Erich Segal papers
Personal and professional correspondence, compositions, lecture materials, reviews, scripts, and research.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection 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.
Extent50.5 linear feet (53 boxes)
Includes manuscript and typescript screenplays, drafts, research, proofs, correspondence and reviews of his works, such as Love Story, Doctors, Prizes, Long Live the King, Fairy Tale, Acts of Faith, and more. Materials from his time as a student and lecturer are included, such as yearbooks, class notes, lecture plans, etc. The audio-visual materials capture mostly the Olympic Games concerning the history of boxing, the women's marathon, and basketball.
Biographical / Historical
Erich Wolf Segal (1937-2010) was an American screenwriter, professor, classicist, and author. Segal is best known for his film Yellow Submarine and novel Love Story. Segal attended Harvard University and received an A.B., A.M., and PhD in comparative literature. At Harvard University, Yale University, and Princeton University Segal was a professor of Greek and Latin literature.
Collection is minimally processed. Materials are loosely arranged in fifteen series: Audio-visual and Born-digital; Compositions; Correspondence; Lecture and Teaching Materials; Music Manuscripts; Articles and Newspaper Clippings; Notebooks; Olympic Games; Oversize Materials; Photographs; Published Works; Research; Reviews; Scripts and Screenplays; and Student Materials.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2019M-033. Gift of Karen Segal, 2018 November.
Born-digital material has been separated: Am3254BD
Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: 3.5" floppy disks, reel-to-reel; VHS tapes, beta tapes, cassette tapes, microfilm, slides, and vinyl records.
Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2019.
- Segal, Erich, 1937-2010. Erich Segal papers, circa 1955-2004 (MS Am 3254): Guide
- Houghton Library, Harvard University
- 2019 January 3
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