The collection is arranged into six series: Series 1: Biographical Material, 1916-1960 (Box 1; 5 folders) Series 2: Correspondence, 1890-1985 (Box 1-10, OV 13; 3.8 linear feet) Series 3: Memoir Book Production, 1883-1959 (Box 11, OV 13; 0.4 linear feet) Series 4: Artwork, 1961, undated (Box 11, OV 13; 2 folders) Series 5: Photographs, circa 1915 - 1982 (Box 12; 5 folders) Series 6: Personal Files of Dan Mason, 1919-1928 (Box 12; 0.4 linear feet)
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The papers of artist and silent film actress Wilna Hervey and her lifelong companion painter Nan Mason date from 1883 through 1985 and measure 4.9 linear feet. The collection is comprised mostly of letters to Hervey and Mason from friends, colleagues, and Mason's father, Dan Mason, also a silent film actor. Also found are personal photographs and snapshots, Hervey's handwritten memoirs, as well as twelve folders of Dan Mason's papers.
Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers, 1883-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Wilna Hervey was born in 1894 and grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. She met Nan Mason (1896-1982), daughter of silent film actor Dan Mason, while on production of The Toonerville Trolley silent film comedies in 1920. They were lifelong companions until Hervey's death in 1979.
The Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Daniel Gelfand, a friend of Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, in 2008.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001