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St. Cyr Landscape

Artist:
Kerr Eby, born Tokyo, Japan 1889-died Norwalk, CT 1946  Search this
Medium:
drypoint on paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 x 11 13/16 in. (15.2 x 30.0 cm.); sheet...
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1923
Topic:
Landscape\farm  Search this
Landscape\France\Saint Cyr  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harry Katz in memory of Harry Katz
Object number:
1977.66.72
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1977.66.72

Deserted Farm, St. Cyr

Artist:
Kerr Eby, born Tokyo, Japan 1889-died Norwalk, CT 1946  Search this
Medium:
drypoint on paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 1/16 x 10 1/16 in. (15.4 x 25.5 cm.); sheet...
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
ca. 1921-1922
Topic:
Landscape\farm  Search this
Landscape\France\Saint Cyr  Search this
Architecture Exterior\domestic\farmhouse  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Harry Katz in memory of Harry Katz
Object number:
1977.66.44
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Graphic Arts
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1977.66.44

Lili St. Cyr Papers

Creator:
St. Cyr, Lili,, 1917-1999  Search this
Source:
Tombers, Mathew  Search this
Former owner:
Tombers, Mathew  Search this
Extent:
3 Cubic Feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Audio cassettes
Audiotapes -- Open reel
Black-and-white photographs
Business records
Clippings
Color photographs
Correspondence
Financial records
Greeting cards
Legal records
Magazines (periodicals)
Manuscripts
Date:
1917-1999
Summary:
The collection measures about 3 cubic feet, dates from 1917 to 1999, and documents the life and career of the prominent burlesque stripteaser Lili St. Cyr. Found within the papers are personal financial documents; photographs of her family; her personal passport holder; publicity shots of Dardy Orlando and herself; correspondence with family and friends; business contracts; newspaper clippings and magazine articles, featuring and advertising her work; and biographical materials, including notes, drafts, contracts, photographs, a couple audio reels, a recorded interview with St. Cyr on 18 audio cassette tapes, and two biographies. The papers reflect Lili St. Cyr's personality as a performer and as a person.
Content Description:
Papers documenting the personal and professional life of the burlesque dancer Lili St. Cyr. The collection includes photographs, publicity materials, correspondence, greeting cards, manuscript versions of a biography of St. Cyr co-authored by St. Cyr and Mathew Tombers, open reel audiotapes, audiocassettes of oral history interviews with St. Cyr, clippings, magazines, two biographies, financial records, legal records, business records, and her personal passport holder.
Arrangement:
Materials are arranged in chronological order. Artifacts have been housed in Boxes 6 and 7. Audio cassette tapes have been housed in Box 9.

The collection is arranged into 4 series:

Series 1: Publicity, 1941-1999

Series 2: Personal, 1917-1980

Subseries 2.1: Finances, 1954-1979

Subseries 2.2: Correspondence, 1956-1978

Subseries 2.3: Photographs of Family, 1917-1967

Subseries 2.4: Miscellaneous Materials, 1980

Series 3: Professional, 1963-1970

Series 4: Biographical Materials, 1968-2015
Biographical / Historical:
Lili St. Cyr was a prominent burlesque stripteaser of the 1940s and 1950s, deemed the most famous woman in Montreal during that period and billed as the "Anatomic Bomb" while performing at Ciro's Nightclub in Hollywood, in 1947. Accused of performing indecent, immoral, and offensive behaviours, St. Cyr was arrested several times throughout her career, most famously in 1951, during her act at Ciro's. The arrest made front pages of newspapers, and her case went to trial. She performed her act in the courtroom for the jury, and the charges were dropped, marking "a real victory for the profession."

