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Ernest Hemingway and Clara Spiegel in Ketchum, Idaho.
Photo courtesy of Andrew Spiegel.

An Introduction

When Averell Harriman and the Union Pacific Railroad opened the Sun Valley ski resort outside of Ketchum, Idaho, in 1936, one of the very first guests to visit and ski was Clara Gatzert Spiegel (1904-1997) of Chicago, Illinois.  The wife of mail-order magnate Frederick W. Spiegel, Clara was precisely the kind of visitor the resort hoped to attract: wealthy, outdoorsy, and socially well-connected.  But unlike so many who came and visited, Clara Spiegel eventually made Sun Valley her home, returning to the resort time and again before finally moving to Ketchum in the early 1950s.  Clara Spiegel was a novelist, short story writer, big game hunter, trout fisher, world traveler, patron of the arts and culture, and pillar of the social life in Ketchum and Sun Valley.  A friend of Ernest Hemingway’s, she was profiled in Town & Country and Current Biography; her novels, written under the pseudonym Clare Jaynes, made the best-seller lists, and one of them was brought to the big screen by Warner Brothers. Her passion, beyond writing, was the outdoors, whether skiing in Sun Valley, big game hunting in Africa, or trout fishing in the familiar streams near her Idaho home.  She was out fishing just two weeks before her death, catching a 23-inch trout while seated in a wheel chair.  In 1999, her son Andrew donated Clara Spiegel’s literary and personal papers to Boise State University, where they are part of the Idaho Writers Archive in Albertsons Library.

Table of Contents

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Personal Papers

Series II: Clare Jaynes Literary Papers

Series III: Clara Spiegel Literary Papers

Series IV: Journals and Travel Writings

Series V: Photographs

Series VI: Printed Matter

Oversize Items

Spiegel (right), with her friend and literary collaborator, Jane Mayer. Together they were Clare Jaynes.  From her literary scrapbooks.

When Averell Harriman and the Union Pacific Railroad opened the Sun Valley ski resort outside of Ketchum, Idaho, in 1936, one of the very first guests to visit and ski was Clara Spiegel of Chicago, Illinois.  The wife of mail-order magnate Frederick W. Spiegel, Clara was precisely the kind of visitor the resort hoped to attract: wealthy, outdoorsy, and socially well-connected.  To establish its reputation as a destination for the smart set, the resort courted celebrities. Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper were among the early visitors who put Sun Valley on the map; so did bandleader Glenn Miller and Olympic skater Sonja Heine, who starred together in the 20th Century-Fox film, Sun Valley Serenade (1941). Clara Spiegel soon came into the limelight herself as the author of best-selling novels in the 1940s, but unlike the celebrities lured to there for publicity purposes, or the short-term visitors drawn by its snow and glamour, Spiegel eventually settled in Sun Valley, moving into a house she built to her specifications on a hill overlooking Ketchum.  There, for more than 40 years, she enjoyed the outdoors life—fishing, hunting, skiing, and horseback riding—and established herself as one of the pillars of the town’s social life.  “No one…entertains with more style and élan than Clara Spiegel,” wrote Town & Country magazine in a 1983 profile of the resort town, characterizing her as “a dynamic, highly independent woman…whose exuberant spirit of adventure personifies much of what Sun Valley is about.” [1]

Clara Elizabeth Gatzert Spiegel was born on December 6, 1904, in her parents’ home at 4915 Washington Park Court on the south side of Chicago.  Her father, August Gatzert, born in Germany, was a clothing manufacturer, active in industry groups and the Chicago Association of Commerce; her mother, Isabel Rosalie Florsheim, was a Chicago native whose father, Simon Florsheim, was a corset manufacturer.  He also was born in Germany.  Clara’s aunt Dolly (her mother’s sister) lived on the same block on Washington Park Court; grandfather Simon and grandmother Elizabeth Florsheim lived on the next street over.  The Gatzerts were more far-flung; her grandmother Gatzert and an aunt still lived in Germany, and another aunt in Paris.  Her parents spoke English, German, and French, and Clara learned each of those languages as a child.[2]

Young Clara grew up with an older brother, Walter, and a governess, Maria Antonia Paulina Plaff, who lived with the family in a room adjacent to Clara’s. To Clara, she was a beloved figure, known as “Fraulein.”  The household also included a waitress, a cook, a housemaid, and a houseman. Although her family moved away to a larger home when she was only six, Clara Spiegel retained vivid memories of Washington Place Court.  She remembered the gypsy vans that plied the alleys, as well as the lamp lighter, the scissors sharpener, and the organ grinder and his monkey, who would dance for a penny.  She remembered her neighborhood as one of brick and grey stone houses, “of nameless architectural styles which like their owners were pleasant, unobtrusive, and unpretentious.”  “Beyond the sidewalks on each side [of the street] were ten-foot strips of lawn running to the curbs and spaced with shade trees which in summer umbrella’d the walks and porches from the direct sun.  It was over the tops of these trees that I saw Halley’s Comet for the first time, held up in my father’s arms as he pointed out the star and its brilliant long, wide tail… ‘One only sees this once in a life-time,’ he told my brother and me, ‘so remember it well.’  He did not know nor suspect that 75 years later I would see it again from very far away…”[3]

Washington Park Court, as Clara remembered it, was ethnically and religiously diverse.  “There were Irish Catholics and German Jews and French Protestants and mostly Anglo-Saxons of whatever religion.  It was a typical upper middle class, upper middle income, upper middle culture residential area where the inhabitants were neighborly neighbors and acquaintances but not necessarily friends.”[4]  The Gatzerts were of Jewish origin, but if religion played a large role in their lives, it is not reflected in Clara Spiegel’s writings.  She did write in general terms on the discrimination Jews faced in Chicago high society (“a conglomeration of the newly-rich”) in the years before World War I:  “No Jew, however cultured or however rich, was ever considered for a position on a museum or orchestral board.  No Jew, however good a horseman, was ever considered for membership in the local hunts or the local polo clubs.  Jewish young women were not nominated for membership in the local Junior League, much less invited to join it.  And no Jew’s name ever appeared in that new and formidably ludicrous publication known as the Social Register.”[5]  As to any personal instances of discrimination, her papers are silent.

Clara attended the Faulkner School, a private school for girls in Chicago, from kindergarten through high school.  She also attended ballet school and rode with her father every day before breakfast, conspiring with him to keep from her mother any news of the many times she was thrown from the horse.  When it came time to go to college, she journeyed East to enroll in Vassar College in Massachusetts.  She studied at Vassar just one year before returning to Chicago, where, on December 1, 1923, a few days shy of her nineteenth birthday, she married Frederick W. Spiegel.  Together they settled into a home in Glencoe, Illinois, one of Chicago’s North Shore suburbs.  Frederick Spiegel was an executive with his family’s mail-order business, Spiegel, Inc.; during World War I he had driven ambulances with Ernest Hemingway in Italy and was counted among the novelist’s personal friends.  Clara Spiegel settled into a life centered on her home, charity and community work, a busy social life with her husband, and eventually, their children.  The Spiegels had two sons, Andrew and William.  Much of their early social life centered on the Lake Shore Country Club, a Jewish country club in Glencoe.   Clara served on the committee that organized the club’s annual musical skit in 1925 and chaired the committee in 1926.  The printed program for “The Lake Shore Worries of 1926” credits her as one of three writers of the music and lyrics; Frederick was the stage manager.  She also took up fox hunting and apache dancing.[6]

In 1928 the Spiegels went on a two-month cruise to the Mediterranean.  They sailed first to Spain, then on to Morocco, Italy, and France. “We rediscovered Europe, quite on our own, very young, green and enthralled with everything we saw and did.  We found we could break the rather rigid mold in which we had been raised and expose ourselves to ways of life as foreign to us as the countries and the people.”[7]   The letters Clara wrote home describing Vigo, Rabat, Rome, and other places they visited are among the earliest writings represented in her papers.  Her developing literary style is evident even in these letters, and they represent the first of a lifetime’s worth of letters and journals chronicling her travels. 

During the 1930s, Clara began collaborating with Jane Mayer, a friend and classmate from her Vassar days who lived about a mile away from her, to write stories.  During the summer of 1932, at Jane’s home in Glencoe, they completed an eighty-nine page typescript entitled “Guardian of the North,” an adventure-romance set in the Canadian wilderness.  It was published in Five Novels Monthly in August 1933 under the joint pseudonym Janice Claremont.[8]  Janice Claremont’s literary career was a brief one, however, for she soon was supplanted by Clare Jaynes. Over the next decade, using the Jaynes pseudonym, Clara Spiegel and Jane Mayer successfully placed more stories in other magazines, both British and American, including Mademoiselle, The Tatler, Liberty, and most notably, The New Yorker (“Visitors for the Soldiers,” April 17, 1943).  They also contributed book reviews to Chicago newspapers.  Their story “The Coming of Age,” published in Story magazine, was one of the O. Henry Memorial Award prize stories of 1942. 

It was the appearance of their first novel, Instruct My Sorrows, published by Random House in 1942, however, that first brought widespread recognition to the literary partnership.  The story of a wealthy young widow (from the fashionable suburbs of Chicago) forced to redirect her life after her husband’s sudden death, the book became a best-seller and attracted favorable reviews in newspapers across the country.  “A very fine first novel, written with verve and sensitive awareness,” wrote the Boston Herald; “a novel that is entertaining and…definitely superior to most stories of this kind,” according to Bess Jones in the Saturday Review of Literature.  Despite a negative review from the Des Moines Register (“not much ahead of the dozens of sentimental agony serials with which the radio titillates the housewife”), Instruct My Sorrows caught Hollywood’s eye, and in 1946 Warner Brothers sent it to the big screen as My Reputation, starring Barbara Stanwyck.[9] 

Spiegel and Mayer followed up on the success of their first novel with three more, These are the Times (1944), This Eager Heart (1947), and The Early Frost (1952). Their literary success brought numerous invitations to speak at book clubs and writers’ forums, and the two were featured in full-page profiles in Wilson Library Bulletin and Current Biography.  In their joint talks, in particular, they outlined their collaborative writing process.  They tried to work five to six hours together while their children were at school, in an office hideaway with no phone and no interruptions. “We discuss plot and characters until to us the characters have taken on the forms of actual people.  We write a full outline of our plot.  Then we divide this outline into episodes and one of us writes one episode while the other does the subsequent one.  We then revise each other’s drafts and continue in this manner, until the manuscript is complete.”  Their preparation before actual writing was extensive: developing full biographies of every one of their characters, with more detail than ever appeared in their books, to the point of drawing maps of the places the characters would frequent, and, on paper, decorating their homes and filling their wardrobes.  The pair generally tried to work every weekday, save for during World War II, when they both devoted their Wednesdays and Fridays to volunteer work. Both Clara Spiegel and Jane Mayer contributed their time to the Red Cross.[10]

Locales familiar to Spiegel and Mayer figure prominently in their writings.  Part of their first novel, Instruct My Sorrows, was set in Sun Valley, Idaho, a place Clara Spiegel was becoming increasingly familiar with since her first visit in early 1937.  Though raised in the city, and well accustomed to big city culture and amenities, she fell in love with the Idaho outdoors.  Her writing and travel journals (which begin in 1936) are silent in regard to her first visit, but in a much later memoir she looked back on her early experiences there.  She discovered that “I could live two lives, the urban one of operas, theatre, exhibits, concerts and parties [in Chicago] and the equally wonderful one of the outdoors.  I had found an outlet for my interest in hunting by learning to bird shoot and I had taken up skiing.  I fell in love with the softly folded hills of Idaho and the sport they offered me and I spent several months each year there…My sons broadened too—in their shoulders and their brains—working on the trail crews which built the ski runs at Sun Valley.  We fished and hunted and rode and camped and skied.  We began to know something of what communion with a true wilderness can do for the soul.”[11]

On one extended visit in to Sun Valley and Ketchum in 1939, Clara Spiegel became better acquainted with her husband’s friend Ernest Hemingway, who was there to hunt, fish, and finish up his novel of the Spanish Civil War, For Whom the Bell Tolls.  As Clara recounted to Hemingway’s biographer Carlos Baker, she helped him handle a backlog of mail by taking dictation for more than fifty letters; he reciprocated by offering advice on writing.  Years later, she recalled some of Hemingway’s advice to her in commentary she herself prepared for a friend’s manuscript: “Long ago when H read a mss of mine to help me with my writing, he asked me how I liked a certain ¶ [paragraph].  I said I’d never been happy with it but couldn’t figure out what was wrong with it.  He knew.  His advice was ‘Clara, don’t say it.  Make it.’  It’s the best advice any writer could receive.”[12]  Their work together in 1939 became the basis of a friendship of their own. Clara Spiegel and Ernest Hemingway dined, drank, and hunted together until the end of his life, and she became good friends with his wives Martha Gellhorn and Mary Welsh Hemingway and his sons as well.

In 1949, Clara and Frederick Spiegel divorced.  She maintained an apartment in Chicago for many years, but spent more and more of her time away.  In 1952 she purchased two lots on the corner of Sixth and Walnut Streets in Ketchum, where she built a house of her own.  She immersed herself in the social, recreational, and philanthropic life of the Ketchum-Sun Valley community. She hunted, fished, rode horses, and skied; she entertained several nights a week; she devoted herself to community causes, notably the Ketchum Community Library and the Ballet Foundation.  The town’s lack of a library was a drawback to many of its newer residents who were drawn there by the resort lifestyle but felt culturally isolated in the small mountain town without a bookstore or library.  The story goes that in September 1954, on the seventh green of the Sun Valley golf course, Clara Spiegel and two friends resolved to create a library.[13]  A few months later, seventeen women met to found the Community Library Association and began raising funds.  They operated a thrift shop, organized benefits, solicited private contributions, and engaged the men of the community to assist their efforts.  An architect volunteered his services to design a building, and in 1958, on a lot donated by the Union Pacific Railroad in the heart of Ketchum, they opened the library in a striking 2800 square-foot structure filled with 3,000 volumes.  The library eventually outgrew those quarters and moved, but it is still operated by the association founded by Clara Spiegel.[14]

Spiegel’s absence from Chicago most of the time brought an effective end to her literary collaboration with Jane Mayer.  The Early Frost (1952) was their last novel together, though they remained lifelong friends.  In 1954 Spiegel signed a partnership agreement with ski instructor Fred Iselin (from whom she had purchased the Ketchum property) to produce motion picture and television scripts.  They did write synopses and scripts for at least three ski and resort-related films, but none ever made it into production.  Spiegel continued to write on her own, however, contributing occasional articles to Bon Appetit, Chicago Sun-Times, and other publications during the 1960s, and to local Sun Valley publications as late as 1990.  She also wrote two unpublished novels (both set in resort locations) and an unpublished cookbook (“The Indolent Gourmet”), as well as a number of articles and an unpublished manuscript on a new passion, African big game hunting.

Clara Spiegel made her first visit to sub-Saharan Africa in 1957.  In Tanganyika she reconnected with Patrick Hemingway, whom she had known when he was a child but had not seen for many years.  He lived there as a big game hunter and guide, and in September 1960 Spiegel returned for a month-long safari with him, his wife, their infant daughter, and a twelve-man crew of native trackers and bearers.  This was the first of several safaris she took in the 1960s, and she decorated her Ketchum home with her big game trophies. She chronicled her African experiences in a manuscript she entitled “One-Woman Safari” and wrote several articles about them, two of which were published, one in the Chicago Sun-Times’ Sunday magazine, the other in the journal The Reporter.  Spiegel’s second safari, taken in 1962 with her friend Mary Hemingway, was the subject of an article Hemingway wrote for Life magazine in 1963, a memoir of their experiences as well as a reflection on the Africa that Ernest Hemingway had so loved.

