TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Cloyd Head

Scope and Content of the Collection

Organization

Selected Search Terms

Container List

Series 1: Diaries, 1903-1954

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1957

Series 3: Works, 1905-1953

Series 4: Subject Files, 1895-1968

Series 5: Photographs, 1915-1946

Series 6: Oversize Material

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Inventory of the Cloyd Head Papers, 1895-1968


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Andy Steadham, 2006.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Head, Cloyd S.
Title Cloyd Head Papers
Dates 1895-1968
Extent 3.5 linear feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize box)
Abstract Writings and correspondence, souvenirs and miscellany of Cloyd Head, Chicago playwright, theatrical director, business manager of the Goodman Theatre and husband of the poet Eunice Tietjens.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Head
Collection Stack Location 3a 24 16

Administrative Information

Cite As

Cloyd Head Papers, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of Goodman Theatre and Christopher Head (grandson), August 2006.

Processed by

Andy Steadham, 2006.

Access

The Cloyd Head Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 5 folders at a time maximum (Priority II).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Cloyd Head Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Cloyd Head

Chicago playwright, theatrical director and business manager of the Goodman Theatre.

Cloyd Simmons Head was born in 1886, the son of a Chicago publisher of medical books. He grew up in Oak Park, attended Northwestern University and settled in Chicago.

His published work includes an unusual play in verse, The Grotesques: A Decoration in Black and White, which in 1915 was produced by Maurice Browne’s Chicago Little Theatre and became so widely praised for its poetry and theatrical innovation that Harriet Monroe took the unusual step of devoting an entire issue of Poetry magazine to publishing it. This and other works by Head are representative of the Little Theater movement, which attempted to create and stage new, often experimental plays inspired by issues of social and artistic concern, in contrast to the commercial theatre that dominated most American stages.

In 1920, Head married Eunice Tietjens: poet, novelist, journalist and Associate Editor of Poetry magazine. They had one son, Marshall Head. Cloyd wrote a few more plays and several essays on the theatre and then briefly served as business manager of the Goodman Theatre before resigning, along with artistic director Thomas Wood Stevens, in the wake of disagreements over the theatre’s direction.

For the rest of his life, Cloyd divided his time between Chicago and Coconut Grove, Florida, interspersed with long periods of travel through the South Seas, Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Africa. In the late 1930s he taught theatre at the University of Miami and founded a community theatre group called the Miami Players, with whom he directed several plays. During World War II and into the late 1940s he served as a radio commentator for WMAQ 670 AM in Chicago. In between his travels he often served as a speaker on foreign affairs.

After Eunice’s death in 1944 he married Shirley Haycraft of Florida. They had no children. He died in Chicago in 1969.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Diaries, correspondence, writings and subject files of Cloyd Head.

Includes correspondence and manuscripts documenting the writing, publication and theatrical production of several plays and essays by Cloyd Head, notably The Grotesques; correspondence with Chicago literary and theatrical figures, including Harriet Monroe, Maurice Browne, Thomas Wood Stevens and Cloyd Head’s wife, Eunice Tietjens; notes, correspondence and photographs relating to Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the founding of Cloyd Head’s Miami Players; correspondence and souvenirs from travels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Africa; correspondence with family and friends. There are also a few professional photographs of actors with the Goodman Theatre and the Miami Players and snapshots of stage productions in Chicago and Florida.

Narrative descriptions of the subject matter, types of material, and arrangement of each series are available through the Organization section of the finding aid.

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Organization

Papers are organized in the following series:

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1893-1954
  • Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955
  • Cheney, Sheldon, 1886-1980
  • Chicago Little Theatre
  • Goodman Theatre (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Head, Cloyd S.
  • Jonson, Raymond, 1891-1982
  • Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
  • Poetry (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Stevens, Thomas Wood, 1880-1942
  • Tietjens, Eunice, 1884-1944
  • University of Miami
  • Year Book Medical Publishers

