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Calder-Hayes Family Papers
BANC MSS 87/38 c  
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Calder-Hayes Family Papers
    Creator: Calder and Hayes families
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 87/38 c
    Physical Description: 2 linear feet (5 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1985
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Contains correspondence of Alexander Calder and of other members of the Calder and Hayes families, dating from the outset of the artist's career and providing many details of his art and family life. Includes a small group of original drawings, juvenile sketches, and prints by Alexander Calder. Also includes correspondence and subject files kept by Margaret Calder Hayes and relating to her political, environmental, and humanitarian activities, primarily in Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe, Calif.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Calder-Hayes Family Papers, BANC MSS 87/38 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Acquisition Information

    The Calder-Hayes Family Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Margaret Calder Hayes on November 17, 1986. Additions were made in December 1986, February 1987, and December 1987.
    Portions of the 1987 additions, consisting of Alexander Calder letters written to his parents, Alexander Stirling Calder and Nanette Lederer Calder, and his wife, Louisa James Calder, along with selected other family correspondence, drawings, and photographs have been forwarded to The Alexander Calder Catalogue Raisonné at The Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York, 12495.

    Scope and Content

    The Calder-Hayes Family Papers, 1907-1985, includes correspondence of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and other members of the Calder family, along with a few Alexander Calder drawings and ephemera. The bulk of the collection consists of files kept by Margaret Calder Hayes concerning political, environmental, and humanitarian issues.
    The collection contains over 125 original autograph letters, including some which are illustrated, signed by Alexander Calder, chiefly written to his sister, Margaret (Peggy), and her husband, Kenneth Hayes. These letters date from the outset of Calder's career and provide many intimate details of the artist's art and family life. They were probably gathered together for Margaret Calder Hayes' book, Three Alexander Calders: a Family Memoir, published in 1977. Also includes a few letters written to Peggy and her family by other immediate family members, including parents, Alexander Stirling Calder and Nanette Lederer Calder, and Alexander's wife, Louisa James Calder, among others. In addition, there are a few original Calder drawings and sketches.
    The Margaret Calder Hayes papers consist of correspondence and subject files relating to her political, environmental, and humanitarian activities, primarily in Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe, California. Includes extensive correspondence about local, state, and national issues with political figures, including California Governors Edmund F. Brown and Ronald Reagan, Senators Alan Cranston, John Tunney, Hubert H. Humphrey, Jacob Javits, and Eugene McCarthy, along with other individuals.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Calder and Hayes families