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Chapelbrook Foundation records

Identifier: MRBC-MS-00029

Scope and Contents

The records include correspondence on the work of the foundation, requests for grants from writers and artists and correspondence between the foundation and grant applicants. There is also a report on the first decade of the foundation. Grant recipients included Conrad Aiken (1962), Elizabeth Bishop (1960), Marc Blitzstein (1963), E. E. Cummings (1958), James T. Farrell (1960), Phillip Levine (1968), W.S. Merwin (1966), Tillie Olson (1964-1966), Kenneth Patchen (1961), Kenneth Rexroth (1958), Theodore Roethke (1959), Ruth St. Denis (1959) and Richard Wilbur (1954).

Dates of Materials

  • 1953 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

The Chapelbrook Foundation was established and funded November 1953 by Mina Kirstein Curtiss, Smith College Class of 1918. An additional gift of $5,000 came from her brother, George Kirstein. The foundation awarded grants to artists and scholars with established reputations. The foundation was dissolved May 12, 1971.


8.0 linear feet (17 containers)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown

Finding aid to Chapelbrook Foundation records
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Ellice Amanna
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-30: Finding aid updated to current standards and published.

Repository Details

Part of the Mortimer Rare Book Collection Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063