William G. B. Carson Papers 1783-1966
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Scope and Contents Note

The William G. B. Carson Papers consists of four accruals.

Accrual 1 is Accession 8310, which includes materials relating to United States theatre history; materials relating to Carson's teaching at Washington University in St. Louis; theatre playbills, programs, magazines, and newspaper articles; correspondence and autograph collection of famous actors, actresses, and writers. This includes ca. 211 items from 1783-1955 in 4 boxes.

Accrual 2 is Accession 15020, which relates primarliy to preparation of Dear Josephine , Professor Carson's biography on Josephine Sherwood Hull. It also includes teaching notebooks prepared for theatre and drama courses at Washington University and diaries Professor Carson kept of theatre and music performances he attended from 1913 to 1966, primarliy in St. Louis. This includes ca. 777 items from 1897 to 1963 in 19 boxes.

Accrual 3 is Accession 16520 and 17530, which includes scripts of plays by Washington University students, newsclipping about Professor Carson's retirement, theatre programs, and printed material. This includes ca. 152 items ranging from 1928 to 1961 in 8 boxes.

Accrual 4 is Accession 16560 and 22907, which includes materials that fall under two main categories: early New Mexico history and materials relating to Carson's theatrical activities. Carson's research into New Mexico history was prompted by the fact that his great-great-grandfather, William Carr Lane, besides being one of the first St. Louis mayors, was also first governor of New Mexico, 1852-1853. The diary kept by Lane during his governorship was edited by Carson, requiring research into geography and exploration, Indian relations, and political figures of the period. The Theatrical Activities include personal material, material from his teaching at Washington University, material from Washington University's Thyrsus organization, material from his time as a playwright and director, material from Carson as an author, material from St. Louis' Little Theatre and The Players, and his research on theatre and musical performances. This also includes printed material and maps. This includes ca. 579 items ranging from 1821 to 1965 in 20 boxes.


Consists of correspondence and research relating to New York theater reviews and material and photographs relating to the Dock Street Theater.


This includes New York Theatre reviews clipped from The Billboard, v. 1: 1922-1924, v. 2: 1925-1926.


Consists of newsletters, programs, and photographs relating to the Dock Street Theater, Charleston, S.C.


The Dock Street Theatre was in Charleston, South Carolina. These materials are mounted on scrapbook pages.


This includes two reprints relating to the restoration of the Dock Street Theater, 1936 and 1938 and two photographs of the restored Dock Street Theatre.


Consists of student papers and exams, correspondence from librarians regarding a bibliography of theater history in various midwestern states, printed material, and photographs.


Consists of student papers relating to theater history in various United States states and cities including Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Baltimore, Nashville and others; one exam for English 212; and one student paper titled " Buffalo Bill and the Wild West Show."


Consists of correspondence from librarians relating to a bibliography of theater history in various midwestern states.


Consists of magazine and journal articles relating to theater history and Washington University faculty members.


Consists of photographs of actors important in the development of theare in England and America, including Judith Anderson, Maurice Evans, Edwin Forsest, John Barrymore, Edwin Booth, Lawrence Olivier, and more. Stored in OVERSIZE.


Consists of theatre playbills, programs, magazines, and newspaper articles relating to theatre history.


Consists of historic playbills, some original and some reproductions.


Consists of theatre programs from New York and other theatres.


Consists of material relating to the First National Theatre Assembly sponsored by The American National Theater and Academy.


Consists of miscellaneous issues of theatre magazines including The Carolina Play-book, Monthly Bulletin of the International Theatre Institute, and Theatre Arts, Nov. 1950 (containing Inge's " Come Back Little Sheba") arranged chronologically.


Consists of mementos of " A Presentation to Miss Julia Dean," March 1, 1852, in appreaciation of her talent as an actress, including newspaper clippings concerning the event.


Consists of Japanese theatre programs and a booklet titled Kubuki Theater: the Popular Theater of Japan.