St. Cyr was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1917. Her birth certificate read "Marie Klarquist." Lili was named after the woman she believed to be her mother (although actually her grandmother), Mariah Marie Curry Klarquist (aka "Maud"). Lili's biological parents were Maud's daughter Idella and a Dutchman who left shortly after Marie's birth, Edward Van Schaack. Upon realization of her true family tree, Marie Klarquist changed her last name to Van Schaack (occasionally respelt as "Van Schaak," "Van Chaack," or "Van Schaacht"), and she periodically added the first name "Willis". Lili St. Cyr also started referring to her biological grandmother as "Alice" and her biological mother as "Adelaide" or "Mom."

By the time Lili St. Cyr learned the truth of her family, her mother Idella had already remarried twice. In 1919, Idella married Louis Sherman Cornett, Jr., and together they had Betta Lee (or Bettie Lue, aka "Betty") and Louis "Jack" Cornett. In 1923, Idella married John Alfred "Ian" Blackadder, and together they raised Idella Ruth Blackadder and Rosemary Blackadder. Both Blackadder daughters held successful careers in burlesque, going by the stage names Barbara Moffett (Idella) and Dardy Orlando (Rosemary). Barbara married the American toy maker and businessman Louis Marx in 1982, changing her name back to Idella, and they had five children--the eldest named Spencer. Dardy married the adopted son of the eldest Minsky's Burlesque brothers Harold Minsky, and together they raised Danny and Ava.

St. Cyr never had children, but she did marry six times, having had numerous affairs throughout (particularly with a man named Jimmy Orlando in Montreal). She first married the racer Cordy Milne in 1937. Her second marriage was to Richard Hubert in 1941. She then married the actor Paul Valentine (aka "Val Valentinoff") in 1946, followed by her marriage to restauranteur Armando Orsini in 1950. She then married actor Ted Jordan in 1955, and special effects man Joseph Albert Zomar in 1959. Every marriage ended in divorce, the last having ended in 1964. It was around this time she met Donald Andrew Markick, a man seventeen years her junior who had served as a paratrooper toward the end of the Korean War. He dreamed of becoming a magician, so she took him under her wing, renaming him "Lorenzo Holmes." His family refused to call him by that name, and they disapproved of his relationship with Lili St. Cyr. Thus, he was kicked out of his house, and he moved in with Lili. He was with her for nearly thirty years. They never married, but she often introduced him as her husband, calling herself "Mrs. (Lili or Marie) Holmes."

By the 1970s, St. Cyr had retired, and she had opened her own lingerie line "The Undie World of Lili St. Cyr," selling garments like she wore onstage. In her later years she was determined to keep herself hidden away with Lorenzo and her cats--Tiny, Bootsie, Tiger, Baby Bear, Little Two Shoes, Max, Big Boss, and Lee-Enze. In 1978, Lili, going by the name Marie Garrelick (the last name of her one-time neighbor, with whom she was staying), applied to rent an apartment from Mathew Tombers. After getting to know her, Tombers began helping Lili write her autobiography.

Lili St. Cyr died at the age of 80, on January 29, 1999, in Los Angeles, California.
Provenance:
Collection donated in 2017 by Mathew Tombers.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives.
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:
Burlesque (Theater)  Search this
Striptease  Search this
Stripteasers  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audio cassettes
Audiotapes -- Open reel
Black-and-white photographs
Business records
Clippings
Color photographs
Correspondence
Financial records
Greeting cards
Legal records
Magazines (periodicals)
Manuscripts
Citation:
Lili St. Cyr Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1451
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Lili St. Cyr Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1451

Levi St. Cyr, Carlisle Student 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06894100
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74170

Abner St. Cyr, Carlisle Student 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06896800
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74197

Carlisle Student Lion St. Cyr 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06915500
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74383

Bruce Mitchell painting jazz artist Johnny St. Cyr

Subject:
Mitchell, Bruce Handiside  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
circa 1959
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Portrait painting  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)4779
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Bruce Handiside Mitchell papers, 1932-1965 and [undated]
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_4779

