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Harry Northup Papers
MSS 0598  
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Description
Papers of Harry Northup, Los Angeles poet, screen actor, and editor and founding member of Cahuenga Press. The papers largely comprise Northup's literary correspondence; his writings, including notebooks and journals, working papers, poem drafts, and manuscripts for collected published works, such as materials for THE RAGGED VERTICAL and REUNIONS; and materials related to his acting career. Of particular significance are Northup's notebooks which often chronicle and reflect his experiences as a screen actor. The collection documents Northup's talks and poetry readings with audiocassette and videocassette recordings and documents his work as an editor and founding member of the Cahuenga Press. Also included are photographs, newspaper clippings from his early stage acting career, and theater memorabilia. The papers are arranged in twelve series: 1) ORIGINAL FINDING AID, 2) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) WRITINGS, 5) TALKS AND READINGS, 6) TEACHING MATERIALS, 7) NOTEBOOKS, 8) CAHUENGA PRESS, 9) FILM AND TELEVISION SCRIPTS, 10) AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 11) VIDEO RECORDINGS, and 12) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Background
Harry E. Northup was born in Amarillo, Texas, on September 2, 1940, and grew up in Ordville and Sidney, Nebraska. Harry began acting at age 14 in community and high school theatre. After a brief tour of duty as a radioman in the U.S. Navy between 1958-1961 he attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney, where he performed in leading roles. In 1962, he worked in summer stock, where he got his Equity card. In 1963, Northup moved to New York City where he met Leland Hickman in Frank Corsaro's Method acting class. Hickman introduced him to poetry.
Extent
15.00 linear feet (36 archives boxes, 2 cardfile boxes, and 1 oversize folder)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Collection is open for research