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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 382

Mary Chase papers,

Compositions, correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs of American playwright and children's book author Mary Coyle Chase.


  • 1928-1981.

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 collection (18 boxes (9 linear feet))

Contains manuscripts of Chase's plays and fiction, correspondence, lecture notes, contracts, scrapbooks, photographs, programs, souvenir programs, posters, pamphlets, clippings, and miscellaneous material. Includes several versions of scripts for Mrs. McThing and for her Pulitzer Prize winning play, Harvey (1944), in both its play and musical forms. In addition there are proof sheets, stills and publicity shots from the Universal Pictures film based on Harvey.

Biographical / Historical

Case (1907-1981) was an American playwright and children's book author.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Compositions
  2. II. Letters to Mary Chase
  3. III. Letters from Mary Chase
  4. IV. Contracts
  5. V. Scrapbooks
  6. VI. Posters
  7. VII. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the heirs of Mary Coyle Chase; received: 1985.
Chase, Mary, 1907-. Mary Chase papers, 1928-1981: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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