- Papers, 1924-1997
- ca. 28 ft.
- Author, of Chicago, Illinois and Ketchum, Idaho; b. Clara Elizabeth Gatzert, 1904; d. 1997.
- Finding aid online
- View a short video (2008) about one research use of the Clara Spiegel collection
Correspondence, journals, diaries, speeches, autobiographical sketches, drafts of novels, short stories, and essays, literary and personal scrapbooks, memorabilia, photos, and other papers, documenting Spiegel's career as a novelist and short story writer (under her own name and, with Jane Mayer, using the joint pseudonym Clare Jaynes), her safaris to Africa (1950s-60s), fishing trips to New Zealand (1980s-90s), and other world travels, and her social life and community work in the resort communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho, in the 1950s and after. The collection contains little literary correspondence; most letters by Spiegel describe her travels. Includes elaborate scrapbooks about her trans-Atlantic and Mediterranean cruises in the 1920s and 1930s and detailed guest books documenting her many dinner parties (names of guests, table arrangement, and menus) in Sun Valley, Idaho, 1953-1996.
Gift of Mrs. Spiegel's son, Andrew Spiegel, 1999.