Jeanne R. Foster (1879-1970), creator of the collection, was an American poet, assistant editor of The Review of Reviews and American editor of Transatlantic Review. She met a significant group of writers, poets and artists through John Quinn who was a New York lawyer, collector of modern art and active patron of the arts. The Foster-Murphy Collection reflects the artistic and, to a lesser degree, the political ferment of the period from 1907 to the 1920s. The bulk of the collection consists of letters to Jeanne R. Foster, John Quinn, William Butler Yeats and others, from artists, art dealers, writers, editors, poets, musicians, and scholars. The remainder of the collection is composed of diaries kept by Foster from 1920 to 1925; typescripts of articles, lectures and poems by Foster and others; photographs (a few by Brancusi); newsclippings; and memorabilia.
Content: The bulk of the collection consists of letters to Jeanne R. Foster, John Quinn, William Butler Yeats and others, from artists, art dealers, writers, editors, poets, musicians, and scholars, including Constant in Brancusi, Jacob Epstein, Ford Madox Ford, Douglas Hyde, James Joyce, Lady Augusta Gregory, Walter Pach, Jules Pascin, Ezra Pound, Albert Shaw, Elisabeth Corbet (Lolly) Yeats and Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats (proprietors of Cuala Press and Industries), Jack Yeats (like his father an inveterate illustrator of his own letters), John Butler Yeats (a notable collection of c. 130 letters written from New York City, many illustrated), and William Butler Yeats. The remainder of the collection is composed of diaries kept by Mrs. Foster during the period 1920-1925, typescripts of articles, lectures, and poems by Mrs. Foster and others, a few Brancusi photographs, news-clippings, and memorabilia. The original filing order of the collection, consisting of one alphabetical sequence by author/ subject, has been maintained.
Acquisition: 11/16/83 Murphy, William M. Purchase and gift