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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2126

Celeste Holm's script and songbook for Green Grow the Lilacs

Content Description

Includes Celeste Holm's signed and annotated script and her signed and annotated songbook.


  • circa 1943


Condition Description

In moderately good condition, with a few tears and worn pages.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


.08 linear feet (2 volumes)

Biographical / Historical

Celeste Holm was an American singer and stage, film, and television actress. The script and songbook were used and annotated by her for her role in the play.
Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs was the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The musical opened in March of 1943 at the St. James Theatre in New York; the cast included Celeste Holm in the role of Ado Annie Carnes.


In order as received.

Physical Location

Pusey Library 2, North [Range: 5, Bay: 1]

Custodial History

Ownership following that of Celeste Holm and preceding this acquisition is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2021MT-52. Purchased from William Doyle Galleries Inc. with the Billy Rose Theatre Fund, 2021 April 28.

Processing Information

Processing Information This collection was processed to a basic level with minimal rehousing, organization, and preservation. (Melanie Wisner, 2021)
Link to catalog
Holm, Celeste, 1917-2012. Celeste Holm's script and song book for Green Grow the Lilacs, circa 1943 (MS Thr 2126): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 July 9
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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