Portrait of Winnebago man, Michel St Cyr before 1884

Creator:
Hillers, John K ?  Search this
Physical description:
1 8x10 in photograph
Culture:
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1884
before 1884
Local number:
NAA INV 10073501
OPPS NEG 3760 A
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Glass Negatives of Indians (Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology) 1850s-1930s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_96676

Portrait of Winnebago man, Michel St Cyr before 1884

Creator:
Hillers, John K ?  Search this
Physical description:
1 8x10 in photograph
Culture:
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1884
before 1884
Local number:
NAA INV 10073502
OPPS NEG 3760 B
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Glass Negatives of Indians (Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology) 1850s-1930s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_96677

Portrait of Winnebago man, R. D. St Cyr before 1894

Creator:
Hillers, John K ?  Search this
Physical description:
1 8x10 in photograph
Culture:
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1894
before 1894
Local number:
NAA INV 10073600
OPPS NEG 3761 A
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Glass Negatives of Indians (Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology) 1850s-1930s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_96678

Portrait of Winnebago man, R. D. St Cyr before 1894

Creator:
Hillers, John K ?  Search this
Physical description:
1 8x10 in photograph
Culture:
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1894
before 1894
Local number:
NAA INV 10073700
OPPS NEG 3761 B
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Glass Negatives of Indians (Collected by the Bureau of American Ethnology) 1850s-1930s
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_96679

Portrait of Laurance Smith and Abner St Cyr, Students 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06849900
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_73725

Portrait of Phillip St Cyr, Student in School Uniform 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06888300
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74112

Levi St. Cyr, Carlisle School Student in School Uniform 1879

Creator:
Choate, John N of Carlisle, Pennsylvania  Search this
Physical description:
1 gelatin glass negative 005 in x 007 in
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1879
Local number:
NAA INV 06922200
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John N. Choate photographs of Carlisle Indian School circa 1879-1902
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_74450

The beginning of the story of Watequka, as told in Winnebago by Reuben S St Cyr, in 1886

Creator:
Dorsey, James Owen 1848-1895  Search this
Informant:
St Cyr, Reuben S  Search this
Physical description:
2 pages
Culture:
Winnebago Indians  Search this
Indians of North America Northeast  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Topic:
Language and languages--Documentation  Search this
Local number:
NAA MS 4800: (3.3.2) [324]
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James O. Dorsey Papers
Data Source:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_85789

The beginning of the story of Watequka, as told in Winnebago 1886 by Reuben S. St. Cyr

Collection Creator:
Dorsey, James Owen, 1848-1895  Search this
Container:
Box 47, Item 324
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
The James O. Dorsey Papers are open for research. Access to the James O. Dorsey Papers requires an appointment
Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4800 James O. Dorsey papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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James O. Dorsey papers
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-naa-ms4800-ref442

Correspondence

Collection Creator:
La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932  Search this
Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1884-1885
Scope and Contents:
Select itemized correspondence:

1884: Fellowes, M. R.; Jan. 6.

1884: Fellowes, R. S.; Jan. 6.

1884: Brinton, Daniel G.; Jan. 20.

1884: Fellowes, R. S.; Feb. 3.

1884: Pratt, R. H.; Feb. 5.

1884: Fellowes, R. S.; Feb. 18.

1884: Dall, Wm. H.; Feb. 25.

1884: Meriden Britannia Co.; May 8.

1884: Hawley, Harriet W.; Aug. 6.

1884: Hibbard; Philadelphia; Sept. 12.

1884: Harmon, H. C.; Nov. 1.

1884: Eaton, John; telegram; Nov. 26.

1884: Weyland, Martha; Dec. 29.

1885: Harmon, H. C.; Jan. 9.

1885: Webster, John and John T. Copley; May 6.

1885: La Flesche, Joseph; May 9, 14.

1885: Copley, John T.; May 18.

1885: Goddard, Martha leB.; May 23.

1885: Hall, L.; June 12.

1885: [La Flesche], Rosalie; June 28.

