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Mira Edgerly Korzybska papers, 1850-1960 

Creator: 
Korzybska, Mira Edgerly, 1872-1954
Phys. Desc: 
13 linear feet (13 linear feet 25 boxes 2 scrapbooks 19 oversized folders)
Call Number: 
MS#0726
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Painter of portraits on ivory. She was a self-taught artist whose career as a successful and sought after portraitist took her from San Francisco to New York, London, Washington, Latin America, and Chicago. In 1919, she married Alfred Korzybski, 1879-1950 (q.v.), and worked with him tyo develop and promote his theories of General Semantics.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, diaries, documents, photographs, audio tape recordings, printed materials, scrapbooks, and sketches and drafts of portraits. Her finished portraits on ivory are cataloged separately for the Art Collection (q.v.). The collection includes her correspondence with friends and clients; manuscripts of her articles, lectures, and many unpublished autobiographical drafts; pencil sketches, watercolor drafts, and photoprints of her portraits on ivory; photographs of her family amd travels; clippings and other printed materials; and three scrapbooks of clippings and memorabilia. There is cataloged correspondence from Arnold Genthe, S.I. Hayakawa, Karen Horney, Burges Johnson, Dwight Macdonald, and Alice B. Toklas