Guide to the Sidney Coe Howard papers, 1903-1939

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Guide to the Sidney Coe Howard papers, 1903-1939

Collection number: BANC MSS 70/185 z

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Sidney Coe Howard papers,
Date (inclusive): 1903-1939
Collection Number: BANC MSS 70/185 z
Creator: Howard, Sidney Coe, 1891-1939
Extent: Number of containers: 19 boxes, 20 cartons, and 1 oversize folder
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Letters written to Howard and by him; mss. of plays, short stories, articles and motion picture scripts; notes and notebooks; transcripts of diary entries; biographical material; personalia; material re student days at the University of California; contracts for books, play production and motion picture work; financial records; clippings. Included also are some papers of his wife, Leopoldine Damrosch Howard, some of which relate to her father, Walter Damrosch; and miscellaneous papers of other members of the Howard family.
Languages Represented: English

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Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sidney Coe Howard papers, BANC MSS 70/185 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Related Material

  • Sidney Coe Howard papers: additions, BANC MSS 84/56 z
  • Sidney Coe Howard papers: additions, 1903-1939, BANC MSS 83/82 z

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • At one time Carton 6 held photographs. Most of the photographs of Sidney Coe Howard have been removed and are separately indexed in the Portrait Collection. The rest have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections, including those of other members of the Howard family, his children, and unidentified portraits, some snapshots of Howard's ambulance service unit in World War I, scenes from theatrical productions, and four albums of photographs and post cards relating to his trips to Mexico and travels in the United States, ca. 1901-1910. Some photographs are cataloged as 1970.025-.028 PIC.

Scope and Content

This sizeable collection of Howard's papers was given to The Bancroft Library in 1970, with additions in 1971 and 1972 by two of his children, Mrs. Jennifer Goldwyn of Los Angeles, and Walter D. Howard of Tyringham. Covering the years ca. 1903 to his death, and housed in 19 boxes and 20 cartons, it includes correspondence; MSS of plays, short stories, articles and motion picture scripts; notes and notebooks; transcripts of diary entries; biographical material; personalia; material relating to his student days at the University of California; contracts for books, play production and motion picture work; financial records; clippings; and photographs. Included also are some papers of his wife, Polly Damrosch Howard, some of which relate to her father, Walter Damrosch; and some miscellaneous papers of his father and mother and other members of the Howard family. The papers are described in greater detail in the Key to Arrangement which follows.

Biography

Sidney Coe Howard, playwright, was born in Oakland, California, June 26, 1891, the son of John Lawrence and Helen (Coe) Howard. He attended public schools in Oakland and was graduated from the University of California in 1915. As an undergraduate he already displayed an interest in the theater, collaborating with Frederick Faust (who later achieved fame under the pseudonym "Max Brand") in writing the junior farce and the senior extravaganza. For Leonard Bacon's poetry seminar he wrote "Sons of Spain," a blank verse tragedy which was produced in the Forest Theatre in Carmel, California, in 1914. From Berkeley Howard went to Harvard to attend Professor George Pierce Baker's famous "47 Workshop" in playwriting.
During World War I he volunteered his services as an ambulance driver, serving in France and in the Balkans. After U.S. entry into the war he enlisted in the air service and was on active duty as a flyer at the French front. On his return to the United States he settled in New York City and joined the staff of Life, eventually becoming a literary editor. As a free-lance reporter, he also wrote a number of articles on current issues which appeared in The Survey, Collier's and The New Republic, and short stories as well.
While holding down these jobs he found time to work on plays, also, the first of which to appear on Broadway was Swords (1921), a melodrama in verse. For the next two seasons Howard devoted himself to translations and adaptations of foreign plays, and to a collaboration with Edward Sheldon, Bewitched, which won for him increased recognition in the theater world. His first big success came in 1924 when the Theatre Guild produced They Knew What They Wanted which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. 1926 became his most successful year with two plays, Ned McCobb's Daughterand The Silver Cord winning popular acclaim. Hardly a year followed in which his name did not appear on a play as author or adaptor.
From 1929 onward he did much work also as a screen writer, and until his death he divided his time between the stage and the screen. His list of scenario credits includes such successes as Bulldog Drummond, Arrowsmith, which won an Academy Award in 1931, Dodsworth,and Gone With the Wind, for which he was posthumously given an Academy Award in 1940.
A realistic practitioner of his art and a strong spokesman for the profession, he was elected president of the Dramatists' Guild of the Authors' League of America in 1935, serving in the crucial years when a new basic agreement was hammered out between playwrights and producers. In 1938 he, in partnership with Maxwell Anderson, S. N. Behrman, Elmer Rice and Robert E. Sherwood, formed the Playwrights' Company, pooling their dramatic and financial resources to produce their own plays independently.
He was married twice: in 1922 to Clare Eames, actress, niece of Emma Eames, the opera singer, and in 1931 to Leopoldine (Polly) Damrosch, the daughter of Walter Damrosch.
His life was cut short on August 23, 1939, by a tragic accident when a tractor crushed him against the side of a barn on his farm in Tyringham, Massachusetts. The very morning of his death he had been working on a play based on Carl Van Doren's Benjamin Franklin.

Key to Arrangement

Boxes 1-8

Letters written to Howard.

Scope and Content Note

Letters from family, friends, other playwrights and authors, agents, actors, producing companies, moving picture studios, etc. Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. A partial list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement. Letters not listed have been put in alphabetical miscellanies preceding each letter of the alphabet. Unidentified correspondents are at the end of the file, in Box 8.
Box 9

Some letters have been grouped together by name of play or by subject, as follows: Yellow Jack (letters re background, performance, requests to perform, etc.); The Ghost of Yankee Doodle (letters re the opening of the play); letters from actors desiring parts in Madam, Will You Walk and in Benjamin Franklin; and miscellaneous letters from actors re casting of plays.

See also Cartons 2, 3, 5

Boxes 10-18

Letters written by Howard, 1903-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Carbon copies, typed transcripts and some originals. Many of the transcripts were made from originals loaned to Mrs. Howard for copying. Most of the original letters in the files were written to his family (while he was a student at Harvard, during his stay in Europe, and during World War I) and to his wife. Arranged chronologically, with undated letters at the end. Included also in Box 17 are letters written by his secretary after his death, 1939-1940. Box 18 contains copies of letters by Howard which have been withdrawn from use because of their fragile condition. There are transcripts for all of these letters.
Carton 1

Biographical material re Howard.

 

One folder containing miscellaneous material, including a copy of the biographical sketch for The National Cyclopedia of American Biography

 

Biographical sketch by William Lyon Phelps - signed typescript copy; and copy of Commemorative Tribute to Gillette and Howard by Phelps... prepared for and published by The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1940

 

Century Memorials 1939(New York, 1940) which includes a memorial tribute to Howard, p. 43-44

 

"Sidney Howard - Friend and Playwright" by John van Druten. Typescript

 

"Sidney Howard: A Few Personal Memories" by Barrett H. Clark. Reprint of text of radio broadcast over Station WOR, New York City, Sept. 2, 1939

 

"Sidney Howard: A Critical Study" by Henry H. Adams. 1940. Thesis (carbon typescript)

 

"Sidney Howard: American Playwright" by Charles E. Scott. Ph.D. dissertation, Yale University, March 1963

 

Bibliographies - include copy of Henry H. Adams bibliography (cf. biographical material above) and bibliographic notes

 

Personalia - includes birth certificate, passports, will, papers re military service, genealogical material re the Howard family, etc.

