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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2963

Subversion in the Houghton Library collection


Various materials relating to the Houghton Library staff's production of a 1953 radio-play Subversion in the Houghton Library and the 1954 Houghton Movie.


  • 1953-1954


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 box, 1 volume)
Includes typescript scripts, motion pictures, reel-to-reel audiotapes, audiocassettes, and a videocassette.

Biographical / Historical

In 1953, members of the staff of the Houghton Library participated in a "radio play" Subversion in the Houghton Library. It was a take-off on the Army-McCarthy hearings, written and taped by William M. Howie for Houghton's eleventh birthday on February 28, 1953. In 1954, members of the staff wrote a movie script for, then acted in and filmed a "Houghton movie" featuring staff members and the ghosts of Thomas Hollis, John Donne and Walt Whitman. The movie was filmed for the Library's twelfth birthday. Cast members were listed in the script as including: William A. Jackson, Philip Hofer, Professor Hyder Rollins, Mabel Steele, William Bond, James Walsh, Miriam Erickson, Alice Cauchon, Harold Terrell, Mildred Nickerson, Eleanor Garvey, Caroline Jakeman, and many others. Source: Houghton Library Chronicle, 1942-1992.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Subversion in the Houghton Library
  2. II. Houghton Movie

Physical Location

b, f

Immediate Source of Acquisition

81Z-23. Gift, gratis; received: 1981.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

See curatorial file for information regarding 1992 reformatting of some of these materials.
Link to catalog


Houghton Library. Subversion in the Houghton Library collection, 1953-1954: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Description rules

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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