Highsmith, Patricia: Nachlass Patricia Highsmith

Life Papers and Documents

Swiss Literary Archives (SLA)
Hallwylstrasse 15
CH-3003 Berne



Author/Origine : Highsmith, Patricia
Title : Life Papers and Documents
Scope and content : C-Life Papers and Documents: 18 diaries written in various languages, around 1,500 photographs, personal and family documents and memorabilia.
Cote : SLA-PH-C

C-01 Diaries
C-02 Personal Papers
C-02-a Birth certificate, Passports, Death report etc.
C-02-b Private Small Format Booklets (Address Booklets, Small Notebooks)
C-02-c Social Security (Health and Medical Documents)
C-02-d Death (Exit, Last Will etc.)
C-02-e American Citizenship
C-02-f Cats
C-02-g Divers Personal Documents (Horoscope, CV)
C-02-h Calendars with Notes
C-03 Genealogical and Family Documents
C-03-a Stewart Family
C-03-b Coates and Coats
C-03-c Coates Donations
C-04 House and Business Documents
C-04-a Business Small Format Booklets (Income and Address)
C-04-b House Documents
C-04-b-01 Visitors' Book, 1977-1991
C-04-b-02 Documents re: Aurigeno House, 1980-1995
C-04-b-03 Documents re: Tegna House, 1977-1995
C-04-b-04 Writing Utensils, TV, Media, 1985-1995
C-04-c Memberships
C-04-d Editors
C-04-e Taxes
C-05 Photos
C-05-a Photo Albums
C-05-a-01 Brown Album
C-05-a-02 Red Album (horizontal)
C-05-a-03 Black Album (gold tooling)
C-05-a-04 Red Album (upright)
C-05-a-05 Black Album (photographs)
C-05-a-06 Black Album (memory book)
C-05-b Private Shots
C-05-c Professional Shots (Portraits etc.)
C-05-d Photos Coates Donation
C-05-e Private Photo Collection, unsorted
C-05-f Attachments and Supplements
C-06 Awards and Diplomas
C-07 Memorabilia
C-08 Notes by Patricia Highsmith (and others)
C-08-a Divers Notes
C-08-b Notes and letters removed from PH's Books and Library


Personal Papers


Birth certificate, Passports, Death report etc.

Cote Title / Description Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-02-a/01 Birth certificate (on the name of Mary Patricia Plangman; 1921)   photocopies Including Certified reproduction of the photocopy of the original record (Issued by City of Fort Worth, Bureau of Vital Statistics, May 15 1991)
C-02-a/02 Adoption paper (1946)   2 pp. (1 original, 1 carbon copy) Issued by Surrogate's court: Westchester County. With original signature “Mary Patricia Plangman”
C-02-a/03 Bachelor of arts diploma, Columbia University (1942)   1 photo and 1 small copy in card form s.a. C-06/01
C-02-a/04 US passport (issue date 1978)   1 passport  
C-02-a/05 US passport (issue date 1983)   1 passport  
C-02-a/06 US passport (issue date 1993)   1 passport (incl. 1 photocopy)  
C-02-a/07 Permis de conduire (1975)   1 permit (original and photocopy) French driving license. Issued by Préfecture de Seine-&Marne, Melun 16.10.1975.
C-02-a/08 Drivers license Commenwealth of Pennsylvania   1 card (small) Issued by Department of Transportation, Jan 25 1979. Including form "Request for Drivers's License when Application not recieved".
C-02-a/09 Report of the death of an American Citizen abroad for Mary Patricia Highsmith, 4th February 1995   2 copies (with seal) Rem.: Issued by the American Consulate General in Zürich, Switzerland, March 21, 1995
s.a. C-02-d/05
C-02-a/10 Marriage license Mary Coates and Stanley Highsmith     Rem.: see CoD 38
s.a. C-03-c-38


Private Small Format Booklets (Address Booklets, Small Notebooks)

