University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Philip Moeller:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Moeller, Philip, 1880-1958
Title: Philip Moeller Collection
Dates: 1892-1955, undated
Abstract: Includes manuscripts and letters written by the American playwright, director, producer, and screenwriter Philip Moeller, as well as letters written to him. Among his correspondents are Pearl S. Buck, Fannie Hurst, Robert Nathan, Eugene O’Neill, George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, and Carl Van Vechten among others.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-2868
Extent: 2 boxes (.84 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011

Note: This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


1.1 By and by (poem), signed handwritten manuscript, 1 page, 22 October 1892. Removed from NK 7104 C443 1898 HRC MOE.
Diary, typescript / copy with ANS by Hanna Moeller, 3 pages, 1907. Concerns a meeting with W. B. Yeats.
Sea burial, typescript with handwritten emendations, 1 page, undated. Removed from N 6917 B4 HRC MOE.


1.2 APCS to Alexander, C. A., Mrs., 30 July 1913.
TLS, APCS to Goldsmith, Alfred F., 17 June 1921, undated.
APCS to Herts, B. Russell, 2 June no year. Not mailed.
ALS to Hopwood, Avery, undated. Written on this: reply from Hopwood to Moeller. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
1.3-5 10 ALS, 14 ALS / incomplete, AL / incomplete, 29 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 1912-1933, undated.
1.2 2 APCS, APC to Moeller, Henry M., 1921-1923.
APC to Moeller, Philip, 23 June 1921. Card addressed to himself.
APCS to Spelman, Leolyn, 24 May no year. Not mailed.
APCS to Westley, Helen, 23 May 1929. Signed also by Tallulah Bankhead, Fania and Carl Van Vechten, Armina and Lawrence Langner, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and others.


