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Jane C. Grant papers, 1911-1972

Overview of the Collection

Title
Jane C. Grant papers
Dates
1911-1972 (inclusive)
Quantity
15.0 linear feet, (48 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 041
Summary
Collection comprises the papers of Jane Grant, an American journalist and co-founder of the New Yorker magazine. The papers consist of personal correspondence, Lucy Stone League materials, manuscripts, war journalism and personal materials. Major correspondents include Harold Ross, William B. Harris, Raoul Fleischmann, Pearl Buck, and Florence Kitchelt. The Lucy Stone League materials includes women's rights material on the topics of the Equal Rights Ammendment, National Women's Party and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Jane C. (Jeanette Cole) Grant was born on May 29, 1892 in Joplin, Missouri and grew up in Girard, Kansas. She supplemented her education with voice lessons and went to New York to develop her talent for singing as soon as she graduated from high school.

In 1912, with the help of her landlady, who was a secretary to Carr Van Anda, managing editor of the New York Times, she got a job at the newspaper working in the society department. While working at the Times, she became friends with many of the reporters, including Alexander Woollcott, the drama critic. She eventually worked her way into the city room, where she became the first general assignment woman reporter at the Times.

During World War I, Miss Grant went to France with the Entertainment Department of the Y.M.C.A. In France, through her friendship with Woollcott, she met Harold Ross, then the editor of Stars and Stripes. They were married in 1920. After the war, she returned to her job at the Times.

In 1925, she and Ross with the financial backing of Raoul Fleischmann, founded The New Yorker magazine. Ross became the driving force of the magazine from his position as editor, and was chiefly responsible for making it the success it became. Miss Grant was a consultant to the magazine and during World War II was responsible for producing an overseas edition for the armed forces.

In 1921, Miss Grant, along with Ruth Hale, founded the Lucy Stone League which was dedicated to helping women keep their maiden names after marriage. The organization eventually broadened in scope to include other women's rights causes such as the Equal Rights Amendment. Miss Grant's association and devotion to the women's liberation movement and the Lucy Stone League remained strong the rest of her life.

Miss Grant, having been divorced from Harold Ross in 1929, married William B. Harris, an editor with Fortune magazine in 1939. Together they later established White Flower Farm, a plant nursery that gained a nationwide reputation. Miss Grant died on March 8, 1972 at the age of 79.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Jane C. Grant Papers consist of the series: personal correspondence, Lucy Stone League material, manuscripts, war journalism, and personal. matter.

The personal correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Major correspondents include Harold Ross, William B. Harris, Alexander Woollcott, Raoul Fleischmann, Janet Flanner, Hawley Truax, Enrico Caruso, James Thurber, Stanton Griffis, William Lindsay White and E. B. White. A selected name index is included at the end of this inventory.

The Lucy Stone League series includes other women's rights material as well, and consists of correspondence and subject files. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. That relating directly to the subject areas has been left with those files. Major correspondents include Pearl Buck, Frances Perkins, Sophie Drinker, Alma Lutz, Emma Guffey Miller, Doris Stevens, Anna M. Kross, Ashley Montagu, Betty Lou Raskin, Florence Kitchfelt, Eleanor Nichols, Clare Boothe Luce, and Margaret Harriman Case. The subject files contain information on topics such as the ERA, the National Women's Party, the ACLU and also include the internal matters, records, and functions of the Lucy Stone League. These files are arranged alphabetically.

The manuscripts, all typed, are listed in alphabetical order. Of special interest is Miss Grant's account of her early years with Harold Ross entitled Ross, The New Yorker, and Me (New York: Reynal and Company, Inc., 1968). Included with the manuscript is correspondence regarding its publication and some business records of The New Yorker. Also of note is the manuscript, I Saw What I Could, that Miss Grant wrote as an account of her travels in the Soviet Union. Although unpublished, William Harris had it bound for her and it appears in the collection both with the manuscripts and free-standing volumes.

The war journalism section concerns work Miss Grant did for several magazines during World War II. These include American Mercury, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (overseas edition) and The New Yorker (overseas edition). A folder on the Writer's War Board is also included.

The personal material includes genealogical data, memorabilia, and legal documents such as mortgages, deeds, a marriage certificate, a divorce decree, and various contracts. Finally in the collection is printed material including newsclippings of articles and letters written by Miss Grant, a run of the armed forces overseas edition of The New Yorker, and one box of collected printed material relating to women's rights.

One box and one package contain oversize material, including scrapbooks, phonograph records, and artwork.

Photographs include photos from Miss Grant's childhood years in Missouri and Kansas (1892-1910), the World War I period (1918-1920), the time of her marriage to Harold Ross (1920-1929), and her later years when married to William Harris (1939-1972). The collection also contains photo albums of trips to Europe in 1949, and to Egypt, plus a photo album showing the building in 1939 of Miss Grant's and Mr. Harris's home in Litchfield, Connecticut, later called White Flower Farm. Photographs of specific people in addition to Miss Grant include Harold Ross, William Harris, Alexander Woollcott, Enrico Caruso, Carr Van Anda, Neysa McMein, and Marc Connelly.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Guide to the Jane C. Grant papers, Coll 041, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

InventoryReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Folder 1

Sereies I:  Personal correspondence, 1911-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
1911-1918
1 3
1919-1927
1 4
1928-1929
1 5
1931-1934
1 6
1935
1 7
1936 May-June
1 8
1936 July
1 9
1936 August-October
1 10
1937
1 11
1938-1940
1 12
1941-1942
1 13
1943
1 14
1944
1 15
1945 January-June
1 16
1945 July-December
2 1
1946
2 2
1947
2 3
1948
2 4
1949
2 5
1950
2 6
1951
2 7
1952
2 8
1953
2 9
1954
2 10
1955
2 11
1956-1959
2 12
1956-1959
2 13
1964-1966
2 14
1967-1972
2 15
Undated
2 16
Undated

Sereies II:  Lucy Stone League, 1942-1971Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries A: Correspondence
Box Folder
3 1
1947-1950
3 2
1951 January-August
3 3
1951 September-December
3 4
1952
3 5
1953
3 6
1954
3 7
1955
3 8
1956 January-June
3 9
1956 August-December
4 1
1957
4 2
1958
4 3
1959
4 4
1960
4 5
1961
4 6
1962
4 7
1963
4 8
1964
4 9
1965
4 10
1966 January-June
4 11
1966 July-December
4 12
1967-1969
4 13
1970-1971
Subseries B: Subject Files
Box Folder
5 1
Bills
5 2
Bulletins
1954-1963
5 3
Bulletins
1964-1970
5 4
Constitution
5 5
Contributions
Subseries C: Equal Rights Amendment
Box Folder
5 6
Correspondence
1943-1959
5 7
Correspondence
1960-1971
6 1
American Civil Liberties Union
6 2
Printed material
6 3
Research, notes, printed material, newsclips
7 1
Equal work-Equal pay
7 2
Hall of Fame nominations
7 3
Harvard Business School
Subseries D: Harvard Radcliffe Fund for the Study of Woman
Box Folder
7 4
Correspondence
1960-1964
7 5
Correspondence
1965-1968
7 6
Correspondence
1969-1971
8 1
Speeches by Mary I Bunting (President of Radcliffe)
8 2
Brochures, printed material, etc.
Box Folder
8 3
Historical material
8 4
House of Detention for Women (Abigail Hopper Gibbons Library)
8 5
Industrial organizations
9 1
Luncheon series
9 2
Mailing lists
10 1
Marriage contract
10 2
Meetings (annual): Secretary's Report
10 3
Membership lists
10 4
Minute book, original
1921
10 5
Names (right of women to retain own name)
11 1
National Women's Party: correspondence
1942-1948
11 2
National Women's Party: Printed material
11 3
Newsclips
11 4
President's Commission on the Status of Women
1961-1963
11 5
Press releases
12 1
Publications (pamphlets)
12 2
Radio, television
12 3
Research material on women's rights
12 4
Research material on women's rights
12 5
Roosevelt (Eleanor) Memorial Foundation
13 1
Scholarship committee
13 2
Semantics and sexism
13 3
Speeches
13 4
Tax papers
14 1
Treasurer's Reports
14 2
United Nations
14 3
Wildenstein Exhibit
14 4
World Center for Women's Archives, Inc.
14 5
Zenger, Anna M. Memorial Library