Items 20-29: From PH's desk
Cote Title / Description Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-02-b/01 Personal address book / New Hope, PA   Brown leather cover with „MPH“ initials  
C-02-b/02 Personal address book   Black leather cover, inside cover: „Fürrer am Münsterhof, Zürich“ Inside cover: „Patricia Highsmith". Address: Various Places [First address book in Europe?]
C-02-b/03 Personal address book   Brown cover with gold fringe and lettering “addresses“ Addresses inside: Positano (twice) / c/o Mme A. Bradley, Paris / Earl Soham, Suffolk / Samois sur Seine / Montmachoux / Date (last?): Sept. 1968
C-02-b/04 Personal address book   Black leather with gold fringe and lettering „Addresses“ Addresses inside: Earl Soham, Suffolk / Samois-sur-Seine / Montmachoux / Moncourt
C-02-b/05 Personal address book   Brown cover with black fringe and lettering: „Addresses“ Written on a piece of packingtape: Paris 1968-76
C-02-b/06 Personal address book   Small yellow booklet with elaborate cover (green / black / boarder and shield in middle) Lettering on cover of book: „Addresses“. Addresses inside: Moncourt / Aurigeno
C-02-b/07 Personal address book   Cover wrapped with paper with print „Happy holidays, Merry Christmas“ Addresses inside: Aurigeno / Tegna
C-02-b/07.1 a) small post-it with 3 lists of numbers
C-02-b/07.2 b) business card Carlo Genasci, Procuratore, Unione di Banche Svizzere in Locarno
C-02-b/07.3 c) business card Guido Garbani with business and private addresses
C-02-b/07.4 d) piece of back of envelope with address of Marine Midland Bank in Peekskill, N.Y.
C-02-b/07.5 e) slip of paper with printed address of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith S.A.F., Paris
C-02-b/07.6 f) business card of Barbara Roett, Qualified Practitioner: Massage, Aromatherapy, Reflexology with London address
C-02-b/07.7 g) slip of paper with address and telephone number of Gwendoline Butler, Egham, Surrey
C-02-b/08 Personal address book   Blue cover with ABC logo Addresses inside: Aurigeno / Tegna
C-02-b/09 Personal address book   Leather bound, larger than other, filofax-format, but without agenda Address inside: Tegna
C-02-b/09.1 a) US stamps
C-02-b/09.2 b) Slip of paper „Dr. Breil Isolierstation“
C-02-b/09.3 c) Page from mail order catalogue
C-02-b/09.4 d) Slip of paper, side a: Tina c/o Kaufmann phone 33 71 15 via Val Resa 6645 Brione sopra Minusio; side b: Do. Coates Hos[pital?] 001 = 817 596 9567 and other scribbles
C-02-b/10 Personal address book   Black, longish (in height), very new looking; with HT and EQ drawings on front No date, no address (probably Switzerland Locarno -> Bahnhof Info) / Very few addresses in it in fact
C-02-b/11 Small format notebook   Small format red cover with „©ollins Mini Memo“ on cover Inside: passport number and „this notebook - from 1981 to end of 1986“ / Addresses, appointments, „remember-to“ notes, prices of things, remarks like: „Ripley Under Ground“ Italian errors according to my Spanish translator whom I met in Barcelona – Sept. 83 / A couple of small drawings/sketches (of table legs etc.)
C-02-b/12 Address book   Red and green marbled cover Probably from Tegna / Addresses and notes (e.g. Passport USA till ’93 24536139; Poisons and Poisonous; Clamoxyl) / Mostly business addresses
C-02-b/13 Virgin notebook   Blue, red, white flower pattern on cover  
C-02-b/14 Notebook   Notebook large format (bought in Rome) Rem.: PH’s handwriting inside: Front / On rear cover: ink drawing of toilet with „Rentokill“ written / Mostly empty (first pages torn out), except for four pages towards end. Two seem to refer to domestic accounts between „Lyne“: see B-01-02-SKA (29.4.1967)] and PH, dated Dec. 20, 1968 / Two notes on Hegel that actually turn into notes on Vic (Deep Water) / Including: Card cartografica Ettore Zampini, Roma
s.a. B-01-02-SKA
C-02-b/15 Notebook   Small notebook with spiral and colored bird on cover Writing on only five pages / Page three: PH’s blood type: ORH pos. / Page five: 31 Oct. Marylin returns from USA / Seems to be towards the end of her life
C-02-b/16 Two stacks of scrap paper (mostly business letters torn in four) pinned together; on virgin side some drawings or scribbles; one stack of scrap paper including six pieces of paper (list of various times dogs entered her garden) and one stack (three scraps of paper) with radio programme info   Stacks of scrap paper From dining room, occasional table for phone
C-02-b/17 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Handwritten note on cover: Paris – 23-25 26/III 94 / Four pages used (e.g. Address Barbara Skelton; Jeanne M[oreau] noon at Ritz; Small g – check with D[aniel] K[eel] for French)"
C-02-b/18 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Notes (mostly business notes), cat studies, addresses and phone numbers
C-02-b/19 A book of day for 1931 by Christopher Morley   Fading red linen cover with little green figures Book previously belonged to Delia Felleberg; a couple of notes by D. FellebergHandwritten note on first page by PH „This book previously defaced by the Diary of Delia Felleberg 3127 Aladuim Fort Worth Tex 4-1515)1944“ / PH commenting on the various thoughts (e.g. 6th March: "Precisely wrong Mr. Masefield, but I never cared much for you"; 17th March: "This is touching and beautiful"; 28th April: "Go to hell Nietzsche"; 7th July: "what position do you mean?"; 16th July: "good stuff"; 29th July: "immature"; 22nd October: "O. Wilde, Good as usual"; 4th December: "A logical man, Sir Kenelm. I’m inclined to believe this, too"; 11th December: "Amen"; 22nd December: "Nuts")
C-02-b/20 Agenda   Red pocket agenda 1973 Used for divers notes in later years (1979/80...)
C-02-b/21 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Notebook used for notes on several trips (printed:) “Memo book” (Handwritten:) “4/87 Lerida – Barcelona – 7/ Berlin – 8/ Deauville 9/10/87 Toronto – New York – London 11/87 Zürich / 4/88 Paris”
C-02-b/22 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Notebook used for notes on several trips: “Memo book” (printed). Handwritten: “Tanger 17-24/8/88; Hamburg 21-25/9 88 – I NY – Miami / N.Y. 15-23/11/88; Milano 15-18/89 Feb. ’88 / London 7- June 13 / Paris 24/6/89 / London 26/6/89 / Cardiff 28/6 “
C-02-b/23 "Discarded Address Book"   loose leaves Handwritten by PH on envelope: “Discarded Address Book / Leaves 1988 – Personal 89-90”. Typewritten on envelope: “Patricia Highsmith 6671 Aurigeno”
C-02-b/24 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Handwritten: “N.Y. 21/9/89 / 6/10 Zür / NY 4-6/10 / Texas 29/9-4/10/89 / Paris 4/3/90 – 9/3/90 / London – 19-28/6/90 / Bayreuth 26/7/91 2/8/91 / London 25/9/912 1/10/91 / F’furt 13/10/91 Hamburg 15/10 Berlin – 17-19/10/91”
C-02-b/25 Notebook   Small brown spiral notebook Handwritten: “Zürich – 19/11/91 (-) 20. “ “ / London 14/1/92- 24/1/92 / Geneva 27/4/92 – 28 / Bayreuth 25/7/92 (-) 28/7/92 / New York 30/9/ 92 – Texas – Oct. G[r]anada Oct”
C-02-b/26 Booklet   Small blue booklet Some addresses and some cat sketches
C-02-b/27 Booklet   Small orange booklet (Feltrinelli) Some addresses
C-02-b/28 Booklet   Small spiral booklet with blue flower ornaments Some addresses
C-02-b/29 Notebook   Small blue spiral notebook “Notizen” Some notes


