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Layne Nielson collection on George Hoyningen-Huene, ca. 1953-1985
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Box 1, Folder 1

[Draft 1] undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes an early draft of the beginning of GHH’s memoirs, including the chapters “History,” and “III. Reality.” One holograph page and 31 typescript pages with annotations. Subjects include fleeing Russia during the Revolution, his thoughts on Rasputin, musings on religion, his experience and sexual exploits in high school at a British boarding school, and his decision to join the British Army.
Box 1, Folder 2

[Draft 2] undated.

Scope and Content Note

Typescript draft of 81 pages with holograph notes. Like several of the other drafts, it looks as if it was typed on multiple typewriters. A note on it reads “Huene’s Text.” GHH’s address is written across the top.
Box 1, Folder 3

[Draft 3] undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes two notes: “corrected version” and “pages 47, 48 missing.” 81 typescript pages. This draft has incorporated the holograph edits on Draft 2. The contents of Draft 1 begin on page 19. This draft includes more information about his relationship with his parents as a child, more background on his father’s family, and more insight into his political views as a teenager.
Box 1, Folder 4

[Draft 4 part 1] undated.

Scope and Content Note

Folder 4 (pages 1-80) and folder 5 (pages 81-185) contain the original for the photocopied draft in folder 6. Because many pages are cut and pasted or stapled together, this was probably photocopied to enhance readability and protect during reading. While there are several slight variations in pages included or in page order, Draft 5 does not appear to include any additional notes to Draft 4.
Like Folder 6, Folder 4 begins with several variations of the first couple pages. These differ from folder 6.
Box 1, Folder 5

[Draft 4 part 2] undated.

Scope and Content Note

Folder 4 (pages 1-80) and folder 5 (pages 81-185) contain the original for the photocopied draft in folder 6. Because many pages consist of passages pieced and stapled together, this was probably photocopied to enhance readability and protect during reading. While there are several slight variations in pages included or in page order, Draft 5 does not appear to include any additional notes to Draft 4.
Folder 5 concludes with three miscellaneous pages not included at the end of folder 6.
Box 1, Folder 6

[Draft 5] undated.

Scope and Content Note

This text is a photocopy of a typescript draft with photocopied holograph notes, the original of which can be found in Folders 4 and 5. A note reads “Pucciani’s Text.” This appears to be Pucciani’s copy of GHH’s memoirs, which he planned to publish, possibly with the help of Pucciani. Pucciani may have played a role in the organization of materials and may have made annotations. This draft is a photocopy of the draft contained in folders 4 and 5, with the exception that beginning of the draft differs. In this folder, multiple versions and possibly orderings precede the rest of the text, which is approximately 200 pages long.
The narrative touches on his relationship with his parents and his experiences growing up in Russia. It gives a full account of his time serving in the British Army fighting in the Russian Revolution and recovering in austere British hospitals. It gives an account of his professional life and his artistic philosophy. The narrative is rich with name-dropping and anecdotes of his encounters with celebrities, intelligentsia and other famous people through his social life as an aristocrat and through his artistic work. These people include Barbette, Georges Gurdjieff (Gurgiev), Cecil B. DeMille, Katherine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Isadora Duncan, Cecile Sorel, Sergei Eisenstein, Salvador Dali, Joseph Pilates, Greta Garbo, George Cukor, Marilyn Monroe, Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Princess Frederica of Hanover (Queen Frederika of Greece). Preceding the main draft are photocopies of correspondence (the originals of which can be found in Folder 10) between Ewing and Pucciani regarding Pucciani’s contributions to Ewing’s book. Also inserted within the draft is a stapled packet of typed excerpts from GHH’s memoirs that appears to be typed on a word processor.
Box 1, Folder 7

[Placeholder pages] undated.

Scope and Content Note

10 sheets of paper, each with a single subject such as “Hollywood,” “Tunisia,” “Experimental” at the center of the page. Probably refer to photographs.
Box 1, Folder 8

[GHH Estate Settlement] 1982 April - 1983.

Scope and Content Note

A copy of the settlement of GHH’s estate. George Cukor was administrator of the will. In the settlement of the estate, Cukor was left GHH’s house and its contents, which are listed and include his photography equipment. Four other people inherited, including his sister Helen D’Huene and Lyssardt Hoyningen-Huene, both of whom received money and the remainder of his estate. Elizabeth Buzzard, his other sister, received $10. Horst P. Horst (H. P. Horst) received his prints and negatives.
Also includes a typescript edited manuscript entitled “From HOYNINGEN-HUENE. MEISTERBILDNISSE. By H.K.Frenzel. TRANSLATION.”
Box 2, Folder 1

[Biography drafts] 1953 or 1954 and circa 1980.

