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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 635

Erich Segal papers


Drafts and notes for novel, screenplays, and musicals by American author, screenwriter, and educator Erich Segal.


  • 1966-1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


2 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes drafts and notes for plays, screenplays, musicals and novels by Erich Segal.

Biographical / Historical

Erich Segal, born in Brooklyn, New York in 1937, was an American author, screenwriter and educator. Segal was educated at Harvard and graduated with his A.B. in 1958 as class poet and Latin salutatorian. He went on to earn his A.M. in classics and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard in 1959 and 1965, respectively. His time at Harvard formed the basis of one of his most well-known works, Love Story. He collaborated on the screenplay for The Beatles' animated film, Yellow Submarine as well as five other major motion pictures. Segal wrote and edited numerous scholarly texts on Greek and Roman literature. In addition to his writing career, Segal taught classics at Ivy League institutions including Harvard, Yale and Princeton and was an honorary fellow at Wolfson College at Oxford. He died at age 72 from a heart attack after a 25 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. The games
  2. II. I'm Solomon
  3. III. Love story
  4. IV. The plot
  5. V. R. P. M.
  6. VI. Still life
  7. VII. Tchin Tchin
  8. VIII. Yellow submarine
  9. IX. You can't get there from here

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-226r. Gift of Erich Segal, received: 1970 February 11.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne E. Denison

Segal, Erich, 1937-2010. Erich Segal papers, 1966-1969: Guide
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