Skip to main content

The Happy Years Collection

Identifier: DC059

Scope and Contents

The Happy Years Collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and scripts. The bulk of the correspondence is between Carey Wilson, a producer at MGM Studios, and Alden Groff, the Director of Public Relations at The Lawrenceville School. The correspondence covers the pre-production process, permission to use names, script approvals, local screenings, and the response from alumni. The bulk of the newspaper clipping consists of reviews. Also included is a script used during the production of the film.


  • 1892, 1948-1953, 1959

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.

Biographical / Historical

The Happy Years is a feature film based on The Lawrenceville Stories by Owen Johnson. It focuses on John Humperkink "Dink" Stover's experiences as a student at The Lawrenceville School. Much of the film was shot on location at The Lawrenceville School.


0.63 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Happy Years Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Happy Years Collection was acquired by librarian Gerrish Thurber shortly after completion of production.


Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines.

Related Materials

Additional material on The Lawrenceville Stories can be found in the Collection of Owen Johnson Material (DC026).


Information in the historical note was gathered from material within the collection.

Processing Information

The Happy Years Collection was processed by Casey Babcock in May of 2012.

The Happy Years Collection: Finding Aid
Casey Babcock
July 25, 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives Repository

Box 6128
2500 Main St.
Lawrenceville 08648 U.S.A. US