Guide to the Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst Papers From Dartington Hall,
1890-1976,1920-1958 (bulk)

Collection Number: 3782

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
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Date completed:
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EAD encoding:
Peter Martinez, March 2006

© 2006 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976, 1920-1958 (bulk)
Collection Number:
3782
Creator:
Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight. Elmhirst
Quantity:
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
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Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes photocopies of correspondence with Margaret Isherwood, Eloise Elmhirst Sharman, Ellen Van Volkenberg Browne and correspondence concerning Willard Straight Hall; lecture notes, notebooks, diaries and travel journals; an inventory for the records room at Dartington Hall and a diary describing World War I by an unknown author. Also, microfilmed correspondence between Leonard K. Elmhirst and Dorothy Whitney Straight; her diaries, clippings, social appointments, notes and addresses.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Philanthropist, educator, publisher, patron of the arts and social activist.
Dorothy Payne Whitney, daughter of William C. Whitney, a financier and Secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland, married Willard Dickerman Straight in 19ll. Straight died in 1918, and she married Leonard Knight Elmhirst in 1925. Dorothy and Elmhirst purchased Dartington Hall, Devon, England, reconstructed the 14th century manor and founded a school on the property. Dartington Hall became a center for the arts and a leading coeducational progressive school. The New School for Social Research in New York was begun with the backing of the Whitney Estate in 1919. Dorothy was involved with the New York State Food Commission, the Women's Liberty Loan Committee, the Social Unit Plan, the Junior League, the War Camp Service Committee, the Women's Emergency Committee of the European Relief Council, the New School for Social Research, the Tuberculosis Preventorium for Children, the Pueblos Defense Committee, and the Mayor's Committee of Women on National Defense. She supported individual students at Bordentown Military Academy and Hobart College, and helped to found THE NEW REPUBLIC.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes photocopies of correspondence with Margaret Isherwood, Eloise Elmhirst Sharman, Ellen Van Volkenberg Browne and correspondence concerning Willard Straight Hall (1920-1967); also lecture notes, notes about lectures taught at Dartington Hall, notebooks, diaries and travel journals; contains originals of letters by Ruth Morgan (1926-1933), Margaret and Helen Isherwood (1932-1968), Susan Sedgwick Hammond (1940-1968), Louise E. Croly (1926-1940) and letters by Dorothy and Leonard to Margaret and Helen Isherwood, Nancy Green, Ellen Van Volkenberg Browne, and Gilbert Harrison; also included are notes by E.A. Stettner, the transcriber of the Croly correspondence, an inventory for the records room at Dartington Hall and a diary (n.d.) describing World War I by an unknown author. Also, microfilmed correspondence between Leonard K. Elmhirst and Dorothy Whitney Straight (1920-1925) discussing travels, love and their subsequent marriage; correspondence (1932-1935) discussing psychology, sociology, Dartington Hall, education, religion and literature between Henry F. Heard, Gerald Heard, Margaret Isherwood and Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst; her diaries (1927-1928), clippings, social appointments, notes and addresses. Also, clippings concerning events at Dartington Hall (ca.1926-1949), and photographs of Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst's penthouse on Park Avenue (ca.1928). Also an inventory catalog of the Dartington Hall Archives.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Elmhirst, Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight.
Browne, Ellen Van Volkenberg.
Croly, Louise E.
Elmhirst, L. K.(Leonard Knight), 1893-1974.
Green, Nancy.
Hammond, Susan Sedgwick.
Harrison, Gilbert.
Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971.
Isherwood, Helen.
Isherwood, Margaret.
Morgan, Ruth.
Sharman, Eloise Elmhirst.
Stettner, E.A.
Dartington Hall (Totnes, England)
Willard Straight Hall (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Subjects:
World War, 1914-1918.
Education.
Women--Diaries.
Social reformers.
Women social reformers.

Form and Genre Terms:
Diaries.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, #3782. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Related collection:Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst. Papers, #3725.
Related collection:Willard Dickerman Straight. Papers, #1260.

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