Series III:  ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
15 1
The Business of Being Different, 24 pp.
Subseries A: Case History (written with William Harris, pseud. Harrison Grant)
Box Folder
15 2
Early draft, carbon with holograph revisions, 20 pp.
15 2
Early draft, carbon with holograph revisions, 43 pp.
15 2
Final draft, 39 pp.
Subseries B: A Comedy in Three Acts (written with William Harris, pseud, Harrison Grant)
Box Folder
15 3
Very early version, 80 pp.
15 4
Early draft, scene 1, 30 pp.
15 5
Early draft, scene 2, 30 pp.
15 6
Early draft, scene 3, 48 pp.
15 7
Early draft, complete, 76 pp.
15 8
Final draft, scenes 2 and 3, 51 pp.
15 9
Final draft, complete, 79 pp.
15 10
Character outline and comments, 7 pp.
15 11
Miscellaneous pages from various drafts and versions, 100 pp.
Box Folder
16 1
Cratylus of Plato, A study of Cratylus relating to women, 100 pp.
16 2
Dennis Connor; Chapter I, 2 drafts: 73 pp.; 74 pp.
16 3
Dennis Connor; Complete draft, 216 pp.
16 4
Direct-By-Mail, Early draft, 12 pp.
16 5
For and Against Basic, Draft by Jane Grant, 8 pp.; Copied article by Ivy Low from Moscow Daily News, August 17, 1933
August 17, 1933
16 6
Guardian Angels (written with Katherine Sproehnle), Complete draft, 22 pp.
Subseries C: Heart of Gold (see also Slight Involvement)
Box Folder
17 1
Early draft titled You Monster, 48 pp.
17 2
Early draft, 1948, 75 pp.
17 3
Final draft, 64 pp.
Box Folder
17 4
Home Town Songs, Script for proposed radio program, 3 pp.
17 5
Hotel Beat (written with Katherine Sproehnle), Final draft, 24 pp.
17 6
I Saw What I Could (see also Vol. #3), Carbon, 219 pp.
17 7
I Saw What I Could (see also Vol. #3),Original, 219 pp.
18 1
In the Shadow, Complete draft, 28 pp
18 2
Intelligent, too..., Early draft, 7 pp., Later draft, 8 pp.
18 3
Jannina, Draft, 43 pp.
18 4
Lead Kindly Light (written with Katherine Sproehnle), Draft, 26 pp.
Subseries D: Likely to Succeed (written with Katherine Sproehnle)
Box Folder
18 5
Version A, Number 0, 44 pp.
18 6
Version A, Number 1, 48 pp.
18 7
Version A, Number 6, 48 pp.
18 8
Draft, 47 pp., Plot outline, with critical analysis by Paul Streger, 3 pp.
Subseries E: Neysa McMein Biography
Box Folder
18 9
Holograph pages, 3 pp.
18 9
Typed and holograph draft, 11 pp.
18 9
Final draft, 4 pp.
18 9
Biographical data, 13 pp.
18 10
Research on Superstition, project for a book on popular superstitions, 400 pp.
18 11
Research on Superstition, project for a book on popular superstitions, 400 pp.
Box Folder
19 1
Mrs. God, Early draft, 5 pp.
19 2
Palm Beach Story, Screenplay by Preston Sturges, 156 pp.
19 3
Peachtree Drive, Synopsis of proposed play, 27 pp.
Subseries F: The Power of a Scent
Box Folder
19 4
Early draft, original title Scents and Dollars, 20 pp.
19 4
Draft, 20 pp.
19 4
Draft, 13 pp.
19 4
Final draft, 13 pp.
Subseries G: Mary Wilson Preston Biography
Box Folder
19 5
Holograph notes, 5 pp.
19 5
Typed pages, 10 pp.
19 5
Draft with revisions, 3 pp.
19 5
Draft with revisions, 4 pp.
19 5
Draft with revisions, 4 pp.
19 5
Final draft, 2 versions, 4 pp.
19 5
Biographical data, 9 pp.
19 5
Pamphlet with several reprints of oils by James Preston
Box Folder
19 6
Purveyors to the Bride, Draft, 21 pp.
Subseries H: Ross, The New Yorker, and Me
Box Folder
20 1
Chapters 1-5, 122 pp.
20 2
Chapters 6-10, 143 pp.
20 3
Chapters 11-15, 128 pp.
20 4
Version #1, mixed chapters and pages
21 1
Version #1, mixed chapters and pages
21 2
Version #1, mixed chapters and pages
21 3
Version #1, mixed chapters and pages
21 4
Version #1, mixed chapters and pages
22 1
Version #2, mixed chapters and pages
22 2
Version #2, mixed chapters and pages
22 3
Version #2, mixed chapters and pages
22 4
