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Knapik mss., 1936-1979

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Knapik, Harold

Knapik mss., 1936-1979

Collection No.
LMC 1591

145 items

Materials are in English.

The Knapik mss., 1936-1979, consists of the papers of Harold L. Knapik, 1916-1976, and Virginia Knapik, 1911-1975.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

In 1948 the Knapiks moved to Paris where Harold studied counterpoint music at the Ecole Normale de Musique, while Virginia worked at the American Embassy. An accomplished musician, Harold Knapik published several musical compositions, as well as a text on the musical style of Counterpoint. While living in Paris, the Knapiks befriended Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967) and were introduced to her social network of friends and admirers. After returning to the United States Harold and Virginia opened the Knapik Gallery in New York City. Harold also published a cookbook titled Haute Cuisine Without Help. Virginia Knapik died in June 1975 from a heart attack; Harold Knapik died in February 1976, after apparently taking his own life.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Alice B. Toklas; III. Writings; IV. Miscellaneous; V. Personal/Financial; VI. Printed.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of the Knapiks' correspondence with family and friends. It includes eight letters from Harold to Virginia, as well as a number of letters to and from Harold's brother, Eugene Knapik (1913-1983). Other correspondents include Osborn Andreas, Joseph Amber Barry, William Nelson Copley, Gilbert A. Harrison, Darius Milhaud, Man Ray and his wife Juliet, Carl Van Vechten, Charles William White, Isabel Wilder, and Thornton Niven Wilder. The Knapiks also corresponded with a number of friends affiliated with the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Mission Society of the Hindu religion. Filed separately are twenty-six letters from Alice B. Toklas and a small group of photographs relating to her.

Other items in the collection include a typed carbon draft of Osborn Andreas' "Henry James and the Expanding Horizon," published by the University of Washington Press in 1948; a small group of notes or handwritten copies of articles relating to frescoes; some miscellaneous financial papers for the Knapiks; and a file of printed clippings, etc., relating chiefly to Harold Knapik's books and to the Art Galley the Knapiks ran in New York.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1989
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], Knapik mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: I. Correspondence

Arranged chronologically.

Folders 1-5 1937-1979;  undated. 

Index of Correspondents

Arranged alphabetically.

Andreas, Osborn, 1903-1967, writer, stock broker

To Knapik, Harold L.

1959, Nov. 9 

Barry, Joseph Amber, 1917-1994, author

To Knapik, Virginia

1963, July 30 [concerns: Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967]

Burns, Edward, 1944- , editor

To Knapik, Harold and Virginia

1971, July 14 

Copley, William Nelson, 1919-1996, painter

To Knapik, Harold L.

1958, Oct. 1 

Gallup, Donald Clifford, 1913- , author

To Knapik, Harold L.

1975, June 11 

Harrison, Gilbert A., 1915- , publisher

To Knapik, Harold and Virginia

1967, Mar. 14 


Hightower, Rosella, 1920- , dancer, teacher

To Knapik, Harold L. and Virginia

1963, June 11 

Knapik, Eugene, 1913-1983, violin-maker

To Knapik, Harold

1965, Jan. 10 (enclosure)

Knapik, Harold L., 1916-1976, musician

To Daugherty, Paul C.

1947, Dec. 2 (carbon)

Knapik, Harold L., 1916-1976, musician

To Knapik, Eugene

1970, Dec. 21 

1974, Feb. 16,  Sept. 18,  Nov. 4 

1975, June 6,  July 2 

Knapik, Harold L., 1916-1976, musician

To Knapik, Eugene and Eleanor

1974, Dec. 8 

Knapik, Harold L., 1916-1976, musician

To Knapik, Virginia

1953, Oct. 4, 5, 6 

1955, Nov. 2 

1956, Feb. 6 

Undated (2)

Knapik, Harold L., 1916-1976, musician

To Sister Bernadette

1965, Sept. 8 (draft)

Knapik, Virginia, 1911-1975, art dealer

To Knapik, Eleanor

1974, Dec. 14 

Knapik, Virginia, 1911-1975, art dealer

To Knapik, Eleanor and Eugene

1974, Feb. 15 

Knapik, Virginia, 1911-1975, art dealer

To Miles, Jeanne Patterson

1948, Sept. 30 

Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974, composer

To Knapik, Harold L.

Undated (2 in French)

Monnet, Jean, 1888-1979, French economist, politician

To Knapik, Virginia

1960, July 5 

Nikhilananda, Swami, 1895-1973

To Knapik, Virginia

1955, Nov. 5 

1967, Feb. 28 

Undated (card)

Raffel, Gertrude Stein, 1900-1990

To Knapik, Harold L.

1975, June 18 

Ray, Juliet Man, 1911-1991, dancer

To Knapik, Virginia and Harold L.


Ray, Man, 1890-1976, artist, photographer

To Knapik, Harold L. and Virginia

Undated (appended to Juliet Man Ray to Virginia and Harold Knapik, undated)

Taylor, Louise, 1884-1974, soprano

To Knapik, Harold L.

1975, June 19 

Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967, author

To Knapik, Harold L.

1950, Nov. 10 

1953, May 1 

1954, Oct. 1 

Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967, author

To Knapik, Harold L. and Virginia

1959, Dec. 25 


1960, Feb. 13 

1961, Aug. 19 

Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967, author

To Knapik, Virginia

1948, Nov. 19 

1953, Sept. 19, 26 (copy)

1954, Jan. 8,  July 3 

1955, Aug. 20,  Dec. 26 

1959, Feb. 9 (copy), May 4, Sept. 4, Oct. 23

1961, Feb. 20 (copy)

1962, May 5,  Nov. 17 

Undated (4 copies)

Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967, author

To White, Charles William

1959, May 2 (enclosed in White to Virginia Knapik, May 5, 1959)

Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, author

To Knapik, Harold L.

1961, Mar. 14 

White, Charles William, 1906- , author

To Knapik, Virginia

1959, May 5 (enclosure) [concerns: Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967]

Wilder, Isabel, 1900-1995, author

To Knapik, Harold L. and Virginia

1954, Dec. 3 [concerns: Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967]

1960, June 13 

1961, Aug. 16 [concerns: Toklas, Alice B., 1877-1967]

1971, Feb. 20 

Wilder, Thornton Niven, 1897-1975, author

To Knapik, Harold L.

1960, June 9 

Wilder, Thornton Niven, 1897-1975, author

To Knapik, Harold L. and Virginia

1961, June 25 

Series: II. Toklas, Alice B.

Folder 6 Correspondence, 1948-1962

Folder 7 Photographs

Folder 8 Printed: clippings from The New Yorker , re: Toklas

Series: III. Writings

Folder 9 Andreas, Osborn. "Henry James and the Expanding Horizon." T(carbon)D. 201p.

Folder 10 Davis, Catherine. [poems] T.D. 8p.

Folder 11 Knapik, Harold L. "Shopping in Paris-Nostalgic Reminiscences - 1948-1960." T.D. 6p.

Series: IV. Miscellaneous

Folder 12 Notes re: frescoes

Series: V. Personal/Financial

Folder 13 1945-1948 

Series: VI. Printed

Folder 14 Clippings and other printed items