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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 170.1

David O. Selznick letters to Robert Harris Chapman


Letters from American film producer David O. Selznick to American playwright and Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University Robert Harris Chapman concerning plans for several movies.


  • 1956

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 ten unsigned typescript letters from Selznick to Chapman concerning plans for movies of Fitzgerald's Tender is the night, Thackeray's Vanity fair, and Hemingway's Farewell to arms. Three of the letters are also addressed to Sidney Carroll.

Biographical / Historical

Selznick was an American film producer. Chapman was an American playwright, theatrical consultant, professor of English literature, and Director of the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

67M-43. Gift of Mr. Robert H. Chapman, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1967 November 12.

Selznick, David O., 1902-1965. David O. Selznick letters to Robert Harris Chapman, 1956: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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