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Merton's Correspondence with:

Eloise Spaeth; Mrs. Otto Lucien Spaeth; Spaeth, Otto Lucien; Eloise O'Mara Spaeth, Eloise O'Mara

Spaeth, Eloise, circa 1902-1998  printer

 
 

Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1960-1962
Volume: 25 item(s); 40 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Eloise Spaeth helped review Merton's manuscript for a proposed book entitled, Art and Worship. She advised against his publishing of the book, advice which Merton followed. Merton continued his own art, which entered a new phase of maturity during the rest of the 1960's.

Biography

Eloise Spaeth was a patroness of the arts from New York. She was major force in convincing the Smithsonian Institution to open its Archives of American Art and was a promoter of Guild Hall in East Hampton. (Source: "SPAETH, ELOISE O'MARA". New York Times [online]. 6 Sep. 1998. Accessed 22 May 2006. Bellarmine University Library. ‹http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9400E1DC133CF935A3575AC0A96E958260›.)

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Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPubNotes
1. 1960/07/18 (#01) TLS[x] from Merton Bob Giroux has been promising me for a very long time that you would help me to fill in the gaps [second page is a drawing by Merton] «detailed view»
2. 1960/07/18 (#02) TL[c] from Merton Bob Giroux has been promising me for a very long time that you would help me to fill in the gaps «detailed view»
3. 1960/10/25 TL[x] from Wright, John J. These thoughtful reflections of Father Thomas Merton and the exquisite reproductions which accompany [John J. Wright was the Bishop of Pittsburgh at the time and writes in praise of Art and Worship] «detailed view»
4. 1960/11/07 TL[x] from Merton Many thanks for your kind letter and for the photographs. I am especially taken with some of them-- «detailed view»
5. 1960/11/11 TLS[x] from Merton I enclose a copy of Bishop Wright's Prefatory Note to ART AND WORSHIP. I've sent him the copy «detailed view»
6. 1960/11/23 TLS[x] from Merton Your books has arrived and I am not just being polite when I say I am delighted to have it. «detailed view»
7. 1961/05/09 TALS[x] from Merton Thanks for your good letter and for the catalogue of the Tate exhibit. I found the layout «detailed view»
8. 1961/06/19 TLS[x] from Merton Your spring must have been pretty hectic and I think mine was no less so, though I admit I am not «detailed view»
9. 1961/07/25 TLS[x] from Merton Thanks for your good letter of a while back. I agree with you that we have to keep going «detailed view»
10. 1961/12/01 (#01) TALS to Merton I should hang a mea culpa sign around my neck, fast on bread and water and stand in the corner «detailed view»
11. 1961/12/01 (#02) TLS[x] to Merton I should hang a mea culpa sign around my neck, fast on bread and water and stand in the corner «detailed view»
12. 1962/01/21 TAL[c] to Merton Have just turned off The Catholic Hour "Fire Watch". It is a beautiful and moving piece of work «detailed view»
13. undated/08/21 (#01) TL[x] to Longley, Fr. You may well wonder why I have the temerity to burden you with my problems but I was told by Mr. «detailed view»
14. undated/08/21 (#02) TL[x] to Fallani, Giovanni My husband and I were most impressed with the beautiful brochure explaining your activities which [to Msgr. Giovanni Fallani, Director, Pontifical Institute of Christian Art, Piazza della Cancelleria in Rome, Italy] «detailed view»
15. undated/10/13 TAL[x] to Fraretti, Costantino I am sorry to be so late in sending you the money for the four photos that you said you would have [Fr. Costantino Fraretti (sp?) from Rome, Italy] «detailed view»
16. undated/no/no other[x]   [3 barely legible notes copied onto one page with names and addresses] «detailed view»
17. undated/no/no other[x] to Merton #1 Page 3 [-] The term ikon should be used as a noun. To substitute it for image is un-necessarily «detailed view»
18. undated/no/no other[x] to Merton Notes [-] In his first sentence of the book Merton cited examples as he went along - [handwritten notes by Spaeth on Merton's manuscript on Art and Worship] «detailed view»
19. undated/no/no other[c] to Merton A few comments on Art and Worship by Eloise Spaeth. I like the fact that the difference [typed and annotated notes by Spaeth on Merton's manuscript for Art and Worship] «detailed view»
20. undated/no/no TL[c] from Getlein, Frank I have read Merton's manuscript three times now and it is my best advice that you have nothing to do [this copy not signed (see next record) - likely art critic Frank Getlein] «detailed view»
21. undated/no/no TLS[x] from Getlein, Frank I have read Merton's manuscript three times now and it is my best advice that you have nothing to do [signed "Frank" - likely art critic Frank Getlein] «detailed view»
22. undated/no/no TLS to Merton Nice to have the old school remember one isn't it? Congratulations. I think that it is time we got «detailed view»
23. undated/no/no other[x] to Merton Notes on Merton Material. [-] Bad Merton: no vitality, even the usual stunning phraseology «detailed view»
24. undated/no/no HLS[x] from Merton One way in which we might save some time tomorrow would be to have some kind of breakfast «detailed view»
25. undated/no/no HN[x]   Robert Giroux of Farrar Straus & Giroux asked me to colaborate [sic] on a book with the trappist [note by Spaeth on being asked to collaborate on Art and Worship with Merton and the outcome] «detailed view»

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