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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 628

Lindsay Crouse papers


Clippings, theater programs, and press materials about Americans Lindsday Crouse and David Mamet, and copies of Timothy Crouse librettos.


  • Creation: 1967-1987

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 (5 boxes including 1 videocassette)

Includes clippings, theater programs, press kits, and photographs for plays and films featuring Lindsday Crouse; clippings and promotional material for David Mamet films and plays; and interviews about Crouse and Mamet's marriage and working relationship. Also includes the typescript drafts of the revised libretto for Anything Goes by Crouse's brother, Timothy Crouse and a vidoecassette of an interview with the Crouse family by Edward R. Murrow.

Biographical / Historical

Lindsay Ann Crouse, born May 12, 1948 in New York to playwright Russell Crouse and Anna Erskine Crouse, is an American actress, dancer and teacher. After graduating with honors from Radcliffe College in 1970, Crouse formed her own dance-theatre company in Cambridge before returning to New York to study under Uta Hagen and Sanford Meisner. Her acting career has spanned all mediums including performances off and on Broadway in modern and classic works, television and film. In 1977 she married playwright David Mamet with whom she had two daughters before their divorce in 1990. Crouse's achievements in acting have garnered recognition with an Obie Award for Reunion, a Daytime Emmy nomination and an Acadamy Award nomination for her supporting work in Places in the Heart.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Clippings and programs by production
  2. II. Miscellaneous clippings and programs
  3. III. Photographs
  4. IV. Other materials

Special Equipment Required for Access:

This collection includes a videocassette. See Houghton Public Services for access.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-120r. Gift of Anna Erskine Crouse; received: 1981 May 11-1988 February 29.

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

Crouse, Lindsay. Lindsay Crouse papers, 1967-1987: Guide
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Repository Details

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