 

Awards - include program for Pulitzer prize awarded during Columbia University commencement, June 3, 1925, and proceedings for Founders' Day, Washington and Jefferson College, Nov. 10, 1934, when Howard was given an honorary degree.

See also Oversize folder.

 

Membership cards and certificates

 

Diary entries - typed transcripts - 1927-1933; 1935-1939

 

Contributions - include receipts for contributions and a few miscellaneous letters of solicitation. [Most of the letters soliciting or acknowledging contributions have been placed in the correspondence files.]

 

Address book; notes containing telephone numbers and addresses

 

South American trip, 1937 - notes re itinerary; letters of identification, etc.

 

Material re Howard's student days at University of California

 

Blue book on Horace submitted by Howard to Professor Leon Richardson, Dec. 17, 1914 (original and typed transcript); and copy of Professor Richardson's notes about Howard.

 

Issue of the Pelican, April 1, 1914

 

Adventure of Tomorrow: A Collection of Undergraduate Verse (Berkeley, 1914) containing contributions by Howard

 

Issues of The Occidentcontaining stories, poems, etc. by Howard, 1912-1913

Carton 2

Issues of The Occident containing stories, poems, etc. by Howard, 1913-1915

 

Scrapbook with clippings from The Daily Californian and other papers, programs, clippings re his play, "The Sons of Spain, " produced at the Forest Theatre, Carmel, etc.

 

Material re Authors' League of America. Dramatists' Guild

Scope and Content Note

Copy of constitution and by-laws; reports and memoranda; lists of members; notices of meetings; names of officers, members of committees, etc.; copies of notices sent to members; copy of memorandum for Hallie Flanagan, director of the WPA Federal Theatre Project, Dec. 11, 1936, with recommendations from the Guild; occasional digests of meetings; copy of "Minimum Basic Agreement Negotiation by the Dramatists' Guild... and Other Theatrical Producing Managers... ;" copies of letters from producers re proposed changes in the minimum basic agreement; clippings; etc.
 

Material re The Playwrights' Producing Company, Inc.

Scope and Content Note

Memorandum re the proposed playwrights' producing plan; copy of press releases; memoranda written by members of the company; minutes of meetings of board of directors, 1938-39; financial reports, 1938-42; clippings; playbills for some of the plays produced by the company.
 

Playbills and programs for Howard plays

 

Contracts

Scope and Content Note

Include contracts for dramatic productions; contracts with publishing companies and notes re publication of his plays; and contracts with motion picture companies for screenplays and adaptations of his plays for the screen.
Carton 3

Financial records

 

Correspondence and related material re transactions with Harriman National Bank & Trust Co., The Fifth Avenue Bank of New York, and Morgan & Cie; correspondence and related material re investments and securities bought and sold; ledger sheets, ca. 1935-38, etc.

Carton 4

Income tax records, 1922-39 (federal and state); income tax records and material re estate of Clare Eames Howard, his first wife; New York City tax papers; social security tax records; miscellaneous accounts; statement of receipts and disbursements for the Howard Terminal; correspondence and receipts re apartment rentals in New York City; papers re the house, 157 East 82nd St., New York City.

Carton 5

Royalty statements from book publishers and for the production of various plays; miscellaneous accounts.

 

Insurance papers - policies and related correspondence

 

Papers re the farm at Tyringham, Mass. - blueprints and drawings, correspondence re upkeep of the farm, accounts, etc.

 

Miscellaneous papers re Howard's estate

 

Clippings - re Howard, the Damrosch-Howard wedding, Howard plays (two folders), obituaries, miscellaneous

Carton 6

See Material Cataloged Separately note.

carton Cartons 7-12

MSS of plays and related material - arranged alphabetically by title

Carton 7

Alien Corn

Scope and Content Note

"Preliminary notes for a comedy to be called Miss Braun" (typescript); "Preliminary Scenario for a play in Three Acts to be called Miss Braun" (typescript); notes for the second act (holograph); two typescript copies of the script (carbons), one with cuts and emendations in Howard's hand; annotated copy of the published play (Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, 1933); photographs of productions. (5 folders)
 

Benjamin Franklin

Scope and Content Note

Unfinished play. Howard was working on this play, based on Carl Van Doren's biography, at the time of his death. Included are miscellaneous notes and background material; stenographer's notebooks containing notes in shorthand (10 v.); Howard's working script (annotated typescript with a few holograph pages); three typescript copies of the working script; four folders containing drafts and revisions (typescript and holograph); copy of English Institute Annual 1939, inscribed to Mrs. Howard by Carl Van Doren, in which Van Doren comments on Howard's projected Franklin play. (16 folders)
Carton 8

The Cranbrook Masque

Scope and Content Note

Typescript. Note on cover: "Copyright 1916." (1 folder)
 

Dodsworth

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary outline for a dramatization of Sinclair Lewis' novel; typed copy of script (carbon). (1 folder)
 

The Early Worm

Scope and Content Note

Scenario for a "dramatic treatise in three acts by Sidney Howard and John Marquand." Typescript. (1 folder)
 

Fete Gallante

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary scenario for The Lady of the Camellias (holograph); a typed synopsis; annotated typed copy of the script marked "First completed draft," with some holograph notes; typed copy with cuts and corrections in Howard's hand. (2 folders)
 

The First Act

Scope and Content Note

(Carbon typescript) -added 4/30/91
 

Gather Ye Rosebuds

Scope and Content Note

Original title: Bird of Our Fathers. Written in collaboration with Robert Littell. Four typescript copies, some annotated and marked. (3 folders)
carton Cartons 8 and 9

The Ghost of Yankee Doodle

Scope and Content Note

Howard's note about the title of the play and his explanation for the genesis of the play; many copies of the script (final text, production text, revised and unrevised copies, many of them heavily annotated); draft and revised pages, both holograph and typescript. (20 folders)
Carton 9

Half Gods

Scope and Content Note

Notes for the play (typescript), with cover page, entitled "Marriage Play: Notes." (1 folder)
 

The Kingdom of Sancho Panza

Scope and Content Note

An adaptation of Melchior Lengyel's comedy for English production. Typescript. (1 folder)
 

[The Last Night of Don Juan]

Scope and Content Note

An adaptation of Edmund Rostand's La Derniere Nuit de Don Juan for English production. Annotated typescript. (1 folder)
 

The Late Christopher Bean

Scope and Content Note

Based on Prenez Garde à la Peinture by René Fauchois. Annotated typescript; draft and revised pages, both holograph and typescript; printed pamphlet edition of the French play. (3 folders)
Carton 10

Lexington

Scope and Content Note

"Compiled and, in part, written by Sidney Howard. For the celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775." Typescript, with a few annotations. (1 folder)
 

Lucky Sam McCarver.

Scope and Content Note

Corrected typescript [in the hand of Clare Eames Howard?] (1 folder)
 

[Lute Song] - "Pi-Pa-Ki or The Story of the Lute by Kao-Tong-Kia."

