Guide to the Ellen K. Lee Collection on Helena Modjeska and Orange County MS.R.143

Finding aid prepared by Joanna Lamb; edited by Sara Seltzer
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
© 2014

Title: Ellen K. Lee collection on Helena Modjeska and Orange County
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.143
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Physical Description: 7.4 Linear feet (17 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1874-2005 and undated
Languages of Collection Materials: The collection is in English and Polish.
Abstract: This collection comprises materials collected by Ellen K. Lee, Orange County historian and Helena Modjeska expert, during the course of her research from 1965 until her death in 2006. The materials document Ellen Lee's research, Helena Modjeska's life in the United States, and Orange County history during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Lee collected many forms of materials during her research, and many images and textual source materials are reproductions of items housed at other repositories in the United States. Additionally, Lee's collection includes research notes on various topics, file indexes, chronologies, correspondence, writings, and other materials created or produced by Lee during her work on the Board of the Helena Modjeska Foundation.
Creator: Lee, Ellen K.


The collection is open for research.
Access to original media materials is restricted; researchers may request use copies.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Ellen K. Lee collection on Helena Modjeska and Orange County. MS-R143. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William S. Lee and Margaret Gates, 2008 and Ann Frank, 2013.

Processing History

Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

Historical Background

Ellen K. Lee, Orange County historian and Helena Modjeska authority, was born in 1918 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to lawyer and farm owner, Thomas Kerl, and his wife Lola. Lee studied English literature at Wellesley College, graduating in 1938. Seeking a warmer climate, she moved to Los Angeles in the late 1940s with her husband. In 1956, she moved to Newport Beach where she raised four sons and pursued scholarly interests including lecturing and writing about local history. Lee first learned of Helena Modjeska while completing a writing assignment for a UC Irvine professor in 1965. Intrigued by Modjeska, Lee eventually became a leading expert on the nineteenth-century Polish actress.
When the canyon home where Modjeska had lived was acquired by Orange County in 1986, Lee played an instrumental role in the development of the historical site. She was a founding member of the non-profit Helena Modjeska Foundation, formed to support the Orange County Historical Park where the home was located, and would eventually serve as director of the organization. During the next two decades she played a prominent role in the foundation by offering historical research, acquiring archival photographs, creating interpretive exhibits, and producing a video about Modjeska and her home. Lee visited Poland twice for research purposes and travelled to a number of theaters in the United States, London, and Berlin where Modjeska performed.
In addition to publishing numerous scholarly articles, Lee also published two books. The first, Old Newport: the Seaport Years (1970), was written after recording interviews with Newport pioneer Ramona Newport Castle, and told the story of a child growing up in Newport in the late 1800's. Her next book, Newport Bay: A Pioneer History (1973), narrates the history of the bay from the 1860s to the closure of the Harbor in the 1940s during World War II, and includes a foreword from her friend and colleague, well-known Orange County historian Don Meadows. Lee was working on her third book, a Modjeska biography, at the time of her death in 2006.
Helena Modjeska, born Helena Opid on October 12, 1840 in Krakow, Poland, began acting at a young age. She made her theatrical debut as Helena Modrzejewska in Bochina, Poland in 1861. During this period she was involved in a romantic relationship with her manager, Gustave Sinnmayer Modrzejewski, which produced a daughter and son. After the death of her three-year old daughter, Modjeska returned, unmarried, to Krakow where she became a professional member of a theater company.
While touring with the theater company she met Bozenta Chlapowski, a revolutionary Polish aristocrat, who would later use the name Count Bozenta. The couple married in September 1868 and Chlapowski became her business manager. Modjeska's popularity and fame grew quickly in Poland, allowing her to have a successful career as an actress. Although successful professionally, the heavy workload soon caused serious health problems and Bozenta and Modjeska relocated to the United States, forming a small Polish colony on a rented farm in Santa Ana in October 1876 where Modjeska could recover her health.
Helena Modrzejewska anglicized her name to Helena Modjeska and studied English only four months before auditioning for her first English speaking role in San Francisco. She made a successful American debut at San Francisco's California Theater in August 1877 and for the next thirty years toured the United States and Europe, establishing a reputation as one of the greatest dramatic actresses of the late nineteenth century. Lauded on both continents for her performances in plays such as Macbeth, As You Like It, Mary Stuart, and Camille, Modjeska's leading men included both Edwin Booth and Maurice Barrymore, and her circle of friends grew to include such notables as Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and the pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski.
In 1888 Modjeska and Chlapowski purchased property in Santiago Canyon and commissioned architect Stanford White to remodel and add to an existing cottage. Soon after its completion, Modjeska named it "Arden" after the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Despite frequent absences from Arden while touring, Modjeska played an active role in Orange County life. She enjoyed close friendships with Orange County pioneers such as the Rice, McCoy, Yoch, and Pleasant families.
In the spring of 1906, Modjeska and her husband sold Arden and its surrounding property (totaling 1,341 acres) to a Long Beach investment company which planned to develop it into a country club. In 1908 the couple purchased a small beach cottage on Bay Island in Newport Bay. On April 8, 1909, Modjeska died at her Bay Island home. After funeral services at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in Los Angeles, Modjeska was buried in Krakow, Poland.
Arden and its surrounding acreage went through a number of owners until it was finally sold (with the original property size greatly reduced because of a number of subdivisions) to the Charles S. Walker family of Long Beach in 1923. In 1986, descendants of the Walker family sold the Modjeska house and 14.4 acres of land to Orange County so that it might be preserved and developed as a historic park. Today it appears on the National Register of Historic Places and is California State Landmark #205. In addition, the two-mile stretch of Santiago Canyon once owned by Orange County's most famous actress is now known as Modjeska Canyon.
Historical note about Modjeska from: Helena Modjeska collection. MS-R037. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises materials collected by Ellen K. Lee, Orange County historian and Helena Modjeska expert, during the course of her research from 1965 until her death in 2006. The materials document Ellen Lee's research, Helena Modjeska's life in the United States, and Orange County history during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Lee collected many forms of materials during her research, and many images and textual source materials are reproductions of items housed at other repositories in the United States. Additionally, Lee's collection includes research notes on various topics, file indexes, chronologies, correspondence, writings, and other materials created or produced by Lee during her work on the Board of the Helena Modjeska Foundation.
Lee 's collection includes brochures, pamphlets, reproductions (photographic), printouts, cabinet cards, unsigned ink sketches, videos, compact disks, negatives, slides, handwritten and typescript research notes, transcripts, manuscripts, clippings, and myriad photocopies of book excerpts, correspondence, photographs, clippings, journal and magazine articles, and programs.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:
  • 1. Research files, 1904-2005. 3.6 linear feet
  • 2. Visual materials, 1874-2003. 2.2 linear feet
  • 3. Working files, 1959-2001. 1.0 linear foot
  • 4. Writings, 1969-2003. 0.6 linear feet
  • 5. Letters, 1971-1979 and undated. 7 items

Separation Note

Special Collections and Archives has cataloged separately a small collection of books about Modjeska and a number of volumes from her personal library.

