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Call No.: MC 459/M-26
Note: CLOSED. USE MICROFILM.REQUEST AS: M-26
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: YVONNE ("EVE") (BLUE) SKINNER, 1911-1997
Title: Papers, 1916-1977, n.d.
Quantity: 3 file boxes and 1 folio folder of photographs
Yvonne ("Eve") (Blue) Skinner was born on May 9, 1911, in Chicago. Her parents were Harriet (Read) and Robert Blue; her father was an ophthamologist and her maternal grandfather was Chicago novelist and humorist Opie Read. She grew up in Chicago and in nearby Flossmoor , and attended the high school of the University of Chicago and the University, where she majored in English and minored in the history of art. She spent her sophomore year at Beloit College . In July 1936, while visiting friends in Cambridge, Mass., she met psychologist and educator B.F. Skinner, who was then doing post-doctoral research as a member of Harvard's Society of Fellows. They were married on November 1, 1936. They had two daughters, Julie (Skinner) Vargas and Deborah (Skinner) Buzan, and lived in Cambridge. For many years, YBS was a lecturer and gallery instructor for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston . She died on August 30, 1997. For further biographical information, see B.F. Skinner, The Shaping of a Behaviorist: Part Two of an Autobiography (1984), and A Matter of Consequences: Part Three of an Autobiography (1984).
This collection consists of diaries, notebooks, poems, stories, and school papers by YBS, as well as letters and postcards from YBS's parents and friends. The diaries cover the years 1923 to 1934 (with one passage written in 1937) and record the family life, activities, friendships, thoughts, and feelings of a young girl from a moderately well-off professional family. They include some original poetry and prose. The later journals record "Bohemian" life at the University of Chicago during the late 1920s and early 1930s, when YBS became, in the words of her disapproving parents, "the personification of wild modern youth." One of her college papers (see folder #25) contains YBS's reflections on one of her diaries. Between 1921 and 1927 YBS kept notebooks recording favorite quotes, ideas for stories, popular phrases and expressions, ideas for "self-improvement," and notes about India. The letters and postcards to YBS from childhood friends were written while she was away at school (1923-32). Topics discussed included campus life, suitors, travel, and future plans. There are letters and postcards between YBS and her parents written when her father was at a sanitarium (1919), while YBS was at summer camps (1924-25), and a Christmas letter to YBS from "Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus."
MICROFILM OF COLLECTION
- All dates and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.
- Unnumbered diary pages, letter pages, and pages of scrapbooks and notebooks were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader, and researchers. Blank pages were not numbered.
- Some photographs are numbered beginning with a "M" rather than "MC", but should be requested as "MC".
- In many cases, the enclosures referred to in letters are missing.
- Letters of one or more pages with either the salutation or the signature missing, as well as portions of letters, have been marked as fragments.
- Loose items and photographs that obviously belonged where they were found were filmed there.
- When filming pages with overlapping material the filmer sometimes masked out all items except the one being filmed.
- Copies of this microfilm (M-26) may be borrowed on interlibrary loan from the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
For a list of the contents of MC 459, see the inventory that follows. Numbers in first column are folder numbers. When requesting microfilm material, please use the microfilm number and the reel number.
MC 459, folder M-26, reel #1-4 1 #5v-12 2 #13-33 3