Spiegel traveled widely in the 1970s and 80s, visiting friends and exotic locales, and documenting her travels in her journals and personal scrapbooks.  In 1981 she made her first visit to New Zealand, which, after Chicago and Idaho, became a third home for her.  She returned every winter (summer there), spending at least a month, and often more, based in Queenstown, where she fished for trout, attended horse shows, and visited and entertained New Zealand friends.  She was in New Zealand in 1986 when she saw Halley’s Comet for the second time in her life.[15]   Her fishing exploits were chronicled in the January 1993 issue of the New Zealand publication Southern Fishing.  She shared her perspectives on aging with the Queenstown Mountain Scene:  “You have those geriatric things that happen whether you like it or not, but I don’t believe in dwelling on them.” As to a formula for long life, the eighty-eight year old Spiegel had none.  “I don’t do anything that’s good for  me!  I drink all sorts of things that are bad and stay up late.”[16]

Only when she hit 90 did Clara Spiegel begin to slow down.  Even so, she continued her visits to New Zealand until 1996 and was still seen fishing in the streams around Ketchum.  In July of 1996 she was a panelist at a Hemingway conference at Sun Valley sponsored by the Hemingway Society and the University of Idaho.  She was one of the speakers at a panel entitled “Remembering Hemingway,” where she contradicted her fellow panelists who said Ernest Hemingway was at heart a shy man.  “I’m afraid I disagree with the other authorities,” she said.  “He had a great sense of personal dignity.  He was not shy.”[17]  She also shared her recollections in “Hemingway in the Autumn,” a documentary produced by a Boise television station about his life in Idaho, and in the A&E Biography, “Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.”

Clara Spiegel died at the Wood River Medical Center in Ketchum on October 20, 1997, at the age of 92, just a few months after the death of her younger son William.  “She was unbelievable,” remarked her son Andrew to the Chicago Tribune. “Two weeks ago she caught a 23-inch trout while sitting in her wheelchair.  Her partners and friends had included Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper.  She somehow was able to draw a lot of people to her.”[18]  She was survived by her son, five granddaughters, and three great grandchildren. 

-- Alan Virta, 2008

Principal autobiographical works by Clara Spiegel:

Scope and Content Note

Clara Spiegel’s papers, filling more than 50 boxes, date from 1924 to 1997 and are divided into four main series:

Personal papers

Clare Jaynes literary papers,

Clara Spiegel literary papers, and

Journals and Travel writings.

Also included with the collection are photos and printed matter.

The great strength of the collection is in Clara Spiegel’s writings in published, draft, and journal form.  Her voluminous handwritten journals (Boxes 38-45) contain autobiographical reflections, literary passages she later incorporated into stories and novels, and, particularly from the late 1950s onward, detailed chronicles of her travels around the world, including her African safaris.  The collection also contains typescripts of published and unpublished works, both those written with Jane Mayer (Series II) and those she wrote herself (Series III), as well as published versions of many of them. Spiegel compiled scrapbooks of reviews and publicity relating to the novels she wrote with Jane Mayer; they document well the widespread popularity the novels achieved.

Clara Spiegel’s personal papers (Series I) include more autobiographical writings (in draft form), several magazine and journal articles about her, typescripts of speeches, study notes, personal scrapbooks, hostess and guest books from Ketchum, memorabilia from her life and philanthropic activities in Idaho, and clippings relating to friends.    Clara Spiegel’s speeches, dating mainly from the 1940s and 50s, usually address the history of her literary collaboration with Jane Mayer.  Her personal scrapbooks, covering the decade 1974-1984, contain snapshots, event programs, and greeting cards, documenting her social life and many personal connections in Ketchum and elsewhere when she was in her 70s. 

There is not a lot of correspondence in the collection; the major body of correspondence being the travel letters she wrote home in 1928, 1934, 1935, and 1935 from Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean (Box 37).  A few letters relating to specific writing projects are scattered among her literary papers, but aside from them, the only other correspondence files in the collection are some miscellaneous letters in Box 1, the cards Clara Spiegel received during the last few years of her life (Box 5), cards affixed in her scrapbooks (Boxes 11-21), and letters she wrote arranging her 1969 African safari (Box 46, Folders 7 and 8).

Information about Clara Spiegel’s friendship with Ernest Hemingway is fairly sparse; it is mainly in the form of a few scattered recollections she offered in magazine and newspaper articles.  There are three exceptions.  Her hostess books (Boxes 7 and 8) contain a record of Hemingway’s visits to her home in the 1950s and early 60s; a long letter of editorial advice to a friend (Box 32, Folder 2) recounts some advice Hemingway once gave her; and a Life magazine article by Mary Hemingway tells the story of the African safari she took with Clara Spiegel a year after Ernest Hemingway’s death (Box 2, Folder 29).  There is also one folder of letters and publicity relating to Clara Spiegel’s participation in the Hemingway Society’s 1996 conference at Sun Valley, for which she was a panelist (Box 2, Folder 13).

The Clara Spiegel papers were donated to Boise State University by her son, Andrew Spiegel, in 1999.  One folder of archivist’s research materials on the Gatzert family has been appended to the collection (Box 1, Folder 0).

To view a short video (2008) about one research use of the Clara Spiegel collection, click here.

Collection number:  MSS 185
Inclusive dates: 1924-1997
Collection size: ca. 30 ft.
Processed by: Mary Carter and Alan Virta,

Clara Spiegel at age 87, with a 6.5 pound brown
trout in Silver Creek, Idaho. Photo 101, selected
by  Spiegel for her 1992 Christmas card.
(See Box 1, Folder 24)

Series I: Personal Papers

The short file of correspondence (in Box 1), together with the cards and letters she received during the last few years of her life (Box 5) document Clara Spiegel’s wide-ranging social connections.  Among the prominent names represented are Jack, Gregory, and Patrick Hemingway, Pamela and Averill Harriman, Jimmy Stewart, musician Peter Duchin, writers Ridley Pearson and Barnaby Conrad, and Teresa Heinz and John Kerry (owners of a vacation home in Ketchum).  Spiegel also kept in contact with early Sun Valley ski instructors Leif Odmark and Konrad Staudinger as well as her 1969 safari guide, Count F. Meran.  Her correspondence with outfitter Denis Zaphiro reveals that even at age 86, she was considering another safari to Africa (Box 1, Folder 31).

Clara Spiegel’s autobiographical writings in Box 1 are supplemented by reminiscences of her childhood and young adulthood found in chapter 1 of her unpublished manuscript entitled “One Woman Safari” (Box 34, Folder 1), occasional autobiographical reflections scattered throughout her journals (Series IV, Boxes 38-45), and by biographical detail in the articles written about her and the talks she gave to women’s clubs and writers’ forums (Box 1). Many of the letters of condolence sent to her family at her death (Box 4) contain recollections and tributes to her.  Her personal scrapbooks, bulging with captioned snapshots, event programs, and other memorabilia for the years 1974-1984 (Boxes 11-21) reveal in great detail the social life of Spiegel and her set in Ketchum during those years.  Earlier scrapbooks have been retained by the family.

From the time she moved to Idaho in the early 1950s, Clara Spiegel kept meticulous records of her many dinner parties, more than one a week during her heyday. In her hostess books (Boxes 7-9) she recorded the names of her guests, the seating arrangement at the dinner table, and the menu.  Shortly after Ernest and Mary Hemingway arrived in Ketchum in October 1958, she hosted a dinner party in their honor. The menu that evening included green turtle soup, steak, broccoli polonaise, a lettuce salad, meringue with frozen strawberries, and wine (October 9, 1958).  Ernest Hemingway sat at the head of the table, with Clara at his left.  The other dinner guests were Hemingway’s old Ketchum pals Don Anderson, Lloyd and Tillie Arnold, Forest MacMullan, and Taylor Williams, and the Hemingways’ cross-country travel companions, Betty and Otto Bruce.  Clara Spiegel appended this remark to the record of the dinner:  “Ernest does not eat any meat fats or dairy products nor egg yolks, or vinegar.”

