collection or by accession at end of collection.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box/folder

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 1,

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Box/folder
1/1-5
I. Correspondence, (166 items)
Consists of the personal and business correspondence of Fannie Hurst, spanning 1913-1968. Much of the correspondence is between Hurst and Lois Toesfeldt, a friend, and Hurst and her secretaries.
The following list serves as an index to the correspondene. The correspondence is actually arranged chronologically: Folder 1 (1913-1929), Folder 2 (1930-1935), Folder 3 (1936-1946), Folder 4 (1951-1960), and Folder 5 (1961-1968; undated).
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1/4Ascner, Mary.,
, 1958:
, December 15 ((ALS, 1p))
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1/5Barratt, Watson, friend.,
, [n.d.],
, ((ALS, 1p))
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Berkowitz, William, American author.,
, 1965:
, December 14, ((TLS, 1p))
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Berrien, Edith Heal, Vogue.,
, 1958:
, August 12 ((TLS, 1p))
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Bidart, Gay-Darlene, Girl Talk [television show].,
, [n.d.],
, ((TN, 1p), Auto. notes by Hurst on recto)
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Blackwell, T. E., Vice Chancellor-Washington University.,
To Scheer, Alexander,
, 1954:
, February 19 ((TL (cb), 1p))
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1/3Canfield, Cass, Harper & Bros..,
, 1938:
, August 29 ((TLS, 1p))
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Clemens, Cyril, Mark Twain Journal.,
, 1964:
, February 16 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1966:
, April 5 ((TLS, 1p))
, August 4 ((ALS, 1p))
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David, Hannah, friend.,
, 1962:
, September 6 ((ALS, 2p))
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Dressen, Helen McCloy.,
, 1961:
, September 28 ((TLS, 1p))
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Ernst, Morris L, American author.,
, 1962:
, November 8 ((TLS, 1p))
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1/2Fadiman, Clifton B., editor, Simon & Schuster.,
, 1935:
, May 7 ((TLS, 1p))
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Fitzpatrick, G. W., Cleveland Center for the Arts.,
, 1964:
, December 18 ((TLS, 1p))
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Froelich, Mary, friend.,
, 1960:
, January 4 ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
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Greenberg, Irma E, Random House.,
, 1954:
, January 28 ((TNS, 1p))
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Hoaglund, Hudson, American Academy of Arts & Sciences.,
, 1964:
, February 21 ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
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Humbles, Bess, Hurst's secretary.,
To Toensfeldt, Lois Meier,
, 1932:
, May 10 ((TL, 2p))
, 1933:
, November 17 ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
, [1934]:
, May 18 ((TL, 1p))
, June 3 ((TL, 2p))
, June 7 ((TL, 1p))
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Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968, American author.,
To Cottle, Mrs. P D,
, [1915]:
, November 9 ((TLS, 5p))
To Johnston, Margaret,
, [1915]:
, ((ANS, 1p))
, 1924:
, August 15 ((ACS, 1p))
To Oursler, Will,
, [n.d.],
, ((AL, 1p))
To Spreen, J.O.,
, 1946:
, January 22 ((TL (cb), 1p))
To Toensfeldt, Lois Meier,
, [n.d.],
, ((ALS, 2p))
, ((ALS, 2p))
, ((ALS, 1p))
, ((ALS, 1p))
, ((ALS, 1p))
, ((TLS, 1p))
, ((TL, 1p))
, 1913:
, September 11 ((ACS, 1p))
, [1914]:
, ((ALS, 2p))
, May 28 ((TL, 2p))
, [July] [16] ((ALS, 2p))
, [September] ((ALS, 4p))
, [December] [2] ((ALS, 5p))
, [1915]:
, [February] [24] ((ACS, 1p))
, [September] ((ACS, 1p))
, [1917]:
, [February] [18] ((ALS, 2p))
, [February] [27] ((ANS, 1p))
, [July] [28] ((ANS, 1p))
, [1918]:
, ((TLS, 2p))
, ((TLS, 2p))
, [1919]:
, April 24 ((ALS, 2p))
, 1920:
, July 25 ((ACS, 1p))
, [1921]:
, [May] [14] ((TLS, 2p))
, [1923]:
, [August] [29] ((ALS, 2p), With enclosures)
, 1924:
, July 28 ((ACS, 1p))
, [1925]:
, April 27 ((TLS, 1p))
