Harris, Julie (1925-2013)

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The Julie Harris collection contains manuscripts, professional material, correspondence, photographs, research material, printed material, legal material, audio, video, scrapbooks, notebooks, artwork, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts include stage plays, screenplays, teleplays, proposals, sheet music and lyrics, and poetry collections. Many scripts include multiple drafts, with revisions and holograph notes. Notable stage plays include The Belle of Amherst, by William Luce; Marathon '33, by June Havoc; The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams; Exile in Jerusalem, by Motti Lerner; and Lettuce and Lovage, by Peter Schaffer.

Professional materials include office files, production binders, press kits, schedules, itineraries, contact sheets, press releases, agendas, and notes. Materials cover the entirety of Harris’ career from the mid-1940s to the 2000s. Files included relate to tours of various plays, contract negotiations, employment agreements, and various projects. Notable production binders include those for Gorillas in the mist (1987), The Gin Game (1997-1998), The Belle of Amherst (2000-2001), and The Way Back Home (2004). Press kits include those for Not for Ourselves Alone, and Victory Gardens Theatre. Schedules and itineraries date from 1988 to 2001.

Correspondence is largely professional in nature, and dates from 1976 to 2008. Notable correspondents include many of Harris' former co-stars and collaborators including Robert Brustein, Ken Burns, Calista Flockhart, June Havoc, Jack Lemmon, Cherry Jones, Tony Randall, Charles Nelson Reilly, Stephen Root, Kevin Spacey, Eli Wallach, and Irene Worth. The correspondence also includes several letters from various individuals in the entertainment industry congratulating Harris for her Kennedy Center Honors. Other notable correspondents include Tyne Daly, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, George Stevens Jr., and Donald Windham. Also included are official invitations from Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

The collection includes photographs of both a personal and professional nature.  Photographs include headshots and professional portraits, family portraits, film stills and candids, as well as several photographs regarding the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors and the "Night of 100 Stars."  Also included are slides and negatives. Notable individuals represented in the photographic materials include Jane Alexander, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Tyne Daly, Clint Eastwood, Douglas Fairbanks  Jr., Sally Field, Rex Harrison, Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, James Mason, Carson McCullers, Liza Minelli, Leonard Nimoy, Mary-Louise-Parker, Robert Preston, Robert Redford, Charles Nelson Reilly, Condoleezza Rice, Ginger Rogers, Mickey Rooney, William Shatner, Kevin Spacey, Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa of Calcutta), Eli Wallach, Ethel Waters, and Oprah Winfrey. Notable photographs (all prints) of Harris include, but are not limited to: a black and white print of "Tribute To Elizabeth Taylor" that features Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, Roddy McDowall, Charlotte Rae, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Harris and others, various black and white prints of Harris at 'Tony' Award shows with fellow winners, black and white prints and contact sheets of Harris and James Dean on the set of East of Eden; color print of Harris at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush; a black and white portrait of Harris taken by Carl Van Vechten; and black and white contact sheets of Harris with author Christopher Isherwood.

Research materials included are clipping, photocopies, and printed materials related to Harris’ work in The Belle of Amherst and Exile in Jerusalem.

Printed material includes bound copies of plays in which Harris appeared; as well as playbills, booklets, catalogs, flyers, proposals, reviews, magazines, newspapers, clippings, cartoons, and brochures.  Magazines, newspapers, and clippings date from the 1970s to the 2000s and include reviews, interviews, and publicity materials related to Harris and her work, including transcripts of reviews for productions starring Harris.  Also included are posters of many of Harris’s productions and events and play bills for Tony Award ceremonies attended by Harris. Printed material also includes several poems and booklets collected by Harris, mainly regarding Emily Dickenson and her work.


Legal material includes general material dating from 1962 to 1981.


Audio material includes cassette tapes of “All my Sons,” “The Road to Mecca,” and “Stuart Little.” Also included are records of The Belle of Amherst, The Hostage, The Wiz, The Hiding Place, and The Glass Menagerie.


Video includes several VHS tapes of productions starring Harris dating from the 1970s to the 2000s as well as cassettes including that of the Tony Awards preshow (2002).


Scrapbooks date from 1949 to 2000 and include those for various events and celebrations as well as some regarding Harris’s early career.


Notebooks include a notebook entitled “Julie Harris—Drama 8.”


Artwork includes photo collages, original sketches and drawings, and color prints of paintings by Harris as well as artwork of Harris’s productions including a pen and ink drawing of The Belle of Amherst by Rosemary Faith, an ink sketch by Hiascheeld, and a watercolor painting of Tositala.

Memorabilia includes invitations, placards, various awards and certificates, costumes, and various other objects. Of note are Harris' honorary degrees from many theater and arts programs, including Boston University (1994) and Julliard (1995). Among Harris' many awards are her six Tony Awards for her part in productions including The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973); The Lark (1955-1956), I Am a Camera (1951-1952), Forty Carats (1969); and The Belle of Amherst (1977). Other awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award (known from then on as the Julie Harris Lifetime Achievement Award) from the Fourth Annual Tony Awards party. Costumes include those for Harris’s roles in The Belle of Amherst, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln, Bronte, Lettice and Lovage, and Romeo and Juliet.  Also present is Harris' Kennedy Center Honors medal presented by Pres. George W. Bush in 2005. Other items include Harris’s graduation hood.

Notable Figures
1. Harris, Julie, 1925-2013
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide
2. Television Subject Guide
3. Theatre and Film Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section
5. Television actors and actresses – United States
6. Actresses -- United States
7. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States