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Richard Carver Wood Photographs

Photographer:
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964  Search this
Wood, Richard Carver  Search this
Donor:
Asch, Patsy  Search this
Names:
Abbott, George, 1887-1995  Search this
Baragwanath, Jack  Search this
Barrett, Edith  Search this
Barrymore, Ethel  Search this
Borge, Victor  Search this
Bowman, Patricia  Search this
Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969  Search this
Cassini, Igor, 1915-  Search this
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969  Search this
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974  Search this
Coward, Noel, 1899-1973  Search this
Dowling, Eddie  Search this
Eckstein, Gustave  Search this
Edmonds, Walter Dumaux, 1903-1998  Search this
Fleischmann, Raoul L.  Search this
Fontanne, Lynn  Search this
Frost, Robert, 1874-1963  Search this
Gordon, Ruth, 1896-  Search this
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961  Search this
Keller, Helen  Search this
Leigh, Vivien, 1913-1967  Search this
Lunt, Alfred  Search this
Martin, Mary, 1913-  Search this
Marx, Harpo  Search this
McMein, Neysa  Search this
Meade, Donald  Search this
Miller, Alice Duer, 1874-1942  Search this
Olivier, Laurence, 1907-1989  Search this
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994  Search this
Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967  Search this
Radziwill, Lee Bouvier, 1933-  Search this
Rice, Grantland, 1880-1954  Search this
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-  Search this
Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958  Search this
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943  Search this
Extent:
2 Cubic feet (11 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Vermont
Date:
1935-1978
Scope and Contents:
Photographs, in both print and negative form, by Richard Carver Wood, including architectural photographs; art photographs, including landscapes and still lifes; portrait and family photographs; photographs of persons prominent in the New York City social, literary, and theatrical fields. Many of these were taken at Woollcott's property at Lake Bomoseen in Vermont, and include Dorothy Parker, Vivien Leigh, Ethel Barrymore, and numerous others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into three series.

Series 1: People, 1935-1960, undated

Series 2: Places, 1939-1978, undated

Series 3: Subjects, 1941, undated
Provenance:
Donated by Wood's daughter, Patsy Asch, to the Archives Center in 2007.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Celebrities -- 20th century  Search this
Photographers -- New York  Search this
Citation:
Richard Carver Wood Photographs, ca. 1930s-1950, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Patsy Asch.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0964
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Richard Carver Wood Photographs
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0964
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Irene Castle Treman Christmas card to Mary Fanton Roberts

Creator:
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969  Search this
Roberts, Mary Fanton, 1871-1956  Search this
Subject:
Castle, Irene  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1922
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Holidays  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10217
See more items in:
Mary Fanton Roberts papers, 1880-1956
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_10217
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Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums

Compiler:
Fenner, Helen Curran  Search this
Donor:
Fenner, Gloria J.  Search this
Names:
Castle, Irene, 1893-1969  Search this
Castle, Vernon  Search this
Extent:
0.3 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Scrapbooks
Clippings
Photographs
Photograph albums
Date:
1940
Summary:
One scrapbook of newspaper clippings and one photograph album about and of Irene Castle, notable dancer, film star, and animal rights activist.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of materials from one scrapbook and one photograph album. Box one contains photographs and box two various newspaper and magazine clippings. The photographs include images of Irene and Vernon dancing, stills taken from the film, "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (1939), personal photographs belonging to Helen Curran taken at Fire Island, and photographs of Orphans of the Storm. The clippings date from 1917 to 1969 and include publicity material from the film "Patria" (1917), articles on Orphans of the Storm, Irene Castle's role in shaping modern fashion, and several obituaries.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into one series.
Biographical / Historical:
Irene Castle and her husband Vernon are considered to be among the forerunners in bringing modern dance to the United States in the early part of the twentieth century. She was born Irene Foote on April 17, 1893 in New Rochelle, New York. She met Vernon, a British vaudeville actor and comedian, in 1910, and the couple was married in 1911. Soon after their marriage they moved to France where the couple gained notice for their ballroom dance routines. Upon returning to the United States, the couple rose to stardom with original dances such as the "Texas Tommy," the "Foxtrot," and the "Castle Walk." The Castles were influential in introducing ragtime to American society and elevating the music and dance style to a more sophisticated level. Irene is credited with introducing the flapper look to America, including bobbed hair, straight, loose dresses, and headache bands.

Upon the outbreak of World War One, Vernon left the stage to join the Royal Canadian Flying Corps. Meanwhile, Irene made several feature films, including the popular serial, Patria. Vernon was killed in a plane crash while performing a training exercise in Texas on February 15, 1918. Irene never chose another dance partner and ended her public career in 1923.

Irene married three times after Vernon's death. She gave birth to two children with her third husband, Major Frederick McLaughlin. In 1939, Irene was consulted on the biographical film, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. She devoted her later life to humanitarian work, particularly in the field of animal rescue. She established Orphans of the Storm, a shelter for dogs in Deerfield, Illinois, and remained an active advocate of animal rights. Irene died of congestive heart failure in Eureka, Arkansas on January 29, 1969. She is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, and New York next to Vernon Castle.

Helen Curran was creator of the scrapbooks. Helen's parents, Sam and Edna Curran, were managers of Orphans of the Storm animal shelter. Helen Curran Fenner considered Irene Castle a role model and they became good friends. The donor of this collection, Gloria J. Fenner, was the stepdaughter of Helen Curran.
Related Materials:
The Archives Center holds footage of Irene and Vernon Castle's feature film The Whirl of Life (1915). The footage can be found in the Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection (AC0491) under the title Social Dance, 1903-1961, RV OF491.1. There are also several pieces of Castle sheet music in the Sam DeVincent Sheet Music Collection, #300. They can be found in series 18, folder "Irene and Vernon Castle".
Provenance:
Donated by Ms. Gloria J. Fenner in 2010.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Celebrities -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Clippings -- 20th century
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 20th century
Photograph albums -- 20th century
Citation:
Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1202
See more items in:
Helen Curran Collection of Irene Castle Documents and Photographs Albums
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1202
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Castles in the air, by Irene Castle as told to Bob and Wanda Duncan

Author:
Castle, Irene 1893-1969  Search this
Duncan, Robert Lipscomb 1927-  Search this
Duncan, Wanda  Search this
Subject:
Castle, Vernon 1887-1918  Search this
Castle, Irene 1893-1969  Search this
Physical description:
264 p., [32] p. of plates illus., ports. 22 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1958
Topic:
Dancers  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_540236

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