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Joseph Foster Papers

Identifier: MSS-1052-BC

Scope and Content

Collection contains Foster's manuscript drafts and his business and personal correspondence. Also included are his wife Margaret Hale's correspondence with her family members. The collection has been divided into five series: 1. General Correspondence, 2. Family Letters and Correspondence, 3. Research Notes, 4. Miscellaneous Materials, 5. Manuscripts


  • 1920s - 1980s


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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 publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Joseph Foster was born 27 June 1898 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended University of Wisconsin (1915-19) and worked in the publishing field before moving to Taos, New Mexico, in 1921. In Taos he began as a salesman of hand-printed Christmas cards for Ralph Pearson and his wife Margaret Hale, who had one daughter, Pavli. After Pearson and Hale divorced, he married Margaret Hale in 1928. Foster was well connected among the Taos and Santa Fe art colonies. Some of his correspondence was with Witter Bynner, Dorothy Brett, Frieda Lawrence, Ernest Blumenschein, Mabel Dodge Lujan and many other important artists, writers, and public figures. Joseph Foster travelled extensively in Europe. He was a writer who contributed to the Wisconsin Literary Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and other journals. His book publications include In the Night Did I Sing (1942), A Cow is too Much Trouble in Los Angeles (1952), Street of the Barefoot Lovers (1953), Time to Embrace (1955), Stephana (1959), and D.H. Lawrence in Taos (1972). He used a variety of nom-de-plumes: Joseph Foster, O’Kane Foster, Joseph O’Kane Foster, and Vancil Foster.


5 boxes (5 cu. ft.)


Collection contains writer and author Joseph Foster's correspondence and manuscript drafts.

Related Archival Material

Joseph Foster Papers, 1936-1954 UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Ralph M. Pearson Collection Fray Angelico Chavez History Library, Santa Fe, NM

Separated Material

One folder of family photographs (some identified) has been transferred to Photo Archives - Joseph Foster Pictorial Collection (PICT 000-1052)\
Finding Aid of the Joseph Foster Papers, 1920s - 1980s
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Revision Statements

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Repository Details

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

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131