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SUB-SERIES Identifier: MC 553

Subseries B. Published/unpublished writings and related material

Scope and Contents

Subseries B, Published/unpublished writings and related material, 1897-1965 (#9.4-14.12, 27.2-27.3), is separated into three sections: creative writings, travel writings, and essays/articles. Items are arranged chronologically within these groups when possible. Creative writings contain plays, poems, and stories written throughout her life (1897 - ca.1930s). Material related to Cornelia's best-selling novel about Swedish immigrants farming in Minnesota, Red Rust (1928), includes fan mail; a promotional poster; reviews; letters from her publishers; and correspondence on receiving an honorary degree from Wheaton College. Various edited versions of the unpublished novel Denial relate the story of a young, married mother and birth control issues in Massachusetts. The travel writings section of this subseries contains stories based on letters and experiences from Cornelia's many trips. "A Woman in the Rockies, Climbing Cannon Mountain," is an account of her 1901 honeymoon, when, although not mountaineers, she and her husband were the first to reach the summit of the unclimbed southwest peak of Goat Mountain, located in what is now Glacier National Park in Montana. The peak was subsequently named Mount Cannon by the U.S. Geological Survey. A Middle Aged Adventure (1917) is the story of an automobile camping trip with her sister. Art Awheel in Italy (ca.1929), was written after she took her family on a European tour by car, financed by the proceeds from her first novel. Contains hand-colored sketches by her daughter, Wilma. A humorous account of her arrest and brief detainment in the U.S.S.R. is also included in this subseries, as are observations during her travels, such as access to birth control in the U.S.S.R., Japan, China and the Philippines; see Subseries C for the original letters. The essays/articles section of this subseries includes material written for magazines and journals between the 1920s and 1930s, ranging in subject from public education to birth control. Reader reaction is found in this subseries, and Subseries C.


  • Creation: 1887-1980
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1917-1945

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.


11.05 linear feet ((26+12 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 7 photograph folders)

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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