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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 266

Edward Sheldon correspondence


Correspondence of American playwright Edward Sheldon.


  • Creation: 1899-1959


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)

Includes correspondence of Sheldon, Van Wyck Brooks, Katherine Cornell, Helen Keller, Eugene O'Neill, Theodore Sheldon, John Hall Wheelock, and Thornton Wilder, among others. The correspondence is frequently personal in nature, discussing both English and American daily life and family matters. A looming awareness of WWII pervade many of the letters. Also discusses contemporary theatrical criticism and often reviews a large variety of productions. Correspondents frequently comment on their own experiences with plays they have written, produced, or acted in. Also includes compositions by Sheldon, Edgar Frank, Alice Kauser, and John Hall Wheelock, among others, as well as photographs of Sheldon, telegrams, and printed materials. Some materials compiled for a possible biography of Sheldon by Eric Barnes and another by Marion Meggs Woods are also included.

Biographical / Historical

Sheldon was an American playwright. He helped to bring social consciousness and seriousness of purpose into U.S. drama of the early 20th century.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Edward Sheldon
  2. II. Letters from Edward Sheldon
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions
  5. V. Photographs and printed material

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*70M-95. Gift of Mrs. Theodore Sheldon, 321 Chestnut Street, Winnetka, Illinois; received: 1970 August 3.

Sheldon, Edward, 1886-1946. Edward Sheldon correspondence: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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