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Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1.67 linear feet (4 file boxes) plus 2 folio folders, part of reel of microfilm (M-101)
Twice married, Willis lived for a time in Hollywood with her second husband, John Speaks, who was an executive producer at RKO Studios; during their residence there, Willis was a script writer for Twentieth Century Fox. In 1946 they moved to Westport, Connecticut, where Speaks died in 1965 and Willis in 1982. Throughout much of her life, sometimes following a lapse of decades, Willis kept journals and other accounts of her family and personal life. Her only son, Andy, and the long-lasting effects of his death in a motorcycle accident, figure prominently in these accounts.
In later years, as a civil rights advocate, Willis participated in various nation-wide activities and served on the executive board of the Bridgeport-Stamford branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Winifred Lockhart Willis were given to the Schlesinger Library by Harriet Sabine, sister of Winifred Willis Speaks, in December 1983 and in May and August 1984. A partial copy of "New York Child" was given to the Schlesinger Library by Annie Yocum Stanley in November 2015.
- Box 1: 2v-8v
- Box 2: 9v-17
- Box 3: 18-24, 27-29
- Box 4: 29a-35, 39-44, 46-48
By: Anne Engelhart, Bert Hartry, Sarah E. King
- Bereavement--Psychological aspects
- Civil rights movement
- Connecticut--Social life and customs
- Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)--Social life and customs
- Journals (notebooks)
- Manuscripts (for publication)
- Mothers and sons
- Moving picture authorship
- Youth and death
- Willis, Winifred Lockhart, 1902-1982. Papers of Winifred Lockhart Willis, 1917-1982: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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