Donald Smythe Collection of Micheline Resco Materials

Collection number:  DET.2.001
Title:   Donald Smythe collection of Micheline Resco materials
Date [bulk]:   1917-1949
Date [inclusive]: circa 1890-1949
Extent:   1.8 linear feet (three boxes)
Creator:   Smythe, Donald (Donor)
Creator:   Resco, Micheline (Creator)
Language of material:  French and English


Abstract: Micheline Resco (b.1896) was a Rumanian-born Parisian portrait artist best known as the mistress and then second wife of John J. Pershing, Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces during the First World War. Donald Smythe, SJ, a Professor of American History at John Carroll University and a Pershing biographer, acquired Resco’s letters and other materials in the 1970s. This collection contains letters, telegrams, photographs, greeting cards, event memorabilia, speech typescripts, and clippings, as well as financial and legal papers documenting Pershing and Resco’s romantic relationship from their meeting in 1917 until the general’s death in 1948.

Conditions governing access:   This collection is open for research.

Conditions governing reproduction and use:  The archival records in the Jesuit Archives: Central United States are the property of the Central and Southern, Chicago-Detroit, and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus. Copies may not be duplicated or deposited elsewhere without the prior written consent of the archivist. Supplying a copy is not an authorization to publish or circulate. Written permission to publish any records in their entirety or a substantial portion thereof must be requested and approved prior to publication. The researcher has the sole legal responsibility for obtaining this written permission.


DET.2.001 Smythe Finding Guide