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Guide to the Sidney Coe Howard papers, 1903-1939
BANC MSS 70/185 z  
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Description
Letters written to Howard and by him; mss. of plays, short stories, articles and motion picture scripts; notes and notebooks; transcripts of diary entries; biographical material; personalia; material re student days at the University of California; contracts for books, play production and motion picture work; financial records; clippings. Included also are some papers of his wife, Leopoldine Damrosch Howard, some of which relate to her father, Walter Damrosch; and miscellaneous papers of other members of the Howard family.
Background
Sidney Coe Howard, playwright, was born in Oakland, California, June 26, 1891, the son of John Lawrence and Helen (Coe) Howard. He attended public schools in Oakland and was graduated from the University of California in 1915. As an undergraduate he already displayed an interest in the theater, collaborating with Frederick Faust (who later achieved fame under the pseudonym "Max Brand") in writing the junior farce and the senior extravaganza. For Leonard Bacon's poetry seminar he wrote "Sons of Spain," a blank verse tragedy which was produced in the Forest Theatre in Carmel, California, in 1914. From Berkeley Howard went to Harvard to attend Professor George Pierce Baker's famous "47 Workshop" in playwriting.
Extent
Number of containers: 19 boxes, 20 cartons, and 1 oversize folder
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.