Adlow, Dorothy, 1901-1964. Papers of Dorothy Adlow, 1923-1969: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-138
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Dorothy Adlow, 1901-1964
Title: Papers of Dorothy Adlow, 1923-1969
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box) plus 2 folders of photographs, 1 phonograph record, 5 reels of microfilm
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, etc., of Dorothy Adlow, art critic and lecturer.
Accession numbers: 713, 761, 765, 75-67, 77-M9
The papers of Dorothy Adlow were given to the Schlesinger Library in February, March
and June 1964 by her husband, Nicolas Slonimsky. Additional papers were given in February
1975 by her sister, Chippe (Adlow) Hoffman and in February 1977 by Dr. Nathan Fink.
The scrapbooks and loose clippings were processed and microfilmed in 1987 with the
support of the Friends of the Schlesinger Library.
Reprocessed: December 1986
By: Bert Hartry and Elizabeth Balcom
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Dorothy Adlow is held by the President
and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers
in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Dates and other information added by the processor are in square brackets.
Scrapbook pages were numbered by the processor to aid the microfilmer, the proofreader,
and the researcher.
Many loose clippings were mounted by the processor.
The film was proofread by the processor and corrections made where necessary. These
corrections may disrupt the sequence of frame numbers.
The material was difficult to film: some clippings overlapped, much of the newsprint
was brittle, many articles were folded, and many of the scrapbook pages were discolored.
The film was carefully produced and proofread to insure the greatest possible legibility.
For a list of the contents of A-138, see the inventory that follows. Only #29v-64vo
and 65o are available on microfilm. When requesting microfilm, please use the microfilm
number and the reel number.
29v-37v: Reel 1
38v-45v: Reel 2
46v-52v: Reel 3
53v-58v: Reel 4
59v-65o: Reel 5
Dorothy Adlow Papers, 1923-1969; item description, dates. A-138, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Dorothy Adlow, art critic and lecturer, was born on June 7, 1901, in Boston, the daughter
of Russian immigrants, Nathan and Bessie (Bravman) Adlow. She attended Girls' Latin
School and earned both her A.B. and A.M. degrees from Radcliffe College (1922/1923).
After working briefly at the Boston Evening Transcript, she began a forty-one year career as art critic for the Christian Science Monitor.
Adlow lectured at museums, colleges, churches and libraries, and served as an art
juror, throughout the United States. She was the first woman to lecture at the Carnegie
International Exhibit Series (Pittsburgh, 1930) and appeared often on television programs
produced by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She traveled widely abroad and was a member
of the International Society of Critics. At her 25th class reunion Radcliffe College
made her an honorary member of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1953 she won
the American Federation of Arts Art Critic Award, and in 1957 she received the Art
Citation of Merit from Boston University. Dorothy Adlow wrote "Twentieth Century Highlights
of American Painting," a catalog for a traveling United States Information Agency
She married Nicolas Slonimsky, musicologist, composer, conductor and pianist, in 1931;
a daughter, Electra (later Yourke), was born in 1933. Dorothy Adlow died in Boston
on January 11, 1964. A room at Hilles Library, Radcliffe College, is named in her
The bulk of this collection consisted of thirty-six scrapbooks (see below); in addition
to the microfilm of these scrapbooks, there are correspondence, photographs, clippings,
lecture announcements, a phonograph record of a lecture, and a photocopy of the draft
of an unpublished book, "Roads to Understanding Modern Art." The papers provide some
information about Dorothy Adlow, her friendships and her work, but little about her
family. There are no letters by her. The collection is arranged in four sections:
personal and biographical, correspondence (arranged alphabetically by writer or organization),
papers concerning the unpublished book, and other writings (mainly the scrapbooks).
The correspondence consists of letters to or about Adlow; writers include friends,
artists, curators, museum directors, and readers. Most letters are about Adlow's columns
and reviews, but 44 from the artist Dodge MacKnight and 23 from the poet Marianne
Moore are personal. Dodge MacKnight's letters concern his work, his garden, and Adlow's
visits to the MacKnights's home on Cape Cod. Marianne Moore's letters express her
admiration for Adlow and describe Moore's efforts to obtain grants for Adlow and Nicolas
Slonimsky, the publication of her "fables," and her own schedule.
The 36 scrapbooks, which were microfilmed and discarded, contained mainly clippings.