Appraisal Note

Duplicate materials were not retained, with the exception of materials that had handwritten notes or markings by Lee.

Processing Note

When this collection was received, it was primarily comprised of mixed materials stored in hanging folders with topic (subject) titles created by Lee.

Related Collections

Related materials documenting Modjeska's life in Orange County can be found in in the following collections in the Department of Special Collections and Archives:
Modjeska's drop-leaf writing desk, which belonged for many years to the Yoch family of Santa Ana, is also housed in Special Collections and Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chlapowski, Karol -- Archives
Helena Modjeska Foundation.
Lee, Ellen K. -- Archives
Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909 -- Archives
Actresses -- Poland -- History -- Sources.
Photographic prints -- 19th century.
Video recordings -- 21st century


Research files Series 1. 1904-2005

Physical Description: 3.6 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Research files predominantly comprise textual materials that Lee collected during the course of her research. The majority of materials document the life of Helena Modjeska and her family members in the United States, including her nephew, W.T. Benda, who became a well-known art deco illustrator. There are many photocopies of letters that were written by Helena Modjeska and her husband, Count Bozenta, from 1876 to Modjeska's death in 1909. Additionally, many of her topical files include information about Orange County cities and their more famous residents, such as Judge Richard Egan. Most materials are photocopies of source materials and handwritten and typescript research notes.
This series includes: photocopies and transcriptions of correspondence; research notes; book excerpts; clippings from journals, magazines, and newspapers; pamphlets; family trees, and videos.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in two subseries:
  • 1. Chronological files, 1904-2001
  • 2. Topical files, 1911-2005

Chronological files Subseries 1.1 1904-2001

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The majority of this subseries comprises photocopies and typescript transcriptions of correspondence from Helena Modjeska and Bozenta Chlapowski documenting Modjeska's activities and relationships as a popular Shakespearian actress in the United States from 1876 until her death in 1909. Additionally, Lee has included photocopies of related book excerpts, two typed manuscripts about Modjeska's life in Orange County, clippings, and numerous handwritten or typescript research notes. Materials included in this group of files were either originally created during the dates of the title or they pertain to events that occurred during the particular span of years included in the title.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged in chronological order of the first date in a given date range.

Processing Note

Dated file titles were preserved from Lee's original hanging files. Original order was preserved whenever possible. Some files were re-ordered chronologically to conform to Lee's original filing order. Two hanging folders of untitled folders were included in this subseries and are now titled Miscellaneous letters. They have been added to the end of the subseries.
Box 1, Folder 1-2

1876-1879: correspondence (photocopies and transcripts) undated

Box 1, Folder 3

1877: research notes undated

Box 1, Folder 4-5

1880-1882: correspondence (photocopies and transcripts) undated

Box 1, Folder 6

1883: book excerpts (photocopies) undated


1883-1885 undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 15, Folder 1

Correspondence (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Research notes undated


1886-1888 undated

Box 15, Folder 2

Correspondence (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence (transcripts) undated


1887-1888 2001 and undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Brochures undated

Box 1, Folder 11

Essay by Stankewicz, S., 2001


1889-1890 undated

Box 1, Folder 12

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 15, Folder 3

Clippings (1888-1992) (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Research notes undated


1889-1891 undated

Box 15, Folder 4

Correspondence (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 14-15

Correspondence (transcripts) undated


1892-1894 undated

Box 15, Folder 5

Correspondence (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 16-17

Correspondence (transcripts) undated


1894-1895 undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Hotel register (photocopy) undated

Box 1, Folder 20

Research notes undated

Box 1, Folder 21-22

1895-1897: correspondence (photocopies and transcripts) undated


1896-1897 undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Book excerpts (1895-1897) (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 24

Research notes undated


1898-1899 undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 1, Folder 26

Research notes undated


1898-1900 undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Correspondence (transcripts) undated

Box 15, Folder 6

Correspondence (photocopies) undated


1901-1902 undated

Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence (transcripts) undated

Box 1, Folder 30

Research notes undated


1903-1905 undated

Box 1, Folder 31

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 33

Correspondence (clippings and transcripts) undated

Box 15, Folder 7

Correspondence (photocopies) undated

Box 1, Folder 34

Research notes undated


1904-1905 undated

Box 1, Folder 35

Clippings (1904) undated

Box 1, Folder 36

Research notes undated


1906-1907 undated

Box 15, Folder 8

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 2, Folder 2

1906-1909: correspondence (photocopies and transcripts) undated

Box 2, Folder 3

1907-1909: Modjeska benefit performance program and related materials 1909 and 1997


1909 undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 2, Folder 5

The Story of a Pioneer manuscript circa 2001

Box 2, Folder 5

Program 1959

Box 15, Folder 9

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 15, Folder 10

Research notes undated


Miscellaneous letters undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Research notes undated

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence (photocopies) 1978 and undated


Topical files Subseries 1.2 1911-2005

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Ellen Lee's topical files include many photocopies of primary and secondary source materials about Helena Modjeska and Orange County. Lee's dedication to the study of Helena Modjeska is evident through the varied range of materials she collected from numerous organizations across the United States and in Poland. Many materials collected and organized by Lee during the course of her research were used to write and publish articles about Modjeska and to develop a biography about the Polish actress. Many of these materials were also used during Lee's involvement with the Helena Modjeska Foundation to create lectures, docent scripts, Power Point presentations, and even a video about Modjeska and Arden, the home she shared with Bozenta.
This subseries includes many forms of materials: research notes, correspondence, book excerpts, clippings, brochures, and legal documents, all documenting the varied topics that Lee was researching, most of which relate in some way to Modjeska's time in Orange County.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order by topic and then material form.

