Scope and arrangement
The Ilka Chase Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, scripts, scrapbooks, and other material related to the career of Ilka Chase. There is also considerable material related to the career of her mother Edna Woolman Chase and Vogue magazine. The collection has many strengths. There is a tremendous amount of personal correspondence, especially between Ilka Chase and her mother. The collection also contains the entire run of scripts from a radio program hosted by Ilka Chase from January 1951 to October 1951 and a complete run of articles for a syndicated newspaper column from 1955 to 1964. The photograph collection contains photos of Ilka Chase both in her professional career and private life, Edna Woolman Chase, and other celebrities including Mr. and Mrs. Eugene O'Neill.
Researchers interested in the Edna Woolman Chase material will find the notes about the 1937 edition of Vogue (Box 28,076 Folder 3) useful. The Christmas cards designed by Claire Avery (Box 28,090 Folder 4) are also of interest.
Another interesting item from the history of Vogue is a photograph with caption of the fashion do's and don'ts (Box 28,091 Folder 10). Of interest to researchers examining the life of Edna Woolman Chase or the life of Ilka Chase is the article about how Edna Woolman Chase balanced her career at Vogue magazine with mothering Ilka Chase (Box 28,090, Folder 3).
The Ilka Chase papers are arranged in seven series: