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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 371

Papers of Josephine Hull, 1899-1960


Correspondence, music scores, photographs, etc. of Josephine (Sherwood) Hull, stage and screen actress.


  • 1899-1960

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Josephine Hull as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

This collection consists of letters from or about Josephine Hull, published music scores by Hull, and photographs. The letters from Hull concern her activities in the theater, her marriage, the sudden death of her husband, and mutual friends. Other letters to her biographer, William Glasgow Bruce Carson, are reminiscences of Hull from friends and colleagues.


Josephine Sherwood Hull, stage and screen actress, was born Mary Josephine Sherwood in Newtonville, Massachusetts. Although she never divulged the exact date of her birth, on the basis of Radcliffe College entrance examination records it seems likely that she was born on January 3, 1877. In 1910 she married Shelley Hull, a young actor who died nine years later from influenza. Hull died on March 12, 1957, in New York City. For detailed accounts of her life, see Dictionary of American Biography, 1956-1960, and Dear Josephine, the Theatrical Career of Josephine Hull (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963) by William Glasgow Bruce Carson.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 697, 77-M144

These papers of Josephine (Sherwood) Hull were given to the Schlesinger Library in February 1964 and September 1977 by William Glasgow Bruce Carson, Josephine Hull's biographer.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Papers of Josephine Hull, 1871-1957 (A-94) and Papers of Josephine Hull, 1898-1954 (MC 372.).

Processing Information

Reprocessed: February 1986

By: Anne Engelhart,Martha Hodes

Hull, Josephine, 1877-1957. Papers of Josephine Hull, 1899-1960: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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