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Collection Overview

Creator:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of Theater Miscellaneous Manuscripts
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fb494971m
Dates:
1726-1978
Size:
15 boxes and 6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-15
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of an assembled collection of correspondence of playwrights, authors, actors and actresses, and theater managers, and other manuscript materials relating to American and English theater from the 1720s through the 1970s.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of a collection of correspondence of playwrights, authors, actors and actresses, and theater managers, and other manuscript materials relating to American and English theater, which were acquired by the Library from various sources as single items or small file groups. Materials span from the 1720s through the 1970s, though the majority are from the 19th century. There is a significant amount of correspondence, along with some drafts of scripts and other writings, notes, contracts, playbills, theater programs, printed plays, photographs, advertisements, clippings, short biographies, and ephemera. Notable figures represented in the collection include Truman Capote, Robert Penn Warren, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, John Wilkes Booth, and Ronald Reagan, among others.

This collection was formerly referred to as "General Manuscripts, Theater."

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by author, or by title for titled works when the author is unknown.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject. Materials have been acquired through multiple purchases and gifts.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2018 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

Initial folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '15 in 2013.

Folder inventory updated by Julia English '19 in August 2018 based on additional description written on folders. The existing collection-level description was revised by Kelly Bolding in August 2018 and the collection title was updated per DACS 2.3.3.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This 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:

Princeton University Library Collection of Theater Miscellaneous Manuscripts; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/fb494971m
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184