1.6 Unidentified author. APCS to Moeller, 19 June 1923.
Unidentified author. 3 APCS to Moeller, 1932-1933. Signed variously as Berlina, Julius and Austriana, Dolmita and John, but in same hand.
Unidentified author Bernice. APCS to Moeller, 13 October 1933.
Unidentified author Bob. ALS, ANS to Moeller, 23 October 1923, 10 November 1921. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
Unidentified author Eddie W. APCS to Moeller, 27 August 1933.
Unidentified author Ellen. APCS to Moeller, 29 March 1934.
Unidentified author H. F. APCI to Moeller, August 1913.
Unidentified author Jo. APCS to Moeller, 18 August 1912. Removed from B 2430 B4 E72 1911 HRC MOE.
Unidentified author John. 2 APCS to Moeller, 5 November 1931, 14 April 1934. Written on one: ANS by Fitz. Included with these: APCS Fitz to Moeller, 14 August 1934.
Unidentified author John. APCS to Moeller, 30 August 1939. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
Unidentified author L. S. APCI to Moeller, 5 July 1915. Removed from TEMP G139bi 1915 HRC.
Unidentified author Lee. APCS to Moeller, 12 September no year.
Unidentified author Lily. APCS to Moeller, 3 September 1951. Removed from PQ 2293 B313 1882 HRC MOE.
Unidentified author Louis. APCS to Moeller, 15 July 1911.
Unidentified author Louis and Jean. APCS to Moeller, 19 July 1923.
Unidentified author Mariuschka. APCS to Moeller, undated.
Unidentified author Molly E. APCS to Moeller, 3 April 1934.
Unidentified author Otto. APCS to Moeller, 2 June 1913. Removed from ND 615 135 1908 HRC MOE.
Unidentified author R. APCI to Moeller, 14 August 1950.
Unidentified author Ralph. APCS to Moeller, 1 June 1933, 14 April 1934.
Unidentified author Romney. APCS to Moeller, 1933.
Unidentified author Walter. ALS to Moeller, 27 May 1913. Removed from B 2430 B4 I 42.
Unidentified authors. 3 APCS, APCI to Moeller, 1914-1934, undated.
Unidentified authors. 2 APCI, APC to Moeller, 1929, undated. Removed from PR 4831 F6 1900 HRC HAR.
1.7 Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941. TLS to Moeller, undated. Removed from HD 6331 A63 HRC MOE.
Berenson, Mary Smith. ALS to Moeller re play by Lytton Strachey, 14 July 1925. Removed from TEMP St31por 1931a HRC copy 4.
Berenson, Mary Smith. ALS to Moeller, 20 October 1929. Removed from ND 615 B53.
Bojer, Johan, 1872-1959. ALS to Moeller, 26 August 1920. Included with this: handwritten address cut from a package sent to Moeller by Bojer. Removed from PZ 3 B6365 Gr4 HRC MOE.
Bourgeois, Maurice. ALS to Moeller, 27 August 1922. Removed from PR 5534 B6 HRC MOE.
Bromfield, Louis. ALS to Moeller, 15 April 1928.
Buck, Pearl Sydenstricker, 1892-1973. 2 TLS to Moeller, 3 September 1932, 28 September 1934. Removed from PZ 3 B8555 Go3 HRC MOE.
Burton, Harry. APCS to Moeller, 15 February 1934.
Campbell, Jack. APCS to Moeller, 9 September 1932.
Coward, Noel. APCS to Moeller, 11 May 1932.
Desoto. 2 telegrams to Moeller, 25 May and 27 May 1914. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
Erskine, John, 1879-1951. ALS to Moeller, 16 August 1933.
Ewing, Max. APCS to Moeller, 24 January 1933.
Fletcher, Ifan Kyrle, 1872- . TLS to Moeller, 3 February 1930. Removed from AC-L F 513 od 1916 copy 2.
Frank, Waldo David, 1889- . 3 ALS to Moeller, 1935-1936. Removed from PS 3511 R258 D4.
Gale, Zona, 1874-1938. ALS to Moeller, undated.
Garrigues, Ellen. APCS to Moeller, 1934.
1.8 Guilbert, Yvette. 4 ALS to Moeller, 1919-1921, undated.
1.7 Hackett, Francis, 1883-1950. ALS to Moeller re play by Lytton Strachey, 16 June 1920. Removed from TEMP St31por 1932a HRC copy 4.
Harris, George. APCS to Moeller, undated.
Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. 2 Christmas cards to Moeller, Philip, 1920, undated. Removed from TEMP H422g 1918 HRC.
Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954. ALS, telegram, 2 Christmas cards to Moeller, 1917-1925.
Herts, Virginia. APCS to Moeller, 1 September 1934.
Hokinson, Helen Elna, 1893-1950. ALS to Moeller, undated.
Houghton, Norris? APCS to Moeller, 1934.
Huneker, James Gibbons, 1860-1921. 2 ALS to Moeller, 23 December 1917, May 11 1919. Removed from ML 410 C54 H9 HRC MOE.
Huneker, James Gibbons, 1860-1921. ALS, 2 ANS on visiting cards to Moeller, 1920. Removed from ML 410 W8 N45 HRC MOE.
Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. ALS, Christmas card to Moeller, June 1927, 18 December 1940.
2.1 Lancaster, Teddy. APCS to Moeller, 30 December 1922.
Langner, Lawrence, 1890- . APCS to Moeller, 22 July 1926. Written on this is ANS by Armina Marshall.
Lippmann, Walter, 1889- . ALS to Moeller, 24 November 1925.
Lyons, Eugene, 1898- . APCS to Moeller, 10 December 1932.
MacKaye, Percy, 1875-1956. ALS to Moeller, 27 February 1924. Removed from AC-L M193th 1924.
Marinoff, Fania. 2 APCS, ANS to Moeller, 1927-1928, undated. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
Meyer, Jo. ANS on verso of visiting card to Moeller, undated. Removed from TEMP H352Gh 1918 HRC.
Moeller, Ed. ALS to Moeller, undated. Also contains 2 ANS from Kate and from John.
Moeller, Henry M. APCS to Moeller, 31 January 1937.
Moeller, Lily. 3 APCS to Moeller, 1933-1937.
Moeller, Philip, 1880-1958. APCS to Moeller, 16 August 1920. Addressed and mailed to himself by Moeller from France.
Nathan, Robert, 1894- . 2 ALS to Moeller, 23 October and 30 October 1934.
O’Keeffe, Georgia. ALS to Moeller, 22 January 1941.
O’Neill, Eugene Gladstone, 1888-1953. ALS / photocopy to Moeller re Strange interlude, undated. Included with this: photocopy of O’Neill’s inscription to Moeller on the title page of a typescript of Strange interlude, 1 page, 10 February 1928.
Rains, Claude, 1889-1967. APCS to Moeller, 5 September 1933.
Rauh, Ida. ALS to Moeller, 17 May 1925.
Royce, William Hobart. ALS to Moeller, 2 August 1941. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
2.2 Shaw, George Bernard. ALI / photocopy, APCS / photocopy to Moeller, 11 December 1920, 30 January 1930. Included with these: ANS by Hannah Moeller about these Shaw items.
Spelman, Tim. ALS to Moeller, 25 November, undated.
Spelman, Timothy and Leolyn. Christmas card to Moeller, undated. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
Stettheimer, Ettie. APCS to Moeller, 14 August 1933.
2.3 Stettheimer, Ettie. 2 ALS to Moeller, 12 August and 11 December 1951. Removed from AC 8 S754. Included with this: ALS from Barbara Adler to Moeller, 3 June 1955.
2.2 Stettheimer, Florine. APCI to Moeller, 8 October 1931.
Stettheimer, Florine. APCS to Moeller, 3 August 1942. Removed from PT 2328 U6 HRC MOE.
Strachey, Giles Lytton, 1880-1932. 2 ALS, ANS to Moeller, 1920. Removed from TEMP ST31por 1932a HRC copy 4.
Sullivan, Billy. APCS to Moeller, 29 August 1919.
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964:
2.2 2 APCS to Moeller, 25 September 1915, 12 October 1936. Removed from AP 4 Y4 HRC (1915 card) and AP 4 Y4 vol. 1 copy 1 (1936 card).
ALS, APCS to Moeller, 15 July 1924, 21 November 1928.
APCS to Moeller, 16 July 1930.
2.4 7 APCS, TLS, ALS, APC to Moeller, 1923-1930, undated. Included with this: clippings and one postcard with a photograph of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Van Vechten. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
2.2 Warner, Sylvia Townsend, 1893- . ALS to Moeller, 29 July 1929. Removed from PR 6045 A812 T5 1928 HRC MOE.
Wellman, Rita, 1890- . ALS to Moeller, 28 January 1922. Removed from PZ 3 W4607 Wi HRC MOE.
Westley, Helen, 1879-1942. 2 APCS to Moeller, 29 August 1933, 2 January 1935.
Ybarra, Thomas Russell, 1880- . TLS to Moeller, 28 September 1941. Removed from PQ 6337 Y3.


