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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 (rcpxm): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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 (rcpxm): Box 1-10