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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement
  • General
  • Bibliography

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Aldous Huxley oral history papers
    Creator: Dunaway, David King
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 56777-56907
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1990
    Abstract: This collection contains audio cassette interviews and transcripts of interviews conducted by David K. Dunaway with twenty-six people who knew or came into contact with English writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) and his family. A majority of the interviewees are people who knew Huxley while he lived in California and, for the most part, cover his life after 1937. Some of the interviews include Lady Juliette Huxley (the widow of Sir Julian Huxley), Christopher Isherwood, Mary Loos, Burgess Meredith, and Lawrence Clark Powell.
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.
    The following interviews were restricted until March 2004 (HM 56897-HM 56907): Ellen Hovde (2 interviews and 2 tapes); Laura Huxley (3 interviews and 2 tapes); Matthew Huxley (1 interview and 3 tapes); Rosalind Rajagopal (1 interview and 1 tape); Claire White (1 interview and 1 tape); Jake Zeitlin (2 interviews and 2 tapes); Note: the restricted interviews have not been subject indexed in this finding aid.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Transcripts may be copied for research purposes. Tapes may not be copied. Anyone wishing to quote from or publish any of the interviews must obtain written permission from the holder of the Literary Rights:
    David K. Dunaway, The University of New Mexico, Department of English Language and Literature, Humanities Building 217, Albuquerque, NM 87131
    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]. Aldous Huxley oral history papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from David K. Dunaway in three installments: April, 1989 (accession number 1456), March, 1990 (accession number 1529), and July, 1992 (accession number 1627).

    Biographical / Historical

    David K. Dunaway is American writer and historian. He received his Phd in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981 and has since held positions at the University of New Mexico and San Francisco State University. Dunaway's published works include Huxley in Hollywood (1989) and Aldous Huxley Recollected (1995).

    Biographical / Historical

    English writer Aldous Huxley 1894-1963 was born in Surrey, England, on July 26, 1894, to a family distinguished in science, education and literature. He began writing while at Oxford University. With his first wife, Maria, he departed for California in 1937 and for a time wrote motion picture screenplays. After the death of Maria, Huxley married Laura Archera and together they explored the worlds of Eastern religion and drugs. Huxley died on November 22, 1963. His novels include: Brave New World, The Gioconda Smile, The Doors of Perception, and Brave New World Revisited. He also published poetry and collections of essays. While in California he wrote the scenario for Pride and Prejudice with Jane Murfin (1940) and the treatment for Madame Curie (1943), both for M-G-M. In 1944 he wrote the scenario for 20th Century-Fox's Jane Eyre.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains audio cassette interviews and transcripts of interviews conducted by David K. Dunaway with twenty-six people who knew or came into contact with English writer Aldous Huxley and his family. The collection was created by Dunaway for his book Aldous Huxley Recollection (1995) and comprises a total of 31 interview transcripts and 36 audio tapes. A majority of the interviewees are people who knew Huxley while he lived in California and, for the most part, cover his life after 1937. There is some material on his early life but it amounts to a very small part of the overall collection.
    The following individuals are represented in the papers: Don Bachardy (b. 1934); Sidney Field (1905-1988); Juliette Huxley (b. 1896); Mark Trevenen Huxley; Christopher Isherwood (b. 1904); Mary Loos; Burgess Meredith (b. 1908); Lawrence Clark Powell (b. 1906). Topics discussed in the collection include: the Bates method of othopics, hallucinogenic drugs, LSD, marijuana, mescaline, and pacifism. Persons discussed in the collection include: W.H. Auden, Don Bachardy, Vanessa Bell, H. Abigail Bok, Charlie Chaplin, George Dewey Cukor, Sidney Field, Greta Garbo, George Gershwin, Rose de Haulleville, Gerald Heard, Edwin Powell Hubble, Julian Huxley, Juliette Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, D.H. Lawrence, Frieda von Richthofen Lawrence, Mary Loos, Burgess Merdith, Naomi Mitchison, Lawrence Clark Powell, Siegfried Sassoon, Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Igor Stravinsky, Virginia Woolf, and Jake Zeitlin.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in the following manner: 1. Transcripts, HM 56877-56896 (Box 1); 2. Audio cassettes, HM 56877-56896 (Boxes 2-3); 3. Transcripts, HM 56897-56907 (Box 4); 4. Audio cassettes, HM 56897-56907 (Box 5).

