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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 386

Papers of Louise Fox Connell, 1904-1986


Oral history transcript, correspondence, genealogical information, etc., of Louise Fox Connell, journalist and editor.


  • 1904-1986

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


.63 linear feet ((1 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 4 folio folders, 6 folio+ folders)

Louise Fox Connell's personal and professional papers have been arranged in three series:

I. Personal and family, 1-10. Oral history transcript, autobiographical writings, and memoir by sister Virginia Fox Hunt contain information about the Bledsoe-Herrick and Fox families and her husband, author Richard Connell.

II. Professional, 11-29. Talks, published and unpublished articles, and editorial correspondence.

III. Eugene J. Bullard, 30v-41. Draft of Bullard's memoir, edited by Connell, published version, and Connell's correspondence concerning its publication.


Louise Fox Connell, journalist and editor, was the granddaughter of Sophia Bledsoe Herrick and daughter of Hugh Francis and Virginia Herrick Fox. She was born near Bayonne, New Jersey, graduated from Barnard College (A.B., 1914), and married author and screenwriter Richard Connell in 1919.

An adwriter for J. Walter Thompson, 1915-1920, she later edited and wrote for the Delineator, 1920-1923, Charm, 1923-1925, and You, 1936-1941. She was a freelance writer for Glamor, 1941-1943, and published occasional articles in Parents' Magazine, Mademoiselle, and Vogue. With Ruth Hawthorne, she was co-author of the play, "The Queen Bee," in 1929.

In retirement she was a volunteer at Fordham and Lenox Hill hospitals and member of the Query Club, the literary club of All Souls' Unitarian Church. She was also member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP), and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). She encouraged a Black World War I aviator, Eugene J. Bullard, to write his memoir, edited it, and tried to find a publisher for it. The memoir was rewritten by P.J. Carisella and James W. Ryan and published as The Black Swallow of Death in 1972.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 80-M20, 86-M429

These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Louise Fox Connell in February 1980 and by her estate in December 1986.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Vilma R Hunt papers, 1952-1993 (87-M155--92-M217 ); Vilma R. Hunt Additional papers, 1836-2013 (MC 807); Bledsoe-Herrick Family Papers, 1750-1964 (MC 290); Herrick-Hunt Family Papers, 1913-1951 (2000-M96); and Margaret R. Hunt Papers, 1967-1998 (2000-M110--2000-M171).


  1. Box 1: 1-30v
  2. Box 2: 31-41

Processing Information

Processed: April 1988

By: Jane S. Knowles

Connell, Louise Fox, 1891-1984. Papers of Louise Fox Connell, 1904-1986: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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