Ward Morehouse papers

Ward Morehouse papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Morehouse, Ward, 1898-1966
Title: Ward Morehouse papers
Dates: Bulk, 1930-1959
Dates: 1879-1969
Quantity: 15.2 Linear feet (40 document boxes, 6 oversized boxes, 1 oversize folder B, 1 oversize folder C)
Coll. Number: ms687

Biographical/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 Note

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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

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

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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Other Finding Aids note

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Just the Other Day

11 Just the Other Day, Proofs, unrevised, April
2 Just the Other Day, Correspondence, Nov. 1952- April 10, 1953
3 Just the Other Day, Correspondence, April 4, 1953- April 30, 1953
4 Just the Other Day, Correspondence, May 1953
5 Just the Other Day, Correspondence, June-Oct and no date, 1953
6 Just the Other Day, Correspondence, Jan. - Nov. 1954 and no date
7 Just the Other Day, Clippings (Walter Winchell)
8-11 Just the Other Day, Clippings and Miscellaneous

Matinee Tomorrow

21 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 1-5
2 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 6-10
3 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 11-15
4 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Chapters 16- End
5 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Part of 1st draft
6 Matinee Tomorrow, Manuscript Misc'l materials & notes
7 Matinee Tomorrow, Misc'l Clippings, etc.
8Correspondence, Matinee Tomorrow
9 Matinee Tomorrow, Typescript First Half
10 Matinee Tomorrow, Pictures
31 Matinee Tomorrow Proofs, Ch. 1-6
2 Matinee Tomorrow Proofs, Ch. 7-18
3-6 Matinee Tomorrow Galley Proofs

Writings - Articles

41Writings: "Forty- Five Minutes Past Eight"
2 Winter Garden
3Articles: "Dear Noel on Love and Marriage" In: Theater Arts, Nov. 1956
4Writings: Articles: Critics, I & II" In: Theatre Time, Summer, 1951; Winter, 1952
5Writings: Article: "Noel Coward" In: Cosmopolitan, June 1944
6Writings: Article "The Life & Times of a Timeless Librettist" In: Theater Arts, Aug 1956
7Writings: Article: "Top Man of the Actors' Fund" In: Theater Arts, Dec 1956 ( 2.0 item(s) )
8Writings: Article: "A Remarkable Scene in Retrospect" In: Theater Arts, June 1956 ( 4.0 item(s) )
9Writings: Article: "Theatre Honor Roll" In: Pic., June 1947
10Writings: Article: "Reports From New York" In: Week End, June 1, 1956 ( 2.0 item(s) )
11Writings: 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
2"Broadway's Balance Sheet: 1957-58" In Theatre Arts, July 1958
3"Chicago's Theatrical Crossroads" In: Theatre Arts, December 1958
4"Credo of the Chorus Girl" In Theatre Arts, Sept. 1957
5"Equity's Bellamy" In: Theatre Arts, Nov 1957
6"Forecast for 1957-58" In Theatre Arts, October 1957
7"A Haven for the Hopeful" In: Theatre Arts, April 1957
8"The Impudently Witty Mr. Coward" In: Rex, Nov. 1957
9"In a Claire of Nob Hill" In: Theatre Arts, Aug. 1951
10"Mr. Music of Mr. President" In: Theatre Arts, Nov. 1962
11"The New Season: What's in Store" In: Theatre Arts, Sept. 1956
12"Portrait of a Producer: Gilbert Miller" In: Theatre Arts, July 1956
13"Presenting S. Hurok" In: Theatre Arts, Feb 1957
14"Romance for the Middle-Aged" In: American Mercury, Dec. 1951
15"The Royal Poinciana: A Playhouse to Take the Palm" In: Theatre Arts, Feb. 1959
16"This is it: The New Season" In: Theatre Arts, Oct 1959
17"This Was the Season 1956-57" In: Theatre Arts, July 1957
18"What's New on Broadway? A Whole Season" In: Theatre Arts, Oct. 1958
19"The Ziegfeld Follies- A Formula With Class" In: Theatre Arts, May 1956
51Writings: Review of plays - Clippings