Processing Note

The Topical files were arranged alphabetically when they were received. Original titles from the hanging folders were maintained whenever possible. Names of persons and places were often abbreviated by Lee and were expanded for clarity and search purposes. Original order was preserved when possible.
Box 2, Folder 9

Actresses, Victorian: book excerpt (photocopy) 1979

Box 2, Folder 10

Anaheim Gazette: research notes 1968


Arden 1919-1996

Box 2, Folder 11

Clippings (some photocopies) 1919-1998

Box 15, Folder 11

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 17, Folder 27

Oversized clippings 1996 May 13 and undated

Box 2, Folder 12

Report 1936

Box 2, Folder 13

Typescripts and research notes undated

Box 15, Folder 12

Argonaut newspaper: clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 2, Folder 14

Artists: magazine clippings and Opera News 1979 and 1992

Box 2, Folder 15

Barrymore, Maurice: article and research notes undated


Bay Island 1960-1984

Box 2, Folder 16

Book Excerpt (1936) (photocopy) undated

Box 2, Folder 17

Brochures 1960-1984

Box 2, Folder 18

Correspondence from Ellen K. Lee 1995

Box 2, Folder 19

Essays and memoirs (photocopies) undated

Box 15, Folder 13

Journal articles undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes autograph to Ellen Lee from Jim Sleeper.
Box 2, Folder 20

News and magazine clippings 1938-1980

Box 2, Folder 21

Typescript and research notes undated


Benda, Wladyslaw T.

Box 2, Folder 22

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Brochure and clippings undated

Box 2, Folder 24

Century Magazine with Benda illustrations

Box 2, Folder 25

Life magazine with Benda cover illustration

Box 15, Folder 14

Mountain Region between Galica and Hungary undated

Box 2, Folder 26-27

Bernhardt, Sarah: book excerpt and research notes undated


Books and Things

Box 2, Folder 28-29

Newsletters 1963-1974

Box 2, Folder 30

Research notes undated

Box 2, Folder 31-32

Brandes, Georg Morris Cohen: Book excerpt (photocopy) and research notes undated


Browne, J. Ross

Box 3, Drawer 1

Harpers New Monthly Magazine articles (1862-1863) (photocopies) undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Research notes and related correspondence 1979-2000

Box 3, Folder 3

Bukovina, Romania and Ukraine: map and research notes undated


Bullard family

Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence (1888-1907) (transcripts) undated

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1967

Box 3, Folder 6

Daybooks (1885-1906) (photocopies) undated

Box 3, Folder 7

Magazine clippings 1986 and undated

Box 3, Folder 8

Research notes undated


Cather, Willa

Box 3, Folder 9

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 3, Folder 10

Correspondence 2002

Box 3, Folder 11

Research notes undated

Box 3, Folder 12

Chmielowski, Adam: book excerpts (1987) (photocopies)

Box 17, Folder 9

Chlapowski: genealogy undated

Box 3, Folder 13

Chopin, Frederic: research notes undated

Box 3, Folder 14

Considerant, Victor: research notes undated

Box 3, Folder 15

Cosulich, Bernice: research notes 1997

Box 3, Folder 16

Earnest, Sue Wolfer: research notes undated


Ebell Society 1976-1981

Box 17, Folder 28

Oversized clippings 1976 June 26

Box 3, Folder 17

Pamphlet and notes (photocopies) 1981


Egan, Judge Richard

Box 15, Folder 15

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 3, Folder 18

Clippings (circa 1920s) (photocopies) undated

Box 17, Folder 2

Clippings 1968 and undated

Box 3, Folder 19

Correspondence (1884-1888) (transcripts) 1964

Box 3, Folder 20

Egan House brochure after 1991

Box 3, Folder 21

Research notes undated


Field, Eugene

Box 3, Folder 22

Book excerpts (photocopies) 1850-1895

Box 3, Folder 23

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1944-1996

Box 3, Folder 24

Field Notes newsletter 1997

Box 3, Folder 25

Research notes and tribute publication 1850-1895, 2000, and undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Fitch, Clyde: book excerpt (photocopy) and research notes

Box 15, Folder 16

Flores, Juan: Book excerpts (photocopies) and research notes undated


Frohling family

Box 15, Folder 17

Biography typescript (photocopy) undated

Box 3, Folder 27

Essay (1914) (photocopy) and research notes undated

Box 3, Folder 28

Frohman, Daniel: research notes undated


Gilder family

Box 3, Folder 29

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 3, Folder 30

Correspondence (1880-1909) (transcripts) circa 1959

Box 3, Folder 31

Research notes (typescript) undated

Box 4, Folder 1

Gronowicz, Antoni: news clippings and web page printouts 1956-2005

Box 4, Folder 2

Haiman, Miecsilaus: book excerpt (1940) (photocopy) undated


Held, Anna

Box 4, Folder 3

Book and magazine excerpts (1902-1989) (photocopies) undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Clippings 1986

Box 4, Folder 5

Research notes undated


Irvine family undated

Box 15, Folder 18

Book excerpts (photocopies), clippings (1892-1915) (photocopies), and Los Nientos typescript undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Clippings (1968) 1968

Box 4, Folder 8

Irvine Ranch promotional materials undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Research notes undated

Box 15, Folder 19

Legal document (1880) (photocopy) and research notes undated

Box 17, Folder 29

Oversized clippings 1970

Box 4, Folder 10

James, Henry: research notes undated


Kawecki, Leon Stanley

Box 4, Folder 12

Articles and clippings 1990-2000

Box 4, Folder 11

Correspondence 1987-1990

Box 17, Folder 30

He Loves to Medal 1989 February 18

Box 4, Folder 13

Kendal, Dame Madge: book excerpt (1932) (photocopy) undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Kyle, Howard: book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 4, Folder 15

L'Artiste: correspondence and translation of Voyage Dun Curieux 1986 May


Legal Documents

Box 4, Folder 16

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1967

Box 4, Folder 17

Deeds (1887-1906) (photocopies) 1967

Box 4, Folder 18

Indentures (1887-1907) (photocopies) undated

Box 4, Folder 19

Wills (1909) (photocopy) undated

Box 15, Folder 20

Handwritten Modjeska will (1978) and unidentified procedures 1978

Box 4, Folder 20

Research notes undated


Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth undated

Box 4, Folder 21

Brochures (1807-1882) undated

Box 17, Folder 8

Oversized clippings undated

Box 15, Folder 21

Scribner's Monthly article (1878) (photocopy)


Los Angeles Library undated

Box 4, Folder 22

Correspondence (1941) (photocopies) undated

Box 4, Folder 23

Clippings (1897-1905) (photocopies) undated

Box 4, Folder 24

Lowell, Juanita: journal article (circa 1904) (photocopy) undated


Lummis, Charles Fletcher

Box 4, Folder 25

Correspondence from Ellen K. Lee 1988-1993

Box 4, Folder 26

Correspondence (1903-1910) (photocopies) 1993

Box 4, Folder 27

Clippings 1967

Box 4, Folder 28

Pamphlet (1859-1928) 1964

Box 4, Folder 29

Research notes (1859-1928) undated

Box 4, Folder 30-32

Thora script (photocopy) 1993



Box 4, Folder 33

Research notes undated

Box 4, Folder 34

Script (1895) (photocopy) undated

Box 4, Folder 35

Marylka: correspondence and clippings (1967) (photocopy) 2000


McCoy family

Box 5, Folder 1

Articles and book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 5, Folder 2