Scope and Content Note

Includes drafts of biographies of GHH by William Ewing and Oreste F. Pucciani. Includes a photocopied typescript draft with original and photocopied holograph edits of chapters 1-8 of the biography William Ewing published in The Photographic Art of Hoyningen-Huene. Possibly edited by Pucciani. Includes a sixteen page unpublished biography of GHH written by Pucciani in 1953 or 1954. Also includes chronologies of events in GHH’s life and a timeline of his life and world events written by Pucciani circa 1980.
Box 2, Folder 2

Congreve [Publishing] and Ewing Correspondence 1980 August - 1983 May.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence largely regarding terms, details, and logistics of Pucciani’s contributions to Ewing’s book, including the creation of a timeline and editing assistance. Includes originals of the correspondence found in Box 1 Folder 6. Correspondents include Oreste Pucciani, Mary Claycomb of Congreve Publishing, Bill Ewing, and Kathy Huffman, Curator of Long Beach Museum of Art.
Box 2, Folder 3

G. Huene (1900-68) [biography by Pucciani] 1970 August.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a 7 page article on GHH by Pucciani dated August 1970 and published by the Friends of the Libraries, University of Southern California, in which he quotes from GHH’s memoirs. Typed. Photocopied. A published copy can be found in Box 2 Folder 4. 30-40 single sided pages of notes on “G’s Memoirs.” Holograph. Pencil, with annotations in pen.
Box 2, Folder 4

George – Exhibit - USC 1970-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to exhibits on GHH, including invitations to exhibits, correspondence to Pucciani from Special Collections USC, “Hoyningen-Huene” Friends of the Library exhibit catalog, featuring Pucciani’s essay from Box 2 Folder 3, and clippings.
Box 2, Folder 5

Additional Notes (By George) Ca. 1965.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence from Barbette, Main Bocher (Mainbocher), and GHH’s sister Helen. Typescript and holograph notes, the subjects of which include: Hollywood work and social life, Russian weddings, Vogue work, his relationship with his father, anecdotes from Paris, childhood memories, and the Russian Revolution. Some notes designated for Pucciani. Also included are a timeline of 1920 and a list of quotations and photographs with copyright permission.
Box 2, Folder 6

Notes (OFP) Ca. 1964.

Scope and Content Note

Includes a small notepad with notes and page number references. Also includes holograph notes, some of which are clearly written by Pucciani about GHH, including some notes on Rudi Gernreich stationery. Other notes appear to be from the perspective of GHH and it is unclear who wrote them. Includes 5 typescript pages of the chapter “History” with notes in multiple pens. Also includes a clipping about the spy Michael Goleniewski who claimed to be the Grand Duke Alexei. In her letter in Box 2 Folder 5, Helen references an Alexei imposter.
Box 2, Folder 7

Chronologies Ca. 1965-1967.

Scope and Content Note

Holograph chronologies written by Pucciani on the topics of: George’s service in the civil war, “Holy Roman Empire – The Rise of the Power of Russia – The Baltic Nobility,” Baltic Barons, Russian history, GHH’s life, and “Power and Rule in the World.” Also included are clippings and holograph charts of relationships between different countries.
Box 2, Folder 8

George IV undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes holograph notes, some by Pucciani. Also includes four pages of typescript with holograph notes from the section “War.”
Box 2, Folder 9

George H-H. undated.

Scope and Content Note

Includes holograph notes on notecards by GHH, including an outline and a note on sexuality and his photography. Also includes holograph notes and outlines (presumable by Pucciani) on the order of the memoir, visual art, and GHH’s photography.
Box 2, Folder 10

Ch. III. Notes and Preparation 1917-1918 Ca. 1961.

Scope and Content Note

Four holograph pages of notes on the subject of GHH’s childhood, with page number references, presumably by Pucciani. Also includes a clipping about Cukor is which Huene (GHH) is mentioned.
Box 2, Folder 11

[Early Draft] undated.

Scope and Content Note

A holograph draft with some annotations, numbered pages 6-41. Covers the topics of beliefs at the time of the Russian Revolution, religion, the dog incident with his father that resulted in their estrangement, and his tutor Ivan Ivanovich.
Box 2, Folder 12

Congreve [Publishing] - Chronology (1 of 2) 1982.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to the chronology Pucciani wrote for Ewing’s book, including correspondence with drafts sent to Mary Claycomb and holograph and typescript notes and drafts of time lines of world events and GHH’s life events. Includes typescript notes on legal events in the United States made for Pucciani.
Box 2, Folder 13

Congreve [Publishing] - Chronology (2 of 2) 1982.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to the chronology Pucciani wrote for Ewing’s book, including correspondence with drafts sent to Mary Claycomb and holograph and typescript notes and drafts of time lines of world events and GHH’s life events. Includes typescript notes on legal events in the United States made for Pucciani.