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Emily Kimbrough photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP079
Identifier: SP079

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of Emily Kimbrough, most likely in the United States ranging from circa 1920 to circa 1989, regarding her life, family, friends, and career.


  • circa 1920-circa 1989

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Emily Kimbrough was an American author from Muncie, Indiana. She was born on October 23, 1899 to Hal Curry and Charlotte Emily (Wiles) Kimbrough. The family moved to Chicago, Illinois when she was 11 years old. In 1921, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College and spent some time studying at the Sorbonne. In 1923, she began as an advertising copywriter for a Chicago department store, then moved to editing for the Ladies' Home Journal from 1927-1929. During the 1930s, she wrote several articles for national magazines and in 1942, she, along with her friend Cornelia Otis Skinner, wrote Kimbrough's most famous and first book, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay, about their trip to Europe at age 19. She wrote 15 other books about her life experiences, the last of which was published in 1976.

Kimbrough married John Wrench in 1926 and they had twin daughters, Margaret "Maggie" A. and Alis in 1930. They divorced a few years later. Kimbrough lived in Chicago; Buffalo, New York; and Pennsylvania, where the twins were born, before settling in Manhattan in New York City. Kimbrough died on February 10, 1989 in Manhattan.

Sources: "Emily Kimbrough." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2021. "Emily Kimbrough." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2021. "Emily Kimbrough." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2021. "Emily K. Wrench." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2021. "Emily K. Wrench." 1940 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 15, 2021. "Emily Kimbrough Wrench." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed October 15, 2021.

"Kimbrough, Emily." Accessed October 15, 2021.

Marshall, Chris. "Emily Kimbrough, Hoosier Native and European Traveler." Indiana State Library blog, February 19, 2019. Accessed October 15, 2021.


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/10/15 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/15 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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