Version #2, mixed chapters and pages
23 1
Version #3, mixed chapters and pages
23 2
Version #3, mixed chapters and pages
23 3
Version #3, Chapters 1-7
23 4
Version #3, Chapters 8-15
24 1
Printer's copy, Copyright page, Dedication, Introduction by Janet Flanner
24 1
Chapters 1-5
24 2
Chapters 6-8
24 3
Printer's copy, Chapters 9-12
24 4
Chapters 13-15, Index, Style sheet
25 1
Incomplete draft
25 2
Incomplete draft
25 3
Photocopy #1, with corrections Chapters 1-4
25 4
Photocopy #1, with corrections Chapters 5-11
26 1
Photocopy #1, with corrections Chapters 12-15
26 2
Photocopy #2, with corrections Chapters 1-3, Outline of Chapters 1-15
26 3
Photocopy #2, with corrections Chapters 4-7
26 4
Photocopy #2, with corrections Chapters 8-9
26 5
Photocopy #2, with corrections Chapters 10-15, Epilogue
27 1
Photocopy #3, with corrections Chapters 1-5
27 2
Photocopy #3, with corrections Chapters 6-8
27 3
Photocopy #3, with corrections Chapters 9-11
27 4
Photocopy #3, with corrections Chapters 12-15
28 1
Early, incomplete draft pp. 1-158
28 2
Early, incomplete draft pp. 159-363
28 3
Miscellaneous pages and notes
29 1
Correspondence
1957-1965
29 2
Correspondence
1966-1967
29 3
Correspondence
1968-1971
29 4
Book lists
30 1
Newspaper and magazine reviews
30 2
New Yorker business papers
30 3
New Yorker Annual Reports, brochures, etc.
30 4
New Yorker newsclips concerning Harold Ross, James Thurber, E. B. White, Dorothy Parker, William Shawn, Janet Flanner, and Raoul Fleischmann, among others.
Box Folder
31 1
Side Lights on the News Miscellaneous pages of a script for a proposed radio show, 14 pp.
31 2
Slights Involvement, written with W. B. Harris (see also Heart of Gold) Draft, Act I, 34 pp.
31 3
So, You're Going Weekending Final draft, 9 pp. Early draft, 8 pp. Early draft, 8 pp. Notes and outlines, 12 pp.
Subseries I: Studio Story, written with Neysa McMein (see also Wish on a Star)
Box Folder
31 4
Complete manuscript (Dec. 22, 1949), copyright 1950 by Jane Grant for Jane Grant and the estate of Neysa McMein, 134 pp.
31 5
Carbon copy #1, 134 pp.
31 6
Carbon copy #2, 134 pp.
32 1
Act 1, early draft, 65 pp.
32 2
Act 1, 43 pp.
32 3
Act 2, 63 pp.
32 4
Act 2, 36 pp.
32 5
Act 3, 60 pp.
32 6
Early carbon with the three acts loosely paginated
33 1
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
33 2
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
33 3
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
33 4
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
34 1
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
34 2
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
34 3
Various pages, acts, notes, etc.
Box Folder
34 4
A Study in Matriarchy, Reprinted article, "The Secret History of Jeanne d'Arc, Princess d'Orleans," 25 pp.
34 5
Thanatopsis (anonymous author, possibly Alexander Woollcott, Manuscript of a skit; a spoof of a poker game, presumably the Thanatopsis and Inside Straight Poker Club. Harold Ross' copy, 7 pp.
Subseries J: Wish on a Star, early version entitled You're So Big and Strong
Box Folder
34 6
Wish on a Star (see also Studio Story), Retitled manuscript of Studio Story by Jane Grant and Neysa McMein, as it was submitted to MCA Artists Ltd., copyright, 1950, 134 pp.
1950
34 7
Wish on a Star, Incomplete draft, 128 pp.
35 1
Early draft, 139 pp.
35 2
Final draft, 143 pp.
35 3
Character outline, 4 pp.
35 3
Scene and diagram, 4 pp.
Box Folder
35 4
You Monster..., Early draft, Act 1, 30 pp
35 5
You Never Know, Final draft, 22 pp.
35 6
Your Mother's Voice, Script for proposed radio program, misc. pages, 12 pp
35 7
Play by Harrison Grant, pseud.
35 8
Short story, early and final drafts, 4 pp. each
35 9
Miscellaneous notes and pages

