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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ital 189

Letters sent to Nancy Cox-McCormack from Lauro De Bosis and others


American artist Nancy Cox-McCormack's letters received from anti-fascist Lauro De Bosis, his mother Lillian Vernon De Bosis, and others.


  • 1922-1956

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Letters were formerly restricted until the death of Mrs. Nancy Cox-McCormack Cushman in 1967.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Primarily letters sent to artist Nancy Cox-McCormack from her close friend Lillian Vernon De Bosis and a few from Lillian's son, Lauro De Bosis. Also with letters from others to Cox-McCormack, primarily concerning Lauro De Bosis. Other correspondents include Ezra Pound, Giorgio De Santillana, and many others.

Other materials include one of the leaflets De Bosis dropped over Rome, clippings on Lauro De Bosis and Adolfo De Bosis, photographs and negatives and other miscellany concerning Lauro De Bosis and Nancy Cox-McCormack.

Also includes a signed and annotated copy of Giuseppe Marussig and Fausto Maria Martini's I due specchi ed altre novelle.

Biographical / Historical

Nancy Cox-McCormack Cushman (1885-1967) was a sculptor, author, socialite, and traveler. She studied art in St. Louis, Missouri and at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a close friend of Lauro De Bosis' mother, Lillian De Bosis, as well as Lauro De Bosis.

Lauro De Bosis (1901-1931) was an Italian poet, classicist, anti-fascist, and freedom fighter. He was born and educated in Rome, the son of an American, Lillian Vernon De Bosis, and an Italian poet, Adolfo De Bosis. He taught at Harvard University beginning in 1926. In 1930 he organized an underground anti-fascist movement in Italy he called the Alleanza Nazionale (or National Alliance). De Bosis disappeared in October of 1931 after dropping anti-fascist leaflets from an airplane over Rome.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

50M-405 and 50M-406. Gift of Mrs. Charles T. Cushman [Nancy Cox-McCormack]; received: 1951 March.

Donor correspondence filed in item (26).

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS and OASIS for additional materials by and about Lauro De Bosis held by the Houghton Library.

Nancy Cox-McCormack Cushman Papers are held by the Sohpia Smith Collection of Smith College.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Link to catalog
Cox-McCormack, Nancy, 1885-1967, recipient. Letters sent to Nancy Cox-McCormack from Lauro De Bosis and others, 1922-1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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