Language of Materials
Foote's diaries from 1949 to 1951 (#14.4, 15.1) are closed until January 1, 2021.
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
7.3 linear feet ((17 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 folio+ folder, and 1 audiotape)
Series I, PERSONAL AND OTHER WRITINGS, 1928-2012 (#1.1-2.6, FD.1, F+D.1, T-386.1), contains personal material of Audrey C. Foote, including diplomas, passports, photographs, journals, and a program for her memorial service. The bulk of the series consists of writings by Foote, including book reviews; her bound dissertation, "Beyond Respectability: From the Fallen Woman to the Free Spirit in Nineteenth-Century European Drama;" and four unpublished manuscripts about feminism, the inadequacy of the terms "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" to designate adults, and the powers and symbolic significance of Greek goddesses and the Virgin Mary. Of particular note is a sampling of Foote's literary life which she collected and distributed for her 75th birthday, including reviews, excerpts from her Paris diaries, and her other literary work. The series is arranged in alphabetical order.
Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1936-2011 (#3.1-12.2), consists of letters between Audrey C. Foote and Timothy G. Foote, during their courtship (1944-1948), while Foote was a student at Wellesley College and Timothy G. Foote was in the Navy. These letters discuss her feelings about the war, their future marriage, and her passions for learning and reading.
The bulk of the series contains letters from Audrey C. Foote to her parents in Florida. These letters discuss her life in Paris with young children (1954-1958), readjusting to life back in the United States, teaching writing courses, and working as a researcher at Time Inc. Books (1958-1964). Foote starts writing letters solely to her father, William Chamberlain, beginning in 1970 until his death in 1981. In these letters, Foote expresses concern for her mother's illness with Alzheimer's, discusses her interest in writing and reviewing books, and details her time at Columbia University while earning her PhD in 1976.
Also included are letters to family and friends (1980s-1990s) about her life, writing, and involvement with the Humane Society and PETA. Most folders contain Timothy G. Foote's detailed handwritten notes and summaries of the letters. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series III, DIARIES, 1939-1999 (#12.3-18.2), consists of journals written by Audrey C. Foote, which also include snapshots with friends, cards, and pressed flowers. In the back of the diaries are lists of her favorite movies, songs, books, and nicknames for her friends. The diaries document her time at the Friends Seminary in New York City; Wellesley College; St. Louis, Missouri; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Paris, France. The major themes in the diaries are feminism, World War II sexual customs, marriage difficulties, and the rights of animals.
Foote re-read all her diaries between 2001 and 2004 and made marks and marginal comments in red crayon or ink. Foote's husband, Timothy G. Foote, re-read her diaries in 2010 and made his own comments in ink or pencil. There is a gap between 1968 and 1978 during which Foote did not keep journals. The diaries are arranged in chronological order.
- Series I. Personal and other writings, 1928-2012 (#1.1-2.6, FD.1, F+D.1, T-386.1)
- Series II. Correspondence, 1936-2011 (#3.1-12.2)
- Series III. Diaries, 1939-1999 (#12.3-18.2)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Audrey C. Foote were donated to the Schlesinger Library by Foote's husband, Timothy G. Foote, between March 2011 and January 2014.
By: Amber L. Moore, with assistance from Margaret Dalton.
- Adult college students--United States
- Bereavement--Psychological aspects
- Book reviewing--United States
- Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
- College students--Massachusetts
- College teachers--United States
- Courtship--United States
- Feminism--United States
- Marriage--United States
- Motherhood--United States
- Parent and child--United States
- Paris (France)--Social life and customs--20th century
- Pregnancy--Psychological aspects
- Soldiers--United States
- Women--United States--Sexual behavior
- World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
- Foote, Audrey C., 1926-2012. Papers of Audrey C. Foote, 1928-2012: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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