Scope and Content of Collection
The Papers of Andrew Field include materials gathered and produced during the research, writing, and publication of Field's biography ofDjuna Barnes, Djuna: The Formidable Miss Barnes. The collection includes items dated from 1916 to 1989, with the bulk of materials dating, from 1978 to 1982, when Field was researching and writing the biography. There are manuscripts of the biography in various states as well as correspondence with individuals who were witnesses of Djuna Barnes's life, with other biographers of early twentieth century New York and Paris cultural figures, and with institutions and repositories that hold archival records. There are also research notes, notes from primary interviews, clippings, photocopies of articles, genealogical documents, book reviews, photographs, and publications of other writers gathered during research. Of particular value are individual copies from the chapbook series Bruno's Weekly and Bruno's in which three examples of Barnes's writing and illustration appeared. Copies of these rare publications are not among the materials in the Papers of Djuna Barnes held by the University of Maryland Libraries. The collection also contains correspondence from Djuna Barnes to several of the individuals Field contacted while working on the biography.