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Alice Jones MacMonnies Papers
mssHM 76195-76259  
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alice Jones MacMonnies Papers
    Dates: approximately 1874-1952
    Bulk dates: 1917-1929
    Collection Number: mssHM 76195-76259
    Creator: MacMonnies, Alice Jones.
    Extent: 65 items in 2 boxes + 1 oversize envelope
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection mainly consists of incoming correspondence to American artist Alice Jones MacMonnies and her husband, sculptor Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937), from Alice's mother, Georgina Sullivan Jones. Jones's diary from an 1896 European tour and a variety of photographs of Alice, her sisters, and Frederick MacMonnies are also included.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Alice Jones MacMonnies papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Mary Smart, June 28, 2011.

    Biographical note

    Alice Jones MacMonnies (1875-approximately 1963) was the eldest daughter of Nevada Senator John P. Jones (1829-1912) and his second wife Georgina Sullivan Jones (1853-1936), also called Bonnie. Alice had a half-brother, Roy, from her father’s first marriage and two full sisters, Marion (sometimes spelled Marian) Jones Farquhar (1879-1965), a renowned tennis player who won the U.S. Championship in 1899 and 1902 and was an Olympic medalist in 1900, and Georgina Jones Walton (1882-1955), who was also an Olympic tennis player. Walton also joined the Vedanta Society as Sister Daya and was a close confidant of Swami Paramanada; she wrote the play The Light of Asia, which was turned into a show choreographed by Ruth St. Denis.
    Alice graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1896. Like her mother, who had been raised in France, Alice had an affinity for music and the arts, and moved to Paris to train her voice. In her late twenties she began studying art with American sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937). The two were married in Switzerland in 1910 (MacMonnies divorced his first wife, artist Mary Louise Fairchild, in 1909) and lived in Giverny, France, until the outbreak of World War I, when they returned to the United States and settled in New York. Alice spent part of 1917 in California to help settle disputes over her father’s estate. The MacMonnies lost most of their assets in the 1929 stock market crash, and lived primarily off of Frederick MacMonnies’ sculpture commissions until his death in 1937. Alice never remarried and died in the early 1960s.

    Scope and Content

    The collection mainly consists of incoming correspondence to American artist Alice Jones MacMonnies and her husband, sculptor Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937), from Alice's mother, Georgina Sullivan Jones, as well as Jones's diary from an 1896 European tour and a variety of photographs of Alice, her sisters, and Frederick MacMonnies.
    The correspondence in the collection almost entirely consists of letters sent to American artist Alice Jones MacMonnies from about 1917 until 1929. The bulk of the correspondence is from Alice’s mother Georgina Sullivan Jones, and the letters focus on news regarding family members and acquaintances, including General George Pershing. Within the correspondence, Georgina admonishes Alice for not writing to her more often and praises Frederick effusively for sending her letters. She also writes of sculptor Prince Paul Troubetzkoy’s commission to create a bust of Henry E. Huntington in 1917 and of her hatred of Troubetzkoy, of whom she writes “it is sickening…the way that man advertises himself – he is so coarse and vulgar too and his wife is unspeakable.” She also relates being angered by a discussion that rated Troubetzkoy and Auguste Rodin as the greatest living sculptors with no mention of MacMonnies. Other letters describe events related to World War I, such as the raising of funds for French orphans and news of a friend’s brother who was killed in an “aeroplane accident” in France. An undated letter from Alice’s nephew Gregory Jones (the son of her half-brother Roy) describes war conditions in St. Rhomble, France, and the “defiant” attitude of German prisoners-of-war toward the French and American soldiers. A series of 1925 letters recount Georgina’s trip through Spain and France, and other topics covered throughout the correspondence include Georgina Jones Walton’s play (1927), the Jones’ mining interests in Alaska, Alice’s interest in New York real estate, and memories of John P. Jones, whom Georgina wished had “lived to see the wonders that science has accomplished and what has been done in the film world” (1933). A few letters from Alice regarding the Jones estate before and after Georgina’s death, including a notebook of property values from 1924, are also included.
    There is also a diary volume kept by Georgina Sullivan Jones during her 1896 European tour with Alice following her graduation from Bryn Mawr (HM 76236). The diary chronicles their voyage across the Atlantic on board the St. Paul of the American Line, as well as their travels through London, Paris, Berlin, Beyreuth, Munich, Innsbruck, Venice, Milan, Rome, and Zurich.
    Finally, there are also 23 photographs, chiefly of Alice MacMonnies and her sisters Georgina and Marion range from her childhood to adult years, including her 1896 class photo from Bryn Mawr College.
    Notes accompanying some of the correspondence were included by the donor, Mary Smart, who is the author of A flight with fame: the life and art of Frederick William MacMonnies (Sound View Press, 1996).

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in two series, correspondence (Box 1) and photographs (Box 2 and Oversize envelope). Each series is arranged chronologically. Also included is one diary volume at the end of Box 1.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Farquhar, Marian.
    Jones, Georgina Sullivan, 1853-1936.
    MacMonnies, Alice Jones, 1875-c.1963).
    MacMonnies, Frederick William, 1863-1937.
    Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948.
    Trubet︠s︡koĭ, Pavel Petrovich, kni︠a︡zʹ, 1866-1938.

    Subjects

    Domestic relations.
    Sculptors--United States--20th century.
    Transatlantic voyages.
    World War, 1914-1918.

    Geographic Areas

    Berlin (Germany)--Description and travel.
    Beyreuth (Germany)--Description and travel.
    Cadiz (Spain)--Description and travel.
    France--Description and travel.
    Innsbruck (Austria)--Description and travel.
    London (England)--Description and travel.
    Milan (Italy)--Description and travel.
    Munich (Germany)--Description and travel.
    Paris (France)--Description and travel.
    Rome (Italy)--Description and travel.
    Spain--Description and travel.
    Venice (Italy)-_Description and travel.
    Zurich (Switzerland)--Description and travel.

    Genre

    Black-and-white photographs--19th century.
    Black-and-white photographs--20th century.
    Diaries--19th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--19th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--20th century.