Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956

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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.

From the description of Rupert Hughes papers, 1895-1954, undated. (San Leandro Community Library). WorldCat record id: 703452193

Rupert Hughes was a multi-faceted creative talent, successful as a novelist, historian, dramatist, composer, and filmmaker. Born in Missouri and raised in Iowa, he graduated from Adelbert College and studied music and literature at Yale University. He worked as a journalist, but found early success as a fiction writer, reaching a large audience with the quantity and diversity of his novels and stories. He also wrote for the stage, chiefly drama, but also musical comedy, and became a successful Broadway producer. Hughes wrote numerous popular books on history, composed popular songs, and published poetry. Throughout the 1920s, he wrote screenplays, some original and some based on his published works, and also directed a number of films, while continuing to write fiction and history, as well as becoming active in politics. Hughes was the uncle of iconic billionaire Howard Hughes.

From the description of Rupert Hughes letter to Frank B. Ward, 1928 Feb. 1. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 162135846

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From the description of Letters of Rupert Hughes [manuscript], 1914-1938. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647830921

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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.

From the guide to the Rupert Hughes papers, 1895-1954, undated, (USC Libraries Special Collections)

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creatorOf Douglas, Lloyd C. (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951. Lloyd Cassel Douglas papers, 1900-1954. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Shippey, Lee, 1884-. Papers, 1915-1970. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Marquis, Neeta. Papers of Neeta Marquis, 1862-1957. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
creatorOf R. Guastavino Company. Residence for Mr. Rupert Hughes, Bedford Hills, N.Y. [graphic] : [detail drawings of vault] / R. Guastavino Co. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jănis Muncis papers, 1925-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Corbin, John, 1870-1959. Collection, 1894-1956. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Mayo, Katherine, 1868?-1940. Katherine Mayo papers, 1835-1968 (inclusive), 1918-1940 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Eldridge, Paul Richard, 1898-1973. Paul Richard Eldridge scrapbook related to ranches in Wyoming and literary figures, 1938-1955. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn [Subjects on Bickel microfilm, reel 1] [microform]. Iowa State Historical Society
referencedIn Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. The Horatio Parker papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn A.P. Schmidt Company. A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 (bulk 1895-1920). Library of Congress
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Rupert Hughes papers, 1895-1954, undated. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Golden, John, 1874-1955. 'Round Herald Square [microform] : a near opera / by John L. Golden and Rupert Hughes. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. Papers of Eugene Manlove Rhodes, 1892-1951. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn American authors collection, 1832-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn The Horatio Parker Papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Aileen Pringle papers, 1887-1970 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lloyd C. Douglas Papers, 1900-1954 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932. Correspondence, 1926-1931. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Correspondence with Burton Rascoe [manuscript], 1917-1957. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf McCormick, Virginia Taylor, 1873-1957. Papers, 1887-1953. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Richard Aldrich papers, 1842-1956 (inclusive), 1883-1938 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection., 1860-1950 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Tewson, William Orton, 1877-1947. William Orton Tewson papers, 1923-1926 (bulk 1926). Library of Congress
creatorOf Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Rupert Hughes letter to Frank B. Ward, 1928 Feb. 1. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. The cat-bird; a comedy in three acts. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Papers, 1912-1957. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Titus, William A., 1868-1951. Papers, 1835-1951. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Autograph letter signed and typed letters signed (2) : Los Angeles, to Grant Overton, 1928 Apr. 20-1931 July 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Rupert Hughes' Estate Photographs, 1900-1910 Western Reserve Historical Society
referencedIn Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. The Henry Gilbert papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Esquire, Inc. Records, 1933-1977 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. The Horatio Parker papers, 1863-1972 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn The Henry Gilbert Papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. "The cat-bird;" a comedy in three acts, by Rupert Hughes. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1987 (bulk 1890-1955.). Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Correspondence : to Van Wyck Brooks, 1943. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Reinold, Bernard. Bernard A. Reinold papers, 1893-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. Papers of Joyce Kilmer, 1910-1941 (bulk 1911-1918). Library of Congress
