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Stephen Haweis papers, 1860-1969

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0566
Bib ID 4078458 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Haweis, Stephen, 1878-1969
Title Stephen Haweis papers, 1860-1969
Physical Description 5 linear feet (15 boxes; 4 oversize folders)
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.



This collection is arranged into 2 series.

Cataloged correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and artwork (Box 1); Arranged correspondence (Box 2); Arranged manuscripts (Boxes 3-10); Arranged documents, photographs, and objects (Box 11); Printed materials (Boxes 12-13); Artwork by Stephen Haweis (Box 14, 15, oversize folders)


Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, artwork, objects, and printed material. Included among the list of 37 cataloged correspondents are: Vera Brittain, Edward Gordon Craig, Clarence Darrow, Havelock Ellis, Augustus John, Emmeline Pankhurst, Edward Steichen, Gertrude Stein, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Sybil Thorndike, Alec Waugh, and H. G. Wells. The cataloged manuscripts include a poem by Witter Bynner entitled "Hay Wagon." There is a large selection of Stephen's writings (poetry, novels, plays, articles, biographies, memoirs) including drafts of a proposed biography of his father, a bound volume of his own memoirs, numerous notebooks, and "Mount Joy," a description of life on Dominica. His photographs and paintings are well represented, with 6 albums of photographs and 2 boxes & 1 folder of approximately 200 paintings and sketches. The printed material includes works by Stephen, his father and his mother.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Stephen Haweis papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Alternate Form Available

Haweis' memoirs (28 p. bound volume) are on: microfilm. MN#94-2033-6.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Philip J. Roosevelt, 1988.

Gift of Mrs. John Roosevelt, 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Roosevelt, Mrs. Philip J. Method of acquisition--Gift of the Estate; Date of acquisition--07/20/1988. Accession number--M-88-07-20.

Microfilm of memoir, 8 p: Method of acquisition--Added; Date of acquisition--09/--/1994. Accession number--94-09.

5 oil paintings: Source of acquisition--Roosevelt, Mrs John. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--08/--/1994. Accession number--M-94-8.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed PL 12/19/1988.

Microfilm of memoir, 8 p Processed HR 10/04/1994.

5 oil paintings Processed HR 02/21/1996.

Revision Description

2010-02-11 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoirs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Microfilms Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Novels Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plays (performing arts compositions) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sketches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Artists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brittain, Vera, 1893-1970 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John, Augustus, 1878-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Painters -- England -- Dominica -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thorndike, Sybil, Dame, 1882-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waugh, Alec, 1898-1981 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

Stephen Haweis (1878-1969), youngest son of the Reverend Hugh Reginald and Mary Eliza Haweis, a socially prominent couple in late Victorian London who entertained at their house in Cheyne Walk (previously owned by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti). Stephen studied art in Paris with Alphonse Mucha and Eugene Carrière. After becoming interested in photography, Stephen met Rodin and subsequently photographed many of the sculptor's pieces. In 1903 he married the poet Mina Loy (they were divorced in 1917). After losing much of his inheritance in the stock market crash of 1929, Stephen moved to the West Indian island of Dominica, where he studied and painted tropical fish, wrote for local newspapers, and worked on a variety of writing projects till his death.