William G. B. Carson Papers 1783-1966
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box-folder   4-17/19-68  
II. Material Relating to Carson's Theatrical Activities. [series]: (ca. 316 items.)   
Scope: Consists of personal material, material relating to Carson's teaching at Washingotn University, material from Washington University's Thyrsus organization, material relating to Carson as a playwright and director, material from Carson as an author, material from St. Louis' Little Theatre, material from The Players, and material Relating to Carson's research on theatre and music performances.


box-folder   4-5/19-20  
II. 1. Personal Material. [subseries]: (ca. 19 items.)   
Scope: Consists of Carson's personal theatrical recollections, correspondence, and names and addresses of friends and colleagues.


box-folder   4/19  
II. 1. a. Theatrical Recollections. (1 item.)
box-folder   4/20  
II. 1. b. Correspondence to Carson from Otis and Maud Skinner (ca. 17 items.)   
Scope: Otis and Maud Skinner are the parents of Cornelia Otis Skinner, an American author.


box-folder   5  
II. 1. c. Notecards of names and addresses of people related to Carson's theatrical activities. (1 item, ca. 800 index cards, 3.5x5 inch.)
box-folder   6-7/21-29  
II. 2. Material Relating to Carson's Teaching at Washington University in St. Louis. [subseries]: (ca. 20 items.)   
Scope: Consists of his teaching notebooks, material from classes, a photograph of a stage play, and material from Washington University's Centennial Cavalcade.


   
II. 2. a. Teaching Notebooks. (3 items.)
box-folder   6/21  
II. 2. a. i. English 407, Second Semester. (1 item.)
box-folder   6/22  
II. 2. a. ii. Lecture notes on Theatre History. (1 item.)
box-folder   6/23  
II. 2. a. iii. Lecture notes on Theatre History. (1 item.)
box-folder   6/24  
II. 2. b. English VI Material. (2 items.)   
Scope: This includes a photograph of Carson's play " His Model Wife" and a program from an English VI production.


box-folder   6/25  
II. 2. c. Reserve Material for Dramatics 464. (2 items.)   
Scope: This includes "Recollections of an Old Actor" by Charles Krone.


box-folder   6/26  
II. 2. d. Photograph. (1 item.)   
Scope: This is a photograph of an unidentified stage play held outdoors, possibly at Washington Unviersity, ca. 1910.


box-folder   7/27  
II. 2. e. Clippings. (ca. 8 items.)   
Scope: This includes newsclippings relating to Carson's plays and teaching activities at Washington University.


box-folder   7/28-29  
II. 2. f. Centennial Cavalcade Material, Part I and Part II. (ca. 4 items.)   
Scope: This includes programs for the Centennial Cavalcade presentation, Centennial newspaper regarding the Centennial Founders' Day Weekend, and texts for narrations and dramatic skits presented at Washington University's 100th Anniversary celebration. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labled Part I and Part II.


box-folder   8/30  
II. 3. Material from Washington University's Thyrsus Organization. [subseries]: (ca. 4 items.)   
Scope: This includes two brochures about Thyrsus and a typescript of the history of Thyrsus at Washington University.


box-folder   8/31-34  
II. 4. Material from Carson's Activities as a Playwright and Director. [subseries]: (ca. 9 items.)
box-folder   8/31  
II. 4. a. Scrapbook of Carson's play " Pro Patria ." (ca. 3 items.)
box-folder   8/32  
II. 4. b. Programs from English 3 performances of " His Model Wife " and script from " Pro Patria ." (2 items.)
box-folder   8/33  
II. 4. c. The Rabbit's Foot . (1 item.)   
Scope: This is a newspaper. It was originally laid in a scrapbook Carson kept while an instructor at Iowa State College. Very fragile.


box-folder   8/34  
II. 4. d. Clippings. (3 items.)
box-folder   9-13/35-56  
II. 5. Material from Carson as an Author. [subseries]: (ca. 166 items.)   
Scope: Consists of material relating to American Frontier Theatre, " St. Louis Goes to the Opera," " As You Like It," Managers in Distress, his biography on Kate Reignolds, Letters of Mr and Mrs. Charles Kean, and " These Were Actors."


box-folder   9/35-40  
II. 5. a. American Frontier Theatre. (ca. 13 items.)
box-folder   9/35-36  
II. 5. a. i. The Theatre on the Frontier , Drafts, Part I and Part II. (1 item.)   
Scope: This includes various drafts of The Theatre on the Frontier, a draft entitled " Thalia and Melpomene See the West," and a letter about frontier theatre. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II.


box-folder   9/37  
II. 5. a. ii. The Theatre on the Frontier , Revisions. (ca. 3 items.)   
Scope: This includes correspondence about the revisions and a draft with revisions by the publishers not by Carson.


box-folder   9/38  
II. 5. a. iii. " Thalia & Melpomene " Lecture. . (1 item.)   
Scope: This is a lecture Carson presented. The information is tied to The Theatre on the Frontier


box-folder   9/39  
II. 5. a. iv. " Denver Talk " August 28, 1960, and " The Stock Company as an Academy of Dramatic Art " Lecture. (2 items.)
box-folder   9/40  
II. 5. a. v. Clippings. (ca. 6 items.)
box-folder   10/41-43  
II. 5. b. St. Louis Goes to the Opera Material. (ca. 36 items.)
box-folder   10/41  
II. 5. b. i. Research Material. (1 item.)   
Scope: This includes various notes concerning Carson's work on St. Louis Goes to the Opera.


