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Harley Hammerman Collection on Eugene O’Neill (MSS160)

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Correspondence from Eugene O'Neill

Manuscripts by Eugene O'Neill

Correspondence and Documents Related to the Work of Eugene O'Neill

Photographs

Materials Related to Premier Eugene O'Neill Productions

Materials Related to Secondary Eugene O'Neill Productions

Materials Related to Eugene O’Neill’s Personal Life

Materials By Others Relating to Eugene O'Neill

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Harley Hammerman Collection on Eugene O’Neill (MSS160), 1879-2018 | MSS Manuscripts

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Title: Harley Hammerman Collection on Eugene O’Neill (MSS160), 1879-2018Add to your cart.

ID: MSS/MSS/160

Primary Creator: O'Neill, Eugene (1888-1953)

Extent: 55.0 Boxes

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Harley Hammerman Collection of Eugene O’Neill consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and other materials related to the life and work of playwright Eugene O’Neill. Along with first editions of the playwright’s works located in Rare Books (many inscribed), the collection features autograph and typed letters written by O’Neill to significant cultural figures, handwritten manuscripts and typescripts, photographs of O’Neill and his immediate family and friends, and rare handbills, posters, scripts, recordings, films, and promotional books related to productions of his plays.

Collection Historical Note

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in literature. O'Neill was born in a Broadway hotel room in Longacre Square (now Times Square), in the Barrett Hotel, to an Irish immigrant father and a mother of Irish descent. His father was an actor and his mother accompanied him on frequent tours with a theater company, so Eugene was sent to a Catholic boarding school, where he discovered a love of reading. He decided to devote himself full-time to writing plays after his experience in 1912–13 at a sanatorium where he was recovering from tuberculosis. O'Neill had previously written poetry and been employed by the New London Telegraph, as a reporter.

In the 1910's, O'Neill became a part of the Greenwich Village literary scene, including the Provincetown Players, which staged his early plays. His work was influenced by "radical" thinkers like Communist Labor Party founder John Reed. O'Neill brought to American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair.

O'Neill's first published play, Beyond the Horizon, opened on Broadway in 1920 to great acclaim, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His first major hit was The Emperor Jones, which also ran on Broadway in 1920, and obliquely commented on the U.S. occupation of Haiti that was a topic of debate in that year's presidential election.  His best-known plays include Anna Christie (Pulitzer Prize 1922), Desire Under the Elms (1924), Strange Interlude (Pulitzer Prize 1928), Mourning Becomes Electra (1931), and his only well-known comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, a wistful re-imagining of his youth. In 1936, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. After a ten-year hiatus, O'Neill's now-renowned play The Iceman Cometh was produced in 1946. The following year, A Moon for the Misbegotten failed to make an impression, but decades later gained recognition as being among his best works.

O'Neill suffered from many illnesses in his life, including alcoholism and depression, and Parkinsons-like tremors took away his ability to write the last 10 years of his life, leaving many scripts unfinished. He died (also in a hotel room) in Boston, Mass., in 1953. Both Iceman and Moon were heavily autobiographical in nature, as was Long Day's Journey Into Night, widely considered to be his finest, but published and produced posthumously. Although his written instructions had stipulated that it not be made public until 25 years after his death, it was published in 1956 and produced on stage to tremendous critical acclaim and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957. Other posthumously-published works include A Touch of the Poet (1958) and More Stately Mansions (1967).

Harley Hammerman (July 22, 1949 - ) was born in St. Louis, son of Irv and Selene Hammerman. He graduated from University City High School, where he met his wife, Marlene, in 1967. He obtained his undergraduate (A.B., 1971) and medical (M.D., 1975) degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. Hammerman completed his diagnostic radiology residency at Jewish Hospital and Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (1975-1979). While serving as staff radiologist at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake St. Louis in the 1980s, Hammerman conceived the idea to start his own company. In 1994, Metro Imaging was born. Sold to Mercy in 2018, Hammerman continues to serve as president.

Hammerman collected rocks, stamps, and coins as a boy, but by the time he was 17, his passion for collecting Eugene O’Neill began with the purchase of a first edition of Ah, Wilderness! at the St. Louis Book Fair. After 35 years of amassing the largest O’Neill archive in private hands, Hammerman launched eOneill.com. In 2018, Hammerman sold his O’Neill collection to Washington University in St. Louis, creating the second-largest O’Neill collection at an institution.

Hammerman married Marlene in 1971. They have three children, Adam, Zachary and Abigail, and three grandsons, Calvino, Masa and Levi. Hammerman currently focuses his attention on his website, Lost Tables, documenting the culinary history of St. Louis.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Gift and purchase

Acquisition Method:

Accession number 23001. Gift of Harley Hammerman. Originally laid in The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill.  PS3529 N5 I3 1946

Accession number MSS2018-027. Purchase and gift of Harley Hammerman, December 7, 2018.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence from Eugene O'Neill, 1918-1946],
[Series 2: Manuscripts by Eugene O'Neill, 1910-1967],
[Series 3: Correspondence and Documents Related to the Work of Eugene O'Neill, 1924-1961],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1893-2000],
[Series 5: Materials Related to Premier Eugene O'Neill Productions, 1919-2012],
[Series 6: Materials Related to Secondary Eugene O'Neill Productions, 1890-2018],
[Series 7: Materials Related to Eugene O’Neill’s Personal Life, 1907-1912, not dated],
[Series 8: Materials By Others Relating to Eugene O'Neill, 1879-2014, not dated],
[Series 9: Web Content],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence from Eugene O'Neill, 1918-1946Add to your cart.
Correspondence consists of autograph and typed letters from Eugene O'Neill to 17 recipients, including: Cynthia Chapman Barnett, Carol Bird, Ernest Boyd, Whit Burness, St. John Ervine, Norman Hapgood, Horace Liveright, Richard Madden, Jane Malmgren, Leon Mirlas, Lester Roberts, Milton Salsbury, Robert Sick, Nellie Tharsing, Maurice Wertheim, etc. Arranged alphabetically by sender's last name, 92 items total.
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Folder 1: Cynthia Chapman Barnett, 1935: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages with envelope to Cynthia Chapman Barnett, 1935: October 30Add to your cart.
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Folder 2: Carol Bird, 1922: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Carol Bird, 1922: May 22Add to your cart.
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Folder 3: Ernest Boyd, 1921: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Ernest Boyd, 1921: December 6Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Ernest Boyd, 1921: December 13Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Whit Burnett, 1942: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Whit Burnett, 1942: May 24Add to your cart.
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Folder 5: Mr. Emerson, 1933: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Mr. Emerson, 1933: October 20Add to your cart.
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Folder 6: St. John Ervine, 1920: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 3 pages to St. John Ervine, 1920: February 22Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: St. John Ervine, 1920: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to St. John Ervine, 1920: April 8Add to your cart.
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Folder 8: St. John Ervine, 1920: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to St. John Ervine, 1920: November 18Add to your cart.
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Folder 9: Norman Hapgood, 1925: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Norman Hapgood, 1925: January 9Add to your cart.
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Folder 10: Horace Liveright, 1930: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Horace Liveright, 1930: December 4Add to your cart.
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Folder 11: Richard Madden, 1918: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1918: December 16Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1918: December 24Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1918: December 30Add to your cart.
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Folder 12: Richard Madden, 1919: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 10Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 13Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 15Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 17Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 21Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: January 30Add to your cart.
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Folder 13: Richard Madden, 1919: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: February 5Add to your cart.
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Folder 14: Richard Madden, 1919: JulyAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: July 17Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: July 17Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: July 24Add to your cart.
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Folder 15: Richard Madden, 1919: AugustAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: August 1Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: August 20Add to your cart.
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Folder 16: Richard Madden, 1919: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: September 2Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: September 9Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: September 13Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: September 23Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: September 25Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Autograph letter signed, 3 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: September 27Add to your cart.
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Item 7: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1919: September 29Add to your cart.
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Folder 17: Richard Madden, 1919: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 1Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 2Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 4Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 8Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 11Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 16Add to your cart.
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Item 7: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 20Add to your cart.
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Item 8: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 23Add to your cart.
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Item 9: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: October 29Add to your cart.
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Folder 18: Richard Madden, 1919: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 2Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 5Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 12Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 13Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 22Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1919: November 26Add to your cart.
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Folder 19: Richard Madden, 1920: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: January 7Add to your cart.
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Folder 20: Richard Madden, 1920: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 3 pages to Richard Madden, 1920: March 19Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: March 27Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1920: March 29Add to your cart.
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Folder 21: Richard Madden, 1920: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1920: April 3Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: April 6Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: April 22Add to your cart.
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Folder 22: Richard Madden, 1920: AugustAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: August 28Add to your cart.
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Folder 23: Richard Madden, 1920: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1920: September 1Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: September 7Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: September 17Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: September 26Add to your cart.
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Folder 24: Richard Madden, 1920: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: October 27Add to your cart.
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Folder 25: Richard Madden, 1920: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: November 18Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: November 20Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: November 22Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: November 26Add to your cart.
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Item 5: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1920: November 27Add to your cart.
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Item 6: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: November 29Add to your cart.
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Folder 26: Richard Madden, 1920: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: December 2Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: December 4Add to your cart.
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Item 3: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: December 15Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1920: December 15Add to your cart.
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Folder 27: Richard Madden, 1926: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1926: March 25Add to your cart.
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Folder 28: Richard Madden, 1926: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1926: May 2Add to your cart.
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Folder 29: Richard Madden, 1926: JulyAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1926: July 10Add to your cart.
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Folder 30: Richard Madden, 1926: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 2 pages to Richard Madden, 1926: September 13Add to your cart.
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Item 2: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1926: September 14Add to your cart.
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Folder 31: Richard Madden, 1926: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1926: October 10Add to your cart.
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Folder 32: Richard Madden, 1926: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Richard Madden, 1926: December 7Add to your cart.
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Folder 33: Jane Malmgren, 1937: JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Jane Malmgren, [1937: January]Add to your cart.