, August 12 ((TLS, 1p))
, November 5 ((TLS, 1p))
, [1927]:
, [January] [2] ((TL, 1p))
, [1928]:
, [May] [14] ((TLS, 2p))
, December 12 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1929:
, February 26 ((ALS, 3p))
, April 29 ((TLS, 3p))
, 1930:
, January 15 ((TLS, 1p))
, [May] [19] ((ALS, 2p))
, July 22 ((TLS, 1p))
, November 18 ((TLS, 1p))
, [1931]:
, February 5 ((ALS, 2p))
, 1933:
, June 8 ((TLS, 2p))
, [July] [31] ((TL, 1p))
, [October [20] ((ALS, 1p))
, 1934:
, March 6 ((TLS, 1p))
, April 23 ((TLS, 1p))
, May 18 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1935:
, February 28 ((TLS, 1p))
, May 7 ((ACS, 1p))
, June 20 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1936:
, February 2 ((ALS, 2p))
, August 31 ((TL, 2p))
, [1937]:
, ((ACS, 1p))
, April 24 ((ACS, 1p))
, September 3 ((TLS, 1p))
, September 27 ((TLS, 2p))
, 1938:
, December 17 ((ALS, 1p))
, 1943:
, January 6 ((TLS, 1p))
, October 20 ((TL, 1p))
, 1952:
, March 14 ((ALS, 1p))
, [1953]:
, [February] [13] ((AN, 1p))
, September 21 ((AC, 1p))
, [1955]:
, ((AC, 1p))
, 1959:
, February 28 ((TL, 1p))
, [1964]:
, January 12 ((AL, 2p))
, January 23 ((AL, 2p))
, February 22 ((TL, 1p))
, July 19 ((ALS, 2p))
, July 31 ((TLS, 2p))
, [1965]:
, [March] [13] ((AL, 2p))
, June ((AL, 2p))
, June 27 ((AL, 1p))
, [July] [23] ((AL, 2p), With enclosures)
, [October [22] ((AL, 2p))
, December ((AC, 1p))
, [1966]:
, ((ANS, 1p))
, January 10 ((TLS, 1p))
, [January] [22] ((TLS, 1p))
, February 23 ((ALS, 4p))
, September 1 ((ACS, 1p))
, 1967:
, April 27 ((TLS, 2p))
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Knopf, Blanche, Alfred Knopf.,
, 1935:
, May 7 ((TLS, 1p))
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Kornitzer, Bela, American author.,
, 1957:
, September 28 ((ALS, 1p))
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Last, Timothy, G.P. Putnam's Sons.,
, 1968:
, January 22 ((TLS, 1p))
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Leyrrae, Paul.,
, 1938:
, April 19 ((ALS, 1p))
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Lustig, Lillian, Hillman-Curl Publ.,
, 1937:
, September 8 ((TLS, 1p))
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Macfadden, Johnnie Lee, friend.,
, 1963:
, October 8 ((TLS, 1p))
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Maguire, Sally, Hurst's secretary.,
To Toensfeldt, Lois Meier,
, 1965:
, November 19 ((TLS, 1p))
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Mason, Madeline, American author.,
, 1958:
, July 9 ((ALS, 2p))
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More, Miller, President, Missouri Society (New York).,
To Toensfeldt, Lois Meier,
, 1963:
, April 4 ((TLS, 1p))
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Morganthau, Ruth, friend.,
, [n.d.],
, ((ANS, 1p))
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Mosse, Eric P, physician.,
, [n.d.],
, ((AN, 1p))
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Murray, Ruth Brown, Viking Press.,
, 1961:
, March 15 ((TLS, 1p))
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Newberry, John Stoughton, American author.,
, [n.d.],
, ((AN, 1p))
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Nizer, Louis, attorney.,
, 1940:
, October 30 ((TLS, 1p))
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Pellet, Betty, American author.,
, 1965:
, March 25 ((TLS, 1p))
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Picou, Molly, American author.,
, [n.d.],
, ((ALS, 2p))
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Pool, Tamar de Sola, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, (Israel).,
, 1966:
, March 27 ((ALS, 2p))
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Purdy, James, American author.,
, 1956:
, October 8 ((TLS, 1p))
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1/2-3Rabin, Ethel, Hurst's secretary.,
To Toensfeldt, Lois Meier,
, 11:
, ((TLS, 2p))
, 1934:
, October 6 ((TLS, 1p))
, November 19 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1935:
, February 12 ((TLS, 1p))
, April 16 ((TLS, 1p))
, May 21 ((TLS, 2p))
, June 14 ((TLS, 2p))
, June 22 ((TLS, 1p))
, October 30 ((TLS, 2p))
, November 5 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1936:
, February 5 ((TLS, 2p), With enclosures)
