Donated by Ruby (Mrs. Felix) Hughes, Rupert Hughes' sister-in-law,
in January 1983.
Archives of the novelist, biographer, screenwriter and director,
and musicologist (1872-Sept. 9, 1956), including subject files,
manuscripts and draft typescripts, correspondence, published articles,
and personal memorabilia. 897 file folders of manuscripts; 219 books
by or concerning Rupert Hughes; 36 periodicals. Much of the material
is heavily annotated or corrected, and several of the items are
present in two or three versions. Also includes four large bundles
of manuscript and typescript produced by Rupert Hughes in the writing
of his major work "George Washington." The first three volumes were
published, but the fourth remained unpublished. The first eight
chapters of this fourth volume are present in this collection, in
heavily revised typescript form.
Rupert Hughes was born in Lancaster, MO on January 31, 1872, and
grew up in Keokuk, Iowa. He attended the Western Reserve Academy,
and received a BA from Adelbert College, Cleveland, in 1892, and
a MA from Yale University in 1893. His writing career began with
a book for boys which was serialized in the highly regarded St.
Nicholas magazine, and he was assistant editor for several
magazines. He eventually wrote more than 50 books. Hughes served
in the New York National Guard during the Spanish-American War,
as a captain in the Mexican border service in 1916, and in the
infantry in WWI. He was active in the formation of the California
State Guard in 1940, and was commander of the Second Regiment
from 1941-43. He was an influential American writer on music and
composer of piano pieces and songs. More than 50 movies were written
and/or directed by Hughes or were based upon his stories and novels.
He founded and served for decades as president of the Hollywood
Writers Club, and also headed the Screen Playwrights, the American
Writers Association, and the Authors' League of America. He died
in Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 1956.