Clippings 1931

Box 5, Folder 3

Research notes undated

Box 4, Folder 36-38

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee (transcripts) (photocopies) undated

Box 4, Folder 39

Essay by McCoy, Mary Hester undated

Box 5, Folder 4

Michigan: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 5

Mickiewicz, Adam: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 6

Miller, Joaquin: correspondence 1931



Box 5, Folder 7

Articles and book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 5, Folder 8

Clippings and newsletters 1978-1984

Box 5, Folder 9

Research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 10

Modjeska and New Orleans: journal articles (1892) (photocopies) 1967


Modjeska Genealogy

Box 5, Folder 11

Census records (1880-1920) (photocopies and digital prints) 2004

Box 5, Folder 12

Correspondence 1997

Box 15, Folder 23

Family tree undated

Box 5, Folder 13

Genealogical notes undated

Box 5, Folder 14

Memorial program for Modjeska descendant 2002

Box 5, Folder 15

Clippings 1914-1992

Box 5, Folder 16

Research notes undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Modjeska, Helena on acting: book and periodical excerpts (photocopies), Poet Lore journal, and research notes 1889 and undated

Box 5, Folder 17

Modjeska piano: correspondence 1998


Modjeski, Ralph

Box 5, Folder 18

Articles (1968-1974) (photocopies) circa 1968-1974, undated

Box 5, Folder 19

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 5, Folder 20

Bridge commission (photocopy) undated

Box 5, Folder 21

Clippings (1926) (photocopies) undated

Box 5, Folder 22

Dinner Dance program (photocopy) circa 1991

Box 5, Folder 23

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1994-2002

Box 5, Folder 25

Modjeski and Masters advertisements 1996

Box 5, Folder 25

Newsletters 2000

Box 5, Folder 26

Postcards and digital images undated

Box 5, Folder 27

Research notes undated


Modjeski, Ralph divorce

Box 5, Folder 30

Clippings (1916) (photocopies) undated

Box 5, Folder 28

Engineer's Club pamphlet (1924) (photocopy) undated

Box 5, Folder 29

Legal documents (1916-1940) (photocopies) circa 1996

Box 5, Folder 31

Research notes undated


Typescript notes undated

Box 5, Folder 32

New York Public Library: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 33

New York Times: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 34

Nordhoff, Charles: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 35

Odell, George Clinton Densmore: research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 36

Oliver, Marcia: book excerpt including the Chlapowski family tree undated

Language of Material: Polish


Box 5, Folder 37

Articles (1964-1974) (photocopies) undated

Box 17, Folder 13

Oversized clippings 1993

Box 5, Folder 38

Los Tulares newsletter 1961

Box 15, Folder 24

Research notes, undated



Box 5, Folder 40

Sheet music (photocopy) undated

Language of Material: Polish
Box 5, Folder 39

Mason, Edward Tuckerman manuscript and related correspondence (1978) circa 1978


Opid family

Box 5, Folder 41

Modjeska and Chlapowski correspondence (1868-1904) (transcripts) undated

Box 5, Folder 42

Typescript and handwritten research notes undated

Box 5, Folder 43

Opid's Resort: book excerpts and brochures (photocopies) undated


Orange County

Box 5, Folder 44

Articles (photocopies) undated

Box 15, Folder 25

Book excerpts (photocopies) and newsletters 1968 and undated

Box 17, Folder 10

Clippings and map undated

Box 6, Folder 1

Pioneer Tales typescript (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Research notes undated


Orange County blog

Box 17, Folder 5

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 15, Folder 26

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Newsletters and brochures 1999-2005

Box 6, Folder 4

Research notes undated

Box 6, Folder 5

Orange County Pioneers: research notes undated


Paderweski, Ignace Jan,

Box 6, Folder 6

Articles (1905) (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 7

Newsletters 1991

Box 6, Folder 8

Research notes undated


Payne, Theodore

Box 6, Folder 9

Articles and book excerpts (1963-2002) (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 10

Clippings 1963

Box 6, Folder 11

Foundation materials 1974

Box 6, Folder 12

Horticulture journals 1982-1996

Box 6, Folder 13

Manuscripts and related correspondence (photocopies) 1968

Box 6, Folder 14

Research notes undated

Box 6, Folder 15

Phillips, Charles: correspondence and related photocopies (circa 1890-1920) 1890-1920

Box 6, Folder 16

Phillips, Ernest scrapbook: Modjeska correspondence (1880-1907) (transcripts) undated

Box 6, Folder 17

Pleasants family: research notes undated


Poland undated

Box 6, Folder 18

Clippings 1999 and undated

Box 6, Folder 19

Newsletters, postcards, and research notes undated

Box 17, Folder 17

Oversized clippings (photocopies) and Muzeum Starego Teatru newsletter 1985-2001

Language of Materials: Includes Polish documents.
Box 17, Folder 16

Oversized clippings 1983

Box 6, Folder 20

Souvenir photograph pamphlet 1969

Box 17, Folder 15

Sheet music, correspondence (photocopies), and related materials undated

Language of Materials: Includes Polish documents.
Box 6, Folder 21

Travel brochure and map circa 1970s

Box 15, Folder 27

Polish Poets: book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 22

Pozegnanie: poem translations 1995

Box 6, Folder 23

Priestly, J.B. and Garland, Hamlin: research notes undated

Box 6, Folder 24

Railroad cars: article (1975) circa 1975

Box 15, Folder 28, Box 6, Folder 25

Rainfall: clippings and research notes 1987-2002 and undated


Rice family

Box 15, Folder 29

Catalog cards (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 26

Modjeska correspondence (1892-1903) (photocopies) undated

Box 6, Folder 27

Research notes and Rice genealogy correspondence 1968

Box 6, Folder 28

Spiral notebook with research notes undated



Box 6, Folder 29

From the clipping scrapbook of Mrs. James Rice undated

Box 6, Folder 31

Interviews 1967

Box 6, Folder 30

Modjeska correspondence (1890-1906) undated

Box 7, Folder 1

Rice, Percy F.: Pioneer Notes manuscript undated

Box 7, Folder 2

Rubenstein, Helena: research notes undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Ryan, Kate: research notes undated


