University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Fannie Hurst:

An Inventory of Her Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968
Title: Fannie Hurst Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: 1914-1944
Abstract: The Fannie Hurst Literary File consists of 896 images. Many of the loose prints are of Hurst alone, with various people including her husband Jacques S. Danielson, and/or with various pets. There are also numerous portraits of celebrities of Hurst’s day, many of which were autographed presentations to her.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02687
Extent: 896 items (3 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Fannie Hurst Literary File consists of 896 images (631 loose prints, 264 prints in 2 albums, and a photographic reproduction of a caricature, partially adhered to a piece of glass). Many of the loose prints are of Hurst alone, with various people including her husband Jacques S. Danielson, and/or with various pets. There are also numerous portraits of celebrities of Hurst’s day, many of which were autographed presentations to her. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This collection forms part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.



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Index Terms

Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968.
Motion pictures--Production and direction.
Berlin (Germany).
Havana (Cuba).
Oberammergau (Germany).
Venice (Italy).
Document Types
Photographic prints.

Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center holds additional Hurst material in the Fannie Hurst Papers (MS-02091), the Fannie Hurst Art Collection (AR-00128), and the Fannie Hurst Personal Effects Collection (DA-00053).

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Item List

Box 1 Portraits of Hurst, undated.
Hurst and her husband, Jacques S. Danielson, undated.
Hurst with various people, including a candid photograph with Eleanor Roosevelt (P40), undated.
Box 2 Hurst with various people, including Eleanor Roosevelt (P65), actor Marlon Brando (P72), and reporter Mike Wallace (P73); many subjects unidentified, undated.
Box 3 Hurst encountering various unidentified people, undated.
Hurst with her Scottish terriers, undated.
Box 4 Hurst with various pets, including dogs, a cat, two leopard cubs, a monkey, and a rabbit, undated.
Images of Hurst’s husband, Jacques S. Danielson (P219-222) and various other people, including Judith Anderson (P238), Waldorf Astor (P243), Marion Davies (P225), Bob Davis (P227), Irene Dunne (P236), Albert Einstein (P235), John Erskine (P244), Zona Gale (P231), George S. Hellman (P245), Eddie Hibbard (P228), Roy W. Howard (P229), Zora Neale Hurston (P230), Ruth Byron Owen (P224A-P224C), Mary Pickford (P223), Eleanor Roosevelt (P232, mounted under glass), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (P233), undated.
Box 5 Miscellaneous images of unidentified people; stills and other photographs pertaining to the American movie production of Imitation of Life (P277-P286, P287A-P287B) and the French production of Back Street (P315-P316); photographs of a plaque denoting the "Jacques Danielson Memorial Laboratory Established by Fannie Hurst" (P289A-P289B); images of Hurst’s Yorkshire terriers (P291-P311) and a cat (P312), undated.
Box 6 Loose prints pertaining to Hurst, undated.
Box 7 Images of Claudette Colbert (in a scene from Imitation of Life, 957:0076:0205), Robert H. Davis (957:0076:0211), Daniel Frohman (957:0076:0213-0214), numerous pets (dogs and/or cats), and buildings (interiors, exteriors), undated.
LF OV Box, Large Hurst with W. Crawford (matted photographic print with clippings mounted on art deco style mat which has inked lines and inscription by Crawford), 1944.
Hurst, F., Lit File Album 1 Handle with care. The album lacks covers and has crumbling pages and an extremely weak spine. Large photo album in extremely poor condition which contains 255 photographic prints, including one cyanotype and two prints which are laid in; subject matter consists chiefly of Hurst’s travels with her husband in Russia, Venice, France, Berlin, Oberammergau, Havana, and Lake Tahoe; also includes numerous portraits of Hurst alone, with her various pets, and with friends, as well as seven photographic reproductions of art; some images dated between 1914 and 1933; also contains 3 original sketches of Hurst, 1914-1933.
Hurst, F., Lit File Album 2 Maroon loose-leaf notebook with 9 photographic prints of a ceremony in which Hurst received an “Honorary Doctorate of Letters”; also includes a printed program indicating that it was the 20th Commencement of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, undated.
Lit File Artifacts Box Photographic reproduction of a caricature of Hurst by Ralph Barton (partially adhered to a piece of glass), undated.

Index of Photographers

  • Acme News Pictures--P257
  • Angelo--957:0076:0028
  • Annette Photography Studio--P307-P308
  • Bachrach--P233
  • Bama, Howard L.--P272-P273
  • Bing Studio--P52
  • Blackstone Studios--P254
  • Blue Network Photo--P9A
  • Boons, Nell--P224B
  • Boris, M. I.--P5
  • Cadoux, J.--957:0076:0207
  • Central Gallery--957:0076:0003
  • Cooper, A. C.--P29
  • Dansk Foto Reportage--957:0076:0225
  • Demeyer--P223
  • Dilks--957:0076:0006
  • Fasman, Ben--P47
  • Franco Studio--957:0076:0010, 0012-0015, 0038-0039
  • Genelli--957:0076:0157
  • Gottscho, Samuel H.--957:0076:0239-0245
  • Guild Photographers--957:0076:0246
  • Hartsook--P221
  • Harvey Studio--P207
  • Hastings - Willinger & Associates--P75A-P75B
  • Hauser, Al--P51
  • Hoppé, E. O.--P231
  • Impact--P290
  • Impact Photos Inc.--P67A-P67B
  • The Independent--957:0076:0103
  • Juley, Peter A. & Son--P30A-P30C, P240, P245; 957:0076:0224
  • Kernen--P74
  • Kernen, J.--957:0076:0208
  • Keystone View Co.--P3; 957:0076:0167
  • Knopf, Alfred A.--957:0076:0189
  • Leviathan, S. S.--P216
  • Levitt, Ray--957:0057:0168
  • Marks, Gertrude H.--P249
  • McNutt--P43, P220
  • Middletown Journal--P56A-P56C
  • Moorz, Gene--P246
  • Moulin, Gabriel--957:0076:0083
  • Neustein, Lotte--P7; 957:0076:0118-0119
  • Oggiano (N.Y.)--P4A
  • Overpeck--957:0076:0159
  • Pack Bros.--P234
  • Pan-Pacific Press Bureau--P34; 957:0076:0164-0166, 0178, 0186
  • Perri, Peter--P63A-P63B
  • Polaroid--P252
  • Povall, Henry C. (Reader's Digest)--P19, P255
  • Probst, W. A. (Cunard Line Photo)--P16A
  • Richee, Eugene Robert (Paramount)--P212
  • Rieser, Rod--P55, P57A-P57B, P58
  • Roulet, F.--P85
  • Salmi, Sylvia--P8
  • Sharp, Jay--P49
  • Sherman, Editta--P14, P27A-P27J
  • Signal Corps U.S.A.--P40
  • Stolar, Theodor--P2A-P2B
  • Strauss--P256, 957:0076:0001-0002, 0004, 0160-0161
  • Studio Lipnitzki--957:0076:0018-0019
  • Tarr, H.--957:0076:0182
  • VanDamm, Florence--P228
  • Vos, Martin--P250
  • Wagner, Harold--P244
  • Weissenstein, Heinz H.--957:0057:0169
  • Whitestone Photo--P35
  • Yog, Isidor--957:0076:0032