Consists of reprint titled " History of 100 Years in Photographs, no. 13: The Stage."


Consists of correspondence addressed primarily to William G. B. Carson or his father, Dr. Norman Bruce Carson, from actors, singers, producers, and writers.


Consists of correspondence, notes and research, drafts, editorial material, and reviews all relating to Dear Josephine, Carson's biography of American actress Josephine Sherwood Hull.


The correspondence is divided into subseries based on the file arrangement as received from Carson.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author of the letter.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author of the letter.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author of the letter.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the recipient.


The first three items are research notes and the rest are correspondence arranged alphabetically by last name of recipient.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author of the letter.


This includes six envelops containing notecards. The cards are divided into three envelops because they were each rubberbanded separately.


This includes Halt a Hundred Radcliffe Women; Decennial History, Class of 1899; Radcliffe '89.


This is a card file box arranged alphabetically. The cards are grouped in paperfolders alphabetically as divided by Carson. At the end is a separate set of notecards which list the name of people and thoughts on Josephine Hull.


This is arranged alphabetically and has corrections marked in pencil and in red pen. It lists the names of a person, place, or event and page numbers they appear on.


This is arranged alphabetically. It lists the names of a person, place, or event and page numbers they appear on.


This includes correspondence, notes, and a "very tentative first draft."


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.


This item was originally in one large envelop, but it was too big to fit in one folder so it is in two folders labeled Part I and Part II.


This item was originally in one large envelop, but it was too big to fit in one folder so it is in two folders labeled Part I, Part II, and Part III.


One of the items was originally in one large envelop, but it was too big to fit in one folder so it is labeled Part I, Part II, and Part III.


These items were originally in one scrapbook. Includes some correspondence.


Consists of teaching notebooks and a scrapbook.


The material was originally found in a three-ring binder. The material in the last paper folder was found in the back pocket of the three-ring binder.


The material was originally found in a three-ring binder. The material in the last paper folder was found in the back pocket of the three-ring binder.


The material was originally found in a three-ring binder. The material in the last paper folder was found in the back pocket of the three-ring binder.


The material was originally found in a three-ring binder. The material in the last paper folder was found in the back pocket of the three-ring binder.


This scrapbook includes correspondence from students, about Dear Josephine, and the W. G. B. Carson Theatre and Drama Collection and Library Fund.


Consists of diaries Carson kept about theatrical and music performances he attended from 1913 to 1966 and other items related to his research on theatre and music performances.


Silk U.S. Flag in leather pouch.


These scripts were written by Washington University students. They are arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


This play was not written for Professor Carson's class, but it was written after the author had graduated.

This contains five copies of the script copyrighted 1953. Each script is in a paper folder.


This includes two copies of the script. Each script is in a paper folder.


Script is in a Washington University exam folder. Script has some revisions in ink, and includes a list of props and sound effects on the recto of the last page. There is no way of determining whether these auto revisions are in Williams' hand or not. This copy appears to be an earlier version of a bound typescript carbon draft (below). This is from Accession 1753.

Tennessee Williams was a student in W. G. B. Carson's 1936-1937 English XVI class on playwriting. Each year three plays were selected by a jury to be produced the following year by Thyrsus, the dramatic club. Williams was upset when his play was not one of the three chosen for production, althought the play was later used as a St. Louis radio production.


This is a one act play submitted for a course at Washington University and was found with the item below. This is from Accession 1652.


This is a note by the professor [?] to whom the play, " Me, Vashya" was submitted by Tennessee Williams, then a student at Washington Univeristy. It was found with the item above. This is from Accession 1652.


" A Thyrsus Farewell to Prof. Carson" St. Louis Post-Dispatch May 10, 1957, p. 3F. Preservation Photocopy.


Various theatre programs arranged alphabetically by organization, then chronologically. Each program is one item.


This includes books and reprints of articles, including some work by Carson. It is arranged alphabetically by author's last name or by title if there is no noted author.