box-folder   10/42-43  
II. 5. b. ii. Correspondence and Research Material, Part I and Part II. (ca. 18 items and ca. 17 items.)   
Scope: This includes correspondence and some research towards and responses to St. Louis Goes to the Opera. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II.


box-folder   11/44-48  
II. 5. c. " As You Like It ." (ca. 47 items.)
box-folder   11/44  
II. 5. c. i. Notes & Drafts. (3 items.)   
Scope: This includes some hand written notes and two carbon copy drafts.


box-folder   11/45  
II. 5. c. ii. Analyses. (ca. 9 items.)   
Scope: This is a file of Carson's analyses of different productions of " As You Like It."


box-folder   11/46  
II. 5. c. iii. Notes on Act and Scene Divisions. (ca. 14 items.)   
Scope: This is a file of Carson's notes on act and scene divisions in different productions of " As You Like It."


box-folder   11/47  
II. 5. c. iv. Notes on Cuts and Changes. (ca. 18 items.)   
Scope: This is a file of Carson's notes on cuts and changes in different productions of " As You Like It."


box-folder   11/48  
II. 5. c. v. Notes on Wrestling Scene. (ca. 3 items.)
box-folder   12/49-50  
II. 5. d. Managers in Distress Material, Part I and Part II. (ca. 33 items and ca. 19 items.)   
Scope: This includes reviews and correspondence regarding Carson's book Managers in Distress. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II.


box-folder   13/51  
II. 5. e. Material Relating to Carson's biography of Kate Reignolds. (ca. 9 items.)   
Scope: This includes research notes, drafts, and correspondence relating to Carson's biography of Kate Reignolds, English actres, which appeared in Notable American Women 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary.


box-folder   13/52-55  
II. 5. f. Letters from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean . (ca. 8 items.)
box-folder   13/52-53  
II. 5. f. i. Photostats of Letters of Charles and Ellen (Tree) Kean, Part I and Part II. (3 items.)   
Scope: This includes Photostats of letters fo Charles and Ellen (Tree) Kean, a letter about another Kean letter, and a copy of a newspaper article. These items were originally in one large envelop, but they were too big to fit in one folder so they are in two folders labeled Part I and Part II.


box-folder   13/54  
II. 5. f. ii. Clipping. (1 item.)   
Scope: This newspaper article is about Letters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean, edited by Carson.


box-folder   13/55  
II. 5. f. iii. Miscellany. (ca. 4 items.)   
Scope: This includes two photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean and a letter regarding Kean letters for sale.


box-folder   13/56  
II. 5. g. " These Were Actors ," Carson's Review. (1 item.)   
Scope: This is Carson's Review of "We Were Actors," which appeared in Players Magazine May 1956.


box-folder   14/57-58  
II. 6. Material from St. Louis' Little Theatre. [subseries]: (ca. 29 items.)   
Scope: Consists of programs, clippings, and articles on St. Louis' Little Theatre.


box-folder   14/57  
II. 6. a. Programs & Clippings. (ca. 28 items.)   
Scope: This includes several programs from St. Louis' Little Theatre and newsclippings.


box-folder   14/58  
II. 6. b. Article in The St. Louisan c. 1935. (1 item.)
box-folder   14/59-61  
II. 7. Material from The Players. [subseries]: (ca. 24 items.)   
Scope: Consists of clippings, photographs, a program, and fliers relating to The Players.


box-folder   14/59  
II. 7. a. Clippings & Programs. (ca. 15 items.)
box-folder   14/60  
II. 7. b. Program. (1 item.)   
Scope: This is a program for Three One Act Plays including " Pierrette Herself," " Tea" by William Carson, and " The Dreaming Brow."


box-folder   14/61  
II. 7. c. Fliers. (ca. 8 items.)   
Scope: This includes fliers for various performances.


box-folder   14-17/62-68  
II. 8. Material Relating to Carson's Research on Theatre and Music Performances. [subseries]: (ca. 45 items.)   
Scope: Consists of various issues of Broadside, English 16 Plays, material for encyclopedia, material from William Clark Breckenridge, and notecards of research information on St. Louis stage history and on American theatre.


box-folder   14/62  
II. 8. a. Broadside . (ca. 29 items.)   
Scope: This includes issues of Broadside arranged chronologically. It is an incomplete set ranging from December 1944 to Fall 1964. Some issues have notations by Carson.


box-folder   14/63  
II. 8. b. " English 16 Plays Deposited in Ridgely Library ." (2 items.)   
Scope: This includes a list of English 16 Plays deposited at Ridgely Library and one letter.


box-folder   14/64  
II. 3. c. " English 16 Plays Produced in Annual Contests for the Wilson Prize ." (1 item.)
box-folder   14/65  
II. 8. d. " Dramatic Life As I Found It ." Index by Noah M. Ludlow. (2 items.)
box-folder   14/66  
II. 8. e. Material for Encyclopedia. (1 item.)
box-folder   14/67  
II. 8. f. Articles on theatre productions. (2 items.)   
Scope: Includes an issue of Stage December 1936 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper May 31, 1856. Stored in OVERSIZE.


box-folder   14/68  
II. 8. g. Correspondence and Research from William Clark Breckenridge. (ca. 6 items.)   
Scope: This material is from Accession 22907. It includes correspondence and research material from William Clark Breckenridge on theatre in St. Louis, materials dated 1926, 1927, and 1937.


box-folder   15  
II. 8. h. Notecards on the History of the St. Louis Stage. (1 item, ca. 400 index cards, 3.5x5 inch.)
box-folder   16-17  
II. 8. i. Notecards on American theatre. (1 item, ca. 2000 index cards, 3.5x5 inch.)