Subjects

  • Actors -- Portraits
  • Amateur theater -- Production and direction -- Florida
  • Amateur theater -- Production and direction -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
  • Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs
  • Correspondence -- Florida -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- Florida -- 1951-2000
  • Correspondence -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1901-1950
  • Correspondence -- Illinois -- Chicago -- 1951-2000
  • Dramatists
  • Little theater movement -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Manuscripts, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • One-act plays, American -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Photographs
  • Poets, American -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Theater -- Florida -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
  • Theater -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th Century -- Sources
  • Theater -- Production and direction -- Florida
  • Theater -- Production and direction -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Theatrical producers and directors -- Florida
  • Theatrical producers and directors -- Illinois -- Chicago

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Container List

Series 1: Diaries, 1903-1954

Cloyd Head’s diaries include a notebook detailing his earliest attempts at writing while finishing his last days at Oak Park High School, including a recounting of the Iroquois Theatre Disaster, and his first days at Northwestern University. Later diaries are mostly One Line A Day descriptions of Head’s daily activities, including his wife Eunice Tietjens’s illness, hospitalization and death.
Arranged chronologically.

Box Folder Contents
1 1 1903-1905
1 2 1934-1954
1 3 1939-1943
1 4 1944
1 5 1945-1949
2 6 January-June, 1950
2 7 July 1950-1954

Series 2: Correspondence, 1915-1957

Incoming and outgoing correspondence, mostly pertaining to theatre, family business and Cloyd Head’s travels throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Central America. The correspondence includes letters to and from Cloyd Head’s wife, Eunice Tietjens; poet Maxwell Bodenheim; Poetry magazine editor Harriet Monroe; Theatre Arts Magazine editor Sheldon Cheney; Chicago Little Theater founder Maurice Browne; Goodman Theater artistic director Thomas Wood Stevens; Dramatic Publishing Company editor Roger L. Sergel; National Broadcasting Company’s Judith Waller; Cloyd Head’s employer, Year Book Publishers, Inc.; Cloyd Head’s son Marshall Head, sister Helen Head and daughters-in-law Billie Head and Janet Hart and other family members. Additional correspondence can be found in Subject Files under the related subject.
Arranged mostly alphabetically by correspondent, with two folders for Miscellaneous Business and Personal Correspondence.

Box Folder Contents
2 8 Adair, Frank E., 1943
2 9 Ames, Winthrop, 1916-1921
2 10 Bloch, Albert, 192-?-1925
2 11 Bodenheim, Maxwell, 1915-19--?
2 12 Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1921-1922
2 13 Browne, Maurice, 1915-1949
2 14 Cheney, Sheldon, 1917-1927
2 15 Dawson, Mitchell, 1919
2 16 Gavin, Mary, 191-?-1957
2 17 Hart, Chester, 1922-1957
2 18 Hart, Janet Tietjens, 1920?-1957
2 19 Hart, Jinky, 1948-1957
2 20 Head, Billie, 1943-1954
2 21 Head, Carrie, 1925-1927
2 22 Head, Cloyd J., 1916-1936
2 23 Head, Elizabeth, 1923-1950
3 24 Head, Helen, 1923?-1957
3 25-27 Head, Marshall 1927-1957
3 28 Head, Michael, 1954
3 29 Head, Shirley Haycraft, 1946-1950
3 30 Jonson, Raymond, 1921
3 31 Macgowan, Kenneth, 1921-1944
3 32 Masters, Edgar Lee, 1922
3 33 McLendon, Cuba Haycraft, 1946-1951
3 34 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence, 1915-1950
3 35 Miscellaneous Business Correspondence, 1915-1957
4 36 Monroe, Harriet, 1916-1925
4 37 Northern Trust Company, 1941-1950
4 38 Rich, Daniel Cotton, 1949-1951
4 39 Sayler, Oliver M., 1917-1943
4 40 Sergel, Roger L., 1933-1942
4 41 Simmons, Francis N., 1925
4 42 Simmons, Haven Y. (Hi), 1920-1927
4 43 Simmons, Sylvia, 1947-1957
4 44 Stanislavsky, Constantin, 1923
4 45 Stevens, Thomas Wood, 1926-1930
4 46-47 Tietjens, Eunice, 1919-1944
4 48 Waller, Judith, 1950-1951
4 49 Welles, Orson, 1941-1942
4 50 Year Book Publishers, Inc., 1947-1957

Series 3: Works, 1905-1953

Handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, annotated typescripts, printed works, notes, memorabilia, programs, artwork and additional source material related to plays, essays and short stories, primarily written by Cloyd Head. Additional material related to some works can be found in Correspondence under the related correspondents and in Photographs.
Arranged alphabetically by title or genre.

