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Ward Morehouse papers

Ward Morehouse papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ward Morehouse papers
Creator: Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966
Inclusive Dates: 1879-1969
Bulk Dates: 1930-1959
Language(s): English
Extent: 15.2 Linear Feet (40 document boxes, 6 oversized boxes, 1 oversize folder B, 1 oversize folder C)
Collection Number: ms687
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Ward Morehouse was born in 1899 in Savannah, Georgia. He became a well-known drama critic, columnist, and playwright. In his early life, Morehouse worked for the Savannah Press and the Atlanta Journal. In 1919, he worked for several prominent newspapers in New York. He wrote three plays and helped write a few screenplays. He also had numerous articles printed in a wide variety of magazines and periodicals. In 1926, he began writing Broadway After Dark for the Sun.

Morehouse married four times and had two children, a daughter and a son. He died in New York City in 1967 at the age of 67, and was then buried in Statesboro, Georgia. Notably, his son has continued a similar line of work and publishes Broadway After Dark columns now himself.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Ward Morehouse from 1879-1969 and includes photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, galley proofs, correspondence, posters, and manuscripts. Photographs are of stage and screen actors and actresses from the late 19th century to the 1950s. Clippings and scrapbooks pertain to Morehouse's columns, play and screen reviews, and theater openings.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ward Morehouse papers, ms687, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Actors -- United States
Actresses -- United States
Dramatic criticism -- United States.
Galley proofs.
Motion pictures -- United States.
Theater -- United States.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed inventory exists in every document box for items contained within each individual box.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Just the Other Day

11Just the Other Day, Proofs, unrevised, April
12Just the Other Day, Correspondence, Nov. 1952- April 10, 1953
13Just the Other Day, Correspondence , April 4, 1953- April 30, 1953
14Just the Other Day, Correspondence , May 1953
15Just the Other Day, Correspondence , June-Oct and no date, 1953
16Just the Other Day, Correspondence , Jan. - Nov. 1954 and no date
17Just the Other Day, Clippings (Walter Winchell)
18-11Just the Other Day, Clippings and Miscellaneous

Matinee Tomorrow

21Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 1-5
22Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 6-10
23Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 11-15
24Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 16- End
25Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Part of 1st draft
26Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Misc'l materials & notes
27Matinee Tomorrow, Misc'l Clippings, etc.
28Correspondence, Matinee Tomorrow
29Matinee Tomorrow, Typescript First Half
210Matinee Tomorrow, Pictures
31Matinee Tomorrow Proofs, Ch. 1-6
32Matinee Tomorrow Proofs, Ch. 7-18
33-6Matinee Tomorrow Galley Proofs

Writings - Articles

41Writings: "Forty- Five Minutes Past Eight"
42 Winter Garden
43Articles: "Dear Noel on Love and Marriage" In: Theater Arts, Nov. 1956
44Writings: Articles: Critics, I & II" In: Theatre Time, Summer, 1951; Winter, 1952
45Writings: Article: "Noel Coward" In: Cosmopolitan, June 1944
46Writings: Article "The Life & Times of a Timeless Librettist" In: Theater Arts, Aug 1956
47Writings: Article: "Top Man of the Actors' Fund" In: Theater Arts, Dec 1956 ( 2 item(s) )
48Writings: Article: "A Remarkable Scene in Retrospect" In: Theater Arts, June 1956 ( 4 item(s) )
49Writings: Article: "Theatre Honor Roll" In: Pic., June 1947
410Writings: Article: "Reports From New York" In: Week End, June 1, 1956 ( 2 item(s) )
411Writings: Article: "A Trip to Chinatown with Irving Berlin" In: The NY Sun, Feb 24, 1947
4A1Writings: Articles "Blueprint for the Bijou" In: Theatre Arts, March 1957
4A2"Broadway's Balance Sheet: 1957-58" In Theatre Arts, July 1958
4A3"Chicago's Theatrical Crossroads" In: Theatre Arts, December 1958
4A4"Credo of the Chorus Girl" In Theatre Arts, Sept. 1957
4A5"Equity's Bellamy" In: Theatre Arts, Nov 1957
4A6"Forecast for 1957-58" In Theatre Arts, October 1957
4A7"A Haven for the Hopeful" In: Theatre Arts, April 1957
4A8"The Impudently Witty Mr. Coward" In: Rex, Nov. 1957
4A9"In a Claire of Nob Hill" In: Theatre Arts, Aug. 1951
4A10"Mr. Music of Mr. President" In: Theatre Arts, Nov. 1962
4A11"The New Season: What's in Store" In: Theatre Arts, Sept. 1956
4A12"Portrait of a Producer: Gilbert Miller" In: Theatre Arts, July 1956
4A13"Presenting S. Hurok" In: Theatre Arts, Feb 1957
4A14"Romance for the Middle-Aged" In: American Mercury, Dec. 1951
4A15"The Royal Poinciana: A Playhouse to Take the Palm" In: Theatre Arts, Feb. 1959
4A16"This is it: The New Season" In: Theatre Arts, Oct 1959
4A17"This Was the Season 1956-57" In: Theatre Arts, July 1957
4A18"What's New on Broadway? A Whole Season" In: Theatre Arts, Oct. 1958
4A19"The Ziegfeld Follies- A Formula With Class" In: Theatre Arts, May 1956
51Writings: Review of plays - Clippings