    General

    Acosta, Mercedes de, 1893-1968.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Arno, Peter.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Auden, W.H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973.
    1. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884).
    Bates Method of orthoptics.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885), (HM 56886), (HM 56887)
    2. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    3. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892)
    4. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Bedford, Sybille, 1911 -.
    1. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880)
    2. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    3. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    4. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    5. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    6. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Bok, Curtis, 1897-1962.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885).
    Bok, Derek Curtis.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881).
    Brett, Dorothy, 1883-1977.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    3. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892).
    Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977.
    1. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880)
    2. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    3. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    5. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Collier, Constance, 1878-1955.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Cukor, George Dewey, 1899 -.
    1. In Barchardy, Don, 1934 -(HM 56877)
    2. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880)
    3. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56887)
    5. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Cunard, Nancy, 1896-1965.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881).
    Disney, Walt, 1901 -1966.
    1. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880).
    Garbo, Greta, 1905 -.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56887)
    2. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Garrett, Eileen Jeanette Lyttle, 1893-1970.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    2. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883).
    Gershwin, George, 1898-1937.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Gertler, Mark, 1891-1939.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Goddard, Paulette.
    1. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    2. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    3. In Meredith, Burgess, 1908 -(HM 56890).
    Graves, Robert, 1895 -.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Hallucinogenic drugs.
    1. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    2. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56886).
    Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experiences.
    1. In Barchardy, Don, 1934 -(HM 56877)
    2. In Bok, H. Abigail (56878)
    3. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    4. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    5. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56886)
    6. In Mitchison, Naomi, 1897 -(HM 56891)
    7. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892)
    8. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894), (HM 56895)
    9. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Haulleville, Rose de.
    1. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892).
    Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971.
    1. In Barchardy, Don, 1934 -(HM 56877)
    2. In Bok, H. Abigail (HM 56878)
    3. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    4. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    5. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    6. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    7. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888)
    8. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    9. In Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906 -(HM 56893)
    10. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Hepburn, Audrey, 1929 -.
    1. In Barchardy, Don, 1934 -(HM 56877).
    Hovde, Ellen.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883).
    Hubble, Edwin Powell, 1889-1953.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    2. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    3. In Meredith, Burgess, 1908 -(HM 56890).
    Hubble, Grace Burke, d. 1980.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    2. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888)
    3. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896-(HM 56882)
    3. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    4. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    5. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    6. In Mitchison, Naomi, 1897 -(HM 56891)
    7. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Huxley, Laura Archera.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    4. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888)
    5. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892)
    6. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894), (HM 56895)
    7. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Huxley, Matthew.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    3. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    5. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894)
    6. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Huxley, Maria.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    3. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885), (HM 56887)
    5. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888); Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    6. In Meredith, Burgess, 1908 -(HM 56890)
    7. In Mitchison, Naomi, 1897 -(HM 56891)
    8. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892)
    9. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894), (HM 56895)
    10. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -.
    1. In Barchardy, Don, 1934 -(HM 56877)
    2. In Bok, H. Abigail (HM 56878)
    3. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    5. In Meredith, Burgess, 1908 -(HM 56890)
    6. In Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906 -(HM 56893)
    7. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Kiskadden, Peggy.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888).
    Krishnamurti, J., 1895 -.
    1. In Field, Sidney, 1905-1988 (HM 56879)
    2. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    4. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    5. In Wessburg, Sigfried (HM 56896).
    Lawrence, D.H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881).
    Lawrence, Frieda von Richthofen, 1879-1956.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    4. In Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906 -(HM 56893).
    Leary, Timothy Francis, 1920 -.
    1. In Field, Sidney, 1905-1988 (HM 56879).
    Litvak, Anatole, 1902-1974.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Loos, Anita, 1894-1981.
    1. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880)
    2. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885), (HM 56887)
    3. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    4. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894), (HM 56895).
    LSD (Drug).
    1. In Field, Sidney, 1905-1988 (HM 56879)
    2. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    3. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883)
    4. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56886), (HM 56887).
    Marijuana.
    1. In Huxley, Mark Trevenen (HM 56883).
    Mescaline.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56886), (HM 56887)
    2. In Mitchison, Naomi, 1897 -(HM 56891)
    3. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892)
    4. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Morrell, Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, Lady, 1873-1938.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    2. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    4. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889)
    5. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892).
    Ogden, C.K. (Charles Kay), 1889-1957.
    1. In Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906 -(HM 56893).
    Pacifism.
    1. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    2. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885), (HM 56887)
    3. In Mitchison, Naomi, 1897 -(HM 56891)
    4. In Wendel, Betty (HM 56894).
    Pascal, Gabriel, 1894-1954.
    1. In Halsey, Dorris (HM 56880).
    Rajagopal, Rosalind.
    1. In Field, Sidney, 1905-1988 (HM 56879)
    2. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885).
    Rhine, J.B. (Joseph Banks), 1895-1980.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Sale, Richard, 1911 -.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950.
    1. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    2. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885).
    Strachey, Lytton, 1880-1932.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Stravinsky, Igor, 1892-1971.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885), (HM 56887)
    2. In Le Put, Marie (HM 56888)
    3. In Meredith, Burgess, 1908 -(HM 56890).
    Thalberg, Irving G., 1899-1936.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Vidor, King, 1894-1982.
    1. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Viertel, Salka.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56887)
    2. In Loos, Mary (HM 56889).
    Wessberg, Sigfried.
    1. In Haulleville, Rose de (HM 56881).
    White, Claire.
    1. In Neveux, Jeanne (HM 56892).
    Wood, Christopher, 1911 -.
    1. In Bok, H. Abigail (HM 56878)
    2. In Isherwood, Christopher, 1904 -(HM 56884)
    3. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885).
    Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941.
    1. In Huxley, Juliette, 1896 -(HM 56882).
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902 -.
    1. In Kiskadden, Peggy (HM 56885)
    2. In Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906 -(HM 56893).