San Francisco

Box 7, Folder 4, Box 15, Folder 30

Book excerpts and research notes (photocopy) undated

Box 7, Folder 5

Clippings undated

Box 7, Folder 6

Research notes undated


San Juan Capistrano

Box 15, Folder 32

Clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 15, Folder 31

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 7

Brochures undated

Box 7, Folder 10

The Original Site of Mission San Juan Capistrano reprint 1967

Box 17, Folder 18

Paper placemat undated

Box 7, Folder 8

Pioneer Tales manuscripts (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 9

Postcards 1967

Box 7, Folder 11

Research notes undated

Box 15, Folder 33

Santa Ana Blade: research notes undated


Santa Ana Opera House undated

Box 15, Folder 34

Clippings (1927) (photocopies) 1927 and undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Research notes undated



Box 7, Folder 13

Journal articles (1971 and 1994) (photocopies) undated

Box 17, Folder 6

Oversized clippings undated

Box 7, Folder 14

Research notes undated

Box 15, Folder 35

Sembrich, Marcella, 1858-1935: Polish Heritage and The Kosciuszko Foundation newsletters (1989-1994) 1989-1994


Severance, Caroline undated

Box 7, Folder 15

Modjeska correspondence (1904) (photocopies and transcripts) undated

Box 15, Folder 36

Southern California Quarterly 1968 March

Box 7, Folder 16

Shentzel, John: research notes undated



Box 7, Folder 17

Book and journal excerpts (1953-1983) (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 18

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1991-1997

Box 7, Folder 19

Fleet records undated

Box 7, Folder 21

Postcards and brochures circa 1919-1980s

Box 7, Folder 20

Printouts of Internet articles 1997-2001

Box 7, Folder 22

Research notes 2001

Box 7, Folder 23

Shurz, Carl: research notes undated


Sienkiewicz, Henry

Box 7, Folder 24

News and journal articles (1980) (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 25

Manuscripts and transcripts (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 26

Research notes undated


Skinner family

Box 7, Folder 27

Book and journal excerpts (1927-1948) (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 28

Correspondence from Modjeska (1905-1907) (photocopies)

Existence and Location of Originals

New York Public Library
Box 7, Folder 29

Meeting with Modjeska speech undated


Sleeper, Jim

Box 7, Folder 30

Clippings about Modjeska 1890-1938

Box 7, Folder 31

Research notes undated

Box 15, Folder 37

Smith, Caroline Estes: book excerpt (photocopy) undated


Spencer, Fanny Bixby

Box 7, Folder 32

Book excerpts (1916-1935) (photocopies) undated

Box 7, Folder 33

Ranchos Los Cerritos brochure undated

Box 7, Folder 34

Celebrate Magazine clipping 1988

Box 7, Folder 35

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1970

Box 7, Folder 36

The Jazz of Patriotism pamphlet circa 1920

Box 7, Folder 37

Research notes undated

Box 7, Folder 38

Stuart, Mary: research notes

Historical Note

Mary Stuart was a role that was played by Modjeska. According to Lee's notes, this was the role in which she was most admired.

Terry, Ellen

Box 7, Folder 39

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 17, Folder 19, Box 7, Folder 40

Clippings 1993

Box 7, Folder 41

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee undated

Box 7, Folder 42

Ellen Terry's Foul Papers reprint 1969

Box 7, Folder 43

Research notes undated



Box 7, Folder 44

Brochure with notes in margins undated

Box 7, Folder 47

Postcards undated

Box 7, Folder 45

Clipping reconstruction (1897) (photocopy and printout) undated

Box 17, Folder 20

Costume cutout undated

Box 7, Folder 46

Internet article printouts 1997-2004


Theatre Articles

Box 7, Folder 48

Articles 1935-1991

Box 8, Folder 1

Images (photocopies and digital prints) undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes Modjeska mask images, images of other actors, and some photocopies of playbills.
Box 17, Folder 21

The New York Dramatic Mirror 1895

Box 17, Folder 7

Photomechanical print of Helena Modjeska circa 1880-1910

Box 15, Folder 38

Theatre Arts magazine (photocopies) undated


Theatre History undated

Box 8, Folder 2

Research notes undated

Box 17, Folder 22

Oversized clippings undated


Theatre playbills undated

Box 17, Folder 23

Oversized playbills (1882) (photocopies) undated

Box 16, Folder 4, Box 8, Folder 1

Standard sized (circa 1880s-1890s) undated

Box 8, Folder 3

Theatre, English: typescript and handwritten research notes undated


Theatre, Polish

Box 8, Folder 4

Kosciusko Foundation newsletter 1977-1978

Box 8, Folder 5

Polish Actors in Shakespearean Rolesreprint 1965

Box 8, Folder 6

Research notes (typescript) undated

Box 7, Folder 6

Theatre, San Francisco: research notes undated


Towse, John Ranken

Box 8, Folder 7

Book excerpt (photocopy) undated

Box 8, Folder 8

Journal article 1883

Box 16, Folder 6

Research notes, undated


Trabuco Canyon

Box 16, Folder 1

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 9

Clippings (1979) (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 10

Guidebooks and fieldbooks undated

Box 17, Folder 24

Oversized clippings 1970 March 22

Box 8, Folder 11

Research notes and Rancho Santa Margarita Messenger newsletter 1986 and undated

Box 8, Folder 12

Treadwell, Sophie: interview transcript (1929) (photocopy) and article printout 2001 and undated

Box 8, Folder 13

Tustin, California: research notes undated


UC Irvine clippings

Box 8, Drawer 14

Clippings (photocopies) (1898-1914)

Box 8, Folder 15

Research notes undated


Walker family

Box 15, Folder 2

Clippings (circa 1912-1968) (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 16

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1967 and undated

Box 8, Folder 17

Research notes undated

Box 8, Folder 18

Warsaw: research notes undated


White, Stanford

Box 8, Folder 19

Book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 20

The New Yorker magazine clipping 1990

Box 17, Folder 25

Oversized clippings undated

Box 8, Folder 21

Report on the Extent of Stanford White's Involvement in the Design of the Modjeska House 1989 September


Wilde, Oscar

Folder 8, Folder 22

Excerpts from Bibliography of Oscar Wilde (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 23

Clippings 1978 and undated

Box 8, Folder 24

Research notes undated


Winter, William undated

Box 16, Folder 3

Book excerpts (1906-1971) (photocopies) undated

Box 8, Folder 25

Research notes undated


Yoch, Florence

Box 8, Folder 26

Book excerpts undated

Box 8, Folder 27

Clippings undated

Box 8, Folder 28

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1988-1997

Box 8, Folder 29

Magazine articles (photocopies and printouts) 1995 and undated

Box 8, Folder 30

Research notes undated

Box 8, Folder 31

Yorba I, Jose Antonio: pamphlet 1967

Box 8, Folder 32

Zakopane: promotional materials undated


Visual materials Series 2. 1874-2003

Physical Description: 2.2 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Visual materials series comprises approximately 1,900 images that Lee compiled during the course of her research. The majority of materials collected by Lee include images of Modjeska in various costumes, or show Modjeska and Bozenta's Orange County estate, Arden. Additionally, there are a number of images highlighting Orange County landmarks including beach and city scenes. Most materials are reproductions from collections throughout the United States. Materials include: cabinet cards, reproductions (photographic), printouts, illustrations, negatives and original unsigned ink sketches.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in three subseries:
  • 1. Topical image files, 1874-2002.
  • 2. Negatives, undated.
  • 3. Accordion files, 1970-2003 and undated.

