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Eugene O'Neill check

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8162

Scope and Contents

Original check, made out to "cash," signed by Eugene O'Neill on November 7, 1921.


  • 1921


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Eugene O'Neill check must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) was an American playwright.

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was born in New York City to James and Mary Ellen Quinlan O'Neill on October 16, 1888. His father was an actor and O'Neill was born in a hotel and spent his early years traveling as his father performed onstage. He, his brother and parents had a volatile family life which found itself later played out in O'Neill's dramas.

O'Neill attended boarding school followed by one year at Princeton. Following this he went to sea and lived a derilict life even at one point attempting suicide. In 1912-1913 he spent six months in a sanitarium and came to terms with himself. After this point he began writing plays. Except for one comedy, O'Neill focused on tragedies. Major plays include "Anna Christie," "The Iceman Cometh," and "Long Day's Journey into Night." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920, 1923, 1928, and 1957. In 1936 O'Neill was adwarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the only American playwright to be honored this way.

He was married to Kathleen Jenkins, Agnes Boulton and Carlotta Monterey. Eugene O'Neill died on November 27, 1953 in Boston, Massachussets.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Item found in the Special Collections stacks in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; Special Collections stacks; 2012.


Material fits literature collecting policy.




Check is 8 x 18 cm.

Processing Information

Processed; Kristi Young; April 2013.

Register of Eugene O'Neill check
Kristi Young
2031 April 22
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States