33.41 linear ft. (78 boxes) + 1 portfolio.
Boxes 76-78: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
The collection documents Gregory's literary friendships and personal relationships, particularly with Llewelyn Powys, his siblings and the Powys circle, colleagues associated with The Dial, and the Gregory family; her writing and intellectual interests; and her efforts to edit her diaries and correspondence and those of Llewelyn Powys.
The collection consists chiefly of correspondence, with smaller amounts of diaries, writings, notebooks, artworks, photographs, and other personal papers. Also present are papers of others closely associated with Gregory, including papers of Llewelyn Powys; writings of John Cowper Powys and Edna St. Vincent Millay; and diaries of Gertrude Powys. Accompanying these is a small amount of correspondence and notes of Rosemary Manning, concerning Gregory's papers.
Series I, Correspondence, concerns Gregory's wide range of friendships and intellectual interests. Correspondence is present for Llewelyn Powys, all of the Powys siblings, and many of their spouses and children. Extensive files are present for John Cowper Powys, Phyllis Playter, Gamel Woolsey, Claude Colleer Abbott, and Valentine Ackland.
Most letters date from after Llewelyn Powys's death; also present is earlier correpondence concerning Gregory's social reform and literary career in New York, including letters from Randolph Bourne, Scofield Thayer, James Sibley Watson, Jr., and Marianne Moore. Family correspondence includes letters of Gregory, her mother Jean L. Pinneo Gregory, and other members of the Gregory and Pinneo families.
Series II, Diaries, includes a diary with brief entries for 1925-1926, followed by volumes with continuous and extensive entries from 1930 through the last day of Gregory's life. Transcripts edited by Gregory include holograph extracts from earlier diaries, 1910-1920s, for which originals are not present. Series III, Writings, consists chiefly of drafts and clippings of essays. Also present are a biography of Randolph Bourne, an unfinished novel, short stories, reviews of Gregory's books, and book reviews written by her. Series IV, Notebooks, contains notes pertaining to literary and philosophic subjects.
Series V, Photographs, contains an album made during Gregory's early travels in Europe, ca. 1905; an album made by unidentified travelers during a cruise to Indonesia, ca. 1920; a portrait of Gregory and Marianne Moore made by Doris Ulmann; photographs of many of Gregory's correspondents; several photographs of Laure Hayman, a friend of Marcel Proust; and family photographs sent to Gregory by James Sibley Watson, Jr., during the 1950s-60s. Series VI, Artworks, includes engravings by Robert Gibbings and Stephen Gooden and reproductions of portraits of several of Gregory's correspondents.
Series VII, Clippings and Other Printed Material, includes clippings by and about correspondents, Gregory and Llewelyn Powys, and the Gregory family. Series VIII, Other Alyse Gregory Papers, includes documents relating to the deaths of Gregory and Powys, and other personal papers.
Series IX, Papers of Others Held by Alyse Gregory, includes correspondence, diaries, and essays of Llewelyn Powys, many transcribed by Gregory; poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay sent by Millay to Powys; and writings of John Cowper Powys, most pertaining to Llewelyn. Series X, Rosemary Manning Papers, consists of correspondence, notes, and clippings concerning Gregory, her papers, and the Powys family.
Alyse Gregory Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Alyse Gregory, 1884-1967, social reformer and writer; managing editor of the literary magazine The Dial, 1924-1926; married to English author Llewelyn Powys and close associate of the Powys family.
Gregory's writings include three novels: She Shall Have Music (1926), King Log and Lady Lea (1929), and Hester Craddock (1931); a collection of essays: Wheels on Gravel (1938); and an autobiography of her early life: The Day is Gone (1948). The Cry of a Gull, edited by Michael Adam from diary excerpts prepared by Gregory, was published in 1973.
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