Type­writers that belonged to some of the most famous — and infa­mous — names of the 20th cen­tury are on dis­play in a North­eastern Uni­ver­sity gallery.

Machines once owned by Ten­nessee Williams, Ernest Hem­ingway, John Lennon, Jack Kevorkian and “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski are among those in the exhibit.

The col­lec­tion is owned by Steve Sobo­roff, a Cal­i­fornia busi­nessman whose daughter is a North­eastern undergraduate.

It includes writ­ings that former owners typed on the machines, including an excerpt from Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie.”

Also included is a letter in which Kevorkian lob­bies for allowing death row inmates to donate their organs after their executions.

Campus curator Bruce Ployer says the exhibit pro­vides a glimpse into the lives of the type­writers’ former owners.

I think of the work they scripted on these machines, and it’s very exciting,” he said.

The curator said a type­writer that belonged to Orson Welles, which he used in pro­ducing the film “Cit­izen Kane,” also is among those on display.

Lennon, of Bea­tles’ fame, wrote lyrics for his early band the Quar­rymen on a type­writer that’s in the col­lec­tion, according to North­eastern offi­cials, who said the machine was auc­tioned in London in 1999.

The gallery is hosting a recep­tion Thursday that will include a per­for­mance by the Boston Type­writer Orchestra. The exhibit will be open until Sept. 25.

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