    Bibliography

    Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol 100. ed. Robert Beum (Detroit: Gale Research Inc.), pp. 127 -138.
    Twentieth Century Authors, A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Literature. Eds. Stanley J. Kuntiz and Howard Haycraft (New York: The H.W. Wilson Co.), pp. 698 -699.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bates method of orthoptics.
    Hallucinogenic drugs.
    Hallucinogenic drugs and religious experience.
    LSD (Drug)
    Marijuana.
    Mescaline.
    Pacifism.
    Audio cassettes -- 20th century
    Interviews -- 20th century
    Transcripts -- 20th century
    Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963.
    Auden, W. H. (Wystan Hugh), 1907-1973
    Bachardy, Don, 1934-
    Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961
    Bok, H. Abigail.
    Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977
    Cukor, George, 1899-1983
    Field, Sidney, 1905-1988
    Garbo, Greta, 1905-1990
    Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
    Haulleville, Rose de.
    Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971
    Hubble, Edwin, 1889-1953
    Huxley, Julian, 1887-1975
    Huxley, Juliette, 1896-1994
    Huxley, Mark Trevenen.
    Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986
    Lawrence, D. H. (David Herbert), 1885-1930
    Lawrence, Frieda, 1879-1956
    Loos, Mary.
    Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997
    Mitchison, Naomi, 1897-1999
    Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001
    Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967
    Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950
    Strachey, Lytton, 1880-1932
    Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
    Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987
    Bachardy, Don, 1934-
    Bok, H. Abigail.
    Field, Sidney, 1905-1988
    Haulleville, Rose de.
    Halsey, Dorris.
    Hovde, Ellen.
    Huxley, Juliette, 1896-1994
    Huxley, Laura Archera.
    Huxley, Mark Trevenen.
    Huxley, Matthew.
    Isherwood, Christopher, 1904-1986
    Loos, Mary.
    Meredith, Burgess, 1907-1997
    Mitchison, Naomi, 1897-1999
    Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001
    Rajagopal, Rosalind.
    White, Claire Nicolas, 1925-
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987