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Helen Worden Erskine papers, 1860-1984 

Creator: 
Worden, Helen, 1896-1984
Phys. Desc: 
153 boxes (153 boxes 4 oversize portfolios)
Call Number: 
MS#0400
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Helen Worden Erskine, 1896-1984, journalist and author. Reporter and columnist, The World (later New York World-Telegram), 1926-1944; wrote for many magazines, 1944-1956; wrote the "Dorothy Dix Column," 1959-1964; published books on New York City and recluses; ghost writer for several books and many articles. She studied drawing at the University of Colorado from 1915 until 1919 and, in Paris, with Andre Lhote, 1885-1962 in 1925 and 1926. She often incorporated sketches in her columns. Married John Erskine, author and professor of English at Columbia University, 1945 until his death in 1951; and to William Henry Harrison Cranmer, a mining engineer, 1959 until his death in 1967.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notes, documents, drawings, photographs, audio tapes, clippings, and other printed materials covering every aspect of her life and career. There are extensive biographical files on: Jenny S. Bradley, Prince Charles of England, Joseph Dixon, President and Mrs. Eisenhower, Rosina Lhévinne, Paul Niehans, the Morgan twins (Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt; Thelma Furness, Jovanka Tito, President and Mrs. Truman, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and large files on crime, recluses, New York City history, and travel. There are extensive drafts and source materials for her unpublished autobiography. There are pencil sketches, pen-and-ink drawings, watercolors, charcoal sketches, photographs, and printed copies by H.W. Erskine and by others. See also 2 oversize portfolios (Oversize 3 and 4)