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Collection of Papers on Frieda Lawrence,

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-144-BC

Scope and Content

This collection, containing correspondence, holographic notebooks, prints, and clippings, appears to have been compiled by the University of New Mexico Special Collections. It documents discussions between the Library and Frieda Lawrence, concerning the disposition of D. H. Lawrence's manuscripts. It also contains correspondence from Albert James Diaz, Special Collections Librarian, requesting biographical information about Frieda Lawrence. Diaz was involved with editing and ultimately publishing a manuscript of Frieda Lawrence's original, found in notebook #1. The manuscript was published with the title, "Gisla" in the January 1958 issue of Manuscripts. The collection also contains reproductive prints and a lithograph, along with 3 notebooks, which were found at her ranch after it was given to UNM..

Dates

  • 1943-1958

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biographical Information

Frieda Emma Johanna Maria von Richthofen was born on August 11, 1879 in Metz, France. She was the second of three daughters of Baron Friedrich von Richthofen, a soldier and civil service official in Metz. Before she turned 20, Frieda had married Professor Ernest Weekley. They moved to Nottingham, and had three children.

In 1912, Frieda met David Herbert (D. H.) Lawrence, who was one of Weekley's students. They immediately fell in love and within a month, left together for Germany. D. H. and Frieda married in 1914. Frieda Lawrence was intimately involved in D. H. Lawrence's work. Facets of her personality are often discernable as components of characters in his poems and novels. She inspired D. H. by her "unconventional behavior, beauty, gaity, and sensuality." Both Frieda and D. H. Lawrence had volatile personalities; consequently, their relationship was often "fiery." After his death at Venice in 1930, Frieda settled in New Mexico. In 1952 she married Italian artist, Angelo Ravagli. Frieda Lawrence died in Taos on August 11, 1956 at the age of 77. She was an author in her own right, probably best known for "Not I, but the Wind ...".

Extent

1 box (.25 cu. ft.)

Related Archival Collections

D. H. Lawrence Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. D. H. Lawrence Realia Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Ernest Tedlock Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Dorothy Brett Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Mabel Dodge Luhan Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Thomas Matthews Pearce Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Eleanor Murray Watkins Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Porter-Harvey Family Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Photograph of D. H. and Frieda Lawrence transferred to Pictorial Collections.
Title
Finding Aid of the Collection of Papers on Frieda Lawrence, 1943-1958
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by B. Silbergleit
Date
©1999
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131
505-277-6451