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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Fr 423

Marguerite Yourcenar letters (photocopies) to Gertrude Fay


Letters (photocopies) from French author Marguerite Yourcenar and her companion Grace Frick, to their neighbor and friend, Gertrude Fay.


  • 1959-1985 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use

Letters may be photocopied.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Letters concern their mutual friends, Yourcenar's writings, activities, travels, illnesses, and many other topics. Letters are in French and in English.

Biographical / Historical

Marguerite Yourcenar was a French author who spent much of her life as a resident of Northeast Harbor, Maine. Grace Frick was her long-time companion. Gertrude Fay was a neighbor and friend of both Yourcenar and Frick in Northeast Harbor.

Physical Location

b [shelved with bMS Fr 422]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2002M-72. Gift of Hope Cobb, (via Sue Lonoff), 142 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540; received: 2003 June 10.

Hope Cobb is the daughter of Gertrude Fay (Mrs. Rodman Fay), to whom these letters were sent. Hope Cobb has retained the original copies of the letters.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Yourcenar, Marguerite. Marguerite Yourcenar letters (photocopies) to Gertrude Fay: Guide.
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