Elizabeth Hull Gould Papers

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Elizabeth Hull Gould papers
Creator: Gould, Elizabeth Hull, 1875-1954
Call Number: A.G69
Dates: 1875-1954
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Elizabeth Hull Gould papers
Creator: Gould, Elizabeth Hull, 1875-1954
Call Number: A.G69
Dates: 1875-1954
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Elizabeth Hull Gould was born in 1875 to the parents of Seward Forbes Gould and Alice Hart in Rochester, NY. She was the granddaughter of General Jacob Gould, Rochester's second mayor and first Democrat to hold that office. In the family home which stood at 53 Fitzhugh St. S. in the once fashionable Third Ward, General Gould once entertained President Martin Van Buren However, most of her life Miss Gould lived at 240 Alexander St.

She first became interested in playwriting when she was a student in Miss Hake's School, a finishing school once located in Rochester. Later her parents attempted to turn her interest to art. For a time she was a student in a pen and ink class in Mechanics Institute, now Rochester Institute of Technology. The class was taught by Claude Bragdon, the famed architect. But Miss Gould often laughed that Bragdon told her she would never be an artist and so she turned to writing. She taught school for a year in New York City at the turn of the century and then spent eight years there writing plays. During that time two of her works were produced on Broadway. They were "Tomorrow and "What it Means to be a Women." The later, written with F. Whitehouse, was included in the collection "Best Plays of 1909-1919.

When she returned to Rochester, Miss Gould wrote for and edited a children's page for the Democrat and Chronicle for four years. She also contributed to the editorial page of the newspaper. Two of her plays were produced by the Community players. They were "Three Old Meddlers" and "Clare Willoughby," which won the $300 prize of the thespian and later was produced on Broadway.

Elizabeth Hull Gould Lived with her brother, Fred at 240 Alexander St. She was ill for the last five years of her life and a month before her death she wrote the Hedges Memorial Chapel what she wanted to appear as her obituary notice in the newspaper: "Elizabeth Hull Gould, sister of Frederick S. Gould, entered the new life (date). Believing in the teachings of Christ, the only service, a prayer in the hearts of those who loved her.

She died December 18, 1954 at the age of 79.

Scope and Content
The collection contains manuscripts of her plays and newspaper clippings.

Subject(s):
Drama
Gould, Elizabeth Hull, 1875-1954
Dramatists, American
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Rossiter Seward, September 24, 1957 and May 1, 1959.Access
The Elizabeth Hull Gould papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Elizabeth Hull Gould papers, A.G69, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Volume 1Claire Willowby
Box 1, Volume 2"It happened today"
Box 1, Volume 3"Peter-Peter"
Box 1, Volume 4"Seamy side out"
Box 1, Volume 5"The devil is a wit"
Box 1, Volume 6"East winds"
Box 1, Volume 7"Sidney speaking"
Box 1, Volume 8"Modern Victorians"
Box 2, Volume 1Along comes Pete
2 versions

Box 2, Volume 2"The woman upstairs"
Box 2, Volume 3"The little advocate"
Box 2, Volume 4"Three old meddlers"
Box 2, Volume 5"The star of liberty"


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