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Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983
Tennessee Williams Manuscripts
Manuscripts Division
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1 box, 6 items, and 0.45 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


This collection consists of early versions of seven works by American playwright, novelist, and storywriter, Tennessee Williams.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of early versions of seven works by Williams, including the original typescript of Summer and Smoke and the orginal carbon typescripts of Cabeza de Lobo or Composition in the 12-Tone Scale (Suddenly Last Summer), Hide and Seek (Baby Doll), and The Glass Menagerie or the Gentleman Caller. Also included are a mimeographed copy of Period of Adjustment or High Point is Built on a Cavern, the original typescript carbon of the novella Moon of Pause (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone), and a short story, "The Kingdom of Earth," later rewritten as a play.


Arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983

Tennessee Williams (1914-1983) was an American playwright, novelist, and storywriter.

Collection History


Purchased from Black Sun Books in 1998 (AM1998-01).

Custodial History

The collection is open to additions.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Tennessee Williams Manuscripts; 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