creatorOf Rupert Hughes papers, 1895-1954, undated USC Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Authors' League of America. Letter from the Authors' League of America to an unknown recipient [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Authors' League of America. Letter from the Authors' League of America to an unknown recipient, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hulbert, Archer Butler, 1873-1933. Outcasts of Poker Flat: holograph : outline for a play based on "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" by Bret Harte, [between 1930 and 1933]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn John Corbin, Papers, 1894-1956 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Sandalwood, a play in three acts. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf DeLeon, Walter, d. 1947. Tillie and Gus : or, Odds are even, 1933 Aug. 7 / based upon "Don't call me Madam" by Rupert Hughes ; screenplay by Walter DeLeon and Francis Martin. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Bernard A. Reinold papers, 1893-1924 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Fitzpatrick, John Clement, 1876-1940. Papers of John Clement Fitzpatrick, 1927-1941. Library of Congress
referencedIn The Henry Gilbert Papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Corbin, John, 1870-1959. Papers, 1894-1956. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection, 1860-1950. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Letters of Rupert Hughes [manuscript], 1914-1938. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Uncle Zeb [collection] : a little comedy in three acts / by Rupert Hughes. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Bessie Potter Vonnoh papers, circa 1860-1991, bulk 1890-1955 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Virginia Taylor McCormick Papers, 1887-1953. Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
creatorOf Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956. Correspondence : with Theodore Dreiser, 1916-1938. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs. 1860 - 1952. Papers of Major Rupert Hughes
referencedIn John Clement Fitzpatrick Papers, 1927-1941 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. The Henry Gilbert papers, 1821-1980 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn William Orton Tewson Papers, 1923-1926, (bulk 1926) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Pringle, Aileen, 1895-1989. Aileen Pringle papers, 1887-1970. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Aldrich, Richard, 1863-1937 person
associatedWith Amy Lowell person
correspondedWith A.P. Schmidt Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Authors' League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Baron Max Aitken Beaverbrook person
associatedWith Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932 person
associatedWith Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963 person
associatedWith Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. person
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Chapman, William Gerard, 1877-1945. person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 person
correspondedWith Corbin, John, 1870-1959. person
associatedWith De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956 person
associatedWith DeLeon, Walter, d. 1947. person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Douglas, Lloyd C. (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951. person
associatedWith Eldridge, Paul Richard, 1898-1973. person
associatedWith Esquire, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Fitzpatrick, John Clement, 1876-1940. person
associatedWith Franklin P. Adams person
associatedWith Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap), 1868-1928. person
associatedWith Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945 person
associatedWith Golden, John, 1874-1955. person
associatedWith H. L. Henry Louis) Mencken person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hulbert, Archer Butler, 1873-1933. person
associatedWith Kilmer, Joyce, 1886-1918. person
associatedWith Kovener, Lola L., person
associatedWith Macy, John Albert, 1877-1932. person
associatedWith Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. person
associatedWith Marquis, Neeta. person
associatedWith Marshall, Edward, 1870-1933. person
associatedWith Mayo, Katherine, 1868?-1940. person
associatedWith McCormick, Virginia Taylor, 1873-1957. person
correspondedWith Muncis, Jănis, 1886-1955 person
associatedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Overton, Grant, person
associatedWith Parker, Horatio W. (Horatio William), 1863-1919. person
associatedWith Pringle, Aileen, 1895-1989. person
associatedWith Pringle, Aileen, b. 1895 person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Reinold, Bernard person
associatedWith Reinold, Bernard. person
associatedWith R. Guastavino Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934. person
associatedWith Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. person
associatedWith Rupert Hughes person
associatedWith Samuel Stark person
associatedWith Shippey, Lee, 1884- person
associatedWith Stark, Samuel. person
correspondedWith Tewson, William Orton, 1877-1947. person
associatedWith Titus, William A., 1868-1951. person
associatedWith Viscountess Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor person
associatedWith Vonnoh, Bessie Potter, 1872-1955. person
associatedWith Ward, Frank B., person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--Los Angeles
United States
Subject
American literature--20th century--Archival resources
Copyright
Drama
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
Drama (American)
Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
Hughes, Rupert, 1872-1956--Photograph collections
Hughes family--Photograph collections
Screenwriters--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Hughes, Adella Prentiss, 1869-1950
Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Serialized fiction--Publishing
American poetry--20th century--Archival resources
Screenwriters--Archival resources
Occupation
Composers
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Birth 1872-01-31

Death 1956-09-09

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