Fromm, Bella (1890-1972)
Scope:
The Bella Fromm collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, financial materials, legal materials, audio materials, photographs, diaries and notebooks, scrapbooks, and other items.

Manuscripts in the collection consist of books, articles and essays, and notes.  Book manuscripts include Blut Und Bankette (Blood and Banquets), Die Engel Weinen, and A Philosophy in Cooking and Eating.  Manuscripts for articles and essays are collected extensively between the 1930s and 1960s. Titles include "Die Affen von Davis," "Amerikanbankett in Hotel Esplanade," "Besprechung am 15 Mai," "Diplomaten in Sommer," "Frau Susanne de Labougle," "Muetter," "Schuloper im Gymnasium," and others.  Untitled drafts and notes are arranged alphabetically and vary widely, spanning subjects from Afghanistan to the Anti-Defamation League, from Dr. Leopold Casper to General Jang. Also present are lists of names, occasionally arranged according to field of interest. Many of the collected manuscripts are typescript with holograph corrections.

The collection's correspondence consists of both personal and professional content (1930-1970). Notables include Niels Hansen, Eva Schroeder, Caroline K. Simon, Nicholas Murray Butler, Gustav Mark Gilbert, Robert M.W. Kempner, Edward R. Murrow, and Emery Reves (Fromm's agent). Correspondence regarding publishing efforts at Harper & Brothers and Ullstein Publishers is also present, as are exchanges concerning employment efforts, the National Refugee Service, military intelligence, and more. Subject files for True Detective, Suddeutsche Zeitung, and lectures (1943-1951), as well as calling cards and invitations, constitute additional correspondence material.

Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of certificates, medals and ribbon bars, and other items. Collected certificates include a commendation from West Germany, a commemoration from Trees for Israel, and a recognition of wartime services from King Ludwig III of Bavaria. Medals and ribbon bars are collected in a red silk jewel case. Many of these items relate to the Kingdom of Bavaria and, later, the German Federal Republic. Also included is an Overseas Press Club of America badge. An ivory leather guest book kept between 1943 and 1958 contains signatures belonging to Frederick T. Birchall, Arthur Stein, Franz Ullstein, Louis P. Lochner, Sigrid Schultz, and others.  

The collection of printed material includes tearsheets, magazine articles, materials about Fromm, and other items. Collected materials include publications such as Der Nachtexpress, Die Neue Zeitung, Moden-Renntag, and Redbook. Twelve issues of True Detective are present, as well. Numerous publicity items, book reviews, obituaries, and copied articles, as well as background files on U.S. Presidents, German government officials, celebrities, scientists, and more, constitute additional printed materials.

Collected financial materials consist of holograph ledgers documenting financial records from 1920 to 1923 and 1939 to 1941.

Legal materials in the collection include driver's licenses, identification cards, and numerous passports (1947-1966).

Also present in the collection are two 16" phonograph records containing "The Master Race" and a Dick Osgood interview of Fromm.

Collected photographs include images from Fromm's youth (1907-1914), as well as miscellaneous items between 1912 and the 1960s. Black and white prints -- many of which include signatures and inscriptions -- document social occasions attended by Fromm. Notable subjects include Willy Brand, Theodor Heuss, Andrey Maurois, and Emery Reves. An inscribed item from U Thant to John F. Kennedy is present, as well.  

Holograph notebooks and diaries and notebooks in the collection date between 1917 and the 1960s and include various news clippings, social invitations, photographs, and correspondence. Among general items, a 1947 diary that Fromm kept during a trip to Germany is of particular note.

Fromm's scrapbooks contain printed articles between 1929 and 1969, as well as publicity items, photos, programs, and occasional correspondence. Also collected are brochures, menus, postcards, and other materials from Fromm's 1948 cruise to South America. Two scrapbooks dedicated to publicity and reviews for Blood and Banquets are also included.

Additional miscellaneous items include drafts of Fromm's curriculum vitae, an uncut and unopened edition of Willi Heinrich's Ferien Im Jenseits, a Berlin telephone directory, German anti-Semitic paraphernalia, and two dinner menus from the Overseas Press Club.
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Notable Figures
1. Fromm, Bella, 1901-1972
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- History and Culture Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Military History Subject Guide
4. Jewish Studies Subject Guide
5. Espionage Subject Guide
6. Journalists – Germany – Biography
7. Reviews
8. Germany – History – 1933-1945
9. Jews – Germany – Biography
10. Women journalists – United States
11. Scrapbooks
12. Invitations
13. Diaries