The Moody mss., 1934-1990, consist of correspondence files and manuscripts of Indiana University professor of theatre and drama, Richard Moody, 1911- . Professor Moody was born in Des Moines, Iowa, matriculated at Drake University and Cornell University, and joined the Indiana University faculty in 1942 as assistant professor of speech and theatre. He retired as professor of theatre and drama in 1979. In addition to his teaching career, he was director of the Indiana University Theatre, 1958-1970, and authored five books relating to theatre history and biography, as well as many articles for professional journals and encyclopedias.
Correspondents in the collection include Robert Woodruff Anderson, Howard Ashman, George Pierce Baker, John Mason Brown, John Walshorn Gassner, Sir William Tyrone Gutherie, Joseph Arnold Hayes, Lillian Hellman, John Houseman, Eugene Ionesco, Nedda (Harrigan) Logan, Karl Malden, Vincent Price, Alan Schneider, and John Courtenay Trewin.
Also present are two folders of printed material relating to the life and work of theatre director Alan Schneider as well as manuscipts for two of Professor Moody's books: Lillian Hellman, Playwright, with corrections in Hellman's hand, and an early draft of Ned Harrigan: From Corlear's Hook to Herald Square.
Collection size: 132 items