Lazar, Josette (1921-1977)
Scope:
The Josette Lazar collection consists of correspondence, professional material, photographs, printed material, and other items.

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1953 to 1983, with the bulk of the letters dating from 1973 to 1980.  The letters are mostly professional, and include incoming letters, copies of outgoing mail, and a large quantity of in-house Telex cables.  Notable correspondents include James Baldwin, Erté, Eva Le Gallienne, André Maurois, Mary McCarthy, Nathalie Sarraute, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  Some of this correspondence is located in the professional material.

Professional material consists of Lazar’s files regarding The Sunday New York Times.  The files pertain to several sections, including art, arts and leisure, book reviews, fashion, the magazine, op-eds, and travel.  The material dates from 1956 to 1983, with most dated between 1971 and 1978.  The files on the art section include correspondence, manuscripts and related material, cartoons, and mounted prints of work by Auguste Renoir.  The files on the arts and leisure section include manuscripts, correspondence, and material on music.  The files on book review section include manuscripts, correspondence, announcements, and publicity.  The files on the magazine include correspondence and manuscripts for articles, interviews, and talks.  The files include manuscripts by several notable authors, including Anthony Burgess, Mavis Gallant, Eugène Ionesco, Milan Kundera, Simone Signoret, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and others.

Photographs in the collection consist of items used by Lazar to illustrate manuscripts or for background research, pertaining to The Sunday New York Times.  The images include prints, contact sheets, negatives, and transparencies.  There are several photos of artwork, arranged alphabetically by artist, as well as images regarding fashion, films, music and opera, various locations, politics and current events, theatre, theology, and writers.  The photos date from 1960 to 1980.  Included are portraits of Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Colette, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Tolstoy, and Charles Münch.  The latter portrait was taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and the print has handwritten notes on the verso by Cartier-Bresson.

Printed material in the collection consists of in-house publications of The New York Times; French magazines; and announcements, brochures, programs, invitations, and publicity folders relating to cultural life in Paris, France.  This material is dated 1951, 1965-1969, and 1971-1983.

Also included in the collection are loose-leaf daily appointment calendars, dating from 1971 to 1983.
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Notable Figures
1. Lazar, Josette, 1921-1983
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Journalism Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section
4. American newspapers
5. Europe -- History -- 1945-
6. New York Times
7. Journalism
8. Women journalists
9. Photographs