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Fannie Hurst collection

Identifier: 11-MWalB02040

Scope and Contents

The Fannie Hurst collection holds an assortment of sources and resources on Fannie Hurst's professional and private life.

Print sources include a number of her published novels ("Back Street","Anatomy of Me", "Fool Be Still", etc.) in many languages, including Spanish, Italian, German, and French. In addition, there are numerous typescripts and newspaper articles written by or about Fannie Hurst.

The correspondence section of this collection holds letters exchanged between Fannie Hurst and avid readers, hundreds of organizations (including the American Civil Liberties Union, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and the National Broadcasting Co.), publishers (including Simon and Schuster, Harper and Brothers, and DoubleDay & Co.), universities (including Boston University, Brandeis University, New York University, and the University of Texas) and many individuals (including Fiorello LaGuardia, Francine Larrimore, and Beulah Livingstone).

Photographs are an important component of this collection, which includes hundreds of pictures of Fannie Hurst, some by renowned photographers such as Carl Van Vechten. Images of Ms. Hurst’s husband, celebrity friends, acquaintances, and her numerous pets are also available. Other items featured in this collection are Ms. Hurst’s personal diaries and ledger books, pamphlets, and record-keeping notebooks.


  • 1889-1968
  • Majority of material found in 1889-1968


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.


65.00 Linear Feet

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Arranged in seven series: 1. Correspondence, 1930-1960s; 2. Articles and Clippings, 1911-1967; 3. Writings, 1911-1967; 4. Documents, 1917-1993; 5. Background Materials, 1906-1995; 6. Oversized Materials, 1923-1966; 7. Photographs, 1900s-1960s.

For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listings.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections