Scope and arrangement
The papers of Berenice C. Skidelsky consist of personal correspondence, including ten letters from Theodore Dreiser. There are also letters from Sherwood Anderson and John Galsworthy. The bulk of the collection consists of diaries beginning with her first year as a student at Swarthmore (1904), until her death in 1984. These diaries or journals reflect her emotional history, activities and political thoughts. Also in the collection are clippings and clipping books of articles, quotations and newspaper and magazine commentaries. Most of these writings have been annotated by Skidelsky. There are photographs of friends and family and two boxes of floppy disks (in ASCII code), which contain biographical data, letters and the diaries which have been transcribed by the donor.
Correspondence (Box 1), includes letters from John Galsworthy, Sherwood Anderson and some of her editors. The most important pieces of correspondence are ten letters from Theodore Dreiser (1918-22). All correspondence has been arranged according to correspondent: family and friends, notables.
Included also in the collection are examples of her early writings in Vogue (1925), serials written for Modern Romances (1931-35), and book reviews for Book Review Monthly (1913-17).
A series of eighty-five handwritten journals (1904-1984), reflects Skidelsky's emotional history and activities. The journals begin with her entrance into Swarthmore and end three weeks before her death.
This collection contains clippings from magazines and newspapers as well as political pamphlets. Most of them have been annotated by Skidelsky. These annotations and the selection of material are a reflection of her own political and personal thoughts as well as criticism of some of her own writings.
Included also is an early scrapbook (Box 12), containing newspaper and magazine articles written by her father as well as some of his essays. These all have the by-line Simon S. or S. S. Skidelsky. All clipping books in the collection, except for this one and one other old album which is in Box 12, are arranged chronologically. The bulk of clippings, which have been removed from their original three-ring binders, are arranged according to topic or subject.
Photographs (Box 13), are a separate series in the collection, dating from the 1880s-1968. They are photos of friends and family, and include some photos of Berenice.
There are twenty-seven floppy disks (Box 14) which contain bibliographic data, letters from notables and the journals which were transcribed by the donor of the collection, Joyce Kidder Davis. The disks are in ASCII code.
The Berenice Skidelsky papers are arranged in six series: