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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), 1880-2018 | MSS Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Harley Hammerman Collection on Eugene O’Neill (MSS160), 1880-2018Add 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 consist 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, 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, 1910-2014, not dated],
[Series 9: Web Content],
[All]

Series 6: Materials Related to Secondary Eugene O'Neill Productions, 1890-2018Add to your cart.

Materials Related to Secondary Eugene O’Neill Productions is divided into the following subseries: Announcements, Audiovisual Materials, Handbills, Postcards, Print Material, Prospectus, Publicity Pamphlets, Scripts, Theater Programs, Objects, and Posters. Arranged alphabetically within each subseries. In addition to O'Neill productions it includes materials related to productions featuring James O'Neill, his father.

See also Series 5. Materials Related to Premier Eugene O’Neill Productions

Sub-Series 6.1: AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Anathema!, DeCasseres, Benjamin, New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1928Add to your cart.
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Folder 2: Lost Plays of Eugene O'Neill, New York: New Fathoms, 1950Add to your cart.
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Folder 3: Theatre Guild Productions, 1929Add to your cart.
3 items. Promotion for Man's Estate by Beatrice Blackmar and Bruce Gould, Caprice by Sil-Vara, and Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill, 2 copies. Promotion for Dynamo and Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill and Caprice.
Sub-Series 6.2: Audiovisual MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Count of Monte Cristo, Famous Players Film Company [DVD], 1912Add to your cart.

Grapevine Video, copyright 2008

Item description

Transferred to Rare Books

Item 2: Jason Robards, Jr., Dramatic Readings From Eugene O'Neill [LP record], 1963Add to your cart.

Includes Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Hairy Ape, and The Iceman Cometh.

Columbia Records, 1 album set, 33 ¹⁄₃ rpm.

Item description

Transferred to Rare Books.

Item 3: Eugene O'Neill, A Glory of Ghosts, PBS American Masters Series [DVD], 1986Add to your cart.

Item description

Transferred to Rare Books.

VHS copy located in Film and Media vault.

Item 4: Eugene O'Neill: A Haunted Life, A&E Biography [DVD], 2002Add to your cart.

Item description

Transferred to Rare Books.

Sub-Series 6.3: HandbillsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Roundabout Theatre Company, 2016: March 31-June 26Add to your cart.
19 copies
Folder 6: Mourning Becomes Electra, Unknown Japanese Venue, 2003Add to your cart.
Includes photocopied program
Folder 7: A Touch of the Poet, Colonial Theatre, 1958: September 26Add to your cart.
Includes mail order form. 2 items
Sub-Series 6.4: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Also includes other mailed brochures
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Anna Christie, Metropolitan Playhouse, 2008: November 14 - December 14Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Desire Under the Elms, Muddy Waters Theatre, 2010: March 12-28Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Early Plays, The Wooster Group, New York City Plays, 2012: February 15 - March 4Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A Touch of the Poet, The 14th Street Theater, 2008: December 2-20Add to your cart.
2 copies
Sub-Series 6.5: Print MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Our Players Gallery, Volume 2, Number 1, 1901: January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Inscribed by James O'Neill.
Folder 13: Dinner Program Honoring Dr. W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, Cafe Savarin, New York, 1924: April 13Add to your cart.
Contains a 34‐line appreciation of Du Bois by O'Neill.
Sub-Series 6.6: ProspectusAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Plays of Eugene O'Neill, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, Wilderness Edition, 1935Add to your cart.
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Sub-Series 6.7: Publicity PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Folder 32Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Works of Eugene O'Neill, Boni and Liveright, 1925Add to your cart.

Describes the four volume set (which later was expanded to ten)

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Folder 16: The Works of Eugene O'Neill, Boni and Liveright, 1926Add to your cart.

Describes the five volume set (which later was expanded to ten)

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Folder 17: The Works of Eugene O'Neill, Boni and Liveright, 1928Add to your cart.

