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Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius papers


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Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius was born in Girard, Kansas on June 18, 1887 to Henry Windfield Haldeman and Sarah Alice Addams Haldeman (the sister of Jane Addams, famous reformer and founder of Hull House). She attended Bryn Mawr for three years and would have been the class of 1909 if she had graduated. Marianne Moore was one of her good friends at Bryn Mawr. When she married Emmanuel Julius in 1916, the couple combined their last names together to become Haldeman-Julius. Together, they had two biological children and one adopted child. They both participated in Socialist activism, becoming most well known for publishing the Little Blue Books, cheaply-printed paper books that covered a wide variety of topics, from classic literature to philosophy to politics. The books were highly popular, selling hundreds of millions of copies. Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius died of cancer on February 13, 1941 at the age of 51.

Marianne Moore attended Bryn Mawr College from 1906-1909. In April 1907, Moore was elected to the editorial board of the college's literary magazine Tipyn O'Bob. During her tenure as a student at Bryn Mawr, Moore published eight poems and eight short stories in "Tip," some of which are discussed in the Moore/Haldeman correspondence. Her first short story, "Yorrocks," was published in Tipyn O'Bob in January 1907 and her first poems "Under a Patched Sail" and "To Come After a Sonnet" in February of the same year. She continued to publish in the Bryn Mawr publications Tipyn O'Bob and The Lantern until 1919.

The Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius papers is a subset of the Marianne Craig Moore papers. This collection, which contains materials from 1907-1941, is composed of incoming and outgoing correspondence, calling cards, and obituaries of Haldeman-Julius and her husband, Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius. The correspondence between Haldeman-Julius and Marianne Moore gives the reader a privileged view into the early development of Moore's poetry, while the rest of the collection gives insight into the early adulthood of Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius.

The collection is divided into three series: Correspondence, Calling Cards, and Obituaries. Correspondence is further subdivided into Outgoing and Incoming correspondence.

The collection begins with Outgoing Correspondence, which consists of two folders: the first is letters from Haldeman-Julius to her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna H.H. Addams, and the second is letters to another classmate from 1909, Pleasauance Baker von Gaisberg. Incoming Correspondence is larger and composes the bulk of the collection. It begins with correspondence from Marianne Moore to Haldeman-Julius, written between January-May 1908. In these letters Moore discusses her literary ambitions as well as her self-doubt and her struggles to express her true self in her writing. There is then a folder of undated correspondence to Haldeman-Julius from a variety of authors, followed by three folders of incoming correspondence to Haldeman-Julius, which have been arranged by date (October 1904-April 1905; April-November 1906; and August-December 1907). Next, there is one folder of calling cards and invitations, which mostly appear to herald from Haldeman-Julius' time at Bryn Mawr. Finally, there is one folder containing photocopied obituaries of both Haldeman-Julius and her husband, Emanuel.

Although small, this collection is of significant research value. The correspondence from Marianne Moore to Haldeman-Julius illuminates Moore's formation as a writer and poet. The additional correspondence in the collection highlights Haldeman-Julius' own intellectual growth, as well as her activism and work at Hull-House (which was founded by her aunt Jane Addams). It would be of interest to those curious about Marianne Moore, Marcet Haldeman-Julius, socialism in the early twentieth century, and Bryn Mawr College in the early twentieth century.

Gift of Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius, Bryn Mawr College Class of 1909.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
?, Melissa Torquato, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
December 3, 2018
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The Anna Marcet Haldeman-Julius papers are the physical property of Bryn Mawr College Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors' heirs and assigns.

Collection Inventory

Box 1 Folder 1-2
Box 1 Folder 3-8

Contains a folder of photocopied letters from Marianne Moore. Originals are located in the Marianne Craig Moore papers (BMC.M98, Box 1, folder 27).

Series II. Calling Cards and Invitations.
Box 1 Folder 9
Series III. Obituaries .
Box 1 Folder 10

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