The Mary Desti Collection focuses on the dancer Isadora Duncan. Materials include incoming correspondence from or relating
to Duncan, photographs, ephemera, clippings, programs, artifacts and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Mary Desti was Duncan's
close friend and biographer.
Mary Desti (1871-1931) left Chicago for Paris in 1901 with her year-old son Preston Sturges. In Paris, she met and befriended
dancer and choreographer Isadora Duncan. Desti undertook various enterprises in Europe, including a cosmetic business. She
frequently accompanied Duncan in her travels, and occasionally Duncan lived with her. Duncan was staying with Desti in Nice
at the time of her sudden death in an automobile accident on September 14, 1927.
1.2 Linear Feet
(2 boxes, 1 flat box)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Collection is open for research. Researchers must use microfilm or photocopies of fragile restricted items in boxes 3 and