Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hawes mss., ca. 1964-1999, consist of writings, recordings, and videos of Indiana University Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Drama, David S. Hawes, relating chiefly to humorist Kin Hubbard and his character creation, "Abe Martin." Included also are his writings and proposals relating to two projects titled "Heritage of Humor in America" and "Laughter in America." Abe Martin has a prominent role in both of these projects, along with Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Browne) and "Mr. Martin Dooley," created by Finley Peter Dunne.

The final items in the collection are a "partial memoir" called "Fragments of a Lucky Life--So Far (As Sifted from a Quirky Memory)," and two volumes of writings called "Scribbles" and "Poems from Scribbles." The latter is accompanied by a cassette tape of Prof. Hawes reading "Poems from Scribbles."

An inventory of the collection is available.

Gift. David S. Hawes. Bloomington, IN 1999


Box 1

  • Kin Hubbard - Abe Martin (25 folders)

    Includes scripts for one-man shows performed by David Hawes; the manuscript of Hawes' The Best of Kin Hubbard's Abe Martin; manuscript for a proposed introduction to The Best of Abe Martin; "Abe Martin and his Neighbors"; Abe Martin's Brown County Revue (A Musical Extravaganza in two acts) by David Hawes and Al Cobine script and cassette tape; "Illustrated talk: 'Kin Hubbard: Philosopher and Cutup'" - script and video; and video and notes for TV production: "Abe Martin, Brown County, Indiana."
  • Heritage of Humor in America (11 folders)

    Includes "One-man show: 'Mr. Martin Dooley'" script and cassette tape; "Artemus Ward will Speak a Piece" script and cassette tape; "One-man show: 'Abe Martin Says'" script and cassette tape.

Box 2

  • Laughter in America (7 folders)

    Includes: Hawes, David: "Artemus Ward Will Speak a Piece," reprint from Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. L, Dec. 1964; Hawes, "The American Humorist as Critic and Conscience," typescript of lecture; "Artemus Ward, the Old Showman" script of a one-man show, by David Hawes; and "Crackerbarrel Philosophers as Critics and Clowns," by David Hawes, typescript.
  • Other writings by David S. Hawes. "Fragments..."; "Scribbles"; "Poems From 'Scribbles,' read by David Hawes," accompanied by cassette recording.

Collection size: 42 items

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