Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Moon mss., 1924-1985, consist of letters from author Lorna Moon, 1886-1930, chiefly to movie director Cecil B. de Mille and copies of telegrams from de Mille to her.

The earliest letter in the file is from Moon to Ella King Adams, step-mother-in-law of de Mille. The 1928 letters and telegrams between Moon and de Mille relate to his financial assistance to her while she was recovering her health at the Hillcrest Sanatorium in La Crescenta, California. There is also one letter from Moon to de Mille's secretary, Gladys Rosson, and one later in the year from Rosson to Moon written on de Mille's behalf. Two letters by Richard de Mille, written in June 1985, relate to the history and source of Lorna Moon's crucifix that hung in her home on the wall behind her bed the last year of so of her life. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

The final item in the collection is a 1.44MB 3½-inch floppy disk containing a catalog of Lorna Moon's letters and writings in Word Notepad files, compiled by Richard de Mille and titled "Lorna for Scholars." A printed copy of the contents of the disk may be consulted in the library.

Gift. 2005

Collection size: 13 items

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