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MS 93-4

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Size: 21.25 linear feet

Literary rights:
Literary rights were not granted to the Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Restrictions: None

Content note:
Dorothy Grafly, daughter of American sculptor Charles Grafly, followed her father into the art world. As an art critic, editor and feature writer, she worked for newspapers in the Philadelphia area as well as for national publications such as Art Digest. This collection includes her correspondence, both personal and business related, dating between 1899 and 1962. Scrapbooks from her childhood and school years are included as are examples of her own art work and writing style, newspaper clippings by or about her dating between 1909 and 1942, financial information, professional writings, her diaries dating between 1910 and 1932, photographs and her collection of music for piano. Typescript drafts of Sculptor's Clay, her unpublished biography of her father, also are contained in the collection.

Biographical note:
GRAFLY, DOROTHY, writer; b. Paris. France, JulY 29, 1896 (parents Am. citizens); d. Charles and Frances (Sekeles) Orady; B.A., Wellesley, 1913; grad. work under Prof. George P. Baker of Harvard, 1918-19-, m. Charles Hawkins Drummond. Aug. 9, 1946. Art critic Phila. North Am., 1920-25, art editor, editorial and feature writer, 1925; art editor Public Ledger, Phila., 1925-34; art critic Evening Pub. Ledger. 1934. art editor Phila. Record, 1934-42; Phila. corr. Am. Mag. of Art, to 1928; curator collections Drexel INSL. 1934-45; dir. mag. publicity Phila. Art Alliance, 1944-48; dir. research and art Philip Ragan Assoc., 1942-48, contbg. critic Art Digest (under name of Dorothy Drummond), to 1953; art editor Tempos mag., Phila., 1955-59, also Evening and Sunday Bull., 1956-70; lectr. art Temple U., 1938-39, Drexel InsL, 1940-42. Recipient prize for one-act play Plays and Players Club, Phila., 1921; named Distinguished Dau. Pa., 1960; recipient Ist citation Da Vinci Art Alliance, 1961; medal of achievement Phila. Art Alliance, 1968; City of Phila. citation, 1972. Fellow in perpetuity Pa. Acad. Fine Arts, 1957. mem. Art Alumnae Assn. Wellesley Coll., New Century Guild (Phila.), Acad. Fine km (hon.), Phila. Water Color Club (hon.), NaL Travel, NaL Geog., Am. Assn. Museums, Phila. Mus. Art, Ain. Fedn. Arts. Club: Altrusa (charter mcm.; pres. 1930-32) (Phila.). Wrote and produced Masque of Night, Masque of Life, The Phoenix, Metamorphosis, Images-all produced Gloucester, Mm., 1914-20. Author- History of Philadelphia Print Club, 1929; series Am. art biographies under title Parade of American Art 1936; series of articles dealing with living European sculptors, NaL What Sells series, Am. Artist, 1948-49. Contbr. Dictionary of Am. Biography; Ency. BriL, Ency. Americana, Notable Azn. Women, to mags. Editor-pub. of Art in Focus. Lcctr. on art. One of six American critics invited by Chgo. Art INSL to broadcast over NaL hook-up at opening of 1934 Century of Progress Expn. Art Exhbn. Address: 131 N 20th St Philadelphia PA 19103

Acquisition: Donated by Charles Drummond, Dorothy Grafly's husband

Processed by: MKW, 1993


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