Papers of Harry Northup, Los Angeles poet, screen actor, and editor and founding member of Cahuenga Press. The papers largely
comprise Northup's literary correspondence; his writings, including notebooks and journals, working papers, poem drafts, and
manuscripts for collected published works, such as materials for THE RAGGED VERTICAL and REUNIONS; and materials related to
his acting career. Of particular significance are Northup's notebooks which often chronicle and reflect his experiences as
a screen actor. The collection documents Northup's talks and poetry readings with audiocassette and videocassette recordings
and documents his work as an editor and founding member of the Cahuenga Press. Also included are photographs, newspaper clippings
from his early stage acting career, and theater memorabilia. The papers are arranged in twelve series: 1) ORIGINAL FINDING
AID, 2) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 3) CORRESPONDENCE, 4) WRITINGS, 5) TALKS AND READINGS, 6) TEACHING MATERIALS, 7) NOTEBOOKS,
8) CAHUENGA PRESS, 9) FILM AND TELEVISION SCRIPTS, 10) AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS, 11) VIDEO RECORDINGS, and 12) ORIGINALS
OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Harry E. Northup was born in Amarillo, Texas, on September 2, 1940, and grew up in Ordville and Sidney, Nebraska. Harry began
acting at age 14 in community and high school theatre. After a brief tour of duty as a radioman in the U.S. Navy between
1958-1961 he attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney, where he performed in leading roles. In 1962, he worked
in summer stock, where he got his Equity card. In 1963, Northup moved to New York City where he met Leland Hickman in Frank
Corsaro's Method acting class. Hickman introduced him to poetry.