A Guide to the Carl Van Vechten-Mark Lutz Collection, Van Vechten, Carl, Mark Lutz Collection 5

A Guide to the Carl Van Vechten-Mark Lutz Collection,

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Rare Books and Special Collections, Boatwright Library
The University of Richmond
Accession Number 5


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Guide to the Carl Van Vechten-Mark Lutz Collection

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Guide to the Carl Van Vechten-Mark Lutz Collection, Accession #5, Rare Books and Special Collections, Boatwright Library, University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark Lutz, 1969

Biographical/Historical Information

Carl Van Vechten: author; born Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 17th June 1880; son of Charles Duane Van Vechten and Ada Amanda Fitch; marriage, 1st, 1907, Anna Elizabeth Snyder; divorced 1912; marriage, 2nd, Fania Marinoff, Russian actress. Died New York, 1964. Education: University of Chicago; Ph.B. 1903. Assistant musical critic, New York Times , 1906-7, 1910-13; Paris Correspondent New York Times , 1908-1909; editor of Programme Notes Symphony Society of New York, 1910-11; dramatic critic New York Press , 1913-14; contributor, musical biographies to revised edition Century Dictionary , 1911; Member Art Commission, Fisk University; Member of Board, Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra; W. C. Handy Foundation for the Blind, 1952; Life Member Negro Actors' Guild; Founder of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters at Yale University Library, 1941 (awarded the title of Honorary Curator in 1946); Founder: Carl Van Vechten Collection of Books and Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, 1941; and also of the George Gershwin Memorial Collection of Music and Musical Literature at Fisk University, 1944; Founder of Jerome Bowers Peterson Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes by Carl Van Vechten, at Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, 1955; Rose McClendon Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes by Carl Van Vechten, at Howard University, 1946; Anna Marble Pollock Memorial Library of Books about Cats, at Yale University Library, 1947; Florine Stettheimer Memorial Library of Books about the Fine Arts at Fisk University, 1949; Captain at AmericanTheatre Wing Stage Door Canteen in New York, 1942-45 and at their Merchant Seamen's Club, 1943-45; Honorary Doctor of Literature, Fisk University, 1955; Member National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1961. Publications: Composer; Five Old English Ditties , 1904; Author; Music after the Great War , 1915; Music and Bad Manners , 1916; Interpreters and Interpretations , 1917; The Merry-go-round , 1918; The Music of Spain , 1918; In the Garret , 1920; A Letter by Morgan Lewis Fitch , 1920; Interpreters , 1920; The Tiger in the House , 1920; Lords of the Housetops , 1921; Peter Whiffle--His Life and Works , 1922; The Blind Bow-Boy , 1923; The Tattooed Countess , 1924 (made into a musical by Coleman Dowell, produced New York 1961; Firecrackers , 1925; Excavations , 1926; Nigger Heaven , 1926; Spider Boy , 1928; Feathers , 1930; Parties , 1930; Sacred and Profane Memories , 1932; Nijinsky , 1946; Isadora Duncan , 1947; Pavlova , 1947; Alfred A. Knopf at 60 , 1952; Fragments from an Unwritten Autobiography , 1955; Gardenias for Alicia , 1960; Between Friends , 1961; editor Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein , 1946; editor Last Operas and Plays by Gertrude Stein , 1949; Photographer, 1932-64; (editor) Two: Gertrude Stein and Her Brother , 1951; Mrs. Reynolds , 1952; Bee-Time Vine , 1953; As Fine as Melanctha , 1954; Painted Lace , 1955; Stanzas in Meditation , 1956; and, finally, Book of the Alphabet and Birthdays , 1957.(See note 1 at the end of the guide.)

Mark Lutz: journalist/editor. Born Glassborough, New Jersey, 1901. Family moved to Richmond the following year where his father became editor of the Richmond News Leader . Living on Park Avenue the Lutz family and the Clarke family were next-door-neighbours. The young Emily Clarke was soon to become a founder member and co-editor of The Review , a literary magazine which achieved a certain degree of fame. Mark enrolled at the University of Richmond, where he lived on campus. He was graduated in 1923. Shortly thereafter he also joined the Richmond News Leader where he rose to become its book reviewer/critic. Subsequently, he wrote for both Richmond newspapers-the News Leader and the Times-Dispatch -as a book reviewer and theatre critic with a byline. Mark's elder brother, Earl, wrote also-a history called Chesterfield: An Old Virginia County , which became a textbook in the public schools in the Commonwealth. He also worked on a study of the Confederate Naval Academy and the students who absconded with the treasury, which Mark completed following his brother's death, although it was never published. It is not surprising, given this writing background that Mark too turned his hand to journalism. He moved to the Germantown area of Philadelphia in the mid-1930s, where he was for many years editor of the Philco News , and other industrial publications. Died Philadelphia, 1969.

Scope and Content Information

The collection includes letters, photographs, magazine articles, and other memorabilia of Mark Lutz, Virginia newspaper journalist, and Carl Van Vechten, writer, photographer, and New York Times journalist and fine arts critic.

Contents List

Photographic Portraits by Carl Van Vechten.
Photographs by Carl Van Vechten: Section devoted to Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Carl Van Vechten.
Photographs by Carl Van Vechten and others.
Postcards and Postcard-sized Prints of Carl Van Vechten, his homes, wife, friends and acquaintances.
Carl Van Vechten; Articles, Reveiws, and Tributes to. about, of, and to.
Geometric-Patterned Box: Material by Carl Van Vechten.
"Carl Van Vechten Pamphlets"
Miscellaneous Carl Van Vechten Materials
Mark Lutz Materials
Mark Lutz
Mark Lutz Materials
Gertrude Stein Materials
Gertrude Stein Pamphlets
Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein Materials. Magazines Containing Articles by