Box 1: Personal Papers

Folder 0           Archivist’s research: Gatzert, Florsheim, Spiegel families
Folder 1           Biographical clippings and obituaries
Folder 2           Autobiographical writings: Gatzert family and neighbors
Folder 3           Autobiographical writings: Washington Park Court, Chicago
Folder 4           Autobiographical writings: Drafts
Folder 5           “Bequest” (Autobiographical notes and drafts)
Folder 6           Biographical clippings: Andrew Spiegel
Folder 7           Birthday skit by Andrew Spiegel, 1994

Folder 8           Articles and interviews: 1946: “Collaborating Ladies,” Chicago Daily  News 
                          (see also Oversize drawer for original rotogravure pages)
Folder 9           Articles and interviews: 1950 (ca.):  Interview by Diane Weeks
Folder 10         Articles and interviews: 1952:  Radio interview, “Talking with Toni”
Folder 11         Articles and interviews: 1959: “Clare Jaynes,” Wilson Library Bulletin
Folder 12         Articles and interviews: 1970: “Sun Valley Life: It’s a Party-Party,” Chicago Daily News
Folder 13         Articles and interviews: 1983: “Sun Valley Summer,” Town & Country
Folder 14         Articles and interviews: 1993: “Two Veterans Perform with Distinction,” Southern Fishing

Folder 15         Speeches: 194?:  [with Jane Mayer]
Folder 16         Speeches: 1943:  [with Jane Mayer]
Folder 17         Speeches: 1942:  Notes
Folder 18         Speeches: 1943:  Working Scheme for Collaboration, Summer Workshop
Folder 19         Speeches: 1944:  Ravinia Women’s Club
Folder 20         Speeches: 1945:  Chicago Public Library
Folder 21         Speeches: 1945:  Carleon Theta Sigma Phi, Milwaukee
Folder 22         Speeches: 195?:  [Clara Spiegel alone]
Folder 23         Speeches: 1953:  [with Jane Mayer]

Folder 24         Correspondence:  Clara Spiegel cards and stationery
Folder 25         Correspondence:  Bob ----- , 1935  [a novelist in Virginia]
Folder 26:        Correspondence:  Max Dean  (Poems and songs)
Folder 27         Correspondence:  Peter Duchin and Brooke Hayward, 1990s
Folder 28         Correspondence:  Ernest and Mary Hemingway, 1950s (one card)
Folder 29         Correspondence:  Jane Mayer, 1943-1997
Folder 30         Correspondence:  John and Ellen Wallace (“Mrs. Spiegel Regrets”)
Folder 31         Correspondence:  Denis Zaphiro (safari guide), 1990
Folder 32         Correspondence:  Political, 1982-1987

Folder 33         Collected humor
Folder 34         Personal library
Folder 35         Personal, Miscellaneous
Folder 36         Recipes
Folder 37         Passports, 1933-1982

Box 2: Memorabilia

Folder 1           Chicago: Lyric Theatre, 1955
Folder 2           Chicago: Red Cross / Civil Defense (World War II), 1941
Folder 3           Chicago: Shipping of household goods and furniture to Idaho, 1950-1954
Folder 4           Chicago: Society of Midland Authors, 1971, 1996-1997
Folder 5           Chicago: Miscellaneous

Folder 6           Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Property, Purchase of, 1952-1953
Folder 7           Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Property, Abstract of title
Folder 8           Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Property, Miscellaneous
Folder 9           Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Rezoning issues, 1976-1978
Folder 10         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  The Ballet School
Folder 11         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  The Community Library
Folder 12         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Ernest Hemingway Memorial Fund, 1993
Folder 13         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Hemingway Society Conference (1996), 1995-1996
Folder 14         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Sun Valley Dressage Show, 1993
Folder 15         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Sun Valley Figure Skating Club, 1955
Folder 16         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Miscellaneous programs and tickets
Folder 17         Ketchum / Sun Valley:  Miscellaneous

Folder 18         Persons:  Fanny Butcher, 1987
Folder 19         Persons:  Bill Butterfield, 1986?
Folder 20         Persons:  Peter Duchin, 1996-1997
Folder 21         Persons:  Samuel Charles Elworthy, 1986-1993
Folder 22         Persons:  Sophie Engelhard, 1986
Folder 23         Persons:  Robert Gatzert, 1958
Folder 24         Persons:  Averell Harriman, 1983-1992
Folder 25         Persons:  Pamela Harriman, 1983-1997
Folder 26         Persons:  Ernest and Mary Hemingway: Obituaries, 1961, 1986
Folder 27         Persons:  Ernest Hemingway: Articles about him mentioning Clara Spiegel, 1993-1996
Folder 28         Persons:  Ernest Hemingway: Miscellaneous
Folder 29         Persons:  Mary Hemingway: Safari article mentioning Clara Spiegel (Life), 1963
Folder 30         Persons:  Joan (Muffet) Hemingway, 1977
Folder 31         Persons:  Margaux Hemingway, 1996
Folder 32         Persons:  Bill Janss, 1997
Folder 33         Persons:  Rene Lafleur, 1997
Folder 34         Persons:  Leif Odmark, 1997
Folder 35         Persons:  Friedl Pfiefer and Otto Lang
Folder 36         Persons:  Alexander Roedling, 1985
Folder 37         Persons:  Fran and Ray Stark home / sculpture
Folder 38         Persons:  Jules and Doris Stein, 1984
Folder 39         Persons:  Maxine and Ted Uhrig, 1997
Folder 40         Persons:  Others 

Box 3: Study Notes

Folder 1           Art History
Folder 2           Art History
Folder 3           Egyptian Art
Folder 4           French lessons, pp. 1-61 (incomplete)
Folder 5           French lessons, pp. 68-187 (incomplete)
Folder 6           German notes
Folder 7           Italian lessons
Folder 8           Kings and rulers (lists)
Folder 9           World History  (lists)

Box 4: Condolences

Book                Condolence book: October 23-24, 1997
Folder 1           Last names A-C
Folder 2           Last names D-G
Folder 3           Last names H-L
Folder 4           Last names M-Q
Folder 5           Last names R-S
Folder 6           Last names T-Z
Folder 7           Miscellaneous and unidentified
Folder 8           Contributions to The Ballet Foundation
Folder 9           Contributions to The Community Library Foundation
Folder 10         Condolences on the death of William Spiegel, July 1997

Box 5: Cards and Letters

Folder 1           Card and gift lists
Folder 2           Andrew Spiegel
Folder 3           Jill Spiegel
Folder 4           Ted Spiegel
Folder 5           William Spiegel
Folder 6           Spiegel grandchildren and families

Folder 7           Cecil Andrus
Folder 8           Tillie Arnold
Folder 9           Barnaby Conrad
Folder 10         Charlotte Ford
Folder 11         Leslie and Michael Engl
Folder 12         Gretchen and Don Fraser
Folder 13         Florence Froelich
Folder 14         Ebersole Gaines
Folder 15         Wayne Garwood
Folder 16         Robert A. Gatzert
Folder 17         Ray and Helen Genereaux
Folder 18         Peggy and Sam Grossman
Folder 19         Pamela and Averell Harriman
Folder 20         Angela and Jack Hemingway
Folder 21         Carol and Patrick Hemingway
Folder 22         Ida and Gregory Hemingway
Folder 23         Lucy and David Hemmings
Folder 24         Ellen and Arnold Horween
Folder 25         Glenn and Bill Janss
Folder 26         Christian Kautz-Scanavy
Folder 27         Mary and John Kemmerer
Folder 28         Teresa Heinz and John Kerry
Folder 29         Ellen and Rene Lafleur
Folder 30         Jack Lane
Folder 31         Lisa and Wilson McElhinny
Folder 32         F. Meran
Folder 33         Jeanne and John Moritz
Folder 34         Leif Odmark
Folder 35         Beverly and Robert Pearson
Folder 36         Marcelle and Ridley Pearson
Folder 37         Carol and Charles Price
Folder 38         Duncan Read
Folder 39         Neil T. Regan
Folder 40         Sue and Chapman Root
Folder 41         Konrad Staudinger
Folder 42         Gloria and Jimmy Stewart
Folder 43         Dorice and Phez Taylor
Folder 44         Peggy and Parry Thomas

