Mary Desti (1871-1931) was the owner of Desti Beauty Products cosmetics firm and New York City studio which sold art objects,
perfumes, and clothing. She wrote
The untold story: the life of Isadora Duncan, 1921-1927 (1929). The collection consists of general and business correspondence, papers related to organizing clubs in London and
Paris, facsimiles and notes for two projected magazines, bills, receipts, legal documents, photographs, press clippings, programs
and flyers for performance and art events, and manuscripts of her biography, other non-fiction, plays, poems and short stories.
Desti was born on October 10, 1871 in Quebec, Canada; became owner of Desti Beauty Products cosmetics firm; also owned a New
York City studio which sold art objects, perfumes, and clothing; mother of Preston Sturges and friend of Isadora Duncan; wrote
The untold story: the life of Isadora Duncan, 1921-1927 (1929); died April 12, 1931 in New York City.
7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
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