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Includes letter and poem from Jane Malmgren, dated January 10, 1937, and envelope. NOTE: O'Neill's letter is possibly misdated "Sunday Jan. '36."

Folder 34: Leon Mirlas, 1934: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1934: September 11Add to your cart.

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Includes photocopy of transcription

Folder 35: Leon Mirlas, 1934: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 4 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1934: December 19Add to your cart.

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Folder 36: Leon Mirlas, 1935: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 3 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1935: May 1Add to your cart.

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Folder 37: Leon Mirlas, 1935: SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1935: September 10Add to your cart.

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Folder 38: Leon Mirlas, 1936: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1936: April 11Add to your cart.

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Folder 39: Leon Mirlas, 1936: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Leon Mirlas, 1936: November 30Add to your cart.
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Folder 40: Leon Mirlas, 1937: MayAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Leon Mirlas, 1937: May 14Add to your cart.
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Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Leon Mirlas, 1939: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Leon Mirlas, 1939: March 9Add to your cart.

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Folder 2: Leon Mirlas, 1939: JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 2 pages to Leon Mirlas, 1939: June 9Add to your cart.

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Folder 3: Leon Mirlas, 1944: OctoberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Leon Mirlas, 1944: October 19Add to your cart.
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Folder 4: Leon MirlasAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Transcription, 1 page to Leon Mirlas, No dateAdd to your cart.
Notes that the original letter is autograph, 1 page
Folder 5: Lester Roberts, 1945: MarchAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Lester Roberts, 1945: March 12Add to your cart.
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Folder 6: Milton Salsbury, 1926: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page with envelope to Milton Salsbury, 1926: December 30Add to your cart.
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Folder 7: Robert Sisk, 1931: AprilAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 1 page to Robert Sisk, 1931: April 7Add to your cart.
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Folder 8: Robert Sisk, 1943: FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Typed letter signed, 4 pages to Robert Sisk, 1943: February 22Add to your cart.
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Folder 9: Nellie Tharsing, 1934: NovemberAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page with envelope to Nellie Tharsing, 1934: November 28Add to your cart.
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Folder 10: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 1 page to Unidentified, 1946Add to your cart.
Originally laid in The Iceman Cometh by O'Neill. PS3529 N5 I3 1946
Folder 11: Maurice Wertheim, 1931: JuneAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Autograph letter signed, 3 pages with envelope to Maurice Wertheim, 1931: June 15Add to your cart.
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Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence from Eugene O'Neill, 1918-1946],
[Series 2: Manuscripts by Eugene O'Neill, 1910-1967],
[Series 3: Correspondence and Documents Related to the Work of Eugene O'Neill, 1924-1961],
[Series 4: Photographs, 1893-2000],
[Series 5: Materials Related to Premier Eugene O'Neill Productions, 1919-2012],
[Series 6: Materials Related to Secondary Eugene O'Neill Productions, 1890-2018],
[Series 7: Materials Related to Eugene O’Neill’s Personal Life, 1907-1912, not dated],
[Series 8: Materials By Others Relating to Eugene O'Neill, 1879-2014, not dated],
[Series 9: Web Content],
[All]


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