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Hayworth mss., 1943

Papers, 1943, of Rita Hayworth at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Donald C. Force.

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987.

Hayworth mss.,1943

Collection no
LMC 2548

26 items

Materials are in English.

Consists primarily of letters from actor/director Orson Welles, 1915-1985, to his new wife, actress Rita Hayworth, 1918-1987.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Purchase. 2006
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Hayworth mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Biographical Note
Actress Rita Hayworth (Margarita Carmen Cansino), 1918-1987, was born in Brooklyn, New York. She married actor/director Orson Welles, 1915-1985, on September 7, 1943. Following a short honeymoon Welles returned to New York City to pursue his career and awaited Rita’s arrival there once her film commitment at Columbia Pictures was completed.

Scope and Content Note

Consists primarily of letters from Orson Welles to his new wife, actress Rita Hayworth. Most of the letters are from New York. Several are illustrated by Welles in watercolor and pen, and all contain the loving sentiments of a new husband missing his bride.

Other correspondents include Hayworth’s brother, Vernon Cansino, Hortense Hill, Mercedes Jimenez and Bill Stern. Accompanying the letters is Hayworth’s membership card for the National Automobile Club and an undated inscribed photograph of Welles. All of the correspondence was found in the upper compartment of Hayworth’s makeup case, which is also present in the collection.

The case is a dark brown box with a brown suede protective cover and a brass plaque bearing Hayworth’s name. Inside are monogrammed makeup jars containing original portions of powder and cosmetic cream, a tin Midol box, a comb, and other personal items such as hairpins.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Miscellaneous Items; III. Makeup Case

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Hayworth, Rita, 1918-1987.
    • Welles, Orson --Correspondence.
    • Welles, Orson.

Series: I. Correspondence

Subseries: 1943

Oct. 22 . OW to RH. Las Vegas.

Telegram and envelope.

[Oct. 23 ]. OW to RH. Ambassador East, Chicago.

4 p. in pencil. Date from accompanying envelope.

Oct. 24 . OW to RH. Ambassador East, Chicago.

2 p. in black ink.

[Oct. 26 ]. OW to RH. The Gotham, New York City.

4 p. in black ink with double heart sketch in red water color. Date from accompanying envelope.

[Oct. 26 ]. OW to RH. The Gotham, New York City.

4 p. in black ink. Includes enclosure: "affidavit" by Leonard Lyons, Oct. 25, 1943. 1 p. in pencil. Witnessed by Walter Winchell.

Oct. 30 . Vernon [Cansino] to RH. Nashville, Tenn.

6 p. in pencil. Includes enclosure and accompanying envelope.

Oct. 30 . [OW] to Mrs. Orson Welles.

Telegram, unsigned.

[Oct. 31 ]. OW to RH. The Gotham, New York City.

3 p. in black ink with water color sketch: "Another self-portrait of self-pity." Date from accompanying envelope.

[Oct. ]. Hortense [Hill] to RH.

6 p. in black pen.

[Nov. 1 ]. OW to RH.

2 p. in pencil. Date from accompanying envelope.

[Nov. 1 ]. OW to RH. The Gotham, New York City.

6 p. in black pen. Date from accompanying envelope.

[Nov. 1 ]. "This is the Devil of Black Despair..." Ink and watercolor sketch.

1 p. Date from accompanying envelope.

Nov. 1 . [OW] to RH. Columbia Pictures.

Telegram, unsigned.

Nov. 3 . Mercedes Jimenez to RH.

1 p. Spanish, in black pen.

Subseries: Undated

Jackson and Lolita Leighter to RH. "Rita dearest:..."

Gift tag for flowers with envelope.

Bill Stern to RH. "Rita dearest:..."

Telegram [before Nov. 5].

OW to RH. "Dearest love of my life...Your Boy."

2 p.

OW to RH. "For my dearest little Mrs. Orson Welles from her Baby."

Gift tag with envelope.

OW to RH. "Gloom!"

Ink and wash sketch. 1 p.

OW to RH. "I love you."

Gift tag for flowers with envelope.

OW to RH. "I love you – Baby."

Gift tag for flowers with envelope.

"Mrs. R. Welles."

Envelope only.

Series: II. Miscellaneous Items

National Automobile Club membership card - RH

Notepad with 2 p. of notes concerning a card game?

Inscribed photograph of OW

Series: III. Makeup Case.

Brown suede case cover; brass plaque with Hayworth’s name on top of case. "John Frederics – Made to Order" tag in upper level, left panel.

Lower Section
  • 3 monogrammed makeup jars (2 small, 1 large)
  • 2 monogrammed perfume bottles
  • 1 small monogrammed lid
  • 1 Midol tin (taped shut)
  • 9 hair pins (in right pocket)
  • 1 green velvet zippered pouch
Upper Section, with two side panels that lift horizontally and center panel that lifts vertically
  • 1 mirror, detached from main cover panel
  • 1 yellow plastic comb
  • 1 pink and white fiber lanyard, knotted to hold three keys and one lapel pin with the motto "We Maintain"

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