Topical image files Subseries 2.1 1874-2003

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

The visual files include over 1,500 images related to Lee's research, with the majority of the materials highlighting Arden, Modjeska's American career, and Orange County from 1870-1910. Most images are photographs or photographic reproductions from other collections. Also included are photographs that Lee took at the Bowers Museum of several Modjeska costume pieces, photographs documenting Lee's research trips to Poland, images of Modjeska's leading men, unsigned ink sketches, and numerous book illustrations torn from published works about Modjeska.

Subseries Arrangement

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by topic. Materials with multiple levels are arranged at the lower level by form.

Processing Note

Lee housed her visual files in alphabetical order. For preservation purposes, materials were separated by format.

Actors circa 1910 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of George Drew Barrymore, Maurice Barrymore, Edwin Booth, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, John McCullough, Otis Skinner, and Lester Wallack.
Box 8, Folder 33

Book illustrations circa 1910

Box 8, Folder 34

Photocopies and printouts undated

Box 8, Folder 35

Reproductions (photographic) undated


Anaheim 1874 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of Anaheim Landing, Center Street, downtown Tustin, the Frohling Eyman house on Citrus Street, and the Langenberger house.
Box 8, Folder 36

Newsletters and photocopies 1874 and undated

Box 8, Folder 37

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (1876-1903) undated


Arden 1966-2002 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes interior and exterior images of Arden during Modjeska's ownership, as well as images of Helena Modjeska, Count Bozenta, and their friends and family, including images of Don Meadows and Michelle Boice.
Box 8, Folder 38

Book and magazine illustrations undated

Box 8, Folder 39

Invitations and postcards undated

Box 9 , Folder 1-4, Box 8, Folder 40-44

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (circa 1880-1906 and 1970s-1980s) 1967-1970s and undated

Box 9, Folder 6

Photographic prints undated

Box 9, Folder 5

Thermal fax and photocopies (circa 1885-1995) undated

Box 9, Folder 7

Bay (Newport Beach): photographs, reproductions (photographic), and photocopies (circa 1901-1923) undated

Box 9, Folder 8

Book Covers: illustrations 1964-1969


Bowers Museum 1973-2003

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of the Modjeska artifact collection at the Bowers museum, including costumes, dolls, jewelry, and masks.
Box 9, Folder 9

Book illustration, clippings, and photocopies undated

Box 9, Folder 10

Digital prints of cataloged Modjeska collection 1973 and undated

Box 9, Folder 11

Negatives (photographic) 2003

Box 9, Folder 12-14

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) circa 1990s-early 2000s


Bozenta 1967-2003

Box 9, Folder 15

Book illustration and postcard undated

Box 9, Folder 16

Digital printouts (1876-2003) 1995-2003

Box 9, Folder 17

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (1863-1904) undated

Box 9, Folder 18

Tax Bill reproduction 1967

Box 9, Folder 19

Costume sketches, illustrations, and notes (photocopies) undated


Forest of Arden undated

Box 9, Folder 20

Brochures undated

Box 9, Folder 21

Digital printouts, photocopies, and maps undated

Box 17, Folder 11

Property maps and home owner index (1909) (photocopies) undated


Friends of Modjeska 1968-2003

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of the Pleasant family and the orginal Green Dragon house in Laguna Beach.
Box 9, Folder 22

Digital printouts, postcards, and photocopies 1968-1993 and undated

Box 9, Folder 23-25

Photographs, reproductions (photographic) (circa 1892-1908), and related correspondence 1969-1991

Box 17, Folder 3

Reproduction and unsigned ink drawing undated

Box 9, Folder 26

Sketches of an unidentified house undated

Box 17, Folder 12

Lee-Hankey, W.: reprint, reproduction (photographic), and unsigned ink drawing undated


Legal Documents 1977

Box 9, Folder 27

Death certificates 1997

Box 9, Folder 28

Land grant and map (1876) 1977

Box 9, Folder 29

Property records and map (1876) (photocopies) undated

Box 9, Folder 30

Receipt from Polish purchase with Modjeska stamps 1977

Language of Material: Polish

Letters 1974-1991 and undated

Box 9, Folder 31

Correspondence from Jerzy Spiegel 1979 June 15

Box 9, Folder 32

Correspondence from Modjeska (photocopies and digital printouts) undated

Box 9, Folder 33

Correspondence from Muzeum Historyczne M. Krakowa 1974

Box 9, Folder 34

Correspondence from Stary Teatr 1991

Box 9, Folder 35

A Modjeska Letter: June 14, 1894 with commentary by Ellen K. Lee pamphlet undated

Box 16, Folder 17

Miscellaneous visual materials undated

Box 9, Folder 36

Modjeska Articles: Clippings, Correspondence from John Vogel, and photocopies 1991-2002

Box 9, Folder 37

Modejeska products and souvenirs: labels and printouts 1904 and undated


Modjeska, Ralph family undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of the Modjeska family in Europe, Josephine and Stasia Bendowa, the children of Felicie and Ralph Modjeska, and Mrs. Felix Modjeska.
Box 9, Folder 38

Illustrations undated

Box 9, Folder 39-40

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (1868-1898) undated

Box 9, Folder 41

Printouts of digital images undated

Box 9, Folder 42

Polish stamps undated

Box 9, Folder 43-44

Negatives (photographic) undated

Physical Description: 97 black and white, 79 color.

