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Cladel, Judith
The Cladel mss., 1869-1969, consists of the literary papers and correspondence of French writer Judith Jeanne Cladel, 1873-1958.
8 Boxes and 1 Folder
Materials are in French .
Preferred citation:

[Item], Cladel mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Biographical / Historical:

Judith Jeanne Cladel, 1873-1958, was a French writer.

Born March 25, 1873 in Paris, the daughter of Léon-Alpinien Cladel, 1834-1892, French novelist, and Julia Mullen Cladel, musician and composer, Cladel studied at l'école Sévigné at Sèvres. She was an early admirer of Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917, sculptor, and encouraged him to present his works at several exhibitions especially in Belgium and Holland. In 1907, Cladel organized a petition favoring the creation of the musée Rodin in Paris, and remained a leading figure in the drive to establish a national museum for Rodin's work. In 1908, she published Auguste Rodin, l'homme et l'oeuvre . In 1936 she published Rodin, sa vie glorieuse, sa vie inconnue , for which she was awarded a prize by the Académie française that year. Cladel was a member of the Prix Fémina committee, which selects recipients of the Femina Literary award, and of the Légion d'honneur. She was a frequent contributor to such leading French journals as Le Matin, Le Figaro, La Plume, and L'Art Moderne; other major works include: Le Volant, 1895; Confessions d'une amante, 1904; La vie de Léon Cladel ; Mademoiselle de la Vallière, 1912; Le général Gallieni, 1916; Aristide Maillol, sa vie, son oeuvre , 1937; translation of Louis Bromfield's A Modern Hero into French ( Un héros moderne ), 1948; Maître et disciple: Charles Baudelaire et Léon Cladel, 1951 . Cladel died in Paris on January 29, 1958.

Scope and Content:

The bulk of this collection's correspondence includes the letters of Judith Jeanne Cladel; her father, Léon Alpinien Cladel; and copies of letters and documents of Auguste Rodin. The majority of the correspondence before 1921 concerns Rodin's work and the formation of the Musée Rodin, Paris. After 1921, the correspondence concerns Cladel's research for her books and her work on the Prix Fémina committee. Most of the correspondents are novelists, dramatists, writers, sculptors, painters, statesmen, government officials, art historians, and museum curators.

The miscellaneous papers of Judith Cladel include sheets, notebooks for writings, memorandum books, juvenile writings, school exercises, Prix Fémina committee material, and writings concerning the Salvation Army. Also included are official copies of the birth and marriage certificates and the will of Auguste Rodin. Also included are the writings of other authors and artists: Jean Blaize, 1860-1943, novelist; Charles Auguste émile Durand, 1837-1917, painter; Catulle Mendès, 1841-1909, writer; Edmond Picard, 1836-1924, jurist, writer; and Victor Henri, Marquis de Rochefort-Luçay, 1831-1913, journalist, politician, playwright. For further information on the writings of these persons, as well as those of Judith Cladel, please consult the Manuscripts Catalog in the Library.

The photographs in this collection are largely of Auguste Rodin and his studio.

Printed material included are the corrected proofs of Judith Cladel's Rodin...; a few of her short articles; and newspaper clippings.

Acquisition information:
Gift: 1967

The collection is arranged into five series: I. Writings; II. Correspondence; III. Miscellaneous Papers; IV. Photographs; V. Printed Material.

Physical location:
Lilly - Folio; ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility) - Temporary (3 bound volumes); ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)

Indexed Terms

French Literature
Musée Rodin
Amy, Luce
Antoine, André, 1858-1943
Barrès, Maurice, 1862-1923
Bartholomé, Albert, 1848-1928
Beaumont, Germaine, 1890-1983
Bedford, Richard Perry, 1883-1967
Bénédite, Léonce, 1859-1925
Benoît, Pierre, 1886-1962
Besnard, Paul Albert, 1849-1934
Blaize, Jean, 1860-
Bonnat, Léon Joseph Florentin, 1833-1922
Bourdelle, Emile Antoine, 1861-1929
Bourgeois, Léon, 1851-1925
Brieux, Eugène, 1858-1932
Carolus-Duran, 1837 or 1838-1917
Chambrun, Marie de Rohan-Chabot, comtesse de, 1876-1951
Cheffer, Henry, 1880-1957
Cladel, Léon, 1835-1892
Cladel, Marius
Cladel, Pierre
Claretie, Jules, 1840-1913
Colette, Gabrielle Sidonie, 1835-1912
Coppée, François, 1842-1908
Coquiot, Gustave, 1865-1926
Curel, François de, 1854-1928
Dalimier, Albert François Marie, 1875-1936
Dalou, Jules, 1838-1902
Daudet, Julia, 1844-1940
Daudet, Lucien, 1883-1946
Dauzat, Albert, 1877-1955
De Paeuw, Léon, 1873-
Desbois, Jules, 1851-1935
Despiau, Charles, 1874-1946
Donnay, Maurice, 1859-1945
Doumer, Paul, 1857-1932
Duhamel, Georges, 1884-1966
Durig, Ernest, 1894-1962
Earle, Lionel, Sir, 1866-1948
Ernest-Charles, Jean, 1875-1953
Escholier, Raymond, 1882-1971
Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943
Fontaine, André, 1869-
Frazier, Arthur Hugh, 1868-
Gance, Abel
Gémier, Firmin, 1869-1933
Grappe, Georges
Grégoire, J.-A. (Jean-Albert), 1899-
Guilbert, Yvette, 1865-1944
Guiraud, Edmond, 1879-
Halévy, Daniel, 1872-1962
Hanotaux, Gabriel, 1853-1944
Harry, Myriam
Hériat, Philippe, 1898-1971
Hervieu, Louise, 1878-1954
Houville, Gérard d', 1875-1963
Hugues, Clovis, 1851-1907
Ingersoll, Julia Day
Jacquemaire, Madeleine Clemenceau
Jeanne, René
Jourdain, Frantz, 1847-1935
La Rochefoucauld, Edmée de, 1895-
Lacretelle, Jacques de, 1888-1985
Landowska, Wanda
Landre, Jeanne, 1874-1936
Le Bon, Gustave, 1841-1931
Leblond, Ary, 1880-1958
Leblond, Marius, 1877-1953
Lecomte, Georges, 1867-1958
Léger, Charles, 1880-1948
Luce, Maximilien, 1858-1941
Marceau, Henri, 1896-1969
Marès, Roland de, 1874-1955
Mauclair, Camille, 1872-1945
Méléra, Marguerite-Yerta, 1889-
Mendès, Catulle, 1841-1909
Mesnoyer, Emile
Meyer, Arthur, 1844-1924
Morhardt, Mathias, 1863-1939
Noailles, Anna de, 1876-1933
Picard, Edmond, 1836-1924
Poulaille, Henry
Pouvillon, Emile
Rachilde, 1860-1953
Reclus, Elisée, 1830-1905
Richepin, Jean, 1849-1926
Rictus, Jehan, 1867-1933
Roche, Odilon, 1868-1947
Rocheblave, S. (Samuel), 1854-1944
Rochefort, Henri, 1831-1913
Rodin, Auguste, 1840-1917
Roger-Marx, Claude, 1888-1977
Rosenthal, Albert, 1863-1939
Rosny, J.-H., aîné, 1856-1940
Rosny, J.-H., jeune, 1859-1948
Sackville-West, V. (Victoria), 1892-1962
Saint-René Taillandier, Madeleine, 1865-1959
Sainte-Soline, Claire, 1897-
Stéphen-Chauvet, Dr (Charles), 1885-1950
Tabarant, A. (Adolphe), 1863-1950
Tailhade, Laurent, 1854-1919
Tinayre, Marcelle, 1872-1948
Tirel, Marcel, 1930-1995
Tirel, Marcelle
Valéry, Paul, 1871-1945
Verne, Henri, 1880-1949
Volland, Gabriel, 1881-1947
Xuriguera, Joan Baptista, 1908-1987
Yver, Colette, 1874-1953
Zilcken, Ph., 1857-1930



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[Item], Cladel mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

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