Papers, 1906-2000

Cox-McCormack, Nancy, 1885-1967


4.24 linear ft. (12 boxes; flat file).
The papers document Cushman's artwork, related contacts, and her wide social network, particularly in Chicago circa 1910's, and Europe circa 1920's. There is correspondence, printed materials, and writings by and about many notable individuals including Jane Addams, Stephen Vincent Benť and family, Sarah Bernhardt, Giacomo Boni, Clarence Darrow, Lauro De Bosis, Louise de Koven Bowen, Edward Ward Carmack, Primo de Rivera, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Elizabeth Sparhawk Jones, Benito Mussolini, Dorothy and Ezra Pound, Frank Lloyd Wright, Amelia Earhart, Daniel Chester French, Alice Hamilton, Grace Hegger Lewis, Marion and Edward MacDowell (founders of the MacDowell Colony), among others. Of particular interest are biographical materials, correspondence, and writings by and about Ezra Pound; letters from historian Mary Ritter Beard describing attempt to establish The World Center for Women's Archives; autobiographical letters between Cushman and Alice Gerstenberg, and Frank Lloyd Wright's letters and an essay by him on communism (1950).
Sculptor; Author; and Traveler -- Nancy Cox was born in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Ward Seminary. She married Mark McCormack, 1903 (divorced 1908), and later married Charles T. Cushman. She studied drawing, painting, and sculpting at St. Louis School of Fine Arts, Washington University, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was a prominent figure in Chicago's art world and civic life, circa 1910's. Friends and associates in Chicago included Sara Bernhardt, Clarence Darrow, Grace Hegger Lewis, Alice Gerstenberg, Eunice Tietjens, Frank Lloyd Wright, Stephen Vincent Benť and family. In Europe, circa 1920's, she became friends with poet Ezra and Dorothy Shakespeare Pound and Italian poet Adolpheo De Bosis, and his son, poet and anti-fascist Lauro De Bosis. She opened a studio in Rome, and received a commission to sculpt a portrait bust of Benito Mussolini. She also sculpted busts of Ezra Pound, Italian architect Giacomo Boni, Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera, Mohandas K. Gandhi, and Clarence Darrow; and a memorial medallion of Jane Addams. Cushman published Pleasant Days in Spain in 1927. Exhibitions of her artwork were held in Rome, Paris, England, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Inventory available in Sophia Smith Collection folder level control.

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