Most were Adlow's Christian Science Monitor articles; there were also some Adlow columns published in other newspapers, some
articles about her, and a few about Nicolas Slonimsky. The few non-clipping items
were removed from the scrapbooks and integrated into the remainder of the collection.
The approximate inclusive dates of each scrapbook are noted in the inventory. Five
of the first six volumes span many years, the remainder generally cover only one or
two years. The chronological order of items within each volume is irregular. The poor
condition of the scrapbooks and loose clippings.
- 1. Personal and biographical. Lecture announcements and invitations, flyers, sketch by
unknown artist; outline of "Novel based on Artist in America...," writer unknown (may
be Dorothy Adlow); 1926-1961 (scattered), n.d.
- 2. Personal and biographical. Clippings re: Dorothy Adlow, her family; includes Nicolas
Slonimsky letter to the editor, 1923-1963 (scattered), n.d.
- 3. Personal and biographical. Photographs of Dorothy Adlow, 1960-1963.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 4phon. Personal and biographical. Phonograph record: art lecture, December 3, 1962.
SHELVED WITH SOUND RECORDINGS AS PHON 20.
- 5. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. A-Christian: Abbott, Mary Ogden, 1961;
American Mercury, see H.L. Mencken; Arms, Dorothy N[oyes], 1954; Arms, John Taylor, 1945; Art Institute
of Chicago, 1963; Bellows, Emma, 1950; Benson, Frank W[eston], no year. ; Berenson,
B[ernard] (2), 1925, 1949; Berger, Florence, 1948; Black, Mildred B., 1954; Boston
School Committee, 1942; Brooklyn Museum, 1960; Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University
(2), 1957, 1959; Calder, Alexander, map, c.1950; Candell, Victor, 1957; Canham, E[rwin]
D[ain], see Christian Science Monitor; Chagall, Marc, 1929; Charlot, Jean, after 1944; Christian Science Monitor (4), 1949, 1963, n.d. ; Christian Science Publishing Society (2), 1953, 1963.
- 6. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Chrysler - G: Chrysler, Walter P., Jr.,
1956; Connick, Charles J[ay], 1923; Coolidge, John [Phillips} (4), 1955, 1957, no
year; Craig, Gordon (2), 1925; Dartford, Allan, 1941; David, Hermine, n.d. ; Dear,
Arthur, 1954; Dorne, Albert, 1958; Edgell, G[eorge] H[arold] (2), 1943, 1945; Eliot,
Alexander, 1959; Farber,Norma, poem, 1958; Fiene, Ernest, 1926; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard
University (2), 1943, 1955; Giedion, [Siegfried] (2), 1950, 1962; Goldberg, Isaac,
see H. L. Mencken; Gower, John K., Jr., 1934; Greece, Prime Minister's Office, 1963;
Gropius, Walter, 1952.
- 7. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Ha-Hopkinson: Harvard Law School Forum,
1949; Hatch, J.H., 1947; Hayes, Bartlett H., Jr. (3), 1944, 1957, no year; Hedler,
Eunice, 1943; Heintzelman, Arthur W[illiam], 1941; Hekking, M[arion] Elnora, 1956;
Hofer, Phillip (2), 1961; Hopkinson, Charles (6), 1945-1946, no year
- 8. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Hopper-J: Hopper, Edward, 1958; Hopper,
Jo[sephine] N[ivison] (2), 1955, 1959; Huntington, Elizabeth H. T., 1945; Huntington
School, 1942; Iacovleff, Alexandre, n.d.; Indiana, Robert, 1963; Institute of Contemporary
Art, Boston, no year; James, Frederika (4), 1947, 1949, 1959, no year; James, William
(3), 1947, 1950, 1957; John, Augustus, 1935.
- 9. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. K-L: Karolik, Maxim, 1962; Kay, Reed, 1956;
Kilham, Walter H., 1930; Kuh, Katherine, 1960; Kupferman, Lawrence (2), 1950, 1961;
Lachaise, Gaston, 1931?; Landon, Edward, 1958; Lipman, Jean, no year; Lippold, Richard,
- 10. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. MacKnight, Dodge (44, including one to
Dorothy Adlow's sister, Chippe Adlow), 1925-1948 (scattered), no year, n.d.