Scope and Content Note

Arranged for presentation on the American stage by Will Irwin and Sidney Howard. Three typescript copies. (1 folder)
carton Cartons 10 and 11

Madam, Will You Walk

Scope and Content Note

Original titles, Summer Solstice and Summer Night. Notes on chronology of the play; stenographer notebooks containing notes in shorthand; many copies of the script, some dated, most of them typescripts with annotations; draft and revised pages, holograph and typescript; Kurt Weill's musical score (holograph) for the play; sketch for the stage set; casting notes; galleys for the published play; clipping of the text as published in Theatre Arts, Feb. 1957. (31 folders)
Carton 11

Madame Curie

Scope and Content Note

Memorandum for Samuel Goldwyn, March 3, 1936, re play scenario based on the life of Madame Curie; notebook containing a few pages of notes. (1 folder)
 

Ned McCobb's Daughter

Scope and Content Note

"Scenario notes for a comedy to be called Carrie McCobb;" draft (holograph) and corrected typescript. (2 folders)
Carton 12

Ode to Liberty

Scope and Content Note

Adapted from Liberte Provisoire by Marcel Duran. Annotated typescript with title, Temporary Liberty by Michel Duran, and note laid in, "Temporary Liberty (Adapted by S. H. as Ode to Liberty?);" annotated typescript with note on title page: "First Draught, uncut and uncorrected November 1st, 1934, with corrections." (2 folders)
 

Paths of Glory

Scope and Content Note

Dramatization of Humphrey Cobb's novel. Title page of script and list of characters; "First Notes. June 20-25, 1935;" "A Foreword for College Dramatic Societies" written by Howard re dramatization of the novel; [Cobb's notes?, 1 p. ]; three pages of script; photograph of the set elevation. (1 folder)
 

The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck

Scope and Content Note

By Sidney Howard and Barrett H. Clark; founded upon the novel of the same name by James Branch Cabell. Typescript with additions and corrections in manuscript. Note by Clark on the title page. Also bound in is the MS of "Patricia," a comedy by Clark, suggested by certain episodes in Cabell's The Rivet...(1 folder)
 

Romance: A Spectacle Play

Scope and Content Note

Marked typescript. (1 folder)
 

S. S. Tenacity

Scope and Content Note

English adaptation of Charles Vildrac's Le Paquebot Tenacité.Typescript. (1 folder)
 

Salvation

Scope and Content Note

By Sidney Howard and Charles MacArthur. A draft copy, with annotated, corrected pages; and two typescript copies. (2 folders)
 

The Silver Cord

Scope and Content Note

Statements by Clare Eames Howard and Roger Burlingame re the beginnings of the play; holograph draft; typescript, with revisions and deletions. (4 folders)
 

They Knew What They Wanted

Scope and Content Note

Copy of the judge's opinion in the suit brought against Howard, The Theatre Guild, et al, involving alleged plagiarism; mimeographed copy of the television adaptation by Don Ettlinger, 1952. (2 folders)
 

Yellow Jack

Scope and Content Note

With Paul de Kruif. Typescript copy; draft and revised pages (holograph and typescript); background material; Howard's preface to the published play; copy of "Backstage with Yellow Jack" by Paul de Kruif; copy of the stage design; photographs of productions of the play; mimeographed copy of television adaptation by Alan Anderson.

See also Oversize folder described at the end of the Key.
 

MSS of plays, not written by Howard

 

The Pretender, by Lawrence P. Bachman

 

Jane Eyre, by Helen Jerome. Note on title page: Copyright 1937 by Sidney Howard.

 

Pirate Scenario, by Edward Sheldon

Carton 13

Howard's notes for plays that were not written

Scope and Content Note

Notes, scenario, background material for a play tentatively called Dirt Farmer; scenario and notes for The Labyrinth; notes about Dred Scott; notes for a crime play; letters, notes and background material for a projected play about John A. Sutter; notes and related materials for a play about Woodrow Wilson. (14 folders).

See also boxes described at the end of the Key.
 

Miscellaneous notes for plays and stories, some with related clippings (3 folders)

 

"Ideas for stories" - holograph and typescript

Carton 14

MSS of stories

 

Doth the Wild Ass Bray (typescript and holograph)

 

The Homesick Ladies

 

Jane Lister, Dear Child (typescript and holograph)

 

A Long Job for Charlie (holograph)

 

The Marvel

 

Miss Lily

 

Miss Parker

 

Poison Ivy

 

A Simple Heart (holograph and typescript)

 

Wanted: A Motive

 

MSS of articles

 

Hollywood on the Slide

 

Memoirs of a Commercial Dramatist (typescript and galleys)

 

Untitled MS about Professor George Pierce Baker

 

Notebooks

 

12 stenographic notebooks containing notes in shorthand, three of which have titles on the cover: "Summer Night and Franklin;" "Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Benjamin Franklin;" and "Nobody's in Town."

 

One stenographer's notebook containing holograph notes, with title on cover, "The Mesa, Marie Du Plessis, Marriage Play."

carton Cartons 15-19

MSS of motion picture scripts and related material - arranged alphabetically by title.

Carton 15

The Brothers Karamazov

Scope and Content Note

"Preliminary notes for a Talking Picture Treatment of... " (typescript); "First complete version" of the script (typescript with some corrections and deletions); another version (typescript, with some corrections). (3 folders)
 

Dodsworth

Scope and Content Note

"Notes for a Motion Picture Treatment of... " (typescript); draft and revised pages of the script; annotated and corrected typescript; "First Draft Shooting Script" (mimeographed copy). (5 folders)
carton Cartons 15-17

Gone With the Wind

Scope and Content Note

"Preliminary Notes on a Screen Treatment of... " (typescript); copy of a letter from the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America to David Selznick commenting on the first draft of the script; footage estimates; technical notes and other miscellaneous items; draft and revised pages of the script; many versions of the screen play (corrected typescripts and mimeographed copies). (29 folders). Howard's annotated copy of Gone With the Windis in Carton 15.
Carton 17

It Can't Happen Here

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary notes for motion picture treatment (typescript); corrected and revised typescript of the screen play; inter-office communications. (3 folders)
 

The Last Frontier.

See The Real Glory.

 

The Light That Failed

Scope and Content Note

Typed copies of the script; two mimeographed copies, one bound, with commentaries, in ink and pencil, by Rudyard Kipling, and, bound in, a letter, May 27, 1935, from Kipling to Arthur Hornblow; related clippings. (3 folders)
Carton 18

Nobody's In Town

Scope and Content Note

Preliminary treatment for motion picture to be based on Edna Ferber's novel (typescript); "Revised treatment and continuity outline;" notes and suggestions from I. von Cube; background material; notes; revised pages of the scenario; typed copies of the scenario. (2 folders)
 

Northwest Passage

Scope and Content Note

Mimeographed copy of Robert Sherwood's screenplay; draft and revised pages of Howard's script. (7 folders)
 

Paths of Glory

Scope and Content Note

"Memorandum for a picture treatment of... " (typescript) (1 folder)
 

The Real Glory

Scope and Content Note

Earlier title: The Last Frontier. Mimeographed and typed copies, with revisions. (4 folders)
Carton 19

TransAtlantic Flight

Scope and Content Note

Earlier titles: The Thunderbird and Brother Barnstormer.Story outline by Howard in collaboration with William Van Dusen; background material; notes; revised pages of script; typescript copies. (8 folders)
 

The Unvanquished

Scope and Content Note

Screen adaptation of William Faulkner's novel. First draft of script -"uncut; uncorrected;" mimeographed copy stamped "Temporary Incomplete;" revised pages of the script; copy of a letter, Sept. 2, 1938, from Joseph I. Breen to L. B. Mayer listing some objections to the script. (5 folders)
 

Way of the Lancer

Scope and Content Note

Incomplete copy of the script. (1 folder)
Carton 20

Papers of Mrs. Sidney Coe Howard [Leopoldine (Damrosch) Howard]

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous letters addressed to Mrs. Howard; letters re the Damrosch-Howard wedding; condolence letters; Damrosch family letters; clippings re the Damrosch family; plays and stories written by Mrs. Howard; diaries, albums, etc.; Damrosch family photograph album; miscellaneous material re Walter Damrosch.

See also Oversize folder described below.
Box 19

Howard family papers

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous correspondence of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Howard; Helen (Coe) Howard's diaries; miscellaneous accounts, deeds, agreements, etc.; clippings; obituaries for John L. Howard.
Carton 21

3” x 5” cards containing Howard's notes on Dred Scott

 

3" x 5" cards containing Howard's notes on Benjamin Franklin

 

Memorabilia - primarily connected with Howard's war service

oversize Oversize folder

Pulitzer Award diploma and other diplomas and awards; sketch for Howard's tombstone; poster for an Amsterdam production of Yellow Jack; Walter Damrosch's holograph musical score for acceptance of a dinner given by Howard at the Century Club, with Mrs. Howard's explanatory note; oversize accounting records; copy of score of Franck's "Prelude, Chorale and Fugue" for the piano, annotated by Howard.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Adams, James Truslow, 1878-1949

 

2 letters, 1937. Re opposition to President Roosevelt's message on judiciary reform. One is a form letter.

 

Akins, Zoë, 1886-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Allen, Hervey, 1889-1949

 

5 letters, 1927-1942. Included is a letter, Jan. 19, 1942, addressed to Mrs. Howard. Also included: MS of "The Blindman: A Ballad of Nogent l' Artaud."

 

Allen, Ruth C. [drama agent]

 

3 letters, 1935 and n.d.

 

Allgood, Sara

 

Letter, Aug. 8, 1939. Re Madam, Will You Walk.

 

The American Academy of Arts and Letters

 

4 letters, 1935-1938. Primarily re Howard's election to the Academy. Letter announcing his election is signed by Robert Underwood Johnson, secretary, and Nicolas Murray Butler, president.

 

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

 

Letter, Mar. 16, 1927. Expresses appreciation for Howard's graduation address. Mimeographed copy of addresses of Clare Eames and Howard at the graduation exercises included.

 

American Civil Liberties Union

 

6 letters, 1938-1939. From Roger Baldwin, B. W. Huebsch, and Clinton J. Taft.

 

The American National Theatre and Academy

 

3 letters, 1937-1938. From A. Conger Goodyear. Minutes of the first meeting of the advisory committee included.

 

American Newspaper Guild

 

5 letters, 1936. Include letters from Heywood Broun and Clyde Beals. Re the Guild strike against the Hearst Wisconsin News.

 

American Play Company, Inc.

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1932. Re W. Somerset Maugham's reaction to Howard's use of the title “Alien Corn” for his play.

 

Ames, Winthrop, 1871-

 

Letter, Jan. 25, 1937. Re a meeting for a national theatre movement.

 

Anderson, Judith

 

Letter, June 6, 1939

 

Anderson, Maxwell, 1888-1959

 

10 letters and telegrams, 1925-1939 and n.d.

 

Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941

 

2 letters, 1936 and n.d.

 

Angell, Ernest [Howard's attorney]

 

72 letters, 1925-1939. Several refer to litigation re plagiarism charges brought against Howard involving his play, They Knew What They Wanted; to his divorce; and to Clare Eames Howard's estate.

 

The Authors' League of America, Inc.

 

22 letters, 1935-1939. From Luise Sillcox, executive secretary; Ivan von Auw, Jr., assistant secretary; Elmer Davis, vice-president; and John Howard Lawson. Letter, Jan. 30, 1936, written jointly by Davis and Lawson.

 

Authors' League of America. Dramatists' Guild

 

51 letters, 1935-1939. Primarily from Luise Sillcox, executive secretary. Re negotiation of standard contracts; motion picture rights; relations between dramatists', authors' and screen writers' guilds; formation of Dramatists' Play Bureau; relations with the Federal Theatre Project. Enclosure to letter, Dec. 24, 1936: copy of letter from Hallie Flanagan, director, Federal Theatre Project. Letter, Feb. 1, 1937, is a copy of a letter addressed to Mrs. Flanagan. Howard served as representative of the Dramatists' Guild on the Authors' League Council, and as president of the Dramatists' Guild.

 

Bachmann, Larry

 

10 letters, 1936-1939. Mainly re his efforts writing plays and screen plays.

 

Bacon, Leonard, 1887-

 

34 letters, 1924-1940. Included is a letter, Mar. 29, 1940, addressed to Mrs. Howard re Madam, Will You Walk. Also included: letter from Patty Bacon, May 1, 1928.

See also Burlingame, Roger.

 

Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935

 

10 letters, 1925-1933. With these is a letter written by his wife.

 

Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884-

See American Civil Liberties Union.

 

Ballard, Fred

 

2 letters, 1925

 

Barry, Philip, 1896-1949

 

5 letters, 1925-1932

 

Behrman, Samuel Nathaniel, 1893-

 

3 telegrams and letter, 1938-1945. Letter, Apr. 28, 1945, is addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Benet, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943

 

3 letters, n.d.

 

Bertensson, Serge, 1885-1962

 

5 letters, 1935-1936. Several refer to translating Paths of Glory into Russian for a production at the Moscow Art Theatre.

 

Bethune, Mary McLeod

 

2 letters, 1937-1938. Written on behalf of Bethune-Cookman College.

 

Blankenhorn, Heber

 

3 letters, 1936 and n.d.

 

Blankfort, Michael, 1907

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

The Bobbs-Merrill Company

 

Letter, Apr. 13, 1939. From Lambert Davis. Requesting comment on Christ in Concrete.

 

Boyd, Julian Parks, 1903-

 

Letter, May 31, 1939. Written for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, re a pamphlet about Benjamin Franklin.

 

Brady, William A., 1863-1950

 

5 letters, 1937-1939. Several discuss casting for a revival of They Knew What They Wanted at the Playhouse in New York.

 

Braithwaite, Lilian [English actress]

 

3 letters, 1927 and n.d.

 

Brandon, Tom

 

7 letters, ca. 1932-1936. Many refer to his interest in fascist-type groups in the U.S. The last two letters refer to It Can't Happen Here.

 

Brandt & Brandt Dramatic Department Inc.

 

284 letters, 1926-1947. The firm acted as Howard's agent. Letters from Harold Freedman included. Re contract negotiations, royalty payments, performance permissions, sale of motion picture rights for plays, payment for screen plays, etc. Letters written after Howard's death are addressed to his wife or to his secretary.

 

Broder, Jane (agency)

 

7 letters and telegrams, 1939. Re casting of Madam, Will You Walk.

 

Bromfield, Louis, 1896-1956

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

Broun, Heywood Campbell, 1888-1939

See American Newspaper Guild.

 

Brown, Gilmor

See Pasadena (Calif. ) Playhouse.

