Scope and arrangement
The collection, which dates from 1933-2001, chiefly documents Anne Laven's creative pursuits and her husband Paul's military service during WWII. Anne's papers reflect her interest in the performing arts. Her career as a puppeteer and Balinese dancer is chronicled through scrapbooks, photographs, slides and sound and video recordings. Her papers also contain incoming correspondence from her family and communication regarding two oral history projects, Oral History of the American Left and Telling It Like It Was. Writings include short stories, plays, and poetry, some of which was published in a volume titled Midnight Thoughts and Stories. Other material includes documentation related to her divorce from Alfred Saxe, her marriage to Paul, and her Mensa membership certificate. Paul Laven's materials contain aerial views of postwar Germany and general posed shots of servicemen, which he took in his capacity as a military photographer with the United States Air Force. Outgoing correspondence reflects his close relationship with his friends and family and dates chiefly from the years following his retirement. Writings include accounts of his service in World War II.
The Anne and Paul Laven papers are arranged in two series: