HOWARD B. GOTLIEB - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/13/1968 - HFSID 318747
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HOWARD B. GOTLIEB
Boston University archivist reaches out to John Willis, editor of Theatre World, for his personal collection
Typed letter signed: "Dr. Howard B. Gotlieb" in black ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on Boston University Library letterhead. December 13, 1968. Boston, Massachusetts. In part: "Dear Mr. Willis: I am sure that many institutions have been in contact with you asking that they might become the repository of your manuscripts, papers, and correspondence files. I write to say that Boston University would be honored to establish a John A Willis Collection, and to plead our particular cause for these reasons. Your papers would be preserved for future generations. I do hope that you will look sympathetically upon our request, and that you would see fit to make Boston University the home of your archives. Sincerely yours". Howard Gotlieb (1926-2005)was appointed director of Special Collections at Boston University in 1963, who through flattery and charm amassed a collection of work from over 2,000 individuals from the fields of literature, criticism, journalism, drama, music, film, civil rights, diplomacy, and national affairs. Since his tenure, BU's Special Collections has become recognized as one of the foremost archival repositories in the United States, and Gotlieb is often referred to as the father of modern archiving. John A. Willis (1916-2010), active in Theatre World from the beginning, became its chief editor in 1965, holding that position until 2008. Willis is regarded as one of the foremost theatre and film historians of the 20th century. While producing (and presenting) the annual Theatre World Awards, Willis also served on the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Theatre World, which received its own Tonyfor Excellence in Theatre in 2001, continues under chief editor Ben Hodges. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Creased throughout. Tears in the left margin. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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