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MS Thr 210.1

Anderson, Robert Woodruff, 1917-. Robert Woodruff Anderson letters to his parents, 1931-1956: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 210.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Anderson, Robert Woodruff,
Title: Robert Woodruff Anderson letters to his parents,
Date(s): 1931-1956 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1935-1940 (bulk)
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by Robert Anderson and sent to his parents while a student at Harvard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003MT-193. Gift of Robert Anderson, 7 October 1986.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

robert Woodruff Anderson Letters to his Parents, 1931-1956 (MS Thr 210.1). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

For other correspondence, see the Robert Anderson Papers (MS Thr 210), which has a separate finding aid: Anderson, Robert Woodruff, 1917-. Papers.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Woodruff Anderson was born in New York City on April 28, 1917, the son of Myra and James Anderson. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy (1931-35), and at Harvard University, where he received both his A.B. (magna cum laude) in 1939 and his M.A. in 1940. He became a prolific playwright, remembered chiefly for All Summer Long and Tea and Sympathy.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 255 letters written by Robert Anderson to his parents, James Hewston Anderson and Myra Grigg Anderson, 1931, 1935-1956.
Most of the letters describe Anderson's academic and extra-curricular activities while an undergraduate at Harvard University, 1935-1939, especially in Dunster House productions, the Harvard Dramatic Club and the Harvard Glee Club.

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