Date Published: 1913-1951
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Rupert Hughes was an American novelist, composer, musicologist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, military officer and film director. More than 50 movies were written and/or directed by Hughes or were based upon his stories and novels. He was also the uncle of Howard R. Hughes, Jr.
The collection consists of 25 items dating from 1913 to 1951, specifically, 13 signed letters, 2 signed notes, 1 Signed card, 2 photos, 2 programs, 1 b&w print of a painting of Hughes, 1 small color poster, 2 pamphlets, and 1 signed book
• ALS to Harry (H.G.) Jacobs of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 11 April 1913, sending his autograph.
• ALS to Laurence Piobutsay (?), with envelope, 25 June 1922, “Sorry you were so considerate. My meals are so irregular that I never mind interruption, especially by you.”
• ALS to Alma Whitaker, 3 May 1933, re his endorsement of Bacchus Behave: The Lost Art of Polite Drinking (1933). 6 ALS to E. Kellogg Trowbridge,
• With envelopes, 5 December 1917, 2 January 1918, 1 February 1918, 9 February 1918 (2 pp.), 16 February 1918 (includes a transcript of a letter, 25 February 1918, and TL, 6 March 1918, both to Hughes from Trowbridge), and 9 March 1918, re rental income on his property in New York, plumbing issues, winter in Washington, and military life: “I am now assured of my commission in the national army and Mrs. Hughes has gone to Washington today to secure a house to live in.”
• TLS to Col. Walter P. Story, 26 March 1925, re “a great honor to be permitted to address your splendid regiment”.
• TLS to Marion Colvin Deane, 23 January 1924, sending her a signed copy of one of his novels.
• TLS to Robert Garland, 24 April 1944, re his letter of 21 March and the enclosures, refers to his broadcast of 15 April on the question of Republicanism versus Democracy.
• TLS to Colonel Clyde H. Metcalf, 10 November 1943, re his inability to contribute to the Marine Gazette.
2 Autographed Note Signed (ANs);
• ANs, 23 February 1920, wishing good wishes to Richard B. Gilbert.
• ANs to Doris, 21 November 1905, recalling their pleasant memories of Firenze, Venezia, and New York.
• Color lobby card poster Fingerprints Don't Lie, starring Richard Travis and Sheila Ryan, Spartan Productions, script by Hughes, 11 × 14", .
• Playbill from the Strand Theatre advertising Hughes’s The Cup of Fury and other plays, circa 1919.
• Playbill (36 pp.; small piece missing from the bottom front wrapper) from the post-Broadway tour of Hughes's The Cat-Bird, starring John Drew, at the Majestic Theatre in Brooklyn, New York, 15 March 1920.
• Colorized postcard, “Rupert Hughes directing one of his Stories, Goldwyn Studios, Culver City”, n.d. [192?].
• How Benjamin Franklin Helped Bring Better Hearing to Modern Americans (Chicago: Zenith Radio Corporation, library of the Hearing Aid Division, ), radio address delivered over NBC Network, April 29, 1944, printed “4-25-45”, wrappers.
• b&w print of a painting of Hughes
• Signed card to Bertram B. Ott offering Hughes’s good wishes, n.d
2 B&w photos;
• Hughes in military uniform, 21 October and 13 November 1925 N.E.A. photo.
• Photo of Hughes smoking at a writing desk, “Writer Hughes Turns to Radio”, 5 July 1935, 1 July 1936, Associated Press Photo.
1 Book signed;
• The Old Nest (New York: Century Company, 1912), light pictorial blue cloth in partial jacket (lacking the back panel, rear panel detached) and glassine jacket. With paper label affixed to the front free endpaper signed by Hughes (a previous owner’s name on the front pastedown).
Collection on consignment with LDRB.