Social Security (Health and Medical Documents)

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-02-c/01 Social security folder 1   1966
1 card (small), 1 card, 2 letters, 2 brochures 1 card (small): Issued by Social Security Administration. Inscription: Account number and address PATRICIA HIGHSMITH, 266 W. 11TH ST., NEW YORK 14, N. Y. 1 card: Request for Statement of Earnings. Issued by: Social Security Administration, Baltimore. Both signed by PH. 1 letter from PH to Social Security Administration, Baltimore.
C-02-c/02 Social security folder 2   1980-1992
Brochures, correspondence Brochures: Social Securitiy Administration, International Agreement on Social Security between the United States and Switzerland, Medicare. Including correspondence PH / Embassy of the United States of America, Bern, Switzerland / Social Security Administration - Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance / Office of Disability and International Operations, Baltimore.
C-02-c/03 Correspondence with doctors   1973-1995
5 folders (letters, reports) Correspondence with: Dr. Stewart Clarke, London. Sir John Batten, London. Docteur Jean Natali, Paris. Mr George Hamilton, Mr Douglas Eadie, Docteur Olivier Boespflug, Paris. Dr. med. D. Kauzlaric / Ospedale Distrettuale di Locarno. Dr. Michael Browne (incl. photocopy of blood test), Dr. Geoffrey Dove.Including: Note (green felt-tip pen) "MED Nov. '91" on rear of letter from Diogenes Verlag, November 15, 1991. 1 Blutgruppenkarte Highsmith, Mary Patricia, Ospedale Regionale di Locarno, 18.05.94. 1 Medical notebook (blue) with handwritten notes by PH?, 9.9.94 to 1.2.95.
C-02-c/04 Correspondence Sanitas (Cassa malati) etc.   1992-1994
3 folders (letters, reports, newspaper cuttings) Newspaper cuttings on health / science themes, Stop smokingIncluding: 1 Blutgruppenkarte Kantonsspital Basel, 20. September 1994. 1 drawing by PH (with sketch, entitled "All 6 spikes showing"). 1 letter from George Hamilton to PH, 23 January 1992.
C-02-c/05 Intended Italian Health Insurance   1991-1994
letters, brochure, notes Correspondence with Dottore Luigi Carusi, Toro Assicurazioni, Social Security, Baltimore, 21 May 1991 1 letter (carbon copy) .


