Finding Aid for the Ann Cunningham Smith collection of letters from Juanita Harrison to Alice M. Foster, ca. 1919-1936

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ann Cunningham Smith collection of letters from Juanita Harrison to Alice M. Foster
Date (inclusive): ca. 1919-1936
Collection number: 1846
Creator: Ann Cunningham Smith
Extent: 1 oversize flat box
Abstract: Ann Cunningham Smith's grandmother, Alice M. Foster, was a Pasadena resident who corresponded with writer Juanita Harrison known for her autobiography My Great, Wide, Beautiful World (1936). The collection includes letters from Harrison to Foster, clippings, a lap desk and materials related to a 1936 exhibit on Harrison's book at the Los Angeles based Vernon Library.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ann Cunningham Smith, October 13, 2009.

Processing Note

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, December 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ann Cunningham Smith collection of letters from Juanita Harrison to Alice M. Foster (Collection Number 1846). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

Alice M. Foster was a resident of Pasadena who corresponded with Juanita Harrison, known for her only published work, My Great, Wide, Beautiful World (1936). Foster helped Harrison secure a passport in 1927 after which Harrison, then only 16 years of age, traveled the world for the next decade. Harrison documented her experiences visiting 22 countries which eventually were published as a book. Selections also appeared in the Atlantic Monthly. Some of the content was based on letters Harrison penned to Foster. Foster helped contribute materials related to Juanita Harrison to the Vernon Branch Library which organized an exhibit on the author in 1936 and received recognition for her involvement from librarian Miriam Matthews.

Scope and Content

The collection includes letters from Juanita Harrison to Ann Cunningham Smith's grandmother, Alice M. Foster, as well as clippings, a lap desk and materials related to a 1936 exhibit on Harrison's book at the Los Angeles-based Vernon Library. The stamps have been removed from the envelopes, but many of the postmarks still can be discerned, including postmarks from Colombo, Nice, Paris, Rome, Naples, London, and Darjeeling. The envelopes held letters from Harrison to Foster. Harrison asked Foster to return her letters so they could be used for her book My Great, Wide, Beautiful World. Three letters from Harrison to Foster are in this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Harrison, Juanita --Correspondence.
Foster, Alice M. --Correspondence.
Harrison, Juanita --Correspondence.
Harrison, Juanita. My great, wide, beautiful world.
African American women authors --United States --Correspondence.


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Lap desk. ca. 1920-1930s.

Scope and Content Note

Lap desk containing pencils, box of Dennison's letter wax, and blotter. Includes 1994 clipping from "Art and Antiques" magazine, "Yesterday's Lap Desks are Today's Treasures," about lap desks, their history and significance.
Box 1, Folder 2

Letters and clippings from Juanita Harrison. ca. 1927-1936.

Scope and Content Note

Envelopes addressed to Alice Foster, handwritten letters to Alice Foster from Juanita Harrison. Clippings from Spanish newspaper re: procession of the "parade of kings" in Seville. Also, clippings re: gala at Hotel Imperator and Josephine Baker's panther.
Envelopes held letters from Juanita Harrison to Alice Foster. Most of the envelopes bear postmarks, including postmarks from Colombo, Nice, Paris, Rome, Naples, Darjeeling and London. Stamps have been removed.
Box 1, Folder 3

Materials related to Vernon Library exhibit on Juanita Harrison's book. 1936.

Scope and Content Note

Clipping regarding the exhibit, includes information about Alice Foster's involvement. Letter from Miriam Matthews of Vernon Library to Alice Foster. Handwritten signage from the exhibit.
Box 1, Folder 4

Honolulu Star Bulletin article re: Juanita Harrison. 1936 March 25.

Scope and Content Note

Includes full edition of the newspaper, as well as photocopies of the article on Juanita Harrison.