Contents and Arrangement

Absurdists, U.S. Information Service, 1964-1966

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains correspondence of Downer, Princeton professor of English (1946-1970), much of which is related to Princeton's Spencer Trask lecture series, the Voice of America radio series, and invitations to notable members of the theater to address Downer's classes; works by Downer, including articles, lecture notes and course material, miscellaneous research notes, and unfinished projects; papers of various lecture series, and articles, notes, and photographs relating to American theater; and reports and miscellaneous papers dealing with McCarter Theatre. There is also material concerning various professional organizations of which Downer was a member, as well as playbooks and scripts, such as Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane." Photographs include portraits of such actors and actresses as Sarah Bernhardt, Florence Eldridge, Mel Ferrer, Julie Harris, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, and Frederic March.

Collection History

Custodial History:

The collection is open to additions.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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:

Absurdists, U.S. Information Service; Alan S. Downer Collection, TC095, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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