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MS – 110: Fannie Hurst Newsletter Collection

( 3 boxes, .81 cubic feet)

Inclusive Dates: 1989-1995

Processed by: Katherine Downton

November 2009

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Given to Special Collections at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College, by Temma Berg, Professor of English at Gettysburg College and former Managing Editor of the Fannie Hurst Newsletter.


Fannie Hurst (1889-1968)

Fannie Hurst was born in Hamilton, Ohio on October 18, 1889 to German Jewish parents.  She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri.  Hurst developed an interest in writing at a young age, submitting her first manuscript for publication at the age of fourteen.  Following her graduation from Washington University in St. Louis in 1909, she worked briefly as a school teacher.  She then moved to New York City to pursue a writing career.   Despite initial publisher rejections, she persisted and went on to become a successful writer of many novels, plays, short stories, magazine articles, movie scripts, and an autobiography.  Hurst married Jacques S. Danielson, a Russian Jewish pianist in 1915, although she kept the union a secret for five years. 

Hurst’s work is best remembered for her sentimental depiction of the lives of women in the first half of the 20th century, focusing on topics such as working women, poor single mothers, spousal abuse, sexual abuse, and more.  Hurst’s writing was very popular during her lifetime, particularly among female readers.  In the later years of her life, she became a social reformer and activist with an interest in women’s rights, poverty, and racial inequality.  She died in February 1968 in New York City.

The Fannie Hurst Society and Fannie Hurst Newsletter

The Fannie Hurst Newsletter was launched by Dr. Susan Koppelman in July 1991 as a letter sent out to scholars interested in the work and life of author Fannie Hurst (1889-1968).  The Fannie Hurst Society and the Fannie Hurst Newsletter were officially established in October 1991 by Hurst scholars at the Midwest Popular Culture Association conference.  The production of the newsletter then moved to the Department of English at Gettysburg College, where Dr.  Temma Berg served as Managing Editor.  Susan Koppelman continued to serve as an editor and contributor to the newsletter throughout its production.   The final issue of the Fannie Hurst Newsletter was published in spring of 1995.

Scope and Content Notes

Much of the Fannie Hurst Newsletter collection is comprised of drafts and final copies of the newsletter (published from 1991-1995), material submitted for publication, and some promotional material.  The collection also includes a substantial amount of correspondence, comprised mostly of letters and a several e-mails.  The correspondence has been divided into two sections.  The first is miscellaneous business correspondence written to and from Managing Editor Temma Berg and Assistant Editor and Holly Lavieri ‘94.  Most of this correspondence is with individuals interested in membership in the society or who wish to contribute articles to the newsletter.  The second section is comprised primarily of correspondence between Susan Koppelman, Temma Berg, and Holly Lavieri.  This part of the collection concerns the oversight, content, production, promotion, and distribution of the newsletter.  The collection also includes some administrative documents related to the distribution and financial aspects of the newsletter and copies of newsletters from other literary societies and organizations.

The newsletters and article manuscripts will be of interest to researchers studying Fannie Hurst or those interested in literary newsletters.   The correspondence will be most useful to researchers interested in the development and dissolution of the Fannie Hurst Society or anyone studying literary societies and their publications. 

The collection does not contain extensive information about Fannie Hurst beyond the articles published in the society newsletter, article manuscripts, and some of the correspondence between the scholars involved in the Fannie Hurst Society.  The collection does not contain primary source material connected directly to Fannie Hurst.

Series Description

This collection is divided into three Series.  Series 1: Publications, Series 2: Correspondence, Series 3: Administrative documents 

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