 

Burlingame, Roger, 1889-

 

39 letters, 1923-1935. A personal friend. Many of the letters comment on his own writing; several refer to Leonard Bacon.

 

Burris-Meyer, Harold, 1902-

 

3 letters, 1939. Re planning for sound for Madam, Will You Walk. One letter is addressed to Elmer Rice.

 

Butler, Nicolas Murray, 1862-

See American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 

Campbell, Mrs. Patrick, 1865-1940

 

2 letters, 1933. Re her desire to play the role of Elsa in Alien Corn.

 

Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961

 

2 letters, 1926-1934

 

Canfield, Cass, 1897-

See Harper & Brothers.

 

Cather, Willa Sibert, 1876-1947

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Celler, Emanuel, 1888-

 

2 letters, 1937. Identical letters, re hearings on a Congressional bill affecting theatre people, addressed to Luise Sillcox and George S. Kaufman.

 

Cerf, Bennett Alfred, 1898-

See Random House, Inc.

 

Chaplin, Charles, 1889-

See Hapgood, Norman.

 

Clark, Barrett Harper, 1890-1953

 

27 letters, 1922-1942 and n.d. Some letters, 1937-1938, written on behalf of Dramatists' Play Service, while executive director; some written on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. Letter, Mar. 20, 1942, addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Cobb, Humphrey, 1899-1944

 

24 letters, 1935-1936. Re Howard's dramatization of his novel, Paths of Glory, his experiences as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the difficulties of the Screen Writers' Guild in Hollywood, etc. Included also: letter, n.d. written by his wife, Anne Louise.

 

Columbia University

 

2 letters, 1925 and 1936. Letter, Apr. 2, 1925, from Frank D. Fackenthal, notifies Howard that They Knew What They Wanted was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

 

Connelly, Marcus Cook, 1890-

 

2 letters, 3 telegrams, 1924-1937. The telegrams refer to the Screen Writers' and Dramatists' Guilds.

 

Cook (Thos. ) & Son

 

3 letters, 1933. Re Howard's proposed trip to the Near East.

 

Corbin, John, 1870-

 

3 letters, 1926-1933. Two refer to the Theatre Guild.

 

Corle, Edwin, 1906-1956

 

Letter, Mar. 9, 1939. Inquires if Howard would be interested in dramatizing his novel, Burro Alley. Also with this: letter, Mar. 10, 1939, written by his wife, Helen Corle.

 

[Cornell, Katharine], 1898-

 

Telegram, Jan. 2, 1933. Signed: "Kit."

 

Coward, Noel Pierce, 1899-

 

Letter, Apr. 30, [1926]

 

Crawford, Cheryl

 

Letter and telegram, 1932 and 1939

 

Creel, George, 1876-1953

 

2 letters, 1932. Letter, Apr. 14, 1932, refers to Howard's interest in doing a play about Woodrow Wilson.

 

Cromwell, John [stage director]

 

3 telegrams, 1 letter, 1937. Re The Ghost of Yankee Doodle.

 

Crothers, Rachel, 1878-1958

 

Letter, June 12, 1936

 

Crowninshield, Francis Welch, 1872-1947

 

Letter, Aug. 3, 1938

 

Curie, Eve, 1904-

 

Letter, Apr. 1, 1936. Responding to Howard's request to do a play based on her biography of her mother.

 

Curry, John Steuart, 1897-

 

4 letters, 1936-1939

 

Damrosch, Walter Johannes, 1862-1950

 

3 letters, 1932-1937 and n.d.

See also Carton 20 and Oversize folder.

 

Dana, Julian, 1907-

 

Letter, June 1, 1935

 

Davis, Harold Lenoir, 1896-

 

2 letters, 1935. Letter, Nov. 21, comments on Howard's grandfather's association with Captain J. C. Ainsworth and the Oregon Steam Navigation Company.

 

De Kruif, Paul, 1890-

 

26 letters, 1926-1935. Most of them refer to Yellow Jack.

 

Digges, Dudley

 

6 letters, 1937-1939. Re acting in The Ghost of Yankee Doodle and the part of Benjamin Franklin in Howard's projected play about Franklin.

 

Dinneen, Joseph Francis, 1897-

 

Letter, Dec. 28, 1936

 

Doran (George H. ) Company

 

Letter, Dec. 12, 1924. From E. F. Saxton, asking if Howard was interested in dramatizing The Book of Daniel Drew.

 

Doubleday, Doran and Company

 

4 letters, 1935-1937. Include letters from Nelson Doubleday. Some refer to problems involving motion picture contracts and publishing companies.

 

Doubleday, Nelson

See Doubleday, Doran and Company.

 

Dowling, Eddie

 

Telegram, Jan. 12, 1939

 

Dramatists' Guild

See Authors' League of America. Dramatists' Guild.

 

Dramatists' Play Service Incorporated

 

6 letters, 1937-1939. Primarily re royalty fees for non-professional performances of Howard's plays.

See also Barrett H. Clark correspondence.

See also Authors' League of America. Dramatists' Guild correspondence.

 

Eames, Emma, 1865-1949 [aunt of the first Mrs. Howard]

 

4 letters, 1925 and n.d.

 

Ernst, Morris Leopold, 1888-

 

7 letters, 1936-1938. Some refer to legal work for the Dramatists' Guild.

 

Ervine, St. John Greer, 1883-

 

Letter, June 26, 1936. Addressed to George Middleton.

 

Famous Productions

 

Letter, May 10, 1939. Re Howard's idea for a motion picture epic based on Pan-American Airways.

 

Farrar, John Chipman, 1896-

 

8 letters, 1926-1939. Most of them undated. With these: 2 letters written by his wife, Margaret, one addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Fauchois, René, 1882-

 

Letter, Dec. 2, 1932. Re Howard's adaptation of his play, Prenez garde à la Peinture.

 

Faust, Frederick, 1892-1944

 

Letter, Jan. 5, 1942. Addressed to Mrs. Howard. Comments on his friendship with Howard during college years.

 

Federal Theatre Project

 

4 letters, 1935-1937. Include letters from Hallie Flanagan, director.

 

Ferber, Edna, 1887-

 

16 letters, 1928-1939

 

Films for Democracy

 

2 letters, 1938

 

Fitzgerald, Francis Scott Key, 1896-1940

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

Flanagan, Hallie (Ferguson) 1890-

See Federal Theatre Project.

See also Authors' League of America. Dramatists' Guild.

 

Flavin, Martin, 1883-

 

2 letters, 1929 and 1939. Letter, Sept. 30, 1939, is addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Flexner, Anne (Crawford), 1874-

 

2 letters, 1935-1936

 

Fontanne, Lynn

 

6 letters and telegrams, 1929-1938 and n.d.

 

Freeman, Joe

 

Letter, June 26, 1933. Re a dispute between Upton Sinclair and the Russian filmmaker, Eisenstein.

 

Fremstad, Olive

 

Letter, Oct. 31, 1914

 

French (Samuel) Inc.

 

4 letters, 1935-1937. Re amateur production rights for Howard's plays, reprint permissions for published plays, etc.

See also Barrett H. Clark correspondence.

 

Galahad, Joseph Andrew

 

18 letters, 1919-1922

 

George, Grace, 1880-

 

Letter, July 2, 1935

 

Gilder, Rosamond

 

2 letters, 1936

 

Golden, John, 1874-1955

 

3 letters, 1938

 

Goldwyn, Samuel, 1882-

See Goldwyn (Samuel) Inc., Ltd.

 

Goldwyn (Samuel) Inc., Ltd.

 

48 letters and telegrams, 1930-1939. Include letters from Sam Goldwyn. Re Howard's screenplays for Arrowsmith and Dodsworth; the projected screenplay based on the “story” of the Pan American Airways, etc.

See also Contracts with motion picture companies, Carton 2.

 

Gordon, Max, 1892-

 

12 letters and telegrams, 1935-1939 and n.d. Some refer to the question of the motion picture industry backing plays and to playwright-manager problems in contract negotiations. Letter, Nov. 27, 1939, is addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Gordon, Ruth, 1896-

 

Letter, n. d

 

Gray, David, 1870-

 

Letter, Jan. 17, 1925

 

Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst [law firm]

 

Letter, May 18, 1936. Analyzes a specimen power of attorney forwarded to them by the Dramatists' Guild.

 

Greene, Graham, 1904-

 

Letter, Feb. 21, [1939]. Refers to Howard's intended screen treatment of Brighton Rock.

See also Gilbert Miller correspondence re Brighton Rock.

 

Greenstreet, Sydney

 

Letter, June 29, 1939. Addressed to Jane Broder. Re Madam, Will You Walk.

 

The Group Theatre, Inc., New York

 

5 letters, 1932-1936. From Harold Clurman. Letters written in 1932 refer to Yellow Jack.

 

Hampden, Walter

 

Letter, Oct. 9, 1927

 

Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937

 

17 letters, 1923-1936. Enclosures to letters Jan. 7 and Jan. 9, 1931: letters of introduction for Howard. Several of the letters written in 1931 refer to Howard's projected play about Woodrow Wilson. Enclosure to letter, Dec. 18, 1936: copy of a letter written by Charles Chaplin to Mrs. Hapgood.

 

Harcourt, Alfred, 1881-1954

See Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.

 

Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc.

 

6 letters, 1934-1940. Include letters from Alfred Harcourt.

 

Harper & Brothers

 

2 letters, 1935. From Cass Canfield. Expressing an interest in Howard's unwritten novel.

 

Harris, Jed

 

3 telegrams and 2 letters, 1933-1942. Several refer to Yellow Jack. Letter, Feb. 4, 1942, is addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Harris, Sam H., 1872-

 

Telegram, Aug. 29, 1934

 

Harvard University. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

 

3 letters, 1935. Re Howard's application for a Master's degree.

 

Hayes, Helen, 1900-

 

Letter, May 9, 1939. A financial appeal for the New York Skin and Cancer Unit.

 

Hayward (Leland) & Company, Ltd.

 

62 letters and telegrams, 1938-1939. Re screen plays for various studios in Hollywood. The company acted as Howard's agent in Hollywood for motion picture work.

 

Helburn, Theresa, d. 1958

See The Theatre Guild, Inc.

 

Hellman, Lillian, 1907-

 

Memorandum, Apr. 4, [1938]. Written on Samuel Goldwyn Inc. Ltd. "Inter-office Communication." With this: copy of Reeves Espy memos to Howard and to Miss Hellman, same date.

 

Henderson, Daniel, 1880-

 

Letter, July 26, 1939

 

Henderson, Victor [Hendricks]

 

4 letters, 1913-1939. Letters written in 1933 relate to Dr. Wilbur A. Sawyer who discovered successful method of vaccinating human beings against yellow fever. Letter, Aug. 26, 1939, addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Heyward, Du Bose, 1885-1940

 

4 letters, 1927-1939

 

Hofmannsthal, Hugo Hofmann edler von, 1874-1929

 

Letter, Nov. 29, 1923

 

Hopkins, Arthur Melancthon, 1878-

 

11 letters, 1927-1936. Several refer to Paths of Glory which Hopkins produced.

 

Hornblow, Arthur, Jr.

 

23 letters, 1932-1939 and n.d. Most of them written while he was associated with Paramount Pictures. Several refer to Howard's screenplays for the studio, including his work on The Light That Failed.

 

Howard, Charles Prescott [brother]

 

20 letters, 1923-1938 and n.d.

 

Howard, Douglas Bruce [brother]

 

7 letters, 1910. Written from various cities in Europe to Sidney, who was in a sanatorium in Switzerland.

 

Howard, Helen Louise (Coe) [mother]

 

107 letters, 1910-1939. Many of the letters were written during the 1910 European trip, when Howard was in a sanatorium in Switzerland.

 

Howard, Jack [nephew]

 

5 letters, 1934-1936

 

Howard, Jennifer [daughter]

 

38 letters, 1935-1938 and n.d. Most of the letters, written while she was very young, are undated.

 

Howard, John Lawrence, Jr. [brother]

 

2 letters, 1931-1938

 

Howard, John Lawrence, d. 1914 [father]

 

32 letters, 1897-1912

 

Howard, Leopoldine Blaine (Damrosch) [wife]

 

200 letters and telegrams, 1931-1939

 

Howard, Peter [nephew]

 

3 letters, 1933 and n.d.

 

Howard, Shafter, 1863-

 

2 letters, 1937-1938

 

Huebsch, Benjamin W.

See American Civil Liberties Union and Viking Press.

 

Hume, Samuel James, 1885-

 

9 letters, 1940-1941. Addressed to Mrs. Howard; re presentation of Howard's Cranbrook Masque at the 1941 Berkeley Festival. With these: drafts of two letters from Mrs. Howard, addressed to Robert Gordon Sproul and Hume.

 

Hurst, Fannie, 1889-

 

2 letters, 1936-1939

 

Huston, Walter, 1884-

 

2 telegrams, 1933 and 1936

 

Hutchison, Ralph Cooper, 1898-

 

5 letters, 1934-1935. Written while president, Washington and Jefferson College. Several refer to Howard's honorary degree.

 

Johnson, Alvin Saunders, 1874-1971

 

Letter, Aug. 23, 1939

 

Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937

See American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 

Jones, Robert Edmond, 1887-

 

29 letters, 1925-1939. Most of the letters are undated. Letter, Sept. 6, 1939, addressed to Mrs. Howard. With these: statement of his views on the theatre.

 

Kanin, Garson, 1912-

 

Letter, Oct. 26, 1940. Addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Kellar, Greta

 

Letter, Nov. 4, 1933

 

Kellogg, Charlotte (Hoffman) [Mrs. Vernon Kellogg]

 

11 letters, 1926-1935 and n.d. Most of the letters are undated.

 

Kellogg, Vernon Lyman, 1867-1937

 

Letter, June 5, 1926

 

Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936

 

Letter, Sept. 16, 1935. Commenting on Howard's screen adaptation of The Light That Failed.

See also letter, May 27, 1935, to Arthur Hornblow, Jr., bound in script of the screenplay of The Light That Failed, and Kipling's annotations in the script. (Carton 17)

 

Kirchwey, Freda

See The Nation.

 

Knoblock, Edward

 

2 letters, 1931

 

Kreymborg, Alfred, 1883-

 

Letter, May 25, 1937. Requesting use of Howard's name on the advisory committee of the One-Act Play Theatre.

 

Krutch, Joseph Wood, 1893-1970

 

Letter, July 20, 1933

 

Labor Stage, Inc.