Inscribed "With Compliments of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass. For Review, Publication Date Jan. 25, 1957."


Paper stating "W.G.B. Carson is a Glasgow descendant."


Inscribed "For William and Elizabeth Carson from Jean Heller, October 1962." With paper stating "Heller was a longtime faculty member here."


Inscribed "William G. B. Carson, Compliments of Winifred Johnston?"


Inscribed "For W.G.B. Carson with the respect and friendly best wishes of Barrett H. Clark, St. Louis, 4 January 1938."


Inscribed "To Mr. Carson, Herbert Simmons."


Inscribed "Mrs. Newton Wilson, New Years Greetings, Mr. & Mrs. W. K. Bixby, 1924."


Consists of correspondence and research relating to early New Mexico history and Carson's work editing the diary of his great-great-grandfather, William Carr Lane, who was the first governor of New Mexico from 1852 to 1853.


This is arranged alphabetically by last name of the author. It also includes some carbons of Carson's letters. Some folders include research material.


Consists of general research notes and notes on people and places, correspondence, and newspaper articles on forts.


This includes six letters from the Deparment of State, Washington from 1852 to 1853. Two letters are adressed to William Carr Lane, Governor of New Mexico (Carson's great-great-grandfather).


This includes seven articles from three editions (November 1962, December 1962, January 1963) of The Southwesterner that relate to early New Mexico history. The newspapers are stored in OVERSIZE. There is also one handcopied letter regarding Fort Webster.


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.


Consists of Carson's personal theatrical recollections, correspondence, and names and addresses of friends and colleagues.


Otis and Maud Skinner are the parents of Cornelia Otis Skinner, an American author.


Consists of his teaching notebooks, material from classes, a photograph of a stage play, and material from Washington University's Centennial Cavalcade.


This includes a photograph of Carson's play " His Model Wife" and a program from an English VI production.


This includes "Recollections of an Old Actor" by Charles Krone.


This is a photograph of an unidentified stage play held outdoors, possibly at Washington Unviersity, ca. 1910.


This includes newsclippings relating to Carson's plays and teaching activities at Washington University.


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.


This includes two brochures about Thyrsus and a typescript of the history of Thyrsus at Washington University.


This is a newspaper. It was originally laid in a scrapbook Carson kept while an instructor at Iowa State College. Very fragile.


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."


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.


This includes correspondence about the revisions and a draft with revisions by the publishers not by Carson.


This is a lecture Carson presented. The information is tied to The Theatre on the Frontier


This includes various notes concerning Carson's work on St. Louis Goes to the Opera.


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.


This includes some hand written notes and two carbon copy drafts.


This is a file of Carson's analyses of different productions of " As You Like It."


This is a file of Carson's notes on act and scene divisions in different productions of " As You Like It."


This is a file of Carson's notes on cuts and changes in different productions of " As You Like It."


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.


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.


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.


This newspaper article is about Letters of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean, edited by Carson.


This includes two photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean and a letter regarding Kean letters for sale.


This is Carson's Review of "We Were Actors," which appeared in Players Magazine May 1956.


Consists of programs, clippings, and articles on St. Louis' Little Theatre.


This includes several programs from St. Louis' Little Theatre and newsclippings.


Consists of clippings, photographs, a program, and fliers relating to The Players.


This is a program for Three One Act Plays including " Pierrette Herself," " Tea" by William Carson, and " The Dreaming Brow."


This includes fliers for various performances.


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.


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.


This includes a list of English 16 Plays deposited at Ridgely Library and one letter.


Includes an issue of Stage December 1936 and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper May 31, 1856. Stored in OVERSIZE.


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.


Consists of books and reprints of articles, includes some work by Carson. It is arranged alphabetically by author's las name or by title if there is no noted author.


Consists of one large map (65x43 inches) of Pennsylvania and nine smaller maps of the Southwestern states. The large map is stored in a Map Roll and the smaller maps are stored in OVERSIZE.