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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mary Desti Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1930
    Collection number: 2055
    Creator: Desti, Mary
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Mary Desti (1871-1931) was the owner of Desti Beauty Products cosmetics firm and New York City studio which sold art objects, perfumes, and clothing. She wrote The untold story: the life of Isadora Duncan, 1921-1927 (1929). The collection consists of general and business correspondence, papers related to organizing clubs in London and Paris, facsimiles and notes for two projected magazines, bills, receipts, legal documents, photographs, press clippings, programs and flyers for performance and art events, and manuscripts of her biography, other non-fiction, plays, poems and short stories.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Mary Desti Papers (Collection 2055). Department of Special Collections, University Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Desti was born on October 10, 1871 in Quebec, Canada; became owner of Desti Beauty Products cosmetics firm; also owned a New York City studio which sold art objects, perfumes, and clothing; mother of Preston Sturges and friend of Isadora Duncan; wrote The untold story: the life of Isadora Duncan, 1921-1927 (1929); died April 12, 1931 in New York City.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of general and business correspondence, papers related to organizing clubs in London and Paris, facsimiles and notes for two projected magazines, bills, receipts, legal documents, photographs, press clippings, programs and flyers for performance and art events. Includes manuscripts of biography and memoirs of Isadora Duncan and other non-fiction, as well as manuscripts of plays, poems and short stories. Also includes papers and correspondence related to Preston Sturges & Company and Desti Beauty Products. Includes Mary Desti's correspondence with Isadora Duncan and her daughter Irma, and with Desti's son Preston Sturges and his wife Eleanor.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Business enterprises (Boxes 1,7).
    • Correspondence (Box 1).
    • Ephemera, mostly bills and receipts (Boxes 2,7).
    • Manuscripts (Boxes 3-7).

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Desti, Mary--Archives.
    Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927--Correspondence.
    Sturges, Preston--Correspondence.
    Women authors--20th century--Archival resources.
    Businesswomen--United States--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Preston Sturges papers (Collection 1114). Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.