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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 380

Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents


Letters to the American playwright Elmer Rice.


  • Creation: 1915-1967

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Consists of letters to Rice from correspondents active in politics, theatre and literature. The collection was compiled by his widow, the former Barbara Marshall.

Biographical / Historical

An American dramatist and lawyer, Rice won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929 for his play, Street scene. His plays often reflected the social and political issues of their day.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

83M-30. Gift of Frederick R. Koch; received: 1983.

Rice, Elmer, 1892-1967, recipient. Elmer Rice letters from various correspondents, 1915-1967: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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