Orange County and San Diego

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of Salt Creek, Trabuco, Canyon, El Toro, Rancho Santa Margarita, the Hotel Coronado, Hempsheet House, Laguna Beach, and San Diego from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Box 10, Folder 1

Brochures, clippings, and photocopies 1897 and undated

Box 10, Folder 2

Hotel Coronado Historical Postcards book (1887-1920) and brochures undated

Box 10, Folder 3

Illustrations, invitations, and postcards 1907-1997

Box 17, Folder 14

Laguna Home Companion 2003

Box 17, Folder 31

Maps undated

Box 10, Folder 4-7

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (circa 1890s-1908) undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Printouts undated

Box 10, Folder 9

Phillips, Charles: digital prints undated

Box 10, Folder 10

Pictures-Polish Editions: book illustrations undated

Language of Material: Polish
Language of Material: Includes Polish text.
Box 10, Folder 11

Pleasants: photocopies, photographs and reproductions (photographic) (1887-1890) 1999 and undated



Box 10, Folder 12

Illustrations, postcards, and printouts undated

Box 10, Folder 14

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) undated

Box 10, Folder 13

Pamphlets and photocopies of ephemera from Poland circa 1966-2001

Box 10, Folder 15

Negatives undated



Box 10, Folder 16

Cabinet cards 1878

Box 10, Folder 17

Cards and transparencies 1907 and undated

Box 17, Folder 4

Digital prints undated

Box 10, Folder 18

Illustrations and reproductions (illustrations) circa 1881-1883 and undated

Box 10, Folder 19

Photocopies and printouts undated

Box 10, Folder 20-23

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) (circa 1890-1905) undated

Box 10, Folder 24

Polish pictures undated



Box 10, Folder 25

Arden and Modjeska

Box 10, Folder 26

Correspondence 1905-1992

Box 11, Folder 1

Krakow Poland undated

Box 11, Folder 2

Modjeska House invitations and miscellaneous printouts (1902) 1994 and undated

Languages of Materials: This folder includes English and Polish materials.
Box 11, Folder 3

Photographs of postcards undated

Box 11, Folder 4

Polish postage undated

Box 11, Folder 5

Southern California and Nevada undated

Box 11, Folder 6

Shelley, Lorraine: correspondence to Elen K. Lee and printouts 1998

Box 11, Folder 7

Ships and Trains: photocopies, printouts, and reproductions (photographic) undated


Theatre Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Pachman De Vladimir, Daniel Frohman, James Louis, Ignace Paderewski, Ada Rehan, May Shaw, V.H. Vanderfelt, and the Metropolitan Opera House.
Box 11, Folder 8

Book illustrations and opera house program 1905 and undated

Box 11, Folder 9

Photocopies and digital prints undated

Box 11, Folder 10

Photographs and reproductions (photographic) undated

Box 11, Folder 11

Postcards 1970 and 1993


Zakopane undated

Box 11, Folder 13

Illustrations, photographs, and printouts undated

Box 17, Folder 26

Oversized clippings undated

Box 11, Folder 12

Wilson, Ninette: photograph, correspondence and digital print 1951

Box 11, Folder 14-18

Negatives and slides (photographic) Subseries 2.2 undated

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries includes approximately 190 images. The negatives appear to be reproductions of images from other collections purchased by Lee during her research. Most images are Modjeska related and are duplicates of images included in the Topical image file (Subseries 2.1).

Subseries Arrangement

Negatives are filed before slides.
Box DM-002, Item CD001-U, Box 11, Folder 19-40

Selected images of life at Arden Subseries 2.3 circa 1880s-1890s and 1970-2003 (Bulk, 1970-2003)

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

This subseries includes approximately 170 images that were separated by Lee from her larger collection of Topical image files and housed in an accordion desk file. Most images relate to Modjeska's family and life at Arden. These images may have been separated with the intent for inclusion in the biography that Lee was writing about Modjeska, or during the course of Lee's work for the Helena Modjeska Foundation. In addition to numerous photographs, reproductions, and other forms of materials, this subseries includes 2 cabinet cards and a compact disc titled Modjeska Restorations with 13 images.

Subseries Arrangement

Original order has been maintained at file level.

Processing Note

This subseries originally consisted of an accordion file that was included behind the last hanging file. Materials have been re-housed in acid-free folders.

Working files Series 3. 1959-2001

Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

Lee kept separate working files to organize and aid her research. The files include chronologies, file indexes, correspondence, and other materials related to Lee's research on Helena Modjeska. Some topical files related to Modjeska are icluded in this series and overlap content in Series 1.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged in alphabetical order.

Processing Note

Many files in this series were not labeled clearly and titles were supplied during processing to clarify file contents. If folder labels were available, those titles were preserved with minimal revisions to clarify contents.
Box 11, Folder 41

Arden undated

Box 16, Folder 8

Beohme, Yvonne: family trees and other materials (circa 1992-2003) circa 1992-2003


Brook Farm 2001 and undated

Box 11, Folder 42

"A Polish Brook Farm" typescript undated

Box 11, Folder 43

Webpage printout 2001

Box 17, Folder 1

Clippings (1976) (photocopies) undated


California's Gold: Modjeska 2001

Box AV-012, Cassette V001-V

Viewing copy 2001

Physical Description: 1 videocassette (VHS)
Box 11, Folder 44

Century Collection: Modjeska correspondence (1886-1896) (photocopies) undated

Box 11, Folder 45

Chlapowski, Karol: correspondence to Clementine Langenberger (1892) (photocopy) undated

Box 11, Folder 46

Collins, Mabel: The Story of Helena Modjeska (1883) typescript undated

Box 11, Folder 47

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee about Modjeska 1969-1994

Box 12, Folder 1

Correspondence to Ellen K. Lee from Poland 1970-1989


Cosulich, Bernice 1991-1994

Box 12, Folder 2-5

Correspondence about translated Modjeska letters 1991

Box 12, Folder 6

Modjeska letters translations (1875-1909) (photocopies) 1991-1994

Box 12, Folder 7

Research notes 1991-1994

Box 12, Folder 8

Interview transcripts (1929) (photocopies) 1991-1994

Box 12, Folder 9

New York Herald Tribune article and correspondence (1929) (photocopies) 1991-1994

Box 12, Folder 10

Deresiewicz: Research notes and related correspondence circa 1976

Box 12, Folder 11

Diocese of Orange Bulletin: clippings about the American Protective Society 1991 June


Donhue, Lester and Bay Island undated

Box 12, Folder 12

Research notes undated

Box 12, Folder 13

Clippings (1936) (photocopies) undated

Box 12, Folder 14

File Index 1992

Box 12, Folder 15

Genealogical articles (1841-1977) (photocopies) undated

Box 12, Folder 16

Gilder, Richard Watson: Century Magazine article (1910 February) (photocopy) undated

