Guide to the Mae Hawley Pritchard Papers 1934-1970
Cage 379

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Pritchard, Mae Hawley
Mae Hawley Pritchard Papers
Cage 379
Date [inclusive]
32.0 items.
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Drafts, revisions, and screenplays of her plays; theses, some correspondence, articles, and other papers.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 379, Mae Hawley Pritchard Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Mae Hawley Pritchard was born in Rockford, Washington on April 10, 1913. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Political Science in 1934. While at W.S.U. she worked in an editorial capacity for the Agricultural Experiment Station, contributing as co-author or assistant to three bulletins. She subsequently went on to receive her Master's in Political Science from Columbia University in 1938. She married Dr. Earl Pritchard on December 22, 1934. In 1952 the Philadelphia Experimental Theatre produced her first play, Phantoms. She wrote two more plays and was working on her fourth at the time of her death at Tucson, Arizona on February 17, 1970.

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Scope and Contents note

The Mae H. Pritchard papers include her Honor's and Master's theses, drafts of her plays, some correspondence, and other papers.

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Arrangement note

The papers are basically arranged as received and, in general, are in chronological order. Correspondence with her mother and her husband concerning the writing and production of the plays were retained with them.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1979
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Mae Hawley Pritchard were donated to Washington State University Libraries in August 1977, by Dr. Earl Pritchard of Tucson, Arizona (77-47).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Pritchard, Earl, Dr. waps --Archives
  • Pritchard, Mae Hawley, 1913-1970 --Archives


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Dramatists, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Performing Arts
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory


The American Police Problems. (Honor's Thesis, Washington State University). 88 p. typescript. May 12, 1934   1.0 item.


Recent Trends in Unionizing Among Women Workers. (Master's Thesis, Columbia University). 88 p. typescript. May 1938   1.0 item.


Phantoms, early draft. 63 p. typescript. 1951   1.0 item.


Phantoms, personal copy. 63 p. typescript. 1951   6.0 items.


Phantoms, play program and correspondence 1952 October-December, 1951   7.0 items.


Our English Cousins--Lethargic or Efficient? 9 p. typescript. 1954   1.0 item.


Phantoms, letter 1957 November 12, 1957   1.0 item.


Phantoms, correspondence 1969 March 10, 1969-January 21, 1970   4.0 items.


A Knight in Shining Armour copyright certificate 1951 November 5, 1951   1.0 item.


The Encumbered Arm. 28 p. typescript. 1953   1.0 item.


The Academic Hood. 30 p. holograph. 1968-1969   1.0 item.


W.S.U. Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletins 1936   3.0 items.