Alice Henson Ernst letters to Hazel Mills
Scope and Contents
The correspondence from Ernst to Hazel Mills is arranged by date, 1951 to 1974.
The letters are mostly handwritten, with a few typed, and there is also one letter from Mills to Ernst. The letters contain information about Ernst's writings, and also cultural events, travel, and research. A note with the collection states Mills assisted with "research aspects" of Trouping in the Oregon Country.
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Biographical / Historical
Alice Henson Ernst (1880-1980) was a playwright, teacher, freelance writer, and reporter.
She was educated at the University of Washington and did graduate work at Radcliffe College and Yale University. From 1920 to 1923 she was an Associate Professor in English at the University of Washington, and from 1924 to 1950 served as Associate Professor of English at the University of Oregon.
Ernst received recognition chiefly as a playwright of one-act plays. "Spring Sluicing" was a prize-winning play in the National Drama League contest, and was produced by the Portland Civic Theatre and other groups.
In connection with her playwrighting, Ernst became interested in the history of the early theater of the Pacific Northwest resulting in the book Trouping in the Oregon Country. Her interest in primitive theater led her to study the masked ritual dances of Northwest Coast tribes and to the publication of several articles. She also published a major work, The Wolf Ritual of the Northwest Coast, which received recognition from critics and anthropologists in the United States and Europe.
Hazel Mills (1910-1999) was also a writer of Oregon history. She assisted in the research of the book Trouping in the Oregon Country. Her husband, Randall Vause Mills (1907-1952), joined the University of Oregon English faculty in 1938.
0.025 linear feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
Alice Henson Ernst (1880-1980) was a playwright, teacher, freelance writer, and reporter. The collection (1951-1974) consists of correspondence from Ernst to Hazel Mills, often concerning Ernst's books Trouping in the Oregon Country and The Wolf Ritual of the Northwest Coast.
Correspondence is arranged by date.
Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.
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- Ernst, Alice Henson, 1880-1980
- Ernst, Alice Henson, 1880-1980
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