Writings - Columns

52Writings: Columns- "Hawaii after Dark"
53Writings: Columns - "Pacific after Dark"
54Writings: Columns - "Broadway after Dark"
55-6Writings: Columns - "Report on America" 1-2
57-8Writings: Columns "US 90" - Correspondence & Reviews 1-2
58Writings: Columns "US 90" - Correspondence & Reviews II

Writings and Pictures - Miscellaneous

59Writings: Articles, General
510Writings: Columns- Theatre
511Writings: Autographs (2 pages)
512Miscellaneous, Notes, etc.
513Writings: Columns, General
514Pictures: Unidentified
515Pictures of Morehouse and Others (Group)

Misc. Morehouse Documents

61-4Miscellaneous, Correspondence, 1940-41
65Correspondence, Misc'l , 1947- 57 & no date
66-7Clippings RE: Morehouse
68Morehouse Family Scrapbook
69Appointment Book, 1955
610Posters RE: Morehouse Column to Appear in Newark Star Ledge

Plays by Other Authors

71Plays by other authors Blankfort & Allen: "Red sky at morning."
72Plays by other authors Teichmann: "Howe & Hummel"
73Plays by other authors Behrman: "Let Me Hear The Melody"
74Plays by other authors Washburn: "Happy Daze"
75Plays by other authors Harper: "On Parole"
76Plays by other authors Wolfson: "The Last Summer"
77Plays by other authors Cooper & Klein: "Lily Henry"
81Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (2-Act play)
82Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (3-Act play)
83Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (3 Act play)
84Gilbert Gabriel Columns , Dec. 1935 - Nov. 1936

Play Booklets

91Booklets re: Plays A-D
92Booklet re: Plays E-G
93Booklet re: Plays H-L
94Booklet re: Plays M-O
95Booklet re: Plays P-S
96Booklet re: Plays T-Z

Awards and Placques

101100,000 miles of air travel award
102Masque of Tragedy placque
103Masque of Comedy placque

Pictures of Individuals

281Pictures: Maude Adams
282Pictures: Marie Aimee (?)
283Pictures: Mary Anderson
284Pictures: Paul Armstrong
285Pictures: Tallulah Bankhead
286Pictures: Lawrence Barrett
287Pictures: Wendy Barrie
288Pictures: John Barrymore
288aPictures: Maurice Barrymore
289Pictures: Richard Barthelmess
2810Pictures: Sarah Bernhardt
2811aPictures: Edwin Booth
2811Pictures: Claire Bloom
2812Pictures: William A. Brady
2813Pictures: Billie Burke
2814Pictures: Mrs. Leslie Carter
2815Pictures: Vernon & Irene Castle
2816Pictures: Charlie Chaplin
2817Pictures: Kate Claxton
2818Pictures: Rose Coghlan
2819Pictures: George M. Cohan
2820Pictures: Noel Coward
2821Pictures: Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn (Mr. & Mrs.)
2822Pictures: Fanny Davenport
2823Pictures: Marion Davies
2824Pictures: Arnold Daly
2825Pictures: Doris Day
2826Pictures: Sandra Dee
2827Pictures: Douglas Fairbanks
2828Pictures: W.C. Fields
2829Pictures: Mrs. Fiske
2830Pictures: Errol Flynn
2831Pictures: Edwin Forrest
2832Pictures: Janet Gaynor (?)
2832Pictures: Lillian Fish
2833Pictures: D. W. Griffith
2834Pictures: William S. Hart
2835Pictures: Helen Hayes
2836Pictures: Diana Hyland
2837Pictures: Justine Johnson
2838Pictures: Elia Kazan
2839Pictures: Lisa Kirk
2840Pictures: Jeffreys Lewis
2841Pictures: Alice Dunning Lingara
2842Pictures: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine (Mr. & Mrs.)
291Pictures: John McCullough
292Pictures: Dina Merrill
293Pictures: Sylvia Miles
294Pictures: Wilson Mizner
295Pictures: Helena Modjeska
296Pictures: Clara Morris
297Pictures: George Jean Nathan
298Pictures: Adelaide Neilson
299Pictures: Sheree North
2910Pictures: Pat O'Brien
2911Pictures: John Parsille (?)
2912Pictures: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks & Charlie Chaplain
2913Pictures: Mary Pickford
2914Pictures: Cole Porter
2915Pictures: Jose Quintero
2916Pictures: McKee Ranken
2917Pictures: Ada Rehan
2918Pictures: Elmer Rice
2919Pictures: Richard Rodgers
2920Pictures: Lillian Roth
2921Pictures: Lillian Russell
2922Pictures: Julia Sanderson
2923Pictures: Edgar Selwyn
2924Pictures: E. H. Sothern
2925Pictures: Tris Speaker: (See oversize pictures #39)
2926Pictures: Frances Starr
2927Pictures: Emily Stevens
2928Pictures: Gloria Swanson
2929Pictures: President William H. Taft
2930Pictures: Mabel Taliaferro
2931Pictures: Booth Tarkington: (See oversized pictures #39)
2932Pictures: Lydia Thompson
2933Pictures: Robert Weede
2934Pictures: Lizzie Webster
2935Pictures: Orson Welles
2936Pictures: A. H. Woods
2937Pictures: Alexander Woolcott
2938Pictures: Florenz Ziegfield
2940Gordon Craig, Drawings (Mutilated)
2942Drawings: Some autographed
2943Pictures: *Barbara Bel Geddes (2)
2944Pictures: *Eddie Foy, Jr.
2945Pictures: *Julie Harris
2946Pictures: *Paula Laurence
2947Pictures: *Mary Martin
2948Pictures: *John Raitt
2949Pictures: *Joyce Redman
2950Pictures: *Edward G. Robinson
2951Pictures: *Margaret Sullavan
2952Pictures: *Jo Sullivan
2953Pictures: *Mabel Taliaferro
2954Pictures: *Helen Trenholme
2955Pictures: *Gwen Verdon
2956*Group Picture
2957Groups and Scenes Most Identified
2958Groups and Scenes Identified
2959*[Man - Name Illegible]

