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Eric Hodgins papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0054

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a manuscript of the article "Mr. Blandings Builds His Castle," later expanded to book length as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. The light-hearted story follows a family as they move from an apartment in New York City to a house in the country. Also in the collection are screen plays of television series and a movie based on the book. In addition there is a conductor's musical part, promotional photographs, and press kit for the movie. About half of the collection consists of newspaper clippings about the book, the movie, and later stories and television shows featuring the character Mr. Blandings.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1958


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Eric Francis Hodgins, 1899-1971, S.B. in chemical engineering, 1922, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was managing editor of Technology Review at MIT, 1922-1927. He was managing editor of Fortune, 1935-1937; publisher, 1937-1941; and vice president, 1938-1946. He was a member of the President's Materials Policy Commission, 1950-1952. A science writer, he won the top science writer award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1953. He was also the author of works of fiction including Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.


1 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 July 26: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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