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Nunnally Johnson collection of Nathalia Crane papers

 Unprocessed Material — Folder: 1
Identifier: ViU-2016-0070

Content Description

Correspondence of Nunnally Johnson relating to Nathalia Crane, a child author whose authenticity was questioned. 14 letters from Nathalia Crane to Nunnally Johnson; 1 letter from HM Crist to Johnson, 1 letter from Clarence Crane. Also included is a typescript poem "The First Writer," two photographs of Crane, and one graphite self-portrait by Crane, letter from donor regarding the gift.

Acquisition Type



Christie Lucero, who wrote to Molly Schwartzburg, "In the 1920’s my father, the screenwriter Nunnally Johnson, was a reporter and later columnist for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. I have no idea how he was drawn in to the Nathalia Crane discussion but he met with her, championed her authorship, and in 1926 wrote an article titled “Nathalia from Brooklyn” covering the whole affair for The American Mercury. I found this small collection of material related to the contretemps among his papers and would hope that they might be accepted as a donation by the library."

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  • Creation: 1923-1925


0.03 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


Letters, photos, newspaper clippings, one sketch.