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Windust, Bretaigne, 1906-1960
Bretaigne Windust Collection
Manuscripts Division
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10 boxes and 6.4 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-10


Contains records concerning plays directed by Bretaigne Windust (Princeton Class of 1929), mainly for the University Players, of which he was a co-founder.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs, programs, reviews, articles, circulars, and inter-office communications concerning plays directed by Windust (Class of 1929), mainly for the University Players (Falmouth, Massachusetts), of which he was a co-founder. Actors and actresses represented in the photographs include Ina Claire, Madge Evans, Henry Fonda, Lynn Fontanne, Howard Lindsay, Joshua Logan, Alfred Lunt, Myron McCormick, Ted Shawn, Kent Smith, Ruth St. Denis, Dorothy Stickney, and Margaret Sullivan. There are also are notebooks of scripts and production material for the television series of Life With Father, and the director's working scripts for the films June Bride and The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky and for the theatrical productions of Finian's Rainbow, The Girls in 509, and Idiot's Delight. A scrapbook covering Windust's participation in Theatre Intime during his years at Princeton is also included in the collection.


Arranged in this order: plays associated with the University Players at Falmouth, Massachusetts; television scripts and production material, mainly for Life With Father; director's working scripts; and a scrapbook. The University Players material is in alphabetical order and has a checklist.

Collection Creator Biography:

Windust, Bretaigne, 1906-1960

Bretaigne Windust (1906-1960) was an American director and actor. Windust graduated from Princeton in 1929 and was co-founder of the University Players.

Collection History


At least some of the materials were a gift of Bretaigne Windust's widow, Irene Windust.


No appraisal information is available.

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:

Bretaigne Windust Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-10