Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Norvelle mss. II, 1920- , consist of the papers of Lee Roy Norvelle, 1892-1984, Professor Emeritus of Speech and Theatre at Indiana University. Present are correspondence, travel memorabilia, the typescript and galleys for Professor Norvelle's autobiography, The Road Taken (IU Foundation, 1980), and five reels of tape recordings.

The correspondence, 1920-1981, is primarily with theater people and former students who have become prominent in theater or television. Correspondents include Joseph Lawrence Alioto, Maxwell Anderson, Justin Brooks Atkinson, John Mason Brown, William Lowe Bryan, David Burns, Thomas Dionysius Clark, Marion Cole, Marcus Cook Connelly, Richard Albert Cordell, Helen Craig, Walter Cronkite, Hallie (Ferguson) Flanagan Davis, Madelyn Pugh Martin Davis, Monroe Emanuel Deutsch, Eddie Dowling, Andrew Duggan, Maurice Evans, Abel Green, Paul Eliot Green, Willard Earl Givins, Virgil Melvin Hancher, Joseph Arnold Hayes, Marrijane (Johnson) Hayes, Florence Henderson, Harry Hershfield, Arthur Melancthon Hopkins, Frank Bradford Jones, Ted Warren Jones, Harold Watling Jordan, Emily Kimbrough, Alfred Charles Kinsey, Tully Cleon Knoles, Eva Le Gallienne, John Ward Leggett, Howard Lindsay, Paul Lipson, Doris (Herold) Lund, Alfred Lunt, John McGreevey, Nota (Scholl) McGreevey, Kathleen (Timolat) McNutt, Paul Vories McNutt, Georgia (Carmichael) Maxwell, Catherine Lanham Miller, Christopher Darlington Morley, Hermann Joseph Muller, George Jean Nathan, Lee Roy Norvelle, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Frank Wilbur Pell, Brock Pemberton, Catherine (Craig) Preston, Robert Preston, Carlos Pena Romulo, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt, John William Ryan, Everett Sanders, William Saroyan, Robert Horton Shanks, Robert Emmet Sherwood, Herb Shriner, Lee Simonson, Upton Beall Sinclair, Bernard Sobel, Elvis Jacob Stahr, Thomas Wood Stevens, Dorothy Stickney, Joseph Lee Sutton, James Alexander Ulio, James Eli Watson, Herman B Wells, Thornton Niven Wilder and Stanley Preston Young.

The tape recordings consist of two relating to Broadway actor, producer, director Eddie Dowling, 1894-1976, one recording of the IU Sesquicentennial Jamboree held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, October 1, 1970, and two reels of material preparatory to Professor Norvelle writing his autobiography.

Some clippings and other printed material relating to Eddie Dowling, and to former Norvelle students, writer Joseph Arnold Hayes and television writer John McGreevey, are also present.

Collection size: 402 items

Related manuscripts: Norvelle mss.

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