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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 973

Papers of Marjorie C. Fairbanks, 1916-1963


Marjorie C. Fairbanks' correspondence with American and French artists, curators, poets.


  • 1916-1963

Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Marjorie C. Fairbanks as well as 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.


.63 linear feet ((1 + ½ file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Collection includes correspondence, playbills, clippings, and a few photographs. Most of the collection is letters sent to Fairbanks by friends, including civil rights activist Eslanda Robeson, African American food editor Freda DeKnight, poets John Nerber and Robert Hillyer, curator Alan Priest, sculptor Thelma Wood, and pianist Katherine Heyman. Letters discuss literature, plays, and international travels. The collection also includes a short story typescript by African American writer Owen Dodson.


Marjorie Crocker Fairbanks (1895-1972) was born in Boston, traveled widely throughout Europe, and published a book, Over Periscope Pond: Letters from Two American Girls in Paris October 1916-January 1918, about her travels in France and work as a Red Cross ambulance driver. She married Sydney Fairbanks in 1920; they had one son, Austen. Marjorie Crocker Fairbanks had a wide circle of friends among literary, artistic, and culinary circles in New York and Paris.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2018-M211

These papers of Marjorie C. Fairbanks were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Auger Down Books in December 2018.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2019

By: Ayoola White and Jenny Gotwals.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeanette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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