Echard mss., ca. 1903–1968, consist of the correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles, typescripts of mystery novels, short stories, plays, and scripts for stage and screen of writer Margaret Echard. Echard was born February 9, 1895 in Brazil, Indiana to Charles C. and Braddie Echard. Her father was a dramatic reader and she delivered her first Shakespearean monologue at age 5. In 1914, she graduated from the Dillenbeck School of Expression where she majored in Literary Arts and drama. In 1921, the family moved to Southern California, where Margaret became involved with the Pasadena Players and the Little Theater. From 1922–1929, she assisted in directing and writing for the travelling McCall–Bridge Stock Company. Among other major studios, Echard worked as a writer for MGM for a number of years. She died on May 16, 1982.
Collection size: 550 items