LUCE, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987


Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1930-1987, 319 linear feet.
The papers of Clare Boothe Luce include correspondence (1914-1987) particularly relating to politics, religion, and literary and artistic endeavors; secretarial file (1933-1987); literary file (1919-1987) containing business records, articles, essays, reviews, commentaries, journals, notebooks, memoirs, novels, short stories, plays, non-fiction, pamphlets, and proposals, together with notes, drafts, fragments, and other writings; congressional and ambassadorial correspondence and subject files; Booth (Booth) and Luce family and personal papers; speech files; scrapbooks (141 volumes); and other papers. The collection (dating chiefly from 1930 to 1987) documents Clare Boothe Luce’s multifaceted career. Topics in the papers include diplomacy, intelligence service, international relations, national defense and security, public roles for women, and Luce’s conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1946. A finding aid is available in the library and online.

Papers: In the Edwin Francis Brennan Papers, ca. 1927-1984, 9.6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Raymond Leslie Buell Papers, ca. 1915-1984, 20.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Edward L. Bernays Papers, ca. 1777-1994, 160.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Ray S. Cline Papers, ca. 1945-1994, 28.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Russell Wheeler Davenport Papers, ca. 1899-1980, 40.8 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Henry Robinson Luce Papers, ca. 1917-1967, 45 linear feet.
Subjects include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Charles Habib Malik Papers, ca. 1888-1994, 114.8 linear feet.
Correspondents include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the library.


Arizona State University
Special Collections, Hayden Library
Tempe, AZ
Papers: 1955-1966, 1 linear foot.
The collection consists of Christmas cards from personal friends and prominent persons sent to Henry R. and Clare Boothe Luce, 1965-1966, and birthday cards and telegrams sent 1958-1965. Also included is a program and draft remarks made by Mrs. Luce at a banquet while serving as ambassador to Italy.


Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1968, 108 pages.
Topics discussed during the interview with Clare Boothe Luce include impressions of President Eisenhower, the 1952 campaign, the Foreign Service, Ambassador to Italy Trieste, the Ambassador to Brazil, the Republican Party; and John Foster Dulles.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (December 6, 1945) in the David Abrahamsen papers.
Official correspondence. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

Papers: In the Frank Altschul Papers, 1900-1981, 150 linear feet.
Subject include Clare Boothe Luce.

Papers: In the J.O. Brown Collection, 1947, 2 letters
The papers of J.O. Brown include 2 letters with Clare Boothe Luce (February 8, 1947; April 10, 1947). A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Daniel Longwell Collection, 1936-1952, 14 letters and 12 photographs.
The papers of Daniel Longwell include correspondence with and photographs of Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Geoffrey Parsons Papers, ca. 1919-1959, 4 linear feet.
Subjects include Clare Boothe Luce.

Papers: 10 letters (1937-1941) in the Random House papers.
Personal business. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Samson Raphaelson Papers, 1916-1982, 19.5 linear feet.
Subjects include Clare Boothe Luce.

Papers: In the Benjamin Stolberg Collection, 1944-1946, 3 letters.
Subjects include Clare Boothe Luce. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral History: 108 pages.
Furnished by agreement with Columbia University.


Northwestern University Library
Special Collections Department
Evanston, IL
Papers: n.d., 14 items.
Correspondence from Clare Boothe Luce.


Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
Papers: 1942, 1 page.
A letter dated November 6, 1942, from Clare Boothe Luce, Greenwich, Connecticut [to] Private Bobbitt. In the letter, Clare Boothe Luce acknowledges the letter from Private Bobbitt and sends her thanks and best wishes to him. She refers to the war and says that everyone is doing their job so that it will end.


University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: 1932-1933, 3 items.
Correspondence from Clare Boothe Luce to Wayne Gard between 1932 and 1933. The letters cover: 1) The political climate, October 31, 1932; 2) Some articles by John Carter; concerning Conde Nast. November 21, 1932;. 3) A request of Wayne Gard to check the proofs of his Nicholas Murray Butler article, January 16, 1933.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1935, 1 item.
Correspondence between Clare Boothe Luce and Theodore Dreiser, 1935.

Papers: 1940-1941, 2 items.
Correspondence between Clare Boothe Luce and Lewis Mumford, 1940-1941.