Guide to the Calder-Hayes Family Papers, 1907-1985

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Guide to the Calder-Hayes Family Papers, 1907-1985

Collection number: BANC MSS 87/38 c

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
Elizabeth Stephens
Date Completed:
February 1996; revised July 1996
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Calder-Hayes Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1907-1985
Collection Number: BANC MSS 87/38 c
Creator: Calder and Hayes families
Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes, 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 2
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Contains correspondence of Alexander Calder and of other members of the Calder and Hayes families, dating from the outset of the artist's career and providing many details of his art and family life. Includes a small group of original drawings, juvenile sketches, and prints by Alexander Calder.

Also includes correspondence and subject files kept by Margaret Calder Hayes and relating to her political, environmental, and humanitarian activities, primarily in Berkeley, San Francisco Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Calder-Hayes Family Papers, BANC MSS 87/38 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Calder-Hayes Family Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Margaret Calder Hayes on November 17, 1986. Additions were made in December 1986, February 1987, and December 1987.
Portions of the 1987 additions, consisting of Alexander Calder letters written to his parents, Alexander Stirling Calder and Nanette Lederer Calder, and his wife, Louisa James Calder, along with selected other family correspondence, drawings, and photographs have been forwarded to The Alexander Calder Catalogue Raisonné at The Alexander & Louisa Calder Foundation, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York, 12495.

Scope and Content

The Calder-Hayes Family Papers, 1907-1985, includes correspondence of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) and other members of the Calder family, along with a few Alexander Calder drawings and ephemera. The bulk of the collection consists of files kept by Margaret Calder Hayes concerning political, environmental, and humanitarian issues.
The collection contains over 125 original autograph letters, including some which are illustrated, signed by Alexander Calder, chiefly written to his sister, Margaret (Peggy), and her husband, Kenneth Hayes. These letters date from the outset of Calder's career and provide many intimate details of the artist's art and family life. They were probably gathered together for Margaret Calder Hayes' book, Three Alexander Calders: a Family Memoir, published in 1977. Also includes a few letters written to Peggy and her family by other immediate family members, including parents, Alexander Stirling Calder and Nanette Lederer Calder, and Alexander's wife, Louisa James Calder, among others. In addition, there are a few original Calder drawings and sketches.
The Margaret Calder Hayes papers consist of correspondence and subject files relating to her political, environmental, and humanitarian activities, primarily in Berkeley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Lake Tahoe, California. Includes extensive correspondence about local, state, and national issues with political figures, including California Governors Edmund F. Brown and Ronald Reagan, Senators Alan Cranston, John Tunney, Hubert H. Humphrey, Jacob Javits, and Eugene McCarthy, along with other individuals.

Container List

Box 1, folders 1-15

Series 1: Alexander Calder Correspondence, 1917-1976.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by degree of relationship, and then chronologically.
Contains letters from Alexander Calder to his sister, Margaret (Peggy) Calder Hayes and her family. Letters begin at the start of his career as an artist and continue until shortly before his death.
Box 1, folder 1-9

Hayes, Margaret Calder, 1896- and Kenneth 1917-68

folder 10-12

Hayes, Margaret Calder, 1896- 1969-76

folder 13

Hayes, Bunny and J. G. 1971-73

folder 14

Crowley, Malcolm and Muriel 1956-61

Physical Description: (Photocopies of letters)
folder 15

Frank, Nana [1926?]

Physical Description: (Photocopy)
Box 1, folders 16-23

Series 2: Calder Family Correspondence, 1928-1985.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged by degree of relationship, and then chronologically.
Chiefly letters written to Margaret (Peggy) Calder Hayes and her family by other members of the Calder family.
 

Calder, Alexander Stirling, 1870-1945

Box 1, folder 16

to Margaret Calder Hayes 1928-31

 

Calder, Nanette (Lederer)

folder 17

to Margaret Calder Hayes 1929-57

 

Calder, Louisa James

folder 18

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1948-76

folder 19

to Bunny n.d.

 

Davidson, Jean

Additional Note

(Alexander Calder's son-in-law)
folder 20

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1965

 

Davidson, Sandra Calder

folder 21

to Margaret Calder and Kenneth Hayes 1985

 

Hayes, Margaret Calder

folder 22

to Calder and Bun 1962

folder 23

to J. G. and Bun

Box 1, folders 24-29; Oversize folder 1

Series 3: Calder Drawings and Ephemera, 1907-1941, n.d.

Scope and Content Note

Contains original Calder drawings, sketches, and miscellaneous ephemera.
Box 1, folder 24

Drawing n.d.

folder 25

Drawing n.d.

folder 26

Pencil sketch n.d.

folder 27

Watercolor and pencil sketch n.d.

folder 28

Jingles for place cards [by Calder?] 1923

folder 29

The Dollville Journal 1907

oversize Oversize, folder 1 B

Birthday Drawing June 27, 1930

Physical Description: (crayon and pen)
Boxes 2-5

Series 4: Margaret Calder Hayes Papers, 1937-1982.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically, and then chronologically.
Divided into two sub-series: Correspondence and Subject Files. Contains extensive correspondence with public figures about political, environmental, and humanitarian issues, as well as information about organizations. Includes clippings, articles, agenda, notes, questionaires, and other related material.
 

Correspondence, 1937-1972

Box 2, folder 1

Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905- 1961-66

folder 2

California State Legislature 1937-69

folder 3

Cohelan, Jeffrey 1965-70

folder 4

Cranston, Alan MacGregor 1969-72

folder 5

Fulbright, J. William (James William), 1905- 1964-69

folder 6

Guldbrandsen, Peter 1941

folder 7

Holmdahl, John W. 1964-65

folder 8

Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978 1960-65

folder 9

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973 1964-67

folder 10

Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 1963

folder 11

Kuchel, Thomas H. 1958-67

folder 12

Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913- 1969

folder 13

Petris, Nicholas 1966-69

folder 14

Sproul, Marion (Mrs. Allan Sproul) 1958

folder 15

University of California 1950-69

 

United States. Congress

folder 16

House of Representatives 1958-71

folder 17

Senate, including 1958-69

 

Knowland, William F. (William Fife), 1908-1974

 

Engle, Claire, 1911-1964

 

Javits, Jacob K., (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986

 

Dirksen, Everett McKinley

 

McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-

folder 18

Letters to the Editor ca. 1960s

folder 19

Miscellaneous 1939-70

 

Subject Files, 1938-1982

Box 2, folder 20

America First Committee [ca. 1940s]

folder 21

American Friends' Service Committee 1951-58

folder 22-24

Berkeley, California 1960-71

 

Dog Responsibility Committee

 

Recreation Commission

 

Waterfront Development

folder 25

California Roadside Council 1967-68

folder 26

Committee on Militarism in Education 1938

Box 3, folder 1

League to Save Lake Tahoe 1968-71

folder 2-3

National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy 1958-62

folder 4-11

Pacifica Foundation 1946-82

Box 4, folder 1

Save the Redwoods League 1964-68

folder 2

Save San Francisco Bay Association 1963-69

folder 3

South Lake Tahoe, California 1968-73

folder 4

Tahoe Meadows Association 1966-72

folder 5

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency 1968-75

folder 6-15

Tahoe correspondence and miscellany 1963-78

Box 5, folder 1-3

University of California, Berkeley ca. 1960-70

folder 4

Women for Peace 1961-62

folder 5-11

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 1936-62

folder 12-14

Notes n.d.