- 11. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Mas-Me: Mason, Ray M., 1952? ; Matisse,
Pierre, n.d. ; Mencken, H[enry] L[ouis] (6, including one to Isaac Goldberg), 1931-1948
(scattered), no year. Also George Jean Nathan to Isaac Goldberg, 1926.; Messer, Thomas
M. (2), 1961, no year; Metcalf, Thomas N., 1938; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,
- 12. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Moore, Marianne Craig (23, including one
to Nicolas Slonimsky), 1953-1962, no year
- 13. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Mu-R: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (4),
1944, 1946-1947; Nathan, George Jean, see H.L. Mencken; National Gallery of Art, 1945;
Nelson, Carl, no year; Ojetti, Ugo, 1925? ; Otto Gerson Gallery, Inc., 1960; Peirce,
Waldo, 1961; Pijoan, Joseph [Jose] (2), 1927, no year; Pitcher, Gladys, 1951; Plaut,
James S. (5), 1947-1948, 1953, n.d.; Plimpton, Russell A., 1952; Pouzzner, Bessie
London, 1963; Quincy, Edmund, 1956; Rathbone, Perry, 1957; Ring, Robert, no year;
Robinson, Bernard, 1939; Robinson, Boardman, 1941; Rockwell, Norman (2), 1958, 1960.
- 14. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. S-T: Sachs, Paul J. (8), 1926-1954 (scattered);
Schwartz, Henry, 1962; Siporin, Mitchell, 1952; Slater Memorial Museum, 1943; Smith,
Vernon, 1961; Society of Arts and Crafts, 1947; Soudeikine, Sergei, 1935; Speicher,
Eugene, 1949; Sprague, Marshall, 1946; Stein, Edwin E., 1963; Sweeney, James Johnson
(3), 1955, 1957-1958; Taylor, Francis Henry, 1957; Trent, Mary Vance, 1963.
- 15. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. V-Z: van Gogh, V. W., 1962; Vermeule, Cornelius
C., III, no year; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 1960; Walker, John, 1959;
Washburn, Gordon B., 1945; Wertheim, Maurice, 1946; Weston, Harold, 1941; White, Nelson
C., 1951; Wichita Art Museum, 1959; Wilkins, F. J. 1945; Wilson, Winslow, 1957; Winston,
Mrs. Harry Lewis, 1960? ; Wyeth, Andrew, 1954; Zerbe, Karl, 1961; Zuloaga, Ignacio
- 16. Correspondence, to or about Dorothy Adlow. Five letters with illegible signatures,
1927, 1934, 1944, 1962, no year
- 17. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part I. Roads to Understanding Modern Art
- 18. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part II. Men and Movements in European Art, pages 40A-84
- 19. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part II. Men and Movements in European Art, pages 85-150
- 20. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part III. American Art, pages 150A-203
- 21. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part III. American Art, pages 204-247
- 22. "Roads to Understanding Modern Art," unpublished book draft, compiled by Frances S.
Fink. Photocopy of typescript. Part IV. A Critical Compendium
- 23. Frances Fink notes and materials. Chapter outlines, including lists of illustrations,
- 24. Frances Fink notes and materials. Manuscript subject index to Christian Science Monitor articles, alphabetical and by years (1923-1964), n.d.
- 25. Frances Fink notes and materials. Notes re: editing Dorothy Adlow articles, etc.,
- 26. Frances Fink notes and materials. Correspondence and forms re: reproduction of photographs,
- 27. Frances Fink notes and materials. Photographs.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 28. Typescript draft of article, with Dorothy Adlow's manuscript corrections, n.d.
Art galleries, Commercial
Collectors and collecting
Jewish women--United States
Manuscripts (for publication)
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976
Canham, Erwin D.
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985
Coolidge, John, 1913-1995
Goldberg, Issac, 1887-1938
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969
Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984
Hopper, Josephine Nivison
Hopkinson, Charles, 1869-1962
James, Frederika Paine
James, William, 1882-1961
John, Augustus, 1878-1961
Lachaise, Gaston, 1882-1935
MacKnight, Dodge, 1860-1950
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972
Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958
Pouzzner, Bessie London
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Rathbone, Perry Townsend, 1911-2000
Rockwell, Norman, 1894-1978
Sachs, Paul J. (Paul Joseph), 1878-1965
Vermeule, Cornelius C. (Cornelius Clarkson), 1925-2008
Wertheim, Maurice, 1886-1950
Wyeth, Andrew, 1917-2009