 

5 letters, 1936-1937, Re the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union's play contest.

 

La Farge, Oliver, 1901-

 

Letter, Dec. 10, 1929

 

Langner, Lawrence, 1890-

See The Theatre Guild, Inc.

 

Lawson, John Howard, 1895-

 

2 letters, 1935. Re the National Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners.

See also Author's League of America.

 

League of American Writers

 

2 letters, 1935

 

The League of New York Theatres

 

3 letters, 1936. Re arbitration of a minimum basic agreement between the League and the Dramatists' Guild of the Authors' League.

 

Le Gallienne, Eva, 1899-

 

Letter, Mar. 28, 1934

 

Leigh, Vivien

 

2 telegrams, 1939

 

Leonard, Sheldon

 

Telegram, May 6, 1939

 

Le Roy, Mervyn

 

4 letters and telegrams, 1938. Referring to Howard's screen adaptation of The Unvanquished.

 

Lewis, Philip

 

Letter, July 27, 1938

 

Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951

 

26 letters, 1932-1940 and n.d. Several refer to Howard's dramatization of Dodsworth and his projected screen adaptation of It Can't Happen Here. Two letters, 1940, addressed to Mrs. Howard, refer to Howard's academy award for screenplay for the movie version of Gone With the Wind.

See also in Watkins (Ann) Inc. folder: enclosure to letter, May 15, 1933 (copy of a letter from Lewis to Miss Watkins).

 

Lieber, Maxim

 

3 letters, 1936. Suggesting that Howard dramatize Malraux's novel, La Condition Humaine.

 

Lipschutz, Paul

 

2 letters, 1936. Primarily re the Playwrights Laboratory Theatre.

 

Lippman, Walter, 1889-1974

 

5 letters, 1920-1928

 

Littell, Robert, 1896-

 

10 letters, 1935-1939 and n.d.

 

Loftus, Cecilia

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Loomis, Sayles & Company, New York [investment counsel]

 

14 letters, 1929-1931

 

Lord, Pauline

 

6 letters, 1937-1939 and n.d.

 

Losey, Joseph Walton, 1909-

 

13 letters, 1935-1939. Several, written from Moscow, refer to his efforts to get a Russian production of Yellow Jack.

 

Lowe, Edmund

 

Letter, Nov. 14, 1934

 

Lunt, Alfred

 

Postcard and telegram, n.d.

 

Lyman, William Whittingham, 1885-

 

Letter, Mar. 12, 1938

 

Lyons, Eugene, 1898-

 

Letter and telegram, 1938

 

Mabie, Edward Charles, 1892-

 

2 letters, 1933-1934. Written while director of the University Theatre, State University of Iowa.

 

McBride (Robert M. ) & Company

 

Letter, May 20, 1936. Suggests publication of Howard's screenplay for It Can't Happen Here.

 

McClintic, Guthrie

 

Letter and telegram, 1934-1939

 

McDuffie, Duncan

 

Telegram, n.d.

 

McDuffie, Jean (Howard) [sister]

 

54 letters, 1910-1938

 

McKaig, Alexander

 

Letter and telegram, 1935

 

MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Mannes, Marya

 

Letter, Apr. 3, 1936. Requesting Howard to write an article for Vogue.

 

Marquand, John Phillips, 1893-

 

2 letters, 1928 and 1937. With these: 2 letters, n.d., written by his wife, Christina.

 

Mencken, Henry Louis, 1880-1956

 

Letter, Jan. 27, n.y.

 

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation

 

17 letters, 1935-1939. From Sam Marx, Lucien Hubbard, Hunt Stromberg and others. Several refer to Howard's screenplay for Northwest Passage.

 

Miller, Gilbert

 

11 letters, 1934-1939. Some refer to his refusal to sign the basic agreement with the Dramatists' Guild; some to Howard's plan for a dramatization of Graham Greene's Brighton Rock. Enclosure to letter, Oct. 29, [1938]: copy of his letter, Feb. 19, 1938, to Robert E. Sherwood. Also included in the file: letter, Dec. 14, 1938, from Harry Fleischman, general manager of the Gilbert Miller, to Howard.

 

Milton, Robert

 

2 letters, ca. 1936 and n.d.

 

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949

 

8 letters, 1936-1944. Referring to Howard's screenplay for Gone With the Wind. Letter, June 9, 1944, is addressed to Mrs. Howard.

 

Moran, John J.

 

10 letters, 1931-1939. From one of the participants in the yellow fever experiment which Howard dramatized in Yellow Jack.

 

Munsell, Warren P.

See The Theatre Guild, Inc.

 

Myers, Richard E.

 

7 letters, 1921-1939

 

Nathan, Robert, 1894-

 

2 letters, 1935-1937

 

The Nation

 

4 letters, 1934. From Freda Kirchwey, editor. Suggesting that Howard do some articles for the magazine on fascism in the U.S.

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

See Selznick International Pictures Inc. and Walter White.

 

National Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners

 

Letter, Jan. 9, 1935

See also John Howard Lawson correspondence.

 

National Council on Freedom from Censorship

 

4 letters, 1931-1938

 

National Institute of Arts and Letters

 

Letter, Dec. 11, 1930. Informing Howard he was elected vice-president.

 

The New Film Alliance Inc.

 

2 letters, 1935-1936

 

New Masses

 

5 letters, 1935-1937 and n.d. From Isidor Schneider, literary editor, and others.

 

New Theatre League

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Niles, Emory Hamilton, 1892-

 

8 letters, 1921-1935

 

Norris, Kathleen (Thompson), 1880-1966

 

Letter [1924]

 

Norton, William Warder, 1891-1945

See Norton (W. W. ) & Co.

 

Norton (W. W. ) & Company

 

6 letters, 1926-1937. Include letters from W. W. Norton.

 

Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963

 

2 letters, n.d.

 

Olivier, Sir Laurence Kerr, 1907-

 

Letter, June 1, 1939. Commenting on Madam, Will You Walk.

 

O'Neill, Eugene Gladstone, 1888-1953

 

6 letters, 1927-1936

 

Osborn, Paul, 1901-

 

Letter, [Aug. 1939]

 

Pan American Airways, Inc.

 

9 letters and telegrams, 1937-1939. Re Howard's interest in aviation as a subject for movie treatment ("Transatlantic Flight"). Also included are copies of letters forwarded to Howard for his information.

 

Pasadena (Calif.) Playhouse

 

3 letters, 1933-1944. From Gilmor Brown. Include letter, May 20, 1944, addressed to Mrs. Howard re the Midsummer Drama Festival to be dedicated to the memory of Howard. Programs and photographs for the festival are also included.

 

Patch, Howard Rollin, 1889-

 

3 letters, 1936. Writing on behalf of the Harvard Dramatic Club.

 

Perkins, Maxwell Evarts, 1884-1947

See Scribners (Charles) Sons.

 

Phelps, William Lyon, 1865-1943

 

[Biographical sketch of Howard.

See Carton 1]

 

Piscator, Erwin, 1893-

 

6 letters, 1939. Re his adaptation of War and Peace for the stage.

 

The Playwrights' Company

 

28 letters, 1938-1939. From Victor Samrock, business manager, and William Fields, press representative. Several deal with the production of Madam, Will You Walk.

See also the following correspondence files: John F. Wharton; Maxwell Anderson; Elmer Rice; Robert Sherwood; and subject files in Carton 2.

 

Pope, Arthur Upham, 1881-

 

Letter, Dec. 28, 1934

 

Quinn, Arthur Hobson, 1875-

 

4 letters, 1926-1939

 

Radin, Max, 1880-

 

Letter, Feb. 14, 1938

 

Random House, Inc.

 

Letter, Oct. 6, 1937. From Bennett A. Cerf.

 

Raphaelson, Samson, 1896-

 

Letter, Oct. 2, 1935. Addressed to Robert Wyler. Re his terms for adapting Denys Arnold's play, Mr. and Mrs. So and So, for the American stage.

 

Rawlings, Marjorie (Kinnan), 1896-1953

 

Letter, Sept. 12, 1934

 

Reardon, Mark

 

Letter, Apr. 9, 1936

 

Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943

 

Letter, Aug. 11, 1938

 

Rennie, Mary [Howard's secretary]

 

7 letters and telegrams, 1936-1938

 

Rhodes, Harrison Garfield, 1871-1929

 

38 letters, 1924-1929 and n.d.

 

Rice, Elmer, 1892-

 

9 letters, 1931-1939

 

Richman, Arthur, 1888-

 

5 letters, 1930-1939

 

Riegelman, Charles A.

 

Letter, June 13, 1925. Re legal suit involving They Knew What They Wanted.

See also Ernest Angell correspondence.

 

Riggs, Lynn, 1899-

 

5 letters, 1930-1934 and n.d.

 

Roche, Josephine, 1886-

 

3 letters, 1932-1934 and n.d.

 

Sachs, Emanie Louise (Nahm)

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1933

 

Scribners (Charles) Sons

 

23 letters, 1924-1940. Include letters from Maxwell Perkins. Re publication of Howard's novels and plays. Included is a letter, July 30, 1940, addressed to Mrs. Howard; and a letter, Dec. 26, 1939, addressed to Howard's secretary. Enclosure to the latter is a memo showing the publication date of Howard's books.

 

Selznick, David Oliver, 1902-

See Selznick International Pictures, Inc.

 

Selznick International Pictures, Inc.

 

25 letters, 1936-1939. Include letters from David O. Selznick. Most of them refer to the screenplay of Gone With the Wind. Enclosures to letter, June 20, 1938: copy of letter from Walter White, secretary of NAACP and copy of Selznick's reply.

 

Sheean, Vincent, 1899-

 

Letter, Apr. 22, [1936]

 

Sheldon, Edward Brewster, 1886-1946

 

8 letters, 1925 and n.d.

 

Sherwood, Robert Emmet, 1896-1955

 

44 letters and telegrams, 1925-1946. Many of them refer to the Dramatists' Guild, motion picture backing of plays, plays in progress, etc. Letters written after Howard's death are addressed to Mrs. Howard.

See also enclosure to letter, Oct. 29 [1938] written by Gilbert Miller.

See also screenplay of Northwest Passage (Carton 18).

 

Sillman, Leonard

 

3 letters, 1939. Re production of They Knew What They Wanted.

 

Sinclair, Upton Beall, 1878-1968

 

Letter, Dec. 27, 1932. Re the Russian film maker Sergei Eisenstein.

 

Sitwell, Sir Osbert, bart., 1892-

 

Letter, Feb. 5, n.y. With this: typed copy of poem. "Rat Week," by Osbert Sitwell; Howard's notes in margin.

 

Skinner, R. Dana

 

2 letters, 1925. Re his review of Lucky Sam McCarver.

 

Stewart, Donald Ogden, 1894-

 

Letter, Feb. 1, 1937. Re Screen Writers' Guild.

 

Strong, Austin, 1881-

 

4 letters, 1931-1938. One is addressed to Jean McDuffie, who forwarded it to Howard with her note on it.

 

Sullivan, Margaret

 

Letter, [1939]. Declining a part in the play, Madam, Will You Walk.

 

Taylor, Deems, 1885-1966

 

Letter, [1926]

 

The Theatre Guild, Inc.

 

30 letters and telegrams, 1926-1939. Include letters from Theresa Helburn, Lawrence Langner and Warren P. Munsell.

 

The Theatre Union, Inc., New York City

 

3 letters, 1935-1937

 

Thompson, Dorothy, 1894-1961

 

4 letters, 1933-1939 and n.d. Letter, Sept. 30, 1939, from her secretary to Mrs. Howard, encloses draft of Miss Thompson's column on Howard.

 

Towne, Charles Hanson, 1877-1949

 

Letter, Jan. 1, 1938

 

Van Doren, Carl Clinton, 1885-1950

 

9 letters, 1938-1939. Re Howard's proposed Benjamin Franklin play.

 

Van Druten, John, 1901-

 

18 letters, 1927-1946 and n.d. Letters written after Howard's death are addressed to Mrs. Howard.

See also MS of tribute to Howard in Carton 1.

 

The Viking Press Inc.

 

5 letters, 1935-1939. Include letters from B. W. Huebsch. Some refer to Howard's proposed dramatization of Carl Van Doren's Benjamin Franklin.

 

Vildrac, Charles, 1882-

 

17 letters, 1922-1934

 

Walker, June

 

Letter, June 2, [1939]. Re casting for revival of They Knew What They Wanted.

 

Walpole, Sir Hugh, 1884-1941

 

2 letters, 1927

 

Wanger, Walter

 

Telegram, Mar. 2, 1940. Addressed to Mrs. Howard. Re motion picture academy award for Howard's screenplay for Gone With The Wind.

 

Watkins, Ann

See Watkins (Ann) Inc.

 

Watkins (Ann), Inc.

 

136 letters, 1932-1939. Include letters from Ann Watkins. The firm acted as Howard's agent for production of the play, Dodsworth, and the sale of the motion picture rights; and in negotiating for the play based on Carl Van Doren's Benjamin Franklin. Enclosure to letter, May 15, 1933: copy of a letter from Sinclair Lewis to Miss Watkins.

 

Webster, Margaret, 1905-

 

6 letters, 1939

 

Weill, Kurt, 1900-1950

 

3 letters, 1939. Referring to possibilities of doing music for Howard's plays.

See also holograph musical score for Madam, Will You Walk, Carton 11.

 

Werfel, Franz V., 1890-1945

 

Postcard, Nov. 1936

 

Werner, M. R.

 

14 letters, 1927-1938 and n.d. Personal friend.

 

Wharton, John F. [attorney]

 

27 letters, 1937-1939. Most of them re formation of the Playwrights' Company.

 

White, Walter Francis, 1893-

 

2 letters, 1938. Letter, July 13, 1938, refers to Gone With the Wind; enclosure to the letter: copy of White's letter to David Selznick, June 28, 1938.

See also Selznick International Pictures, Inc.

 

White, William Allen, 1868-1944

 

Letter and telegram, 1933 and 1937

 

Whitney, John Hay, 1904-

 

Letter, June 8, 1936. Re the "minimum basic agreement" of the Playwrights' Guild.

 

Wiborg, Mary Hoyt

 

3 letters, [1935-1936]

 

Williams, Annie Laurie

 

Letter, July 10, 1939

 

Winsloe, Christa

 

2 letters, 1933. In German.

 

Young, Stark, 1881-

 

3 letters, 1926 and n.d.