Caresse Crosby correspondence to C.W. Riddell Edit


MSS 39 small


  • 1955 (Creation)


  • .1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 folder.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Caresse Crosby correspondence to C.W. Riddell, MSS 39, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession information unknown.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie M. Behm in July 2011.

  • 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.

  • Scope and Contents

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

  • Arrangement

    The letters are arranged chronologically.