Finding Aid for the Bernardine Fritz Papers, 1925-1974

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Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bernardine Fritz Papers
Date (inclusive): 1925-1974
Collection number: 1298
Creator: Fritz, Bernardine, d. 1982
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 5 oversize boxes.
Abstract: Bernardine Fritz was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. She worked as a reporter for the Chicago Evening Post and the New York Daily News before moving to Europe in 1925. She lived in London and Paris, and traveled extensively throughout India and China. After settling in Los Angeles in 1939, she established her "Hollywood salon" which brought together the leading literary and artistic personalities of the era, many of whom were American expatriates she met during her European exile. The collection includes letters, manuscripts, photographs and ephemera, and books from the library of Mrs. Fritz.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

  • Gift of Bernardine Fritz, 1974.
  • Gift of Estate of Bernardine Fritz, 1982.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bernardine Fritz Papers (Collection Number 1298). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Fritz was born and raised in Peoria, IL; worked as a reporter for the Chicago evening post and New York daily news before moving to Europe in 1925; lived in London and Paris, and traveled extensively in India and China; settled in Los Angeles in 1939, and became known for her Hollywood salon, which brought together literary and artistic personalities, including many American expatriates; died in 1982.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, ephemera, and books from the library of Bernardine Fritz. Correspondents include: Jay Michael Barrie, Gerald Heard, Aldous Huxley, Laura Huxley, Maria Huxley, Grover Smith, David Lilienthal, Henry Miller, Fania Marinoff Van Vechten, Louise Webb, Glenway Westcott, and Monroe Wheeler. The collection also contains manuscripts of Aldous Huxley, Henry Miller, and Glenway Westcott.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence and ephemera (box 1)
  2. Manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera (box 1)
  3. Books from the library of Bernardine Fritz (boxes 2-6).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Fritz, Bernardine, d. 1982--Archives.
Miller, Henry,--1891-
Huxley, Aldous,--1894-1963.
Heard, Gerald,--1889-1971.
Westcott, Glenway, 1901-
Authors, English--20th century--Correspondence.
Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence.
Salons--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Correspondence and ephemera

Box 1, Folder 1

Addicott, Kenneth K. San Francisco. 1944

Physical Description: 1 item. Typescript.
Box 1, Folder 2

Barrie, Jay Michael. v.p. ca. 1966-1974

Physical Description: 9 items. Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

(Includes letters from Mrs. Fritz to Barry).
Box 1, Folder 3

Heard, Gerald. v.p. ca. 1941-1966

Physical Description: 25 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 4

Huxley, Aldous. v.p. ca. 1956-1962

Physical Description: 3 items, 1 envelope without letter. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 5

Huxley, Laura. v.p. undated and ca. 1962-1964

Physical Description: 6 items. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 6

Huxley, Maria. [Hollywood] undated

Physical Description: 1 item. Typescript.
Box 1, Folder 7

Smith, Grover. Letters to Mrs. Fritz re a projected book on Huxley. London. 1965

Physical Description: 2 items. Typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Letters of Aldous Huxley published London, Chatoo & Windus, 1969.
Box 1, Folder 8

Lilienthal, David. v.p. 1948-1954

Physical Description: 4 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 9

Miller, Henry. v.p. undated, 1942-1952

Physical Description: 11 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 10

Miller, Henry. v.p. 1955-1958

Physical Description: 10 items. Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

(Includes 1 letter from Eve Miller, 16 August 1955)
Box 1, Folder 11

Miller, Henry. v.p. 1960-1963

Physical Description: 11 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 12

Miller, Henry. v.p. 1964-1965

Physical Description: 15 items. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 12

Includes "Jennifer Jones" [March 1965]

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Typescript(carbon).
Box 1, Folder 13

Miller, Henry. v.p. 1966-1967

Physical Description: 13 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folder 14

Miller, Henry. Pacific Palisades. ca. 1968-1974

Physical Description: 18 items. Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

(Includes 2 letters signed by Gerald Robitaille acting as Miller's secretary, and 1 memo from Robert Vosper, UCLA Librarian, regarding Henry Miller.)
Box 1, Folder 15

Miller, Henry.

Physical Description: 2 envelopes, 1 manuscript fragment.
Box 1, Folder 16

Ephemera re Miller, Henry

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 17

Seldes, Mrs. Gilbert. [New York] undated

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 18

Van Vechten, Fania Marinoff. New York. undated

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 19

Webb, Louise. [Tucson] 1967

Physical Description: 1 item. Holograph.

Scope and Content Note

Written on the back of an article re Henry Miller and Louise and Jon Webb.
Box 1, Folder 20

Wescott, Glenway. v.p. ca. 1927-1972

Physical Description: 17 items. Holograph and typescript.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photograph of Wescott with holograph inscription, Christmas 1932.
Box 1, Folder 21

Wheeler, Monroe. New York. 1951-1967

Physical Description: 4 items. Holograph and typescript.
Box 1, Folders 22-23

Wescott, Glenway. v.p. ca. 1925-1936

Physical Description: ca. 100 items (220 leaves)

Scope and Content Note

Typescripts of letters to Bernadine Fritz from Wescott and a few from Monroe Wheeler. Most of the letters are not dated. Transcriptions made for a possible book?
Box 1, Folder 24

Ephemera re Glenway Wescott

Physical Description: 2 items.
 

