Harlan Ware papers, 1939-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Cagney, James, 1899-1986Miller, Max, 1899-1967Ware, Harlan
Harlan Ware papers
1939-1966 (inclusive)
12.0 linear feet, (8 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 565
Harlan Ware (1902-1967) was a reporter, author and scriptwriter. The collection contains correspondence including fan mail, manuscripts, memorabilia, printed material, and biographical files.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

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Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Harlan Ware (1902-1967) (whose full name was William Harlan Ware) was born in Lakota, North Dakota, and educated in the public schools of Winnetka, Illinois. He was a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago. He wrote novels, plays, and radio scripts. His best-known scripts are for the radio programs "The Bartons," written from 1939 to 1941, and "One Man's Family," written from 1944 to 1959 for Carlton E. Morse. He also wrote a novel titled Come fill the Cup, which was made into a movie staring James Cagney.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains correspondence including fan mail, manuscripts, memorabilia, printed material, and biographical files.

Correspondence is separated into incoming (1939-1965), which is organized alphabetically by name or company title, and outgoing, which is organized by date, 1945-1966. Major correspondents include William C. Boyden, Charles Goldring, William H. D. Hornaday, Kenneth Littauer, Harold Ober Associates, Carlton E. Morse, Adela Rogers St. John, and Corliss Jane Ware.

Manuscripts are separated into book-length, novella, short story, plays, screenplays, radio scripts, articles, newspaper columns, and lectures. Material within these categories is organized by title of work and often includes multiple drafts and revisions. 724 scripts for "The Bartons" are included under radio scripts. The manuscript for Come Fill a Cup is not included in the collection.

A separate section of background material and research concerns the work of transferring the radio programs, "The Bartons” and "One Man's Family" to television. Material includes scripts, outlines and character studies.

Also available in the collection are research notes, galley proofs, and memorabilia that includes Ware family history, Barbour family scrapbooks, theatre programs, photographs, a music manuscript by Ware and James Cagney, articles about Ware and his work, and biographical material.

Printed material includes books and magazines that contain articles and stories by Ware.

The 1970 Addenda includes correspondence with Max Miller (1956-1962), book reviews, fan mail, and tear sheets.

The 1972 Addenda includes outgoing (1961; 1965-1967) and incoming correspondence, and manuscripts of book-length, novella, play, screenplay, teleplay, short story, article-length, lecture, and newspaper column writings. A music manuscript with lyrics by Ware and music by James Cagney is also included, as well as books, tearsheets, magazines, autobiographical material, and memorabilia.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harlan Ware papers, Ax 565, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Journalists--United States
  • Radio authorship--United States
  • Television authorship--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Miller, Max, 1899-1967--Correspondence
  • Ware, Harlan
  • Ware, Harlan--Correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Radio scripts