Additional papers of Mildred Adams, 1909-1981
Addenda to the papers (MC 283) of Mildred Adams, writer, editor, and translator.
- Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mildred Adams is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Extent13.3 linear feet (29+1/2 file boxes)
The additional papers of Mildred Adams Kenyon contain correspondence, writings, subject files, diaries, and other materials documenting Kenyon's personal and professional life. They are arranged in series as they were kept by Adams and as they were packed in her New York apartment, more or less in reverse chronological order.
Journalist, writer, and Spanish literature translator and critic Mildred Adams was born in Morrison, Illinois, January 8, 1894. She earned a degree in economics from the University of California, then moved to New York City where she wrote articles for her aunt, Gertrude Foster Brown, who was the editor of the Woman's Journal. She then became a feature writer and book reviewer for the New York Times and various magazines, including the London Economist. During World War II, she worked in the educational division of CBS. Adams translated six volumes of the works of Spanish philosopher José Orega y Gasset and wrote several books including The Right to Be People (1966) and Garcia Lorca: Playwright and Poet (1977). In 1935, she married William Houston Kenyon, Jr., an attorney. She was a director and member of the Foreign Policy Association and a director of the Near East Foundation and the Americas Foundation. Mildred Adams Kenyon died of a heart attack on November 5, 1980.
Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession numbers: 81-M49, 81-M80 81-M143, 81-M160
These papers of Mildred Adams Kenyon were given to the Schlesinger Library in February and June 1981 by William Houston Kenyon. One item was given to the Schlesinger Library by the Foreign Policy Association in June 1981.
The following items have been removed from the collection, 7 May 1981:
- Decorator's plans
- Box 1: 1-17
- Box 2: 17a-21
- Box 3: 22-27a
- Box 4: 28-35
- Box 5: 36-42
- Box 6: 43-56
- Box 7: 57-71
- Box 8: 72-80
- Box 9: 81-88a
- Box 10: 89-100
- Box 11: 101-109
- Box 12: 110-117
- Box 13: 118-138
- Box 14: 139-151
- Box 15: 151a-155
- Box 16: 155a-160a
- Box 17: 160b-167
- Box 18: 167a-177 (178v-180v are missing)
- Box 19: 181-191
- Box 20: 192-201
- Box 21: 201a-206b
- Box 22: 207-217
- Box 23: 218-231
- Box 24: 232-240
- Box 25: 241v-245v
- Box 26: 246v-255v
- Box 27: 256v-270v
- Box 28: 271v-284
- Box 29: 285-294
- Box 30: 294a-298
Preliminary inventory: March 1981
By: Eva Moseley
Collection rehoused and finding aid updated: August 2023
By: Johanna Carll
This collection was previously cataloged as 81-M49--81-M160
- Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980. Additional papers of Mildred Adams, 1909-1981: A Finding Aid
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