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  • Biographical note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and Content

  • Title: Rupert Hughes papers
    Collection number: 0173
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 15.0 linear ft. 29 boxes
    Date: 1895-1954, undated
    Abstract: Archives of the novelist, biographer, screenwriter, and musicologist (1872-1956), including subject files, typescripts, correspondence, published articles, and personal memorabilia. 897 file folders of manuscripts; 219 books by or concerning Rupert Hughes; 36 periodicals.
    creator: Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956

    Biographical note

    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 an 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 an 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 Screen Playwrights, the American Writers Association, and the Authors' League of America. He died in Los Angeles, CA on September 9, 1956.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Rupert Hughes papers, Collection no. 0173, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical itemanuscript and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


    Donated by Ruby (Mrs. Felix) Hughes, Rupert Hughes' sister-in-law, in January 1983.

    Scope and Content

    The Rupert Hughes papers consists of 897 file folders of manuscripts; 219 books by or concerning Rupert Hughes; and 36 periodicals, 1895-1954, created by the novelist, biographer, screenwriter, and musicologist (1872-1956), These include subject files, typescripts, correspondence, published articles, and personal memorabilia. 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 manuscripts and typescripts 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 heavily revised typescript form.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956 -- Archives
    American literature--20th century--Archival resources
    American poetry--20th century--Archival resources
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
    Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources