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MS Am 2963

Houghton Library. Subversion in the Houghton Library collection, 1953-1954: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b, f
Call No.: MS Am 2963
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Houghton Library.
Title: Subversion in the Houghton Library collection,
Date(s): 1953-1954.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (1 box, 1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Various materials relating to the Houghton Library staff's production of a 1953 radio-play Subversion in the Houghton Library and the 1954 Houghton Movie.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

81Z-23. Gift, gratis; received: 1981.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
See curatorial file for information regarding 1992 reformatting of some of these materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Subversion in the Houghton Library Collection, 1953-1954 (MS Am 2963). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

In 1953, members of the staff of the Houghton Library participated in a "radio play" Subversion in the Houghton Library. It was a take-off on the Army-McCarthy hearings, written and taped by William M. Howie for Houghton's eleventh birthday on February 28, 1953. In 1954, members of the staff wrote a movie script for, then acted in and filmed a "Houghton movie" featuring staff members and the ghosts of Thomas Hollis, John Donne and Walt Whitman. The movie was filmed for the Library's twelfth birthday. Cast members were listed in the script as including: William A. Jackson, Philip Hofer, Professor Hyder Rollins, Mabel Steele, William Bond, James Walsh, Miriam Erickson, Alice Cauchon, Harold Terrell, Mildred Nickerson, Eleanor Garvey, Caroline Jakeman, and many others. Source: Houghton Library Chronicle, 1942-1992.


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Scope and Contents

Includes typescript scripts, motion pictures, reel-to-reel audiotapes, audiocassettes, and a videocassette.

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