The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Adrienne Curtis Collection, 1920-1972



Size: .2 Linear Feet

Provenance: Received from Elizabeth Rudolph, 13 February 1996

Access: open

Related Collections:  Brand Whitlock Collection, MSS-023


Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.


Completed By: Benjamin Grillot, October 1998


Biographical Sketch


            Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1902,  Adrienne Curtis received her formal higher education, first at the University of Toledo where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in 1923, and then at Columbia University where she received her Masters.  She began doctoral work at Ohio State University but never finished.

            In the early 1920’s while living in Toledo, and working as a French teacher at Woodward High,  Adrienne Curtis opened the “Bloomin’ Optimists’ Shop” where she sold books printed by the Cuala Press, an all women’s printing press run by Elizabeth Yeats.

            She taught retailing for a number of years at Whitney Vocational High School, training young girls and placing them in positions at local department stores.

She traveled extensively, taking many trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

            She had a strong interest in poetry, involving herself in writing, reading, and selling it.  She herself was published, among other places, in Ohio Woman’s Magazine.

            She died in 1995 in Toledo, Ohio.




Scope and Content Note

            The Adrienne Curtis Collection, 1920-1972 contains her Bachelor’s Thesis, correspondence, scrapbook materials containing original poems, postcards, items relating to the Cuala Press, as well as various printed materials collected by Ms. Curtis.

            The items in this collection were too diverse to warrant division into series, instead six (6) folders were created and arranged alphabetically.  [F1] Bachelor’s Thesis, contains Curtis’ 1923 Thesis: “Brand Whitlock and his Writings”, as well as two letters regarding it.  The first is from Stratford Publishers accepting it for publication; the second is from the University of Toledo president praising it.  [F2] Correspondence from Brand Whitlock, is comprised of a series of letters written by Mr. Whitlock to aid Ms. Curtis with her thesis on his life and his writings.  [F3] Cuala Press Materials, is made up of items relating to the Cuala Press and Ms. Curtis’ involvement in it.  It includes a signed letter from Ms. Elizabeth Yeats, as well as a newspaper clipping.  [F4]  Postcards, contains a number of postcards from Ms. Curtis’ travels in Europe.  [F5]  Printed Materials, is composed of poems collected by Ms. Curtis through the years as well as a 1922 copy of Ohio Woman’s Magazine containing a poem by Ms. Curtis.  [F6] Scrapbook Materials, contains a scrapbook of original poems, varying in lengths written by Ms. Curtis.






















Bachelor’s Thesis, 1923

Correspondence from Brand Whitlock, 1923

Cuala Press Materials, 1939

Postcards, 1940-1941

Printed Materials, 1922-1972

Scrapbook Materials, 1920-1926






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