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MS Am 1449

Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943. Alexander Woollcott correspondence, ca. 1856-1943: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, MS
Call No.: MS Am 1449
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943.
Title: Alexander Woollcott correspondence,
Date(s): 1856-1943 (inclusive), 1920-1943 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (27 boxes and 11 volumes (22.5 linear ft. )
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence with the American drama critic Alexander Woollcott from authors and actors about the theater and the film industry.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

43M-836. Estate of Alexander Woollcott; gift of Joseph P. Hennessey, Esq., 18 East 48th St., New York, NY; received: 1943 November 11.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alexander Woollcott Correspondence, ca. 1856-1943 (MS Am 1449). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Woollcott was an American author, theatrical actor, drama critic for The New York Times, and a radio commentator, known as "The Town Crier."


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Scope and Contents

Primarily letters to Alexander Woollcott concerning life in the film industry and theater in the New York and London, from authors and actors, including Irving Berlin, Willa Cather, Charles Chaplin, Noel Coward, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Gershwin, Moss Hart, Jerome Kern, Margaret Mitchell, Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, and Thornton Wilder, among many others. Also includes letters from his radio broadcasts listeners, correspondence concerning his alumnus activities at Hamilton College, and correspondence with Helen Keller, Annie Sullivan, and his associations with the Seeing Eye and Talking Books for the Blind. Collection also contains clippings, photographs, expense accounts, and copies of court documents.

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