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MC 371

Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957. Papers of Josephine Hull, 1899-1960: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: MC 371
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Josephine Hull, 1877-1957
Title: Papers of Josephine Hull, 1899-1960
Date(s): 1899-1960
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, music scores, photographs, etc. of Josephine (Sherwood) Hull, stage and screen actress.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 697, 77-M144
These papers of Josephine (Sherwood) Hull were given to the Schlesinger Library in February 1964 and September 1977 by William Glasgow Bruce Carson, Josephine Hull's biographer.

Processing Information:

Reprocessed: February 1986
By: Anne Engelhart,Martha Hodes

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Josephine Hull as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Josephine Hull Papers, 1899-1960; item description, dates. MC 371, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Josephine Hull, 1871-1957 (A-94) and Papers of Josephine Hull, 1898-1954 (MC 372.).


Josephine Sherwood Hull, stage and screen actress, was born Mary Josephine Sherwood in Newtonville, Massachusetts. Although she never divulged the exact date of her birth, on the basis of Radcliffe College entrance examination records it seems likely that she was born on January 3, 1877. In 1910 she married Shelley Hull, a young actor who died nine years later from influenza. Hull died on March 12, 1957, in New York City. For detailed accounts of her life, see Dictionary of American Biography, 1956-1960, and Dear Josephine, the Theatrical Career of Josephine Hull (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963) by William Glasgow Bruce Carson.


This collection consists of letters from or about Josephine Hull, published music scores by Hull, and photographs. The letters from Hull concern her activities in the theater, her marriage, the sudden death of her husband, and mutual friends. Other letters to her biographer, William Glasgow Bruce Carson, are reminiscences of Hull from friends and colleagues.

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Additional Index Terms

Abbott, George, 1887-1995
Bondi, Beulah, 1892-1981
Boody, Bertha
Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969
Carson, William G. B. (William Glasgow Bruce), 1891-1976
Crouse, Russel, 1893-1966
Dix, Beulah Marie, 1876-1970
Dowling, Eddie, 1894-1976
Hart, Moss, 1904-1961
Hull, Henry, 1890-1977
Hull, Shelley, 1885-1919
Karloff, Boris, 1887-1969
Kaufman, George S. (George Simon), 1889-1961
King, John C.
Lindsay, Howard, 1889-1968
Lockhart, June, 1925-
Lunt, Alfred
Massey, Raymond
Mielziner, Jo, 1901-1976
Nugent, Elliott, 1899-1980
O'Reilly, Jane Elliot Sever
Radcliffe College--Alumni and alumnae
Rowan, Frank
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979
Teichmann, Howard