Writings - Columns

52Writings: Columns- "Hawaii after Dark"
3Writings: Columns - "Pacific after Dark"
4Writings: Columns - "Broadway after Dark"
5-6Writings: Columns - "Report on America" 1-2
7-8Writings: Columns "US 90" - Correspondence & Reviews 1-2
8Writings: Columns "US 90" - Correspondence & Reviews II

Writings and Pictures - Miscellaneous

59Writings: Articles, General
10Writings: Columns- Theatre
11Writings: Autographs (2 pages)
12Miscellaneous, Notes, etc.
13Writings: Columns, General
14Pictures: Unidentified
15Pictures of Morehouse and Others (Group)

Misc. Morehouse Documents

61-4Miscellaneous, Correspondence, 1940-41
5Correspondence, Misc'l, 1947- 57 & no date
6-7Clippings RE: Morehouse
8Morehouse Family Scrapbook
9Appointment Book, 1955
10Posters RE: Morehouse Column to Appear in Newark Star Ledge

Plays by Other Authors

71Plays by other authors Blankfort & Allen: "Red sky at morning."
2Plays by other authors Teichmann: "Howe & Hummel"
3Plays by other authors Behrman: "Let Me Hear The Melody"
4Plays by other authors Washburn: "Happy Daze"
5Plays by other authors Harper: "On Parole"
6Plays by other authors Wolfson: "The Last Summer"
7Plays by other authors Cooper & Klein: "Lily Henry"
81Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (2-Act play)
2Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (3-Act play)
3Plays by other authors Sherriff: "Miss Mabel" (3 Act play)
4Gilbert Gabriel Columns, Dec. 1935 - Nov. 1936

Play Booklets

91Booklets re: Plays A-D
2Booklet re: Plays E-G
3Booklet re: Plays H-L
4Booklet re: Plays M-O
5Booklet re: Plays P-S
6Booklet re: Plays T-Z

Awards and Placques

101100,000 miles of air travel award
2Masque of Tragedy placque
3Masque of Comedy placque

Pictures of Individuals

281Pictures: Maude Adams
2Pictures: Marie Aimee (?)
3Pictures: Mary Anderson
4Pictures: Paul Armstrong
5Pictures: Tallulah Bankhead
6Pictures: Lawrence Barrett
7Pictures: Wendy Barrie
8Pictures: John Barrymore
8aPictures: Maurice Barrymore
9Pictures: Richard Barthelmess
10Pictures: Sarah Bernhardt
11aPictures: Edwin Booth
11Pictures: Claire Bloom
12Pictures: William A. Brady
13Pictures: Billie Burke
14Pictures: Mrs. Leslie Carter
15Pictures: Vernon & Irene Castle
16Pictures: Charlie Chaplin
17Pictures: Kate Claxton
18Pictures: Rose Coghlan
19Pictures: George M. Cohan
20Pictures: Noel Coward
21Pictures: Jessica Tandy & Hume Cronyn (Mr. & Mrs.)
22Pictures: Fanny Davenport
23Pictures: Marion Davies
24Pictures: Arnold Daly
25Pictures: Doris Day
26Pictures: Sandra Dee
27Pictures: Douglas Fairbanks
28Pictures: W.C. Fields
29Pictures: Mrs. Fiske
30Pictures: Errol Flynn
31Pictures: Edwin Forrest
32Pictures: Janet Gaynor (?)
32Pictures: Lillian Fish
33Pictures: D. W. Griffith
34Pictures: William S. Hart
35Pictures: Helen Hayes
36Pictures: Diana Hyland
37Pictures: Justine Johnson
38Pictures: Elia Kazan
39Pictures: Lisa Kirk
40Pictures: Jeffreys Lewis
41Pictures: Alice Dunning Lingara
42Pictures: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine (Mr. & Mrs.)
291Pictures: John McCullough
2Pictures: Dina Merrill
3Pictures: Sylvia Miles
4Pictures: Wilson Mizner
5Pictures: Helena Modjeska
6Pictures: Clara Morris
7Pictures: George Jean Nathan
8Pictures: Adelaide Neilson
9Pictures: Sheree North
10Pictures: Pat O'Brien
11Pictures: John Parsille (?)
12Pictures: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks & Charlie Chaplain
13Pictures: Mary Pickford
14Pictures: Cole Porter
15Pictures: Jose Quintero
16Pictures: McKee Ranken
17Pictures: Ada Rehan
18Pictures: Elmer Rice
19Pictures: Richard Rodgers
20Pictures: Lillian Roth
21Pictures: Lillian Russell
22Pictures: Julia Sanderson
23Pictures: Edgar Selwyn
24Pictures: E. H. Sothern
25Pictures: Tris Speaker: (See oversize pictures #39)
26Pictures: Frances Starr
27Pictures: Emily Stevens
28Pictures: Gloria Swanson
29Pictures: President William H. Taft
30Pictures: Mabel Taliaferro
31Pictures: Booth Tarkington: (See oversized pictures #39)
32Pictures: Lydia Thompson
33Pictures: Robert Weede
34Pictures: Lizzie Webster
35Pictures: Orson Welles
36Pictures: A. H. Woods
37Pictures: Alexander Woolcott
38Pictures: Florenz Ziegfield
40Gordon Craig, Drawings (Mutilated)
42Drawings: Some autographed
43Pictures: *Barbara Bel Geddes (2)
44Pictures: *Eddie Foy, Jr.
45Pictures: *Julie Harris
46Pictures: *Paula Laurence
47Pictures: *Mary Martin
48Pictures: *John Raitt
49Pictures: *Joyce Redman
50Pictures: *Edward G. Robinson
51Pictures: *Margaret Sullavan
52Pictures: *Jo Sullivan
53Pictures: *Mabel Taliaferro
54Pictures: *Helen Trenholme
55Pictures: *Gwen Verdon
56*Group Picture
57Groups and Scenes Most Identified
58Groups and Scenes Identified
59*[Man - Name Illegible]

