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Carr Liggett Collection

Manuscript Collection No.27

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9.6 cu. ft. in 28 boxes. 1915-1976

Provenance: The Carr Liggett Collection was acquired by Ohio University in 1977, when accession records began to be kept. With the exception of a scrapbook kept by Liggett during his undergraduate years at Ohio University, which was given to the Libraries in 1978, the materials were obtained from the Carr Liggett Eastate after his death.

Property Rights: Ohio University claims ownership of this collection.

Copyrights: Certain materials in the collection may be protected by copyright. Consideration of such rights is the responsibility of the reasearcher and the publisher. Permission to examine this collection implies no right to publish from it without securing the necessary permission, if such be required, from the affected parties.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.

Photoduplication: The Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collectin for the convenience of individual researchers.

Related Materials: An additional scrapbook containing material collected during Carr Liggett's days at Ohio University can be found in RG 1; see Accession Record 78-38.

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[Clarence] Carr Liggett was born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1894 to Ollie Ellsworth and Clara (Young) Liggett. He entered Ohio University in 1912 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1916.

In 1916 he married Hazel Thomas (Class of 1918) and obtained a teaching position on the faculty of Lafayette College where he remained for two years. Mr. Liggett then became the editor of the Chautauqua Daily in Chautauqua, New York. He entered the army and served in France as a Second Lieutenant.

After his discharge from the army in 1919, the Liggetts established residence in Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Liggett began his business career as an advertising manager with Norwood Sash and Door. He was then briefly associated with Brett Associates of Cleveland. In 1920 began his association with the Krichbaum-Liggett Company, ending in 1933 with the creation of Carr Liggett Advertising. Mr. Liggett remained President of this firm until 1954, at which time he stepped down to become Chairman of the Board. During his life, Carr Liggett was a member of many clubs and organizations which touched upon his profession, his great interest in music, poetry and literature. His loyalty to and interest in Ohio University was very great, and he served as National President of the Ohio University Alumni Association. He was the recipient of several awards noting his many contributins to his university.

A man of unusual musical and literary versatility, he has 75 musical compositins to his credit, plus several small volumes of verse and five plays.

Mr. Liggett's death came in 1977. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Sources: Marquis, A.N. Who's Who in America. St. Louis: Von Hoffman Press, 1974.
Athens Messenger [obituary], April 11, 1977.
News release, Carr Liggett Advertising, Inc., April 12, 1977.

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This collection contains several manuscripts of plays, books, music and poems written by Carr Liggett or collected from other writers. Included are scrapbooks, journals and diaries kept by Mr. Liggett and focusing on important segments of his life. A major portion of the collection is somposed of letters and correspondence between Mr. Liggett and several organizations, assorted printed material and newspaper articles.

Material for the Unitarian Church includes sermons, newsletters, pamphlets, and financial reports, along with letters and correspondance that span the period 1967 to 1975.

The material for Ohio University contains letters and correspondence from numerous Ohio University personnel, covering the period 1915 to 1976, and miscellaneous articles written or collected by Carr Liggett. Also included is material on Delta Tau Delta fraternity: letters and correspondence from 1949 to 1975, books put out by Delta Tau Delta, Centennial Song Book written by Carr Liggett, and several issues of "The Rainbow," to the fraternity's magazine.

This collection contains much material on the clubs to which Carr Liggett belonged, consisting of letters and correspondnece, programs, and miscellaneous printed material. The clubs include the Rowfant Club, City Club of Cleveland, Fhymers Club and The Ohio Poetry Society.

Carr Liggett belonged to numerous other organizations including the National Amateur Press Association, National Industrial Advertising Association, Industrial Marketers of Cleveland, YMCA, the Cleveland Ad Club and Delta Tau Delta.

Included in the collection is material having to do with the plays, musicals and writings of Carr Liggett, most notably, perhaps, "The Squirrel Cage," a musical produced by Ohio University. Liggett was a collector as well as a creator, and the collection includes material on his substantial collection of the work of William Russell Flint.

Material from Carr Liggett Advertising, Inc., includes ads, financial statements, progress reports, newsletters, articles, speeches, and letters and correspondence.

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