Describes the eight volume set (which later was expanded to ten)

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Sub-Series 6.8: ScriptsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Long Day's Journey Into NightAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 128 pages. Includes autograph letter signed, 1 page from Arthur A. Seidman of Theatre Vanguard to Miss White and a map.
Folder 19: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Signed by Cast, 2000: March 19Add to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 77 pages
Folder 20: The Screenews of WarAdd to your cart.
Typescript [photocopy], 25 pages. Provided by the University of Virginia Library.
Folder 21: The Straw, Young and Rubicam. Lipton’s Tea. WABC. Helen Hayes Theater, 1941: March 16Add to your cart.
Radio program. Typescript, 36 pages. Includes pencil edits in unknown hand.
Sub-Series 6.9: Theater ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Ah, Wilderness!, The Conservatory Theatre Arts, Webster University, No dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Ah, Wilderness!, Circle in the Square at Ford's Theatre, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ah, Wilderness!, Lincoln Center Theater at the Vivian Beaumont, 1998: February 19 - May 3Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Ah, Wilderness! and Long Day's Journey Into Night, Milwaukee Repertory Theater Company, 1977: January 24Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 26: Ah, Wilderness!, Robert S. Marx Theatre, Signed by Cast, 2002: September 2 - October 4Add to your cart.
Also includes correspondence from Cortny Helmick
Folder 27: Ah, Wilderness!, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, 2002: October 16 - November 15Add to your cart.
6 items
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: All God's Chillun, The Gate Theatre Studio, [1926]: November 20-December 15Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Anna Christie, Bronx Opera House, 1923: January 22Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Anna Christie, Habimah Theatre, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1957: February 23Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Anna Christie, Long Wharf Theatre, 1990: March 13 - April 29Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Anna Christie, Metropolitan Playhouse, 2008: November 14 - December 14Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bound for East Cardiff and In the Zone, St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, 1988: September 30 - October 1-2, 7-9Add to your cart.
Includes program, handbill, and ticket. 3 items
Folder 7: Desire Under the Elms, ANTA Playhouse, 1952: January 16 - February 23Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Desire Under the Elms, Muddy Waters Theatre, Kranzberg Arts Center, 2010: March 12-28Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Emperor Jones and Bound East for Cardiff, Yale University, 1931: November 14 and 16-17Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Emperor Jones and Before Breakfast, The Playhouse Company, 1978Add to your cart.
Signed by cast.
Folder 11: The Emperor Jones, The Wooster Group, circa 1995Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 12: The Emperor Jones, National Theatre, 2007: August 28 - October 31Add to your cart.
Folder 13: A Global Exploration: Eugene O'Neill in the 21st Century, Goodman Theatre [Desire Under the Elms, The Emperor Jones, Homens Ao Mar (Sea Plays), The Hairy Ape, Rouw Siert Electra (Mourning Becomes Electra), and Strange Interlude], 2009: January - MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: The Hairy Ape, Southwark Playhouse, 2012Add to your cart.
Includes clipping
Folder 15: Homecoming, Drama Workshop of Waltham Forest [Based on Mourning Becomes Electra], 2007: June 1-3Add to your cart.
Includes three CD-R performance recordings. Recordings located in Film and Media vault.
Folder 16: Hughie, Santa Barbara Theatre, 2006: April 6-15Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Hughie, Booth Theatre, 2016: February 25Add to your cart.
2 different programs. 2 copies and 1 copy. Also includes handbill (4 items)
Folder 18: The Iceman Cometh, Loretto-Hilton Repertory Theatre, 1978: October 11 - November 11Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Iceman Cometh, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 2018: April 26 - July 1Add to your cart.
Folder 20: In the Zone, Washington Square Players, circa 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 21: In the Zone, The Merton Floats, 1983: August 15Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Nottingham Playhouse Company, 1967: September 27Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Long Day's Journey Into Night, John F. Kennedy Center, 1975-1976 SeasonAdd to your cart.
2 copies. One copy inscribed by Louis Sheaffer
Folder 24: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Theater at St. Peter's Church, 1981: March 3-29Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1991: June 14-16Add to your cart.
Berman on Stage, The Royal Dramatic Theatre of Sweden [Miss Julie, Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Doll's House]
Folder 26: Long Day's Journey Into Night, York Shakespeare Company, 2010: May 28 - June 12Add to your cart.
Includes postcard and ticket
Folder 27: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Muddy Waters Theatre, 2010: November 5-21Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Roundabout Theatre Company, 2016: April 27 - June 26Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Long Day's Journey Into Night, BAM Harvey Theater, 2018: May 8-27Add to your cart.
Includes subscription announcement
Folder 30: Marco Millions, Lyric Theatre, 1929: November 18Add to your cart.
Located in Box 36
Folder 31: Monte Cristo, Detroit Opera House, Liebler & Co.'s revival, 1890: October 28Add to your cart.