Pictures, re: plays

301Pictures: Theatres: The Astor, The Empire, The Bi Jou
302Alexander Graham Bell Don Ameche
303Bells Are Ringing Judy Holiday
304Candide Irra Petina
305Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Claiborne Foster
306Children Of Darkness Coleen Dewhurst
307The City Walter Hampden, Tully Marshall
308The Country Wife, Pamela Brown
309Damn Yankees Gretchen Wyler
3010Death Of A Salesman Lee J. Cobb
3011The Disenchanted George Grizzard
3012The Eagle Has Two Heads Colleen Dewhurst
3013The Easiest Way Frances Starr
3015Four Winds Ann Todd
3016Girl Of The Golden West Blanche Bates
3017Grapes Of Wrath Henry Fonda
3018The Green Goddess George Arliss
3019The Happiest Million- Aire, Walter Pidgeon
3020The Iceman Cometh (?)
3021Inherit The Wind Melvyn Douglas
3022Leave It To Jane Kathleen Murray
3023Life With Father Edward Lindsay
3024Li'L Abner, Peter Palmer, Also Picture Of Johnny Mercer, Lyricist
3025Livin' The Life Richard Ide, Timmy Everett Et Al
3026Long Day's Journey Into Night: Frederic March
3027Macbeth Paul Rogers And Old Vic Company
3028Call Me Madam Constance Bennett
3029Major Barbara, Glynis Johns, Charles Laughton, Otis Skinner
3030The Man From Home William Hodge
3031The Matchmaker Ruth Gordon
3032The Merchant Of Venice David Warfield
3033The Merry Widow Ethel Jackson, Donald Brian
3034Monique Maureen Hurley
3035My Fair Lady Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews
3036No Time For Sergeants Maree Dow (Only woman in cast)
3037Oklahoma Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts
3038The Pajama Game Eddie Foy, Jr.
3039The Ponder Heart David Wayne
3040Rain Jeanne Eagels
3041Sapho Olga Nethersole
3042The Shanghai Gesture Florence Reed
3043Separate Tables Margaret Leighton
3044The Squaw Man William Faversham
3045Street Scene
3046Tobacco Road
3047U.S. 90
3047The Waltz Of The Toreadors, Ralph Richardson
3048What Price Glory, William Boyd Et Al
3049Within The Law Jane Cowl
3050Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Jane Kean (Jean Mansfield in 1956)
3051Young Mr. Lincoln

