Gray, Francine du Plessix (1930-2019)

NOTE: All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Several days' advance notice is required for retrieval.

The Francine du Plessix Gray collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, research material, professional material, legal material, photographs, journals and notebooks, memorabilia, and other material.

Manuscripts regarding novels by du Plessix Gray include Lovers and Tyrants (1976); October Blood (1985); and World Without End (1981).

Manuscripts regarding non-fiction by du Plessix Gray includes Divine Disobedience: Profiles in Catholic Radicalism (Knopf, 1970); Hawaii: The Sugar-Coated Fortress (1972); Adam and Eve in the City (1987); Soviet Women: Walking the Tightrope (1990); Rage and Fire: A Life of Louise Colet (1994); At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life (1998); Simone Weil (2001); Apostle of Liberty (2008); a memoir titled Them (2004) shorter works, college notes; and other items.

Other manuscripts include works by du Plessix Gray and others, such as essays, articles, reviews, speeches, poetry, notebooks, short stories, and other items.

Correspondence in the collection includes personal and professional letters, along with invitations and postcards, dating from 1948 to 2005. Notable correspondents include Woody Allen, Richard Avedon, Blair Fuller, Jessica Mitford, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Cynthia Ozick, Irving Penn, Harrison E. Salisbury, Marietta Tree, Anne Tyler, and Diana Vreeland.

Printed material in the collection includes the published versions of various articles, essays, and non-fiction by du Plessix Gray. Periodicals include Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Newsweek, People, Publisher’s Weekly, The New York Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, and Vanity Fair, among others. Also present are reviews of du Plessix Gray’s writings and publicity items.

Research material in the collection includes printed items, letters, documents, audio and video recordings, and other items. Subjects include Dorothy Day, the Klaus Barbie trial, French occupation and resistance in World War II, women in the U.S.S.R., Louise Colet, Gustave Flaubert, the Marquis de Sade, Simone Weil, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and others. Also present are cassette recordings of various interviews, conducted for research purposes on various topics, and foreign language files dating from 1927 to 1972.

Professional material includes numerous items re: various literary symposiums and conferences, and notes regarding manuscripts.

Legal material in the collection includes the wartime documents, death certificate, and will for du Plessix Gray’s mother, Tatiana, and a passport dating from 1968 to 1972, among other items.

Photographs in the collection include several photos taken for research purposes; these include several photos for trip to Russia researching Soviet Women, and photos of illustrations for Rage and Fire (as well as other photos regarding Louise Colet). Also included are personal photographs of du Plessix Gray, Cleve Gray, and other family members, as well as headshots.

Notebooks and journals in the collection include personal diary and journal entries, research notes, manuscript drafts, and other writings. They date from 1930 to 2012, and include some undated items. Also present are du Plessix Gray’s notebooks from Barnard College (1950-1952).

Memorabilia in the collection consists of juvenilia and diplomas. Juvenilia includes du Plessix Gray’s English compositions (1942) and an Upper School Report from The Spence School (1944).

Other material in the collection includes artwork; an audio cassette regarding Wisconsin Public Radio (2011); and video and film materials, which includes DVDs, CDs, film reels, and VHS tapes.

Notable Figures
1. Gray, Francine du Plessix
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- History and Culture Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. History and Biography Subject Guide
4. Authors, American
5. Journals (accounts)
6. Women authors, American
7. American literature -- Catholic authors
8. Feminism
9. American literature--20th century
10. Essays
11. Photographs