Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976, 1920-1958 (bulk).


Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst papers from Dartington Hall, 1890-1976, 1920-1958 (bulk).

Includes photocopies of correspondence with Margaret Isherwood, Eloise Elmhirst Sharman, Ellen Van Volkenberg Browne and correspondence concerning Willard Straight Hall (1920-1967); also lecture notes, notes about lectures taught at Dartington Hall, notebooks, diaries and travel journals; contains originals of letters by Ruth Morgan (1926-1933), Margaret and Helen Isherwood (1932-1968), Susan Sedgwick Hammond (1940-1968), Louise E. Croly (1926-1940) and letters by Dorothy and Leonard to Margaret and Helen Isherwood, Nancy Green, Ellen Van Volkenberg Browne, and Gilbert Harrison; also included are notes by E.A. Stettner, the transcriber of the Croly correspondence, an inventory for the records room at Dartington Hall and a diary (n.d.) describing World War I by an unknown author. Also, microfilmed correspondence between Leonard K. Elmhirst and Dorothy Whitney Straight (1920-1925) discussing travels, love and their subsequent marriage; correspondence (1932-1935) discussing psychology, sociology, Dartington Hall, education, religion and literature between Henry F. Heard, Gerald Heard, Margaret Isherwood and Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst; her diaries (1927-1928), clippings, social appointments, notes and addresses. Also, clippings concerning events at Dartington Hall (ca.1926-1949), and photographs of Dorothy Whitney Straight Elmhirst's penthouse on Park Avenue (ca.1928).

4 cubic ft.


SNAC Resource ID: 7908781

Cornell University Library

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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...

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Philanthropist, educator, publisher, patron of the arts and social activist. Dorothy Payne Whitney, daughter of William C. Whitney, a financier and Secretary of the Navy under President Grover Cleveland, married Willard Dickerman Straight in 19ll. Straight died in 1918, and she married Leonard Knight Elmhirst in 1925. Dorothy and Elmhirst purchased Dartington Hall, Devon, England, reconstructed the 14th century manor and founded a school on the property. Dartington Hall ...

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Heard, Gerald, 1889-1971 (person)

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...

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