Manuscripts, photographs, and ephemera

Box 1, Folder 25

Huxley, Aldous. Master, mind, and the question of survival. n.p. 1960 May 10

Physical Description: 26 leaves. Typescript(carbon).
Box 1, Folder 26

Miller, Henry. [The Mizuno Gallery] n.p. undated

Physical Description: 1 leaf. Holograph.
Box 1, Folder 27

Wescott, Glenway. His aunt Flora. Paris. undated

Physical Description: 14 leaves. Typescript (carbon) with holograph corrections in ink, a few in pencil throughout the manuscript.

Scope and Content Note

In the upper left corner on the first page Wescott has written, "Miserable version/also, there must be things added."
Box 1, Folder 28

Wescott, Glenway.Memories and opinions. New York. ca. 1973

Physical Description: 35 leaves. Photocopy of typescript.
Box 1, Folder 29

Wescott, Glenway. Prohibition. Villefrance-sur-Mer. undated

Physical Description: 19 leaves. Typescript(carbon).
Box 1, Folder 30

Wescott, Glenway. The sailor. Villefranche. 1927 May

Physical Description: 19 leaves. Typescript(carbon).
Box 1, Folder 31

Wescott, Glenway. [Untitled] n.p. undated

Physical Description: 15 leaves. Typescript(carbon) with holograph corrections.
Box 1, Folder 32

Photographs/graphics

Physical Description: 10 items.

Scope and Content Note

Group photographs of Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Frances Robbins, Waldo Peireo, Mary Reynolds, Miguel and Chavez Covarubbias, David and Helen Lilienthal, portrait of Carl Van Vechten and photograph of his drawing room, ca. 1931, original caricature by Miguel Covarubbias.
Box 1, Folder 33

Ephemera re Butterfly Wu, Chinese actress

Physical Description: 3 items.
Box 1, Folder 34

Ephemera

Physical Description: 5 items.

Scope and Content Note

Catalogue for Max Ewing Collection of Extraordinary Portraits, New York, n.d., signed on the cover by Bernardine Szold; miscellaneous newsclippings.
 

Books from the library of Bernardine Fritz

Box 2

Abdullah, Mena and Mathew, Ray. The time of the peacock. New York: Roy Publishers, Inc., [c1965].

Physical Description: 114 p. Inscribed by Ray Mathew, Los Angeles, 1969.
Box 2

Acton, Harold. Memoirs of an aesthete. London : Methuen & Co., [1948].

Physical Description: [416 p.]

Scope and Content Note

With Bernardine Szold's bookplate and a penciled note "from Barbara Wescott."
Box 2

Bedford, Sybille. Aldous Huxley. A biography. Volume One: 1894-1939. London : Chatto & Windus, [c1973].

Physical Description: 400 p.

Scope and Content Note

With inscription from Laura Huxley, December 9, 1973.
Box 2

Beecher, Mrs. H.W. All around the house; or, How to make homes happy. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1881.

Physical Description: 468 p.
Box 2

Browning, Robert. Poems of Robert Browning. London: Oxford University Press, 1920.

Physical Description: 696 p.

Scope and Content Note

With inscription from "MSW," April 21, 1927.
Box 2

Bryne, Donn. Messer Marco Polo. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., Ltd., undated.

Physical Description: 150 p.
Box 2

Crapsey, Adelaide. Verse. New York: Knopf, 1922.

Physical Description: 107 p.

Scope and Content Note

With Bernardine Szold bookplate.
Box 2

Cerio, Edwin. That Capri air. London: William Heinemann Ltd., [1929].

Physical Description: 201 p.
Box 2

Crebillon, Claude Prosper Jolyot de. The divan. New York: Privately printed for subscribers only, 1930.

Box 2

Darroch, Sandra Jobson. Ottoline. The life of Lady Ottoline Morrell. New York: Coward, McCann & GeogLegan, Inc., [c1975].

Physical Description: 288 p.
Box 2

DeKobra, Maurice. Wings of desire. London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd., [1930].

Physical Description: [248 p.]
Box 3

Draper, Muriel. Music at midnight. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929.

Physical Description: 237 p.

Scope and Content Note

With Bernardine Szold bookplate.
Box 3

Duranty, Walter. I write as I please. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955.

Physical Description: 347 p.
Box 3

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Parnassus. Boston: Jones R. Osgood & Co., 1878.

Physical Description: 534 p.
Box 3

Ewing, Max. Twenty-six sonnets from the Paronomasian and other languages commencing with P. New York: Privately published?, 1924.

Scope and Content Note

With inscription to the Hoffensteins from the author, February 4, 1925.
Box 3

Fadiman, Clifton. I believe. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1939.

