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Collection Number: 04210

Collection Title: Hatcher Hughes Papers (#4210) 1914-1982

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Size About 100 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Hatcher Hughes (1881-1945) was a dramatist from North Carolina who wrote folk and other plays and taught English and drama at Columbia University beginning in 1909. He served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1924. The collection includes correspondence; writings, mostly plays and other materials relating to Hughes's career as a dramatist; and other papers, including genealogical and biographical materials relating to the Hughes family. Letters, 1917-1924 and undated, are chiefly from Hughes to his mother in North Carolina just prior to, during, and just after World War I. Letters from 1917 to June 1919 describe preparations for war at Fort Lee, Va., and his experiences with the American Expeditionary Forces in France beginning in summer 1918. Later letters include reports of Hughes's activities at Columbia University, his health, and other items of day-to-day interest. Writings include copies of plays; reviews of Hughes's plays, 1924-1925 and 1930s; and a few photographs of the French productions from Hell-Bent for Heaven. There is also a copy of an undated speech that Hughes gave in North Carolina about the state of drama. Other papers, 1914-1982, include genealogical and biographical materials, photographs of Hughes, and a few other items.
Creator Hughes, Hatcher.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Microfilm copy of original deposit (chiefly correspondence) available.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Paul H. Neal of Banner Elk, N.C., in September 1979 and from Ranney Moss of Sedona, Ariz., in June 2000 (Acc. 98719).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Hatcher Hughes was born Harvey Hatcher Hughes on 12 February 1881 in Polkville, N.C., to Andrew Jackson and Martha J. Gold Hughes. His parents were sharecroppers and Hatcher was the youngest of 11 children. He received an A.B. degree in 1907 and an M.A. degree in 1909, both from the University of North Carolina. Beginning in 1909, Hughes taught English and drama at Columbia University in New York City, where he was instrumental in creating and leading the Drama Department. The Department was disbanded in the 1950s.

In 1917-1919, Hughes served as captain in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. He was stationed at Fort Lee, Va., and in France.

Hughes's first play was A Marriage Made in Heaven (1918). With Elmer Rice, he wrote Wake Up, Jonathan in 1921. In 1924, he wrote Hell-Bent for Heaven, a folk play for which he won a Pulitzer Prize.

Hughes married Janet Cool Ranney, an actress, in 1930. Their daughter, Ann Ranney Moss, was born in 1935. Hughes died on 18 October 1945.

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The collection includes correspondence; writings, mostly plays and other materials relating to Hatcher Hughes's career as a dramatist; and other papers, including genealogical and biographical materials relating to the Hughes family. Letters, 1917-1924 and undated, are chiefly from Hughes to his mother in North Carolina just prior to, during, and just after World War I. Letters from 1917 to June 1919 describe preparations for war at Fort Lee, Va., and his experiences with the American Expeditionary Forces in France beginning in summer 1918. Later letters include reports of Hughes's activities at Columbia University, his health, and other items of day-to-day interest. Writings include copies of plays; reviews of Hughes's plays, 1924-1925 and 1930s; and a few photographs of the French productions from Hell-Bent for Heaven. There is also a copy of an undated speech that Hughes gave in North Carolina about the state of drama. Other papers, 1914-1982, include genealogical and biographical materials, photographs of Hughes, and a few other items.

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About 100 items.

The collection includes correspondence; writings, mostly plays and other materials relating to Hatcher Hughes's career as a dramatist; and other papers, including genealogical and biographical materials relating to the Hughes family.

Letters, 1917-1924 and undated, are chiefly from Hughes to his mother in North Carolina just prior to, during, and just after World War I. Letters from 1917 to June 1919 describe preparations for war at Fort Lee, Va., and his experiences with the American Expeditionary Forces in France beginning in summer 1918. Later letters include reports of Hughes's activities at Columbia University, his health, and other items of day-to-day interest.

Writings include copies of plays; reviews of Hughes's plays, 1924-1925 and 1930s; and a few photographs of the French productions from Hell-Bent for Heaven. There is also a copy of an undated speech that Hughes gave in North Carolina about the state of drama.

Other papers, 1914-1982, include genealogical and biographical materials, photographs of Hughes, and a few other items.

M-4210/1: Microfilm of original deposit (chiefly correspondence) #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. "

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1917-1924 and undated #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 1

Folder 2

Play: The Avalanche, undated #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 2

Folder 3

Play: Birth, by Mary McDougal Axelson, 1931 (Hatcher Hughes rewrote this play on its way to Broadway, but did not take credit for this work) #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 3

Folder 4

Play: The Eternal Years, undated (incomplete notes) #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 4

Folder 5

Play: Hell-Bent for Heaven, undated (German translation) #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 5

Folder 6

Play: The Lord Blesses the Bishop, undated #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 6

Folder 7

Play: Voltaire play outline, undated #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 7

Folder 8

Reviews, 1924-1925 #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 8

Folder 9

French reviews, 1930s (includes P-4210/1-3: photographs from the 1934 French production of Hell-Bent for Heaven #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 9

Folder 10

North Carolina speech, undated #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 10

Folder 11

Other papers (includes P-4210/4-7: photographs of Hatcher Hughes, undated) #04210, Series: "Papers, 1917-1982. " Folder 11

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Items separated include P-4210/1-7 and M-4210/1.

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