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Series V: Portraits by Mira Edgerly Korzybska
At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Collection is in 8 series.
Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, diaries, documents, photographs, audio tape recordings, printed materials, scrapbooks, and sketches and drafts of portraits. Her finished portraits on ivory are cataloged separately for the Art Collection (q.v.). The collection includes her correspondence with friends and clients; manuscripts of her articles, lectures, and many unpublished autobiographical drafts; pencil sketches, watercolor drafts, and photoprints of her portraits on ivory; photographs of her family amd travels; clippings and other printed materials; and three scrapbooks of clippings and memorabilia. There is cataloged correspondence from Arnold Genthe, S.I. Hayakawa, Karen Horney, Burges Johnson, Dwight Macdonald, and Alice B. Toklas, etc.
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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 is located on-site.
Box-level restrictions are marked in the container list: Box 17-18. Closed until 2025.
Permission to use collection must be obtained from Bruce Kodish.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mira Edgerly Korzybska papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
See also: Art Coll\Korzybska for her finished portraits on ivory
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Charlotte Schuchardt Read. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--11/12/1987.
Scrapbook: Source of acquisition--Read, Charlotte S. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--01/19/1993. Accession number--M-93-01-19.
Papers: Source of acquisition--Read, Charlotte S. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--02/13/1996. Accession number--M-96-02-13.
Gift of Charlotte Schuchardt Read, 1987, 1993 & 1996.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed HR 03/--/1990.
Scrapbook Processed HR 03/11/1993.
Papers Processed HR 05/01/1996.
November 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Painter of portraits on ivory. She was a self-taught artist whose career as a successful and sought after portraitist took her from San Francisco to New York, London, Washington, Latin America, and Chicago. In 1919, she married Alfred Korzybski, 1879-1950 (q.v.), and worked with him to develop and promote his theories of General Semantics.