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Claudia de Lys Papers

An inventory of her papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DCA
Date: Sep 1985

Biographical History

Claudia de Lys (dates unknown) is an American anthropologist and author of numerous books on customs, folklore, palmistry, and superstition.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Claudia de Lys Papers consist of three accessions which have not yet been integrated. The collection has received minimal processing, and the inventory which follows is a simple box listing.

The original accession contains correspondence, galley proofs, and printed material (mostly newspaper and magazine clippings) and a three-part recording of an interview with de Lys.

The 1990 addition contains correspondence, photographs, writings, and memorabilia.

The 1992 addition contains correspondence, writings, and memorabilia.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection has received minimal processing and by and large remains in original order. Note that the box numbering restarts with "Box 1" for each. Please specify accession and box number when requesting material.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

More than one hundred artifacts and pieces of art were transferred to the Syracuse University Art Collection in 1985. These include 27 original cartoons by Ton Smits; 30 drawings, 47 prints and three print blocks by Gus Bundy; a bas-relief bust of de Lys by Edgardo Simone; a charcoal portrait of de Lys by Paul Swan; and an oil painting of the Hagia Sophia in Turkey, circa 1930. For more information about these items please contact the SU Art Galleries.

Subject Headings


Lys, Claudia de.


Anthropologists -- United States.
Cats -- Mythology.
Folklorists -- United States.
Manners and customs.
Popular delusions.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Manuscripts for publication.
Phonograph records.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Claudia de Lys Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Unspecified, 1990, 1992.

Table of Contents

Original accession

1990 accession

1992 accession