Physical Description: 429 p.
Box 3

Fyvie, John. Some famous women of wit and beauty. London: Archibald Constable & Co., Ltd., 1905.

Physical Description: 296 p. With bookplate.
Box 3

Gutkind, Erich. The absolute collective. London: C.W. Daniel Co., Ltd., [1937].

Physical Description: 119 p.

Scope and Content Note

With presentation inscription by Henry Miller, June 28, 1955.
Box 3

Hahn, Emily. Africa to me: Person to person. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1964.

Physical Description: 277 p. With inscription by the authors.
Box 4

Heard, Gerald. Gabriel and the creatures. New York: Harper & Brothers, [c1952].

Physical Description: 244 p.
Box 4

Heard, Gerald. Is God evident? An essay towards a natural theology. London: Faber & Faber Ltd., [1950].

Box 4

Holmes, Ernest. The science of the mind. New York: Dood, Mead & Co., 1956.

Physical Description: 667 p.
Box 4

Hsiung, S.I. Lady Precious Stream. London : Methuen & Co., Ltd., [1934].

Scope and Content Note

An old Chinese play done into English according to its traditional style.
Box 4

Huxley, Aldous. The perennial philosophy. New York: Harper & Row, [1970].

Physical Description: 312 p. Paperback.
Box 4

Kipling, Rudyard. Collected verse of Rudyard Kipling. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1914.

Physical Description: 375 p.
Box 4

Lasky, Bessie. Songs of the twilight. Hollywood: Stanley Rose, 1935.

Physical Description: 72 p. With inscription by the author, "Xmas, 1937."
Box 4

Lawrence, D.H. Women in love. New York: The Modern Library, [1937].

Physical Description: 548 p.
Box 4

Mannin, Ethel. Confessions and impressions. London: Jarrolds, undated.

Physical Description: 282 p.
Box 5

Morrow's Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1928. New York: William Morrow & Co., [c1927].

Physical Description: 210 p.
Box 5

Nicole, Georges. Le peinture de vases Grecs. Paris: Librarie Nationale d'Art et D'histoire, 1926.

Physical Description: 45 p. 64 plates. With inscription from the author, Paris, 1928.
Box 5

Partridge, Burgo. A history of orgies. New York: Bonanza Books, [c1960].

Physical Description: [247 p.]

Scope and Content Note

Christmas card tipped in on front flyleaf from Carl and Fania Van Vechten. With Bernardine Szold bookplate.
Box 5

Plays produced under the stage direction of David Belasco. New York: privately published?, 1925.

Physical Description: 47 p. With inscription from Belasco, March 30, 1925.
Box 5

Porter, Katherine Anne. Flowering Judas and other stories. Harcourt, Brace & Co., [c1930, 1935].

Physical Description: 285 p. With inscription from the author, Hollywood, 23 April 1945.
Box 5

Proust, Marcel. Cities of the plain. London: Knopf, 1929. Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff.

Physical Description: 352 p. Vols. 1-2.
Box 5

Proust, Marcel. Swann's way. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1922. Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff.

Physical Description: 288 p. Vol. 2.
Box 5

Proust, Marcel. Time regained. London: Chatto & Windus, 1931. Translated by Stephen Hudson.

Physical Description: [434 p.]
Box 5

Proust, Marcel. Within a budding grove. New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1924. Translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff.

Physical Description: 396 p. Vol. 1.
Box 6

Quiller-Couch, Arthur. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1925.

Physical Description: [1082 p.]
Box 6

Savage, D.S. Mysticism and Aldous Huxley. An examination of Gerald Heard-Aldous Huxley theories. Yonkers: The Alicat Bookshop Press, 1942.

Physical Description: 21 p.
Box 6

Sinmay, Zan. Confucius on poetry. n.p.: reprinted from T'ien Hsia Monthly, [ca. 1946].

Physical Description: 14 p. With inscription from the author.
Box 6

Stein, Jean. American journey. The times of Robert Kennedy. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., [c.1970].

Physical Description: 372 p.
Box 6

Thayer, Mary van Rensselaer, ed. Hui-lan Koo. New York: Dial Press, [c1943].

Physical Description: 421 p.

Scope and Content Note

An autobiography as told to Mary van Rensselaer Thayer.
Box 6

Walbank, F. Alan, ed. Queens of the circulating library. Selections from Victorian lady novelists. 1800-1900. London: Evans Brothers Ltd., [1950].

Physical Description: 328 p.
Box 6

Walsh, William S. Curiosities of popular customs and of rites, ceremonies, observances, and miscellaneous antiquities. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1907.

Physical Description: 1018 p. With Bernadine Szold bookplate.
Box 6

Wescott, Glenway. "The breath of bulls," Works in Progress, no. 6. [c1972].

Physical Description: p. 237-247. With note on half-title page "from Glenway." Paperback.
Box 6

Wescott, Glenway. "The Emperor Concerto," Prose, no. 3 (Fall 1971).

Physical Description: p. 163-180.