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Guide to the Aileen St. John-Brenon Papers
 MS 3045

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Creator: St. John-Brenon, Aileen, 1894–1967
Title: Aileen St. John-Brenon papers
Dates: 1920-1947
Abstract: Papers, correspondence, and ephemera of American music critic, and theatrical and film publicist Aileen St. John-Brenon (1894–1967). Brenon was publicity director for the Roxy Theatre, in Manhattan (opened 1927), and later worked for the Pathé Exchange, Cecil B. DeMille, and David O. Selznick film companies. The collection includes correspondence from Brenon’s extended family, virtually all of whom had some connection to the arts, most notably her uncle, the silent film director Herbert Brenon (1880–1958), best known for “Beau Geste” (1926). Also present are several letters from Grant Wood (1891–1942), painter of “American Gothic,” to Brenon’s first husband, the art critic Thomas Jewell Craven (1888–1969).
Quantity: 1.04 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Call Phrase: MS 3045