Scope and Contents
This collection contains writings, correspondence, notebooks, photographs, scrapbooks, and other papers by or related to American writer, newspaper reporter, and playwright Harold Igo.
- 1910 - 1996
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Harold Igo Papers 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 Dorothy L. Rodgers, 2014 and 2016.
November 2016 acquisition, gift of David M. Rodgers, 2016.
Organized into three groupings: I. June 2014 acquisition, 1910 - 1996. II. October 2016 acquisition, 1970 - 1979. III. November 2016 acquisition, 1950 - 1989.
18.58 Linear Feet (25 boxes)
Language of Materials
Harold Igo (1892-1976) was a writer, newspaper reporter, and playwright. Igo was born in New Florence, Pennsylvania and graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Philosophy in 1915. Igo served overseas in the Army in 1918, and when he returned, decided to become a journalist. He organized the Rio News Syndicate to cover South America for a group of small town North American newspapers and worked for eight years as a reporter. In 1926, he founded the Youngstown Theater, and from 1931-1932 studied play writing and directing at Yale University. From 1933 to 1948, Igo resided in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife Sara McKnight Igo. During this time he wrote a number of plays, including American Mass, Coopy When, Ohio Doom, Steel, and Remember Bud Jones. Igo was the founding director of The Island Players Community Theater in Anna Maria Island in 1949, until his retirement in 1966.
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This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Guide to the Harold Igo papers
- by Jessica Tai
- December 2020
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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