Pictures and Other Materials, re: motion pictures

311United Artists Corp: Column Bits
312United Artists Corp: Forthcoming Releases , 1958-1959
313United Artists Corp: Management (picture), ca 1956
314United Artists Corp: News Releases: Biography, By- line stories, Personality features
315United Artists Corp: Production News, etc.
316The Big Country, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons
317 Caprice , 1928
318China Doll, Lili Hua
319Compulsion, Frank Conroy
3110God's Little Acre, Tina Louise, Fay Spain, Robert Walden et al
3111Gone With The Wind, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable
3112Goya's Naked Maja, Ava Gardner, Anthony Franciosa
3113Happy Anniversary, David Niven, Mitzi Gaynor
3114Happy Hunting, Fernando Lamas
3115A Hole in the Head, Frank Sinatra, Carolyn Jones
3116The Horse Soldiers, William Holden
3117I Want To Live, Susan Hayward
3118Kathy O., Dan Duryea, Mary Fickett
3119Kings Go Forth, Natalie Wood, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis
3120The Lady Five, Barbara Stanwick, Henry Fonda
3121Legend Of The Lost, Sophia Loren, John Wayne
3122Man Of The West, Gary Cooper
3123Monkey On My Back, Cameron Mitchell
3124My Man Godfrey, David Niven, June Allyson
3125Paris Holiday, Bobe Hope, Fernandel
3126La Parisienne, Brigitte Bardot
3127Paths of Glory, Kirk Douglas
3128 The Pirate
3129The Pride and the Passion, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra
3130Saint Joan, Jean Seberg
3131Separate Tables, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth
3132Shake Hands with the Devil, James Cagney
3133The Silent Enemy, Laurence Harvey, Dawn Adams
3134Solomon & Sheba, Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner
3135Some Like it Hot, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
3136Son of the Sheik, Rudolph Vantenino
3137Stage Struck, Susan Strasberg
3138Stowaway Girl, Elsa Martinelli
3139Sweet Smell of Success, Susan Harrison
3140The Ten Commandments, Charlton Heston
3141The Tin Star, Henry Fonda
3142The Vikings, Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh
3143War and Peace, Audrey Hepburn
3144Recording: Wes Bryan
3145Woman and the Hunter, Ann Sheridan

Pictures of Actors and Actresses, Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

32164 pictures, includes Lillian Russell, Sarah Bernhardt, Henry Clay Barnabee, and Joseph Jefferson
32260 pictures, includes Amy Busby, Olga Nethersole, and Sir Henry Irving
32353 pictures, includes Jane Hading, Amelia Glover, and Ada Rehan
32461 pictures, includes Elanora Duse, Edna Wallace Hopper, and Mae Buckley
325136 pictures, includes the cast of "The Rivals," Nellie Melba, Louise Nikita, and Emma Eames
32669 pitcures, includes Mary Mannering, Amy Busby, and Viola Allen
32736 pictures, includes two scenes from "Romeo & Juliet"
32813 pictures, of Maude Adams in "The Little Minister"
32911 pictures, of Viola Allen in "In the Palace of the King" (some damaged)
321054 pictures, of Julia Arthur
321124 pictures, of Ethel Barrymore in "Captain Jinks"
321224 pictures, from Amelia Bingham Stock Company
321322 pictures, of "Brother Officers"
321420 pictures, of John Drew in "Richard Carvel"
321515 pictures, of "N.C. Goodwin & Maxine Elliott"
321620 pictures, of Virginia Harned in "Alice of Old Vincennes"
321737 pictures, of Mary Mannering in "Janice Meredith"
321893 pictures, of Julia Marlowe in "The Marlowe Book"
321919 pictures, of Edna May in "The Girls From Up There"
322015 pictures, of Alice Neilson in "The Fortune Teller" and "The Singing Girl"
322139 pictures, of Olga Nethersole
322219 pictures, of Annie Russell in "A Royal Family"
322324 pictures, of Weber & Fields, pictures of company

Pictures, Misc.

331Ambassador East Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
332Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado
333De Soto Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
334Hotel Nacional de Cuba
335Silver Dollar Hotel and Utah Hotel

Misc. Materials - Menus, Clippings, etc

336Menus, Misc.
337Dime novels, booklet covers and pictures of covers
338-9Clippings, misc.
3310Printed material, misc.
3311Miscellaneous, general

Theatre History scrapbooks

34Theatre History Scrapbook (1 bound volume)
34aTheatre History scrapbook
35Theatre History - Scrapbooks (2 bound volumes)

Broadway After Dark

36Broadway After Dark I scrapbook, January 3, 1938- July 29, 1938
37Broadway After Dark II scrapbook
38Broadway After Dark III scrapbook, January 3, 1944- April 29, 1944

Richard Lockridge's Columns

39Richard Lockridge's Columns I scrapbook, 1931- 1934
40Richard Lockridge's Columns II scrapbook, 1934- 1936
41Richard Lockridge's Columns III scrapbook, 1938- 1941

Assorted Scrapbooks

42New Play column scrapbook
43Broadway After Dark scrapbook, Jan 2. 1947-April 30, 1947
45Theatre history scrapbook, 1899- 1918
441-3Theatre programs and theatre history
46"Just the Other Day" scrapbook

Oversized Folders

1BPosters (#40)
2CTheatre poster - "The Wolf"