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At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Cataloged materials: Box 1; Uncataloged correspondence, A-Z: Boxes 1-4; Manuscripts by M.E.K.: Boxes 5-8; Miscellany: Box 9; Portraits by M.E.K. (Drafts), A-Z: Boxes 10-12; Photographs & audio tapes: Box 13; Printed materials: Boxes 14-15; Scrapbooks: Box 16 & oversize. 1996 Addition. Uncataloged correspondence: Boxes 17-22; Manuscripts, etc., 1924-1954: Box 23; Financial papers & Photographs: Box 24; & Printed materials: Box 25.
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 The collection includes her correspondence with friends and clients; manuscripts of her articles, lectures, and many unpublished autobiographical drafts; pencil sketches, watercolor drafts, and photoprints of her portraits on ivory; photographs of her family amd travels; clippings and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
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
Permission to use collection must be obtained from, Charlotte S. Read.
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
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.
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 tyo develop and promote his theories of General Semantics.