Pictures, re: plays

301Pictures: Theatres: The Astor, The Empire, The Bi Jou
2Alexander Graham Bell Don Ameche
3Bells Are Ringing Judy Holiday
4Candide Irra Petina
5Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Claiborne Foster
6Children Of Darkness Coleen Dewhurst
7The City Walter Hampden, Tully Marshall
8The Country Wife, Pamela Brown
9Damn Yankees Gretchen Wyler
10Death Of A Salesman Lee J. Cobb
11The Disenchanted George Grizzard
12The Eagle Has Two Heads Colleen Dewhurst
13The Easiest Way Frances Starr
15Four Winds Ann Todd
16Girl Of The Golden West Blanche Bates
17Grapes Of Wrath Henry Fonda
18The Green Goddess George Arliss
19The Happiest Million- Aire, Walter Pidgeon
20The Iceman Cometh (?)
21Inherit The Wind Melvyn Douglas
22Leave It To Jane Kathleen Murray
23Life With Father Edward Lindsay
24Li'L Abner, Peter Palmer, Also Picture Of Johnny Mercer, Lyricist
25Livin' The Life Richard Ide, Timmy Everett Et Al
26Long Day's Journey Into Night: Frederic March
27Macbeth Paul Rogers And Old Vic Company
28Call Me Madam Constance Bennett
29Major Barbara, Glynis Johns, Charles Laughton, Otis Skinner
30The Man From Home William Hodge
31The Matchmaker Ruth Gordon
32The Merchant Of Venice David Warfield
33The Merry Widow Ethel Jackson, Donald Brian
34Monique Maureen Hurley
35My Fair Lady Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews
36No Time For Sergeants Maree Dow (Only woman in cast)
37Oklahoma Alfred Drake and Joan Roberts
38The Pajama Game Eddie Foy, Jr.
39The Ponder Heart David Wayne
40Rain Jeanne Eagels
41Sapho Olga Nethersole
42The Shanghai Gesture Florence Reed
43Separate Tables Margaret Leighton
44The Squaw Man William Faversham
45Street Scene
46Tobacco Road
47U.S. 90
47The Waltz Of The Toreadors, Ralph Richardson
48What Price Glory, William Boyd Et Al
49Within The Law Jane Cowl
50Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Jane Kean (Jean Mansfield in 1956)
51Young Mr. Lincoln

