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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 367

Provincetown Players correspondence


Correspondence of the Provincetown players, including American dramatists George Cram Cook, Susan Glaspell, and Eugene O'Neill and author Edna Kenton.


  • 1912-1924

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Correspondents include George Cram Cook, Edna Kenton, Susan Glaspell and Eugene O'Neill. Correspondence discusses travel arrangements for various theatrical meetings. Also discusses critical revisions of various scripts considered for production and some produced by the Players. Much of the correspondence discusses literary and theatrical criticism in general, specifically within New York and Chicago social circles. The collection includes typewritten signed document by members of the Provincetown Players concerning the use of the name Provincetown Playhouse and a draft agreement for the formation of the Experimental Theatre. Drafts of the articles of incorporation, summaries of meetings, some clippings, programs, and press releases are also present.

Biographical / Historical

The Provincetown Players was a theatrical organization founded in 1915 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, by a group of writers and artists for the purpose of producing new and experimental plays. It ceased productions in Dec. 1929.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*79M-52. Source unknown.

Separated Materials

Clips and programs removed to the Regional Theatre collection.

Provincetown Players. Provincetown Players correspondence: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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