Death (Exit, Last Will etc.)

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-02-d/01 Will 1971 (handwritten original)   1971.05.06
1 p. handwritten (2 versions) Address: Moncourt 77, France
C-02-d/02 Last will and Testament 1988 (handwritten original)   1988
12 pp. (handwritten)  
C-02-d/03 Last will and Testament 1988 (copies)   1988
12 pp. handwritten (2 photocopies)  
C-02-d/04 Notes re: Last will   1988 (ca.)
5 sheets (diverse sizes) Handwritten notes by PH. Some of them on tear-off pads with letter head "Hôtel de la Cicogne" [Genève].
C-02-d/05 Exit / Society for the Right to Die / The Voluntary Euthanasia Society   1986-1991
7 folders Rem.: Diverse documents: Correspondence with EXIT (Vereinigung für humanes Sterben), PH's EXIT membercards, correspondence with The Voluntary Euthanasia Society (London). Articles, Declarations, brochures, doctors list. 1 folder (typewritten) by PH re: cat's death and her mother's death. 1 folder Society for the Right to Die (New York).Death report: see C-02-a/09
s.a. C-02-a/09
C-02-d/06 Power of Attorney 1994   1994.01.06
1 letter (carbon copy) Letter from PH to P. Sigg / UBS Locarno re: miss Frieda Sommer to have Power of Attorney.


American Citizenship

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
C-02-e/01 Absentee voting folder   1984-1991
div. mat. Diverse folders on Absentee voting, Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request, 2 envelopes, 1 letter (carbon copy) from PH to Voter Registrar, s.l., 1992-05-11.
C-02-e/02 American Citzens Abroad / Federated League of Americans Around the Globe FLAAG)   1991-1993
div. mat. Diverse folders on American Citizens Abroad and FLAAG, 1 letter from American Citizens Abroad / Joan Baenziger to PH, Onex, 1991?, 1 letter (carbon copy) from PH to Leslie Segall, 1991-06-04, 2 letters from FLAAG / Leslie Segall to PH, 1991-06-20, 1991-02-18.
C-02-e/03 Oath of Renunciation of the Nationality of the U.S.A.   s.d.
1 form, 1 envelope Statement of Understanding



Cote Title / Description Dates Further Info / Remarks
C-02-f/01 Vaccination Certificate (for Siamese cat Semyon, born 1974)   1974
Certificate with original name of Semyon: Craigiehilloch Chovaldo.
C-02-f/02 Certificat international de santé et de vaccination pour chats (for Siamese cat Semyon, born 1974)   1974-1976
C-02-f/03 Certificat international de santé et de vaccination pour chats (for Siamese cat Semyon (born 1974)   1982-1987
With notes by PH inserted.
C-02-f/04 “Papers in Regard to Semyon, born 5 July 1974” (Envelope, including:) Registration Certificate, Pedigree, Note “Eats from the following foods” (probably by breeder Dora Clarke), Application for the transfer of ownership of registered cats   1974
Original name of Semyon: Craigiehilloch Chovaldo.
C-02-f/05 Pedigree of Siamese Cat Sappho, born 1965 (copy)   1965
Not PH's cat.
C-02-f/06 Documents re: death of Frieda Sommer’s cat Mutz, 1994   1994
Including letter from Frieda Sommer to PH, 18.1.1994.


Divers Personal Documents (Horoscope, CV)

Cote Title / Description Dates Further Info / Remarks
C-02-g/01 Curriculum vitae (2 different versions in Italian)   1983
C-02-g/02 Horoscope of PH by Peter Semmelmann   s.d.
C-02-g/03 Horoscope of PH by Alex Szogyi   s.d.
Szogyi Donation.


Calendars with Notes

Cote Title / Description Further Info / Remarks
C-02-h/01 Small calendar with photos of Castles, 1974   Rem.: Originally with manuscript of “A Dog’s Ransom” (A-01-a/15).
s.a. A-01-a-15/01
C-02-h/02 Small calendar with photos of Castles, 1975   Originally with manuscript of “A Dog’s Ransom” (A-01-a/15).
C-02-h/03 Small calendar with photos of Castles, 1976   Originally with manuscript of “A Dog’s Ransom” (A-01-a/15).
C-02-h/04 Wall Calendar 1989   With many notes by PH.
C-02-h/05 Wall Calendar with Cats 1992   With many notes by PH.
C-02-h/06 Wall Calendar with Cats 1993   With many notes by PH.