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Helen Worden Erskine papers, 1860-1984

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0400
Bib ID 4078525 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Worden, Helen, 1896-1984 ; Dixon, Joseph ; Charles, Prince of England, 1948- ; Bradley, Jenny Serruys ; Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 ; Lhevinne, Rosina, 1880-1976 ; Niehans, Paul, 1882-1971 ; Vanderbilt, Gloria Morgan, 1904-1965 ; Erskine, John, 1879-1951 ; Barton, Bruce, 1886-1967 ; Bolton, Guy, 1884-1979 ; Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 ; Graham, Stephen, 1884-1975 ; Hurston, Zora Neale ; New York world-telegram ; World
Title Helen Worden Erskine papers, 1860-1984
Physical Description 153 boxes (153 boxes 4 oversize portfolios)
Language(s) English .
Other Finding Aids

Card catalog and list (9 p.)

Access

Series I: Catalogued Correspondence, boxes 1-2, is located on-site.

Series II, III, and IV are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into four series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Writings Subseries A: Autobiography; Subseries B: Biography; Subseries C: Crime; Subseries D: Fiction; Subseries E: Funerals and Memorial Societies; Subseries F: Magazines; Subseries G: Newspaper Columns and Articles; Subseries H: Travel; Subseries I: Writings as a Subject; Subseries J: Miscellaneous; Subseries K: Scrapbooks; Subseries L: Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Documents, and Tapes (not by Erskine); Series III: Artwork; Series IV: Photographs

Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, documents, drawings, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, and other printed materials covering every aspect of her life and career. There are extensive biographical files on: Jenny S. Bradley, Prince Charles of England, Joseph Dixon, President and Mrs. Eisenhower, Rosina Lhévinne, Paul Niehans, the Morgan twins (Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt; Thelma Furness, Jovanka Tito, President and Mrs. Truman, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and large files on crime, recluses, New York City history, and travel. There are extensive drafts and source materials for her unpublished autobiography. There are pencil sketches, pen-and-ink drawings, watercolors, charcoal sketches, photographs, and printed copies by H.W. Erskine and by others. See also 2 oversize portfolios (Oversize 3 and 4)

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Other Finding Aids

Card catalog and list (9 p.)

Restrictions on Access

Series I: Catalogued Correspondence, boxes 1-2, is located on-site.

Series II, III, and IV are located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); Helen Worden Erskine papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material--at Columbia

Her mother, Wilburtine Teters Worden (Ms Coll Worden), Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Her aunt, Lue Ellen Teters Bussenius (Ms Coll Bussenius), Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

Her husband, John Erskine (Ms Coll Erskine), Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed HR 03/16/88.

Revision Description

2014-07-11 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

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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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Crime Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Recluses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Royal households -- Great Britain Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Travel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women journalists -- United States -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Helen Worden Erskine, 1896-1984, journalist and author. Reporter and columnist, The World (later New York World-Telegram), 1926-1944; wrote for many magazines, 1944-1956; wrote the "Dorothy Dix Column," 1959-1964; published books on New York City and recluses; ghost writer for several books and many articles. She studied drawing at the University of Colorado from 1915 until 1919 and, in Paris, with Andre Lhote, 1885-1962 in 1925 and 1926. She often incorporated sketches in her columns. Married John Erskine, author and professor of English at Columbia University, 1945 until his death in 1951; and to William Henry Harrison Cranmer, a mining engineer, 1959 until his death in 1967.