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Merton's Correspondence with:

Mary Childs Black; Mary Black; Mary C. Black

Black, Mary Childs, 1922-1994  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962
Volume: 3 item(s); 5 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Mary Childs Black was, at time of writing, Director of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection in Williamsburg, Virginia. (See also the Finding Aid to the Mary Black Papers at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library).

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #24A published in Witness to Freedom, pp. 30-31; and Seeking Paradise: The Spirit of the Shakers.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1962/01/23 TLS to Merton I have a recent letter from Edward Deming Andrews of Pittsfield, Massachusetts in which he mentions Merton's interest in Shakers' "innocent, paradoxical spirit drawings" / Hancock Shaker Community / invitation to exhibition at Williamsburg / Edward Deming Andrews and Faith Andrews «detailed view»
2. 1962/01/27? transcript from Merton I need not tell you how I would love to be there on February 2nd. There are few earthly desires I [Cold War Letters, # 24A] Shaker spiritual drawings / photos of Pleasant Hill Shaker Community / photo essay on the Shakers / Edward Deming Andrews / Merton's thoughts on the paradise myth of the Shakers as expressed in their art - different from secular paradise vision of streets of gold - spiritual and social vision «detailed view»
3. 1962/02/14 TLS to Merton I want to thank you for your fascinating and helpful letter concerning the Shaker spiritual drawings hoping Merton will publish Shaker photo essay / fractur painters of Ephrata - Edward Hicks / conference mostly focused on the Shakers «detailed view»

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