Box 12, Folder 17

Harper, Donna: book chapter about Modjeska 1995

Box 12, Folder 18

Holmes, Debra P.: correspondence and essay 2003

Box 12, Folder 19

Kerl, Simon: correspondence and clippings (photocopies) undated

Box 12, Folder 20

Land purchase chronology for Orange County 1989

Box 12, Folder 21

Lee, Ellen: Photograph, clippings and Curriculum Vitae 1992 and undated

Box 12, Folder 22

Lee, Roth: correspondence and research notes about Arden 1988

Box 12, Folder 23

Library letters: correspondence to Ellen Lee and book excerpt (photocopy) 1976-1977

Box 12, Folder 24

Library of Congress: Modjeska correspondence (1891) (photocopies) undated

Box 12, Folder 25

Miscellaneous correspondence to Ellen K. Lee 1967 and 2003

Box 12, Folder 26

Modjeska Anaheim Gazette and performance chronologies undated

Box 16, Folder 9

Modjeska and Orange County bibliographies undated

Box 12, Folder 27

Modjeska Dam: correspondence and notes 1991

Box 12, Folder 28

Modjeska's Death and Funeral: clippings (1909 April) (photocopies) undated

Box 12, Folder 29

Modjeska Fairytale Exhibit: exhibition handouts and book (photocopy) 1996


Modjeska, Helena undated

Box 12, Folder 30

Articles (photocopies) undated

Box 13, Folder 1

Manuscripts undated

Box 13, Folder 2

Modjeska letter lists and chronology 2002 and undated

Box 13, Folder 3-5

Modjeska letter summaries undated

Box 13, Folder 6

Modjeska photograph lists circa 1990s

Box 13, Folder 7

Modjeska Photographs and Portraits: correspondence with archives, libraries, and museums 1967-1996

Box 13, Folder 8

Mortimer, Favell Lee: printout from Literature Resource Center 2005 April 18

Box 13, Folder 9

Murray, Evelyn Neale: correspondence (1893-1894) (photocopies) undated


Notes on Sources

Box 13, Folder 10

Articles and book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 13, Folder 11

Book clippings 1890 and 1967

Box 13, Folder 12

Correspondence 1967 and undated

Box 13, Folder 13


Box 13, Folder 14

Clippings (1895-1908) (photocopies) 1992

Box 13, Folder 15-17

Research notes undated

Box 13, Folder 18

Transcribed articles and speeches 1959 and undated


Orange County

Box 13, Folder 19

Book excerpts (1970) (photocopies) undated

Box 13, Folder 20

Clippings 1988

Box 17, Folder 10

Oversized clippings about Modjeska and map of land parcels (1887-1905) (photocopies) undated


Strong, Amy

Box 13, Folder 21

Clippings (photocopies) and research notes undated

Box 14, Folder 1

Correspondence to Modjeska (1890-1903) (photocopies) undated

Box 14, Folder 2

Sheet Music: Pioska Oblakanej Ofelii undated

Language of Material: Polish


Box 14, Folder 3

Correspondence from the University of Texas Humanities Research Center 1975-1994

Box 14, Folder 4

Research notes undated

Box 16, Folder 10

Modjeska and Bozenta correspondence (1890-1899) (photocopies) 1890-1899, undated

Box 16, Folder 11

Photographs of Modjeska (photocopies) undated

Box 14, Folder 5

Theodore Payne Foundation: correspondence 1997

Box 16, Folder 12

Warsaw: correspondence to Ellen Lee from Maria 1974-1996

Box 16, Folder 13

Wilde, Oscar: book excerpts (photocopies) undated

Box 16, Folder 14

Writings by Pleasants, J.E. (1930) (photocopies) undated


Writings Series 4. 1969-2003

Physical Description: 0.6 Linear feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series comprises published and unpublished writings of Ellen Lee and includes handwritten and typescript drafts with edits, book chapters, forewords, and photocopies of published articles from academic journals, newspapers, and newsletters. Additionally, other materials authored by Lee for Helena Modjeska Foundation including docent scripts, a summary Modjeska's Fairy Tale book prepared for an exhibit at the Modjeska House, and preparation materials for the California Gold video on Modjeska are present. While the majority of the materials focus on Modjeska, there are examples monographs written by Lee on other topics including The Irish Alcalde about Judge Richard Egan.

Series Arrangement

This series is in alphabetical order.

Processing Note

Writings were separated from Series 3 working files.
Box 14, Folder 6

Actress put O.C. in the Spotlight 2000

Box 14, Folder 7

Adam Chimelowski - A Short Summary after 1986

Box 14, Folder 8

Arden Update newsletter draft 2003

Box 14, Folder 9

The Catholic Modjeska and Polish 1973-1974

Box 14, Folder 10

Introduction to Life on the Modjeska Ranch in the Gay Ninties 2003

Box 14, Folder 11

The Irish Alcalde 1973

Box 14, Folder 12

J. Ross Browne Visits Wieliczka circa 1960s

Box 14, Folder 13

Helena Modjeska 1970

Box 14, Folder 14

Helena Modjeska, 1840-1909: Polish Actress-Southern California Pioneer 1990

Box 14, Folder 15

Helena Modjeska, A Polish Catholic Woman 1973

Box 14, Folder 16

Helena Modjeska and Her Forest of Arden 1995

Box 14, Folder 17

Helena Modjeska and the Francisco Torres Affair, Summer 1892 1969

Box 14, Folder 18

Helena Modjeska: The California Years 1978

Box 14, Folder 19

Summary of the Modjeska Fairy Tale Book for Modjeska House exhibit 1997

Box 14, Folder 20

Historic Park Cultural Resources Evaluation, Modjeska chronology, and bibliographical note 1991

Box 14, Folder 21

A Modjeska Letter: Summer 1984 undated

Box 14, Folder 22

The Modjeska Medal 1990

Box 14, Folder 23

Modjeska Myths - 'Life and Loves' after 1994

Box 14, Folder 24

Modjeska Power Point Presentation script after 1994

Box 16, Folder 15

The Modjeska Story, as Narrated and Illustrated in the Visitor Video after 1991

Box 14, Folder 25

Modjeska, Rices Brought Culture to Tustin undated

Box 14, Folder 26

The Modjeska-Walker House: 1888-1988 1989

Box 14, Folder 27

Paderewski and Modjeska: Polish Californian undated

Box 14, Folder 29

Script for Modjeska House docents after 1991

Box 14, Folder 28

The Sandspit Pioneers 1981

Box 14, Folder 30

Tustin's Wildest Party undated

Box 16, Folder 16

Letters Series 5. 1971-1979 and undated

Physical Description: 7 items.

Series Scope and Content Summary

Seven letters written by Ellen K. Lee to her friend Anna Marie in the 1970s.

Series Arrangement

Letters are arranged chronologically with unknown years filed at the beginning.