2.5 Unidentified author. Diet, carbon typescript with handwritten addition, 1 page, undated. Removed from PQ 2178 B36 HRC MOE.
Unidentified author. Notes for revision of a play, handwritten manuscript, 1 page, undated. Removed from TEMP An24hi 1937 HRC copy 1.
Unidentified author. APCI to Codman, Charles R., 21 December 1934.
Unidentified author Denorah. 2 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 20 September 1908.
Unidentified author Eddy. APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 15 May 1913.
Unidentified author Ethel. APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 27 June 1929.
Unidentified author Helen. TPCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 8 November 1949. Removed from PR 4419 C5 W5.
Unidentified author Hortense. 2 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 21 January 1910, 19 November 1941.
Unidentified author John. APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 18 July 1909.
Unidentified author Mabel. APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 22 July 1908.
Unidentified author Violet. 2 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 16 June 1903, 22 July 1908.
Unidentified authors. 2 APCS, 2 APCI, 3 APC, APC / incomplete to Moeller, Hannah T., 1904-1928.
Elias, Celina F. 2 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., undated.
Hearn, Lafcadio, 1850-1904. ALS to Little Brown & Co., 16 May 1900. Removed from PN 6519 C8 H4 HRC MOE.
Hill, Constance. ALS to Furman, 1 February no year. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.
MacLane, Mary, 1881-1929. ALS to Sell, undated. Concerns Moeller’s Madame Sand.
Moeller, Ed. APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 28 December 1928.
Moeller, Elise. 2 APCS, 2 APC to Moeller, Hannah T., 1910-1913.
Moeller, Elise. APCS to Moeller, Henry M., 1 August 1923.
Moeller, Hannah T. ALS to Texas. University at Austin. Humanities Research Center, directed to Frances Hudspeth, undated. Included with this: note re train schedule, 1 page, undated.
Moeller, Henry M. 5 APCS to Moeller, Hannah T., 1910-1934, undated.
Moeller, Lily. 4 APCS, APC to Moeller, Hannah T., 1912-1941.
O’Neill, Eugene Gladstone, 1888-1953. To Carlotta (inscription in final handwritten script, Mourning becomes Electra), handwritten manuscript / photocopy, 1 page, 23 April 1931.
Stettheimer, Florine. Sketches for a portrait of Moeller, 2 pencil sketches, one with AN by Moeller, undated. Removed from PZ 3 P929 M13 HRC MOE.
2.6 Miscellaneous notes. 1 page in French. Transfer from Library; not described in card catalog.

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author’s outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author’s incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date