Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976, 1920-1958 (bulk)
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Philanthropist, educator, publisher, patron of the arts and social activist. Dorothy Payne Whitney, daughter of William C. Whitney, married Willard Dickerman Straight in 1911. Straight died in 1919, and she married Leonard Knight Elmhirst in 1925. From the guide to the Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers, 1887-1978, 1887-1926 (bulk), (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library) Philanthropist, educator, ...
Born Henry Fitzgerald Heard on Oct. 6, 1889 in London, England; took honors in history at Cambridge, 1911, where he did postgraduate work in philosophy of religions from 1911-1912; lecturer at Oxford Univ.; lectured on the radio 1929-1971; wrote Ascent of humanity; came to US in 1937 with Aldous Huxley; was briefly chairman of Dept. of Historical Anthropology at Duke; moved to CA, working with the Society of Friends and the Pacific Coast Institute of International Affairs; directed Conference of...
Cornell University Class of 1921. Leonard Knight Elmhirst was instrumental in the planning of Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University. He was the second husband of Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight, the widow of Willard Straight. He and his wife regenerated Dartington Hall, a 14th century estate, into a school focusing on progressive education, scientific agriculture, rural industry, and the arts. From the description of Leonard K. Elmhirst reminiscence, 1920. (Cornell University Libr...