Francis A. Litz papers
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0.167 Cubic Feet (.5 document box)
Biographical / Historical
At Hopkins, Litz was a member of the Tudor and Stuart Club and took an active interest in the productions of the Homewood Playshop (later known at Theatre Hopkins). In 1922, the first year of the Playshop, Litz served as director and as an actor in the opening productions.
Litz is best known for his interest in the poet-priest, John Banister Tabb (1845- 1909). The two men were acquainted from their student and teaching days at St. Charles College. Sometime before 1916, Father Tabb presented Litz with a copy of his brief autobiography, and Tabb became the single subject Litz's published works. The titles include: Father Tabb: A Study of His Life and Works (1923); Father Tabb: A Study of His Poetry (1924); and The Poetry of Father Tabb (1928).
Francis A. Litz died December 17, 1989.
Scope and Contents
Although Litz is known for his studies of John Banister Tabb, the collection does not include any manuscript writings or any of Litz's original research. There are, however, published book reviews among the clippings. Also, there are no lecture notes or materials that might describe Litz's teaching career.
The collection does include clippings (1921-1964) related to lectures and events at Hopkins and articles reviewing performances of the Homewood Playshop. Letters to Litz are mostly concerned with appointments to teach at Hopkins and some recommendations from colleagues. Two programs  from musical events in Baltimore and one Homewood Playshop program are among the final items in the collection.
A copy of "The Birth of America" (1920) was added October 1995.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA