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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
.42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 2 folders of photographs, 1 phonograph record, 5 reels of microfilm (M-115)
The correspondence consists of letters to or about Adlow; writers include friends, artists, curators, museum directors, and readers. Most letters are about Adlow's columns and reviews, but 44 from the artist Dodge MacKnight and 23 from the poet Marianne Moore are personal. Dodge MacKnight's letters concern his work, his garden, and Adlow's visits to the MacKnights's home on Cape Cod. Marianne Moore's letters express her admiration for Adlow and describe Moore's efforts to obtain grants for Adlow and Nicolas Slonimsky, the publication of her "fables," and her own schedule.
The 36 scrapbooks, which were microfilmed and discarded, contained mainly clippings. Most were Adlow's Christian Science Monitor articles; there were also some Adlow columns published in other newspapers, some articles about her, and a few about Nicolas Slonimsky. The few non-clipping items were removed from the scrapbooks and integrated into the remainder of the collection. The approximate inclusive dates of each scrapbook are noted in the inventory. Five of the first six volumes span many years, the remainder generally cover only one or two years. The chronological order of items within each volume is irregular. The poor condition of the scrapbooks and loose clippings.
Adlow lectured at museums, colleges, churches and libraries, and served as an art juror, throughout the United States. She was the first woman to lecture at the Carnegie International Exhibit Series (Pittsburgh, 1930) and appeared often on television programs produced by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She traveled widely abroad and was a member of the International Society of Critics. At her 25th class reunion Radcliffe College made her an honorary member of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1953 she won the American Federation of Arts Art Critic Award, and in 1957 she received the Art Citation of Merit from Boston University. Dorothy Adlow wrote "Twentieth Century Highlights of American Painting," a catalog for a traveling United States Information Agency exhibit.
She married Nicolas Slonimsky, musicologist, composer, conductor and pianist, in 1931; a daughter, Electra (later Yourke), was born in 1933. Dorothy Adlow died in Boston on January 11, 1964. A room at Hilles Library, Radcliffe College, is named in her honor.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Dorothy Adlow were given to the Schlesinger Library in February, March and June 1964 by her husband, Nicolas Slonimsky. Additional papers were given in February 1975 by her sister, Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman and in February 1977 by Dr. Nathan Fink. The scrapbooks and loose clippings were processed and microfilmed in 1987 with the support of the Friends of the Schlesinger Library.
MICROFILM OF THE COLLECTION
Scrapbook pages were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and the researcher.
Many loose clippings were mounted by the processor.
The film was proofread by the processor and corrections made where necessary. These corrections may disrupt the sequence of frame numbers.
The material was difficult to film: some clippings overlapped, much of the newsprint was brittle, many articles were folded, and many of the scrapbook pages were discolored. The film was carefully produced and proofread to insure the greatest possible legibility.
For a list of the contents of A-138, see the inventory that follows. Only #29v-64vo and 65o are available on microfilm. When requesting microfilm, please use the microfilm number and the reel number.
- 29v-37v: Reel 1
- 38v-45v: Reel 2
- 46v-52v: Reel 3
- 53v-58v: Reel 4
- 59v-65o: Reel 5
By: Bert Hartry and Elizabeth Balcom
- Adlow, Dorothy, 1901-1964. Papers of Dorothy Adlow, 1923-1969: A Finding Aid
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