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John Corbin, Theater Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0011

Scope and Contents

The papers of John Corbin relate to his career as an author and drama critic. They consist of correspondence to and from Corbin, manuscripts and published articles by Corbin, research notes and subject files related to his writings, news clippings of book reviews, legal contracts and agreements, and several photographs. The correspondence in the collection includes personal letters between Corbin and family members as well as business correspondence with magazine editors and publishing companies. Also included in the correspondence are letters from Herbert Hoover, Abby (Mrs. John) Rockefeller, and federal court judge Learned Hand. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscript drafts of books and articles, most of which were never published. The majority of the writings are fictional works, with a few manuscripts relating to the life of William Shakespeare. The collection also includes several folders of research notes and other background materials compiled by Corbin. Most of the files relate to his research on the life of William Shakespeare, but one folder of information on the inscription of Mount Rushmore contains correspondence with Calvin Coolidge. The photographs in the collection include a number of John Corbin, several of his wife Amy, and one of Corbin and various dignitaries and members of high society at a meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Corbin papers document the career of John Corbin and provide insights into early 20th Century dramatic criticism.


  • 1894-1956



7.00 Boxes

2.7 Linear Feet

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Related Materials

Clark, David M. John Corbin: Dramatic Critic. Lincoln, NE; University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1976

Corbin, John. School Boy Life in England. An American View. New York; Harper and Brothers,  1898

____________.Husband: a Comedy in Three Acts. 1900

____________.An American at Oxford. Boston; Houghton Mifflin, 1902

____________. College for the Boy? Leading Types in American Education.. Boston; Houghton, Mifflin and company, 1908

____________. The Return of the Middle Class. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons,  1922

____________. Unknown Washington; Biographic Origins of the Republic. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
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