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Caresse Crosby correspondence to C.W. Riddell

Identifier: MSS 39 small

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three handwritten letters from Caresse Crobsy to C.W. Riddell, written in 1955.


  • Creation: 1955

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Caresse Crosby was born Mary Phelps Jacob on April 30, 1891 in New Rochelle, New York, daughter of a prominent New England family. After a brief marriage to Richard Rogers Peabody, she married Harry Crosby in 1922 and soon after moved to France. In April, 1927, they founded a publishing company soon to become The Black Sun Press. After Harry Crosby's death, Caresse married Selbert Saffold moved to Bowling Green, Virginia. In 1941, having divorced Saffold, Caresse moved to Washington D.C., where she opened the city's only modern art gallery. She also started Portfolio: An Intercontinental Quarterly, a magazine that sought to continue her work with young and avant-garde writers and artists. She became politically active and founded the organizations Women Against War and Citizens of the World, which embraced the concept of a "world community" which other activists like Buckminster Fuller also supported. In 1953, Caresse published her autobiography, The Passionate Years. She died in relative obscurity from complications from pneumonia in Rome on January 24, 1970, age 78.


.1 Linear Feet (1 folder.)

Language of Materials



The letters are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Leslie M. Behm in July 2011.

Finding Aid for the Caresse Crosby correspondence to C.W. Riddell,1955
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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