Box Folder Contents
4 51 "About Fiddling While Rome Burns", Chicago Herald, 1917
4 52 The Castle, typescript, n.d.
4 53 "Chicago Little Theatre", Theatre Arts Magazine, 1917
4 54 The Curtains with Mary Gavin, Poetry Magazine, 1920
4 55 The Dispassionate Pilgrim, typescript, 1912
4 56 The Dream Princess - correspondence, notes and memorabilia, n.d.
4 57 The Dream Princess - annotated typescript with enclosures, n.d.
4 58 The Dream Princess - typescript, n.d.
5 59 The Dream Princess - annotated typescript, 1907
5 60 The Dream Princess - 3 self-published copies, annotated, 1910
5 61 The Dream Princess - clean self-published copy, 1910
5 62 "Ending the Horse Thief Menace" by Edwin Rothschild, Chicago Bar Record, 1953
5 63-64 Essays on theatre, typescripts, 1920?-1938
5 65 Essays on foreign affairs, 1952?
5 66 "The Gates of Paradise", typescript, 1953
5 67 Good King Wenceslaus, Dramatic Publishing Company, 1937
5 68 The Grotesques - Handwritten notes, draft fragments, n.d.
5 69 The Grotesques - 3 annotated typescripts, n.d.
5 70 The Grotesques - typescript, 1914
5 71 The Grotesques - typescript draft fragments, 1915
5 72 The Grotesques - typescript, 1915
5 73 The Grotesques - annotated typescript, 1915
5 74 The Grotesques - production at Chicago Little Theatre, 1915
6 75 Editorial comment on The Grotesques by Harriet Monroe, Poetry magazine, 1916
6 76 The Grotesques - in Poetry magazine, 1916
6 77 "Cloyd Head's Grotesques" by Sheldon Cheney, Theatre Arts Magazine, 1916
6 78 The Grotesques - production at Provincetown Theatre, 1921
6 79 The Grotesques - Dramatic Publishing Company, 1933
6 80 The Land of Learning: A Comic Opera, typescript, 1905
6 81 "The New Stagescraft" by Sam Hume, The Cornhill Booklet, 1914
6 82 "Prague", Theatre Arts Monthly, 1924
6 83 "The Reversion of Poxipalis", Northwestern Magazine, 1905
6 84 The Shadow, typescript, n.d.
6 85 Short plays, handwritten and typescripts, 1914?-1921
6 86 The Splendid Princess, typescript, 1914?
6 87 Stentarello Gets Nobody by Eunice Tietjens, typescript, 1938?
6 88 Talks on theatre at the Chicago Little Theatre, annotated typescripts, 1915-1916
6 89 "The Theatre", Drama: A Quarterly Review, 1917
6 90 "The Unity of Production" with Mary Gavin, Theatre Arts Magazine, 1921
6 91 The Witch of Wokey, Northwestern Magazine, 1906
6 92 Xavier and the Incomparable Adventure, typescript, 1922?
6 93 "Ye Ballad of Ye Ocean", Northwestern Magazine, 1907

Series 4: Subject Files, 1895-1968

Family items, including birth announcements, diplomas and army papers; notes and correspondence related to the founding of Cloyd Head’s Miami Players; programs, clippings, correspondence and souvenirs from productions by the Miami Players and others; programs and souvenirs from theater productions, museum exhibitions and other cultural events; souvenirs, maps and correspondence from trips to Europe, the Middle East, Central America and Africa; other miscellaneous material collected by Cloyd Head pertaining to theater, ballet, art, foreign affairs and travel.
Arranged alphabetically by subject and type of material.

Box Folder Contents
7 94 Army papers, 1917-1918
7 95 Art Institute of Chicago productions of The Drama of the Nativity,
1919-1920
7 96 Ballet Theatre, 1944-1947
7 97 Banners Elk School of English, 1935?
7 98 Blueprint for darkroom of Gordon C. Abbot, 1934
7 99 Chicago Little Theatre touring production of The Trojan Women,
1915
7 100 Coconut Grove Guest Book, 1937
7 101 Diplomas, 1895-1900
7 102 An Exhibit of Portraits of Distinguished Citizens of Negro Heritage, 1946
7 103 Family notes, 1912-1953
7 104 Frank Lloyd Wright/Taliesin, 1946-1948
7 105 Goodman Theatre production of The Little Clay Cart, 1928
7 106 Memorandum for CH (re: marital relations), 1949
7 107-108 Miami Players, correspondence and notes, 1937-1940
7 109 Miami Players, production notes and programs, 1937-1940
8 110 Notes on the "Noh" theatre for Eunice Tietjens, 1922
8 111 Noyes School of Rhythm, 1915?
8 112 Oriental Institute, 1937-1951
8 113 Orson on Marsh (notes by Eunice Tietjens), n.d.
8 114 Pendant, 1934
8 115 Productions of Good King Wenceslaus, 1936-1940
8 116 Programs, 1915-1939 (some in oversize box)
8 117-119 Programs, 1954-1965
9 120 Programs, 1965-1968
9 121 Sadler's Wells Ballet, 1949
9 122 Theatre Arts: 1916-1936, A Line A Year Or So, 1936
9 123 The Theatre Guild production of The Winter's Tale, 1945
9 124 Time Finder, 1942
9 125 Travel - African Trip - correspondence, bills, clippings, 1957
9 126 Travel - African Trip - maps, souvenirs, clippings, 1957
9 127 Travel - African Trip - maps, souvenirs, 1957
10 128-129 Travel - African Trip - maps, souvenirs, 1957
10 130 Travel - European/Middle Eastern Trip - accounting, 1950-1951
10 131 Travel - European/Middle Eastern Trip - cards by country, n.d.
10 132 Travel - European/Middle Eastern Trip - souvenirs, clippings,
1950-1951
10 133 Travel - Letters of Introduction, 1950-1956
10 134 Travel - Tahitian postcards, n.d.
10 135 TV reading program, typescripts and notes, n.d.
11 136 University of Miami course on theatre, 1934?-1935
11 137 University of Miami production of The Gates of Paradise, 1935
11 138 WWII clippings, 1942-1943 (see oversize box)

Series 5: Photographs, 1915-1946

Snapshots of Cloyd Head’s second wife, Shirley Haycraft; snapshots and professional photographs of stage settings and productions (including the Raymond Jonson designed set for the Chicago Little Theatre production of The Grotesques); professional photographs of actors and other people at the Goodman Theater and with the Miami Players.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder Contents
11 139 Broadway, Arabesque, 1925 (see oversize box)
11 140 Chicago Little Theatre, The Grotesques, 1915
11 141 Clark, Marguerite, n.d.
11 142 Goodman Theatre, 1926?-1930?
11 143 Goodman Theatre, The Little Clay Cart, 1928
11 144 Head, Shirley Haycraft, 1946?
11 145 Miami area productions, 1935-1937
11 146 Miami Players, 1938-1940
11 147-148 Miami Players productions, 1938-1940
11 149 Provincetown Theatre, The Grotesques, 1921
11 150 Unidentified, n.d.
11 151 Unidentified production (see oversize box), n.d.
11 152 University of Miami Theatre, The Gates of Paradise, 1935

Series 6: Oversize Material

Items removed from Subject Files and Photographs. Includes photographs of the 1925 Norman Bel Geddes Broadway production of Arabesque and several large newspaper pages.

Box Folder Contents
12 Programs, 1915-1939
12 Broadway, Arabesque photographs, 1925
12 Unidentified production photograph, n.d.
12 World War II clippings, 1942-1943