- Scope and Contents
The collection contains research files, interviews, correspondence, writings, and other materials relating to Gilbert A. Harrison's biography of Thornton Wilder, The Enthusiast: A Life of Thornton Wilder (1983). Harrison's research files, which include notes, photocopies of correspondence and writings, and clippings, make up the bulk of the collection. In addition to the research files, there are audio recordings of interviews with members of the Wilder family and others, such as Alfred Hitchcock and Lillian Gish, correspondence with Wilder family, scholars, and publishers, a corrected draft of the biography, and reviews. Other materials include biographical information, a copy of Wilder's will, and photographs.
- Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Boxes 15-16 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
- Conditions Governing Use
The Gilbert A. Harrison Papers Relating to Thornton Wilder is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
- Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Gilbert A. Harrison, 1984 and 1985.
Organized into five series: I. Research Files, 1976-. II. Interviews, 1979-1981. III. Correspondence, 1956-1985. IV. Writings, 1980-1984. V. Other Papers, 1984.
- 7.72 Linear Feet (21 boxes)
- Related Names
- Harrison, Gilbert A.
- Language of Materials