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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3254

Erich Segal papers


Personal and professional correspondence, compositions, lecture materials, reviews, scripts, and research.


  • Creation: 1955-2004

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.


50.5 linear feet (53 boxes)
0.00576 Gigabytes

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 these series: Audio-visual and Born-digital; Compositions; Correspondence; Lecture and Teaching Materials; Music Manuscripts; Articles and Newspaper Clippings; Notebooks; Olympic Games; Oversize Materials; Photographs; Research; Reviews; Scripts and Screenplays; and Student Materials.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019M-033. Gift of Karen Segal, 2018 November.

Separated Materials

Born-digital material has been separated: Am3254BD

General note

Includes audiovisual and/or digital media: 3.5" floppy disks, reel-to-reel; VHS tapes, beta tapes, cassette tapes, microfilm, slides, and vinyl records.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Magdaline Lawhorn, 2019.

Genre / Form



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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Repository Details

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