Stella Hanau papers, 1904-1998.


Stella Hanau papers, 1904-1998.

The Stella Hanau Papers, 1904-1998, include biographical information related to Stella Hanau's involvement with experimental theater in New York; her editing of publications related to birth control and mental health programs; photographs of her early childhood and later days in New York; personal files on organizations and programs for mental health programs at the community, state, and national levels. Many biographical details are found in extensive personal correspondence, 1937 to 1957, between Stella Hanau and Robert A. Lesher, a close family friend and caretaker of the Hanau country home in Patterson, New York. A photocopy of a scrapbook of the Bloch Family History, 1750-1905, includes family photographs, individual histories, newspaper clippings, and letters. Richard Hanau's correspondence related to the memory of his mother and his biographical writing on Stella Hanau are added to the biographical files. In addition, the collection holds personal files related to editing jobs from the late 1940s through the 1960s, plus three drafts of a manuscript titled "Our Father Is Naked," by Merle Colby, which was published under the title "The Big Secret" in 1959. Of particular note are the letters, citations, and court transcripts regarding the Loyalty Hearing and suspicions of Stella Hanau's fitness for a government office in the Department of Commerce between 1948 and 1949.

3.5 cubic ft. (8 boxes)

Related Entities

There are 9 Entities related to this resource.

Hanau, Leo. (person)

American Psychiatry Association. (corporateBody)

Hanau, Richard. (person)

Colby, Merle, 1902-1969 (person)

United States. Department of Commerce (corporateBody)

Hanau, Stella (person)

Stella Bloch was born July 24, 1890, in Manhattan, New York. Shortly before entering Barnard college she met Hella Bernays, niece of Sigmund Freud, who became and remained her best friend throughout life. In 1914 Stella married Leo Hanau. After World War I the couple set up a joint household with the Bernays family. During the 1920s, Stella was active in experimental theaters in lower Manhattan. Stella Hanau and Hella Bernays were also active in the women's suffrage movement, and St...

Bloch family. (family)

Lesher, Robert O. (person)

Bernays, Hella Freud, 1893-1994 (person)

Editor and niece of Sigmund Freud. From the description of Hella Freud Bernays papers, 1909-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984549 ...