Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Baumgarten mss., 1957-1971, consist of the correspondence of literary agent Bernice Baumgarten, 1902-1978, with four women authors she represented over the years, as well as a file of general correspondence relating to placing manuscripts of her various clients, negotiating film rights in some cases, and generally conducting the business of a literary agent. In private life Baumgarten was Mrs. James Gould Cozzens; in her career she was a senior agent with the New York firm Brandt and Brandt.

The majority of the correspondence is with four authors: Kathryn Hulme (1900-1981), Josephine Lawrence (1890-1978), Betty MacDonald (1908-1958), and Aline Bernstein Saarinen (1914-1972). The general correspondence which dates only June-December 1958, follows their files and is in chronological order.

Gift. Matthew Bruccoli. Columbia, South Carolina. 1986

ca. 1370 items.

Box list

  • Box 1
    • Hulme, Kathryn. 1958-1971 (7 folders)
    • Lawrence, Josephine. 1957-1971 (4 folders)
  • Box 2
    • MacDonald, Betty. 1958-1970 (5 folders)
    • Saarinen, Aline (Bernstein). 1958-1961; 1967-1968 (3 folders)
  • Box 3
    • General correspondence, June-Dec. 1958 (7 folders)

Collection size: 1,370 items

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