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"A Figure of Speech, or a Figure of Thought?": TMs abstract (Xerox), undated
Collection Description & Creator Information
This collection consists primarily of correspondence by Coomaraswamy to Bloch from 1917 to 1942. These letters document both professional and personal issues, particularly their long-distance marriage. Also present is a small amount of correspondence by Bloch to Coomaraswamy, and miscellaneous correspondence between Coomaraswamy and Bloch and others, such as Charlotte Bloch ["Binney"] [Bloch's mother], Elizabeth Coomaraswamy [Coomaraswamy's mother], and S. Durai Raja Singam.
There are also manuscripts of Coomaraswamy's articles, lectures, and radio broadcasts-including two co-authored by Bloch-on topics of Indian art, religion, and philosophy. The variety of printed material comprises books by Coomaraswamy ( Domestic Handicraft and Culture: A Lecture Read before the Association of Teachers of Domestic Science, 28 May 1910 , The taking of Toll: Being the Dāna Līlā of Rājendra  [English translation], and Twenty-eight Drawings ) and by Bloch ( Dancing and the Drama East and West ), articles by Coomaraswamy and by Bloch, assorted material about Coomaraswamy and Bloch, and other miscellaneous material.
The drawings capture some images of Coomaraswamy and Bloch, but the main subject is anonymous female figures. The drawings by Coomaraswamy include three figures in pen-and-ink that also appear in Twenty-eight Drawings (1920), and three prints of drawings of Bloch. The drawings by Bloch consist of four unbound pencil drawings of she and Coomaraswamy, and two sketchbooks from their travels to Bali and Java. The photographs include portraits of Coomaraswamy and Bloch individually, together, and with others, as well as the couple's trips to Southeast Asia, Maine, and Wyoming, and a small selection of miscellanea. The series of un-mailed postcards were collected as mementos to document scenery, people, and dance from India and several Southeast Asian countries, as well as a few natural domestic landscapes.
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- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
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"A Figure of Speech, or a Figure of Thought?": TMs abstract (Xerox); Stella Bloch Papers Relating to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, C0822, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1