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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 215

Ethan Ayer plays


Typescript copies of theatrical works for which librettist Ethan Ayer wrote the lyrics.


  • before 1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 volume)

Includes a typescript carbon copy of the opera by American composer Douglas Moore based on Henry James' The wings of the dove, and a typescript mimeographed copy of the musical comedy Jack in the country, by composer Arnold Sundgaard, based on Oscar Wilde’s The importance of being earnest.

Biographical / Historical

Ayer is a librettist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

68M-84. Gift of Mr. Ethan Ayer, 90 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1969 January 10.

Ayer, Ethan. Ethan Ayer plays, before 1969: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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