Guide to the Calder-Hayes Family Papers, 1907-1985 BANC MSS 87/38 c

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Arts and Humanities --Fine Arts --Drawing History --History, California --History, Bay Area Biological and Medical Sciences --Biological Sciences --Environment

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.

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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


Series 1. Alexander Calder Correspondence 1917-1976

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 1-15

Scope and Contents

Contains letters from Alexander Calder to his sister, Margaret (Peggy) Calder Hayes and her family. Letters begin at the start of his career as an artist and continue until shortly before his death.


Arranged by degree of relationship, and then chronologically.
box 1, Folder 1-9

Hayes, Margaret Calder, 1896- and Kenneth 1917-68

box 1, Folder 10-12

Hayes, Margaret Calder, 1896- 1969-76

box 1, Folder 13

Hayes, Bunny and J. G. 1971-73

box 1, Folder 14

Crowley, Malcolm and Muriel 1956-61

Physical Description: (Photocopies of letters)
box 1, Folder 15

Frank, Nana [1926?]

Physical Description: (Photocopy)

Series 2. Calder Family Correspondence 1928-1985.

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 16-23

Scope and Contents

Chiefly letters written to Margaret (Peggy) Calder Hayes and her family by other members of the Calder family.


Arranged by degree of relationship, and then chronologically.

Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945

box 1, Folder 16

to Margaret Calder Hayes 1928-31


Calder, Nanette (Lederer)

box 1, Folder 17

to Margaret Calder Hayes 1929-57


Calder, Louisa James

box 1, Folder 18

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1948-76

box 1, Folder 19

to Bunny Undated


Davidson, Jean


(Alexander Calder's son-in-law)
box 1, Folder 20

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1965


Davidson, Sandra Calder

box 1, Folder 21

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1985


Hayes, Margaret Calder

box 1, Folder 22

to Calder and Bun 1962

box 1, Folder 23

to J. G. and Bun


Series 3. Calder Drawings and Ephemera 1907-1941, Undated

Physical Description: Box 1, folders 24-29; Oversize folder 1

Scope and Contents

Contains original Calder drawings, sketches, and miscellaneous ephemera.
box 1, Folder 24

Drawing Undated

folder 25

Drawing Undated

folder 26

Pencil sketch Undated

folder 27

Watercolor and pencil sketch Undated

folder 28

Jingles for place cards [by Calder?] 1923

folder 29

The Dollville Journal 1907

oversize_folder 1B

Birthday Drawing June 27, 1930

Physical Description: (crayon and pen)

Series 4. Margaret Calder Hayes Papers 1937-1982.

Physical Description: Boxes 2-5

Scope and Contents

Divided into two sub-series: Correspondence and Subject Files. Contains extensive correspondence with public figures about political, environmental, and humanitarian issues, as well as information about organizations. Includes clippings, articles, agenda, notes, questionaires, and other related material.


Arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.

Subseries 4.1 Correspondence 1937-1972

box 2, Folder 1

Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905- 1961-66

box 2, Folder 2

California State Legislature 1937-69

box 2, Folder 3

Cohelan, Jeffrey 1965-70

box 2, Folder 4

Cranston, Alan MacGregor 1969-72

box 2, Folder 5

Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905- 1964-69

box 2, Folder 6

Guldbrandsen, Peter 1941

box 2, Folder 7

Holmdahl, John W. 1964-65

box 2, Folder 8

Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 1960-65

box 2, Folder 9

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 1964-67

box 2, Folder 10

Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 1963

box 2, Folder 11

Kuchel, Thomas H. 1958-67

box 2, Folder 12

Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913- 1969

box 2, Folder 13

Petris, Nicholas 1966-69

box 2, Folder 14

Sproul, Marion (Mrs. Allan Sproul) 1958

box 2, Folder 15

University of California 1950-69


United States. Congress

box 2, Folder 16

House of Representatives 1958-71

box 2, Folder 17

Senate, including 1958-69


Knowland, William F. (William Fife), 1908-1974


Engle, Claire, 1911-1964


Javits, Jacob K., (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986


Dirksen, Everett McKinley


McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-

box 2, Folder 18

Letters to the Editor ca. 1960s

box 2, Folder 19

Miscellaneous 1939-70


Subseries 4.2 Subject Files 1938-1982

box 2, Folder 20

America First Committee [ca. 1940s]

box 2, Folder 21

American Friends' Service Committee 1951-58

box 2, Folder 22-24

Berkeley, California 1960-71


Dog Responsibility Committee


Recreation Commission


Waterfront Development

box 2, Folder 25

California Roadside Council 1967-68

box 2, Folder 26

Committee on Militarism in Education 1938

box 3, Folder 1

League to Save Lake Tahoe 1968-71

box 3, Folder 2-3

National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy 1958-62

box 3, Folder 4-11

Pacifica Foundation 1946-82

box 4, Folder 1

Save the Redwoods League 1964-68

box 4, Folder 2

Save San Francisco Bay Association 1963-69

box 4, Folder 3

South Lake Tahoe, California 1968-73

box 4, Folder 4

Tahoe Meadows Association 1966-72

box 4, Folder 5

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency 1968-75

box 4, Folder 6-15

Tahoe correspondence and miscellany 1963-78

box 5, Folder 1-3

University of California, Berkeley ca. 1960-70

box 5, Folder 5

Women for Peace 1961-62

box 5, Folder 5-11

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 1936-62

box 5, Folder 12-14

Notes Undated