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Price, Nancy, 1880-1970
Nancy Price Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1860-1966 (mostly 1900-1955)
6 boxes and 2.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-6


Consists of about 1500 letters to Price relating to her career as an actress and as founder and manager of the People's National Theatre (London).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of about 1500 letters to Price relating to her career as an actress and as founder and manager of the People's National Theatre (London). Represented in the collection are nobility, royalty, and people in theater, film, the world of letters, music, art, the professions, government, and the armed services. Correspondents include Clement R. Attlee, Sir Frank Benson, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Lord Dunsany, Sir Edward Elgar, W. E. Gladstone, H. B. Irving, Queen Mary, Eden Phillpotts, Sir Arthur W. Pinero, Bernard Shaw, members of the Terry family, and W. B. Yeats. In addition, there are some photographs, poems by Lord Dunsany and Eden Phillpotts, and several letters to persons other than Price including four by Jenny Lind, the grandmother of Charles Maude, Price's husband, to her friend Catherine Winkworth, an advocate of higher education for women, discussing concert schedules and English tastes in music.


Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Price, Nancy, 1880-1970

Nancy Price was an English stage and film actress and author. Additionally, Price founded and managed the People's National Theatre (London).

Collection History


Purchased from David Polmes in 1988.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Credit this material:

Nancy Price Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-6

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Related Materials

West Sussex Record Office (England) holds a substantial collection of archives and ephemera relating to Nancy Price, her work and her various interests, including a full set of the People's National Theatre Magazine (later Pedlar's Pack: West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RN, England.

Subject Terms:
Actors -- England -- Correspondence.
Actresses -- England -- Correspondence.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Cabinet officers -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Clergy -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Critics -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Dramatists, English -- Correspondence.
Lawyers -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Musicians -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Nobility -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Painters -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Physicians -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Poets, English -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Politicians -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Queens -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Sculptors -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Singers -- Sweden -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
Soldiers -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Theater -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Theater critics -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Theater management -- England -- London -- 20th century.
Theatrical managers -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Theatrical producers and directors -- England -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
People's National Theatre
Waller, Lewis, 1860-1915
Great Britain -- Queens -- 20th century -- Correspondence.