, March 9 ((TLS, 2p))
, June 17 ((TCS, 1p))
, June 18 ((TLS, 2p))
, July 10 ((TLS, 2p), With enclosures)
, 1937:
, January 9 ((TLS, 2p))
, January 15 ((TLS, 1p))
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Ritchell, Rella, American author.,
, 1955:
, March 23 ((TL, 1p))
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Scheer, Alexander, attorney.,
, 1951:
, March 16 ((TLS, 1p))
, 1954:
, February 23 ((TLS, 1p))
To Blackwell, T.E.,
, 1954:
, February 17 ((TL, 2p))
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Schenkman, Alfred S, Schenkman Pub. Co.,
, 1964:
, February 26 ((TLS, 1p))
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3/-Shleer, Gertrude, friend.,
, 1960:
, December 5 ((ALS, 2p), filed with Series III, Box 3, diary for 1960)
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Slattery, Arthur Jackson.,
, 1964:
, February 9 ((TLS, 2p))
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Thomas, W.,
, 1958:
, ((ALS, 1p))
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[unidentified].,
, [n.d.],
, ((ACS, 1p), Christmas card; laid in Van Vechten, Carl, Excavations, (Spec., PS 3515, U 7851, V 35).)
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Williams, Doris.,
, [1952]:
, ((ANS, 1p), With enclosures)
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Worden, Helen, friend.,
, 1952:
, October 17 ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
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Ziff, Dolores, J.B. Lippincott.,
, 1959:
, October 29 ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
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Box/folder
1-2/6-8
II. Manuscripts, (4 items)
Includes Ts draft of Quiet Street [novel], and miscellaneous prose fragments.
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1-2/6-7.3II. 1. Quiet Street, 1966: November 27. (Ts, Ts(x), Ts(cb).)
Consists of one draft of the novel, with Auto. notes indicating that it is the original draft.
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2/8II. 2. Miscellaneous prose, (4 items.)
Consists of three prose fragments by Hurst.
Humoresque [play]. , [n.d.]. TL(cb). 1p. one page fragment from Humoresque, with ANS by Hurst, dated 1919:May 10.
"I am thinking of Marshall tonight" [untitled poem]. , 1963. Autograph, 1 page.
[unidentified prose fragments]. , [n.d.]. Ts, Ts(cb). 2p. includes paste-up of clipping.
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III. Diaries, (7 items)
Includes 7 annual diaries for the years 1956-60, 1962 and 1968. Entries consist of names, addresses, appointments and memoranda. Entry for each Monday in all Volumes contains a brief note concerning her late husband, Jacques Danielson. Some of the volumes are inscribed, and include sales receipts and announcements for meetings and performances. A 3 page guest list is included in the 1957 volume; an ALS from Gertrude Shleer, dated 1960: Dec 5, is affixed to the back cover of the 1960 volume.
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Box/folder
4/9-13
IV. Printed materials and magazines, (17 items)
Includes essay collections and periodicals containing articles by and about Hurst, offprints and transcripts of radio programs for which Hurst was a panelist.
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IV.1 Magazines,
America's Town Meeting of the Air. New York, NY.,
No. 9. Transcript with introductory notes for America's Town Meeting of the Air [radio program], for which Hurst was a panelist., (December 26, 1935).
Family Weekly. New York, NY.,
Contains article by Hurst entitled What's behind the teen takeover?., (June 25, 1967).
Guideposts. New York, NY.,
Vol. 8, no. 8. Contains article by Hurst entitled Do you like you?., (October 1953).
Les Oeuvres Libres. Paris.,
Vol. 56, no. 282. Contains abridged French translation of Hurst's Humoresque., (January 1951).
Perfect Home. Cedar Rapids, IA.,
Contains Hurst's article entitled This is my house., (August 1959).
Contains Hurst's article entitled This is my house., (May 1967).
The Sight-giver. New York, NY.,
Vol. 3, no. 2. Contains Hurst's article entitled World of the Taken-For-Granted., (February 1934).
Tuesday. The Bronx, NY.,
Vol. 39, no. 17. Contains article about Hurst as program speaker for next meeting., (October 25, 1955).