Folder 45         Last names A
Folder 46         Last names B
Folder 47         Last names C
Folder 48         Last names D
Folder 49         Last names E
Folder 50         Last names F
Folder 51         Last names G
Folder 52         Last names H-I-J
Folder 53         Last names K-L
Folder 54         Last names M
Folder 55         Last names N
Folder 56         Last names O-P
Folder 57         Last names R
Folder 58         Last names S
Folder 59         Last names T-U-V
Folder 60         Last names W-Y-Z

Folder 61         First name only A
Folder 62         First name only B
Folder 63         First name only C
Folder 64         First name only D
Folder 65         First name only E-F
Folder 66         First name only G
Folder 67         First name only H-I-J
Folder 68         First name only K-L
Folder 69         First name only M-N
Folder 70         First name only P
Folder 71         First name only R
Folder 72         First name only S
Folder 73         First name only T-V-W
Folder 74         Miscellaneous

Box 6: Guest books

            1968-1975                               1982-1983, 1987, 1990-1991

            1975-1979                               1984-1987

            1979-1982                               1987-1990


Box 7: Guest books

            1991-1995                               Appointment calendar, 1996  (“Social capers”)



Box 7 (Continued): Hostess books

            1953-1957                               1957-1960

            1955-1956                               Chicago 1959-1970


Box 8: Hostess books

            1960-1962                               1967-1968

            1962-1965                               1968-1970

            1965-1967                               1970-1971

Box 9: Hostess books

            1971-1972                               1977-1979

            1972-1974                               1979-1980

            1974-1975                               1980-1982


Box 10: Hostess books

            1982-1984                               1990-1992

            1984-1986                               1992-1994

            1986-1988                               1994-1996


Boxes 11 to 21:  Personal scrapbooks

            Box 11: 1974-1975                  Box 17: 1982-1983
            Box 12: 1975-1976                  Box 18: 1984
            Box 13: 1976-1977                  Box 19: 1983
            Box 14: 1977-1978                  Box 20: 1983-1984
            Box 15: 1978                             Box 21: The Annex, plus two portfolios
            Box 16: 1980-1982                                 embossed “Clare Jaynes” and “C.G.S.”

Series II: Clare Jaynes Literary Papers

This series contains reviews, stories, and novels, in draft and published form, that Clara Spiegel wrote with Jane Mayer under the joint pseudonym Clare Jaynes.  Also included are some business papers and scrapbooks of reviews and other publicity for their novels.  A detailed plot outline and character development for an unpublished novel called “Craig Huston” (Box 24, Folder 1) illustrates the work Spiegel and Mayer did before actually writing their novels; unfortunately no such documents for their published works survive.   N.B.  There is no typescript present for This Eager Heart and no scrapbook for The Early Frost.

Box 22: Stories, Plays, Poems, and Reviews (Typescripts)

Folder 1           Lists of characters in Clare Jaynes novels and stories; work list
Folder 2           Humorous skit, “You Know What I’ve Got” (Heiser Tennis Club)

Folder 3           Review of  I, My Ancestor, 1950
Folder 4           Review of  A Light in the Window, 1948
Folder 5           Review of  Mr. Bremble’s Buttons (clipping), 1947
Folder 6           Review of  Though They Go Wandering, undated
Folder 7           Review of  Wild Calendar, undated

Folder 8           A Brief Thank You Note [to Random House], 1947
Folder 9           Commencement….1944
Folder 10         Con-Man-About-Town, 1938
Folder 11         The Fifth Horseman, 1944
Folder 12         Guardian of the North (by Janice Claremont), 1932
Folder 13         Man Across the Hall
Folder 14         Mrs. America
Folder 15         Mrs. Seever and the General
Folder 16         On Race Suicide (poem)
Folder 17         On Supply and Demand (poem)
Folder 18         Peacock Alley
Folder 19         Perchance to Dream
Folder 20         Return to Home
Folder 21         The Ripened Fruit
Folder 22         Story of a Young Man
Folder 23         Suburban Rhapsody
Folder 24         Theodore
Folder 25         Thursday In
Folder 26         A Woman Came In, 1937
Folder 27         Untitled play (at Loop Double O Ranch, Wyoming), 1944
Folder 28         Untitled story (Norman Wells is…)
Folder 29         Guardian of the North (Fragile original; use photocopy in Folder 12)

Box 23: Stories and Articles in Published Form

Folder 1           Back to Earth (Liberty, October 10, 1942)
Folder 2           Black Pearl (Mademoiselle, February 1936)
Folder 3           The Coming of Age (Story, January-February 1942)
Folder 4           The Eyes of the Beholder (The Tatler, November 2, 1938)
Folder 5           Facts for Fiction (The Writer, December 1944)
Folder 6           Oceans Apart, But Reading Unites Them (Chicago Sunday Tribune,  December 3, 1944)
Folder 7           Primer for Partnership (Writers Digest, April 1948)
Folder 9           The Secrets of Collaboration (The Writer, July 1948)
Folder 9           These Are the Times (Liberty, June 3, 1944)
Folder 10         Two Working as One, the Secrets of Collaboration (Chicago Sun,  December 2, 1945)
Folder 11         Visitors for the Soldiers (The New Yorker, April 17, 1943)
Folder 12         We are Three (Book News, Summer 1944)

Folder 13         Review of  Cousin From Fiji (Chicago Sun, April 7, 1944)
Folder 14         Review of  A Garden to the Eastward (Chicago Sun Book Week, March 23, 1947)
Folder 15         Review of  How About Tomorrow Morning? (Chicago Sun Book Week,  May 6, 1945)
Folder 16         Review of  Leave Her to Heaven (Chicago Sun Book Week, June 11,1944)  
                          see also Oversize drawers for original newspaper
Folder 17         Review of  Mr. Bremble’s Buttons (Chicago Sun-Times, April 13, 1947)

Box 23 (continued): Business Papers

Folder 18         Business papers: Partnership agreement, Mayer and Siegel, 1949-1986
Folder 19         Business papers: Royalty statements, 1937-1968
Folder 20         Business papers: The Coming of Age: Press coverage, 1942-1946
Folder 21         Business papers: The Coming of Age: Reprint negotiations, 1942-1983
Folder 22         Business papers: The Early Frost: Publicity and awards, 1952-1953
Folder 23         Business papers: The Early Frost: Screenplay negotiations, 1981-1983
Folder 24         Business papers: Instruct My Sorrows / My Reputation: Screenplay reprint, 1987
Folder 25         Business papers: This Eager Heart: Publishers agreement, 1948

Box 24: Novels

Folder 1           Craig Huston (Plot outline and character development; unpublished)
Folder 2           The Early Frost: Incomplete manuscript
Folder 3           The Early Frost: Edited typescript, pp. 1-150
Folder 4           The Early Frost: Edited typescript, pp. 151-291
Folder 5           The Early Frost: Galley proof, Version 1
Folder 6           The Early Frost: Galley proof, Version 2
Folder 7           The Early Frost: Layout mockups
Folder 8           The Early Frost: Partial list of reviews (?)

Box 25: Novels

Folder 1           Instruct My Sorrows: Typescript for printer, front matter and pp. 1-150
Folder 2           Instruct My Sorrows: Typescript for printer, pp. 151-300
Folder 3           Instruct My Sorrows: Typescript for printer, pp. 301-449
Folder 4           Instruct My Sorrows: Typescript for printer, pp. 450-491
Folder 5           Instruct My Sorrows: Galley proof
Folder 6           Instruct My Sorrows: Dust jackets

Box 26: Novels

Folder 1           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version A, pp. 1-100
Folder 2           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version A, pp. 101-200
Folder 3           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version A, pp. 201-300
Folder 4           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version A, pp. 301-391
Folder 5           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version B, pp. 1-150
Folder 6           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version B, pp. 151-300
Folder 7           These Are the Times: Typescript, Version B, pp. 301-391
Folder 8           These Are the Times: Uncorrected proof (galleys)

Boxes 27: Literary Scrapbooks

            Instruct My Sorrows / My Reputation   1942-1944

            My Reputation  1944-1946

Box 28: Literary Scrapbooks

             These Are the Times  1946

            These Are the Times: Uncorrected proof (galleys) (2nd copy)

Box 29: Literary Scrapbooks

            This Eager Heart, 1952

Series III:  Clara Spiegel Literary Papers

This series includes stories and articles, in typescript and published form, written by Clara Spiegel; typescripts of two unpublished nonfiction works, an African safari memoir (One Woman Safari, or One Woman’s Meat) and a cookbook (The Indolent Gourmet); and drafts and synopses of movie proposals and unpublished novels (some written with Fred Iselin), most of which were set in resort locations.  With the exception of some writings inspired by her Red Cross work (Box 30, Folder 22) and skits written (collaboratively) for the Lake Shore Country Club in the 1920s (Box 32, Folders 5 and 6), most of these writings date from the 1950s onward.  In her long letter of editorial advice to Barney ---- , evidently prepared after reading a manuscript of his World War II memoirs (Box 32, Folder 2), she recounts Hemingway’s writing advice to her (“Make it, don’t say it”).  Many of her stories and articles (Box 30) relate to her African hunting trips.  One (The Most Exclusive Club in the World, in Box 30, Folder 15) tells the story of a rafting trip down the Salmon River in Idaho.  Chapter one of One Woman Safari contains several pages of reminiscences of her childhood and young adulthood (Box 34, Folder 1).

