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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Maude Emily Glass Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1970
    Collection number: 1140
    Creator: Glass, Maude Emily
    Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Born Maude Emily Taylor in 1897, Maude Emily Glass began writing in her youth, inspired by advice given in letters from Julian Hawthorne, the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a television drama based on the life of her friend Ruth St. Denis, did ghostwriting and screenwriting, was an original member of the Pasadena Playhouse, and published (under the pseudonym Emily Harvin) her most widely-read work, The stubborn wood (1948), a novel dealing with the treatment of patients in mental institutions. The collection consists of Glass' correspondence, manuscripts, screen treatments, photographs, and research materials.
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maude Emily Glass Papers (Collection 1140). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Gordon Harvin Glass, 1974.

    Biography

    Born Maude Emily Taylor in 1897, Maude Emily Glass began writing in her youth, inspired by advice given in letters from Julian Hawthorne, the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne; as a friend of the Wilshire family she planned first a biography of Gaylord, and then of Mary Wilshire, but finished neither project; wrote a television drama based on the life of her friend Ruth St. Denis; did ghostwriting and screenwriting; original member, Pasadena Playhouse; published (under the pseudonym Emily Harvin) her most widely-read work, The stubborn wood (1948), a novel dealing with the treatment of patients in mental institutions.

    Biographical Narrative

    Maude Emily Glass was born Maude Emily Taylor, the initials of which formed her nickname, Met, and also one of the many pseudonyms under which she wrote. After her marriage to Charles Ray Glass, she led a life “carefree and advantaged, interests no wider than children, books, golf, and horses.” Even in her youth, though, she wrote continually, and those manuscripts were preserved by Emily Glass along with later, published manuscripts. Also in this collection are letters from friends of her youth, among them the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Julian Hawthorne. She later praised his “invaluable guidance in choice of reading matter” and stated: “I feel that any worth my writing has, or may have, will largely be due to his influence and suggestions.”
    Also among her earliest friends was the Wilshire family. She corresponded with both Gaylord Wilshire and his wife, Mary, and later with their son Logan and Mrs. Logan (Mary) Wilshire. One of the projects later in her life was to write a biography of Gaylord Wilshire, but someone was already in the process of doing that, so she turned her attentions to writing about Mary Wilshire, a fascinating woman apart from her relationship to Gaylord Wilshire. This project was not completed, but a considerable number of letters from the Wilshires and material about them was collected together, now in these papers.
    Ruth St. Denis was another friend, with whom she corresponded and about whom she based a treatment for a television drama. That script and letters from Ruth St. Denis and photographs of her are in this collection.
    She had many writing projects, among them ghost-writing and revising books of others. Some of these materials are in the collection. She was an original member of the Pasadena Playhouse. She often did screenwriting--treatments and scripts. Some of these are collected here. She published in 1948 her most widely-read work, a novel called The Stubborn wood, written under the pseudonym Emily Harvin. It attracted considerable interest and was a best-seller in Los Angeles. There is a large body of letters from readers of the book, as well as clippings related to its subject matter, the treatment of patients in mental institutions.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, screen treatments, photographs, and research materials of freelance writer Maude Emily Glass. Includes materials related to her friendships with the Wilshire family, Julian Hawthorne, and Ruth St. Denis. Includes letters from Julian Hawthorne, letters from and material about the Wilshires, and letters and photographs from Ruth St. Denis, along with a television script about her life.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Biographical (Box 1).
    • Letters received (Box 1).
    • Ruth St. Denis material (Box 1).
    • Story material (Box 2).
    • Wilshire family material (Box 3).
    • Screen treatments (Boxes 3-4).
    • Revisions and ghost-writes (Box 4).
    • Manuscripts (Box 5).
    • Manuscripts and publications by other writers (Box 5).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Glass, Maude Emily--Archives.
    Hawthorne, Julian, 1846-1934--Correspondence.
    St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968.
    Wilshire family.
    Women authors, American--California, Southern--Archival resources.

    Items Removed from Collection

    The following manuscripts by Logan Wilshire have been added to the Wilshire family papers (Collection 231) available in the Department of Special Collections, UCLA:
    • Salesman beware, 1957.
    • The communist myth of Armageddon, n.d.
    • One week of teaching, n.d.