Sereies IV:  War JournalismReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
36 1
American Mercury, Notes, ideas for American humor magazine Correspondence, 1943, 1950 Article, "Confessions of a Feminist," plus copy of issue, December 1943 with article
1943-1950
36 2
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (overseas edition) correspondence
1944-1951
Subseries A: The New Yorker (overseas edition)
Box Folder
36 3
Correspondence
1943-1944
36 4
Correspondence
1945-1946
36 5
Bills, lists, etc.
37 1
Dummies
37 2
Mock-up
37 3
Paste-up
37 4
Proofs
Box Folder
37 5
Writers War Board correspondence
1944-1949
37 5
Writers War Board, Meetings, reports, etc.

Series V:  Personal materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
38 1
Genealogical material
38 2
Memorabilia of Y.M.C.A. American Expeditionary Force, 1918-1919, includes dance cards, movement orders, discharge papers, and entertainment programs
1918-1919
39 1
Memorabilia, general, such as passports and visas, souvenirs, address books, playbills, concert programs, and records
39 2
Memorabilia, general, such as passports and visas, souvenirs, address books, playbills, concert programs, and records
39 3
Memorabilia, general, such as passports and visas, souvenirs, address books, playbills, concert programs, and records
40 1
Legal documents, Mortgages, deeds
40 2
Marriage certificate, divorce papers, contracts

Series VI:  Printed materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
40 3
The Gentle Reader (dummy)
40 4
The Drama of Clothes (tearsheets)
40 5
Newsclips (articles and letters written by Miss Grant)
41
Overseas editions for the Armed Forces of The New Yorker
1943-1946
42
Collected printed material concerning women's rights

Series VII:  Oversize materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
43
Scrapbook containing clippings regarding Ross, The New Yorker and Me
43
Page proofs of Ross, The New Yorker and Me
43
2 reel to reel tapes concerning Ross, The New Yorker and Me
43
Phonograph records, including a biography of Alexander Woollcott
43
Artwork
Sketches of Jane Grant and Alexander Woollcott by Leroy Baldridge; sketch of Jane Grant by Ruth Hammond; and drawings titled "The Ten Commendments" by Nils Hogner.
43
Material relating to an Elizabeth Blackwell Memorial Coin-Medal
Pkg.1
Scrapbook of newsclippings regarding the Lucy Stone League

Series VIII:  Photographs (PH141), 1892-1972Return to Top

3.0 linear feet
Grant, Jane, 1892-1972
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
PH141_1: [Small prints arranged by subject, including Grant, Ross, Harris, Grant family, and Jane's travels.]
1.0 mixed
5 x 7 inches
Multiple photographers
not yet assigned
2
PH141_2: [Large prints arranged by subject, including Grant, Ross, Harris, White Flower Farm, Grant family, and Jane's travels.]
1.0 mixed
8 x 10 inches
Multiple photographers
not yet assigned
3
PH141_3: [Oversized prints, primarily portraits of Grant, Ross, and Harris. Notable photographers.]
1.0 mixed
12 x 15 inches
Multiple photographers
not yet assigned
4
PH141_4: Europe, 1949. [Album of prints Harris-Grant visit to Venice, Rome, other European venues including mountains.]
1 album (photographic prints)
5 x 7 inches
1949
5
PH141_5: [White Flower Farm album, showing construction & renovation of house and land, and Harris-Grant lifestyle. Partially damaged.]
1.0 mixed
5 x 7 inches
Multiple photographers
1938-1950s c