Henry Cummings Haskell (1902-1981) Papers (KC0096)
After attending school in Kansas City, Henry C. Haskell graduated from Harvard University in 1924. He later did postgraduate work at the University of Toulouse in France. Born into a newspaper family, Henry C. continued the family work. He served on such papers as the Wichita Beacon and the Baltimore Evening Sun and in 1928, he became the first Walter Hines page newspaper fellow to the British Isles where he worked on the Times of London, the Manchester Guardian, the Irish Times and the Glasgow Herald. In 1929, he joined the staff of the Kansas City Star and served with that newspaper until his retirement in 1968.
While primarily an editorial writer specializing in foreign affairs, Mr. Haskell also wrote art and music reviews and founded the Arts Section of the Kansas City Star. Haskell was intimately involved with the literary and artistic community in Kansas City while working with the city's newspaper. He was a playwright and author, philanthropist and civic leader. With Richard B. Fowler, he wrote a centennial history of Kansas City, Missouri, City of the Future (1950) and also wrote several plays for stage and television. He was instrumental in establishing the Kansas City Lyric Theater and worked closely with such institutions as the Kansas City Art Institute, the Conservatory of Music and the Kansas City Philharmonic.
These papers consist of a very small amount of incoming correspondence for Henry C. Haskell, as well as scripts for four of his plays and a collection of his arts essays. Writings of his father, Henry Joseph Haskell, are also represented in the collection. The Weekly Visitor, a family newspaper written by Henry J. while a youngster (aged 9-11) and distributed to his family, is included, as are reviews of and correspondence relating to This Was Cicero and New Deal in Old Rome. There is also an autobiography by Henry J. Haskell. 1883-1979.
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