Box 30:  Stories and Articles (Typescripts and Manuscripts)

Folder 1           The Agent
Folder 2           Birthday Party, 1982
Folder 3           The Captive Guest
Folder 4           East African Capsule, 1962
Folder 5           A Fable
Folder 6           A Fable
Folder 7           Flea Bag
Folder 8           The Good Life [on safari]
Folder 9           Hannibal (Nell Gates)
Folder 10         Hortense
Folder 11         How Not To Be a Hostess
Folder 12         I Love Men
Folder 13         The Library That Faith Built (Ketchum, Idaho)
Folder 14         Manual for Manners
Folder 15         The Most Exclusive Club in the World (Salmon River rafters)
Folder 16         Mrs. Glover
Folder 17         The Ngorongoro Crater, 1962
Folder 18         On Hunting Lions
Folder 19         On Hunting Lions
Folder 20         The Pearl Wearers
Folder 21         Pig
Folder 22         Red Cross writings, 1940s
Folder 23         Skillets and Skis, 1962
Folder 24         The Storm
Folder 25         Ten Years From Now
Folder 26         Tower of Babel
Folder 27         Who’s Cooking, 1961
Folder 28         A Woman’s Guide to East Africa

Box 31: Stories and Articles in Published Form

Folder 1           Bangkok Boxing (Chicago Sun-Times, September 8, 1963)
Folder 2           A Bird in the Pan (Bon Appetit, September 1960)
Folder 3           Chicago Woman Author Turns Antelope Hunter (Chicago Sun-Times, February 19, 1961,
                          Midwest magazine)
Folder 4           Day on Safari (The Reporter, July 1, 1965)
Folder 5           Don’t Give Me the Good Old Days (Valley Sun, February 1967)
Folder 6           A Look at East Africa: Some Do Fear Freedom (Idaho Statesman, January 29, 1961)
Folder 7           Skillets and Skis (Bon Appetit, February 1962)
Folder 8           A Very Tall Oak (The Valley Magazine, Summer 1990) [Ketchum Community Library]
Folder 9           Who’s Cooking (Bon Appetit, January 1961)

Box 32:  Miscellaneous Writings

Folder 1           Book proposal: Foreign phrases for European travel, 1956
Folder 2           Editorial suggestions for Barney ---  (266 Squadron, RAF)
Folder 3           Humorous writings, Miscellaneous
Folder 4           Travel advice: Egypt

Folder 5           Plays: Lake Shore Country Club skit, 1924
Folder 6           Plays: Lake Shore Worries  of 1926
Folder 7           Plays: The Somnambulent Prince

Folder 8           Poems / Songs: Birthday songs
Folder 9           Poems / Songs: Deep Sea Chanty, or The Destroyer
Folder 10         Poems / Songs: Ski-Friendship
Folder 11         Poems / Songs: Untitled (Skiing)

Folder 12         Fragments, Notes
Folder 13         Untitled fragments
Folder 14         Black composition book
Folder 15         Loose papers and fragments from black composition book

Box 33: Book-length (Typescripts)

Folder 1           Playground, pp. 1-150
Folder 2           Playground, pp. 151-298
Folder 3           Ski-resort novel (untitled)
Folder 4           The Indolent Gourmet (pp. 1-119)  (1990)
Folder 5           The Indolent Gourmet (pp. 120-236)   (1990)
Folder 6           The Indolent Gourmet:  Drafts
Folder 7           The Indolent Gourmet:  Drafts
Folder 8           The Indolent Gourmet:  Agent’s correspondence (1 item), 1963

Box 34:  Book-length (Typescripts)

Folder 1           One Woman Safari (chapters 1-7)
Folder 2           One Woman Safari (chapters 8-16)
Folder 3           One Woman’s Meat: Editorial suggestions from Belle Sideman
Folder 4           One Woman’s Meat: 2nd draft (chapters 1-10)
Folder 5           One Woman’s Meat: 2nd draft (chapters 11-21)
Folder 6           One Woman’s Meat: 2nd draft, carbon revised (chapters 12-20)
Folder 7           One Woman’s Meat: 3rd draft (chapters 1-5)
Folder 8           One Woman’s Meat: 3rd Draft (chapters 6-10)

Box 35: Other collaborations

Folder 1           With Fred Iselin: Partnership agreement, 1954
Folder 2           With Fred Iselin: Correspondence, 1954
Folder 3           With Fred Iselin: Alpine Misadventure (Motion picture synopsis)
Folder 4           With Fred Iselin: Sun Valley Fantasy (Motion picture script), 1954
Folder 5           With Fred Iselin: Sun Valley film, untitled (Synopsis)
Folder 6           With Fred Iselin: Ski movie notes

Folder 7           With Max Barsis: Correspondence, 1942-1946
Folder 8           With Catherine Gordon: Eye of the Beholder, Co-Authorship agreement, 1980
Folder 9           With Catherine Gordon: Photography book, Miscellaneous, 1984-1985

Series IV: Journals and Travel Writings

Clara Spiegel and her husband took several trans-Atlantic cruises to the Mediterranean in the 1920s and 30s.  The scrapbooks she compiled for each of them are nostalgic reminders of a mode of grand travel that has almost passed from the scene.  The scrapbooks contain photos of the ships, fellow passengers, and sights they saw; programs, tickets, and other tourist souvenirs; and detailed letters Spiegel wrote home chronicling her experiences.  The letters offer the earliest descriptive narrative in the collection, as well as occasional commentary on her shipmates. All of the letters from the scrapbooks have been photocopied and are assembled in a chronological sequence in Box 37.

Spiegel’s numbered journals begin in 1936.  Until the 1950s, she used the journals (which she numbered herself) to record autobiographical reflections, musings on life and society, passages for novels and stories, and occasional travel notes.  From the 1950s onward, they are more and more travel-oriented, and by the 1970s they are almost exclusively so.  Spiegel had typewritten transcripts prepared for the journals of her 1969 African safari and her 1981 South Pacific tour.  She inserted photos at the appropriate places and placed the transcripts in notebooks (Boxes 47 to 49). 

Appended toward the end of this series is a box of associated travel papers, mostly business and logistical in nature (Box 46), though the folders for her 1969 African trip contain several detailed letters to her safari guide, Count F. Meran, outlining her hopes and expectations for the trip.  “I have a great lion which I shot with Patrick [Hemingway] in 1962, so I don’t want another one,” she wrote, but she did ask for herring, sardines, sausage, and powdered soups for their lunches, dry white wines to accompany their dinners, and above all a chemical toilet. “My guns will come with me as I like to practice with them until the last moment…” (August 10, 1968).  As the trip drew nigh she also supplied an extensive liquor list (March 19, 1969), adding she did not drink juices for breakfast “but like enough tomato juice for Bloody Marys, if I want them in the evening” (March 19, 1969). Also present are instructions for the taxidermists for preparation of her trophies (Box 46, Folder 7).

Box 36: Travel letters and Scrapbooks

            Book 1: 1928:  Vigo, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Algiers, Rome, Hill towns, Florence,  Venice, Milan, St. Moritz, Cannes, Paris; S.S. France and S.S. Ile de France

            Book 2: 1934:  Gibraltar, Naples, Herculaneum, Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Thebes, Paris, London; S.S. Rex, S.S. Ansonia, S.S. Gange

            Book 3: 1935:  Madeira, Seville, Granada, Malaga, Algiers, Mallorca, Malta,  Egypt, Jerusalem, Damascus, Rhodes, Istanbul, Athens,   Korfu, Dubrovnik, Paris, Chartres, England; S.S Statendam

            Book 4: 1936    Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, Fez, Sefron, Tangier, Madrid, Toledo, Paris, London; S.S. Conte di Savoia, S.S.Berengaria

Box 37:  Travel letters (Photocopies)  

            Photocopies of letters from Travel Scrapbooks 1-4  (Box 36)

Box 38: Journals

            1.  1936 August – 1937 April                             9.  1938 September – 1938 October

            2.  1937 April – 1937 October                         10.  1938 October – 1938 November

            3.  1938 April – 1938 May                               11.  1938 November

            4.  1938 May – 1938 June                               12.  1938 November – 1938 Dec.

            5.  1938 June                                                   13.  1938 December- 1939 January

            6.  1938 June – 1938 July                                 14.  1939 January – 1939 February

            7.  1938 July – 1938 September                       15.  1939 February – 1939 March

            8.  1938 September                                          16.  1939 March – 1939 April

Box 39: Journals

            17.  1939 April – 1939 May

            18.  1939 May – 1939 June                                                                                        

            19.  1939 June

            20.   [?] October

            21.  1941

            22.  1944 August –  1944 September                          

            23.  1944 August –  1944 September              

            24.  1946 January; 1950 April             

            25.  1947 May – 1947 September

            26.  1948 January – 1948 February          

            27.  Undated; blue composition book   

            28.  1953 September – May 1954

            29.  1954 May – 1956 July

            29a 1957 September  (Portugal; Africa)

            29b 1957 October  (Africa)

            30.  1960 April – 1960 September (Africa)

            31.  1959 June

            32.  1959 November 

            33.  1959 November – 1960 April 

            34.  1960 September  (Africa)

            35.  1960 September  (Africa)

Box 40: Journals

            36.  1960 September    (Safari 1 ; Africa)                                 

            37.  1960 September – 1960 October  (Safari  2; Africa, India, Nepal)           

            38.  1960 October (India, Thailand)                                         

            39.  1962 April – 1962 May     (Paris, Israel)               

            40.  1962 May (Greece)

            41.  1962 May – 1962 June  (Greece, Africa 1)

            42.  1962 June  (Africa 2)

            43.  1962 June  (Africa 3)

            44.  1962 July  (Africa 4, Italy)

            45.  1962 Game record

Box 41: Journals

            46.  1964 April

            47.  1964 May

            48.  1964 May

            49.  1964 September (Africa)

            50.  1964 September (Africa)

            51.  1964 September – 1964 October (Africa)

            52.  1964 October (Africa)

            53.  1965 January

            54.  1965 April

            55.  1965 May (Sicily, Sorrento)

            56.  1965 May – 1965 June (Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Austria)

            57.  1965 August

Box 42: Journals

            58.    1966  April  (Spain)

            59.    1967  Ireland

            60.    1968  May, 1969 January

            61.    1969  September (Africa)  [typed transcript in Box 43]

            62a   1969  July – 1969 September (Africa) [typed transcript in Box 43]

            62b   1970  May – 1970 June  (England, Austria) [typed transcript in Box 43]

            63.    1972 – 1973

            64.    1973  August – 1973 September  (includes Portugal, Germany)

            65.    1973  September – 1973 October (Germany, Austria)

            100.  1976  October – 1976 November (Pacific Islands, Hawaii)

            101.  1977  May – 1977 June  (Spain, Austria)

Box 43: Journals

            62a.   1969  July – September (Africa)  [Transcript, photocopy]  [Original scrapbook / transcript with photos is in Box 47]

            61.     1969  September (Africa)  [Transcript, photocopy]   [Original scrapbook / transcript with photos is in Box 47]

                62b.   1970  May – June (England, Austria)  [Typed transcript]

            102.   1978  May (Chicago, Peru)

            103a  1981  January – February (New Zealand, Australia)

            103b  1981  February - March    (Australia, Bali, Taiwan)

            103a  1981  February – March [Transcript, photocopy]   [Original scrapbook / transcript with photos is in Box 48]

            103b  1981  February – March [Transcript, photocopy]  [Original scrapbook / transcript with photos is in Box 49]

            (none) 1982  February – April (New Zealand)

            104a  1983  February – April (New Zealand)

            104b  1983  April – May (New Zealand) 

Box 44: Journals  

            105.   1983  September – October (France, Austria)

            106.   1983  October – November (Austria, England, East Coast, Chicago)

            107.   1984  February- March (New Zealand)

            108.   1984  March – May (New Zealand, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara)

            (none) 1984  September (Yellowstone)

            109.   1985  February (Santa Barbara, New Zealand)

            110.   1985  February – March  (New Zealand)

            111.   1985  March – April (New Zealand)

            112a  1986  March – April (New Zealand)

            112b  1986 April – May (Hong Kong, China)

Box 45: Journals

            113.   1987  January  (New Zealand)

            114.   1988  January – February (New Zealand)

             (none) 1988  August  (Vancouver, southeast Alaska cruise)

            115.   1988  October  (North Carolina, Virginia, Wilmington, Bucks County)

            116.   1989  January - February (New Zealand) and 1989  June (London)

            (none)  1996  January  (New Zealand)   6 pages only

Numbered journals end with 116; record books below are lists of travel necessities, gifts, etc.

            Record book 1988                               Record book 1991

            Record book 1989                                Record book 1996

            Record book 1990

Box 46: Associated Travel Papers

Folder 1           South Africa, 1957  (cf. Journals 29a, 29b)
Folder 2           France, Israel, Greece, Africa, 1962 (cf. Journals 39-45)
Folder 3           Africa, 1962  (cf. Journals 41-45)
Folder 4           Africa, 1964 (cf. Journals 49-52)
Folder 5           Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Austria, 1965 (cf. Journal 56)
Folder 6           Ireland, etc., 1967 (cf. Journal 59)
Folder 7           African safari, 1969 (cf. Journals 61, 62a)
Folder 8           African safari, 1969 (cf. Journals 61, 62a)
Folder 9           New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Taiwan, 1981 (cf. Journals 103a, 103b)
Folder 10         New Zealand, 1987 (cf. Journal 113)
Folder 11         Santa Barbara, 1987
Folder 12         New York, Chicago, 1987
Folder 13         Bermuda, 1991
Folder 14         Miscellaneous trips

Box 47: Journals: Transcripts

            “Transcript with pictures of Clara Spiegel’s journal of the trip she and Raimund Wurzenrainer took to Kenya, Tanzania, and Kenya [sic] in August and September 1969”   [Refer first to photocopy in Box 43, journals 62a and  61]

Boxes 48 and 49: Journals: Transcripts

            Transcript with photos of trip to New Zealand, Australia, Bali, and Taiwan,1981 [Refer first to photocopy in Box 43, journals 103a and 103b)

Series V: Photographs

Until the early 1980s, Clara Spiegel documented her travels and social life by assembling scrapbooks in which she placed hundreds of captioned snapshots.  Those scrapbooks are located in Series I.  With very few exceptions (notably the Africa photos), the photos in this series are loose snapshots that date from the mid 1980s to 1997,  the last dozen years of Clara Spiegel’s life, after she stopped assembling those scrapbooks.  They reveal that she was an active traveler and angler to the end.  Some of these snapshots are grouped by trip and destination; others are in no order at all.  Many have captions on the back; many do not.  The photos in Box 50 have been numbered; some are portrait-like snapshots of Spiegel and family members; a few others (Photos 1001-1010) are professionally-photographed 8x10 prints.