Features James O'Neill as Edmond Dantes.

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Folder 32: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association, Eugene O'Neill Foundation, 1977: September 24-25Add to your cart.
Folder 33: A Moon for the Misbegotten, Playhouse Square Center, 2002: March 14 - March 30Add to your cart.
2 copies
Folder 34: A Moon for the Misbegotten, McCarter Theatre Center, 2006: January 13 - February 19Add to your cart.
Folder 35: More Stately Mansions, New York Theatre Workshop, 1997: September 20 - October 26Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Mourning Becomes Electra, Long Wharf Theatre, 2002: November 19 - December 22Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Mourning Becomes Electra, Aristophanes Company Production, Tokyo, Japan, 2003: November 21-30Add to your cart.
See also Series 8, Audiovisual
Folder 38: Mourning Becomes Electra, The New Group, The Theatre Row, 2009: January 27-April 19Add to your cart.
Includes handbill and ticket (3 items)
Folder 39: Strange Interlude, Theatre Guild Productions, 1928: February-MarchAdd to your cart.
Schedule of performances.
Folder 40: Strange Interlude, National Theatre, 1930: February 3Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Strange Interlude, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 2002: March 2-30Add to your cart.
2 copies. One copy signed by cast.
Folder 42: Strange Interlude, National Theatre at the Lyttelton Theatre, 2013: May 28 - September 1Add to your cart.
Includes handbill, 2 copies
Folder 43: Take Me Along, Mineloa Theater [Based on Ah, Wilderness!], 1966: December 20 - 1967: January 15Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Thirst, The Maritime Players and Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 2005: June 18Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Thirst, Grex Group Theatre, 2013: July 27-28Add to your cart.
Folder 46: A Touch of the Poet, The Producers Theatre, 1958: October 2 - 1959: June 13Add to your cart.
Folder 47: A Touch of the Poet, American Repertory Theatre, 1994: March 7Add to your cart.
Includes publicity pamphlet; American Repertory Theatre News, Volume XV, Number 2, February 1994; and clipping featuring Joe Dowling  (4 items)
Folder 48: A Touch of the Poet, 14th Street Theater, 2008: December 8-20Add to your cart.
Folder 49: The Wanderer, Cort Theatre, 1918: May 27Add to your cart.

Features James O'Neill as Jesse.

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Sub-Series 6.10: ObjectsAdd to your cart.
Box 34Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bronze Statue of James O'Neill, Souvenir of 50th Performance of Monte Cristo, Academy of Music, New York, 1900: December 3Add to your cart.
Box 35Add to your cart.
Item 1: Brick from the Morosco TheatreAdd to your cart.
Site of Beyond the Horizon, February 3, 1920. O'Neill's first Broadway production.
Sub-Series 6.11: PostersAdd to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Before Breakfast, A Film by Amina Zhaman, 2014Add to your cart.
12 x 16.5"
Folder 2: The Emperor Jones, The Harding Theatre, 1966: November 18Add to your cart.

14 x 20"

Currently located in Preservation

Folder 3: Larga Hacia la Jornada Noche [Mexico], 1960Add to your cart.
12 x 16"
Sub-Series 6.12: Oversized ItemsAdd to your cart.
Box 36Add to your cart.
Item 1: Marco Millions, Lyric Theatre, 1929: November 18Add to your cart.
Originally located in Series 6.9 Theater Programs, Box 33, Folder 30.
Item 2: Carlotta Monterey with Jane Haven in scene from The Bird of Paradise, 1915Add to your cart.
Originally located in Series 4. Photographs of Eugene O'Neill and Family, Box 9, Item 7.
Item 3: Eugene O'Neill, formal portrait, Lafayette, 1937: September 5Add to your cart.
Originally located in Series 4. Photographs of Eugene O'Neill and Family, Box 10, Item 94.
Item 4: Agnes Boulton Burton O'Neill, formal portrait, 1917. 9.5 x 11.5", on board. Writing on verso.Add to your cart.
Originally located in Series 4. Photographs of Eugene O'Neill and Family, Box 10, Item 224

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, 1910-2014, not dated],
[Series 9: Web Content],
[All]


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