Yale University Library Gazette. New Haven, CT.,
Vol. 26, no. 3. Contains article by Carl Van Vechten mentioning Hurst; inscribed by Van Vechten., (January 1952).
Vol. 35, no. 1. Contains Hurst's article entitled Zora Hurston: a personality sketch., (July 1960).
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4/9-12IV.2 Printed materials,
A panel discussion on Dumbarton Oaks. Washington, DC: Women's Division, Democratic National Convention, booklet. Transcript of panel discussion, containing Hurst's presentation, Women's responsibility and the International Court of Justice., 1945.
Presenza della Donna nella civilta attuale. Turin: Civilta delle macchine, offprint. Offprint from Civilta delle macchine, No. 4, contains article by Hurst in English and translated into Italian., 1963. 1963: July-Aug;
The Works Progress Administration's nationwide staff meeting of the air. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, booklet. Transcript of radio program for which Hurst was a panelist., 1936.
Hurst, Fannie.,
This is my house. Cedar Rapids, IA: Stamats Publishing Co., offprint. Framed offprint, inscribed to Lois and Ralph Toensfeldt, signed and , 1959. dated 1966.
Visitor in the afternoon. New York, NY: Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, booklet. Tear sheet of article, with cover from Montefiore Digest from Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases., [1939].
New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, wrappers. contains Auto. notes by Lois Meier Toensfeldt., 1928.
New York, NY: Harper and Brothers, offprint pamphlet. Sketch is essay from the collection, Fannie Hurst, New York: Harper and Brothers, , [n.d.]. 1928.
Fannie Hurst Visits Montefiore. New York, NY: William Bradford Pressbooklet. Contains essay by Hurst with same title as collection.,
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Box/folder
5/14-18
V. Miscellany, (ca. 164 items)
Includes newspaper clippings, an album with mounted clippings, photographs, programs, invitations, personal documents, bibliographies and notes.
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5/14V. 1. Clippings. Consists of newspaper clippings and tear-sheets from magazines containing articles by and about Hurst, spanning Included are society columns, articles, interviews, obituaries, photographs and an essay about Hurst by Zora Neale Hurston, An album, approximately 15? by 24? containing mounted newspaper clippings is also included and is filed on top of the Hurst Papers., 1909-1968. dated 1937: Oct 9. (ca. 135 items.)
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5/15V. 2. Photographs. Consists of photographs of Hurst, some inscribed, one framed., (9 items)
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5/16V. 3. Programs, invitations. Consists of invitations and programs for receptions, dinners, etc., with some Auto. notes., (11 items)
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5/17-18V. 4. Personal documents, notes, biographical material., (14 items)
Includes Hurst's honorary doctorate from Washington University; her will; Ts(x) draft of her entry in Contemporary Authors; Ts(x) of article about Hurst in American Women Writers (Unger, 1980); publication announcement for her novel, Hallelujah (1944), with poster; Ts(x) of excerpt of letter to Hurst from James Newton, dated 1966: Feb 16, which concerns the itinerary for her visit to Hamilton, OH; and 4 poems by Lillian Selber: Answer at eventide, Does crime pay?, Manhattan in evening gown, Imperishable faith.

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Box/folder
5/19

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 2, (4 items)

Accession 1782
Miscellany. Includes bookmark originally located in Family! and card signed by Harry Hershfeld, plastic Happy Easter decoration, and Perry Mason blurb originally located in Back Street.

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Box/folder
5/20

Fannie Hurst Papers, Accrual 3, (1 item)

Accession 1783
Correspondence, one letter from Elliott W. Schryver to Fannie Hurst, September 12, 1961. Originally located in God Must Be Sad.

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