Collection MSS 003 - The Boston Herald Clipping File

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US MBE MSS 003

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The Boston Herald Clipping File

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  • 1807 - 1970 (Accumulation)

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43 Cubic Feet

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(1906-1998)

Biographical history

Elinor Hughes served as a major critic for Boston’s theater community for nearly forty years. Born in Cambridge, she attended Radcliff College and immediately began working at the Boston Herald following graduation. She initially served as assistant to renowned critic Philip Hale, which included maintaining his theater clipping files. Upon his retirement in 1934, she took over his position as theater critic for the Herald, becoming first woman drama critic for a major Boston newspaper.

As a reviewer, Hughes predominantly acted as the Drama and Film Critic for the Boston Herald, contributing to the columns “The Play’s the Thing” and “Screened at the Movies.” Additionally, she contributed articles highlighting and interviewing film and stage actors. Aside from her work at the Herald, Hughes also contributed to the Junior League News Bulletin and the Hollywood Reporter. She collected clippings of these articles through her career and compiled them in bound volumes, which were indexed with names of plays, films, and actors.

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The Boston Herald Clipping File consists of reviews and articles (news clippings), programs, autographs, advertisements, press releases, and correspondence all related to theater productions (both amateur and professional) in and around Boston and New York City. The collection also contains some material produced by Emerson College.

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The collection is arranged in two series: Clippings and Biographical Information

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The collection is stored offsite and 48 hours notice is required for use.

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Some materials may be subject to copyright. No part of the materials protected by copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the copyright holder. Researchers are required to seek permission from the copyright holder to reproduce and/or publish materials under copyright.

Preferred Citation: [Container number], [Folder Title], The Herald Clipping File, Emerson College Archives, Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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A box list is available in the Emerson College Archives & Special Collections.

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