Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst
papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976,
Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight. Elmhirst
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell
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.
Collection material in English
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.
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
Elmhirst, Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight.
Browne, Ellen Van Volkenberg.
Croly, Louise E.
Elmhirst, L. K.(Leonard Knight),
Hammond, Susan Sedgwick.
Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971.
Sharman, Eloise Elmhirst.
Dartington Hall (Totnes, England)
Willard Straight Hall (Ithaca, N.Y.)
World War, 1914-1918.
Women social reformers.
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