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MS Thr 654

Cromwell, John, 1914-1979. John Cromwell papers, 1928-1980: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 654
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Cromwell, John, 1914-1979.
Title: John Cromwell papers
Date(s): 1928-1980
Quantity: 1 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Greek and French.
Abstract: Compositions, letters and photographs by or addressed to American actor and playwright John Cromwell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2006MT-119r. Old gift; source unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Krista Ferrante

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Cromwell Papers, 1928-1980 (MS Thr 654). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Cromwell (1914-1979) was an actor and a playwright in New York. His father, Seymour L. Cromwell, was a president of the New York Stock Exchange. John Cromwell attended Harvard College to study business but left after two years to pursue an acting career. He made his Broadway debut in 1935 in the play The Old Maid. He wrote several plays and two novels. Cromwell died in London on September 1, 1979.


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Scope and Contents

Includes: letters written by Aldus Huxley addressed to John Cromwell; typescript and printed plays by John Cromwell; and photograph portraits of John Cromwell and other actors including Ethel Barrymore, John Gielgud, Lillian Gish, and Raymond Massey.


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