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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2068

Helen Epstein research materials for biography of Joseph Papp


Collection contains files compiled by Helen Epstein while researching her book "Joe Papp: an American life" (1994). In addition to newsclippings, reproductions of documents, press releases, reminiscences of friends and family, subject files, and programs, the collection contains reproductions of photographs (many used as illustrations in the book), an incomplete typescript of the book's penultimate draft, books on American theater, and academic theses on Papp and on the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Summary There are also audiotapes of interviews conducted by Epstein with Papp, his family, friends, and colleagues; and videotapes of Papp productions.


  • 1920s-1993

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


5 linear feet (5 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Helen Epstein is an author whose publications include non-fiction works on the performing arts, and the Holocaust.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Box 5 contains audio and visual material. Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Helen Epstein, May 1998.

Publications About Described Materials

Biography published as "Joe Papp: an American life." Boston: Little, Brown, c1994. See HOLLIS number AWI7624.

Processing Information

Processing Information Minimal description derived from existing records, Adrien Hilton, 2020.
Link to catalog
Epstein, Helen, 1947- [collector]. Helen Epstein research materials for biography of Joseph Papp, 1920s-1993 (MS Thr 2068): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
November 16, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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