Scope and arrangement
The papers of Maud Madison consist mainly of 87 letters (and fragments of letters), most of which were written by Madison to her mother, her daughter, and to someone she called Lee, Bee and Bon (possibly the father of her daughter). The letters discuss her life on tour in the United States; ideas for costumes and lighting for her dances; living and trying to work in Paris in 1900, her debut in Paris, her opinions of Loie Fuller for whom she auditioned; and her child.
Some letters of interest include the following:
- 11/19/1891 letter to her mother mentions MM's 21st birthday
- 4/14/1893 letter to her mother discusses the lighting technique and costume for a "diamond dance"
- 1900's - many letters from Paris mention Loie Fuller
- 3/6/1901 letter to her daughter mentions MM's first appearance on the stage.
The collection also contains drafts of some autobiographical material and two short stories written by Madison, as well as a few programs and some promotional material pertaining to MM's career.
The Maud Madison papers are arranged in five series:
- 13 items
- 3 items