Pictures and Other Materials, re: motion pictures

311United Artists Corp: Column Bits
2United Artists Corp: Forthcoming Releases, 1958-1959
3United Artists Corp: Management (picture), ca 1956
4United Artists Corp: News Releases: Biography, By- line stories, Personality features
5United Artists Corp: Production News, etc.
6 The Big Country, Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons
7 Caprice, 1928
8 China Doll, Lili Hua
9 Compulsion, Frank Conroy
10 God's Little Acre, Tina Louise, Fay Spain, Robert Walden et al
11 Gone With The Wind, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable
12 Goya's Naked Maja, Ava Gardner, Anthony Franciosa
13 Happy Anniversary, David Niven, Mitzi Gaynor
14 Happy Hunting, Fernando Lamas
15 A Hole in the Head, Frank Sinatra, Carolyn Jones
16 The Horse Soldiers, William Holden
17 I Want To Live, Susan Hayward
18 Kathy O., Dan Duryea, Mary Fickett
19 Kings Go Forth, Natalie Wood, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis
20 The Lady Five, Barbara Stanwick, Henry Fonda
21 Legend Of The Lost, Sophia Loren, John Wayne
22 Man Of The West, Gary Cooper
23 Monkey On My Back, Cameron Mitchell
24 My Man Godfrey, David Niven, June Allyson
25 Paris Holiday, Bobe Hope, Fernandel
26 La Parisienne, Brigitte Bardot
27 Paths of Glory, Kirk Douglas
28 The Pirate
29 The Pride and the Passion, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra
30 Saint Joan, Jean Seberg
31 Separate Tables, Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth
32 Shake Hands with the Devil, James Cagney
33 The Silent Enemy, Laurence Harvey, Dawn Adams
34 Solomon & Sheba, Gina Lollobrigida, Yul Brynner
35 Some Like it Hot, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis
36 Son of the Sheik, Rudolph Vantenino
37 Stage Struck, Susan Strasberg
38 Stowaway Girl, Elsa Martinelli
39 Sweet Smell of Success, Susan Harrison
40 The Ten Commandments, Charlton Heston
41 The Tin Star, Henry Fonda
42 The Vikings, Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh
43 War and Peace, Audrey Hepburn
44Recording: Wes Bryan
45 Woman 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
260 pictures, includes Amy Busby, Olga Nethersole, and Sir Henry Irving
353 pictures, includes Jane Hading, Amelia Glover, and Ada Rehan
461 pictures, includes Elanora Duse, Edna Wallace Hopper, and Mae Buckley
5136 pictures, includes the cast of "The Rivals," Nellie Melba, Louise Nikita, and Emma Eames
669 pitcures, includes Mary Mannering, Amy Busby, and Viola Allen
736 pictures, includes two scenes from "Romeo & Juliet"
813 pictures, of Maude Adams in "The Little Minister"
911 pictures, of Viola Allen in "In the Palace of the King" (some damaged)
1054 pictures, of Julia Arthur
1124 pictures, of Ethel Barrymore in "Captain Jinks"
1224 pictures, from Amelia Bingham Stock Company
1322 pictures, of "Brother Officers"
1420 pictures, of John Drew in "Richard Carvel"
1515 pictures, of "N.C. Goodwin & Maxine Elliott"
1620 pictures, of Virginia Harned in "Alice of Old Vincennes"
1737 pictures, of Mary Mannering in "Janice Meredith"
1893 pictures, of Julia Marlowe in "The Marlowe Book"
1919 pictures, of Edna May in "The Girls From Up There"
2015 pictures, of Alice Neilson in "The Fortune Teller" and "The Singing Girl"
2139 pictures, of Olga Nethersole
2219 pictures, of Annie Russell in "A Royal Family"
2324 pictures, of Weber & Fields, pictures of company

Pictures, Misc.

331Ambassador East Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
2Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, Colorado
3De Soto Hotel, Savannah, Georgia
4Hotel Nacional de Cuba
5Silver Dollar Hotel and Utah Hotel

Misc. Materials - Menus, Clippings, etc

336Menus, Misc.
7Dime novels, booklet covers and pictures of covers
8-9Clippings, misc.
10Printed material, misc.
11Miscellaneous, general

Theatre History scrapbooks

34Theatre History Scrapbook (1 bound volume)
Theatre History scrapbook newspaper clippings (folders)
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
1-3Theatre programs and theatre history
46"Just the Other Day" scrapbook

Oversized Folders

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