Box 50

            Photos 001-011           Clara Spiegel, portrait-like snapshots
            Photos 101-132           Clara Spiegel fishing; one with antelope  (Patrick Hemingway in photos 125, 131, 132)
            Photos 201-226           Sons Andrew and William and families
            Photos 301-324           Clara Spiegel’s house and garden
            Photos 401-407           African safari photos (1962)   (Patrick Hemingway in photo 407)
            Photos 501-504           Friends

            Photos 1001                 Wedding party of Maria Teresa (“Chiquita”) Duchin and Morgan Heap, including Peter Duchin and Clara Spiegel  (195?)
            Photos 1002                 Colorized portrait of Jane Mayer
            Photos 1003                 Trail Creek (Sun Valley) by Lloyd Arnold
            Photos 1004-1007       Portraits of Mary Hemingway, by Liz Malone (1971)
            Photos 1008-1010       Celebrity autographed photos

Box 51

            China, 1986
            Lake Yellowstone, 1987
            New Zealand, 1987
            Bermuda, 1991
            Pashimeroi (Idaho), 1996

Boxes 52 and 53

             Unsorted snapshots

Series VI: Printed Matter

This series consists of miscellaneous postcards and travel brochures collected by Clara Spiegel in Australia, New Zealand, and China (1980s-1990s), Shell and Mobil road maps of East Africa (1960s), and route maps for Pan Am and BOAC (1950s); together with complete issues of magazines featuring her writings (under both her own name and the pseudonym Clare Jaynes), magazines she collected with articles about Ernest Hemingway, and a few other magazines she saved on topics of personal interest.

Box 54: Travel brochures: Australia (1980s -1990s); Africa (road maps, ca. 1960);  BOAC and Pan Am (route maps, 1950s)

Box 55: Travel brochures: China (1980s)

Box 56: Travel brochures: New Zealand (1980s -1990s)

Box 57: Writings in journals (complete issues)

            Bon Appetit (Sept-Oct 1960), with “A Bird in the Pan” (p. 10)

            Bon Appetit (Feb 1962), with “Skillets and Skis” (p. 4)

            Bon Appetit (Jan-Feb 1961) with “Who’s Cooking” (p. 4)

            Liberty (Oct 10, 1942), with “Back to Earth” (p. 28)

            Liberty (June 3, 1944), with “These Are the Times” (p. 31)

            The New Yorker (April 17, 1943), with “Visitors for the Soldiers” (p. 22)

            The Reporter (July 1, 1965) with “A Day on Safari” (p. 38)

            Story (Jan-Feb 1942), with “The Coming of Age,” (p. 68)

            The Tatler (Nov 2, 1938), with “The Eyes of the Beholder” (p. 226)

            Wilson Library Bulletin (May 1954), with “Clare Jaynes” (p. 740)

Box  58: Journal articles about Hemingway (complete issues)

            Elle (Sept 15, 1971), with “Papa Hemingway” by Jean Dutourd

            Hunting Yearbook (1957), with “The Sixteenth Retrieve” by Don Anderson

            Life (September 5, 1960), with “The Dangerous Summer” part 1, by EH

            Life (September 12, 1960), with “The Dangerous Summer” part 2, by EH

            Life (September 19, 1960), with “The Dangerous Summer” part 3, by EH

            Life (July 14, 1961), with “Hemingway”

            Look (Jan 26, 1954), with “Safari” by EH

            Look (Sept 12, 1961), with “Hemingway: A Personal Story,” by MH

            Paris Match (June 20, 1959), with Hemingway, Le Vieil Homme et Son Coeur”

            The New York Times Magazine (August 18, 1985), with “The Young Hemingway” (three unpublished stories)

            Saturday Review (July 29, 1961) subtitled  “Hemingway: A World View”

Box 59: Magazines of personal interest

            The Chronicle of the Horse (Dec 112, 1986)  [annual stallion issue]

            Holiday (April 1959)  [Africa]

            Life (Dec 5, 1969)  [African antelope]

            Saturday Review (July 19, 1958)  [Africa, New Star in History]

            Sports Illustrated (August 15, 1955)  [first anniversary issue]

            Sports Illustrated (August 20, 1955)  [second anniversary issue]

            Sports Illustrated (Oct 10, 1955)  [upland birds]

Oversize items

Oversize Drawers

Chicago Herald Tribune, October 25, 1940 (Third Section, page 1)

    “Premiere Thrills Throng” including photo of Clara Spiegel, Jane Mayer, and their husbands at the Chicago movie premiere of  North West Mounted Police)  cf. Box 1, Folder 1, for photocopy

Chicago Sun Book Week, June 11, 1944 (Page 1)

    “A Woman of Monstrous, Jealous Will” (review by Clare Jaynes of Leave Her to Heaven)  cf. Box 23, Folder 16 for photocopy

Chicago Daily News, News-Views (rotogravure), April 13, 1946 (pages 2-4)

    “Collaborating Ladies” about Clara Spiegel and Jane Mayer, with photos.  cf. Box 1, Folder 8, for photocopy

Midwest, Magazine of the Chicago Sun-Times, February 19, 1961 (pages 20-21)

    “Chicago Woman Author Turns Antelope Hunter” about her African safari, with photos

Idaho Mountain Express, February 10-16, 1993 (Pages B-1 and B-2)

    “Pfeifer, Lang: A Tribute to Two Skiing Giants” about Sun Valley ski instructions Friedl Pfeifer and Otto Lang.  No mention of Clara Spiegel

Paris-Soir, February 6-8, 1934

     Pages reporting on street riots in Paris

Il Mattino (Naples), May 10, 1936 (Page 1)

     Headline “Il Duce Proclama l’Imperia d’Italia / S.M. Vittorio Emanuele III assume il Titolo di Imperatore dell’Etiopea” 

Footnotes to the Biographical Sketch  

[1] Laton McCartney, “Sun Valley Summer, Town & Country, July 1983, p. 160 (Box 1, Folder 13)

[2] Clara Spiegel’s autobiographical writings (Box 1, Folders 2-5) and archivist’s research (Box 1, Folder 0)

[3] “Bequest,” 1st draft, pp. 5-6 (Box 1, Folder 4)

[4] “Bequest,” 2nd draft, pp. 4-5 (Box 1, Folder 3)

[5] “Story about E.R.” written in blank book (In My Own Write) in Box 1, Folder 5.  For a general history of Jews in Chicago, see The Jews of Chicago: From Shetl to Suburb, by Irving Cutler (University of Illinois Press, 1996)

[6] For these and other reminiscences of her childhood and young adulthood, see chapter one of her African safari memoir, One Woman Safari (Box 34, Folder 1). Information on Frederick Spiegel’s friendship with Ernest Hemingway is found in Carlos Baker, Ernest Hemingway: A Life Story (Scribner, 1969). The programs for the Lake Shore Country Club skits are in Box 32, Folders 5 and 6.  Irving Cutler (The Jews of Chicago, cited above) characterizes Lake Shore as a Jewish country club.

[7] One Woman Safari, page 4 (Box 34, Folder 1)

[8] The typescript is found in Box 22, Folder 12.

[9] Reviews found in Instruct My Sorrows scrapbook in Box 27.

[10] From a talk entitled  “Working Scheme for Collaboration,” page 4 (1943) in Box 1, Folder 18

[11] One Woman Safari, page 6 (Box 34, Folder 1)

[12] Editorial suggestions to Barney (Box 32, Folder 2)

[13] Wendolyn Spence Holland, Sun Valley: An Extraordinary History (Idaho Press, 1998) page 358>

[14] Clara Spiegel, “The Library That Faith Built” (Box 30, Folder 13)

[15] “Bequest,” 1st draft,  page 6 (Box 1, Folder 4)

[16] Roy Moss, “Two Veterans Perform With Distinction,” Southern Fishing, January 1993 (Box 1, Folder 14); quote from “Amazing Angler,” Mountain Scene, February 3, 1993 (Box 1, Folder 1)

[17]“Fond Memories,” Lewiston Tribune, August 4, 1996 (Box 2, Folder 27)

[18] Chicago Tribune, October 24, 1997 (Box 1, Folder 1)

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