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Letters from Cecil Beaton to Ray Roberts, 1968-1988
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists selected papers of Beaton. Correspondence with author friend Hal Burton, including 81 letters, 18 cards (several of which are undated), and two telegrams, reveal Beaton's regard for his friend. Other letters cover such topics as Burton's criticism of works like Gainsborough and Quadrille and the collaboration of the two men. In additon, there are two letters by Beaton to Mark Boxer giving details of his recent work and of a trip to Japan. Also present are eight letters and two cards to Alastair Forbes, in whic Beaton expresses his appreciation of Forbes. There are three unsigned, autograph letters written in pencil by Greta Garbo, trying to arrange a meeting with "Beatie." One letter to Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, and one Christmas card designed by Beaton and addressed to Diana and Reed Vreeland are included.
Additional papers include editorial correspondence--referring generally to schedules, meetings, reviews, etc.--from Beaton to editors Ned Bradford and Ray Roberts, respectively regarding the publication of The Wandering Years: Diaries, 1922-1939 (Boston: Little, Brown, 1962) and The Best of Beaton (New York: Macmillan, 1968); together with a file documenting Beaton's disastrous dismissal from American Vogue in January 1938 due to the appearance of anti-Semitic propaganda in one of his drawings for the February issue (the magazine was immediately pulled, but only after 150,000 copies were mailed for distribution). Additionally, there is a handful of related material, including a note from Beaton to Ruth Ford, and a folder of printed matter.
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Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
- 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.
- Credit this material:
Letters from Cecil Beaton to Ray Roberts; Cecil Beaton Papers, C1194, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1