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Marcia M. Mathews papers and photographs, 1833-1976, bulk 1939-1976 3.0 Linear Feet — 4 boxes; 1 oversize folder

Marcia M. Mathews (1904-1990) was an art historian and author residing in Durham, North Carolina. Collection comprises materials relating to two research projects conducted by Mathews: one on Roger Fenton, lawyer and early English photographer; and a later project on African American sculptor Richmond Barthé. The Fenton series includes letters (1940s-1950s) from Fenton descendants, many of which comment on the aftermath of the war; images of the family home, Crimble Hall in Rochdale, England; photographs of Fenton and his family (1860s); and modern copies of his own photographs (1850s). The Barthé papers consist of a draft biography by Mathews, and 134 photographs of his sculptures and other artwork, as well as early portraits of Barthé and his family, and were acquired by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture. Although Barthé had relationships with men over his lifetime, the biography appears to make no overt mention of his sexuality. The collection also includes a large scrapbook for the year 1939 containing U.S. news stories and articles about the war and on Fascism in the U.S.

The papers of author and art historian Marcia M. Mathews comprise materials chiefly relating to two research projects: Mathew's search for material on Roger Fenton, a mid-19th century lawyer and early photographer; and an unpublished typescript and photographs relating to her research on African American sculptor Richmond Barthé. Other materials include a large war scrapbook for the year 1939 with many articles and clippings about Fascism in the U.S., and a biographical sketch of her career.

The Roger Fenton series consists chiefly of Mathews' research materials and sketches relating to Fenton, and correspondence (1940s-1950s) between Mathews and Fenton descendants. The series concludes with a group of a dozen photographs, including cartes-de-visite of his family and 20th century copies of Roger Fenton's 1850s photographs of the Crimean War, the south front of the Kremlin, three of Queen Victoria's children, and a landscape with a bridge. There is also a photograph and a photo of a sketch of Crimble Hall, the family seat in Rochdale, England.

Materials on Richmond Barthé consist of Marcia Mathews' unpublished typescript draft biography (circa 1975), covering Barthé's entire life and career up to age 75. Although he was known to have had a number of relationships with men over his lifetime, the biography appears to make no overt mention of his sexuality.

The 134 photographs in the Barthé series are chiefly black-and-white images of his most important sculptures and other artwork, with several early family portraits of Barthé, his mother, and stepfather (circa 1915, 1935, and circa 1940). Subjects of the sculptures are most frequently Black figure studies, including African characters; busts of well-known African Americans such as Booker T. Washington, Jimmie Daniels, Josephine Baker, and others; religious themes; and race-related themes, expressed in such works as "The awakening of Africa," "The wounded slave," and "Mother with lynched son," with its direct reference to Michelangelo's Pietà. He also lived in Jamaica and completed a number of Jamaican government commissions for statues of national heroes, coinage, and medallions. The Barthé papers were acquired by the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

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Montrose Jonas Moses papers, 1789-1960 25 Linear Feet — 22,488 Items

Drama critic, journalist, and author of works on American and European drama and on children's literature. Correspondence, research notes, literary drafts, scrapbooks, playbills, and photos, relating to Moses' career. Includes correspondence and research notes relating to Margaret Anglin, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Phillip Barry, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Billie Burke, Heinrich Conrad, Owen Davis, John Drinkwater, Edwin Forrest, James A. Herne, Henrik Ibsen, Sir Rabindranath Tagore, and other playwrights and actors prominent in the 19th and early 20th centuries; Moses' work as a reader for Thomas Y. Crowell Company and for Little, Brown and Company; and to the Ballet Russe, little theaters, entertaining troops at U. S. Army camps during World War I, Authors Club of New York, City College of New York, and Drama League of America. Correspondents include Winthrop Ames, Margaret Anglin, David Belasco, Henry Adams Bellows, May Friend Bennet, William Frederick Bigelow, Abbie Faarwell Brown, Richard Eugene Burton, Royal Jenkins Davis, William Crowell Edgar, John Erskine, William Clyde Fitch, Daniel Frohman, Hanniabal Hamlin Garland, Norman Bell Geddes, Harley Granville Granville-Barker, Hilary Abner Herbert, Hamilton Holt, Roland Holt, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Rann Kennedy and his wife, Edith Wynne Matthison, Percy Mackaye, James Brander Matthews, Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, Arthur Huntington Nason, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Charles Fulton Cursler, William Lyon Phelps, Elmer Rice, Charles William Taussig, Augustus Thomas, Carl Van Doren, Eugene Walter, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin, Percival Wilde, and Starke Young.

Collection contains papers of Montrose Jonas Moses (1878-1933), drama critic, journalist, and author of works on American and European drama and on children's literature, principally relating to his career. Correspondence pertains to his work as a reader for Thomas Y. Crowell Company and for Little, Brown and Company; his activities as liason between Little, Brown and Company and several authors under contract to prepare works for publication; his participation in the affairs of the Authors Club of New York and the Drama League of America, both at the national and local levels; and his own literary projects. Beginning in 1915, there are carbon copies of outgoing correspondence.

Notebooks, clippings, research notes, drafts, some correspondence, and other papers relate to Margaret Anglin, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Phillip Barry, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Billie Burke, Heinrich Conreid, Owen Davis, John Drinkwater, Edwin Forrest, James A. Herne, Henrik Ibsen, Sir Rabindranath Tagore, and other playwrights and actors prominent in the 19th and early 20th centuries; American and British drama; children's literature; baseball; the entertainment of troops at U.S. Army camps during World War I; the costs of medical care; and the development of regional or "little" theaters.

Scrapbooks contain the majority of his articles clipped from the journals and newspapers in which they appeared. Other papers include lectures and speeches; copies of works by other writers; financial papers consisting chiefly of royalty statements from publishers recording the sales of Moses's books; transcripts of Moses's weekly radio programs broadcast from 1930 to 1934 on the National Broadcasting Company network and on a local New York station; photographs of prominent actors and authors and of scenes from various plays; pictures of camp life in the U.S. Army during World War I; theater programs; scrapbooks of clippings from playbills of the last quarter of the 19th century; scrapbook with clippings concerning Sarah Bernhardt; scrapbook of items relating to Thomas Jonathan Jackson, compiled by Jackson's wife; and Moses's copy of The Tales of Mother Goose (Boston: 1903) with marginalia and annotations written by Moses.

Correspondents include Winthrop Ames, Margaret Anglin, David Belasco, Henry Adams Bellows, May Friend Bennett, William Frederick Bigelow, Abbie Farwell Brown, Richard Eugene Burton, Royal Jenkins Davis, William Crowell Edgar, John Erskine, William Clyde Fitch, Daniel Frohman, Hamlin Garland, Norman Bel Geddes, Harley Granville Granville-Barker, Hilary Abner Herbert, Hamilton Holt, Roland Holt, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Rann Kennedy, Frederick Koch, Percy MacKaye, James Brander Matthews, Edith Wynne Matthison, Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, Arthur Huntington Nason, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Charles Fulton Oursler, William Lyon Phelps, Elmer Rice, Charles William Taussig, Augustus Thomas, Carl Van Doren, Eugene Walter, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin, Percival Wilde, and Stark Young.