1885: St. Cyr, Julia; June 28.

1885: Henderson, Upton; July 6.

1885: [La Flesche], Rosalie; July 7.

1885: Merrick, Jessie and Fannie; July 7.

1885: St. Cyr, David; July 7.

1885: Tremon, John C.; July 10.

1885: Pratt, R. H.; July 16.

1885: La Flesche, Noah and Rosalie; July 16.

1885: St. Cyr, Julia; July 20.

1885: Carr, Lucien; July 22.

1885: Farley, Edward; July 24.

1885: Tyndall, J. W.; July 27.

1885: [La Flesche], Rosalie; Omaha Agency; Aug. 7.

1885: Tyndall, J. W.; Aug. 14.

1885: [La Flesche], Rosalie; Sept. 6.

1885: Sheridan, Eli; Sept. 20.

1885: Stabler, Phillip; Sept. 22.

1885: Mawadene; Sept. 29.

1885: Sheridan, Eli; Oct. 23.

1885: Webster, John; November.

1885: Miller, George; Nov. 10.

1885: Hooperler, George Fox [?]; Nov. 10.

1885: Levering, Milton; Nov. 15.

1885: Tyndall, J. W.; Nov. 18.

1885: Stabler, Minnie; Nov. 23.

1885: Sheridan, Eli; Nov. 27.

1885: Webster, John; Dec. 1.

1885: [La Flesche], Rosalie; Dec. 23.

1885: Stabler, Phillip; Dec. 20.

1885: Idem., and Rosalie La Flesche; [?] 25.

1885: Big Elk, John; n.d.

1885: La Flesche, Joseph and Rosalie; [1885]

1885: Two Crow; n.d.

1885: Two Crow and D... [Illegible]; n.d.

1885: Webster, John; n.d.
Collection Restrictions:
The Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche papers are open for research.

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Collection Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4558 Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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Aerodynamic Institute at St Cyr (France)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer H1A, Folder 280000-80
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Photos
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Education
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Aerodynamic Institute at St Cyr (France)

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Archives Reading Room at the Museum in Washington, DC. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Reference Desk.
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National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Education
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Correspondence

Collection Creator:
La Flesche, Francis, 1857-1932  Search this
Fletcher, Alice C. (Alice Cunningham), 1838-1923  Search this
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1883
Scope and Contents:
Select itemized correspondence:

1883: Winthrop, R. L.; Jan. 24.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Jan. 31, Feb. 26, Mar. 7.

1883: Goddard, M. LeB.; Mar. 18.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Mar. 25.

1883: Jackson, Sheldon; Mar. 29.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Apr. 7.

1883: [La Flesche], Rosalie; Apr. 7.

1883: Harsha, W. J.; Apr. 12.

1883: Wilkinson, G. W.; Apr. 13.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Apr. 17.

1883: Price, H.; Apr. 21, May 17.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; May 18.

1883: Dunbar, John B.; June 16.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; July 18.

1883: Price, H.; July 25.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Aug. 14, Aug. 25.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Sept. 5.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Sept. 17.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Sept. 21.

1883: Brown, George LeRoy; Sept. 22.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Sept 26.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Oct. 11.

1883: Brown, George LeRoy; Oct. 11, 14.

1883: Dunbar, John B.; Oct. 16.

1883: Brinton, Daniel G.; Oct. 22.

1883: Brown, George LeRoy; Oct. 23, 26.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Oct. 26.

1883: Brown, George LeRoy; Oct. 27.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Oct. 30.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Oct. 31, Nov. 4.

1883: Brown, George LeRoy; Nov. 6, 12.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; Nov. 17.

1883: Dunbar, John B.; Nov. 20.

1883: Pratt, R. H.; Nov. 27, Dec 8.

1883: Fellowes, R. S.; New Haven; Dec. 14, 20.
Collection Restrictions:
The Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche papers are open for research.

Access to the Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche papers requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4558 Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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National Anthropological Archives
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